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On the night of July 19th 2014, several members of Guerrillera Collective Inland Empire (a collective of young WoC and Q/T*PoC) were brutally physically attacked by a cisgender white man. One member in particular was dragged into the middle of the street where they were assaulted.

Right before the attack the man said, “What you did to Dan was the worst thing to happen to Riverside.” He was referencing a couple weeks ago when a local Riverside cisgender white artist painted black face and called it “art.” It was displayed at Blood Orange Info Shop. GCIE called out the anti-black racist as fuck art and demanded this be taken down which it immediately was afterwards.

The response to this artwork being taken down was violence and shows the lengths to which white people will go to uphold white supremacy and devalue WoC and Q/T*PoC. This is exactly why collectives like GCIE need to exist. Young WoC and Q/T*PoC need a safe space where we can come together in solidarity and reach out to the community on issues of race and gender.

Women, Trans men, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary and Queer folx of Color are being attacked everyday for being who we authentically are and wanting a safe space to exist for us and our community. It is absurd that we are constantly put in a position to justify our existence and everything we chose to do and say.

We deserve to be in this world, free to move without fear of death, violence and violation. Our bodies and our identities are not yours to touch, look at, think about or make sense of.

We are not disposable and we are not going to stay silent.

We need everyone to take a collective stance with GCIE. The attacker is planning on going attend the Blood Orange Info Shop meeting today Sunday July 20th at 4 pm to confront GCIE. Please go to this meeting to show your solidarity. The address is 3485 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501. BOIS is located in the Life Arts Building downstairs in the basement right next to the parking lot at the back of the building on Mission and Lemon.

Attending this meeting is not enough. We need to change the culture that allows for this kind of violence to exist. We need all organizations, collectives, individuals, bands, artists, activists, etc to commit to making this world a safer space. Please pass this information along and stand with WoC and Q/T*PoC.

The following stand with GCIE:

Jocelyn Saucedo
Virginia Escobar
Feminist Union at UNCC 

Signal boost, pass it on, if y’all know of any orgs or collectives, send it to them for them to repost and sign off on it!



Unpacking Blackness in Mexico’s Costa Chica

When she said other Mexicans would confuse her for Salvadoran, makes me think that others recognize blackness exists in El Salvador before actual Salvadorans do.

(via regeneracion)



“It is surprisingly easy for gringos to look past the reality of undocumented migrants as human beings, and most gringos imagine immigrants as caramel-colored, Spanish-speaking Mexicans, not indigenous, Q’eqchi’-speaking Guatemalans.”

"Don’t Just Pay It Back, Pay It Forward: From Accountability to Reciprocity in Research Relationships" in the Journal of Research Practice

Seriously, though, I haven’t seen one single news article that acknowledges that some of the detained immigrants don’t speak Spanish, much less asks questions about the quality of credible fear determinations that are not conducted in immigrants’ native languages.

I was starting to wonder if my expectations for media representation were unreasonably high. Nope.


This isn’t the clearest graph I’ve ever seen, but here’s what this recent report from the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) reveals in its study of more than 400 unaccompanied minors who were held in US federal custody. Of 100 Guatemalan minors, more than 40 spoke one or more languages other than Spanish. The study did not sample for ethnicity (as it did for nationality & gender), but by chance 48% of Guatemalan children self-identified as indigenous (also ~5% of Mexican and 3% of Honduran children).

The study did not discuss whether any of these children spoke Spanish as a second language or whether interviews conducted in Spanish might miss key elements of claims for international protection / asylum.

(via frijoliz)


Happy birthday, Denny Mendez!

Denny Andreina Méndez de la Rosa (born on July 20, 1978 in Santo DomingoDominican Republic) is a former beauty queen turned model and actress who represented Italy in the 1997 Miss Universe pageant.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Méndez relocated to Montecatini Terme, Italy as a very young child with her mother in search of a better life. Many of Méndez’s aunts had relocated to Italy and had married Italian citizens, and after divorcing Denny’s biological father, her mother relocated to Italy and married an Italian man whom she met while he was on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Méndez, who had no formal training as a model, was studying to become a tourist guide prior to enrolling in the pageant.

Her first venture in the beauty pageant circuit occurred when she was a candidate for in the title of Miss Dominican Republic 1996 on December 16, 1995 where she represented the Distrito Nacional and placed second runner-up. After another attempt to win the title the following year, she decided to return to Italy where she entered the Miss Italia pageant.

Her election as Miss Italia on September 7, 1996 in the Italian town of Salsomaggiore caused a minor scandal throughout that nation. It was the first time that a woman of non-Italian ancestry was elected to represent the country in an international beauty pageant and some Italian citizens saw it as a wake-up call for Italy to close its borders to further immigration. Two members of the judging panel were suspended for saying that a black woman could not represent Italian beauty. The news of the first black Miss Italy was carried to millions overseas via the popular African-American periodical, Jet Magazine. The author of the article wrote:

“Denny Méndez … born in the Dominican Republic to a naturalized Italian mother and an Italian [step]father, was named Miss Italy after receiving nine million telephone votes from the television audience.” Nine million Italians voted to shatter the prism of race, just by watching a TV beauty pageant and phoning in their votes! Beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder, and the eyes of the world today are quite capable of seeing past skin color. The Italian people’s choice was Denny Méndez, notwithstanding the objections of a pageant official who said, “A black girl can’t be Miss Italy. It’s not in the rules.”

Upon being elected Miss Italia, Méndez responded to the controversy with a brief reply:

""I know I don’t represent Italian beauty, but they elected me," she said, "so what am I supposed to do—refuse?"

Because of all the scandal surrounding her election, Denny was selected as one of the 10 semifinalists in Miss Universe 1997 in Miami BeachFloridaU.S. on May 16, 1997. Despite winning the semifinals with the highest overall score and entering the Top 6 in first place, her Top 6 answer was not enough to advance her to the final 3. The crown was eventually won by Miss USA Brook Mahealani Lee. However, the publicity from the pageant helped her land modeling jobs among many of Europe's leading fashion houses and magazines intent on displaying their love of diversity.

Today, Méndez is a popular television personality in Italy. She remains very active in the modeling world and has become a budding actress. Besides several theatrical productions, she has guest starred on many Italian sitcoms, dramas, and feature films, she also had a small role in the film Ocean’s Twelve starring George ClooneyBrad Pitt, and Matt Damon. Méndez is fluent in Italian and has working knowledge of both English and Spanish.

(via quisqueyameetsborinken)


Mayan Women reversing that white settler-colonial gaze.

Latinxs united with Palestine!

Send in your selfies if you have them :D


Make women of color the center of your activism.

Make women of color the center of your class movement.

Make women of color the center of your race movement.

Make women of color the center of your feminist movement.

Make women of color the center of your queer movement.

Make women of color the center of your transgender movement.

Make women of color the center of your disabled movement.

If women of color are not at the center of your activism, you’re doing it wrong.

(via starklyinaccurate)

How to: Remove Facial Hair

Let’s get real, a lot of us have facial hair. In this handy video Latina beauty and style vlogger, Dulce Candy, of Mexican descent, shows us an easy and relatively pain-free way to get rid of undesired facial hair. 

Disclaimer: There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with having facial hair and RTLT strongly believes no one should be shamed for choosing to keep it or choosing to remove it. As always, we support all of our sister’s decisions over their own bodies.

First time submitting and really proud of all the hard work on reclaiming the latin@ tag… NIU Senior and proud to be mexicana



Cartagena, Colombia

(via black-culture)