Poema, La pasión, por la poetisa uruguaya, Cristina Peri Rossi
We emerged from love
as if from an aerial catastrophe
We had lost our clothes
I was missing a tooth
and you had lost track of time
Was it a year as long as a century
or a century as short as a day?
Among the furniture
around the house
glasses photos torn books
We were survivors
of a collapse
of a volcano
of raging waters
And we parted with the vague feeling
of having survived
though we didn’t know what for.
English translation of the poem, The passion, by Nicaraguan writer Cristina Peri Rossi
I haven’t been here much since I’ve been dealing with a whole host of medical issues due to my ongoing transition. However, I’d like for us to be more active and discuss things relevant to our community.
So, this month, besides the usual selfie storm I’d like for y’all to think about gender and gender identity and culture. What does being a latina mean to you?
It was so awesome to meet Jennifer De Leon this weekend and get a chance to chat with her about her new book, “Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education”. I’ve only read a couple of essays so far but I had to recommend it to everyone I could!
Wise Latinas is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. For some Latinas, college, where they are vastly underrepresented, is the first time they are immersed in American culture outside their homes—and where the values of two cultures often clash. Wise Latinas is in part a response to this widening gap.
Featuring acclaimed writers such as Sandra Cisneros, Norma Cantú, and Julia Alvarez, to name a few, Wise Latinas shows that there is no one Latina college experience. With thoughtful and engaging pieces, Wise Latinas provides a platform for Latina writers to share their experiences in higher education and gives a voice to the many Latina women who have taken risks; embraced the new, confronted change; and maintained (and in some cases found) their roots
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:
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!