xicanism

CHICANA FEMINISM, also referred to as Xicanism, is an ideology based on the rejection of the traditional “household” role of a Mexican-American woman. In challenges the stereotypes of women across the lines of gender, ethnicity, class, race, and sexuality. Most importantly, it serves as a middle ground between the Chicano Movement and the Women’s Liberation Movement.

~La Pareja~

I just wanted to see some queer latinx art sooo. This was fun to do because of the lighting and it was not fun to do because of the lighting.Denim is tough. Branches are tough, leaves are tough. Flesh is fun and flexible. I wanted expressive strokes! I think I delivered kinda. As with every piece I learned a thing or two.

Hope someone out there enjoys!

"I don’t think I have rebelled against Latina culture. I have rebelled against those who try to make me warm tortillas for my brothers when they can warm them for themselves, I have rebelled against a patriarchal religion. I rebel against small mindedness in all ways and in every situation but those things are not an intrinsic part of Latina culture and I will fight tooth and nail against anyone who tries to make me feel like I’m less Xicana for not embracing the small-mindedness." - Alice Bag, interview on 1/23/12

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Carlos Andrés Gómez // What’s Genocide?

“Carlos—what’s genocide?”

they won’t let you hear the truth at school
if that person says “fuck”
can’t even talk about “fuck”
even though a third of your senior class
is pregnant.

I can’t teach an 18-year-old girl in a public school
how to use a condom that will save her life
and that of the orphan she will be forced
to give to the foster care system—
“Carlos, how many 13-year-olds do you know that are HIV-positive?”

“Honestly, none. But I do visit a shelter every Monday and talk with
six 12-year-old girls with diagnosed AIDS.”
while 4th graders three blocks away give little boys blowjobs during recess
I met an 11-year-old gang member in the Bronx who carries
a semi-automatic weapon to study hall so he can make it home
and you want me to censor my language

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar Evers
call themselves “World History” and don’t mention
King Leopold or diamond mines
call themselves “Politics in the Modern World”
and don’t mention Apartheid

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

you wonder why children hide in adult bodies
lie under light-color-eyed contact lenses
learn to fetishize the size of their asses
and simultaneously hate their lips
my students thought Che Guevara was a rapper
from East Harlem
still think my Mumia t-shirt is of Bob Marley
how can literacy not include Phyllis Wheatley?
schools were built in the shadows of ghosts
filtered through incest and grinding teeth
molded under veils of extravagant ritual

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Roselyn, how old was she? Cuántos años tuvo tu madre cuando se murió?”

“My mother had 32 years when she died. Ella era bellísima.”

…what’s genocide?

they’ve moved from sterilizing “Boricua” women
injecting indigenous sisters with Hepatitis B,
now they just kill mothers with silent poison
stain their loyalty and love into veins and suffocate them

…what’s genocide?

Ridwan’s father hung himself
in the box because he thought his son
was ashamed of him

…what’s genocide?

Maureen’s mother gave her
skin lightening cream
the day before she started the 6th grade

…what’s genocide?

she carves straight lines into her
beautiful brown thighs so she can remember
what it feels like to heal

…what’s genocide?
…what’s genocide?

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Luz, this…
this right here…

is genocide.”

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Mexican children learning Nahuatl

My heart is melting. Indigenous babieeeeees.

I want to learn Nahuatl too!

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I made a zine - wanna help me pass it around?
Curated thoughts and art in a bite-sized format.

Featuring the works of Mark Aguhar & William Pope L.

Includes quotes from intellectuals and cyber-curanderos, of the likes of Jimmy Baldwin, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gloría Anzaldua.

*special thanks to Lou Diamond Phillips

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350,000 to 500,000 people take to the streets of Dallas, Texas & demand immigration reform & a more just life in the United States
May 6, 2013

Thousands gathered Sunday in downtown Dallas to call for an immigration system overhaul as the Senate considers a proposal to legalize some of the estimated 11 million people who are in the U.S. unlawfully.

At the front of a march that began at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Virgin of Guadalupe were Catholic Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, an immigrant from Ireland, and Domingo García, a Dallas lawyer and one of the demonstration’s organizers.

“This nation was founded and built on immigrants, and we must continue to always welcome the immigrant in our midst,” Bishop Farrell said as the crowd clapped. The bishop drew more applause when he switched to Spanish and said he prayed that the nation’s leaders “accept and treat every person with justice.”

The march stretched for several blocks, bringing out families, college students and other supporters of the cause. A crowd estimate wasn’t available from police, but the turnout was a fraction of a similar march in 2006 that police said drew 350,000 to 500,000 people.

When the marchers arrived at Dallas City Hall, a Cinco de Mayo festival paused as the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sung.

Dallas County Commissioner Elba García told the crowd: “We want immigration reform now. No more excuses!” Her husband, Domingo García, added, “The march is not over until President Obama signs an immigration bill.”

Angel Mondragon, an immigrant from Mexico City, carried a handmade placard that read, “Gays also want an immigration reform.” Mondragon said he loves the U.S. “I am gay and I have more opportunity here. People give me more respect here.” But the Senate measure doesn’t provide a provision that recognizes same-sex bi-national couples — a fact highlighted by various gay advocacy groups on the national level.

Some marchers and speakers noted the recent record deportations in the U.S. of about 400,000 a year. Hector Flores, a past national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, and Roberto Corona, an immigrant leader demanded that deportations should end. Through hard work within the United States, Corona said, “we have earned this immigration reform.”

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it ain't just tacos.

people often talk about racist USians slurring mexicanos, while at the same time loving eating tacos. i wholly agree that the hypocrisy is gross. and an indicator of general ignorance.

but let’s also note that US denizens have to thank México for a whole lot more than their tacos! without even mentioning enchiladas, salsa, tamales, or any other typical Mexican dish, give thanks for so much of your precious and prized chocolate, tomatoes, avacados, coffee, and corn, too!

hell, if we check 2011 figures, México is actually the USA’s 3rd largest goods importer, so much so that the US has a trade deficit with México to the tune of 64.5 billion at last count!

cuz it aint’ just tacos and it ain’t just food. when you break down the imports, México is the US’ 2nd largest agricultural supplier, yes. but at 15.8 billion, agriculture is hardly what we benefit most from up here! in machinery, the US imported two times that much (30 billion). in vehicles (cars, trucks and parts) $45.8 billion, mineral fuel and oil (crude) $43.9 billion, and precious stones (gold and silver) $9.8 billion (thanks, glenn beck).

whether it is people like my father and grandfather and grandmother who worked in the fields to help set your table, or people like my great grandmother who washed your floors and tables, or the many goods and services and resources that contribute in myriad crucial ways and have since before the Gold Rush—the USA would fall down to its knees and crumble if México and Mexicans and all our family and kin were to withdraw our multifaceted, powerful, and precious participation.

so. remember. it ain’t just about the tacos, carnál.

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Court smacks down Joe Arpaio: Turning point for ‘America’s toughest sheriff?’
May 25, 2013

A federal court on Friday found that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio systematically violated the constitutional rights of immigrants through “saturation” sweeps that ended up targeting people based on their appearance or perceived ancestry.

The destructively racist Arpaio has over the past decade come to define American anger over illegal immigration as he’s aggressively pursued immigration lawbreakers in Arizona’s most populous county, corralling a staggering 25 percent of all US immigration arrests per year.

Arpaio remains popular among many conservatives for stunts like his racist investigation of President Obama’s birth certificate and issuing pink underwear to inmates, a choice which both perpetuates ridiculous shaming of varied gender expressions and shamefully celebrates systemic dehumanization. The court ruling can be seen as part of a broader pushback against aggressive immigration enforcement and growing momentum for a bipartisan solution to the difficult and often traumatic lifestyles that many of America’s undocumented people are subjected to.

The decision, which in essence agreed with an earlier lower court ruling, should be seen as “a warning to any agency trying to enforce ‘show me your papers’ [state laws] – there is no exception in the Constitution for immigration enforcement,” said Cecilia Wang, director f the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, in a statement. In the ruling, US District Court Judge Murray Snow told Arpaio and his deputies to stop using race and ancestry as reasons to stop or detain drivers in a tactic widely known as “saturation patrols.”

But if the court ruling represents a victory for immigration advocates and a legal reversal for Arpaio, it’s also clear that, even before the ruling, Arpaio had been losing support among more educated white voters even as opposition against him had galvanized among ascendant Hispanic voters, the Arizona Capital Times newspaper reported recently. Arpaio won reelection with only 50.7 percent of the vote last November, his lowest total. “He was the most popular guy in the state, but he’s been on a long slow ride down,” Arizona political analyst Michael O’Neil told the newspaper.

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August 29, 1970.
The Chicano Moratorium.
We don’t forget.