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art by rommy torrico, rommytorrico.com
haven’t had the opportunity to post up the final tidbit of my series for womxn’s story, past present and future, month. i would have loved to have made the portraits of all the 31 individuals i wanted to, but alas, birthday trips consume a bit more time than i had imagined. anyway, here you are.
Ty Underwood: I’m too proud of myself, I have everything i need and want, i enjoy every minute of this wonderful life of mines.- Ty Underwood. Fallen sister, I honor you and the all of the fallen sisters of color that have been taken from us or have left us. You are all so amazing, powerful, beautiful. We will celebrate you and fight fiercely to protect trans, gender non conforming and queer of color lives and destroy transmisogyny. I love you and I will remember you. Rest in power and radiance, #TyUnderwood
Radical Brownies: The Radical Brownies create opportunities for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their cultures and contribute radically to their communities.- Radical Brownies. Perhaps it’s safe to say that we are all a little jealous that we didn’t have a #RadicalBrownies troop when we were growing up. I’m all about these young little folks and the founders of @radicalbrownies . Any space that nurtures growth, love and social consciousness all while staying deeply rooted to the community is where it’s at. This is their mission statement: “The Radical Brownies empower young girls of color so that they step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership in order to make the world a more radical place.” How beautiful is that? I wonder if they’re thinking of opening up a chapter for folks between the ages of 18-55… I know a lot of individuals within that age group that would benefit from having a space like this.
If you don’t follow the Radical Brownies on social media, you should. Find them on FB: Radical Brownies and on IG. Consider donating to this amazing bunch, while you’re at it. Much love, strength and protection to you, young Brownies. This little brown, trans, undocuqueer is proud of you keep rocking on
Assata Shakur: We need a r/evolution of the mind. We need a r/evolution of the heart. We need a r/evolution of the spirit. The power of the people is stronger than any weapon. A people’s r/evolution can’t be stopped. - Assata Shakur. Truth is that there are no words to describe the magnificence, wisdom, love and power that this womxn possesses. I’m not even going to try. I will humbly just be an eternal student of hers. Unconditional gratitude for your existence, #Assata
Frida Kahlo: Soy mi propia musa. Soy la persona que mejor conozco. Soy la persona que quiero mejorar.- #FridaKahlo. I think I missed Frida Friday…
bell hooks: The rage of the oppressed is never the same as the rage of the privileged. One group can change their lot only be changing the system; the other hopes to be rewarded within the system.- bell hooks. You have been so important and so essential to my growth, bell. You’ve nourished me and helped me blossom in ways I never expected. I’m still learning from you which reminds me that my potential for growth is limitless. If only I could own all your books. Eternal gratitude, #bellHooks
Carla Morrison: No le pidas tiempo al tiempo, yo no voy a estar siempre aquí.- Carla Morrison. I really appreciate la Carla. The older I get, the more I realize that mi vida amorosa is basically all of her songs. Vulnerability and feelings are some of the most magical things- wish more folks opened themselves up for that. Typical water sign ramblings.
Antonia Castañeda: Who are these children who speak in tongues and live in fire?- #AntoniaCastañeda. I’m a good bit behind on my power-up portrait series, I know I know. BUT we’re back and today is Antonia’s day. We talk about decolonizing as a process and I’ll admit that Antonia JUST appeared in my process of decolonizing. I didn’t know much of anything regarding her or her work until this weekend… but now that I know you, Antonia, and all the work that you’ve done, trust that I will be an avid student of yours. I was able to be part of a celebration that honored her and the amount of people she’s touched with her wisdom and warmth is astounding. San(ta) Antonia. This mujer is such a badass Chicana historian, writer and activist. Born in Texas and daughter of farmworkers, she’s worked closely with organizations within her community and is constantly advocating for an intersectional approach to race, class, gender ad sexuality when it comes to history and politics. She’s published several works which focus on gender, sexuality, and women of color in California and the Borderlands from the 16th century to the present.
I’ll leave y'all with this tidbit from her work, Language and Other Lethal Weapons: Cultural Politics and the Rites of children as Translators of Culture
“If we are to decolonize national myths, surely we must understand how different people have lived the american myths: the historical myths about inventing America that refer to invasion as discovery and the ideological myths that sustain US imperialism, genocide, racialism, and economic exploitation and have done so since the founding of this nation. These myths, and the attitudes they foster, are intrinsic to the political, economic, social, and cultural values of the United States and are the toxic particles that we ingest with every breath.” BOOM.
Rinelle Harper: I ask that everyone here remembers a few simple words: love, kindness, respect and forgiveness. As a survivor, I respectfully challenge you all to call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.- #RinelleHarper. This is what power looks like. My heart beats for this girl. Rinelle, a teen from Garden Hill First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, was attacked in November of last year. She was beaten and sexually assaulted by two men, thrown into the Assiniboine River, where she managed to get out but was again met by the same men, who continued to beat her. After being left for dead at the banks, she still managed to survive. She was able to make a full physical recovery, and in December she spoke at a gathering of over a hundred chiefs, where she specifically called for a national inquiry into the violence toward indigenous women and girls that have resulted in them missing or being found dead. We need to protect indigenous women at all costs. All my love is radiating to you, Rinelle. You are beautiful, powerful and I’m in awe. Rest in power, all indigenous women that we’ve lost.
Angela Y. Davis: This is the ideological work that the prison performs - it relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.- #AngelaDavis. I love you. There’s honestly nothing more I can say about this amazing being that hasn’t already been said so… I’m just going to leave this right here for you. I’ll just gush inwardly with gratitude and appreciation for your existence. You take my breath away, goddess. What a way to wrap up my favorite month.