#SaveOurKids (2/4/15): Meet Jessie. Jessie was an unarmed 17-year old queer Latin@ gunned down after going on a joyride with friends in Denver. Police originally claimed that she had attempted to hit them with the vehicle, which is why they opened fire on her. Witnesses, including the 5 other passengers in the vehicle (which the police showed no regard for when they shot into the car) refute this claim. Jessie was shot 18 timesincluding once in the neck, which is when witnesses said she lost control and hit one of the officers in the leg. The officer suffered a minor fracture. Officers then proceeded to yank Jesse’s lifeless body out of the car and search her rather than call for emergency services. Many will tell you Jessie deserved to die for stealing a car, just like Mike deserved to die for stealing cigarillos. The truth is that these kids died because the officers saw no value in their life. We know different— we know better. Rest in power, Jessie. We fight for you now too. #staywoke #farfromover

GoFundMe for Jessie’s Funeral Expenses

Full Statement from Jessie’s Family


Flaca saying one of the most important things I’ve heard on OITNB

Some info from a very light skinned Mexican 

•Spanish≠Latin@s from South America/Mexico. Spanish are people from Spain.

•THERE IS NOT JUST ONE WAY TO LOOK LIKE WHERE YOU’RE FROM. Not all Latin@s are dark skinned, and in fact there’s a lot who may have more European characteristics (ex. blonde hair)

•Don’t tell people they don’t look like where they’re from. It sucks, and it’s just unnecessary. Looking different doesn’t make any Latin@ less from where they’re from.

•There is a different between being white (as in white skin) and light skinned  (but there’s both in Latin America). Pointing out to someone who is either of these that they don’t look like the stereotype of their country is just shitty. stop.


Disabled // Queer // Femme Trans Boi (he/him/his) // Latinx // Punk // Radical

My contribution to the Trans Day of Visibility! Fuck gender norms, I’m making my own definition of masculinity, and reinventing “pretty boy swag.” Reppin’ it for all the other disabled qtpoc folk out there. Rise up and let your voices be heard! Never be silenced, never let this world erase you. Live your truth and be proud, because you matter. Your voice, your presence, together we show the world that we matter, that we’re here and that they’re not taking shit away from us. No matter how much they oppress us, we ain’t goin no fuckin’ place! Keep on living your truth, and living authentically. You are beautiful and valid. Always remember that you matter, and that you are enough! ♡ ♡ ♡

Lemme just tell a little story to see if I can explain why movies like The Book of Life matter and how representation is not just for marking a check off a list. This is a photo I took of my dad after putting on The Book of Life to show for my two little cousins. For clarity my father has never once given more than a “meh” to animated films. He views them, but that’s about it. Then this film came out, and he decided to take my brother to go see it. He came back home ranting and raving about how great the film was, how it had the name Sanchez and how our family friends the Sanchez’s had to see it and how Carmen looked like another family friend Carmin and how she had to see the movie as well. How the abuelo in the film sang the same songs my abuelo does and how he had to see it.

He literally planned an entire night just to get my whole family to watch this film because it had him that excited. And while my Mom was talking with her friend throughout the movie she kept nudging me to look over at my father. Because even though he had seen the movie in theaters twice already he still couldn’t take his eyes away from the screen for one second and kept smiling like a giant kid. When Jorge Sanchez begins singing his opera song during the finale battle my Mom, Dad, and all my grandparents began to sing along because they knew that old song as it’s actually a famous one.”They are the Sanchez’s” was about the phrase of the night for my Dad. And when the end of the film came for La muerte’s big reveal he had to have everyone be quiet so the kids could freak out for it. 

This is why the film is important, this is why representation is important. Because my Dad hasn’t seen anyone that reminded him of our friend Carmin, or the Sanchez’s or even my own family in an Animated feature. And when he did see one he couldn’t stop smiling, and he wanted to make sure the rest of the family felt the same way, and we did. So thank you Jorge R. Gutierrez for having the courage to stand and make this film. Because it’s now sitting happily on our DVD shelf, and every once and a while i’ll point to the dvd in front of my Dad and say “They are the Sanchez’s”.


Save Our Kids (3/14/15): UPDATE on the Jesse Hernandez’s tragic story. The autopsy report shows that the police were lying through their teeth about the circumstances surrounding why they killed Jesse. Her death has been ruled a homicide. Like Mike Brown before her, many tried to blame Jesse for her own death, that she instigated it by going on a joy ride with her friends. Worse, many were eager to believe some trumped up GTA story of Jesse trying to mow down the cops with a car. The first is belittling and sad. The second has proven to be an outright fabrication by the police. What side are you on my people, I said what side are you on? #thefreedomside #staywoke #farfromover

Friendly reminder that Dia de Los Muertos is pretty much a funeral, and the dead being represented in the holiday are actual dead people who had families and friends and hopes and dreams. So just as you wouldn’t throw on black clothes and join a group of mourners because they look so fashionable in black, you shouldn’t paint your face and put marigolds in your hair and make altars because it looks cool to you. Thank.

New Generation of Colombian Beauty

People of visible African ancestry are all but invisible in the Colombian media, despite them making up at least a quarter of the country’s entire population. This photo-shoot was made to promote models from the city of Quibdó; the capital of Chocó, which is the Colombian province with the highest population of Afro-descendants per capita.

I’m going to need people from the United States to understand something, that has been discussed countless of times throughout tumblr, so much so that it’s like beating a dead horse. Many people still don’t seem to understand that:

1) Latinos are not a race

2) Not all Latinos are people of color

3) Many Latinos are white. As white as native Europeans and sometimes even whiter than white Americans. This is especially true for people in the media in most Latin American countries. In countries like Mexico the movie industry is dominated by white European descendants, especially those from the elite. This is why Mexican men like:

Alejandro González Iñárritu (who is of Basque descent, with his Mexican wife who is of Spanish and German descent)

Emmanuel Lubezki (who is of Russian Jewish descant)

Alfonso Cuarón (who is of Spanish descent)

Guillermo del Toro (who is a Mexican Criollo)

Are white, despite being Mexican in nationality and ethnicity. They are in no way people of color.

Please take that into consideration when their wins are mentioned as triumphs for poc, because they are not. The reason these men won the awards they have, is greatly due to their whiteness.

With that said, their wins are without a doubt victories for Mexico and the Mexican people, and I’m not trying to take that away from them. My only concern are the people who try to detour conversations about the lack of poc representation in Hollywood by saying things like: well there’s this one Mexican nominated too; ignoring the fact that, that one Mexican happens to be no less whiter than the other white foreigners nominated. 

The reason this is extremely problematic is because it gives the illusion that poc are the champions of these victories, and it literally grants white people a space that is intended for poc. Meaning that, not only do they already dominate the media in their home countries, but now they’re also overshadowing a spot for those non-white Latin Americans who are largely invisible in the media of those countries.

On a side note, I’d also like to remind everyone that: Spain is in Europe and that the indigenous population of Spain is as white and as European as the indigenous populations of Britain, France, or Italy. A lot of you seem to think that Penélope Cruz, Pedro Almodóvar, and Javier Bardem are not only Latinos but also as non-white, which is mind-blowing considering they’re all native Europeans.

Arizona’s law banning Mexican-American studies is constitutional, judge rules
February 25, 2014

A court upheld most provisions of an Arizona state law used to prohibit a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson on Friday.

The ruling dealt a blow to supporters of the suspended classes, who had hoped the courts would overturn a 2010 law championed by Arizona conservatives determined to shut down the unconventional courses.

“I was really surprised at the decision,” Jose Gonzalez, a former teacher of Tucson’s suspended Mexican-American Studies classes, told The Huffington Post. “But as a student and teacher of history, I know in civil rights cases like this there’s always setbacks.”

The experimental Tucson curriculum was offered to students in different forms in some of the local elementary, middle and high schools. It emphasized critical thinking and focused on Mexican-American literature and perspectives. Supporters lauded the program, pointing to increased graduation rates, high student achievement and a state-commissioned independent audit that recommended expanding the classes.

But conservative opponents accused the teachers of encouraging students to adopt left-wing ideas and resent white people, a charge the teachers deny. Aiming squarely at Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program, the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 – a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.

Federal Judge Wallace Tashima said the plaintiffs failed to show the law was too vague, broad or discriminatory, or that it violated students’ first amendment rights.

The news wasn’t all bad for supporters of the suspended classes. Tashima ruled that the section of the law prohibiting courses tailored to serve students of a particular ethnicity was unconstitutional.

Originally filed in October of 2010 on behalf of the program’s former teachers, who lost standing because they are public employees, the case is currently brought by former Mexican-American Studies student Nicholas Dominguez and his mother Margarita Dominguez. They will likely appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals within the next 30 days, their lawyer Richard Martinez told The Huffington Post.

“This case is not over,” Martinez said. “It’s not only important to Arizona, but to the country as a whole that this statute be addressed.”

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne began a campaign to eliminate the Mexican-American Studies program from Tucson Unified School District in 2006, when he was serving as the state’s Superintendent of Public Education.

Angered that Mexican-American civil rights leader Dolores Huerta had said that “Republicans hate Latinos” in a speech to Tucson students, Horne sent Deputy Superintendent Margaret Dugan, a Latina Republican, to give an alternate view. But the intellectual exercise turned confrontational when students, who said they were not allowed to ask Dugan questions, sealed their mouths with tape and walked out of the assembly room.

“As superintendent of schools, I have visited over 1,000 schools and I’ve never seen students be disrespectful to a teacher in that way,” Horne said in an interview last year.

The final product of his efforts was House Bill 2281, which then-State Sen. John Huppenthal ® helped pilot through the Arizona legislature. Huppenthal, who succeeded Horne as state superintendent of schools, then found Tucson out of compliance with the new law and ordered the district to shut Mexican-American Studies down or lose 10 percent of its annual funding – some $14 million over the fiscal year. In January of 2012, the school board complied, voting 4 to 1 to discontinue the classes.

The decision drew national attention as administrators plucked Latino literature that once belonged to the curriculum from classrooms, explicitly banning seven titles from instruction.

Full article

But as Latinos become an increasingly large part of a non-white majority in the United States, we must remain vigilant about anti-blackness in our families, communities and movements, or risk a future of our own making in which black lives are treated as though they do not matter. While George Zimmerman’s vile vigilantism is an aberration, we need to admit that people like him, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are not total anomalies; we need to admit that they are like some of our own family members who murmur slurs, lock car doors and cross streets to avoid black people

The Feasts of San Pacho

Late September to early October marks a period of great festivities in the costal city of Quibdó, the capital of Colombia’s Chocó department. During this time, the people of Quibdó take part in celebrations in honor of their patron saint Francis of Assisi, who they affectionately refer to as San Pacho.

Chocó is the department with the most black Colombians per capita, with around 90% of the population identifying as Afro-Colombian, descendants of enslaved Africans brought to the pacific coast of the country to work in gold mines during the colonial era. The region unlike many others in Colombia was never viewed as a suitable area for settlement by Europeans, mainly due to the vast jungles surrounding it. For this reason the black population of Chocó have been able to preserve much of their African traditions and remain relatively unmixed. The preservation of these ancestral traditions has lead to a syncretism between Catholicism and African animism, an example of this syncretism is clearly present throughout the festivities of San Pacho.

During the events the streets of the city are decorated with banners and flags and heave with parades full of brightly colored costumes showing African and Caribbean influence, with brass and drum bands following throughout. Each of the city’s 12 “barrios” erects an altar in its center with candles and images of the saint. Over the course of the celebrations which include a “disco tribute” to the saint, each barrio takes responsibility for the festivities and hosts a party with exhibitions and performances, music, dancing and food. After two weeks of eating, drinking and dancing, the city wakes up to silence on October 4th, the Saint’s Day. The music is turned off and the prayers begin while a massive procession of worshipers parade the saint throughout the city, until it reaches the cathedral where a long ceremony is carried out, which includes the performance of ritual dances.


Fuck Yeah Queer Latin@s in Books!

  1. Trauma Queen by Lovemme Corazón
  2. Chulito by Charles Rice-Gonzalez
  3. Down to the Bone by Maya Lazara Dole
  4. City of Night by John Rechy
  5. The Rain God by Arturo Islas
  6. The Dirty Girls Social Club by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
  7. The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poetica by Maya Chinchilla
  8. Their Dogs Came with Them by Helena Maria Viramontes
  9. Make Love to Rage by Morgan Robyn Collado
Latin@ literature

Listed below are some great literature written by Latin@s. I highly encourage everyone to read at least one of the books below, they won’t disappoint! If you have any other recommendations on books written by Latin@s, please go on ahead and add it to the list. 

Spread and share!! Let’s advocate POC’s literature!

  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez
  • Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda
  • Black behind the Ears by Ginetta Candelario
  • Count on Me: Stories of Fierce Friendships by Las Comadres
  • Geographies of Home by Loida Maritza Perez
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  • In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  • Invisible mountain by Carolina de Robertis
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Massacre in Mexico by Elena Poniatowska
  • Ocotillo Dreams by Melinda Palacios
  • Perla by Carolina de Robertis
  • Song of the Water Saints by Nelly Rosario
  • This River Here by Carmen Tafolla
  • We the animals by Justin Torres
  • When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir by Esmeralda Santiago
  • Women with Big Eyes by Angeles Mastretta
Why We Say Latinx: Trans & Gender Non-Conforming People Explain
Has the word "Latinx" ever come across your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? The letter "x," instead of say an "o" or an "a," is not a typo. In fact, that final letter is very intentional.

“The “x” makes Latino, a masculine identifier, gender-neutral. It also moves beyond Latin@ – which has been used in the past to include both masculine and feminine identities – to encompass genders outside of that limiting man-woman binary.

Latinx, pronounced “La-teen-ex,” includes the numerous people of Latin American descent whose gender identities fluctuate along different points of the spectrum, from agender or nonbinary to gender non-conforming, genderqueer and genderfluid.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s why people who identify as Latinx resonate with the term.

See the slideshow here