Guys, I’m just kind of… Imagining History lessons in the future… Imagine the kids as the teacher tells them about Trump. About the Women’s March, about the Wall, about friggin’ Rogue NASA, about the Muslim ban and the lawyers at the airports. And then the teacher says “oh, and that was just like the first ten days”. Just imagine it
There’s a long simmering conversation in the food world about cultural appropriation — about who’s allowed to cook what, and why — but it’s usually a tad more subtle than what Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly confessed to Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon.
Wilgus and Connelly were profiled by Willamette Weekabout the delicious handmade tortillas they sell out of a food truck called Kooks Burritos on Cesar Chavez Boulevard in Portland. The duo said they learned their craft from women in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico.
“I picked the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever, and they showed me a little of what they did,” Connelly told Willamette Week. “They told us the basic ingredients, and we saw them moving and stretching the dough similar to how pizza makers do before rolling it out with rolling pins. They wouldn’t tell us too much about technique, but we were peeking into the windows of every kitchen, totally fascinated by how easy they made it look. We learned quickly it isn’t quite that easy.”
The problem, of course, is that it’s unclear whether the Mexican women who handed over their recipes ever got anything in return. And now those same recipes are being sold as a delicacy in Portland. Read more (5/19/17)
“My paintings are well painted, not nimbly but patiently. My painting contains in it the message of pain. I think that at least a few people are interested in it. It’s not revolutionary. Why keep wishing for it to be belligerent? I can’t. Painting completed my life. I lost three children and a series of other things that would have fulfilled my horrible life. My painting took the place of all of this. I think work is the best thing.”- Frida K.
“Mis pinturas estan bien echas.Mi pintura lleva con ella el mensaje del dolor. Pienso que poca gente esta interesado en esto.La lucha revolucionaria en este proceso es una puerta abierta a la inteligencia.Pintando completo mi vida. Perdi tres hijos y mas cosas que alo mejor iba cambiar mi horrible vida. Mis pinturas tomo el lugar de todo eso por eso trabajar es lo mejor”.-Frida Kahlo
Lydia Cacho (b. 1963) is an investigative journalist and human rights activist from
Mexico. Her reporting has helped uncover numerous cases of violence and abuse
against women and children.
She reported hundreds of cases of femicide throughout Mexico, and was
arrested and beaten for her exposure of a pedophilia ring in her 2004 book Los demonios del Edén. She received
numerous international awards for her work, from organizations such as Amnesty
International, Oxfam, or UNESCO.
Comandante Ramona (1959-2006) was perhaps the most famous female leader of the rebel Zapatista Army of National Liberation, operating in Mexico. She was in charge of an army which consisted of one-third women, and became a symbol for equality and the rights of indigenous women.
She joined the Zapatistas in an effort to give a voice to impoverished Mexican women and to end the injustices of the government against them. She was a dedicated diplomat, often delivering motivational speeches and peace talks.