#Justice4JoseMendez - LAPD stop killing our youth - we need answers!
When: February 12, 2016 Time: 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM Location: LAPD Hollenbeck Community Police Station 2111 E 1st St, Los Angeles, California 90033
Come join us to demand an END TO POLICE BRUTALITY and #Justice4JoseMendez! Be sure to share this event, share the image, and use this on social media: #Justice4JoseMendez - LAPD stop killing our youth - we need answers!
I grew up with an ideal of beauty that didn’t suit a fuzzy little Xicana like me. It’s taken time to love my super fuzzy arms, big nose and awkward tooth. I’ve grown into myself and learned that if I love the things that people don’t think are beautiful, I could not be hurt by the cruel things people can say about them.
I remind myself:
“Hairy arms” does not mean ugly.
“Crooked tooth” does not mean ugly.
“Big nose” does not mean ugly.
I radiate beauty just as I am.
You radiate beauty just as you are.
It’s hard to love the features you’re the most insecure about. The insecurity might not ever go away, but if you ever need a reminder that your features, whatever they may be, are beautiful just hmu.
This especially goes out to my fellow Xicanas that got made fun of in elementary school and onward for their body hair.
Because I was taught to stay away from certain styles because they were too “mexican”. With phrases like “the bigger the hoop, the bigger the hole” when I loved wearing big earrings. Being told that red hair against my brown skin looked “ghetto” instead of fierce and bold. Wearing stylish flannels like the pretty pastel haired girls on tumblr and being told I look like a “chola”. Working hard to get rid of my slang because society taught me that it was “unflattering”. That bright red lips were too much. That my natural intense brows are now a makeup “fad”. When in reality all this shit was made up by people that want to put us down for claiming our own identity.
I have officially been on this Earth and in this human body for a quarter of a century! &I couldn’t be more excited! Although there are times where I am too hard on myself, I have never been as proud of who I have grown to be as a person than I am right now. I thank the universe everyday for its countless gifts, including the people who surround me, who have help lift my spirits when times felt too heavy. Thank you all, thank you Life for another year to celebrate being on this planet, thank you for the strength to finally walk the stage at a school I wasn’t even going to apply to because I doubted my potential, thank you for proving my negative thoughts wrong! (&thank you Alejandra Ramirez fir these beautiful photos!) LETS PARTY!
16 year old #JoseMendez was gunned down by cops in #BoyleHeights on Sunday, February 7th. And while some have started blaming the victim and his family, we should remember who the killers are. STOP POLICE BRUTALITY!
Follow: Centro CSO as they are coordinating with the family for future action.
Finished just in time to display at this years Dia de los Muertos event in uptown Whittier hosted by #Castitadelpueblo
“Be Still My Beating Corazon” 36" x 24" Oil and acrylic on canvas by Jake Prendez. 2015