Monday, December 19, 2005

Tequila Christmas Cake

Here's a good recipe:

Tequila Christmas cake

1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of brown sugar
Lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 bottle tequila
2 cups of dried fruit

Sample the tequila to check quality.
Take a large bowl, check the tequila again.
To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

Turn on the electric mixer.
Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again.
At this point it's best to make sure the tequila is still OK.
Try another cup... just in case.
Turn off the mixerer thingy.
Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

Pick the frigging fruit up off floor.
Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a

Sample the tequila to check for tonsisticity.
Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something.
Check the tequila.
Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
No wait..shtrain the lemon juice and shift your nuts.
Add one table.
Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink, whatever you can find.
Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Finally, throw the bowl through the window.

Finish the tequila and wipe counter with the cat.

Merry Holidays

Sunday, December 11, 2005


THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2005
Reception begins at 6:15

IN MY UNCLE's FOOTSTEPSs…Producer Evangeline V. Fabia steps into the world of the Filipino martial art of Eskrima, uncovering the cultural roots and traditions that are passed on to practitioners of this ancient and graceful fighting form. With students: Bernd Kleinböelting, Kim Cao, John Hacker, Christian Geiger, Fey Adelstein, Tanya Lovejoy, Jason Francisco and Benny Kong

AMERICA's CHEMICAL ANGELS….Producers Oxana Chumak and Ralitsa Stoeva explore the dramatic debate behind a parent’s most wrenching decision…whether or not to feed their child mind-altering drugs for behavioral improvement or better marks in school. With BECA crew: Skye Christensen, Nicole Tse, Mark Collier, Scott Baldwin, Tim Kilkenny, Frank Clary, Daniel Randall and Pascal Garneau.

THE LAST WORD…Producer Maya Chinchilla explores the world of a fierce group of women who stake out their part of the Spoken Word performance scene while juggling relationships, jobs, children and community in their pursuit of creating a powerful collective of voice. With students: Lakeisha Coston, Daniel Vöelkel, Markus Harter, Thieny Hoang, Peter Sandifer.

Click to join last_word

***Its also Vangie's birthday so we will definately be hanging out afterwards

Monday, December 05, 2005

HOT CHICKS in a Documentary

A work in progress of the new documentary I am working on called the LAST WORD about a few bay area lady spoken word artists (some of whom you might be very familiar with and some may be new to you) will be showing this coming THURSDAY DEC. 15th 7pm at SFSU Creative Arts/ RADIO and TELEVISION Building, STUDIO ONE.

Its really a very personal project, more like a love letter to women artists I really admire, social change art, and artists looking for spaces to nuture their art and in return their communities.

As usual I have put my life on hold and my heart and soul into this project. Its always nice to get feedback and not feel like your life's work had been created in a vacuum so come and show your solidarity to this humble soul on a mission.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Good Night and Good Luck

Good Night and Good Luck:
The Revolution May Never Be Televised

“I am entirely persuaded that the American public is more reasonable,
restrained and more mature than most of our industry's program planners
Edward R. Murrow, 1958

To say that George Clooney’s new film “Good Night and Good Luck” is one
of the most important films of this year is to be guilty of significant
understatement. Not since Michael Mann’s 1999 thriller “The Insider”
has a Hollywood film director made a media-focused mainstream movie
this important or timely.

Clooney tells the story of CBS news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow
(masterfully played by David Strathairn) and his battle to expose the
anti-Communist excesses of Wisconsin junior Senator Joseph McCarthy
(played by himself, thanks to recovered 1950s kinescope footage). Led
by CBS producer Fred Friendly (a be-speckled Clooney) and supported by
a loyal news team, Murrow’s courageous “See It Now” TV program
confronted the domestic fallout of Cold War ideology (and, by
extension, the military/industrial/media complex propping it up) while
simultaneously staking out a more tolerant and inclusive version of
American patriotism that honored privacy, individual rights, and a
sense of fair play.

Does this debate sound strangely familiar?

While Murrow’s truth-telling won him praise from New York Times media
reporter Jack Gould and other influential cultural gate-keepers, his
nightly stories put “See It Now’s" parent company and Columbia
Broadcast System CEO William Paley (Frank Langella, in the film) under
tremendous pressure. Large corporations cancelled their underwriting
contracts with CBS (during the 1950s, before the days of wall-to-wall
ads, companies like Alcoa often single-handedly supported an entire
program), and US military officials showed up in Friendly’s office for
a not-so-friendly heart-to-heart chat.

In telling Murrow’s story, Clooney wisely plays to his medium’s
strengths. Shooting in black and white, he has produced a compact film
that is tightly edited, atmospheric, and, for TV news studio scenes,
downright claustrophobic. We learn nothing about Murrow’s personal
life, very little about any of the story’s major characters beyond the
news room, and precious few details about Cold War culture.

What we do learn, thanks to Clooney’s decision to book-end his film
with a speech Murrow made at a 1958 Radio-Television News Director
Association dinner, is that many Americans like Murrow believed very
much in the power of television to educate, enlighten, and inspire,
rather than to simply sell people stuff. Murrow’s 1958 observations –
now legendary in media circles - still stand as some of the most
prescient and honest statements about TV and U.S. society ever made by
an industry insider.

“We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have
currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information.
Our mass media reflect this.” Murrow observed on that October 1958
evening in Chicago. “But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and
recognize that television in the main is being used to distract,
delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance
it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally
different picture too late.”

What would Murrow make of U.S. television today? The massive global
consolidation of a hyper-commercial corporate structure? The 28 hours a
week we Americans watch, on average? The Fox-ification of TV “news”?
The 24-7 ad-driven “consensus trance” created by the medium, our
society’s epistemological command center even today? The 1996 $70
billion Congressional giveaway of the publicly-owned digital spectrum –
for FREE - to the telecommunications industry? Or, on the positive
side, community cable TV broadcasters’ valiant efforts to exploit the
medium to capture the real lives of real communities – to use TV for
something other than simply selling us stuff?

And, if Murrow were alive today, would he tackle our most provocative
but unreported national news stories-to-be? Election Fraud? 911 Truth?
Corporate corruption on a grand scale? International drug trafficking
by our country’s own intelligence agencies?

“This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even
inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined
to use it to those ends,” Murrow concluded in 1958. “Otherwise it is
merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive
battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference.
This weapon of television could be useful.”

Prophetic words. And ones that, I fear, will never be completely
realized as long as the television medium, in the main, is owned and
operated by our society’s richest and most powerful players.

Historian, media educator and musician Dr. Rob Williams lives in
Vermont’s Mad River Valley. Read, listen, and watch at

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Made in BRASIL: Two Documentaries, One Premiere
Thursday, October 27, 7:00pm
Media in Community Service
SFSU Creative Arts Bldg. Studio 1
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA
(415) 338-1326

San Francisco State University’s Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts MEDIA IN COMMUNITY SERVICE presents two Brazilian stories about a way of life at a non-profit organization “Salao do Encontro" or "The Meeting Place." The two half hour documentaries will premiere on Thursday,
October 27, 2005, at 7:00pm in room Studio One,
located at SFSU’s Radio & Television Creative Arts Bldg, Holloway Ave Entrance.

In June 2005, Professor Betsy Blosser, along with
two teacher assistants Vanessa Pinheiro and Ryan Stouffer, and seven students took an international trip to a small Brazilian town where they would put education into practice. The self funded group made sure that upon their return to the US the production would see through to its completion. In December Salao Do Encontro will receive the documentaries to use as part of their fundraising strategies so they can help more people.

“Salao do Encontro” is a story about a non-profit organization that is self sufficient through harvesting their own crops, recycling, caring for its people and neighborhood, creating jobs & paying a fair wage, giving chances to those that don’t necessarily have the means to obtain a second chance, and much more.

It’s a story about the people and the love of one woman who organized Salao do Encontro so that the underprivileged would have the opportunity to make a better life for themselves. And this includes the children, the youth, the adults, the elderly, the
disabled, everyone and anyone society deems insignificant… but to the founder of Salao, Dona Noemi only sees potential.

It has been said that Salao shouldn’t be talked about,
it should be seen.

Refreshments, Newsreel and Slideshow
Plus Q&A with Filmmakers

Documentary 1
Director: Maya Chinchilla
Producer: Rinchen Lama
Editor & Audio Supervisor: Geoff Kottmeier
Director of Photography: Joseph Cousins

Documentary 2
Director: Keith Morikawa
Producer: JJ Moffat
Production Manager: Evangeline Fabia

Executive Producers: Ryan Stouffer,Vanessa Pinheiro & Betsy Blosser

Friday, September 23, 2005

Hip Hop in Education-RBTR Film Festival update

Hey my beautiful friends and family, I am currently working on my new documentary about Women in Spoken Word and finishing up the editing on my project about an amazing non-profit from Brazil that should be done in October.

Also the first documentary I worked on is going to be showing in some film festivals coming up so come out and support! (yeah this has been my heart and soul and also one of the main reasons I have been pretty know following dreams, taking back the media and tell the stories that need to be told... the only true path to happiness, doing what you love... I am testing out that theory while I max out the credit card)

Thanks always for all your love and support. Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested.

First off Reading Between the Rhymes will be shown this upcoming Tuesday at SFSU:

FilmFest 2005
Jack Adams Hall
Cesar Chavez Student Center 30th Anniversary Film Festival showcasing a variety of films by current and former SFSU students.

Tuesday September 27th 6:45 p.m.
"Reading Between the Rhymes" (2005)
Director: Keith Morikawa
Associate Producer: Maya Chinchilla
"Reading Between the Rhymes" is a documentary that explores the use of the hip hop culture in the classroom as a learning tool to engage and inspire youth. 27 min.

San Diego Asian Film Festival 2005
September 29 at 7:00 PM, UltraStar AZN/Cox Theatre 6
October 2 at 4:30 PM, Brickstones

H2Ed Hip Hop Education Summit 2005 (Bronx, NY)
November 5 at 1:15 PM, Bronx Museum of the Arts
(R.B.T.R. was based largely on last years H2Ed Summit. A mandatory event for all educators seeking alternative and creative ways to teach. You must register and obtain a summit pass prior to attending. for more info.)

H2O (Hip Hop Odyssey) International Film Festival
November 6-12, TBA
(New York's hottest Hip Hop event this fall and a world class event, promoting social awareness and youth empowerment through media)

Also, be sure to check out this months Edutopia Magazine from The George Lucas Educational Foundation. There's a meaty article, Hip Hop High, that focuses on, but of course, Hip Hop and education.

Monday, September 19, 2005


What's goin on folks...

In solidarity with the actions that will be taking place all over the country on the Weekend of September 23-25th we will be making our voices heard right here in downtown Oakland. There will be some great speakers & performers (check out some of the names below).

Please come through if you can.

ps...also try to come through Dolores park in SF at 11am on Saturday the 24th. Info is below as well.

Let this administration know that they will never have the Bay!

Please post & forward widely!

No Recruitment, No Draft.
Support GI Resisters: AN ARMY OF NONE!

4pm: Speak Out & Performances
Street Theatre, Spoken Word, Hip Hop & Samba,
Destiny Arts, Art in Action, Cesar Cruz, Aima (The Mamaz) and more!
Chevron Gas Station
Telegraph Ave and Grand Ave, Oakland
(19th St. BART)

5pm: March, Demonstrate
and Nonviolent Direct Action
Armed Forces Recruiting Center
2116 Broadway, btwn 21/22nd Sts

If you want to support the upcoming action
and/or participate in nonviolent civil disobedience
take note of the dates:

***Saturday, September 17th ****
3 – 6pm
Come make banners and signs
in the picnic area by the Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut St. in Live Oak Park (across the creek from Levana’s
North Berkeley. Veggie BBQ – bring something to throw on the grill!
Directions: From Downtown Berkeley, go north on Shattuck till it
appears to end, turn right on Rose, then left right away on Walnut and
go down about a block. You will see the Berkeley Art Center on your

***Sunday, September 18th***
6 – 8pm
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
344 40th Street between Broadway and Shafter, Oakland

***Thursday, September 22nd***
If you plan on risking arrest, please come to the nonviolent direct
action training and orientation.
7 – 9pm, Nonviolent Direct Action and People Power training
The Spot, 1629 Telegraph Ave. between 16th and 17th, 5th floor

Pick up at the Sat Artbuild(above), Destiny Arts (Beginning Monday)or
from website:
3900 Telegraph between 40th and MacArthur
Beebe Memorial Cathedral

If the government won’t listen to the people, we will stop the war
ourselves by
organizing campaigns to remove the pillars of support on which the war
By supporting counter recruitment, GI resistance and draft resistance,
we can
strategically cut off the supply of compliant troops. This action
these people power campaigns that are key to the resurgent movement to
stop the
Iraq war and occupation, and policies of empire behind it.

While over 200 billion a year of our money is spent on the Iraq war and
occupation, money was cut from flood control projects that could have
avert much of the disaster. Large numbers of National Guard troops that
have helped are in Iraq. The resources that are spent for hurricane
care dwarf
next to that wasted on warfare. We're working to uproot the system
behind the
Iraq war in the Persian Gulf and the government made disaster in the
Coast. It is time to replace racism and poverty with economic and

Recruiters grow desperate as more civilians, especially
African-Americans and
women, are refusing to enlist. At the same time, more and more enlisted
soldiers are refusing to fight this war for empire. Recruiters are
intensifying their campaign of lies upon our youth, and especially on
working-class neighborhoods and communities of color. Over $185
million a day
goes to maintain the occupation of Iraq, while here in California money
into prisons instead of schools. Here, working class youth and youth of
are told "you can go into the military or to jail," and then once
soldiers refusing to kill are imprisoned.

How can we step up our support for youth to find alternatives to the
military, for those already enlisted who are refusing orders to kill or
going AWOL, and for Iraqis who are fighting for their lives under U.S.
occupation? Please join us on the 23rd, spread the word and bring your
There will be a safe zone for those not risking arrest.

From A Nation Rocked To Sleep/
For Casey Sheehan

Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother's
They say he died so the flag will continue to wave,
But I believe he died because they had oil to save.
Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother's

Have you ever heard the sound of a Nation Rocked to Sleep?
The leaders want to keep you numb so the pain won't be so deep,
But if we the people let them continue, another mother will
Have you ever heard the sound of a Nation Rocked to Sleep?

By Carly Sheehan

People Power Can End the War Collective
An ad hoc group of youth, students, people of faith, veterans, military
and counter recruitment and military resistance support organizations
working to
support people power strategy to end the war and occupation.

Supported by: Veterans for Peace-Chapter 69, Central Committee of
Objectors, Courage to Resist, Art in Action, , Naked Souls Artist
Mother Speak, Fr. Louis Vitale

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Teatro Luna

Hey yall come out to see these outrageously funny and entertaining theater group on these two dates. You may also see me and other members of Las Manas on both of these nights.
9/13 & 9/17

Teatro Luna BLAZES into the Bay Area!!
Chicago’s all Latina Theatre Ensemble presents two hilarious/bitterweet productions to satiate the budding thespian in all. Galería de la Raza is proud to host Teatro Luna's ten-day artist residency...

Tuesday, September 13

“Aparicíon” - A Staged Reading

Aparicíon is the story of Natalia, a Mexican born Tejana whose day-to-day life is interrupted by the appearance of an Entity. As Natalia muddles through the complicated relationships in her life – an affair with her sister’s husband, her domineering and class-obsessed Mexican family, her friendships with a working class Tex/Mex woman and her new neighbor, a transplant from Chicago who is one of the only African-American men in her town – she struggles to bind this Being to her.

A Staged Reading @ Galería de la Raza
Free Admission
Time: 7:30PM

Teatro Luna
West Coast premiere of Teatro Luna’s fourth ensemble built show about complicated and hilarious hilarious relationship between gender, culture and the very thing our abuelas forbade us to do.

SATURDAY, September 17

S-e-x-Oh! is based on autobiographical writing and community interviews, S-e-x-Oh! places the stereotypes about Latina sexuality – the virginal mother, the pregnant teen, the “spicy” sexpot- within the larger context of Latina lives and experiences. Nothing is off limits from masturbation, exploration, obsession, jealousy, phone sex, perverts and piojos, to the more serious topics of molestation and abortion. The stories in S-e-x-Oh! move discussion about Latina sexuality beyond the Virgin/Whore dichotomy portrayed not just in the popular media, but in our own homes as well.

Saturday, September 17
West Coast Premiere
**USF's Gill Theatre (inside Campion Hall), 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco
Admission: $8-$15

Monday, September 05, 2005

Mainstream TV Observations-Katrina

Reposted from "Bob McCannon"
I have been recording CBS and ABC news every night for the last five
nights and lots of ABC and FOX for the last five days. A couple

1) Today, CNN had an incredibly revealing story. Yesterday, a woman
got on CNN with a cell phone. CNN broadcast her plight. She and the
people around her were stranded in New Orleans; it was a miracle that
she got through. Within hours, "helicopters were buzzing around."
Shortly after, helicopters landed on the roof. Armed guardsmen escorted
buses to the place she was. She and her group were each given
antibiotics and instructions for followup since they had to wade
through the disgusting water to their buses. Where was this woman? I
guess you can guess the type of place she was. Yes, she and her 300
fellow strandees were in the Ritz Carlton hotel.

2) Tonight on the Lou Dobbs Show on CNN I saw the first, long,
mainstream TV news show on the extent of poverty in this country in
years; 20 minutes long, it was undoubtedly a shock to people who only
watch mainstream news.

3) President Bush had an amazing photo-op in Mississippi, holding two
black girls in his arms, kissing them; it went on for eight minutes and
was the clip shown on ABC and on Fox over and over, but not on CBS.

4) Tonight, for the first time, CBS showed an official, a Miss. mayor,
saying, "We have only 800 national guard troops, because we have 3,000
in Iraq.

5) CBS and CNN had references, recorded on radio, to the mayor of New
Orleans' expletive-filled criticism of the federal government,
delivered on radio today. FOX did not show it. No one put him on
television. Why not? I could not help but think of how often Rudi
Guiliani was on TV after 9/11. No one would put the mayor on TV. Why

6) Lou Dobbs identified recent studies by Homeland Security that had
identified the 100,000 people in New Orleans who would NOT BE ABLE to
evacuate. You know who they were, the poor. The army corps of engineers
knew that the levees would not hold for a category four or five storm.

7) ABC had an unusual think tank official who noted that we got water
purification equipment to Tsunami victims within three days, but not
New Orleans.

8) ABC ran an amazing story about how when national guard troops
finally got to the Convention Center in New Orleans, where
indescribable horrors had taken place for five days, their FIRST action
was to send a highly armed force past sick, dying, and thirsty
Americans into the Center to get out a Spanish diplomat.

9) The first water and food that reached the Miss. strandees came from
religious organizations, long before FEMA.

10) Tom Oliphant, on the Lehrer News Hour, noted in the past, the poor
were always taken care of first. Clarence Page observed that during the
crisis in Haiti it looked better than New Orleans and that FEMA's
budget has been cut every year for years. David Brooks, normally a
Republican apologist, noted that this comes on top of Abu Grieve, corp
scandals, failure of public institutions from the time of Hurricane
Andrews on, and Bush spent "three days doing nothing." He also noted
that if the Republican primary were held today, "Rudi Guiliani would
win in a walk."

Hmmmm . . .

Have a good weekend,


From posted Sept. 2

Wisconsin editor tells staff not to use "looting" in captions
Romenesko Letters
Randolph D. Brandt of the Racine (Wis.) Journal Times wants his staff to use "taking." He writes: "We're not there. We can't really judge. In a flooded city that's been without largely supplies for a week, 'looting' could very well mean survival."
> AFP has Yahoo pull photo with controversial "finding" caption (AP)

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Reporters Confront Leaders on Government's Response,1,5293837.story?coll=la-headlines-nation
Reporters Confront Leaders on Government's Response
By Scott Collins
Times Staff Writer

September 3, 2005

News coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina turned confrontational late this week, as many reporters shed their stance of neutrality and joined numerous commentators in criticizing local, state and federal officials for their seemingly slow reaction to the calamity.

On Thursday's "Nightline," ABC News' Ted Koppel assailed Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown for his inability to offer an accurate count of refugees at the New Orleans Convention Center: "Don't you guys watch television? Don't you guys listen to the radio? Our reporters have been reporting about it for more than just today."

On CNN, reporter Soledad O'Brien also lit into Brown: "How is it possible that we're getting better intel than you're getting? … Why no massive airdrop of food and water? In Banda Aceh, in Indonesia, they got food dropped two days after the tsunami struck."

"No one, no one in government is doing a good job in handling one of the most atrocious and embarrassing and far-reaching calamitous things that has come along in this country in my lifetime," said CNN commentator Jack Cafferty. The cable network reported being flooded with e-mails praising Cafferty's diatribe.

Also on CNN, Anderson Cooper had a bristling exchange Thursday evening with Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who was thanking leaders and praising the emergency aid bill Congress was about to pass.

"Excuse me, Senator, I'm sorry for interrupting. I haven't heard that, because, for the last four days, I've been seeing dead bodies in the streets here in Mississippi," Cooper said. "And to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other, you know, I got to tell you, there are a lot of people here who are very upset, and very angry, and very frustrated…. It kind of cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats."

On MSNBC, host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough called the situation in the Gulf Coast region "nothing short of a national disgrace."

Commentators who have proved friendly to Republicans criticized some of the relief efforts, if not the Bush administration directly.

Bill O'Reilly, host of Fox News Channel's highly rated "The O'Reilly Factor," told viewers Thursday: "The country expects the government to control law breaking in the hurricane zone, to provide food and shelter, and to prevent any person or company from exploiting this desperate situation."

News executives defended the tenor of the coverage, saying that reporters witnessing the devastation were best qualified to press government officials about reports that did not correlate to what they were seeing, they said.

"They should be challenged — how did it get this bad?" asked Steve Capus, senior vice president of NBC News. "Why did it take so long to get these people help? Something went wrong."

Reporters must not become part of the story, but it is appropriate for them to show emotion, Capus said. "What other side of the story is there when Americans are dying in evacuation shelters?"

Marcy McGinnis, senior vice president of CBS News, said she could not remember another disaster in which there was such a disconnect between what the government said and what reporters saw.

"It is part of our job to question them and to say, 'How can you say that, when we see something else with our own eyes?' " McGinnis said.

The tenor of the coverage stood in sharp contrast to the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when the media won praise from many viewers for emphasizing national unity and tales of heroism.

"This story is in many ways much, much more complicated than 9/11," said Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism in Washington. "In some ways it's harder to cover…. The situation is still unfolding days later, so the frustration level is rising, not calming."

The turning point in the Katrina coverage came Thursday, when authorities stopped evacuating refugees from the squalid Superdome in New Orleans because of reports of shots fired at rescuers, Rosenstiel said. Journalists found it difficult to accept official explanations of why the extensive relief promised by the government had not reached refugees.

"The [Bush] administration threw the head of FEMA out there to the lion's den" to answer reporters' questions, Rosenstiel said.

Indeed, Koppel's grilling of FEMA's Brown proved pivotal to many viewers, who burned up blogs and online discussion with analyses of the exchange.

"Thank God Koppel is there to ask the common sense questions," a poster wrote at Americablog. "Kudos to Koppel for standing up to the White House spin," wrote Matthew Gross on his blog Deride and Conquer.

By midday Friday, the tone of the coverage seemed to be shifting. As troops began delivering food and water and President Bush toured the Gulf Coast region, CNN blared the headline "Help at Last" on its website.

But also offered transcripts documenting differences in the official version and the "in-the-trenches version" of events, under the headline: "The big disconnect on New Orleans."

Some conservative commentators have accused the media of using the disaster as an opportunity to attack Bush.

"The only thing they can do is finger point, blame President Bush, rather than directing their concerns and energies constructively toward solving the problem," radio host Rush Limbaugh told listeners Thursday morning.

On Friday, the watchdog group Accuracy in Media criticized MSNBC for running an on-screen clock ticking the time passed since Katrina struck.

"MSNBC has made it quite clear that the purpose of this ticking clock is to try to blame the Bush administration for an alleged slow response," said AIM editor Cliff Kincaid.

Some politicization is to be expected, Rosenstiel said, adding that the size of the disaster was mitigating the divisiveness.

"This event is too big to fall along traditional political fault lines," Rosenstiel said. "This is a transcendent news story."

Times staff writer Matea Gold and special correspondent Allan M. Jalon contributed to this report.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

: Minute-Men to arrive at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on September

This looks crazy.

Subject: Minute-Men to arrive at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on September
Importance: High

By the way, below is a description of the event and more information can be
found on:


In Solidarity,

Lucy Hernandez

Community Organizer

Comité César Chávez

The Minutemen: Controversy Over Policing the U.S.-Mexico Border

Sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California and the Mexican Heritage

Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA
September 16, 2005, 11:30 a.m. (Registration), 12:00 p.m. (Program)

* Chris Simcox, Organizer, The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
* Art Torres, Chairman, California Democratic Party
* Michael Deleon, Minuteman Volunteer
* Marcela Medina, General Manager, Univision 14 KDTV - Moderator

DETAILS: The Minuteman Project, which has deployed hundreds of armed
volunteers in Arizona for a border watch, is currently enlisting volunteers
to patrol the New Mexico, Texas and California borders this fall. Simcox,
founder of the Minutemen, will explain their approach to border security.
Panelists will discuss the wisdom of having citizen patrols operating on the
U.S. side of the Mexican border to stem the tide of illegal immigration.
They will debate the tactics used by the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, the
need to protect the civil rights of immigrants, the issues around safety of
the volunteers and others, how we might improve the performance of the
Border Patrol and new ideas for restraining illegal immigration, such as the
Bush administration's proposed temporary worker-visa program. This forum is
part of the 'Salon de Mexico' series co-sponsored by San Jose's Mexican
Heritage Plaza, bringing influential speakers to the Bay Area to discuss the
leading issues affecting the Latino community today.

COST: $8 for Club/Mexican Heritage Plaza Members, $15 for Non-members, free
for Students

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

RBTR-our doc in Film Festival this weekend

will be in the Best Fest Film Festival
this weekend in San Diego.
If you want to check it out it is showing at noon on Sunday.

Sherwood Auditorium
Museum of Contemporary Art
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

Sunday, July 31, 2005
Noon – Screening #4
$5 Admission (tickets available only the day of the
event at the Box Office)
DR – A Girl & Her Squid, Carlsbad High, CA – Alex
Carracino, Chris Mayer, Andrew Fisher

DO – Reading Between the Rhymes,
San Francisco State University, CA
– Keith Morikawa, Maya Chinchilla,
Cathrina Chanco, Florian Quant, Michael Scheffold,
Rebekka Sauter

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Pics From Brazil

Welcome to Salao Do Encontro Posted by Picasa

More pictures from Brazil

Okay so we actually were working we just werent as moved to take pictures of all that work but I will post some of us working when I get a chance. Sucks to be home but there is still work to do. We have a lot of transcribing and editing to do. We feel a tremendous obligation to do a bomb ass job for this amazing place. We all took away such a powerful experience that I know for sure I will never forget.

Saturday, July 09, 2005



Eyes up! Another announcement for all the beautiful people out there. After a very well received screening at SFBFF's Urban Kidz Film Festival, we're officially off the bench and running!

In your local newstands now (August issue), check out the write up of Reading Between the Rhymes in XXL Magazine (page 56). There's a cute, little, sliver of an article appropriately titled, "You Must Learn" (krs!) with a picture of my man Jamahl Richardson. Don't like the mag? Don't worry, any exposure is good exposure! Peace to Bear Frazer - we've got ink!

Also good news, RBTR has been accepted into Best Fest America - Student Film Festival. It will take place the weekend of July 30, 31 in La Jolla, CA for all the SoCal party people. Be sure to key up for screening schedule and other film screenings. Congrats goes out to my fellow Reading Between the Rhymes filmmakers. RBTR beat out 503 submissions to be 1 of 8 documentaries chosen for Best Fest!

Last, for the educators on the frontline, I encourage you to check out Edutopia Magazine - The New World of Learning from the George Lucas Educational Foundation. There will be a write up of Reading Between the Rhymes in the August/September issue. More importantly however, it's:
"The one magazine that will give you practical, hands-on insight into what works now, what's on the horizon, and who's shaping the changing future of education"

There is is also a documentary section at where you can:
"Watch over 150 online documentaries showcasing imagination and innovation in our public schools"

Remember to progress...

You Must Learn,
Keith Morikawa

Monday, June 27, 2005

1st week in Betim, Greetings from Belo Horizonte

I started writing this message a week and a half ago and didnt get a chance to finish cause we had to the original email below and I will try to write more when I can.
We are in Belo Horizonte at Vanessa~s familys vacation house called Retiro Das Pedras
until July 1st. We are working our creative problem solving skills because we have been having troubles with our cameras and wanted to at least get an edited rough cut done by the end of this trip... we are also having computer problems. So Vanessas family has been running around to see if we can borrow a camera to capture all our video to the computer and see if we can get our computer fixed. A little stress but we get a little time off to take care of our personal infrastructure. ANd also we got time yesterday to see a BRAZILIAN SOCCER GAME! it was Cruzeiros (from Belo Horizonte) vs Vasco the Rio team. We off course were rooting for Cruzeiros even though Vanessa and her brother-in-laws team is another Belo team (that wasnt playing). It was a really great time. Cruzeiros scored early and dominated most of the game but the ref seemed to be calling all kinds of things against them and after a penalty kick for the other team and another goal scored the tense game ended in a tie. Okay gotta to go and finish a resume to send to see if I can get a job when I get back.

Last weekends message:
Hello beautiful people! Sorry I havent written but much but we are only finally taking some time off and relaxing in a small mining town called OURO PRETO. Its a colonial town with a strong mining history. We had a little problem with our guide he likes to talk very loud and repeat everything he says a few times while he talks and walks very slowly. We finally had enough and decided to take off to hang out and do a little email. This past week has been such a contrast to our time in Rio. IT has been inspiring and uplifiting. We get up very early and work late into the night doing our preproduction and planning for our video shooting. Luckily we are fed amazing food and lots of coffee and good bread. We feel a tremendous responsibility to work really hard and create great final projects that this organization can use to help promote the work they do.
We are like rock stars to the kids at Salao do Encontro. If we go anywhere by ourselves especially near the under 7 aged kids we get attacked, with questions and come here lets go there, lets play, sign my arms, sign my paper, speak english!!! GIGGLES ALL AROUND. Yesterday we got interviewed by the state newspaper (Estado do Minas) and they took pictures of us as if we were doing our interviews and filming. This Local TV station is supposed to come Monday and there is a rumor that the national TV station wants to do a story on us. It kinda weird postmodern, media doing stories on media doing media but all of it brings attention to this great organziation.
Dona Noemi the inspriration behind Salao is a feisty 80 year old woman who was ordering the photographers to highlight us and not her, and telling them where we should be fotographed and how to be fotographs. She doesnt like to be video taped especially so we are still unsure if she will agree to be interviewed. ...

Sunday, June 12, 2005

June 12- Leaving Rio de Janeiro

Hello beautiful friends and family, Sorry I havent written more but we have been going nonstop since we got here. You know I like my sleep but I havent been getting much of it! We´ve gone to the beach a little bit with such amazingly beautiful people. Gorgeous people in Impanema. The more I am here the more sexy I feel. This big booty pays off big here (so to speak!) all the beautiful ladies have very big round booties, lots of curves I fit right in. I even bought a brazilian bikini, dont worry not too scandalous, just wearing a bikini for me is a big deal but here I fit right in. I also am able to communicate pretty well with my spanish and portanol.

Monday we start portuguese classes and watch out Brazil when these boys learn some more of the lanuguage...The girls on this trip are great we get along really well, take care of each other and like to do the same things. We hang out together most of the time (and dont worry we never go anywhere alone, there are plenty of men in our group on the trip to take us to the bank and hang out with us at night, for those of you who like to remind me to be careful...duh) We are in the fancy part of Brazil, Impanema. Im sure it will be such a contrast to the place we are going to do the video.

Last night we went to a free festival on copacabana Beach where we saw Fernanda Abreu and Jorge Ben Jorge. I recognized many of the songs! we sambaed on the beach (what a work out) with Brazilian friends from the hostel we are staying at and of course Darren who has been our english friend from London. He likes to tell us how maybe he should talk slower so we dumb americans can understand him better...yeah its a dry humor but he's been basically a part of our group going on all our ventures and teaching the guys in our group about chivalry, being "civilized" and cockney humor.

The best night in Rio so far for me was the night before last (thursday) when we went to a place called Bunker to dance to hip hop and "Brazilian Funky" Only the three ladies Rinchen, Evangeline, and I along with Joe and Darren went. When we first got there, there were a whole bunch of thug life looking guys hanging out outside and white, almost see thru Darren was a little worried since that is not really his scene... But I had the greatest time once we got inside. I love Brazilian Funky music whatever that is I need to investigate a little more, it seems kinda like funk and reggae.

I would have liked to stay all night but everyone else wanted to go since we had to get up early to go on a jeep ride thru a forest called Tijuca. We saw monkeys and beautiful scenery but the best part was bathing in a little waterfall. They said that in Brazil that there is a belief you must bathe in water because it clean the soul.
Then we went to the famous Jesus protector which is so high up and such a beautiful view.

Where ever we go we have been having such a great time. Everyone is pretty easy going and we decided to share our pictures on one of those picture sharing sites when we get back.

I'm pretty amazed at how easily I have been able to communicate using what little I know of Portuguese and then throwing in Spanish when I dont know...I have been translating when necessary I understand pretty well...Just speaking sometimes can be difficult.

We are getting ready to leave to Belo Horizonte on a 6 hour bus ride where we will go to Vanessa~s families house to eat. (she's the grad student ion my program who is organizing everything. She has been so amazing taking such good care of us.)

Then we go to Betim to start work on our video of Salao do Encontro. I have no idea what to expect but I know it will be a much smaller and humbler town than Rio or BH. We have a lot of work ahead of us. I am having an amazing time. Beixos

Monday, May 30, 2005

The Countdown Begins

I went to the Mission SF Carnaval yesterday to get in the mood for Brazil. There won't be any Carnaval while I'm there but maybe some other visit in my future. I saw tons of people I havent seen in forever. Who knew that you could just kick it at a booth and see all kinds of beautiful familiar faces come to your neighborhood, finally! I took refuge in this booth most of the time cause large crowds are not my thing. I hung out with Rosa and Gina who were selling their beautiful hand made beaded jewlery (of course I already have two pairs) and Jerry was selling his T-shirts with his original art I actually came to the booth to look at the shirts and realized...well looky here, its the homies! And of course can't forget Xago looking shady in his shades and beautiful Susie surveying the scene, visiting home from LA.

I'm starting to pack and have been doing some research on the places I will be staying (I leave June 6th!) I will be in Rio the first week and then after that we will be in Belo Horizonte
(portuguese version here) working with the non profit Salo do Encontro (there used to be a site in english but I can't find it anymore, you'll get the idea though). I just found out that Belo Horizonte is the birthplace of Sepultura, (R will be so excited) and also the 3rd largest city in Brazil. It will be fall/ winter time there so I think that means the weather will be just right, but still a lot of humidity which is just how I like it. You know I have those tropical roots.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

I'm Going to BRAZIL

I know I should be excited. I think I am, I am just trying to finish up finals, grading papers and spring cleaning. I've just been in a blue mood and Im doing everything in my power to procrastinate. Stress does that to me. I dont want to go out of the house if I dont have to or if Im not forced to. And with this beautiful weather you would think I would go outside and not want to come back.

But yes BRASIL!! That will definately take away my blues. I will be too busy taking in the new surroundings not to love life. We are going to be working on a video project for a non-profit in Belo Horizonte. We will also be spending some time in Rio. I'm leaving on June 6 will be there a month and half, with an extra week just to travel by myself. I havent planned that part of the trip yet but I've got a guidebook and I figure while we are working on the project I will figure out what to do with that extra week. Im glad that the group I am going with is small. Im a little worried though cause some of those undergrads seem like they havent really traveled out of the US before and I am so over traveling with gringos who only want to party. Not that I dont want to have fun. It is close to impossible for me not to have fun. I love having adventures in new realities...yes I said reality. I love learning about someones day to day experiences. I'm just not into hanging out with other tourists.

I hope I will have internet access so I can post a little on what the experience is like. I hope I pick up Portuguese with my spanish speaking background. I think we will be taking lessons in the mornings. But of course they say the best way to learn a language is on the pillow. hmmm

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Naked Truths-Queer Women of Color Shorts

Tuesday June 7, 2005 Rainbow Room
1800 Market St, SF Posted by Hello

Espejo: A Closer Look-Queer Latina Shorts

Queer Women Of Color Film Festival
Monday June 6, 2005 7pm
Rainbow Room 1800 Market St. SF Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Las Manas at the Brava Theater

Cruz, Maya Marisa, Rosa, Gina and Genevieve
Las Manas at the Brava Theater Posted by Hello

Friday, April 29, 2005

Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders

Friday, April 29 - 7:30 PM

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From acclaimed poet and prose-writer Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Desert Blood is a gripping thriller that ponders the effects of patriarchy, gender identity, bor
der culture, transnationalism and globalization on an international crisis.

I will be going tonight to see this reading and I will let you know how it went. Until then here is a poem I wrote about the women of Juarez after a trip I I took to El Paso-Ciudad Juarez in 2004.

Ni Una Mas

Mi querido 24th and mission
Conjunto on a Tuesday night
Mostly men gathered around to listen, to the upright bass
Acoustic guitar, drum and of course-- the accordion
Harmonizing. reminding stocky brown skinned men of home
They will be home soon they think,
no need to do anything permanent here

And the bar on the corner always a
pop song, ballad, cumbia
salsita BLARING
The music sometimes draws me near
but the Men spilling out to the street ...ssst sst mamacita
Reminds me that no mujer decente would be in there

Some reason I know to walk away, (hurried hips, not swaying)
Even though I’ve never considered myself especially decente
and Even though my father says
I sometimes talk like one of those women in those bars
And we automatically know what one of those women are.

Poor women aren’t allowed liberation
Or maybe they find freedom in tight jeans and
A stretchy v-neck that shows every bump every movement
Dripping ornaments dangle teasing
gold hoops lasso your eyes
You will see me!

"Ay!" He says
,"why do you women wear a dark bra under a white shirt
Only Nacas do that!"

She sighs uncomfortable in skin she thought she was comfortable in
She thought it looked fine,
hurls back: " the bra is pink and is close enough to my skin!"
as she changes
to a darker shirt

They say don’t walk alone
at night because something
might happen to you
And if it does, well then you shouldn’t have been alone
Blame the victim reflex,
so you don't have to take any responsibility

What if you don’t have someone to walk with?
Lock yourself inside until someone comes for you?
Until the world changes?

And he says, "yeah, the world ‘s a dangerous place for women.
But how are we supposed to change things?
It will always just be dangerous for women to be alone.
Some men will always rape some women."

I can’t believe he says this, but then that is what we are talking about,
the ultimate power over a woman.

Confidence busted
Trust gone disgusted
Picked up from a black top smack down
Sub standard practices
Negative in the place of a positive
Accusatory sin and no redemption in sight.

Its dangerous to be a woman; even first world.
That is why I am connected to my hermanas on the border.
I know what it is to fear to have body of mujer

"Be careful! I hear they are killing women over there"
My 1st world status means nothing?

Body parts , cut nipples,
legs disconnected from hips
Her brown eyes, her smile never seen
Her laugh not heard anew
The last her mother saw of her was bone. She didn’t get to say good-bye.
Bone. No flesh to be ogled wounded.
What she most wants to hug her daughter again.

The Border.
This line that is not a bridge, not a line, it ‘s a ditch a hole an open wound,
Like the Berlin
wall the Great Walls, apartheid wall, imaginary walls
Not just one wall
But several, cement, iron gate, barbed wire
Keeping us out Keeping you in.
Men with guns protecting who again?
Whose interests?
Eerie walls of silence

So we March, mourn,
write letters, make speeches
hold discussions
Looking up from fear
and hopelessness
raising awareness
no longer complicit
refusing silence
daring to be powerful

in twos, twentys or two hundreds.

Cause the Missing turned up raped & mutilated,
Ni una mas!

Ineptitude bungling of local authorities,
Ni una mas!

Blame the victim reflex
she must have run off with a boyfriend
maybe your precious daughter lead a double life.
Ni una mas!

Young, pretty, long brown hair, poor, brown skin.
Ni una mas!

Mexico lindo y querido has some dirty secrets,
Yes la madre de las tierras is helping hide our naughty dirty laundry
Out in the dessert, only half hidden,
So you know what happens to women who step out of line,
Out of the house
NAFTA’s neglected, unprotected, migration survival,
maquila women earning 4 dollars a day
working on electronics, working on clothes she could never afford.

Explosion of exploitation!
Is only the half of it
Representing the condition
of women across the planet

Symptoms of a deeper problem.
Tener cuerpo de mujer es ser
amenazado de muerte
Her only crime was being a woman
Crimes against all our humanity

Pero sabes Que?

No Estan Solas.
No Estan Solas.
No Estan Solas!


Thursday, April 21, 2005

Women of Color Film Festival- This weekend

I will be going Friday and Saturday so I will let you know how it went. M


Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24
Media Theatre -- UC Santa Cruz

For the detailed PROGRAM, including film screening
times, description of the films, and to view our co-sponsors
visit our website:

This years exciting film festival will feature opening

remarks by Angela Y. Davis (History of Consciousness),
panels moderated by Rosa Linda Fregoso (LALS), Vicky
Banales (Literature) and other members of the Women of
Color Research Cluster.

We will also be joined by over 20 locally and
internationally renowned women of color filmmakers and
performance artists!

For disability needs please call 459-4839.
There will be free parking available all weekend!

Take Back Our Schools Day-May 17

MAY 17, 2005 is
Take Back Our Schools Day
On May 17, we will teach in the streets of our city!

In honor of the historic verdict Brown v. Board of Education,
which promised equal public education for all on May 17, 1954,
a growing tide of youth, educators, parents,union members,
citizens, and community organizations are calling for an end
to the destructive takeover of the Oakland schools.

May 17: Take Back Our Schools Day is a project of Organize DAY,
a coalition of youth dedicated to collective action to reclaim public


. City Council Resolution to declare May 17 "Take Back Our Schools
Day." We are calling on our politicians to support a city-wide day of education
and action.

. Youth March to Oakland City Center. Students -- who are most affected
by takeovers of public school districts, school closures, and hostile
contract negotiations -- will take field study trips to City Hall to participate in the day.

. Community Education. Educators of all types are asked to present
community workshops on May 17th. The First Unitarian Church and
other downtown Oakland centers will host youth and adult-facilitated
workshops on topics such as No Child Left Behind, the High School Exit Exam,
and State Takeover.

For more information on May 17: Take Back Our Schools Day, contact
Raquel Jimenez (youth organizer) at 645-9213, Jonah Zern

(parent/teacher organizer) at 654-8513, Michael Siegel (workshop organizer)
at 289-3318, or Kali Akuno (community organizer) at 593-3956.
Also, see for more information.

May 17: Take Back Our Schools Day is a project of Organize Da BAY, a
coalition of youth dedicated to collective action to reclaim public

education including Youth Together, Californians for Justice, Tojil and
the Xicana Moratorium Coalition, as well as the Coalition to Defend and
Improve Public Education, which includes Oakland parents, students,
educators, politicians, and representatives from ACORN,
Oakland Education Association,Oakland Federation of Teachers,
Californians for Justice, Million Worker March, American Federated
County State Municipal Employees, Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network,
Oakland Parents Together, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement,
CalCARE,PUEBLO, National Lawyers Guild,and Education Not Incarceration.

Walkout for Education

Thanks Nancy for the info. The Channel 2 report was really great
check out the links below:

Over 400 students walked out of City College of San
Francisco Wednesday as part of a statewide day of action
to call attention to the critical state public
education is in right now. California students are
being faced with yet another fee increase, the cost of
community college is projected to be $32 per unit next
semester. That will mean tuition will have trippled in
the past 3 years! The fee hikes have already resulted
in the loss of over 400,000 california community
college students.

The students demanded an affordable and relevant
education, full funding for California's prop 98, and
a tax on the richest 1% to fund education.

check out the quicktime footage & pics:

Also, check out coverage on Ch 2:

More Pics from Sf City College

Sunday, April 10, 2005

LUNADA - Milta Ortiz and Tshaka Campbell @ Galeria de la Raza 4/24

LUNADA - Milta Ortiz and Tshaka Campbell
Sunday, April 24(full moon) @ 7:30 p.m.

Galería de la Raza, 2857 24th Street @ Bryant, San Francisco.
$2-$5 Sliding Scale

April features saucy Salvadorean-Chicana, Milta Ortiz, who describes herself as a modern day She-ra battling macho-isms with a wink of an eye. A recent graduate of San Francisco State’s creative writing program, Milta’s poetry has been published in several literary journals including Cipatli and Coyolxuaqui. Also on the bill is Tshaka Campbell. Originally from London and of Jamaican decent, Tshaka was a member of the 2004 Nuyorican Poetry Café National Slam Team. He has been writing and performing his poetry for over ten years and believes himself to be a reincarnated West African griot.

Las Manas in the Bay Area Hip Hop Theater Festival 5/11

Las Manas are performing in the Bay Area Hip Hop Theater Festival on Wednesday May 11, 2005 at the Brava Theater in San Francisco Check it out!

Once again Youth Speaks, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, La Pena Cultural Center and The New York Hip-Hop Theater Festival are teaming up to produce the First Annual Bay Area Hip-Hop Theater Festival. For the period of May 3-May 15, 2005 Hip Hop’s best and brightest actors, playwrights, dancers and performers will gather in the Bay Area to present pieces, plays, monologues and stories from all over the world.

Las Manas was created out of the need for these women to find a supportive space to nurture their creative spirits. Individually these women are accomplished in their own right but as Las Manas they are able to take their creativity to new heights using sisterhood and storytelling to inspire this collaborative piece "La Ofrenda/The Offering" that delves in pain, injustice, love, family, community, identity to conjure a potent potion to fend off the plague of self sabotage.

Gina is originally from Los Angeles but has been bringing the Bay Area spoken word circuits her own fuerte flavor for the past eight years. In addition Gina has danced with numerous Afro-Caribbean performance groups including appearing on a Brazilian samba float in San Francisco’s Carnival last year and dancing in Cheo Rojas’ Afro-Cuban dance company Odduarra. Gina is a full time attorney at the Eviction Defense working for tenants’ rights. Through her artistic, professional and creative endeavors, Gina is committed to social justice and empowerment in urban communities.

A native Californian of Mexican and Japanese descent, Marisa is an experienced community advocate, and has worked for human rights and social justice organizations both nationally and internationally. She has worked against domestic violence and poverty in various nonprofit organizations, and completed a degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. A dedicated believer in the power of building community as a tool for social change, she is the recipient of several awards and research grants for her work on issues of social and racial justice, including the Ford Mellon Research Grant, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, and the Rappaport Institute Fellowship. She is new to the spoken word scene, and performs to break her own silences as well as the silences around her.

Maya is a Guatemalan poet, journalist and the people’s documentarian. Recently, she co produced her first documentary “Reading Between the Rhymes” about the use of hip-hop in education. Maya is a fervent advocate for immigrant rights and works with the National Conference for Community and Justice as facilitator for high school retreats, opening hearts and minds to social justice and to ending discrimination. As the co-coordinator of the End-Dependence Spoken Word/Artists' Collective and founding editor of La Revista Santa Cruz, Maya enjoys organizing events showcasing artists who investigate and celebrate the intersection of politics, media and art. She has worked on several independent video projects and has also worked in public radio over the past 10 years, ranging from music director and DJ, to newscaster and producer. Currently she is working on video projects for non-profit youth organizations in San Francisco, CA and Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Genevieve is charged with the force of the pen and the voices in her heart to express her emotions and desires through the written word. She loves to listen to the beauty of words braided together and enjoys creating that amazing space for others as well. When not writing to free her mind and figure out the intricacies of social interaction, she writes lesson plans and curriculum for 8th graders in oakland's fruitvale. She loves her work and labors to motivate her students to use their hearts, voices, and pens to express.

Growing up in Brooklyn Hip Hop meant anything from a Rumba in the park, to crowded dancehall basement parties, to Salsa and freestyle at underground clubs throughout the city. Sasha graduated from NYC's LaGuardia Performing High School as a Theater Major and went on to spent 5 months of intensive dance training in Cuba. She is completing the Urban Anthropology Master's Program at San Francisco State University, where she is exploring the relationship between dance and immigrant youth empowerment. Sasha has been working with young people for the last 10 years, teaching dance, cultural consciousness, Hip Hop activism and violence prevention. She currently teaches dance and Destiny Arts' Violence Prevention and Self Defense curriculum for Destiny's Teddybears (3-6 year olds) class. Sasha also has been dancing with DREAM (Destiny Arts’ professional performance company) and touring nationally since September of 2003.

Rosa is a teacher, writer, and visual and performing artist.Teaching middle school in East Oakland, her commitment is to nurturing young leaders and new voices.Outside of teaching,Rosa is a member of headRush, a guerrilla performance crew dedicated to inspiring working class communities through a blend of spoken word and teatro-style political satire. She is also a founding member of Las Man@s, an all-women’s writing and performance collective and belongs to the End-dependence Poet’s Collective. In 2002, she wrote and directed her first play, “My Camino Real,” staged at MACLA in San José. She writes to evoke spirit, inspire young people and honor her ancestors. Rosa has a Masters in Latin American Studies from Stanford and a Masters in Teaching from USF.

Cruz is a poet and playwright. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley she studied and performed Shakespeare under the direction of Hugh Richmond and was a key member of the agit-prop theater group Teatro Manos Arriba. After obtaining her degree in English (poetry), she laid low raising her son (in true Leo estilo), until her passion for shape shifting attracted the divine light of the powers that be and for three years partook in the alchemy of Los del Pueblo Actors Lab, San Jose. While with Los del Pueblo, Cruz starred in various productions and was an acting coach, wrote and co-directed their final production at MACLA. Lately Cruz has been working with Las Manas, an Oakland-based women's writing circle that has been helping her find her vox in the dark. Cruz is a voracious reader, has a fetish for most matters academic and awaits many honorary degrees before she dies. Cruz hopes that her brujeria as the sexy hierophant she is combats the energies put out by skulls and bones but knows things will have to get much worse before they will get better.

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Welcome-About Me

I created this blog to announce events in the Bay Area, create a dialogue with like minded folks and to explore this meduim by doing it. Any suggestions for a newbie would be greatly appreciated. *Please feel free to comment or add to any posting by clicking on comment under each posting write what you like and click publish.

A little about me:
Grad student in Communications (cultural studies and documentary production).
Spoken Word Poet.
Journalism/Writing Teacher.
I do high school workshops about discrimination.
I love most things Media and am interested in how Latinos and people of color are using new media to communicate, express themselves and organize.
I am going to Brazil (Rio, Belo Horizonte)for the 1st time this summer to work on a video project with a non profit and will be going to Puerto Rico for the 1st time in March 2006. If you have any contacts or suggestions for places to go let me know. Did I mention I love to travel? I have no money but I save my pennies.
I would love to teach Latino Popular Culture or Documentary Production at a City College or High School.