Thursday, May 25, 2006

calle 13

Grad School Blues-Certifiable

Um... please somebody remind me that I am too old to stay up all night finishing research papers. I closed my eyes for maybe a half hour on tuesday night and then got up to go to a morning class and give a presentation on wednesday that no one was awake enough to really pay attention to. I'm still messed up from not sleeping. I took a little nap yesterday and today I still feel like shit, like its going to take forever to get back on some normal schedule. Hooray for grad school. and yes people. I am crazy. Certifiably. Definately. Positively. And now for your audio visual pleasure....

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Granito de Arena-Documentary

Granito de Arena - Film Screening and Fundraiser*
Saturday, May 27, 2006 at 4:00 pm ($8 adult, $4 seniors)
Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero, SF

Followed by refreshments and music with Los Mocosos, LIVE! at New
College Cultural Center- 766 Valencia St., SF - This event is free!

Granito de Arena is a story of resistance - the story of hundreds
of thousands of public schoolteachers whose grassroots, non-
violent movement took Mexico by surprise, and who have endured
brutal repression in their 25-year struggle for social and
economic justice in Mexico's public schools.

Granito de Arena gives voice to the increasing number of teachers
who believe their movement is in crisis and who are exploring
community-based alternatives in their struggle to defend public
education. Featuring a driving soundtrack by DJ Food, Slowrider,
PlanB, and Los Mocosos, Granito de Arena fuels indignation,
inspires action, and raises important questions about democracy,
sovereignty, and the universal right to public education.

$8 - To purchase tickets, visit For more
information, call 415-516-0338

*Fundraiser for Teachers 4 Social Justice and New College
Bilingual Teacher Education Scholarship Fund.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Get decolonial News, maybe

Check it!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

make the friggin call!

Please take a little time to call your senators. For real this stuff they are trying to pass it going to affect all of us. Like new id cards with tracking devices. It doesnt take much to call and call often. Leave a message and just let them know that you support legalization and human rights...or go to one of these websites that support possitive immigration legislation to get more info on the specifics. I called yesterday. You have no idea how important it is to call. This is how our legislators make their decisions by hearing from you in the form of a fax or a phone call they count it as representing a larger voice of dissent. For reals. REAL TALK. It doesnt take much time out of your day. Here's a local number for Feinstein 415-3930-0707
ITS THE VERY LEAST YOU CAN DO and its pretty simple. abrazos, la mayita

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Filmmaker Community

I'm testing out this filmmaker community. Check out these links and let me know what you think. I think soon I will be able to upload trailers and things like that.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Immigration Action Now

I know I know. You get all frustrated about all the crazy madness in the world. Well here's your good deed for the day: you may think its not much but its a part of the world we live in and a way for you to act. click the link up above get more info and act already. do it now. dont let them slip this stuff under our noses when we were so empowered by the actions taking place across the country. This is one of those things to put on the top of your to do list. You can even do it this weekend when you have those free minutes. Dont sleep on it!

Oppositional Theory

I'm feeling really "oppositional" to my department at the moment. Looking for a little inspiration for the writing I have to do in the next week I came across this page:

Monday, May 15, 2006

For mothers day

A letters from mother and daughter feminists about the other generation...

Letter to my mother
Letter to my daughter

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Fierce Ladies Who Type

Check out these fierce lady bloggers:

and of course their sites have even more lovely links. Have fun!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The F Word

Oh yeah baby. Check this link for hot and sexy feminists.

Monday, May 08, 2006

The Mexican OC

I loved this article. Several years ago after graduating from college in a very "open minded" dare I say activist town of Santa Cruz I moved home to Long Beach and I did my time working in Orange County. I did my time people! I think everyone who has the strength needs to get step out of their supportive communities and do your time as well in other areas that desperately need some alternative voices in the mix...

O.C. can you say ... 'anti-Mexican'?

By Gustavo Arellano, GUSTAVO ARELLANO is a staff writer with OC Weekly, where he writes the "¡Ask a Mexican!" column.

I TEND TO SNORE during plays, but my peepers didn't flutter once when I attended a staging of "The Mexican OC," a new play highlighting the history of Mexicans in Orange County. Though the vignettes jump from the 1892 lynching of a Mexican laborer by Santa Ana civic leaders to the student walkouts of this March, the theme remained the same: If you're a Mexican in the county of milk and Mickey, expect mucho discrimination.

"The Mexican OC" retells many familiar yarns — about the Minutemen, gentrification battles, Mendez vs. Westminster (the 1945 legal case that desegregated schools in Orange County and that Thurgood Marshall cited in arguing Brown vs. Board of Education). My only complaint with the play was that it only scratched the surface of my county's bizarre history of hating the Mexican.

For instance, it didn't mention the late INS Commissioner Harold Ezell, a Newport Beach resident and local GOP stalwart who once told reporters that "illegal aliens shouldn't be deported; they should be deep-fried." Or the recent incident in which a Rancho Santa Margarita woman accused three maids of stealing her purse and got the Orange County Sheriff's Department to help deport them before officers determined that this Desperate Housewife had left the purse at a McDonald's.
Read entire article

Asian Americans and the Immigrant Debate

Thanks to Angry Asian man for compiling these links. You so angry. Its hot. Anti-immigratition policies? sooooo racist.

Asians get more vocal in immigration debate
In Asian communities, just another day
Thousands Turn Out, but Support Is Mixed Among New York's Immigrants
Asian Media Report Conflicts Over Economic Boycott
Chicago Protest Draws Diverse Support
¡Sí, Se Puede! Immigrant Movement Lost in Translation?

Radical Reference

Check out this website of "radical" librarians. Oh yeah those who know how to get and organize the information. Totally hot.

About radical reference
Submitted by radref on Sun, 08/01/2004 - 2:18pm.

“…librarians are more freedom fighters than shushers.�?

--Carla Hayden, Ms. Magazine online

Mission Statement: Radical Reference is a collective of volunteer library workers who believe in social justice and equality. We support activist communities, progressive organizations, and independent journalists by providing professional research support, education and access to information. We work in a collaborative virtual setting and are dedicated to information activism to foster a more egalitarian society.

That's the official line. Here's "the rest of the story." Radical reference originated as a service provided by volunteer library workers from all over the United States to assist demonstrators and activists at the convergence surrounding the Republican National Convention in New York City August 29-September 2, 2004. We are evolving, expanding our services, and continuing to utilize our professional skills and tools to answer information needs from the general public, independent journalists, and activists. Service will be provided via this web site, blog, e-mail, chat, phone, in the street and Ouija board.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Mujeres De Maiz-see me in print!

A poem of mine is in this Zine and is part of the exerpts on the website. How beautiful. Even though I have been performing this poem for a while its been a long time since I've published a poem. I will be working on a publication of my own this summer. Stay tuned.

After 8 years of hibernation...
Mujeres de Maiz Zine 2006
is ready to be printed!
We need your help to get started:

after months of planning and designing...
ZINE 2006
has become a beautiful 60 page booklet!
with over 20 poems,
and 20 full color pages of original works,
showcasing over 30 visual artists & poets,
Representing generations in a growing network of creative women of color,
pre-order to reserve
your copies today!
only $20 each!

A limited number will be printed so pre-order your copy soon!

$20 + postage & handling ($3.00) reserves your copy.
Follow the link below:

If you know any digital printers who are able to donate their services,
please let us know!

This is a VERY grassroots project!!!
With your donation we will be able to publish and continue to build our women's creative network into a
real-time community organization!
Thank you for your support!

Mujeres de Maiz- Los Angeles
Contact: Margaret Alarcon