Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hipster Olympics

Chapinas Unidas

----------------- Bulletin Message -----------------
From: Chapinas Unidas
Date: Sep 27, 2007 11:23 AM

Looking for you !

Soon after C.U. organized its first event in March of 2007 where four womyn gave amazing testimony of their survival and strength, we did a radio interview with an all womyn radio program in Guatemala City. The radio show, Mujeres al Aire/Voces de Mujeres, received many phone calls with people wanting to hear more about Los Angeles. The truth is, with so many family members that have immigrated, many times to L.A., people in Guatemala wanted a connection to the city. And so Mujeres Abriendo Caminos developed.

CU and MAC began to work together in March of 2007. It has been 6 months, and since the beginning it has been clear that more womyn's voices need to be heard. From L.A. to Guate and beyond, MAC has been hosting our own radio segment every wednesday morning live from the Chapinas Unidas Office in Mac Arthur Park.

Past stories include:
- Interview with parents, students and principal of Charter School Semillas del Pueblo
- Yolanda Santuario and the Sanctuary Movement
- Aydee, a woman whose mother was deported 40 years ago retells her story of growing up in L.A. with her mom only as close as Tijuana.
- Interview with students from the Week long hunger strike with college students demanding immigrant rights from congress
- Interview with two 16 yr old mujeres and their experience within MS 13.

There are many womyn's stories that go untold. Chapinas Unidas and Mujeres Abriendo Caminos has been committed to tell stories of strength, survival, realities, imagination, and inspiration. Would you be interested in helping to capture these stories and have a space, an outlet where others can listen to them via RADIO ?

We need radio journalists so we can tell even more stories. Pondered at the thought before ? Not to sure what it looks like but you're open to learning ?

Radio Broadcasting
Hosting and Interviewing
Radio Production
Using Media to tell our stories...

With history lived daily, and endless possibilities, the stories to be told are infinite.

Interested? Have Questions? A Story ?
or send us a message.

Even if youre not based in L.A., technology exists to bring our voices together.


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Jena 6: We Protest


We protest

We protest because the boys of Jena 6 and their families need to know they are not alone.

We protest because the Jena travesty is not about a nooses that were hung on a now-felled tree, but the noose of injustice that remains around the neck of Black America.

We protest because few people know "state-sponsored terrorism" like Blackfolk.

We protest because Jena is not a rural Southern town, it is a state of mind -- not from the 1950s, but of the here and now in every American town, suburb and city from South to North and sea to shining sea.

We protest because Jena exemplifies with such brutal clarity the racialization of crime in our society.

We protest because what happened in Jena is worthy of substantive national attention and action and OJ's most recent transgression is not.

We protest because the media we trust most are the media we control -- directly or indirectly -- traditional and digital alike.

We protest because society at-large needs to know that the American Dream will remain just that -- a dream -- without aggressively committing to the fight for racial justice long after Jena fades from the far too few headlines it has received compared to much lesser matters.

We protest because so often the Black accused are guilty before proven innocent, and the White accused (a la the Duke LaCross angels) so often are given the benefit of the doubt and relevant facts about their backgrounds are omitted to conform to the racial mythologies that serve the status quo.

We protest because we are moved to do so, not because any charismatic leader told us to do so.

We protest because we are following our our consciences, not polls.

We protest because we know that leaders do not draw crowds, crowds attract (more) leaders.

We protest because "we are the leaders we have been waiting for".

We protest because we know that large groups of organized Black people help disabuse our fellow Americans of any faulty notions of mass complacency in our communities.

We protest because we draw strength and comfort from the fact that just by showing up in unity behind the most humane and reasonable of missions represents one of the greatest perceived threats to so-called peace and the safety of the privileged and their property.

We protest because we believe in Frederick Douglass' salient words that "power concedes nothing without a demand" -- especially from an equal or greater power.

We protest because we believe that power, in the words of Dr. King, is "the ability to achieve purpose".

We protest because we believe that our leaders are not who corporate media say our leaders are, but those who speak up, stand up and organize when it is often inconvenient and unpopular to do so.

We protest because we know that this is an inter-generational struggle led by Blackfolk and inclusive of all who stand for justice irrespective of hue or heritage.

We protest because we believe -- and history has shown us -- that everyone has a role in the struggle for long-term social change.

We believe that "we" is whomever sees reflected in these words something that affirms or inspires them to act for the common good.

We protest not to beg, implore or seek permission or validation from those who fear us or abuse our trust, but to symbolize the work we have already done thus far and will continue to do when all the camera crews have left the scene to follow OJ or Paris Hilton.

We protest in peace for justice because America still knows neither, and the ghosts of Selma abound with every needless incarceration of our youth.

We protest on behalf of our boys and girls who have become society's poster-children for criminality and dysfunction because it is in our centuries-old tradition to resist all forces that have sought to cage our spirit, from the Middle Passage to Hurricane Katrina.

We protest because if not now, then when?

Chris Rabb on Friday, September 21, 2007

In the past

Two workshops I would have liked to take but just found out about today:

Sunday, 9/23: 12:00-1:30 pm
Blogging 101 with Glenda Bautista
KSW's space180, 180 Capp Street (btwn. 16th and 17th ), 3rd floor

Come explore D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) online publishing. This workshop will explain how weblogs (or "blogs") work and will also explore different content types and genres, as well as their impact on today's media landscape. It will also offer practical technical advice and the necessary steps to set up, create, and maintain your blog.

Make your very own blog (writing), photoblog (photographs), podcast (audio), or videoblog/vlog (video) --- or learn how to make a blog of with mixed media. Any artist of any medium make a site quickly and easily, using free tools to post dynamic content on the web.

Learn how you can expose your work to a broader audience. Start a conversation, find your online voice, work with basic blogging techniques and methods, build and audience and community, figure out how to mine up similar content you like on the web, understand how online traffic and search engines work --- these topics and many more will be covered in this workshop.

A laptop is suggested, but not required. No technical expertise is necessary.

Sunday, 9/23: 2:00-3:00 pm
Community Development through Community Art with Rene Yung
KSW's space180, 180 Capp Street (btwn. 16th and 17th ), 3rd floor

Community-based practice has a long-standing history in the arts, but current funding shortages and socio-political crises pose critical challenges to the field. How do we respond as a cultural community? How do we innovate new ways to deploy cultural practices as agents for social change?

This workshop is for cultural workers in all disciplines—visual, literary, theater, performance, media arts, as well as for community organizations and funders. We will discuss central issues to community cultural practice, including objectives, logistics, and ethics, and brainstorm about collaborations and approaches to build critical mass for new community strategies.

Requirements: Bring notebook and pen, a social issue that you feel is important to you to address, and your definition of “community.”

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Adaptations and Celebrations

I've been rehearsing for the last few weeks with a beautiful crew of creatives put together by Eric Aviles who adapted "Puerto Rican Obituary" by Pedro Pietri to perform a this event today. (Wow was that ever a run on sentence.) This is the kind of collaboration I really love, solidarity with communities in resistance and talented folks who never knew how talented they could be in a different art form than what they are used to. Some in the group have never "acted" before but oh how we know that some of us just have the drama in us! It's really been a while since I worked with a director first of all who has given me the skills I need to feel prepared and supported to memorize lines. Usually I'm just berated because everyone is too busy to actually rehearse in a way that gets the memorizing done. Also it's nice to do someone's elses work once in a while cause I know I sometimes write in a way that sounds all complex and fancy on the page but really should be simplified so I can get the words out. I guess that's why I want to publish so I can see how the work stands alone without the personality on the stage.

At any rate if you get a chance check out our work at this event today. Yes I said today. Its not that cold. Go out and celebrate some independence. And if you get cold then just shake your booty cause you know its one of those kinds of events!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

El Grito de Lares

Don't sleep! See you there!

The Bay Area's Annual Grito de Lares Celebration: We Will Not Forget!
Melissa Rivera, Aya De Leon, Rico Pabón & more

Sunday September 23, 2007
$10-$15 sliding scale - 4pm

Bay Area Boricuas Presents The Bay Area's Annual Grito de Lares Celebration: We Will Not Forget! A commemoration of Puerto Rico's struggle for independence and human rights for our people! Performances by the Bay's most talented Boricuas, including Melissa Rivera, Aya De Leon, Rico Pabón
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAnd a theatre performance by Maceo Cabrera Estevez, Laila Greene, Cynthia Renta, Gerrado Perez, Maya Chinchilla, Toby Borrero, and Eric Aviles.
Live Bomba y Plena by Cacique y Kongo.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Fair Immigration Reform Now!!!
While this act is not perfect it will provide
a chance for permanent residence and a chance for citizenship if the children of undocumented workers complete high school and pursue college or the military.

Immigration Reform will be a process of compromise. The policies we have today, which force desperate people to cross into the desert and face death, are unacceptable. They must change.

The Dream Act can be the first step towards this change. The leaders for tomorrow's change are in this group of youth. Support this act by calling your federal legislators today. If a Minute man can take the time to get out his magic marker and make a sign and then leave his home to protest, we can take the time to make a call.

Read this and then walkover to your phone and call. You better believe that the extremists on the other side are calling.



Monday, September 17, 2007

Today, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) will introduce the DREAM Act as an amendment to H.R. 1585, the Department of Defense authorization bill, which returns to the Senate floor for debate this morning. You may remember that the Department of Defense authorization bill was debated in mid-July but was pulled for reasons unrelated to the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act would provide a 6-year path to permanent residence and eventual citizenship for individuals brought to the U.S. years ago as undocumented children if they graduate from high school and continue on to college or military service.

This may be the best chance this year for the DREAM Act to become law (although most likely it will not be the last opportunity). If the amendment passes, the DREAM Act would stand an excellent chance of becoming law this year. The amendment will need 60 votes to pass.

We do not yet know when the vote will be, and it is possible that procedural obstacles could prevent one from occurring at all. But regardless, it is imperative for all DREAM Act supporters to call your Senators and click here to send an e-mail message to them today, and again tomorrow, and again every day until the vote occurs. You can find your Senators' phone numbers here.

This time, even more than the last time the amendment was set for consideration, anti-immigrant groups have come out swinging by spreading falsehoods about the DREAM Act in an attempt to inflame their base to intimidate Senators like they did in the Senate debate about immigration reform. But DREAM Act supporters are passionate too. We can and must fight back and match their intensity.



Your Senators' phone numbers are online at: /contact_information/senators _cfm.cfm

To send an e-mail message to your Senators please go to:

What else you can do:

Forward this message to every listserv and everyone you know
Post it on blogs, MySpace, Facebook, or other on-line networking tools
Call in to C-SPAN or other radio or television shows where there is some hope of a sympathetic audience (not anti-immigrant propaganda sites)

The DREAM Act in Brief:

The DREAM Act is narrowly tailored

It would apply only to individuals brought to the U.S. at least 5 years ago as children, who have grown up here, and who have remained in school and out of trouble. They could get a green card 6 years after graduating from high school if during that time they continue on to college or serve in the military.

The DREAM Act is not a "mini-amnesty"

At its core, amnesty is forgiveness for wrongdoing. That does not apply to DREAM Act students who were all brought here years ago as children. The DREAM Act rewards them for staying in school or serving our country.

The DREAM Act would benefit taxpayers

The DREAM Act would provide hope to immigrant students and lead many more of them to remain in school. As an example of the fiscal benefits of this, a RAND study showed that a 30-year-old Mexican immigrant woman who graduates from college will pay $5,300 more in taxes and cost $3,900 less in government expenses each year than if she had dropped out of high school. This amounts to an annual fiscal benefit of over $9,000 per person every year, money that can be used to pay for the education of other children. State and local taxpayers have already invested in the education of these children in elementary and secondary school and deserve to get a return on their investment.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Encuentros Intimos/Close Encounters:

Dispatches from the Queer Borderlands

Friday, September 21st at 8pm
Galeria de la Raza
$ 7
Tales of trespass, transgression and desire from immigrant and first generation queer artists

Through story, dance, and theater, Bay Area artists reveal the queer sides of immigration: the intricacies of living multiple illegalities; body memories, migrations and exile; homes remembered, lost and found; deportations, criminalization and the struggle to survive these war years

Encuentros offers an unforgettable night of performance featuring:

Justin Chin, Lamya Amir, Cherry G all ete, NaR, Farita, Emanne Bayoumi and more.
With a special comedic appearance by Maceo Cabrera Estevez


More info: or

Galería de la Raza 2857 24th St. @ Bryant San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: 415.826.8009

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Every picture tells a story in 'Ravine'

Los Angeles History On a lowrider icecream truck.

Make sure to check out the interactive multimedia feature that
accompanies this article

The Chicano Neighborhood Chavez Ravine before the establishment of Dodger's Stadium

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Dominican Saga: Travails of an Outcast

Junot Diaz author of DROWN, cool cat whom I met at VONA voices comes out with his new book.

A Dominican Saga: Travails of an Outcast
Junot Díaz's "Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" is a
wondrous,not-so-brief first novel that is so original it
can only be described as
Mario Vargas Llosa meets "Star Trek" meets David Foster
Wallace meets Kanye West.
Newsweek REVIEW

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Montreal LASA Transmissions

Body exhaustion, forgetting to eat, meeting new people, loving the nametags, waking up too early, going to bed too late, networking, giving out my card, taking down their information, wishing I went to more panels, making good friends, the kind you want to keep around for life, sending too many text messages, using my phone as if Im not going to pay international fees, getting intellectual feedback, from people I admire, encouragement to go in school, to get a PhD or MFA or just to be me, to be a writer, Support to publish, letters of recommendation to publishers, conviviendo con nuevas compañ heart, mind and body are full of love and light.

I get back late tomorrow night. Today is my last day and first day of actually getting to know Montreal more than just being at a conference. I have so much to tell but more than that I have so much to do. MC

Luis J. Rodriguez @ SFSU Sept. 19 at Jack Adams Hall

Luis J. Rodriguez, activist and author of "Always Running: La Vida
Loca, Gang Days in LA," will give the keynote lunchtime address at

The SF State Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, in
partnership with the San Francisco Safe Communities Reentry Council,
is sponsoring a one-day summit: "Working Together to Support San
Franciscans After Incarceration: The Second Annual Reentry Summit" on
Sept. 19 at Jack Adams Hall.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be on campus to give the opening
remarks. SF Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Sheriff Michael Hennessey,
District Attorney Kamala Harris and Public Defender Jeff Adachi are
also scheduled to speak. Luis J. Rodriguez, activist and author of
"Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA," will give the keynote
lunchtime address on how successful reentry of the incarcerated can
reduce violence in society. RSVP by Sept. 12 to, or (415) 553-9349.
The Safe Communities Reentry Council will be hosting its second major
summit about reentry issues in San Francisco.
This summit features practical and relevant information detailing how
to improve the coordination and delivery of services for formerly
incarcerated individuals. The purpose of this event is to educate our
partners, key stakeholders and the general public about the challenges
faced by those who are reentering society after a period of
incarceration, study the current state of affairs and statistical data
concerning reentry and identify new solutions to providing better
transitional services to those who need them.
The Safe Communities Reentry Council was established in 2005 to
promote the safe and successful return of formerly incarcerated
individuals to our community by developing a comprehensive support
system that reduces violence and recidivism, and promotes public
8:30 am Registration — 9:00 am Program begins
Welcome: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Opening Remarks: Mayor Gavin Newsom
Summit Overview: Public Defender Jeff Adachi
Panel Moderator: JoAnn Mar, public radio producer
Plenary Panel of Criminal Justice Partners
Jeff Adachi, Public Defender • Patrick Boyd, Deputy Chief of the
Probation Department • Kamala Harris, District Attorney • Michael
Hennessey, Sheriff • Ross Mirkarimi, Supervisor • Marisela Montes,
Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Programs, CDCR • Phil Torda, Parole,
CDCR • Daniel Zurita, US Federal Probation
Lunchtime Keynote Address
Luis J. Rodriguez, speaking on reducing violence through successful
To read about Luis Rodriguez, please see
Afternoon Panel–At Home and in Communities: Decreasing the
Disproportionate Impacts of Violence and Incarceration
Panelists include: Rudy Aguilar, Parolee Services Network, Department
of Public Health • No Violence Alliance (NoVA) Project participants

Gerald Gage, Senior Ex-Offender Program • Ronald Sanders, Transitions
Clinic • Simin Shamji, Office of the Public Defender • Terese
Rodriguez and Kyle Sporleder, Project WHAT!–Community Works
Afternoon Panel –Inside and Out: Increasing Access to Appropriate
Services and Resources
Panelists include: Jason Bell, Project Rebound, SFSU • Karen Brown,
Northern California Service League • Bill Buehlman, All of Us or None
• Dan Macallair, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice • No
Alliance (NoVA) Project participants • Lisa Murphy, FREE Women
Coalition • Allyson West, California Reentry Program • Eddy Zheng,
Community Youth Center
4:00 pm Program ends
Wheelchair accessible. Please request other accommodations, such as
ASL or other language interpretation services by September 5th.
Sponsored by The California Endowment and the SF State Institute for
Civic and Community Engagement.