Feminista / Teacher / Student

Another soldier in the army of love -- a feminist, anti-racist, economic justice kinda love. Feminista, teacher, doctoral student, activist, Cali-Rican queer femme.
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I’ll tell you the most believable thing about [Orange Is The New Black] is the idea that Piper only got 15 months for running dope money…I’m a white blonde girl who went out and willfully fucked up and committed armed robbery, and I got five years. There were tons of black girls in my prison who were holding onto a bag of dope for a couple of days, and they always seemed to get, like, 10 years. If you ever find yourself in prison and wonder why there’s tension between white and black, shit like that is probably one of the reasons.

Critics That ‘Orange is the New Black’ Can’t Win Over? The Formerly Incarcerated (via letterstomycountry)

Let’s use OITNB to have real conversations about race, gender, and power in the U.S. legal system. Not just entertainment.

(via thefeministpress)


“Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor

#wiselatina In this inane court, three people consistently speak truth to power. From within that power. Sotomayor is in there doing the work that needs to be done, the best she can. I remain thankful for her, and the other women justices.

(via thefeministpress)

[T]o attempt [to carry out the revolution FOR the people] is equivalent to carrying out a revolution WITHOUT the people, because the people are drawn into the process by the same methods and procedures used to oppress them.




  • can’t speak their own language
  • can only speak some of their language
  • are trying to learn and reclaim their own language
  • learned a colonizer’s language as their first and/or only language


pierced right through my heart, this post




Limited government. Free market capitalism. You know, the only ideas that have moved America forward. America was founded as a right wing country, and its successful because it has been a right wing country. 

America was founded as a right wing country”

Um, no, it actually wasn’t, but it’s so cute when conservatives try to claim some sort of exclusive connection to our Founding Fathers, who were actually liberal thinkers and radical leftists…you know that whole “all men are created equal” stuff? Yeah, that flew in the face of hundreds of years of the divine right of kings which assumed that God anointed someone to lord themselves over everyone else. The FF were influenced by Voltaire, Rousseau and Locke, all of whom were most assuredly not status quo, right wingers.

Also, “it’s successful,” not its.

Yet they were slave-owning patriarchal elitists too. How forward thinking of them. Let’s be real here, the United States has never been anti-oppression, it has just always wanted to BE the oppressor. So for once conservatives can be right, for in that context America has been incredibly “successful”. As an actual Leftist, ya’ll can have that shit history.

Excellent points here, and yet—it is important that we not take too presentist a view of the founding of the USA. True, let us not glorify the racist heteropatriarchs that established the U.S. nation state through participation in racial oppression, slavery, displacement, settler colonialism, and genocide. That does not negate, however, that many of these men were left of the European center; in many ways, the argument can be made that they were quite radical, even if only within a Western/European context. I make this point to remind those of us who do claim a leftist identity that this is not the end-all, be-all moral highground. This is to say, we must not fall into a trap of thinking that our notions of social, racial, political justice are self-encompassing and complete in and of themselves—many leftists folks in history have been critiqued, and we must continue to critique ourselves and learn more about how to be “less wrong.” Therefore, attempting to put the “founding fathers” into the right-wing box or left-wing box is the wrong question: instead, we might think more about how white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and settler colonialism are foundational to not only to U.S. *history,* but even current leftist movements today, particularly when folks are uncritical of we are implicit in this system.

Link to the syllabus to the graduate-level Seminar in Transgender Studies taught by Dr. Talia Mae Bettcher at California State University, Los Angeles.

give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.
warsan shire.  (via warsanshire)

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So we’re all rooting for Sasheer Zamata's SNL debut this Saturday. At least I am! The girl is hiiilarious! But as we all know, the first day at the job is always nerve-wracking….specially if #Amerikkka is watching! This week's episode was a hard one to come up with because we wanted to do a social commentary on SNL’s PoC allergy (as Tina Vásquez calls it) and still root for Ms. Zamata. Keep having those conversations, cos we sure will!

Check out the new Liberty For All episode here:

And don’t forget to tune in this Saturday to watch Sasheer Zamata’s SNL debut!

Check out past Liberty For All episodes here:

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"A decade after Puerto Rico became a United States “protectorate” in the 1950s, scores of islanders streamed into New York City. Among them were poets, writers, musicians, and artists who used poetry and prose to question and examine their newfound identity, culture, and history in what became known as the Nuyorican Literary Movement.

Magdalena Gómez, a figure in that nascent movement, who used her voice to decry the oppression she observed and encouraged the disenfranchised to work to realize their potential, has recently given her personal papers to the UConn Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center….” …