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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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“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)


Nonexistent tumblr ndns: I present to you Native women that are hotter than a hipster girl in a headdress standing in a field.

(my SECOND attempt at doing captions.)

Beautiful, gorgeous, in their diversity. Native women are not a monolithic caricature for you to enact for your own entertainment.

(via angrywocunited)

Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington Fall 2013 course offering:

G 104 Topics ~

"Women and Gender Worldwide: Power, Colonialism and Globalization" PDF


#Microaggressions: This is the hairstyle that I wore today. I just held the elevator for a little old white lady to get on. She says, “Thank you,” and then proceeds to stare at my hair, perplexed. She makes a facial expression as though she suddenly caught whiff of shit, and with a swooping motion of her hand to imitate the cascade of my locs says,

“Your hair….”
Me (smiling politely): Yes, my hair.
She: It’s a style? (still with the smell shit face)
Me: Yes
She: I don’t know about that… it doesn’t…. I can’t get used to it.
Me (still smiling politely): Well… Lucky for you, you don’t have to.

I am not here for passive aggressive prejudice being passed off as old lady opinions. She tried it. #DENIED

This is a brilliant post that speaks to so many issues, particularly for women of color and racist Western “beauty” aesthetics. This woman is gorgeous, not that she needs any of us to tell her so—and not that women exist to be gorgeous. I mean, it’s not as if our entire purpose on this earth as women is to be “attractive,” or to pleasure the eye of everyone we see! Yeah, I know—that’s a real revelation. But it’s true. I’ll say it in other words. Women, we exist for a purpose other than to be ornamental objects of “beauty.” We actually have things to offer the world like our intellects, insights, activisms, energies, loves, and so much more.

I DO WANT TO NOTE: It’s unfortunate that so many folks who re-blogged this post immediately resorted to ageism. I am extremely disheartened how quickly we respond to injustice with more discursive violence/oppressive language, rather than (as this brilliant poster did in her story) with other non-violent responses.

Rosa Parks’ legacy is more than the Bus. This is not to say that what Rosa Parks did that fateful day on a bus is not important because it ABSOLUTELY is. The question is why all of her activism before and after that day—specifically around violence against women of color—has gone so largely unrecognized. Furthermore, (even though woc are seen to defy “acceptable” gender roles so often) the very ways Parks is described, as a “quiet, demure woman” who sat, fits nicely with society’s stereotypes of proper femininity. This story of Rosa Parks, told here, does not.

I am tired of seeing how women of color must choose between all aspects of our identities—race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality—to be heard. To be understood.  Tired that our politics, social justice commitments, and lives will be constrained by what the hegemonic order will understand.

Understanding Rosa Parks through the intersectional lens that would reveal how she experienced systems of oppression of gender, race, class, is “too complex” for the masculinist paradigms through which our bodies are read and interpolated.


Maria My Love" | Winner Best U.S. Feature Film, New York International Latino Film Festival 2011

Ana (Judy Marte) is a young woman trying to reimagine her life after her mother’s death during the course of one California spring. Filled with resentment over her father’s mistakes, Ana feels disconnected from herself and everyone around her. Swept up by new romance (Brian Rieger) and a warm reunion with her half-sister (Lauren Fales), Ana is so taken by the newfound support and love in her life that she sets out to find someone—anyone other than herself—to help. She finds a volunteer project in Maria (Karen Black), a reclusive hoarder who has alienated her own family with her compulsive behavior. As the two become unlikely friends and confidantes, Ana finds herself in an emotionally complex relationship that reveals some uncomfortable truths about herself. 

You seem to think that in this shoot-out you’re being aimed at, and we’re just being hit coincidentally. That is not what’s happening. What is happening is that they are aiming at all of us but only calling us by your name.

This quote seems particularly urgent at this present moment—within and without the repro rights fight. This plagues so many of our movements: the powerful use our most intimate issues to divide us and to make us think that our liberation is not bound to one another.


whatfreshhellisthis wrotean amazing post about trans* people being excluded from the reproductive rights movement (scarlip then added amazing commentary on to it and h/t to one of my most favorite Tumblrs, prolongedeyecontact for posting both).

I am so incredibly guilty of saying, “While this may be directed at cis women (or that cis women may be the main targets of this anti-choice legislation), it affects more people than just them.” I will never say that again. (via keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus)

SOUL Summer School is an intensive 8-week introduction to community organizing and social change, designed for young activists who have been involved with social justice organizing for at least one year. SOUL is dedicated to building the skills of young women, young people of color, working class, and queer people as the next generation of leaders in the social justice movement.

Apply by Thursday, April 5th


A NIGHT IN THE WOODS—HDSLR 15-20min short film
Writer/Director: Alexander L. Lee
Producer: Caroline Le

RAE - Lead
Late 20’s / early 30’s, genderqueer / butch of color, androgynous with a masculine edge, the strong / silent type, our protagonist. Rae uses third-gender pronouns (e.g. her, Ze, etc.), and has had trouble keeping a job because of hir gender identity and presentation. Ze mourns the recent loss of the love of hir life, Sarah, to cancer, and is consumed by guilt for not being able to pay for Sarah’s medical treatments.

MINA- Lead
Early 20’s, straight, feminine woman of color. She’s never known any out LGBT people, and has never had to think about her sexuality or gender identity. She’s lived a fairly comfortable life until everything gets turned upside down by the zombie plague and society unravels. She’s lost her entire family to the zombies, and has been through hell surviving on her own.

Please send headshot & resume to: anightinthewoods2012@gmail.com

Auditions: throughout October, by appointment

Shoot dates: Last 2 weekends of November 2011, in Oakland


Please be prepared to do a monologue and a cold read.

Perks: film festival exposure, meals, & a fun time!