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A Latina’s Perspective on MBK

July 11, 2014
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On July 10, women of color spoke out on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) policy initiative, in a webinar sponsored by the African American Policy Forum. The 90-minute webinar followed a June 17th letter signed by over 1,400 women of color from all walks of life—activists, artists, nurses, teachers, day laborers, students, academics,...
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Posted in Activism, Black Girls, Black Women, Ethnicity, Feminism, Immigration, Politics, Racism, Sexism, Sexuality, U.S., Women of Color | 3 Comments »

For the Women of Ciudad Juárez

December 3, 2012
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  In late September of 2012, we gathered at the site where the remains of eight murdered women and girls were found in an open field known as el Campo Algodonero (The Cottonwood Field), located across from the maquiladora industry’s headquarters in Ciudad Juárez.  Since the discovery of their bodies eleven years ago this...
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Voting as an Act of Reckoning with Communal Obligations

October 26, 2012
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Voting as an Act of Reckoning with Communal Obligations

  I grew up in South Texas listening to startling accounts of Mexican Americans robbed of their right to vote by power holders so threatened by the democratic impulse of brown and black communities that they resorted to the politics of violence, repression and intimidation.  I vote every election to honor the memory of...
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Lourdes Portillo Retrospective at MoMA

June 21, 2012
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Lourdes Portillo Retrospective at MoMA

A retrospective of the films/videos of Lourdes Portillo opens tomorrow, June 22nd, at the MoMA in New York. “Lourdes Portillo: La Cineasta Inquisitiva” celebrates the notable achievements of the San Francisco-based filmmaker. In the span of thirty years, Portillo has made over twenty films and videos whose topics range from human rights and feminicide...
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