Here be dragons.

no hay puentes,
se hace puentes al andar.
– Gloria Anzaldúa

After a long absence from tumblr and twitter, I signed on earlier today and looked at a message from Delux. It was a message of encouragement from when I attended the Indigenous New Media Symposium back in February. We were sending private messages and she was encouraging me to talk about the experiences of Black Natives and Black Indigenous people. Her last message said “hold it down sis”. I wanted  to look at the message because I’ve been spending the day working on fellowship applications and she supported me greatly when I first applied to graduate school and wanted to create a documentary series about Black Natives.

I feel her with me now. 

I’ll be lighting candles for her tonight and saying prayers to our ancestors that they may guide her as she walks on.

Love to the community.  


 Carlos Vives Ft J Alvarez - Quiero casarme contigo (Remix)

para mí esto es muy importante. muy importante.

today, i would do just about anything to be back in Colombia.

  • sitting at doña marina’s table waiting to eat one of her beautiful soups. 
  • chatting with the women who run my favorite cafe. 
  • laying on my bed watching clouds move over the mountains. 
  • drinking a watery Club Colombia in the plaza.
  • taking a really fast moto ride with one of the boys.
  • playing with the kids in the ludoteca during one of marcela’s english classes. 
  • riding a chiva out to a vereda - las coles or san bartolo or maybe even castilla
  • resting up for a night of dancing with the girls from the mayor’s office - at the discoteca with all the neon colors.
  • taking a long walk out to La Margarita for the best Lulo juice in the world. 
  • having a bbq in riosucio with jackie and carlitos and their friends
  • passionately turning down aguardiente shots 
  • singing Carlos Vives songs at the top of my lungs 


…up to 200,000 people angry with high costs and poor public services took to the streets. Protesters in Rio de Janeiro burned cars and looted buildings as police attempted to disperse them with teargas and rubber bullets. Aerial images showed thousands of people attempting to storm the congress building in Brasilia. The rallies…are some of the biggest ever seen in the country…


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Stop Stigma Sacramento
The Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think project was initiated by Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health Services to:
-Reduce stigma and discrimination
-Promote mental health and wellness
-Inspire hope for people and families living with mental illness

Stop Stigma Sacramento is one of the many projects here working to support those with mental illnesses. These are all over the county—on billboards, community boards, and gas pumps.

For mental health resources in the county, visit the NAMI Sacramento website

1 in 10 people have mental illness, so anyone who thinks this is a rare thing, please realize that pretty much one of your friends or family members has one, maybe even you do. It took a long time to realize i had mental illnesses, because they are so stigmatized you don’t want to believe it.

Can we talk about how INCLUSIVE this campaign is?!  Several ethnicities, 2 folks who are LG (possibly genderqueer (they’re only id’d as “partner” so I’m not gonna assume one way or another)


I love this.  LOVE.


THIS Is how you do an ad campaign people.

Can I tell you how enthused I am to see a Black pastor being a face of Mental Illness awareness? This is huge for me for a number of reasons!

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I am obsessed with becoming a woman comfortable in her skin.

Sandra Cisneros (via erraticintrovert)

this is a daily goal.

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Image inspired by something my comadre Yosimar Reyes said in Chicago about the way our migrant labor is deemed low-skilled. It takes a lot of skills to work in the fields. To serve entitled people their food. To make your clothes. To take yo’ shit. And all the while trying to keep our sanity. That’s some skills.

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Protests in Brazil against hike in bus, metro fare

“Thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in Brazil’s two biggest cities, protesting against 10-cent hikes in bus and subway fares. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets Thursday night to disperse thousands of protesters in Sao Paulo who had been chanting, “The love is over — Turkey is right here” before fleeing the law enforcement onslaught. At least 55 people were injured and 60 arrested during the fourth  demonstration in a week. 

The crowd that formed earlier Thursday outside the Municipal Theater in Sao Paulo drew together a combination of students, citizens protesting police violence, representatives from various left-leaning parties and supporters of the original protest, which called for better and more equitable access to public transportation. 

Sao Paulo is plagued by grindingly slow traffic and poor public transportation, so its low-income residents often face long, dreary  commutes. Bus fare was recently raised from about $1.40 to about $1.50. Minimum wage is just over $350 a month.

At first, the crowd moved peacefully through the streets, with some waving Turkish flags in recognition of the protests there. A small minority wore masks. Workers and residents cheered from windows; others complained of traffic jams caused by the protest. When the group neared Roosevelt Square, police began to fire tear gas.”

Photographs :

1. Police fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators protesting increases in public transit fares in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 13, 2013. (Sebastiao Moreira/EPA) 

2. People protest the increase in bus and subway fares in Rio de Janeiro on June 13, 2013. (Nicolas Tanner/AP) 

3. Two demonstrators hug each other tightly as they are surrounded by riot police using tear gas during a student protest in Rio de Janeiro June 13, 2013. (Tasso Marcelo/AFP/Getty Images) 

4. A woman offers a flower to a police officer during a protest against a rise in bus and subway fares in Rio de Janeiro on June 13, 2013. (Nicolas Tanner/AP) 

5. Masked demonstrators protest an increase in bus and subway fares in Rio de Janeiro on June 13, 2013. (Nicolas Tanner/AP)

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