Mi Gente! Unplugged: Underground System

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Mi Gente! is proud to present Underground System featuring Lorraine Currelley at Mi Gente! Unplugged in collaboration with The Point CDC and BxArts Factory. Mi Gente! Unplugged is a live acoustic show including the featuring of a special Bronx Spoken Word Artist.

We want you to share an intimate space and celebrate the Latinx Diaspora on Saturday, February 18th, 2017, at The Point CDC Theater located at 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx NY 10474. Advance Tickets are $10/Door $12. Theater doors will open at 7PM.

See you Saturday, February 18th Mi Gente! Get your advanced tickets here! For live updates, check out the Facebook event.

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Women’s March: the Day After

Women’s March: the Day After
by Natalie Peña

On Friday at work I frantically began to think what I would do this weekend. All week I had talked to my patients about owning their bodies, reminding them that the choices they wanted to make with their bodies are valid, and that they are the person who can know their body with the intimacy to heal. I decided I needed to write my ideas in red.

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As a AfroLatina Queer feminist I am use to talking to people the difference between multiple types of feminism. I am use to being uncomfortable in rooms of white women who are also feminists and I am often triggered with polite patriarchy. I don’t mean by holding doors and not saying thank you, I mean highly literate men suddenly being interested in the women’s struggle and not picking up book like they would if they wanted to learn about anything else. But today am beyond uncomfortable, I am motivated by all the women who would be marching but are not for various reasons and the women whom will March and go back to their non-political lives.

Women and POC deal with so much shit everyday, that being said, I am so happy for all the folx who had a chance to scream and yell and tell people to fuck off, because historically there have been few spaces to do so. Fortunately for me this is something I do daily (with the support of my fierce ass sisters). Working in Reproductive Justice my day-to-day is asking patients how they arrived at the clinic and how I can help them. Everyday I meet 10-15 women and on some days 3-5 men who have made reproductive choices or would like to make reproductive choices that are require medical attention or medical facilitation. Therefore, the Women’s March on Washington seems like where I would want to be as a feminist who spends her days navigating sexual choice, family planning and sexual health literacy.

In the end I decided not to March. I decided I would not March for liberal feminist ideals. I decided I will not March for Hope, which is what many activists and organizers have created today a sense of hope for women and the future. The youth that have reminded us not to be afraid of Trump. For our immigrants rights activists, our water protects our uteri protectors this nation has failed you and one March will not change this. For our Muslim women who spoke today and reminded us of what is at stake for us this March will not protect you and your families. This is obvious, but these parade politics share the illusion of political power.

From a Facebook perspective, people watching the March could see commentators on this live feeds of DC stating “women already have rights, what are you arguing about?” This act of being oblivious is to me, the lowest tier of misogyny, but to many Americans this is where they are at. I agree that we must meet people where they’re at but rights are bullshit if not enforced by the state. What women don’t have is political power ! But that is not what people are demanding today, which is why I’m ranting.

For many women today is symbolic AF. Protesting the president, and this administration for some folks is about racism, living wages, sexism and reproductive access. Mobilization for these issues are great but each of these without the other futile if there is no end goal.

But can we ask ourselves why did it take this to get here? How many “rights” must be taken away for us to arm ourselves to protect our bodies?

Teaching our children civil disobedience is great and for many a monumental moment, but for some it is as far in the political sphere that some women will go, and for many who organized this March getting bodies on the ground is a great feat.

It is capitalism and imperialism and this nationalistic now fascist regime that is killing us, it is the nice police officer protecting himself who’s killing us, it is the woman who decides that that other women who need emergency services should have known better who is killing us, and the feeling of being on the streets among your peers is great when it is used for action, but by itself does not do anything.

For other women and queer folks who have been doing this work for a long time is it just another day. And for people who are not willing to continue this work, it is a day for many liberals to feel good about their participation in a parade. So you could say you were there.

But what happens after? When the police is still killing us, #PlannedParenthood still being defunded and millions of people will lose access to healthcare, we are still being deported?
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#Nastywomen (Hillary supporters) does not compare to poor woman, to black woman to undocumented women in this country and empowerment is great but does not directly build political power for these women but it does allow you to say pussyfoot without blushing. Women deciding to be vulgar break binary barriers, cool, do what makes you feel most empowered.The most marginalized women are still doing all the things they have today. These speeches do not change their circumstances.

But I am asking you to envision what will!

What can you do after today, how will we continue to organize to liberate our people.

 

 


Suggested Reading: “I’ll pass on “Unit and the Women’s March,” “Why I’m Skipping the Women’s March on Washington [OPINION]”  

Home: Return, Reclaim, Reframe

Home: Return, Reclaim, Reframe

An all-day healing experience that explores what it means to Return, Reclaim & Reframe our ideas of home. Join Casitas Wisdom, Harriet’s Apothecary, Sacred Vibes Apothecary, and Sister Circle Collective for workshops and drop-in activities on movement, plant medicine, oral and ancestral stories, art-making and a communal altar. An Afro-Puerto Rican meal by Chef Gabriela Àlvarez will reflect recipes of the diaspora and a performance by Legacy Women will ground us as we continue to fight for the liberation of ourselves and our peoples.

When: Saturday | December 3, 2016

Where: CCCADI’s Landmark Firehouse | 120 E 125th St, New York, NY 10035

Time: 11AM to 5PM

Admission: FREE | Includes free lunch for first 100 people

This event is brought to you by CCCADI, Friends of the Highline, Casitas Wisdom, Harriet’s Apothecary, Sacred Vibes Apothecary, and Sister Circle Collective.

*We currently do not have the capacity to provide childcare


#CIRCLEUP – Please join us and Harriet’s Apothecary for Manifestations of Home: Trauma and Transformation, an interactive, embodied, inter-generational circle exploring the manifestations of home within our legacies, our bodies, and the futures we co-create for liberation. Be sure to register here!

Volunteers are also needed! If you have the time and energy to co-create, please email us by November 30th at sisterscirclecollective@gmail.com.

Say it Loud!

SAY IT LOUD! Empowering the South Bronx is a collaborative effort with various Bronx organizations to foster civic engagement. Based on feedback from young community members we’ve co­created an immersive hunt to connect ideas and spark dialogue. Activities will take place in communal spaces, covering topics that range from: wellness, state/community violence to cross­cultural unity through creative exchanges.

#BXSayItLoud #LPFieldDay 2016 w/ The Laundromat Project in #Harlem#BedStuy & #HuntsPoint / #Longwood

Please see progam details below!

Happening #1
Say It Loud!
Location: Hunts Point Plaza @ 6 train stop
Time: 2:00p to 4:30p

Let’s change the voice of history, let’s make it ours, like the visionaries of our past. Please join celebrated Bronx artist Andre Trainer and the LP Hunts Point create change fellows for a brief history of tagging and graffiti culture. Sharing our stories with broad strokes, let’s make OUR mark on history.

Happening #2
Grow Food, Grow Community!
Location: Libertad Urban Farm @ 972 Simpson St
Time: 3pm to 4:20pm

Claiming space for providing healthy food options is a revolutionary act! We must claim the responsibility to nourish our communities and ourselves, healthy food is a human right! We are so excited to partner with the Libertad Urban Farm, we will be getting our hands dirty, preparing a healthy meal with participants, teaching the community about food justice and using their local garden’s to prepare healthy foods on a modest budget. Let’s heal and celebrate together.

Happening #3
Caring for self is Self Preservation!
Location: Libertad Urban Farm @ 972 Simpson St
Time: 4:20pm to 4:50pm

Audre Lorde states “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” We are pleased to be collaborating with the The Sister Circle Collective for a holistic medicine making workshop. Our communities are experts at making something out of very little resources and a lot of love. Let’s work together to learn how to best heal ourselves from within.

Happening #4
The Power of Words
Location: Mothers On the Move @ 928 Intervale Avenue
Time: 4pm to 5:30pm

As we navigate the constant complexities of the world, it is becoming more and more necessary to create safe space. Spaces for having our voices heard, spaces for deep listening. Although we don’t have access to many things, we have our voices, our power and the support of one another, no one can take that from us! We are excited to be working with Mother on the Move to nurture safe space and empower our stories thru spoken word, poetry, sign making and performance.

Record how your community is/can be your safe space and email it to BXSayItLoud@gmail.com so we can archive our stories and use them to fuel our movement and continue the conversation. Let’s create the space to nurture the change and action we need! #BXSayItLoud

Happening #5
Convivencia
Location: Mothers On the Move @ 928 Intervale Avenue
Time: 4pm to 5:30pm

For working class communities, to celebrate self and community is to directly oppose the lives that have been chosen for us. Join us for food and celebration! We have always had the power and love we need to create the change we need, let’s Say It Loud!

The Laundromat Project’s annual festival of neighborhoods showcasing the rich spectrum of local arts and culture in Harlem, Hunts Point/Longwood, and Bed-Stuy
http://laundromatproject.org/field-day-2016/

Storytelling Workshop – #CircleUp Series

Storytelling Workshop

a part of the #CircleUp – Building Community Through Healing Series

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Our lives are made up of stories. We tell them every single day – from how our day went to what our weekend was like. In this session, we will explore the origin of our personal stories and how to change our perspectives on what we make these stories mean about ourselves Space for this session is limited to 20! Please be sure RSVP.

MEET OUR FACILITATOR

Ynanna Djehuty is an Afro-Dominicana, born and raised in the Bronx. She is a birthworker, reproductive health activist and writer. The focus of her work is the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora. She utilizes her experience as a midwife and reproductive health advocate to raise awareness on maternal and reproductive health for women, highlighting the disparities in the healthcare system in the United States for women of color.

DETAILS

All of the workshops are free with an RSVP. The sessions are open to all genders. Free meals will be provided during the all of the sessions and metrocards are available for those in need. Childcare will be offered as well! Please email us if you need childcare and include the age of your child. Email us at sisterscirclecollective@gmail.com for details and if you have questions.

#CIRCLEUP SERIES

We are living through an age where self-care and healing is not only elusive but being commodified at the same time. In 2015, our collective conjured free healing sessions, “The First Line of Defense is Our Bodies,” across Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. This year, we’re back and ready to heal in community with you.

We believe in a holistic health and healing perspective; health and healing is not just about a physical body, but being truly embodied in all aspects of our beings. This is particularly cruical as we navigate ever-changing landscapes and communities across New York City. 

Each workshop will explore a different method of healing; radical self-care, coming home to our bodies through movement, creating our own medicine, and through telling our own stories. Our hope is that you will not only harness the knowledge that is shared, but to go out and share these accessible practices with your communities.

Full Workshop Schedule:
1) Rediscovering Your Banjee Realness – Saturday, July 9
2) Movement Workshop – Sunday, July 24
3) Remedios and Medicine Making – Saturday, August 6
4) Storytelling Workshop – Saturday. August 13

Mi Gente! Latinx Music Festival in The Bronx

Mi Gente Circle

Mi Gente! 1St Annual Latinx Music Festival in the Bronx

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Dairanys Grullon-Virgil |Ph (917) 809-0215| dairanys@migentelatinxmusicfestival.com

WEBSITE: http://www.migentelatinxmusicfestival.com/

 

Mi Gente! 1St Annual Latinx Music Festival in the Bronx

WHEN: Saturday, August 20th, 2016 – 1PM to 7PM

WHAT: Free All-Day Outdoor Festival with food and arts and crafts vendors

WHERE: The Point Campus for Arts and Environment, 1399 Lafayette Ave, Bronx, New York, 10474

FEATURED ARTISTS: Bulla en el Barrio, Legacy Women, Andre Veloz, Dilema Astronauta, Rhina Valentin

Bronx, NY — Mi Gente! 1St Annual Latinx Music Festival in the Bronx is a community collaboration aimed at highlighting the traditional and contemporary music of Latin America, particularly in the borough of the Bronx home to the majority of New York City’s Latin American residents. This year’s festival will celebrate the contributions of women to the Latinx Contemporary Music scene.

The FREE daylong festival will be hosted by Rhina Valentin, and feature musical performances by: Bulla en el Barrio, Andre Veloz, Dilema Astronauta, Rosangelica Lopez, aka BRONXINIAN, and Legacy Women as well as special appearances by DJ Bembona, Poetry by Mariposa, and Folkloric Dance Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna. Bomba, plena, bachata, contemporary jazz, neosoul and afro-latino drumming, will all be represented at the Festival. The event will also feature unique Bronx craft vendors and an art installation by artist Francheska Alcantara.

The festival will be held at The Point Campus for Arts and Environment located at 1399 Lafayette Ave, and is adjacent to the Hunts Point Riverside Park. The location is just another way this Festival will highlight and celebrate the riches of the Bronx; situated on the Bronx River, the campus is a unique mix of Hunt Point’s natural beauty and industrial resources.

Mi Gente! is the brainchild of Dainarys Grullon-Virgil, a young woman who came to live in the Bronx from DR when she was 13 years old. She learned to speak English by listening to music. This created in her a great love of music and the joy of sharing it with others. Grullon-Virgil, now 25, has spearheaded the creation this annual Festival as a way to give back to the community she calls home.

The community efforts are being led by three major organizations, The Point CDC, long time Hunts Point arts champions, BXNYCreative, led by Bronx cultural consultants Laura James and Eileen Walsh, and the Sister Circle Collective, a transnational feminist organization co-founded by Dairanys Grullon-Virgil. “The organizing of a first time festival like this can only be done by joining forces with great community partners and sponsors,” says Grullon-Virgil. We are pleased to have secured major sponsorship from T-Mobil, Sabrett /Marathon Enterprises, RV Productions, and Delicioso Coco Helado. On the Community Partner front, we have gained assistance from The Bronx Museum, Hostos Community College, The BX200, NLIRH, and Nightline Radio. These deep roots in the Bronx Community will assure the event will be one to remember.

We encourage you to visit Mi Gente! Website and Facebook Page for free tickets and festival information.

*`The term Latinx is intentionally part of the title to acknowledge the contributions of queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people, in the creation of our musical heritage.

 

Nuestros Remedios; Herbs for Self-Love and Liberation – #CircleUp Series

Nuestros Remedios; Herbs for Self-Love & Liberation 

a part of the #CircleUp: Buiding Community Through Healing Series
Join us for the next session of our summer workshop series!

ABOUT THE SESSION
We have the beautiful ability to heal ourselves, to give and receive from our loving community and to take time to share new methods of what that can look like for each of us. In these times of collective struggle & action, how do we ground ourselves and remember the resilience passed on by our ancestors? How do we take moments of love and compassion for our spirits and our physical vessels? Through storytelling and plant medicine-making, we will create various tools to support self-love and liberation for ourselves and our peoples. Folks will walk away with approachable plant knowledge, a projection spray, a roll-on body oil, a tea blend and some joyous affirmations. 

MEET OUR FACILITATOR
Myrna Cabán Lezcano is a queer Borikua yerbera (herbalist), educator, gardener, cultural organizer and former DJ. When she was two years old, she was healed by a curandera. She grew up eating mangos and being doused in Agua Florida by her abuelas. Her elders have inspired her by connecting to Spirit and Healing in their own ways: growing gandules (pigeon peas), raising chickens, making dream-based predictions, and singing spontaneous songs. Myrna is a graduate of Sacred Vibes Apothecary’s apprentice program, Shambhala Yoga & Dance’s year-long healer and yoga training, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn Urban Gardener program. She is also the founder of Casitas: Community Wisdom, a crew of qtpoc/poc healers whose vision is to create healing/learning spaces in casas or casa-like settings that feel liberatory, creative, honest, accessible and honor the strength of our ancestors: www.casitas.squarespace.com

INSPIRATION

We are living through an age where self-care and healing is not only elusive but being commodified at the same time. In 2015, our collective conjured free healing sessions, “The First Line of Defense is Our Bodies,” across Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. This year, we’re back and ready to heal in community with you.

We believe in a holistic health and healing perspective; health and healing is not just about a physical body, but being truly embodied in all aspects of our beings. This is particularly cruical as we navigate ever-changing landscapes and communities across New York City.

Each workshop will explore a different method of healing; radical self-care, coming home to our bodies through movement, creating our own medicine, and through telling our own stories. Our hope is that you will not only harness the knowledge that is shared, but to go out and share these accessible practices with your communities.

DETAILS

All of the workshops are free with an RSVP. The sessions are open to all genders. Free meals will be provided during the all of the sessions and metrocards are available for those in need. Childcare will be offered as well! Please email us at sisterscirclecollective@gmail.com for details and if you have questions.

FULL SCHEDULE

1) Rediscovering Your Banjee Realness – Saturday, July 9
2) Owning Your Movement – Sunday, July 24
3) Medicine Making – Saturday, August 6
4) Storytelling Session – Saturday, August 13

More details will be announced soon! Stay tuned!

GRATITUDE
Thank you to Citizens Committee for New York City for making this possible