This is a family, biological and chosen, blended and bi-racial, queer and hopeful, black and brown, who are fighting gentrification by raising funds to buy their home and stay in the neighborhood in Durham, North Carolina. Please support them! Thank you Serena & Emily, Matthias, Courtney, Bailey, Caleb, Max & Remy of the The LoveShack for their support of our project! http://www.gofundme.com/SavetheLoveShack #BeforeitsGone #TakeItBack
Happy birthday, Denny Mendez!
Denny Andreina Méndez de la Rosa (born on July 20, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a former beauty queen turned model and actress who represented Italy in the 1997 Miss Universe pageant.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Méndez relocated to Montecatini Terme, Italy as a very young child with her mother in search of a better life. Many of Méndez’s aunts had relocated to Italy and had married Italian citizens, and after divorcing Denny’s biological father, her mother relocated to Italy and married an Italian man whom she met while he was on vacation in the Dominican Republic. Méndez, who had no formal training as a model, was studying to become a tourist guide prior to enrolling in the pageant.
Her first venture in the beauty pageant circuit occurred when she was a candidate for in the title of Miss Dominican Republic 1996 on December 16, 1995 where she represented the Distrito Nacional and placed second runner-up. After another attempt to win the title the following year, she decided to return to Italy where she entered the Miss Italia pageant.
Her election as Miss Italia on September 7, 1996 in the Italian town of Salsomaggiore caused a minor scandal throughout that nation. It was the first time that a woman of non-Italian ancestry was elected to represent the country in an international beauty pageant and some Italian citizens saw it as a wake-up call for Italy to close its borders to further immigration. Two members of the judging panel were suspended for saying that a black woman could not represent Italian beauty. The news of the first black Miss Italy was carried to millions overseas via the popular African-American periodical, Jet Magazine. The author of the article wrote:
“Denny Méndez … born in the Dominican Republic to a naturalized Italian mother and an Italian [step]father, was named Miss Italy after receiving nine million telephone votes from the television audience.” Nine million Italians voted to shatter the prism of race, just by watching a TV beauty pageant and phoning in their votes! Beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder, and the eyes of the world today are quite capable of seeing past skin color. The Italian people’s choice was Denny Méndez, notwithstanding the objections of a pageant official who said, “A black girl can’t be Miss Italy. It’s not in the rules.”
Upon being elected Miss Italia, Méndez responded to the controversy with a brief reply:
Because of all the scandal surrounding her election, Denny was selected as one of the 10 semifinalists in Miss Universe 1997 in Miami Beach, Florida, U.S. on May 16, 1997. Despite winning the semifinals with the highest overall score and entering the Top 6 in first place, her Top 6 answer was not enough to advance her to the final 3. The crown was eventually won by Miss USA Brook Mahealani Lee. However, the publicity from the pageant helped her land modeling jobs among many of Europe's leading fashion houses and magazines intent on displaying their love of diversity.
Today, Méndez is a popular television personality in Italy. She remains very active in the modeling world and has become a budding actress. Besides several theatrical productions, she has guest starred on many Italian sitcoms, dramas, and feature films, she also had a small role in the film Ocean’s Twelve starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. Méndez is fluent in Italian and has working knowledge of both English and Spanish.
High resolution poster of punk rock, indigenous radical queer warrior, Fred Martinez. As with all our posters, feel liberated to print out and wheatpaste at will!
Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.
Between 10 million and 114 million Native Americans - according to the lowest and the highest estimate made by researchers - have been killed as the direct result of US government actions
George Washington was given the nickname Hanadahguyus, “He who destroys Villages” by the Kanion’ke:haka because of the amount of Indigenous villages he personally ordered the destruction of. This should come as no shock to anyone, as George Washington compared all Native Americans to wolves, and expressed a wish to have them all exterminated.
And the writer of The Wizard of Oz called for the ‘total annihilation’ of Native Americans in an editorial in 1891.
Yes, indigenous children are detained at the US border (but are they interviewed in their own language?)
“It is surprisingly easy for gringos to look past the reality of undocumented migrants as human beings, and most gringos imagine immigrants as caramel-colored, Spanish-speaking Mexicans, not indigenous, Q’eqchi’-speaking Guatemalans.”
"Don’t Just Pay It Back, Pay It Forward: From Accountability to Reciprocity in Research Relationships" in the Journal of Research Practice
Seriously, though, I haven’t seen one single news article that acknowledges that some of the detained immigrants don’t speak Spanish, much less asks questions about the quality of credible fear determinations that are not conducted in immigrants’ native languages.
I was starting to wonder if my expectations for media representation were unreasonably high. Nope.
This isn’t the clearest graph I’ve ever seen, but here’s what this recent report from the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) reveals in its study of more than 400 unaccompanied minors who were held in US federal custody. Of 100 Guatemalan minors, more than 40 spoke one or more languages other than Spanish. The study did not sample for ethnicity (as it did for nationality & gender), but by chance 48% of Guatemalan children self-identified as indigenous (also ~5% of Mexican and 3% of Honduran children).
The study did not discuss whether any of these children spoke Spanish as a second language or whether interviews conducted in Spanish might miss key elements of claims for international protection / asylum.
The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.
i think about this scene a lot when i’m talking about antiblackness and how it works and why it’s damn near impossible to combat
and yet the white people who watched this couldn’t see that they were those who stood by and let the machines fool them…
SAY THAT SHIT AGAIN.
Solidarity with Guerrillera Collective Inland Empire!
On the night of July 19th 2014, several members of Guerrillera Collective Inland Empire (a collective of young WoC and Q/T*PoC) were brutally physically attacked by a cisgender white man. One member in particular was dragged into the middle of the street where they were assaulted.
Right before the attack the man said, “What you did to Dan was the worst thing to happen to Riverside.” He was referencing a couple weeks ago when a local Riverside cisgender white artist painted black face and called it “art.” It was displayed at Blood Orange Info Shop. GCIE called out the anti-black racist as fuck art and demanded this be taken down which it immediately was afterwards.
The response to this artwork being taken down was violence and shows the lengths to which white people will go to uphold white supremacy and devalue WoC and Q/T*PoC. This is exactly why collectives like GCIE need to exist. Young WoC and Q/T*PoC need a safe space where we can come together in solidarity and reach out to the community on issues of race and gender.
Women, Trans men, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary and Queer folx of Color are being attacked everyday for being who we authentically are and wanting a safe space to exist for us and our community. It is absurd that we are constantly put in a position to justify our existence and everything we chose to do and say.
We deserve to be in this world, free to move without fear of death, violence and violation. Our bodies and our identities are not yours to touch, look at, think about or make sense of.
We are not disposable and we are not going to stay silent.
We need everyone to take a collective stance with GCIE. The attacker is planning on going attend the Blood Orange Info Shop meeting today Sunday July 20th at 4 pm to confront GCIE. Please go to this meeting to show your solidarity. The address is 3485 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501. BOIS is located in the Life Arts Building downstairs in the basement right next to the parking lot at the back of the building on Mission and Lemon.
Attending this meeting is not enough. We need to change the culture that allows for this kind of violence to exist. We need all organizations, collectives, individuals, bands, artists, activists, etc to commit to making this world a safer space. Please pass this information along and stand with WoC and Q/T*PoC.
The following stand with GCIE:
Feminist Union at UNCC
Signal boost, pass it on, if y’all know of any orgs or collectives, send it to them for them to repost and sign off on it!
The Human Rights Coalition of South Texas organized a vigil to commemorate refugees and immigrants who have lost their lives on their journey to the United States. The event took place across the street of the U.S. Homeland Security and Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas on the morning of Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Organizations from around the state gathered for an interfaith ceremony to welcome the refugees and children fleeing violence in their home countries into the U.S. An estimated 500 people participated in support of this event.
La Coalición de Derechos Humanos del Sur de Tejas organizo una vigilia para conmemorar a los refugiados e inmigrantes que han muerto durante su jornada a los Estados Unidos. El evento fue ubicado al frente de el Centro del U.S. Homeland Security y Border Patrol en McAllen, Texas en la mañana del sábado, julio 19, 2014.
Organizaciones de todo el estado se reunieron para una ceremonia interreligiosa para dar bienvenida a los refugiados y niños huyendo de países violentos y hacia los Estados Unidos. Aproximadamente 500 personas participaron a favor de este evento.