In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, I’ve been doing a lot of research on Latinas and health. I’m planning on posting the huge amount of resources that I’ve discovered–I hope you find them interesting!
Latinas are, in general, an understudied population. I think it’s largely due to the facts that “Latina” is such an unstable identity marker (i.e. it can mean so many different populations of women) and that especially in the US, Latinas are still a migratory people. That is, while there are stable settled communities that Latinas exist in–even in those settled communities, a large population of women have only been there one or two generations.
So, some of the resources I’ve found may not be directly about Latinas–but it will always be information that Latinas can use.
Latinas already utilize a lot of their own resources in self-inducing their own abortions. Many women can get chemicals and medicines from their home countries without a prescription. But once they get to the US, it is difficult to near impossible to find those same resources. This zine is amazing in that it covers everything from herbs (which often *can* be found at local stores and co-ops) to acupressure points to actual penetration of the uterus.
I do not recommend or disagree with self-induced abortions–but I am totally and completely for women having the right to understand and access their bodies in a way that is based in community knowledge, history and experiences that other women have had. I think it’s an interesting read just for that quality alone!
The zine can be found here and can be downloaded free of charge (it’s 497 pages–a little long to print off, but free!).
I shared last week an update on the LatiNegr@s Project and the upcoming TV interview I did discussing the project. One part of the video by Associate Producer, Marlene Peralta, who interviewed me, can be seen below. To watch the full episode which features a discussion about unemployment in Puerto Rico, and additional commentary regarding the conversations about Afr@-Latin@s can be seen online at the Independent Sources website.
Including UAFA language isn’t the only way to ensure that all familias are included in immigration reform but its one way and FIRM’s endorsement of this language should serve as a model to other organizations within the RI4A umbrella, especially as eyes focus on Senator Schumer and his CIR proposal and the March 21st march in D.C.
I really hope that all the organizations and that are demanding immigration reform follow FIRM’s lead and make inclusion part of their official mission. Justicia can’t leave anyone behind.
Lila Downs is one of my favorite mujer artistas. The video here features some of the mujeres that have been killed and disappeared in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. i would like to extend the dedication to todas las mujeres that have been disappeared by I.C.E. and the U.S Department of Homeland Security.
The United States does not officially recognize International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated globally today, and that’s probably because of its socialist roots. In the U.S , socialist = evil. Just ask Obama, the Tea Party peeps, and of Cuba. What people fail to recognize is that International Women’s Day (aka International Working Women’s Day because all women are working women) doesn’t go the way of sentimental hearts and flowers the way Mother’s Day does. IWD, ever since I first learned of it as a teenager, is has been about recognizing the role of mujeres in political and social struggles. It’s not about a mujer as mother or wife, because those statuses do not define mujer. It is about the difficulties in working together across mujer’dad and how we do it anyway and become stronger and wiser in the process.
This year the International Red Cross has dedicated International Women’s Day to displaced women globally, especially timely if you think of the disasters in Haiti and Chile.
Friday March 19th, 2010
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 521 W126th St. Basement
Between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway
Take the 1 train W125th St.
Recipients of the Doña Adelfa Vera Award for 2010:
Lourdes Garcia, Activist/Healer/Artisan
Joyce Jones, Artist/Journalist/Activist
Gloria Quinoñes, Activist/ProLibertad Support
Amy Velez, Activist/ProLibertad Supporter