Daily News titled this photograph “Mexican American Female Gang” when it ran the photo in 1942 but the systematic criminalization of Mexicans in the 1940s as a justification for racially-motivated attacks (especially directed at zoot suiters) makes me a little wary of the title. In any case, these women seem so utterly cool to me. They’ve been arrested and are sitting in a police station when this photo was taken but look at the nonchalant, almost bored, expression of Frances Silva on the upper left and the raised defiant chin of Josephine Gonzales on the bottom left, as well as the cavalier pose of Lorena Encina on the bottom right in her baggy zoot suit pants and perfect hair. The other two women on the bench are Juanita Gonzales and D. Barrios. These sister-friends (consider the protective gesture of Encina’s elbow on Barrios’ leg) are such badasses, all of them.
THIS STUFF IS SOOO IMPORTANT TO KNOW. Seriously. It’s saved my ass before.
What do you do when you look through the peephole and see a badge?
Remember: You do not have to let the police in the house unless they have a warrant — or probable cause. If you’re having a party, turn off the music, ask your guests to chill, and ask that anyone who’s too intoxicated carry on in another room.
Go outside to speak with the cops. Close the door behind you. Although some scary precedents are being set these days, police cannot enter your home without a warrant or probable cause. By closing the door, you’re cutting off a visual — or olfactory — line to potential probable cause.
Be polite. Ask why they are there. “Good evening, Officer. What can I help you with?”
Where possible, assure them you will take care of the problem. If the police ask to enter, inform them, “I do not consent to any searches.” If a police officer gives you an order and you are confused about your position, ask, “Do I have to comply?” If they continue with questioning, tell them you’ll need to call your lawyer and that you will not answer any questions.
Ask, “Am I free to leave?” This is especially handy if, say, a group of you’d been too bawdy on the patio and an officer stops by. If he/she is getting a bit hot under the collar, politely ask, “Am I being detained?” or “Am I free to leave?” If the cop has no reason to hold you, quickly, quietly, and politely retreat inside.
The POC’s Bill of Rights when it comes to the Police. Remember. These are your rights.
think i’d be too nervous to remember any of this, but still good to know!
ART FOR CHANGE presents HACIA AFUERA East Harlem Arts & Music Festival August 13-14 (Sat-Sun), 1-6pm Sat 6-10pm, film screenings Free (rain or shine)
Live performances by Pistolera, Edwin Vasquez, Sellassie, Selectress Iriela and Jesse Ricke, plus film screenings, interactive art, storytelling by Bobby Gonzalez, sidewalk parade, percussion workshop, arts & crafts for kids, outdoor yoga, artist & food vendors, in East Harlem’s gardens & playgrounds!
ART FOR CHANGE is pleased to present its 4th annual Hacia Afuera Public Arts Festival, August 13-14, 1-6pm in East Harlem’s outdoor spaces! Hacia Afuera, “to go outside”, showcases outdoor art exhibitions throughout the playgrounds and gardens of East Harlem (El Barrio), infused with musical rhythms, spoken words, storytelling, film screenings, and live theater performances by local artists. This year’s theme, Fruits of Our Labor, addresses the topics of labor and sustainability, while celebrating and highlighting the creative resources we possess collectively in our communities.
INTERACTIVE ART EXHIBITION featuring Ellen Hackl Fagan, Jocelyn M. Goode, Marissa A. Gutiérrez-Vicario, Asa Jackson, Nathaniel Lieb, Carlos A. Martinez, Dato Mio, Jevyn Nelms, Tara Parsons, Danielle Poletto, Sasha Sumner, and Eileen Weitzman! Explode paint balloons on canvas, wheat-paste your life-size silhouette to the Hand in Hand community mural, play the ColorSoundGrammar game, create sandals from recycled t-shirts, add your photo to the Community Family Tree, or build steel sculptures in garden & playgrounds!
WORKERS UNION ART EXHIBITION Art Exhibition by members of SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 32BJ—the largest property services workers union in the country. With poetry readings & music performances.
OUTDOOR FILM SCREENINGof original short films by local youth on themes of environment, community, and identity, with complimentary popcorn, music performances, & filmmaker dialogue! On August 13, Saturday, 6-10pm at Children’s Aid Society, 130 E 101 St at Lexington Ave.
And check out the new solidarity mural SOLDADERAS by artist Yasmin Hernandez at Hope Community’s Modesto “Tin” Flores Garden!
Locations and times: August 13-14 (Sat-Sun) / 1-6pm Modesto “Tin” Flores Garden and PS 72 Playground Lexington Ave between 104-105th Sts (Sunday only: White Playground, E. 105-106th Sts between Lexington Ave & 3rd Ave)
August 13 (Sat night), 6-10PM Hacia Afuera 2011 Film Screenings
For more information, please visit:artforchange.org Art for Change (AfC) is a non-profit organization that creates innovative art and media programs that inspire people to take an active role in social justice. Hacia Afuera is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund and Fund for Creative Communities, administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council supported by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and NY State Cultural Affairs. Hacia Afuera is also made possible with support from Children’s Aid Society, PS 72, Hope Community, Inc., Second World Group, AfC Board of Directors, and AfC volunteers.
A group of entrepreneurs from Ghana have teamed up to create ReelAfrican.com, an online television and movie site similar to Hulu, that will give users high quality access to films and TV shows from the continent. Access will be free, as the site plans to use advertising as a revenue stream. The group is in talks to upload content mainly from Nollywood, and Ghana’s movie industry (also known as “Gollywood“), but films from countries like Kenya and South Africa will be available as well.
“The market that wants to watch these films is in the U.S. We would like to see good content coming out of Africa, (but) there’s no way to watch it.” says Victor Mallet, one of the site’s investors.[Variety]
With African filmmakers fighting piracy tooth and nail, this new site seems like the perfect antidote to rampant bootlegging that does more to hurt the various african film industries than help it. The site is set to launch this Fall and has plans to expand into Europe and the Caribbean soon after. Read more here.
One of my good friends is planning on committing suicide. I tried to convince her that suicide isn’t the answer, and I hope she listens. I want to show her that people care, even people she doesn’t know. So can you please reblog this if you care? Please. I’m begging you guys. Later I’m going to screenshot this and show it to her. It won’t kill you to have this on your blog, and you could be saving someone’s life.
wanna take my human sexuality course w/me online? well now you can as i’m publishing notes, readings, and films we use in class each week! here’s the first round. Share with folks you think may be interested!
“If we think only of ourselves, forget about other people, then our minds occupy very small area. Inside that small area, even tiny problem appears very big. But the moment you develop a sense of concern for others, you realize that, just like ourselves, they also want happiness; they also want satisfaction. When you have this sense of concern, your mind automatically widens. At this point, your own problems, even big problems, will not be so significant. The result? Big increase in peace of mind. So, if you think only of yourself, only your own happiness, the result is actually less happiness. You get more anxiety, more fear.”—Dalai Lama (via katelizabeth)