Happy Holidays and a liberation-minded 2021 from Doodles Without Borders! Today, December 27th is Kujichagulia, the second day of Kwanzaa. The principle for this day calls for Self-Determination: to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
From Solstice to Christmas and Kwanzaa and everything in between, we wish you–and all of us–love, joy, self-determination and togetherness in the new year! See you in 2021!
On this Indigenous People’s Day marked in many parts of North American continent today, let us stand together with Indigenous people across the continent who ask for “Lands Back!” (as seen on a writing board behind Charles Sepulveda, who was discussing this demand during last week’s UCLA Institute on Inequality and Democracy‘s Abolition on Stolen Lands event). And let us allow our imaginations take us to what it means to align with this demand in our own work, and for ourselves as human beings, for our collective liberation.
In Skid Row neighborhood, where the bullshit of capitalism, racism, imperialism, and settler colonialism of our entire country is both reflected, and conquered every day by humanity, survival know-how, and collective work of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), poor, and other oppressed folks every day; in Skid Row there are always a bunch of arts and cultural activities coming up. […]
Intense Love for an Intense Neighborhood In May 2020, a prolific Skid Row artist Mariana V (aka Blackie) who I’ve known since 2008 passed away. We will miss her so very much. Mariana was a regular at the Arts Jam and did not shy away from sharing her feelings. One way to celebrate Mariana’s life, to learn from her, and to carry a bit of her legacy is by channeling Mariana sharing her intense love for “intense” Skid Row in this clip. She speaks with neighborliness that destroys oppression and dismantles colonialism for breakfast. Rest in Power. […]