"The pull between what is and what should be. I believe that by changing ourselves we change the world, that traveling El Mundo Zurdo path is the path of a two-way movement—a going deep into the self and an expanding out into the world, a simultaneous recreation of the self and a reconstruction of society. And yet, I am confused as to how to accomplish this […] I can’t reconcile the sight of a battered child with the belief that we choose what happens to us, that we create our own world. I cannot resolve this in myself. I don’t know. I can only speculate, try to integrate the experiences that I’ve had or have been witness to and try to make some sense of why we do violence to each other. In short, I’m trying to create a religion not out there somewhere, but in my gut. I am trying to make peace between what has happened to me, what the world is, and what it should be."

— Gloria Anzaldúa, “La Prieta” (via whentherewerebicycles)

(via noterajeschicanita)

» Listen to “Sounds of American Freedom” from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

#TBT! On this day in 1963, 250,000 people gathered in Washington DC to rally for civil and economic rights for African Americans, culminating in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Listen to the “Sounds of American Freedom” playlist, featuring freedom songs prominent in the movement.

(Source: daughtersofdig)

"To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget; that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love and die. The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrows, is always a measure of what has gone before."

Alice Walker, “In These Dissenting Times” (via mal4suerte)

(Source: variationalbeings, via noterajeschicanita)

"The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist…destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful."

Thomas Merton, as quoted in Courtney Martin’s weekly column for On Being, "The Spiritual Art of Saying No"
(via beingblog)

» Angela Davis - The Prison Industrial Complex (17 parts all MP3 files)

superheru7:

Angela Davis - The Prison Industrial Complex (17 parts all MP3 files)
01 - On Becoming An Activist.mp3 
02 - Race, Class & Incarceration.mp3 
03 - Young Black Men & Prison.mp3
04 - Technologies Of Punishment.mp3
05 - The Specter Of Crime.mp3 
06 - Political…

» ABORTION RESOURCES, SUPPORT & FULL SPECTRUM, ABORTION COMPANIONSHIP/DOULAING

lalobalocaart:

This list has been created hoping to inspired more people to get involved with Full Spectrum and Abortion Companionship/Doula care and support and it has also been created in hopes that it gets shared and reaches those folx that might directly benefit from the information. In the future, I hope…