Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

24 February 2013

EVENT: The Op-Ed Project in Chicago - April 6th

One of the questions I get asked most frequently from students or aspiring writers (which I still consider myself) is what was my plan. The only plan I've ever had after undergrad was to work on feminist issues and find a way to get my voice heard. Yes, once back in the early days of the internet, when newspapers still flourished (or appeared to be) I dreamed of having a newspaper column. Nowadays I have this blog, a few others where I am welcomed, but also op-eds. Op-ed writing is a science and an art. Which of course means someone needs to teach you the tricks. Lucky for us Chicagoans, The Op-Ed Project has settled in Chicago for long term. The next training session is coming up and if your dream is to have someone hear your voice, then you must go. I plan on stopping by the end of the seminar and sticking around for the cocktail hour (For me that means a beer & snacks).  I hope to see you there!

DETAILS

DATE:: April 6, 2013 (Saturday)

TIME:: Seminar: 10 AM – 5 PM

Cocktail Hour: 5:30 – 7 PM


LOCATION
Medill School at Northwestern University
105 West Adams, Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60603


REGISTRATION FEES

Super Early Bird (ends March 6): $325

Early Bird (ends March 27): $375

Regular: $425

See their Pay in Words Scholarship option here.


REGISTER HERE!

14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is not only a day for chocolates & flowers, but a day for radical acts as we work towards a day free of violence against women & girls. Fifteen years ago Eve Ensler declared Valentine's Day, V-DAY. To celebrate 15 years, she's throwing a global dance party! 1 Billion Rising.


Chicago is in on the act too.




And friend of VLF, Alejandra O'Leary has a special Valentine's Day tune for us to dance to



How ever you celebrate today, I hope you are surrounded by love!

06 February 2013

Dear GOP: Latinas vote too


Dear Senators Rubio & Cruz,

I hear rumors that the Republican Party, which you are members of, are looking for ways to increase their support among Latinos. While your party holds very little in common with my ethics and morals, I do want to lend you two a bit of advice.

I also hear that you are opposing the Violence Against Women Act. tsk..tsk..*shakingmyhead*

Hombres...You can support comprehensive immigration reform all you want and pray that it means Latinos will go red, but it won't happen when you continue to obstruct measures that help Latinas. Do I really need to remind you that Romney lost the Latina vote 23-76?

So get on board with the Violence Against Women Act. I know it would be futile to ask you to get on board with supporting public education and reproductive justice issues, but come on, chicos, we're talking voting in favor of helping to reduce violence against women!

To help you out, here are some facts about Latinas & VAWA from Latina Portrait: The Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and Latinas, by the National Latin@ Network and Mujeres Latinas en Acción (pdf):
  • Latinas are only half as likely to report abuse to authorities as survivors from other ethnic/racial groups
  • One of the most significant barriers facing non-citizen victims is the fear of immigration-related consequences should they report the abuse or seek help. Often times abusers purposely misinform them of the consequences of reporting abuse and threaten them with deportation and loss of custody of their children should they seek help. Abusers are often able to use immigration status as an effective tool of power and control. 
  • In a recent study conducted at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 35% of foreign-born Latinas who called the Hotline reported a fear of calling the police during a domestic violence situation
Just go read the whole thing. If you are going to court the Latino vote, don't forget your hermanas.

Art by Favianna Rodriguez. She wants us to share her art, so download & share.

04 February 2013

CFP: Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas

CALL FOR PAPERS  
Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection entitled  
Mothers Under Fire: Mothering in Conflict Areas  
Editors: Dr. Tatjana Tak!eva and Dr. Arlene Sgoutas  
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: July 31, 2013

With the increase of conflict areas worldwide, this collection will look at the experiences of women mothering in conflict areas. Recent examples from the Middle East, The Balkans, Sudan, Somalia, the Congo, Peru and other places around the globe affected by military and civil-ethnic conflict have shown that violence is often gendered and has a unique impact on women and mothers. The aim of this collection is to engage with the nature and meaning of motherhood and mothering during times of war and/or in zones experiencing the threat of war.

Topics can also include (but are not limited to):
Mothering in occupied lands, refugee camps, disaster zones, military conflict; mothers and sexual violence; children born of war time rape; humanitarian assistance; mothers and nationalism; relationships between mothers and daughters/sons in times of armed/conflict; giving birth during war or under the threat of war; mothers and militarization; mothers contesting gender norms and practices in conflict areas and/or during times of war; mothers and human rights/violations; mothers and the justice system; motherhood, mothering and forms of sexual or racial discrimination in conflict zones; mothers as peacemakers; mothers and child soldiers; mothering and the family in conflict areas; mothers and armed conflict on the screen; activist mothers; the role of social media and mothers in conflict zones; mothers and military/political resistance.

We welcome perspectives from a variety of disciplines. Cross-cultural, historical and comparative work is encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:
Abstracts: 300 words. Please include a 50-word biography (if Indigenous, include nation/affiliation)  
Deadline for Abstracts is July 31, 2013  
Please send submissions and inquiries directly to: Dr. Tatjana Tak!eva, Tatjana.Takseva@SMU.ca or Dr. Arlene Sgoutas sgoutasg@msudenver.edu  

Completed manuscripts not exceeding 20 pages will be due early spring 2014, and should conform to MLA guidelines. Acceptance is contingent and will depend upon the strength and fit of the final piece.

DEMETER PRESS
140 Holland St. West, P.O. Box 13022 Bradford, ON, L3Z 2Y5 (tel) 905-775-5215

Disclosure: I am getting a complementary membership to MIRCI and subscription to the journal in return for posting these updates. It is, however, something I would have agreed to do for free because I think their work is so wonderful.