Monthly Archives: November 2011

A full house celebrates the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

An altar to the fallen

A full house showed up Saturday night, Nov. 26, to celebrate the UN’s annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with music, dance, art, poetry, healing and more at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco. Well wishers arrived from as far away as Petaluma and NYC.

A dramatic press conference/art installation held Friday, Nov. 25, at Mission Cultural Center, drew journalists from Univision’s Channel 14 News, KPFA radio, KPOO radio, The Epoch Times, The World Journal, Mission Local and more.

(Photos by Mercedes Romero, http://mercedesromero.net)

Tribute: The Story of Marisela Escobedo / La Historia de Marisela Escobedo

A special tribute to Marisela Escobedo at Occupy the Heart of the Mission (Friday, November 25, 2011 12-3pm Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts) 

More info @  http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/189617127788769/

MARISELA ESCOBEDO. An activist, a woman of Juarez City and a mother of 5 children was assassinated in front of numerous witnesses at the doors of the Chihuahua palace of government for demanding that justice be exerted for the death of her daughter, Ruby M. Fayre Escobedo of 16 years, who was assassinated by her own husband, Sergio Barraza Bocanegra three months after giving birth to their daughter.

The constant and untiring fight that Marisela exerted for more than two years revealed the ineptitude and invalidity of the Mexican justice system that by its negligence and apathy forced Marisela to realize for herself and by her own means: the investigation, search, collection of tests, recruitment of witnesses and the location of the assassin on more than one occasion.

On June 18, 2009, Sergio Barraza confessed responsibility of the crime and revealed the exact place of where to find Ruby’s remains. Nevertheless, in the judgment he was unanimously declared innocent and set free, reason for which Marisela reinforced her fight, many indignant mothers were united with her who also cryed out for the same justice of their own daughters, social and human rights organizations raised protests all over the country, the mass media gave more attention to the case and the Mexican government was forced to realize a second judgment. Finally, on May 20, 2010 Sergio Barraza Bocanegra was sentenced to 50 years of prison for homicide with an aggravated penalty.

Sergio is found free, a fugitive and an important part of the Mexican narcomafia. The Mexican government is responsible for not offering any type of protection to Marisela as a precautionary measure in spite of the denunciations of death threats that Marisela received from her son-in-law. Finally, on December 16, 2010 Sergio fulfilled his threat and assassinated Marisela Escobedo. Just a short time later one newspaper published the numerous murders of the husband of the sister of Marisela, the witnesses of the judgment, as well as the parents of Sergio Barraza.

Sergio Barraza Bocanegra a multi-murderist continues to be free.

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MARISELA ESCOBEDO. Activista, mujer de Ciudad Juarez y madre de 5 hijos fue impunemente asesinada a las puertas del palacio de gobierno de Chihuahua frente a numerosos testigos por exigir se ejerciera justicia para su hija Rubi M. Fayre Escobedo de 16 años, asesinada por el propio esposo de Rubí, Sergio Barraza Bocanegra a lo 3 meses de haber dado a luz a su hija.

La constante e incansable lucha que Marisela ejerció por mas de 2 años revela la ineptitud y nulidad del aparato de justicia mexicano que por su negligencia y apatía obligo a Marisela a realizar ella misma y por sus propios medios: la investigación, búsqueda, recolección de pruebas, reclutamiento de testigos y la localización del asesino en más de una ocasión.

El 18 de Junio del 2009 Sergio Barraza confeso la autoría del crimen y revelo el lugar exacto en el que se encontraban los restos de Rubí. Sin embargo en el juicio fue declarado inocente por unanimidad y puesto en libertad, motivo por el cual Marisela reforzó su lucha, se unieron a ella muchas madres indignadas que claman por la misma justicia para sus propias hijas, organizaciones sociales y de derechos humanos levantaron protestas por todo el país, los medios de comunicación le dieron más atención al caso y el gobierno mexicano se vio obligado a realizar un segundo juicio. Finalmente el 20 de mayo 2010 es sentenciado a 50 años de prisión por homicidio con penalidad agrabada.

Sergio se encontraba libre, profugo y vinculado a un importante cartel de la narcomafia mexicana. El gobierno mexicano es responsable de no brindarle a Marisela ningún tipo de protección de las medidas cautelares obligadas pese a las denuncias de amenazas de muerte que Maricela recibía de su yerno. finalmente el 16 de Dic del 2010 Sergio cumplió sus amenazas asesinando a Marisela Escobedo. Poco tiempo después se publica en los periódicos el asesinato del esposo de la hermana de Marisela y el de uno de los testigos del juicio, así como a los padres de el.

Sergio Barraza Bocanegra multihomicida aun se encuentra en libertad

Artists to Occupy block of Mission Fri., Nov. 25, in support of UN day to end gender violence

More than a dozen artists will “occupy” the block on which the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is located (2868 Mission Street, SF) this Friday in support of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The “artivist” demonstration begins at 11 am, concludes at 2 pm, and will include “living tableau, an altar, a table with chair on top with a living models, women taped to walls with pink crosses, signs, information, live action drawing and painting,” according to curator René Yañez of SF’s SOMArts Cultural Center.

The growing list of artists who will occupy the block include Yañez, Yolanda Lopez, Ester Hernandez, Cynthia Tom and Hersalia Cantoral. Various performers, writers and musicians will also lend their support.

The artist occupation precedes the press conference that begins at noon Friday, Nov. 25, at The Mission Cultural Center, during which community leaders will address issues behind the UN day. Speakers include Mona Lisa Wallace; board member of the National Organization for Women; Mabel Aguilar, social services coordinator for La Raza Community Resource Center; event organizer MamaKoatl discussing her campaign to get femicide in the  curriculum in San Francisco schools, and other community leaders. Mujeres Unidas y Activas (http://www.mujeresunidas.net) of SF and Oakland, will announce their Spanish-language sexual-assault crisis line: 415-431-ALMA. KPOO Radio personality Chelis Lopez will MC the press conference, which concludes at 2 pm.

— Steve Taylor

San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking Poster Contest, Deadline: 12/15/2011

The San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT) is hosting its first poster contest. The theme for the 2012 SFCAHT Poster Contest – From Bystander to Upstander: Taking Action Against Abuse – is to raise awareness among middle and high school students to take action and to stand up for abuse (e.g., bullying). Students are asked to submit their posters by 12:00 PM, Thursday, December 15, 2011. Click on SFCAHT Poster Contest 2012 for the guidelines and the entry form.

Please help distribute this information widely.

SFCAHT is a collaborative of over 20 San Francisco nonprofit organizations, government departments, law enforcement agencies, service providers, educators, and community members working together to end human trafficking through collaboration, education, outreach, advocacy, and supporting survivors of human trafficking.

For questions about the poster contest, contact Cynthia.Vasquez@sfgov.org or 415-252-3206.

Feminicidas en libertad

Mujer indigena chiapaneca, torturada por el gobierno mexicano con 4 meses de embarazo

planton presos
A la Opinión Pública A los Medios de Comunicación Estatal Nacional e Internacional A los Medios Alternativos A los Adherentes a La Otra Campaña A la Sexta Internacional A las Organizaciones Independientes A los Defensores de los Derechos Humanos ONGs Preso Solidario de la Voz del Amate Adherentes a La Otra Campaña del EZLN Cautivos en el Penal n° 5 San Cristóbal de Las Casas Chiapas A causa de la injusticia que mi País México vive, día a día donde miles de personas son víctimas de explotación, maltratos, la violación a los derechos humanos, la discriminación solo por ser gentes pobres analfabetos nos humillan entre otros. Como es nuestro caso fuimos detenidos arbitrariamente en el año 2007 junto con mi esposa Rosa López Díaz quien se encontraba embarazada de 4 meses donde sufrimos torturas físicas y psicológicas y de ahí nos trasladan al Cerrs. N° 5 y al paso de unos meses mi esposa dio a la luz a un varón donde nació con parálisis cerebral deforme de la cara sin tener movimientos en su cuerpo. El pasado 25 de Octubre se agravó su situación de salud, mis familiares lo llevaron al hospital de Teopisca y no lo atendieron. Se trasladan al hospital del Clínica de Campo en San Cristóbal, con la desdicha de ser analfabeta recibieron nuevamente la negligencia médica. Hoy mi hijo que tiene por nombre NATANAEI LOPÉZ LOPÉZ es difunto, todo por no recibir atención especializada, muchas veces solicité apoyo a las instituciones gubernamentales y jamás respondieron. Esto no quedará impune; siento un gran dolor en mi alma y clamo a Dios justicia por la injusticia que el mal gobierno y su gabinete ejercen en nuestras personas. Es por ello que el pasado 29 septiembre unos nos declaramos en huelga de hambre, otros e ayuno y plantón por tiempo indefinido con el único fin de exigir justicia y nuestras libertades que nos ha robado. Hoy llevamos ya 35 días de huelga y nuestro estado de salud se va deteriorando con síntomas de mareos, jubilación de vista, dolor de cabeza y pérdida de memoria hasta hoy el gobierno no ha respondido a nuestra demandas. Por eso hoy denuncio públicamente estas irregularidades que estoy y estamos viviendo. Una vez más exhorto al C. Lic. Juan Sabines Guerrero a tomar acciones urgentes en el estado que nuestras personas se encuentran, cualquier complicación de nuestra salud o pérdida humana hago responsable a Sabines, no estoy ni estamos dispuestos a pagar un delito que jamás cometimos. Exijo nuestras libertades inmediatas e incondicionales de todos los que estamos en la lucha por la justicia, Enrique Gómez Hernández, Penal n° 14 el Amate, Juan Collazo Jiménez que se encuentra en huelga de hambre en el Penal n° 6 de Motozintla. Así mismo exijo al gobierno Federal por la libertad inmediata de nuestro compañero Alberto Patishtán Gómez que se encuentra en el Cefereso n° 8 de Guasave Sinaloa. Por último invito a toda la Sociedad Civil estatal Nacional e Internacional a sumarse en nuestro dolor. No es justo sufrir y pagar algo que no se debe mucho menos cobrando la vida de un inocente. Ya basta de discriminación Ya basta de humillaciones Todos a la verdad y a reclamar justicia y libertad para todos los presos políticos del país. Hasta la victoria Fraternalmente. Alfredo López Jiménez Solidario de la Voz del Amate, Penal n° 5 de San Cristóbal de Las Casas – Chiapas 2 de noviembre 2011 — Red contra la Represión Chiapas (RvsR-Chiapas)

Artivism: Stop the Violence towards Women and Girls, Nov 19th

Nov. 26 show at Dance Mission Theater for International Day to End Violence Against Women

International Day for Ending Violence Against Women celebrated in San Francisco Nov. 26 in support of UN resolution

We sent the following news release to the Bay Area news and music media Nov. 4, revised Nov. 15:

For immediate release

 International Day for Ending Violence Against Women celebrated in San Francisco Nov. 26 in support of UN resolution

 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On Saturday, Nov. 26, Bay Area residents will observe the United Nations’ annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with Latin music, healing ceremonies, dance, art, poetry and information. The evening’s events take place in the heart of the Mission District at Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St. (www.dancemission.com), beginning at 6 pm. A $10 entrance fee is requested to cover costs, but no one will be turned away.

In addition, organizers have scheduled a press conference for noon on Friday, Nov. 25, at The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission Street, MCed by KPOO Radio personality Chelis Lopez. Speakers will include Mona Lisa Wallace; board member of the National Organization for Women; Mabel Aguilar, social services coordinator for La Raza Community Resource Center; event organizer MamaKoatl and other community leaders addressing the issues behind the internationally observed day. Artists Carlos Cartagena, of El Salvador, and Hersalia Cantoral from Chiapas, Mexico, will create a large-scale piece in honor of the victims of femicide.

This year, organizers will pay special tribute to Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, activist mother of one of the multitude of young women murdered with impunity in Juarez, Mexico, who herself was shot to death last December by a man suspected of murdering her teenager, as Ortiz peacefully protested her daughter’s murder. A sidewalk altar in honor of Ortiz will greet all who enter the theater.

Under the title “Guardianas de la Vida” (Guardians of Life), the evening’s event opens at 6 pm with a reception and an interactive sewing piece by Circulo Mujeres de Horas Felices called “Mending the Heart/Remendando el Corazon” during which audience members are invited to sew while discussing themes such as “Why are our children violent?”.

The show itself begins at 7:30 pm with an invocation by Yoruba chief, author and professor Luisah Teish, followed by the poetry of Judy Grahn, Genny Lim and Nina Serrano; Latin music by Bay Area singer-songwriters Maria Loreto, MamaKoatl and Marta Sevilla; theater by Circulo Cultural; folkloric dance by Maria Luna and modern dance by Maica Folch and Paloma Parra. The art of Carlos Cartagena and Hersalia Cantoral will be on display

Food and drink will be available.

“In San Francisco we have been obtaining annual official proclamations of this day for the past six years,” said MamaKoatl (pronounced mama-coe-ah-tull), who – with co-sponsorship from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto – spearheaded the day’s observance.

“It is important to keep the issue of violence against women alive in the international arena,” she added. “We have to treat it as human rights violation. At no time of the year is this intervention more appropriate than the last week of November, when the American identity is reinforced by the unconscious glorification of genocide inherent in the Thanksgiving holiday.” The holidays are also a time when domestic violence rises.

For more information about the issues behind this event, please visit https://guardianasdelavida.wordpress.com.

About the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

On December 17, 1999, the United Nations’ General Assembly designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations to launch activities to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.

Women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981, in remembrance of the brutal assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists, in the Dominican Republic on November 25, 1960, on orders from Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo. More information can be found at http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/violence.

About ITP

Founded in 1975, ITP is a leader in transpersonal research and education of clinicians, spiritual guides, wellness caregivers, and consultants who apply transpersonal principles and values in a variety of settings. With its holistic approach to education and psychotherapy, the Institute attracts students from all over the world to both residential and distance-learning programs. In addition to its Women’s Spirituality and other graduate programs, ITP operates the Community Center for Health & Wellness, a professional counseling center and training facility offering quality services at an affordable sliding scale fee to the surrounding community. More information can be found at http://www.itp.edu

About MamaKoatl, event curator

MamaKoatl is a San Francisco poet, songstress, kurandera and ARTivist. Her art is an invitation to healing our earth, to renewing our human spirit. Her debut album “Border Crossing Diosa” is an historical document of poetry, prayer and protest.

MamaKoatl is also a Reiki Master, Absolute Balance Mastery practitioner, an MA and has an MFA in Women’s Spirituality and Performance Activism.

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Contact:

MamaKoatl

http://www.reverbnation.com/mamaKoatl

mamacoatl@yahoo.com.mx

415-632-0330

Steve Taylor

Taylor Communications

Berkeley, California

taylorcom@sbcglobal.net

(510) 845-3501

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