Archive for November, 2011

¡Creating Cultura! a Xican@ Film Festival – 12/3 1PM UC Davis

Posted in Culture, Resources, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on November 3, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Saturday, December 3 · 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Chem 194! UC Davis

Dear Community,

We are proud to present original students’ films and artwork, and an exciting film festival and poster art exhibit in the making. This is a very unique teaching/learning experience for all of us. We are using digital media in the classroom to discuss, analyze, showcase, and open a space to critically and creatively address contemporary issues in the context of hard economic times and budget cuts.

Students are writing, editing, directing and producing their original short films, and are also organizing a film festival event. The event will include renowned filmmaker, Sylvia Morales, who will screen her latest feature documentary A CRUSHING LOVE: Chicanas, Motherhood and Activism (2009) focusing on the life of five extraordinary Latina activists. Morales is a tenured Professor at Loyola University and will be available for a Q&A session afterwards.

In a time of recession, these events promote community engaged scholarship and enables collaborative education. This is a very special historic event that everyone should come and support.

All are welcome, including the entire family. The film festival is free and open to the public. We will offer free refreshments, fun, door prizes, and raffle a surprise gift.

We urge you to be there, and please pass the word about this blast!

Thank you for your Support,
Chicana/o Studies Department Students, T.A. s, and Professor from CHI50 and CHI112 @ UC Davis

Skyeview Film Festival Picks!

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Gallery, Resources, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Documentary by Sonali Gulati

I Am is a feature-length documentary film that chronicles the journey of an Indian lesbian filmmaker who returns to Delhi, eleven years later, to re-open what was once home, and finally confronts the loss of her mother whom she never came out to. As she meets and speaks to parents of other gay and lesbian Indians, she pieces together the fabric of what family truly means, in a landscape where being gay was until recently a criminal and punishable offense.

Sonali Films


Films du Paradoxe

Synopsis : “Des femmes de la diaspora malienne vivant à Montreuil en Seine-Saint-Denis s’adressent, dans une “lettre filmée” à une personne de leur choix, réelle ou imaginaire. Des femmes de Bamako et de Kayes au Mali s’en inspirent ensuite librement, pour réaliser à leur tour leur lettre “filmée”. Chacune était invitée à parler de son travail, chacune a saisi l’occasion pour dire ce qui est important pour elle. Toutes ont participé aux étapes successives de la fabrication de ces courts métrages, dans le cadre d’ateliers de création audiovisuelle menés en France et au Mali par Laurence Petit-Jouvet. L’ensemble forme un film qui enjambe les distances, fait résonner ces voix qui expriment les frustrations, les passions, la résistance de ces femmes.

[Rough translation]
Women from the Malian diaspora in Montreuil, in a “filmed letter” speak to a person of their choice, real or imaginary. Women from Bamako and from Kayes in Mali draw inspiration from these letters to, in their turn, realize their “filmed letter”. They were each invited to talk about their work and take this oppotunity to say what is important for them. The whole forms a film that overcomes the distance, and in which responding like an echo, their voices express frustration, passion, and mostly the power of these women.

Shout out from Laurent PETIT-JOUVET 

Off The Beaten Path: Walkabout  Aruceil-Cachan, France
FEMMES EN RÉSISTANCE festival féministe de documentaires
Trailer for “I Am” (documentary by Sonali Gulati)
Trailer for “Correspondances” (documentary by Laurent Petit-Jouvet)
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FEMMES EN RÉSISTANCE festival féministe de documentaires

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity, Travelogues with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Sharing Oakland Pride with festival sistern.

October 1 – 2, 2011
à l’espace municipal Jean Vilar d’Arcueil
Arcueil Cachan, France

Mobile phone camera gallery

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Posted in Culture, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity, Uncategorized on November 2, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

NOTE: All corrections, clarifications, additions, suggestions welcome. I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of this tapestry that is Oakland – there’s room for a million more threads.

Acknowledgments to They Came For Me by Uchechi Kalu, and Restless by Li Young Lee
Many fronts, one struggle, right? – Tom Maliti


They have come for the city I love
city of taco carts, wetlands reclaimed
water birds, gutted
neighborhoods, city of toxic
waste dumps and the oldest wildlife refuge
in North America.

City roamed by spirits
of Ohlone, home
of the international treat
council, inter-tribal friendship house
in which I love and work, make art,
dance, share food, cycle dark streets at 2am
wind in my face, ecstasy
pumping my pedals.

City where women make family
with other women
picnic in parks with their children
walk strollers through streets.

City that birthed the Black Panthers
who took on the state
with the deadliest of arsenals:
free breakfast for children, free clinics,
grocery giveaways, shoemaking
senior transport, bussing to prisons
legal aid.

City where homicide rate for black men
rivals that of US soldiers in combat.

City where I have walked precincts
rung doorbells, learned that real
is street by street, house by house
get the money out and
get the people in.

City of struggling libraries
50-year old indie bookshop
temples to Oshun, Kali-Ma, Kwan Yin.

City where Marx, Boal,
Bhaktin, Freire are taught
next to tattoo shops
bike coops rub shoulders
with sex shops, marijuana
dispensaries snuggle banks

City of pho, kimchee,
of injera, tom kha gai, braised goat,
nabeyaki udon, houmous and chaat,
of dim sum and wheatgrass and chicken and waffles.

City of capoiera and belly-dance,
martial arts, hip-hop
city of funk and blues and jazz.

City that shut down for 52 hours
in 1946, dragged jukeboxes
into the streets, jammed
to “Pistol-Packin’ Mama” for the rights
of 400 female store clerks
to fair wages and unions.

City of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union,
who refused for a record 10 days
in 1984 to unload a ship from South Africa
in the world’s 4th largest port
faced down million dollar fines.

City of nail parlours, hair brokers, tarot dens
nano-tech, biotech, women-owned auto shops
gondolas on a lake fruity
with sewage, magical
with lights.

City of one-hundred-twenty-
five freaking languages
the most ethnically diverse
in the USA.

Here on the shores of a lake
where all the waters, fresh and salt
of history and revolution mingle
they have come for the city I love.


They have come for the people I love
butch dykes and tranny boys
trans men and drag queens
the two-spirit, gender-queer
dreadlocked and pierced
dancers and drummers
unionists stevedores
copwatchers carpenters
labor historians bodyworkers
scholars shamans jugglers
welders mechanics plumbers
painters truckdrivers fruitpickers
immigrant activists hemp weavers
raw-fooders rollerbladers
bikers builders engineers
wheelchair warriors war resisters
musicians and co-op creators
bakers of bread, growers of food
reclaimers of wasteland
cleaners of polluted waterways
teachers nurses healers
layers of pipe and cable, strippers of asbestos
urban farmers scientists tech freaks
radical lawyers artists
internationalists organizers
the ones who know that making a movement
is a life’s work, know
how to go limp when arrested, how
to eat from the land, heal
without surgery, drugs; raise
a child without violence.
They have come for my people
with rubber bullets, with teargas
with flash-bang grenades and destruction
with pepper spray and sticks
with 40mm canisters aimed
to fracture skulls, they have come
for the people I love.


They have come for the dream that we dreamed
a city of parks and libraries
Jingletown Art Murmur
First Fridays Sistahs
Steppin’ In Pride
Bay Area Solidarity Summer
Women’s Cancer Resource Center
Pueblo Community Health
Destiny Arts
a city of Refuge, a city
of safe streets, vibrant schools
food co-ops in every ‘hood
for the people, yoga
for the people, power
to the people, books
not bars, living wage green
jobs not jails
clean air and water
public healthcare, public transport
urban farms on every block
children making art and science and music
adults making home, community.

Tonight, last night, the night before
the helicopters roared
at 4am, a pack
of jackals in the sky, they snarled
contempt at all that lives and grows
vanished at dawn
could not face us at sunrise.


A thousand candles. Look
the woman tipped out of her wheelchair
by the police, illuminated. See
the ones with the wrist casts, wound
dressings, eyes rinsed of teargas
with camomile tea, watch
the street medics check their supplies
mediators earth the rage, watch
how we labour
at strategy, technique, dialogue
at race, class, gender, disability
at coalition-building, at complexity
conversation by painful
conversation. Watch us
do this thing. Look
there under the jeer
of the circling ‘copter, three
generations of hijabi women
do yoga asanas
on the plaza’s straw.

They have come
for the city I love
for the people I love
and the people I love
and the city I love


Call for Papers: “Issues of Our Time” on Nafissatou Diallo

Posted in Culture, Events, Resources, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on November 1, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler


This is a call for papers for “Issues of Our Time” on Nafissatou Diallo.
Deadline: November 13, 2011

The case of Nafissatou Diallo has generated visceral reactions and heated discussions worldwide. A poor immigrant hotel worker allegedly raped by one of the most powerful men in the world, the director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn. As the shocking story of race, class, gender, and sexuality unfolded, we witnessed an intense media campaign to discredit Ms. Diallo by dredging up all manner of attacks that exploited racial, class, gender, and sexual stereotypes. To salvage the integrity of the powerful alleged rapist, the credibility of the poor lowly immigrant victim must be destroyed.

The alleged rapist claims the sex is consensual, raising the question of what it really means for one of the world’s most powerful men to claim to have consensual sex with a hotel maid? Is this a behavioral pattern? Who protects poor working hotel maids from the sexual advances of this alleged rapist and other rich and powerful hotel guests? Where do these lowly maids receive justice after such “consensual” sex? Given the media attempt to destroy the reputation of Diallo, and the dismissal of the criminal case against the alleged rapist, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, JENdA is devoting the next “Issues of Our Time” to critical commentaries on the Diallo case.

Please, post widely to your colleagues, friends and to all your network.

Submission Requirement:
Papers must be 3 to 4 pages single-spaced (longer commentaries will be accepted)
Name and biography must be included in the paper.
You can submit your paper by logging into your account on JENdA’s website.
If you need assistance, please contact submissions at