Our Shades of Brown: Addressing Prejudice in Blended Families

This story first appeared on Florecita Growing Up So lately we’ve been a lot more involved in community organizing and since the kids are getting older we decided to start bringing them along to make sure we are not neglecting them in the process of helping others, or creating spaces that we would like to […]

The Beats of Social Justice: Our Story of Resistance Chronicled Through Music

Image credit: Flickr / alterna2   The soundtrack of my life is tinged with music that means something spiritually, lyrically or rhythmically. The Latino melodies and stanzas of these beats often resound with the pain, awareness, and resistance to injustice and oppression. From Merengue to Salsa, Banda to Cumbia, Vallenato to Reggaeton, and Conjunto to […]

Make-Up & a Flat Tire

  A typical visit to the cosmetics section Last week I went to get a new powder for my face. I walked into a cosmetics store at Jordan Landing and wandered over to the make up section. I saw a cosmetics lady walking around so I assumed she would walk over to help me. She […]

A Poem About Abuse: ‘I Shoulda Been Brave’

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  I Shoulda Been Brave Innocent, little arms Outstretched longing for a hug getting shelter from harms Long strong arms Reaching down to give love giving protection from harms How do you talk about abuse when you were little without wounding your mom? How do you speak of pain, loneliness and despair without making her […]

Mothers in Higher Education

  My Story I’ve been in several socially negative categories, single-mom; divorcee; pregnant out of wedlock; young latina mom; victim of domestic and sexual abuse. None of these categories are me. When I am asked who I am, after saying my name I say, I have 3 kids, I am a student and I am […]