Working to sexually empower WOC is especially meaningful for me because I grew up watching so many immigrant women, including my Mom, disrespected and discriminated against.
I remember yelling, crying, imploring my Mom to stand up to the racists she had to deal with in the workplace, but she always chose to remain silent. Now that I look back I know it wasn’t fear as much as it was conditioning and a survival tactic.
Her silence however mobilized me.
And when I wear this T-shirt, it often sparks up a conversation and I use this opportunity to talk about sexual empowerment in the Latin community. My message is met with both approval and resistance. For so many - changing how we and our families view sexuality is so scary to take on. Most people would rather die than talk about female sexuality. And as a first generation American - I know firsthand how my family would have reacted to my work.
I know sexual healing and empowerment is a message that takes some people time to warm up to. Most people think sexual empowerment just means having a decent sex life. It’s not. It’s about our voices and the courage it takes to demand changes in our society - especially where politics and religion are concerned.
But it’s happening and more people are beginning to see how damaging sexual oppression is, especially when it comes to empowering our children and preparing them for life.
I can’t help but think of how far I’ve come in terms of courage to talk about Clit Sit and all things sexual.
Thank you all for your support and stay tuned as I journey around the country to make Clit Sit a movement. #clitsitmeditation#femalesexuality
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Just wanted to share this story, I am a proud daughter of migrant parents and this could have been my pops. Please help spread the word and donate towards this family.
#Repost @ivancejatv (@get_repost)
My heart breaks just thinking about how this could be my dad. Join me in supporting this family by possibly donating $8. If 1,000 of us come together and each donate $8 or more then we can reach the goal and help reunite this family. SEE LINK IN BIO AT @undocumedia to donate. .
If you do donate, then please comment “Done” in a comment below #ProudToGive8
“On Sunday February 11, 2018 Martin Arellano (A#213018400), a resident of Boyle Heights, was kidnapped from his home and family by ICE agents dressed in police vests.
Martin has been living in the United States for over 20 years. He is the father of a US citizen daughter, he has four grandchildren and is the breadwinner of his home. Martin is currently being held in Adelanto Detention Center. His arrest and detention has caused psychological trauma and extreme sadness to his family. No family should be broken apart!
We need your help! Martin needs your help! Please donate and let’s get our people free from the inhumane conditions of detention. The donations will go towards his legal fees: getting an immigration lawyer to represent him, phone calls, commissary, and his bond.” #DontDeportMartin
Meet JHP Teaching Artists, our weekly installment continues. Hector Rene Membreno-Canales is a U.S. Army Photographer and contributor at TaskAndPurpose.com. After serving in Iraq, he used the G.I. Bill to move to New York City and study photography at the School of Visual Arts (SVA). His photographs have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, L’Oeil de la Photographie and The New Republic. He is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College, City University of New York. Hector has been teaching with JHP for 3 years, and he is currently teaching our program at the Flushing International High School. @iamhectorrene
Clinical Director of PSOT, Dr. Hawthorne Smith, is honoring the incredible women in his life who have contributed immensely to our achievements and growth as a country. Read more about Dr. Smith's very own #HiddenFigures mother who worked for @generalelectric helping make John Glenn's orbit around the Earth possible. Link in bio! #WomensHistoryMonth
We managed to create more than 20 cv for immigrant fellows in Pudasjärvi and wishing them all the best. We had among them school principal, doctor, carpenter, foreign language teacher, everything... finding job for immigrants is actually empowering global talents for Finland.
We didn’t let language barrier or anything stop us from doing this. Dari, English, Arabic, Swahili, Persian, Finnish... language of love and empathy are the one that binds all.
Beautiful work, Startup Refugees!