The Ovas Featured in Planetizen

Check out this dope interview with Planetizen about the Ovas, our founding, our grassroots organizing, La Conxa, and what you can expect next from us Thanks so much for the support <3

The Ovas in 2014 at Mariachi Plaza.

The Ovas in 2014 at Mariachi Plaza. [Photo courtesy of Michael Raines]

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Here’s a short excerpt written by Ma’ayan Dembo:

What have been some of the significant changes the Ovarian Psycos have undergone that changed the way you operate and achieve your mission?

Last year, we acquired a space, named La Conxa, on the Eastside. La Conxa is not just for us to have meetings there and organize, but now we want to provide this space for the community. One of our goals is fundraising to keep it open. We are not an organization or non-profit; we are an autonomous group, so we’re making sure we keep the space autonomous and away from corporate money.

So, with this new space, you’re able to really solidify your roots within the community. What kinds of actions or ways are you engaging with the folks surrounding La Conxa?

Another way we provide this space for the community is through our programming. So far, we’ve been collaborating and sharing space with other collectives like Mujeres de Maiz, Comidas no Bombas, and ACRAS, to name a few. We’ve also organized movie nights, including post-screening discussions with the filmmakers, and we’ve hosted bands and held fundraisers.

One of the things we really push for as well is encouraging women to learn bicycle mechanics. In these mechanic nights, we invite women, trans, gender non-conforming, basically anyone who doesn’t identify as a man, to come in and learn bicycle mechanics. Because as women cyclists, bicycle mechanics are heavily needed for you to be autonomous and not rely on anyone else to fix your bike.

In addition, we’re trying to address some of the issues going on in our communities, like gentrification, displacement of residents, and militarized policing, through programming in space and also in the Luna Rides. Each of our monthly full-moon Luna Rides revolves around a different theme. Usually at the end of the ride, we share a circle. A lot of personal and deep-rooted things come up. For most women, that first ride is really scary. But afterwards we see women progress and feel more comfortable and trusting of the space, and they really open up. It encourages women to be change agents in their communities and share what is going on there with the other riders in the circle. The first step in becoming a change agent is knowing yourself as a person and having the courage to speak up about those kinds of things.

But we have limited capacity, nobody gets paid to be part of the collective, everyone is either a student, a mother, or working class. Many of us are from low-income communities and need to work full time. But nonetheless, we’re able to put on these bike mechanic training nights, safety trainings, and rides centered on issues in the neighborhood with elements of education.

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Be kind to the environment and your wallet, take the train to Clitoral Mass!

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Clitoral Mass is only 5 days away and we can’t wait to see all your beautiful faces at the beginning of the ride @ Grand Park!!

As y’all know, parking downtown is limited (and expensive!!)

We suggest that all riders take some sort of public transportation, we’ll be meeting on the 2nd level of Grand Park near the Metro Civic Center/Grand Park stop (red & purple lines)

If y’all must drive, here’s some relatively near by metro stations you can try parking at….
-Union Station (all lines)
-Westlake/MacArthur Park (red/purple line)
-Chinatown (red line)
-Lincoln/Cypress (gold line)
-Mariachi Plaza (gold line)

Clitoral Mass 1st Time Riders Tips & Check List

For all y’all first time riders, check out this check list on how to prepare for the big day!

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Remember Clitoral Mass is taking place August 16th!

https://www.facebook.com/events/245137742341694/

 

If you’re interested in volunteering check out the forms below!

http://bit.ly/1mhQcyH <— Non-Rider Volunteer Form
http://bit.ly/1qOhcW5 <—Rider Volunteer Form
http://bit.ly/1llqfIr <— PayPal Link to DONATE! 

Clitoral Mass 2014 Promo Video

 

Big thanks to the hermana Shireen (and a special thanks to El Haru Kuroi who provided the dope music) for creating this promo for Clitoral Mass 2014.  If this doesn’t get you pumped for the big day, we don’t know what will. 

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Don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 16th!!!!

check out all the deets here -> https://www.facebook.com/events/245137742341694/

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If you’re interested in volunteering check out the forms below!

http://bit.ly/1mhQcyH <— Non-Rider Volunteer Form
http://bit.ly/1qOhcW5 <—Rider Volunteer Form
http://bit.ly/1llqfIr <— PayPal Link to DONATE!

OVARIAN PSYCOS Presents: Punk Funk & Social Justice Fundraiser

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 12.40.30 PMWelcum to Las Ovas’ Conxa Fundraiser!
Saturday, July 19th!
FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/344285195725233/
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Cum one, cum all and swing by our epacio (aka La Conxa) on SATURDAY, July 19th to help us raise monies to keep our space open. La Conxa is a community safe space run by womyn of color. The Ovas have acquired La Conxa since the beginning of 2014 and have run it as an autonomous space. It is maintained by donations from la comunidad from events like these and community solidarity. We hope to keep the space open for future community programming and grassroots organizing by las Ovas, other collectivxs and members of the community.

 Cum join us for a of night of musical, social justice consciousness!

(((We will be having)))
- Dranks to quench yo’ thirst!
*Please respect our wishes to maintain a sober space

(((Musical Guests)))
- All Is Well Son
https://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Is-Well-Son/265298820201442

- Blind Owl
https://www.facebook.com/BlindOwlTheBand

- Xela De La RemiX: https://www.facebook.com/CihuatlCeMusic
… and dance tunes by DJ Val

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(((Where)))
La Conxa
1214 E. 1st Street, 90033 Boyle Heights
7:00 pm | $5- $10 donation
- No one turned away for lack of funds -

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FYI!!!!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER FOR Los Angeles’ 3rd Annual CLITORAL MASS! August 16th! SEE BELOW:

- http://bit.ly/1mhQcyH <— Non-Rider Volunteer Form
- http://bit.ly/1qOhcW5 <—Rider Volunteer Form
- http://bit.ly/1llqfIr <— PayPal Link to DONATE!

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Ovarian Psycos Present: July Luna Ride with MDM – To Honor La Energia Rebelde Within! <3

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Ovarian Psycos Present::
July Full Moon Bike Ride!
Ending Ceremonia with Mujeres De Maiz!
MONDAY – July 14!
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Meetup: Heritage Square Gold Line Station

Time: 7:00pm

Roll Out: 7:30pm

Ending: Coyolxauhqui Stone – on City Terrace Drive & Miller Ave with Mujeres de Maiz

Event Page for Circle with MDM: https://www.facebook.com/events/1431786073774108/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

***We will be honoring ourselves and our inner strength and rebellion against a misogynistic and patriarchal society. Feel free to bring offerings to La Luna, Coyolxauhqui and your loving intentions and strength. ***

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PLEASE NOTE : This Ride is for womyn, womyn identified, queer,trans, gender non conforming individuals. Please respect the safe space and check yo privilege!

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WHAT TO BRING:
-working bike
-helmet
-lights
-patches, tools, tubes, pump (if you have one)
-water
-snacks

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Background of La Her-storia de Coyolxauhqui
From Cherrie Moraga’s “El Mito Azteca”

“Coatlicue, Madre de los Dioses, is sweeping on top of the mountain, Coatepec, when she discovers two beautiful feathers. Thinking that later she will place them on her altar, she stuffs them into her apron and continues sweeping. But without her noticing, the feathers begin to gestate there next to her womb and Coatlicue, already advanced in age, soon discovers that she is pregnant.

When her daughter, Coyolxauhqui, learns that her mother is about to give birth to Huitzilopochtli, God of War, she is incensed. And, along with other siblings, the Four Hundred Stars, she conspires to kill Coatlicue rather than submit to a world where War would become God.

Huitzilopochtli is warned of this by a hummingbird and vows to defend his mother. At the moment of birth, he murders Coyolxauhqui, cutting off her head and completely dismembering her body.

Breast splits from chest splits from hip splits from thigh from knee from arm and foot Coyolxauhqui is banished to the darkness and becomes the moon, la diosa de la luna.

Cherrie Moraga: I am writing that wound…That moment when brother is born and sister mutilated by his envy. Here, mother and daughter are pitted against eachother and daughter must kill male-defined motherhood in order to save the culture from misogyny, war, and greed. But el hijo comes to the defense of patriarchal motherhood, kills la mujer rebelde, and female power is eclipsed by the rising light of the Sun/Son. This machista myth is enacted every day of our lives, every day that the sun (Huitzilopochtli) rises up from the horizon and the moon (Coyolxauhqui) is obliterated by his light.

Although I revere Coatlicue, Diosa de la Muerte y La Vida, I do not pray to her. I pray to the daughter, La Hija Rebelde. She who has been banished, the mutilated sister who transforms herself into the moon. She is la fuerza femenina, our attempt to pick up the fragments of our dismembered womanhood and reconstitute ourselves.”

Us gender non-conforming, two-spirited, trans, womyn and womyn ID have first-hand seen the effects of the oppressive patriarchal and misogynistic structures but throughout it all have managed to rise above. The intention of this ride is to come out and surround oneself with strong beings sharing similar experiences in hopes to empower one another through our stories.

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Clitoral Mass LA 2014!!!

SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 16TH 2014!
for Los Angeles’ 3rd Annual
CLITORAL MASS!!!!
Meet up at 1:00pm at GRAND PARK LA!
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Cum one, cum all to Clitoral Mass 2014! Clitoral Mass represents solidarity between womyn, queer, femme, trans, gender non-conforming and two-spirited individuals from different walks of life to promote solidarity in bicycling, encourage safety, health in our communities and taking back the night.

We envision a movement in which womyn from all over the world organize their own Clitoral Mass in their respective communities in order to shift consciousness about social justice through bicycling for everyone.
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We encourage everyone to bike in, walk in or bus in! If you are taking the red line, exit ***Civic Center/Grand Park Station*** and exit towards the “Temple Street” exit!

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For more information on what Metro Bus’ take you to Grand Park, click the following link:
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Yourself, your friends, your bike, cash for awesome Clitoral Mass Merch! We will be providing snacks, granola bars, water, toilet paper! But feel free to bring your own snacks if you’d like!

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Our Clitoral Mass Route Committee has been working tirelessly on the route to make sure this ride is DO-able for EVERYONE! We will have a number of pit stops throughout the ride where we will have restroom breaks, snacks, water, music and live entertainment!

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No need to worry! We will ALSO be ENDING at Grand Park LA!
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If you’re interested in volunteering check out the forms below!

http://bit.ly/1mhQcyH <— Non-Rider Volunteer Form
– http://bit.ly/1qOhcW5 <—Rider Volunteer Form
– http://bit.ly/1llqfIr <— PayPal Link to DONATE!

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This ride is open to all womyn, womyn identified, gender-non-conforming, queer, trans, two-spirited folx only!

> > We do recognize that the name Clitoral Mass does refer to cis-womyn’s reproductive system. However, it is not meant to exclude anyone. The name is a play on words intended to be playful and simultaneously create some sort of acknowledgement/acceptance/pride in one’s historically oppressed body. While this is a frequent motif of ours, we do not make apologies for using fem-posi symbolism and do so to reaffirm and reclaim our bodies and do not in any way do it with the intention to marginalize the many forms and genders that constitute “woman.” We prescribe to a decolonized/WOC feminist interpretation of womynhood, which includes womyn and womyn-identified folks, or two-spirited/queer/trans folks. Long story short, ALL WOMYN-IDENTIFIED FOLX no matter what reproductive organs you have or do not have are welcome on this ride!< <