Ovarian Psycos Presents: Cycling with the Spirits Luna Ride!

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In the spirit of Dia de los Muertos and in light of the police violence that continues to plague our communities and steal the lives of young people of color, The Ovarian Psycos asks you to join us in celebrating the lives of loved ones we have lost and those who have been taken from us.

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Meet up: 6PM
Belvedere Park (in front of the Virgen de Guadalupe mural, 4800 Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90022)

Roll Out: 6:30PM

End Location: East LA Civic Center Park

**note if you are unable to make it to the ride feel free to meet up with us for the ceremony**

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Bring:
– A working bike
-Bike Lights
-Water to stay hydrated
-Comfortable clothes
– Helmet
-Pump/patches
-An open mind/heart

During the ceremony we will be building a community altar. Please feel free to bring photos of any loved ones, medicines, candles, flowers, food, toys, etc. to contribute to the altar
(you’ll get you contributions back at the end!)

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THIS RIDE IS OPEN TO MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES INCLUDING (BUT NOT LIMITED TO) WOMYN, WOMYN ID FOLX, TRANS, GENDER-NON CONFORMING & TWO SPIRIT FOLX. THIS RIDE IS NOT OPEN TO CIS MEN AND MALE ID FOLX. PLEASE RESPECT THE SPACE

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What is Dia de los Muertos?

No, its not the Mexican version of Halloween. Dia de los Muertos is a tradition that has been celebrated in Mexico for the last 3000+ years. Originally a month long celebration beginning in August, Pre-Colombian Meso-American cultures believed that their dead came back to visit the living during this time of year. Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, Meso-American peoples viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. However, the Spaniards considered the ritual to be sacrilegious. They perceived the indigenous people to be barbaric and pagan. In their attempts to convert them to Catholicism, the Spaniards tried to kill the ritual. To make it more Christian, the Spaniards moved it so it coincided with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 1 and 2), which is when it is celebrated today. Meso- American peoples refused to let their traditions die, and 500 years after colonization Mexicans, Mexican-Americans as well as many other cultures throughout the Americas continue to practice these traditions.

In Mexico, people often celebrate by visiting cemeteries where their loved ones are buried. They decorate gravesites with marigold flowers and candles. They bring toys for dead children and bottles of tequila to adults. They sit on picnic blankets next to gravesites and eat the favorite food of their loved ones. Here in the States families and communities build altars dedicating them to the dead. They surround these altars with flowers, food and pictures of the deceased. They light candles and place them next to the altar.

Check out the FB event page to stay updated on the event or for any changes!

https://www.facebook.com/events/641315612655495/

Ovarian Psycos in Solidarity with our Af3irm Sisters! 25 Years of Moving Forward!

Statement in Solidarity with our sisters at Af3irm & in honor of indigenous peoples day…

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As anti-imperialist feminists we firmly believe that Womyn of Color, our communities and the land are now and always have been interchangeable. Since colonization we continue to be simultaneously exploited, occupied and raped within patriarchal societies, specifically by foreign hegemonic power structures. We view government and the agencies acting on their behalf as actively engaging in strategies to annihilate, displace and enslave people of color while progressively harming our people and Mother Earth in the process.

This legacy of oppression has created conditions in which many of us come from broken homes and are survivors of abuse in a society that does not value nor cultivate community, sisterhood, brotherhood and companerism@.  As a result of this history our marginalized communities have been forced to mobilize.  We come from a long her-story of trouble makers, rebel-rousers and revolutionaries and we, like AF3IRM, believe that alliance, community, education, and advocacy are all integral parts to creating radical change in our communities.

We stand in solidarity with our sisters at Af3irm and their mission to engage womyn in transnational, trans-ethnic movement building and grassroots organizing.  Af3irm’s campaigns both local and abroad, from Justice for Layla, a UC Irvine survivor of assault, to Justice Not Charity, providing disaster & sexual violence relief to Filipina womyn after the Typhoon earlier this year, are incredible examples of Af3IRM’s radical grassroots efforts that work to preserve our precious cultural narratives, while navigating through a world that refuses to allow for safe and inclusive spaces.

The Ovas are honored to call AF3IRM our sisters and companer@s in the struggle.  We are honored to have sisters who value radically transformative local organizing.  Sisters who share the responsibility to create intersectional and  transnational movements and who make themselves accountable for the betterment of all marginalized peoples, not just ones who claim our own identities.  The Ovarian Psycos continue to draw inspiration from the precedent AF3irm has set for other womyn of color collectives and organizations.  We are inspired by the collective resistance, action and sisterhood that AF3IRM has built over the last 25 years.  AR3IRM is a role model for what we hope to create and maintain in our prospective community.  We congratulate you on your 25th anniversary and we are excited about the resiliency of your work for many more years to come. GRACIAS Y QUE VIVA LA MUJER!

To find out more information on Af3irm, check out their website HERE!

Ovarian Psycos at CICLAVIA, THIS SUNDAY!

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GUESS WHAT!?!

CicLAvia is THIS Sunday and Las Ovarian Psyco-Cycles will be adopting an intersection on 4TH AND BOYLE in Boyle Heights (duh, where else?!)
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Come stop by, say HI to us, take some pics with our “Ovarian so Big Banner” and check out some awesome merchandise!!!!

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Don’t know what CicLAvia is?! Well check out the following link, get a bike and LETS RIDE! —-> CICLAVIA

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!