Rise, Womyn, Rise-Full Moon Bike Ride!

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Join Las Ovarian Psyco-Cycles for our monthly luna ride THURSDAY! This months ride is dedicated to loving ourselves, our body and our skin this new year!

We will be meeting up at the Highland Park Gold Line Station (in Highland Park) at 6:30 and riding out at 7:30! We will be ending the ride at Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria and watching a documentary titled “DARK GIRLS” – a film about colorism within the African-American Community!

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Meet Up Time: 6:30
Meet Up Spot: Highland Park Gold Line Station
Address: 151 N. Avenue 57 Los Angeles, CA 90042

Ride Out Time: 7:30
Destination: 1214 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, California 90033

Film Begins at: 8:45pm!

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Dark Girls Documentary Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXQGRMY75H0

PLEASE NOTE: THIS RIDE IS FOR WOMYN, WOMYN IDENTIFIED, QUEER, TWO-SPIRITED, TRANS, GENDER NON CONFORMING INDIVIDUALS!!!!!

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CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK! 

Ovarian Psycos Present: OCTOBER LUNA RIDE – “This Bridge Called My Back” – THIS FRIDAY!

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Ovarian Psycos Present:

“This Bridge Called My Back”
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Meetup Location: Middle of 6th Street Bridge 

Meet Up time: 5:30

Ride Out: 6pm

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Join Las Ovarian Psycos this Friday October 18th as the Full Moon guides our path to healing. In honor of all womyn that have been victims of Breast Cancer & and Domestic Violence Los Ovarios del Barrio would like to dedicate this ride to all these beautiful & strong souls. We will be ending at the City Terrace Coyolxauhqui Stone where we’ll be engaging in a beautiful Full Moon Ceremony. Come with good spirit and an open heart and if you’d like bring some tobacco, flowers, or sage as an offering to Coyolxauhqui. 

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If you’d like to check the FAC out yo bike make sure these things are taken care of;
Frenos (brakes), Aire (air) , Cadena (chain)
Also, make sure your seats are well adjusted

Bring:
-water
-comfortable clothes
-lights (if you have any)
-helmet (if you have one)
-patches (if you have any)
-hand pump (if you have one)

It isn’t advised to eat a heavy meal before riding but don’t starve your self neither! Make sure you’ve eaten and/or bring snacks with you incase we don’t ride near spots to buy food from. Stay hydrated! Our bodies are our temples♥
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Ovarian Psycos is an all womyn of color bicycle brigade/collective cycling for the purpose of healing our communities physically, emotionally, and spiritually by addressing pertinent issues. ♥

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Also, warm shout out to Corazon Del Pueblo!
Check out their space and FB page. Help this autonomous space survive!!!

Corazon Del Pueblo is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective, and community cultural center, that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
(https://www.facebook.com/corazondelpueblo?fref=ts)

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Nota: In efforts to creating a safe space where womyn can meet, talk, discuss issues, share experiences, and work on improving their lives and themselves FULL MOON rides are ONLY for WOMYN & LBTQ womyn who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender (including male-to-female and female-to-male), queer, in addition to wombyn questioning their sexual orientation and gender nonconformist. Yes, we believe and stand for diversity! Dearest Male allies & anyone offended by these efforts thank you for understanding and respecting the importance of creating and maintaining safe spaces.

Our next Male & Female (co-ed) ride will be October Saturday 26 ;)

Ovarian Psycos Present: April Luna Ride – Womyns Self Defense Ride!

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Ovarian Psycos Present
Our April Full Moon Ride
Dedicated to Womyn’s Self Defense and Denim Day!
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This THURSDAY April 25th, Join Las Ovarian Psycos as we ride under the full moons light in dedication to Womyns Self Defense and Denim Day LA! There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape! We feel as womyn we need to make sure we are always prepared to defend ourselves from any person, predator, rapist, boyfriend etc. That is why we’re bringing to you this very special Luna Ride!

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We will be meeting up at 1st and Mednik at Belvedere Park in Boyle Heights! Address is 4801 E 1st St. LA 90022 and riding to Corazon Del Pueblo!

There we will have a self defense workshop by some of our Ova Sisters and familia who teaches the Self Defense Classes at Corazon Del Pueblo!

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Meeting Up: 6:30
Riding Out: 7:00

Open to ALL Womyn and Womyn Identified ONLY!

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*** Click here to read on the history of Denim Day ***

The Runaway Luna Ride!

November is National Runaway Youth Prevention Month…

Ovarian Psycos Present:

Dedicated to our children in need of a safe haven.
Our goal is to increase awareness while also educating the public about the solutions and the role they can play in preventing youth from running away.When approximately 10,000 suspected child abuse reports are filed every month here in the city of Los Angeles alone and a staggering 1.6 to 2.8 million youth nation wide runaway every year… this luna ride- but more importantly- becoming aware of the resources in our communities for runaway youth could possibly make a difference in the life of a youth that you know.
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We will be meeting up: Jovenes Inc.
1208 Pleasant Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Meet up time 7:00pm
Ride out: 7:30

Destination location: My Friend’s Place
5850 Hollywood Blvd.
L.A., CA 90028

♥ Our children need us.. come and ride and educate and share.. todo para tod@s!

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Please Bring:

- WORKING bikes (you’d be surprised)
- Tools (if you have them)
- Extra patches and tubes (we got 4 flats at our last ride)
- LIGHTS LIGHT LIGHT!!! … It gets dark…duh!
- Helmet if you got it! PROTECT THAT CRANIUM!
- Water – Hydrate yo’self
- An open heart & mind!

WOMYN or WOMYN-identified ONLY please!

Breaking the Cycle–September Luna Ride Sept 29, 2012

  • It’s that time of the month again ladies!!!

    Ovarian Psycos bring you our September Luna Ride – A bike ride riding under the full moon in a sea of womyn (and female identified) individuals ♥

    “To all my lovely ladies who need some female strength, a nice ride under the stars and an open dialogue about the obstacles that families are faced with ALL set with in a loving and nurturing group of womyn ♥ “

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    This Luna Ride is titled:
    “Breaking the Cycle”

    - Being born into families that are affiliated and affected with first hand ‘gangsters’ leaves their children with no choice but to deal with this. This is the example that we have to see AND our children, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews have to see and deal with everyday and know nothing else but this.
    This is something that a few of our Psyco Sisters have brought up to our attention. Ovarian Psycos are not just some “pretty girls on bikes” we, like many others deal with this shit on a daily basis!
    Easy money, drugs, gang life, trying to make a dollar outta nothing – We already have to fight off the oppressor and on top f that – they’re kicking us and our brothers and sisters down. The psycos are tired of this – Let’s be the change we wish to fkn see – break that cycle.

    Ride will be ending at Whittier Narrows. There we will have a talking circle and give out useful information for everyone. ♥
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    Meet Up: Gold Line – Indiana Station
    Meet Up Time: 7:30 pm
    Roll Out Time: 8:00
    End Destination: Whittier Narrows

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    Please:
    - Bring WORKING Bikes!
    - Stay Hydrated – Drink Agua!
    - It’s will get DARK – LIGHTS LIGHTS LIGHTS!
    - Open Heart – Open Mind ♥
    - Remember: FEMALE AND FEMALE IDENTIFIED –>ONLY<–

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    Ovarian Psycos Mission:
    “We are an all-womyn bicycle brigade cycling for the purpose of healing our communities physically, emotionally, and spiritually by addressing pertinent issues through cycling.”

    Ovarian Psycos Vision:
    “We envision a world where womyn of color are change agents who create and maintain holistic health within themselves and in their respective communities for present and future generations.”

Red Star Moon Ride – Luna Ride June 3rd womyn-identified only folx please!!

Xicas, grab your bikes and get ready because the Ovarios del Barrio are going downtown for a very special exhibit @ Redcat Art Gallery.”Rigo 23: Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program”

Initiated by San Francisco-based artist Rigo 23, Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration with weavers, seamstresses, painters, carpenters, and cultural activists in Chiapas, Mexico. Taking the form of a large-scale sculptural environment, Rigo 23′s project for the Gallery at REDCAT is the outgrowth of the artist’s direct contact and negotiation with the Good Government Junta of Morelia, Chiapas, part of a governing body that represents the interests of the autonomous communities and artisan co-ops throughout the region. Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program is organized around the theme “Another World, Another Path,” articulated by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) at the First Global Festival of Dignified Rage in 2009, which marked the group’s fifteenth anniversary and underscored its commitment to Mayan conceptions of the cosmos.”

For more info visit: http://www.redcat.org/exhibition/rigo-23-autonomous-intergalactic-space-program

The gallery closes at 6 pm so get there early to check it out.

We roll out at 7 pm sharp!

You know the deal.

+Womyn & womyn-identified ONLY ride.
+Bring working bikes
+Safety equipment wherever possible–helmets, front and back lights, etc.
+Bring positive vibes and something to share as we will be ending with a circle!

WHEELS AND WORDS April Luna Ride! 4/5/12

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IT’S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH AGAIN LADIES!!!!!
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You and your bike are cordially invited to
Ovarian Psycos April Luna Ride!

This months Luna Ride is Dedicated to April’s NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!
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We will be meeting up at the train friendly (red-line) stop:
Vermont/Santa Monica
& riding to
Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. (gold-line friendly)

There we will take ova the stage at the historical Mariachi Plaza. Anyone who wants to share some poetry, music, songs, dance, play instruments, share a story, sing – please FEEL FREE! It’s national poetry month – so, why not? ♥

This is a womyn and womyn-identified ONLY ride!
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Meet up time: 7:30
Ride out: 8:00 – PROMPTLY!

Please, bring WORKING bikes – LIGHTS – helmets – tools – extra inner tubes – patches (if you got ‘em :) )
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* Depending on the weather – if it gets TOO cold or if it rains, we will be riding to Corazon Del Pueblo about 3 blocks away from Mariachi Plaza

* Also, even if you DO NOT ride – you are welcome to join the poetry circle <3

Feb. Luna Ride Recap–WHO’S STREETS? OUR STREETS!!

…I think we all had a mutual understanding that these mujeres were our neighbors, our sisters, ourselves.

When Sunhands brought the idea to us to dedicate the February Luna ride to the recent kidnappings and murder of two young womyn from our communities, I think we all felt it in our gut that this was the right impulse. In a very eerie way, I think we all had a collective sense that these mujeres were our neighbors, our sisters, ourselves. And just like that we began to organize the resources at our disposal, each and every Ova contributing to the ride in their own special way. “Who’s Steets? Our Steets!” became the mantra representing our unrest and our desire to create safe communities FOR ALL TO FLOURISH… <3 mm

First-timers and experienced Luna ridazz alike gathered at Placita Olvera on the eve of the full moon to take back the night in a very special ride dedicated to the kidnapping and murder of two young womyn from LA.
The Xicas engage in synchronized stretches that help loosen limbs and create a sense of unity.Riders stopped to enjoy refreshments courtesy of the lovely ladies of The Airliner!The brigade rides down N. Broadway in Lincoln Heights chanting, “Who’s Streets? Our Streets!”
They arrive at their destination, Corazon del Pueblo in Boyle Heights where the Ovarians host a dialogue
Martial Artist Lubia Hernandez steps up to teach the womyn some self-defense moves specifically designed for their needs

Ovas Unite 2012! by Ariel Climer

(A reflection on the January Luna Ride dedicated to the Zapatista Uprising of ’94)

Back in September, I was invited by my friend to an event at the Echoplex
called Mucho Libre, a concert and community event gathering together screen
printers, crafters, bike enthusiasts, and fans of cumbia, Son Jarocho, and
rock. There, I first met some of the wombyn called the Ovarian Psycos,
women who gather together at each full moon to celebrate womanhood, to be
in solidarity with other wombyn and to promote the healthy, fun, and
political act of cycling. This full moon, I finally participated in a ride!
The all-wombyn and wombyn-identified crew rode from Pasadena at Memorial
Park station to Solidarity Ink, a new artist collective and organizing
center in Lincoln Heights.

I began the ride by taking the Metro to Pasadena. I rode to the purple line
at Wilshire/Western and spoke with an older man on the train who was also a
cyclist. He was surprised to hear of an all women’s ride and wished me good
luck and a good time. I speed walked myself and my bike over to the Gold Line, almost forgot to buy another ticket, and then hopped on, crossing past a handful of kids riding the Gold Line in their underwear. Were they part of a flash mob? I didn’t ask and instead just admired their statement.

The Gold Line cruised up the slow slope out of downtown, past Chinatown and
into Highland Park. At one stop, a wombyn with a bicycle got on. We caught
eyes and her dark long hair and intense yet excited demeanor made me
wonder, would we be flying through the night together soon? Another wombyn
guided her bike on to the train at the next stop. Our eyes crossed paths,
and I smiled and nodded what’s up. All three of us were spaced out evenly
across the car in the train, me in the “elbow” as I like to call it, where
bike or strollers often sit, the other two wombyn at the doors, standing
tall nears the brushed metal poles. I felt the strength of the two wombyn
standing regally with hands balancing delicately yet firmly upon the
handlebars and seats of their bikes.

I felt the strength of the two wombyn
standing regally with hands balancing delicately yet firmly upon the handlebars and seats of their bikes.

We rolled out and up the steps at Memorial Park station to find a few more
wombyn waiting for us. At the top of the steps we found space to chill, and
we waited and watched as more trains dropped off more sisters. Soon, we
were 37 strong. We pumped up tires, adjusted seats, and checked for proper
gear. “Make sure you use your lights if you have them!”

We circled up for stretches and did some beautiful reaches up toward the
moon, some stretching of our powerful legs, and a lovely meditative stretch
of our arms. We went over safety rules and we were off!

The wonderful realization you have when you ride with all wombyn: you are
riding with all wombyn therefore everything is wombyn influenced. We used
safe calls such as “Pothole!” for potholes, whistles to alert of people
getting too far behind or of bike malfunction, and generally warned each
other to stay to one side when one lane presented itself to us and to take
up a whole lane when two lanes were present. We obeyed traffic lights to
avoid tickets. We never left anyone behind. The existence of this truth
messes with the individualistic and competitive side of long distance bike
riding that I feel has been inculcated in me by males in my lifetime. Not
that a male might leave someone behind for good, but I have definitely
heard men tell me to not be a pussy and pedal harder to make a light or to
be annoyed at the people who ride slower and are slowing everyone down or
to keep up or else I will get lost. I felt the tendencies to feel and think
these values into my comments and mutterings along the ride, but instead, I
stepped back from my brain, held them in my palm and said to them, “No, you
do not fit here. We are here to take care of each other. We are only as
strong as our weakest member. We ride as one.”

We never left anyone behind. The existence of this truth messes with the individualistic and competitive side of long distance bike riding that I feel has been inculcated in me by males in my lifetime.

All eyes of the wombyn were on the wombyn. We kept watch over each other.
One wombyn had problems with her bike but we had tools to fix it and did.
We stopped at a liquor store. We peed in a park. A few miles before our
destination, we met with the river trail and glided along in absolute
silence under la luna tranquila. She spoke to us of blue and of white, of
childbearing and of puberty.

A few miles before our destination, we met with the river trail and glided along in absolute
silence under la luna tranquila. She spoke to us of blue and of white, of childbearing and of puberty.

Our final destination brought us into the large space of Solidarity Ink. We
watched a film about the Zapatistas of Mexico and wombyn spoke to us of the
need for solidarity with our brothers and sisters down south and of the
need to prepare ourselves for our own revolution. We listened with young,
old, brash, and wise ears. We soaked in one more experience where caring
and convivial living swam to the surface of our consciousnesses, mounted an
aquatic bicycle, and rode 12 miles on the open sea.

Thank you for a great first ride. I look forward to many more.