The Countdown to Clitoral Mass: T-19 days! Still looking for volunteers!

Want to keep Clitoral Mass riders safe? Are you an experienced cyclist with traffic control skills? Do you want to help keep riders refreshed at pit-stops? Are you an experienced bike mechanic? Medic? Have any other skills or assets that you want to volunteer on August 24th?

If so, the Clitoral Mass Committee wants you! Please fill out the appropriate form below.

Female Identified volunteers click here!

Non-female identified volunteers click here!

Volunteers will receive a lovingly handmade button courtesy of our friend William Lu and designed by Clitoral Mass Committee member Dalia Palacios!

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For questions, email ovarian.psycos@gmail.com or clitoralmassla@gmail.com.

Clitoral Mass in Streetsblog!

For the full story, visit here: http://la.streetsblog.org/2013/07/19/its-coming-ovarian-psycos-meet-to-finalize-plans-for-august-clitoral-mass/

Friday, July 19, 2013

It’s Coming: the Organizing Committee Meets to Finalize Plans for August Clitoral Mass

by Sahra Sulaiman

LA Steetsblog Clit Mass Article

Several months ago, I sat down with Sean Deyoe, one of the masterminds behind the Passage Ride. He had asked about setting up a bike ride through South L.A. and if I would think about an interesting and informative route through the area.

Sure, I said. I could try

HELL, NO, I thought to myself. Is he INSANE?

I ride almost every day, and I ride a lot — anywhere from 20 – 60 miles a day, depending on where I have to be — and have for almost 20 years.

So, it’s not like I don’t get around.

But I’m almost always riding alone.

The idea of organizing a ride so other people could see what I see, and be entertained, informed, and invigorated all at once strikes me as terrifying.

I don’t know why, really. Maybe it is the idea of imposing the way I ride and the odd things I like on other people? I’m not sure. Whatever it is, I never came up with that South L.A. route. (Sorry, Sean. I suck, I know.)

So, when I saw the organizing committee put out a call for volunteers to attend their sixth (6th!) planning meeting for the 2nd Annual Clitoral Mass ride spearheaded by the Ovarian Psycos, I wanted to sit in and hear how they were tackling the problem.

Read more at la.streetsblog.org!

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“Where the Ride Takes Us: Ovarian Psycos Uniting Womyn of Color”

In honor of National Bike Month, we’re spotlighting how bicycles are tools for personal empowerment, social justice and community development in our with our “Where the Ride Takes Us” web series. Today’s post features the radical revolution of the Ovarian Psycos, an all-womyn bike crew in Los Angeles. 

To read the full story click here!

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Thank You League of American Bicyclists for highlighting the Ovarian Psycos in your “Where the ride takes us” series for National Bike Month!

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 ***

Read all about it! Ovarian Psycos featured in LA OPINIÓN!

Extra Extra!!! Read all about it! This past weekend Las Ovarian Psycos were featured in LA OPINIÓN! Short and sweet article but touches on good stuff: Sisterhood, reverse racism, yesterday’s CicLAvia, our past Black & Brown Unity Ride with East Side Riders & Black Kids on Bikes, our upcoming August 2nd Annual Clitoral Mass and more!

Read, share & enjoy!

Click on this link to read the article!!!

If you need it translated – read below:

This Sunday, as every year, thousands of Angelenos will leave their cars parked and mounted their bikes to participate in CicLAvia and take advantage of 15 miles of traffic-free streets that connect the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles to Venice Beach.

Since its inception in 2010, the event has attracted cyclists over 100,000 Angelenos participating either in groups, with their families or alone.

The Ovarian Psycos, a group of women of color in East Los Angeles, is one of many groups that will participate in the event.

“Ovarian Psycos born three years ago in Boyle Heights, in response to the lack of representation of women of color within the cycling community of Los Angeles,” said Maryann Aguirre, member and spokesperson for the group. The group was founded by Xela of X, also known as Cihuatl Ce (woman in Nahuatl), in 2010. The cyclists organize events to raise awareness in the community, with specific issues they care to women, including domestic violence, abuse or breast cancer, among others.

Every month during full moon Psycos Ovarian women come out with their bikes around the city. Some of the events are exclusive for women cyclists, while others include other groups Angelenos.

 

Unity Ride, for example, was an event that made with Eastside Riders and BKOB groups, to promote unity among Hispanic and African American community.

For the upcoming August 24, Psycos Ovarian women have planned the event Clitoral Mass, annual walk, which last year had 300 cyclists.

Most cyclists are from East Los Angeles and the main requirement for membership is to be a woman of color.

“Some people have told us that we are doing so discrimination, but we do not believe in reverse racism,” said Aguirre. The spokesperson advised that those interested in joining the group, they can begin to participate in the rides and see how they feel.

“The bike is only a herramineta. Many of us come from families with problems of abuse or violence and we feel that the group is like a brotherhood, we are much more than friends,” said Aguirre. “Being part of Ovarian Psycos has helped me a lot in my personal life,” he added.

Ovarian Psycos Aguirre said was one of the many groups that exist in Boyle Heights and who were an integral part of the community.

This Sunday, the group will meet Mexico in the Park, Lincoln Heights with other cycling groups, such as the Eastside Club, and the Coalition of cyclists to participate in CicLAvia Montebello.

Article By: Virginia Gaglianone

East Side United! Feeder Ride to CicLAvia with OPC, MBC, ESBC, & CCC

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EAST SIDE UNITED!!!
Come and join the east side on a feeder ride to CicLAvia!

With:

- MONTEBELLO BICYCLE COALITION
- OVARIAN PSYCO-CYCLES
- CRANKHEADS CYCLING CREW
- EASTSIDE BIKE CLUB
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Come and join OPC, MBC, CCC & ESBC on a feeder ride to CicLAvia this Sunday. We will be meeting up at “Parque De Mexico” at 9am and rolling out at 9:30!

*** “Parque De Mexico” is located in Lincoln Heights, across the street from Lincoln Park – (where the Zapata Statue is at) on MISSION AND VALLEY BLVD. Across the street from Lincoln Park and Chanos Restaurant! *** 

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((*Montebello Bicycle Coalition:*))

The Montebello Bicycle Coalition (MBC) is a community-based organization comprised of residents and allies whose mission is to transform Montebello into a bicycle-friendly city by advocating for new bicycle infrastructure, educating residents on the political, environmental & health benefits of collective bicycle riding, redefining bicycles as a genuine mode of transportation, and building an active Montebello community for all ages!

((*Ovarian Psyco-Cycles:*))

Mission Statement: We are an all female bicycle brigade/collective cycling for the purpose of healing our communities physically, emotionally, and spiritually by addressing pertinent issues.
Vision Statement: We envision a world where womyn of color are change agents who create and maintain holistic health within themselves and their respective communities for present and future generations. 

((*Crankheads Cycling Crew:*))

Crankheads Cycling Crew (CCC) is a revolutionary community cycling club based in North East Los Angeles. The CCC empowers youth through education, action, self sufficiency and taking over the streets of LA. When not riding, members of the CCC can be found in The People’s Garden @ Wilson High School

((*Eastside Bike Club:*))

Create a Chain Reacting One Mile At A Time – “We Live To Ride and Ride To Live”

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CicLAvia – To The Sea:

https://www.facebook.com/events/592038474157691/?fref=ts

Get to know the Ovarian Psycos – Alejandra Ocasio

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Alejandra is currently the Right Ovary for the Spring Season – 2013

  • Name/Ova Alias: Fo/Focasio
  • Your Bici’s Name/Alias: La Suavecita

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    First Ride: Spooky Sabbath Ride

  • Born and Raised: Born in Sacramento, raised in San Diego and Chicago
  • Day job/night job: Lifelong Student/Tutor at Academia Semillas del Pueblo, 
  • First ride: Spooky Sabbath Ride
  • Reason(s) for joining: I kept hearing about these badass muxeres putting in mad work in the community. How could I not wanna join! But what kept me cuming back was the good energy and the sense of sisterhood I got being around all these womyn. 
  • Best and worst experience from a ride: Best: My first luna ride. Like nothing I ever experienced. Worst: No bad experiences so far 44275_955248058131_8047470_n
  • What have you accomplished/hope to accomplish: I hope to get more in tuned with my bike and her needs and to get more and more muxeres out in the streets on their bicis
  • Words of wisdom: Take care 562936_433432376700290_562629348_nof yourself (emotionally, physically, mentally). Short, simple, to thepoint. My mom always says it. Still trying to figure out how to actually do it.

FILL IN THE BLANKS:

  • The best thing about being a Muxer: Being able to be a badass and look cute while I’m at it. 
  • My favorite form of hydration: Water all day every day
  • My Ovarian Psyco sisters are: Strong, Amazing, Beautiful, Hilarious
  • Best way to get rid of cramps: Lots of Sleep, Water and Exercise. 
  • My bike is (my): weapon577231_10151487134538289_773392918_n