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!