For Immediate Release 6/26/2015
Clitoral Mass is the largest bike ride in Los Angeles to date organized by and for womxn of color, trans-womxn; womxn identified, two-spirited and gender nonconforming folx. With our arsenal of “indigena understanding and urban hood mentality,” we are building movement in the spirit of rebellion passed down by our great grandmothers, reclaiming the autonomy of our spaces and bodies as we continue to resist the settler occupation of both. The theme for the 4th Annual Clitoral Mass ride is “Mobility and Immobility: Base Building & Reclaiming Spaces Beyond Our Streets” to continue much-needed dialogue and analysis around issues of mass incarceration, mass deportation, gentrification and state-sponsored genocide.
Meet up for the ride will begin at 11AM Saturday, August 1, 2015 by the Olvera Street Gazebo with a bike repair station, photo booth and resources to greet riders. Festivities will begin with an opening ceremony featuring a blessing of the bikes, bike safety skits and yoga stretches lead by The People’s Yoga. We are excited to be collaborating with Chant Down the Walls and Incarceration Liberation Summer Theater Project to highlight the injustices of detention and deportation of immigrant communities. Along the route, community organizations such as North East LA Alliance, Youth Justice Coalition, Comida No Bombas LA, and others will engage riders in fun, informative sessions. Riders can expect multiple pit stops with live music, freebies, and the unique experience of riding with hundreds of other womxn identified, nonconforming riders through the urban and natural terrains of the city.
Maryann “Sunhands” Urdiales, member of the Clitoral Mass Committee, says “riding Clitoral Mass gives me a sense that we’re not invisible. We are being seen. We are taking up space in the street and owning our bodies. And the fact that there are so many women of color especially represents the smashing of roles and scripts we’re just expected to accept.”
What: 4th Annual Clitoral Mass Bike Ride
When: August 1st, 2015 at 11am
Where: Placita Olvera Kiosk
Who: Ovarian Psychos-Cycles