La Concha, formerly known as Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria was established in January 2014. La Concha is an autonomous community center and safe space located in Boyle Heights, Califas.
Nov 1st 2016 is the last day @ Our Location, Psycos along side many other autonomous collectives are currently in Beast Mode as we Strive to get a new space and continue our programming!
It’s very important that we continue to keep safe spaces and programing in our communities. Please share the events and come out to the programing or let someone know about what we have going on. The Reality of the hood right now is that Gentrification is moving in rapidly and can’t BE IGNORED. We have a Duty to know what’s going on in our hoods. I encourage everyone to figure out ways to get involved in the anti-gentrification movement. Let us not forget how strong we are and strength in numbers shuts shit down!!!
Yes, we posted this before but it’s so good we ARE GONNA KEEP RES-POSTING! Check your bikes yo! You don’t know how much help it is for us when y’all check your bikes before the ride! Last year we had no major injuries or mechanical issues and only 1 person fell! And she got up and kept riding!!! Lets keep it that way and improve. Here are tips for for ALL riders to go over before Saturday!
Clitoral Mass LA Rider Tips & Checklist:
Tips for the Psyco-list:
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after ridding. Recommended beverages are: Water duh! coconut water, and sports drinks containing electrolytes and sodium.
Taking Care of your Muscles :
Remember to stretch before, during, and after riding! This is very important to avoid injuring your muscles. Focus on your back, quads, gluts, and calves. To prevent your body from becoming stiff you may be better off on your feet and moving around during pit stops.
Comfort & Clothing :
- Padded gloves to reduce pressure on your hands.
- Shoes with firm soles make pedaling more efficient.
- Bike shorts with padded lining eliminate seams and make cycling more comfortable.
- Comfortable bike seat.
- Bright colored clothing that wicks moisture will keep you dry and visible.
- Bicycle Checklist. Be sure to check:
Tires for proper inflation.
- Tire treads for excessive wear or other damage, such as embedded glass or other objects.
- Brakes. Spin the wheels to check for rubbing and then apply the brakes to ensure they stop the bike smoothly and evenly.
- Check the brake pads for excessive wear.
- Cables and housing to make sure there is no fraying or splitting.
- Wheel quick release levers to ensure they are secure.
- Any loose parts or other mechanical problems.
- Do a slow-speed ride and inspect bicycle, brakes, and shifting before you leave your driveway.
- Properly fitting helmet.
- Patch kit or spare tube.
- Toolkit for basic repairs.
- Your driver’s license or other ID, plus an emergency contact person and medical information.
- First aid kit.1
- Reflectors and flashing rear safety light.
- Brightly-colored clothing to improve visibility.
- A few dollars for emergencies.
SAVE THE DATE: AUGUST 6, 2016!
for Los Angeles’ 5th Annual
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Clitoral Mass is the largest bike ride in Los Angeles to date organized by and for womxn of color, trans, queer, 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 riders will meet up Lou Costello Park at 9AM Saturday, August 6, 2016 with a bike repair station, photo booth and resources to greet participants. Festivities will start with an opening ceremony with blessing of the bikes, and bike safety skits. We will then ride out at 11AM. 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’s streets.
We are taking up space in the street and owning our bodies.
We Want You at Clitoral Mass 2016!
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Clitoral Mass L.A. is organized by Ovarian Psycos Cycles and volunteers in the Clitoral Mass Committee.
Clitoral Mass represents solidarity between womxn, queer, femme, trans, gender non-conforming and two-spirited individuals from different walks of life to promote solidarity in bicycling, encourage safety, health in our communities and taking back the night.
We envision a movement in which womxn from all over the world organize their own Clitoral Mass in their respective communities in order to shift consciousness about social justice through bicycling for everyone.
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This ride is open to all WOC & POC womxn, gender-non-conforming, queer, trans, two-spirited folx only!
> > We do recognize that the name Clitoral Mass does refer to cis-womxn’s reproductive system. However, it is not meant to exclude anyone. The name is a play on words intended to be playful and simultaneously create some sort of acknowledgement/acceptance/pride in one’s historically oppressed body. While this is a frequent motif of ours, we do not make apologies for using fem-posi symbolism and do so to reaffirm and reclaim our bodies and do not in any way do it with the intention to marginalize the many forms and genders that constitute “woman.” We prescribe to a decolonized/WOC feminist interpretation of womxnhood, which includes womxn and womxn-identified folks, or two-spirited/queer/trans folks. Long story short, ALL WOMXN-IDENTIFIED FOLX no matter what reproductive organs you have or do not have are welcome on this ride!< <
The Ovarian Psycos documentary is finally gonna premiere in LA at the Outfest Film Festival!!! Tickets are currently on sale. We are super excited!!! We are also working with the filmmakers for a FREE community screening soon. Thank you all for being so patient and supportive! And don’t forget Clitoral Mass LA 2016 is happening August 6th!
Officially from the filmmakers:
We are thrilled to announce the Los Angeles Premiere of Ovarian Psycos – Documentary at the Outfest LGBT Film Festival July 9th & 16th! ***Please also note, that we, the filmmakers are in the planning stages working in collaboration with the Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Core Collective to organize a community screening for Boyle Heights & Eastside LA. Details coming soon and feel free to contact us with any questions!!! For tickets to Outfest premiere: https://secure.outfest.org/tixSYS/2016/filmguide/Title/OO#ovarianpsycos #losangeles #woc #qwoc #poc #bike #bikeride #outfest
Join the Ovarian Psycos as we Take Back The Night this April’s full moon. We recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness month and will honor the womxn who have suffered a sexual assault.
“ELAWC reports that in 2012, there were 950 calls to its hotline for sexual assault, and 1,600 for domestic violence, with approximately 25% of these coming from Boyle Heights.” (Building Healthy Communities Boyle Height ELAWC Policy Report, December, 2013).
In collaboration with Justice For My Sister collective, Mujeres de Maiz, community resources, and local bands we will Take Back the Night, our streets, OUR HOOD!
At the end of the ride, we’ll join “Retomemos La Noche” where there will be a series of local band performances, workshops, mini-documentaries of sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, and a resource fair. Check out the FB event link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1691244391113016/
WHO’S STREETS? OUR STREETS!
Nota: FULL MOON Luna Rides are ONLY for womxn, queer womxn, trans, and gender non conforming individuals.
Meet up at Mariachi Plaza at 6p
Self-Defense Workshop at 6:30 by Warrior Womyn Self Defense
Roll-out at 7 p.m. sharp!
Please arrive on time so that you may do an A-B-C check up on your bici.
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Remember: NO RIDER LEFT BEHIND!
-front and back lights
-patches/ spare tube
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We are an all womxn of color bicycle brigade cycling for the purpose of healing our communities physically, emotionally, and spiritually by addressing pertinent issues. ♥
Here is a mini event video re-cap of Clitoral Mass L.A. 2015! Thank you everyone who came out, supported, rode, donated, volunteered…everyone!
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