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
One month from today, join us in the 4th Annual Clitoral Mass LA 2015!!! Are you excited? Cuz we are! More Info: tinyurl.com/clitmass
That means you still have time to fix your bike, rent a bike, buy a bike or borrow a bike! This bike ride is open to gnc, two spirited, queer, cis and trans womxn only! Respect the space, check your privilege!
This year we will ride out from historic Olvera Street located in Downtown Los Angeles!
Clitoral Mass Los Angeles
Meet up: 11Am @ Olvera Street (845 N. Alameda ST,L.A. CA 90012) by the gazebo.
Roll out: 1PM
Ovarian Psycos and the Clitoral Mass Committee have been working extra hard to make this happen. Want to join us to organize or volunteer that day? Meet us today and every Wednesday at La Concha (1214 E. 1st ST. LA, CA 90033) from 7-9PM. More info please go to: tinyurl.com/clitmassvolunteer Can’t make it that day? Send us an email at email@example.com. Please share!
More info coming soon!
AUGUST 1, 2015
Meet Up: 11AM @ Olvera Street
845 N. Alameda ST
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Roll out: 1PM
Come out early for live music, food vendors, photo booth and warm up dance party!
MORE INFO COMING SOON!
Want to get involved? Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
BIKE RIDE IS OPEN TO TWO SPIRITED, QUEER, CIS & TRANS WOMXN ONLY!
Sisters, Brothers, friends, family, relatives, allies, comrades & psyco peoples!!! Are you a non-conforming, anti-imperialist, anti-oppression psyco type cyclist? Have you been interested in collaborating with someone here in the hood?
And SAVE THE DATE: Clitoral Mass L.A. 2015, Saturday August 1!!!!
For more information contact:
Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Brigade | email@example.com
AF3IRM | Barbra Ramos, National Communications Director | 323-813-4272 | firstname.lastname@example.org
LOS ANGELES–On Sunday, March 8th, women and their allies take over the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Hundreds of freedom-loving people are expected to fill the streets to visibly and openly support women’s issues, lives, and herstories on International Women’s Day.
Two organizations, AF3IRM and Ovarian Psyco-Cycles, have come together to lead this important gathering. This march is particularly unique because it is led by women-identified feminists of color, and it will bring focus to movements around police brutality, trans women’s rights, reproductive justice, immigrant rights, and international struggles. Women’s music, dance, and other forms of creative resistance will also take center stage with scheduled performances by artists such as Maya Jupiter, Cihuatl-Ce and more.
Ovarian Psyco-Cycles Brigade, based out of Boyle Heights, is a feminist WOC collective that uses cycling as a means to heal their communities and the earth spiritually, emotionally, and physically through bicycling. They have acquired and maintained an autonomous community space, La Concha, for the past year and run regular programming, workshops, and luna rides. AF3IRM, a transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization, has worked on issues such as trafficking, migration, and militarism through direct action, advocacy and education for twenty-five years. Both organizations have been recognized nationally for their work and for their contributions to transforming perceptions around women of color.
The idea for the march was sparked by “Women on the Wave,” AF3IRM’s National Summit held in October. That event brought together over four hundred women-identified participants over the course of two days to actively theory-build and envision a new world and the path to liberation. The summit was called in response to what AF3IRM refers to as the “genocide of womankind” – the concerted efforts to not only oppress, but also abuse and murder women, being made locally, nationally, and worldwide.
The International Women’s Day March is a continuation of this fight against the genocide of womankind, because women, particularly women of color, are being systematically obliterated through a myriad of intersecting systems of oppressions – from heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, transmisogyny, imperialism, and more. These oppressions not only harm the holistic health of people, but also that of our mother earth in the process, and AF3IRM and Ovarian Psyco-Cycles know that women have no other choice but to rise up and fight back.
The stories and statistics of women’s experiences around the world are telling – with over 64,000 missing Black women and counting here in the United States; six women killed every day in Mexico; and at least 1,200 missing or murdered indigenous women in Canada. Women and girls are abused and rape, especially in places with conflict like Iraq and Palestine. At any given time, 2.5 million people are trafficked persons globally, with women and girls making up 70% of the total. In the United States, Asian and Pacific Islander women are the largest group trafficked.
The urgency of this call to action has been underscored by AF3IRM and Ovarian Psyco-Cycles’s events up to the march, including educational discussions, lunar ride, open mics, and film screenings. In addition, a diverse list of organizations and collectives have chosen to endorse the event. Over fifty groups, including Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Feminist Majority Foundation, KPFK’s Feminist Magazine, Hollaback LA, the Immigrant Youth Coalition, Mujeres de Maiz, NAPAWF Los Angeles, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Palestinian American Women’s Association, and South Asians for Justice LA, have officially signed on to support the march.
AF3IRM and Ovarian Psyco-Cycles invite all to join them on March 8th for International Women’s Day. This historic march is open to all people willing to defend women and our communities. Attendees should come prepared to voice support for women’s struggles and to honor the legacies and herstories of women. Contingents are currently being formed, including ones for mothers and youth. Those unable to attend the event are encouraged to demonstrate support by donating money or goods (such as water and lposter board) to the march. For more information on how to endorse or to form a contingent or to donate funds or goods, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leading up to and on the day of the march, follow the hashtags #IWDLA2015 and #WhyWeMarch8, as well as AF3IRM and Ovarian Psyco-Cycles accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Both organizations can be found by searching their names on Facebook. For Twitter, follow @AF3IRM and @ovarianpsycos; for Instagram, you can follow @AF3IRM and @ovarian_psycos.
This International Women’s Day March in Los Angeles promises to be an energizing and transformative event that the organizers hope will strengthen the movement for women’s liberation. With this march, AF3IRM and Ovarian Psyco-Cycles have created a space and an opportunity for social justice activists and believers to assert their commitment to the struggle against all forms of violence against women and against the genocide of womankind. There is no better time than now to join the fight.
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The International Women’s Day March is endorsed by the following organizations/collectives (as of February 24th): American Muslims for Palestine; ANSWER Los Angeles; Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA); Autonomous Communities for Reproductive and Abortion Support (ACRAS Collective); Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story; Bikesanas del Valle; The Blk Grrrl Show; Community Education for Social Action (CESA); Immigrant Youth Coalition; California Latinas for Reproductive Justice; Con Fuerza Collective; Corazon Del Pueblo; Downtown Women’s Action Coalition; Espacio 1839; Eastside Café; East LA Brown Berets; East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice; Elefante Collective; El Hormiguero; Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project; Eviction Defense Network; Feminist Magazine on KPFK; Feminist Majority Foundation (10 campuses across So Cal); Hampton Institute; Hollaback LA; Los Angeles Immigrant Youth Coalition; Juventud FMLN-Sur de California; Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV); Justice for My Sister; Kabataang maka-Bayan (KmB – Pro-People Youth); Las Fotos Project; Los Angeles Organizing Committee – Fight for $15; Roosevelt High School M.E.Ch.A; Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MACS) CalState LA; Mujeres de Maiz; Mujeres Unidas de Wilmington; National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Los Angeles; National Day Laborer Organizing Network; Navarasa Dance Theater; Palestinian American Women’s Association (PAWA); The People’s Education Movement (Peoples Ed); Progress for Science; Radical Women; Riot Grrrl Los Angeles; Social Awareness Network for Activism through Art (SANAA); South Asians for Justice Los Angeles; Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UC Irvine; Ticicalli Yahualli; USC Women’s Student Assembly; WORD Los Angeles
CHECK IT OUT! Las Ovas had the amazing opportunity to be on Revolutionary Fitness Radio! Some of the things discussed on this episode:
– How and why was the Ovarian Psycos founded?
– Why did each member initially become attracted to the bicycle club
– Types of rides and events we organize
– How do we make the connections between bike riding and social justice
– Long term visions for our work and ways you can get involved.
So happy to get to connect to our fans, supporters, allies, and sistas across the country and around the world ❤