Red Star Moon Ride – Luna Ride June 3rd womyn-identified only folx please!!

Xicas, grab your bikes and get ready because the Ovarios del Barrio are going downtown for a very special exhibit @ Redcat Art Gallery.”Rigo 23: Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program”

Initiated by San Francisco-based artist Rigo 23, Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration with weavers, seamstresses, painters, carpenters, and cultural activists in Chiapas, Mexico. Taking the form of a large-scale sculptural environment, Rigo 23′s project for the Gallery at REDCAT is the outgrowth of the artist’s direct contact and negotiation with the Good Government Junta of Morelia, Chiapas, part of a governing body that represents the interests of the autonomous communities and artisan co-ops throughout the region. Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program is organized around the theme “Another World, Another Path,” articulated by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) at the First Global Festival of Dignified Rage in 2009, which marked the group’s fifteenth anniversary and underscored its commitment to Mayan conceptions of the cosmos.”

For more info visit: http://www.redcat.org/exhibition/rigo-23-autonomous-intergalactic-space-program

The gallery closes at 6 pm so get there early to check it out.

We roll out at 7 pm sharp!

You know the deal.

+Womyn & womyn-identified ONLY ride.
+Bring working bikes
+Safety equipment wherever possible–helmets, front and back lights, etc.
+Bring positive vibes and something to share as we will be ending with a circle!

LA River Ride Pitstop @ Oso Park

Sunday June 10 Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition is having their 12th Annual River Ride!Ovarian Psycos will be hosting a pit-stop 8 miles into the ride at Oso Park in Elysian Valley from 6am – 5pm- – – – – – – – – – – – –

The Ovas will be takin’ ova the pit-stop. We will be having food & drinks, music, OVA MERCH and minor bike repairs going on! Stop by and say HI!- – – – – – – – – –

Information on the LABC River Ride: REGISTER TODAY

7 great rides! Rides for all ages, all abilities, all along the scenic LA River Bike Path. Choose from:
* 100-Mile Century Ride
* 70-Mile Park to Playa Ride
* 70-mile reverse Playa to Park Ride
* 50-Mile Half-Century Ride
* 36-Mile Training Ride
* 15-Mile Family Ride (kids 12 & under ride FREE)
* Kids’ Ride & Safety Rodeo (for young kids ages 2-6; they ride FREE courtesy of Los Angeles County)

Register now for the 12th Annual Los Angeles River Ride at www.la-bike.org/riverride

Ladies & Trans Bike Repair Nites @ Bici Libre

In the spirit of D-I-T (Do It Together!), Ovarian Psycos have teamed up with one of our favorite co-ops Bici Libre to bring you Ladies + Trans Nites every other Thursday–feauting bike repair workshops by expert bike mechanics, and the goofiest soundtrack around (please ignore ignore the video).

LADIES + TRANS NIGHT!

BICI LIBRE- 1205 W. 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Thurs. May 24th

Thurs. June 7th and every other Thursday after.

Watch the ladies in action here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9c7NDbZPco

Adopt-an-Intersection @ CicLAvia 4.15.12 – 4th and Boyle

 

We were very happy to have adopted an intersection at this year’s CicLAvia 4.15.12!
 
The brigade was psoted up at the intersection of 4th and Boyle in Boyle Heights (represent!) from 9:ooam-3:oopm!
 
Accross the street, a local business owner was nice enough to let us hook up to his electricity so our very own Xela & Fingers could hype up the crowd. 😉
 
We sold the Boyle Heights Cyclavia 2012 cycalaca t-shirts and tanks and had an all-around great time saying hello to the ovarian psycolists who call LA home. ❤ 
 

 

ResuWRENCHion pt. 1

On Saturday, April 7th Ovarian Psycos took a very important step by bringing the community of Boyle Heights the very first ResuWRENCHion bicycle repair day at Proyecto Jardin in preparation of this Spring’s CicLAvia. ❤

With the help of volunteer bike mechanics from all over Los Angeles, we helped repair and tune up about 20 bikes for kids as young as 6 to adults in their 30’s and 40’s!

A special thank you needs to go out to James and Ray from Bici Libre & Andy and Chris from Bike Oven as well as a few amazing individual mechanics like Jimmy and Edgar, Bobby and Joe from LACBC and of course the Ovarian Psycos!

None of this would have been possible without the help of Josef from Flying Pigeon LA  and Building Healthy Communities Boyle Heights who kindly donated all of the materials!

We look forward to providing more bike repair workshops and work days like this one as we prepare to open up a bike co-op in Boyle Heights next year……… stay tuned for that ❤

Ovarian Psycos signing people up to get their bikes repaired at Proyecto Jardin
(Photo credit: Joe Linton) The Ovarian Psyco core learns to work on bikes as we prepare to open up a bike repair co-op in Boyle Heights.

CLITORAL MASS-CUMMING AUG. 31

CALLING ALL WOMBYN  PSYCLISTS!!!!

Are you tired of going to Critical Mass rides and feeling outnumbered by the testosterone energy??

Do you ever wonder what it would look like if the script was flipped and you found yourself engulfed by what seemed like an endless sea of wombyn and wombyn identified folx on bicycles, chanting, and riding and together howling at the moon?

If this sounds like you… hit us up! We are currently looking to form a Clitoral Mass committee with sisters that are down to help organize LA’s first ever CLITORAL MASS RIDE!

Honoring wombyn cyclists everywhere.. together reclaiming the night, reclaiming our streets..
while also celebrating:

OVARIAN PSYCOS 2YR ANNIVERSARY!!!!

for those interested in being part of the organizing committee
email us: ovarian.psycos@gmail.com

WE’RE MORE THAN A BIKE KREW.. WE’RE A MOTHER LOVIN’ MOVEMENT ♥

WHAT? LA’s First Clitoral Mass

WHEN? August 31st, 2012

HOW? ORGANIZE, OUTREACH & EMPOWER

Take Ova of LA Streetsblog

To view the entire article, click here.

The Ovarian-Psycos Bicycle Brigade Make a Space for Women on the Eastside

by Kris Fortin

The Ovarian-Psycos Bicycle Brigade is a all-women bicycle group based out of the Eastside. Xela de la X of the Ovarian-Psycos Bicycle Brigade throws up the Ova’s sign with the rest of the group in the background. Photo by Rafael Cardenas via EastsiderWriter.com

(We’re working on a photo essay tomorrow following up on today’s story.  So, come back tomorrow. D)

Two months ago, when 22-year-old Bree’Anna Guzman was murdered in Lincoln Heights, the all-women bike group Ovarian-Pscyos Bicycle Brigade scrapped their previously planned ride to ride instead through the neighborhood to protest the killing.

“Whose Streets,” one woman called out.

“Our Streets” the more than 30 women riding answered.

While many recent bike groups are either bicycling for recreation, bringing awareness to bicyclists on the road, or use the bicycle for social justice movement events, the Ovarian-Psycos Bicycle Brigade is a community inspired women’s movement that does all of the above and then some.

In Los Angeles, fewer than 1 in 5 people cycling were female, according to preliminary data from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition’s most recent bicycle count. While this trend has been the constant in cities across the nation, the number of female bicycle groups in Los Angeles has grown from just a couple a few years ago, to at least four.

The currently all-Latina collective with roots from various parts of the Eastside pride themselves with their exclusivity to women, with sticker slogans like “Ovaries so big, we don’t need no fucking balls.” Their monthly all-women Luna Rides, which takes its name from the moons connection with a woman’s menstrual cycle, bring up to 30 women riders each ride. For their two-year anniversary in July, the Ovarian-Psycos are also planning the first female version of the monthly Critical Mass, which will be called Clitoral Mass.

For many of the women it’s their first time being involved in an all-female collective. The oldest members are 33 and the youngest is 20. Some are artists that ride bikes, and some are pure bicyclists. Yet the Ovarian-Psycos has become a type of sisterhood that, for many, they have never had before.

“Being around women, learning that we can interact in a way that was not hostile or competitive; it’s been a very new experience,” said Magally “Maga” Miranda.

Though the group has found stability recently, the group’s continued existence was never a sure bet. On the very first Luna Ride in July 2010, Xela, the de facto leader of the group at the time, hit a pothole on the road and fell face forward off her bike, hospitalizing her for two weeks.  Andrea Ramirez, or “La Blackbird,” recalls that many bike riders didn’t come back after the first ride because they were scared.

Though one half left, and another came back for the second Luna Ride, Xela said, the group stagnated for the first year, never topping more than 20 riders.

“I was worried always that it’s going to die someday,” Xela said.

The Ovas wait at Olvera Street to start their Take Back the Night Ride, where they rode to protest the murder of a 22-year-old woman from Lincoln Heights. Photo by GLoTography

Yet, right before the Ovarians one-year anniversary, Xela started to recruit core members to better organize the group.  After the one-year anniversary at Solidarty ink, and with a fairly consistent 12 core members, the group finally started to take off. Like before, each ride had a theme. Specific workshops involved speakers, and teachers on a range of social issues, and bicycle issues. Some workshops talked about women’s health, while other covered self-defense. Yet, the groups were getting bigger, and the core members were helping spread the word.

Many of the women say they feel they are not taken seriously in the biking community because their rides aren’t as long as traditional rides, there are usually many first-time riders, and the ride will stop and wait for one person. But, these limitations, Ova member Natalie Fraire said, can be a positive.

“We are encouraging a lot more riders and that’s more important,” said Fraire.

Riding as a women group has also made the riders more aware of the difficulties of riding in the city as a woman. Individually, or in small groups, Ova Elvira “Ashes” Arvizo has been catcalled by men on the street, and during one Luna Ride, the group noticed a male motorist was trailing the group. The women stopped and started to yell at the motorist, which caused him to flee.

Creating Sisterhood

As the group has grown, the women have needed to get closer. Many of their biweekly meetings resemble the chaos of a family dinner. At a recent meeting, Maryann “La Fingers” Aguirre would belch across the room, giving many of the girls a laugh, and Fraire ran to the oven to find she burned the artichoke dish brought. If the meeting ever got out of order, a clit checker (meeting organizer) would bellow out a warning to get the meeting back on track.

Each Ova have brought various skills in community organizing, photography, graphic design and bike mechanics which they also share with the rest of the group. Gloria “GLoTography” Vasquez takes most of the photos that are on the groups websites, but she has also taken the time to teach Ovas like Fraire how to use a camera. The group has also helped Vasquez to break her shyness and talk more with women on rides.

“Now run into women across streets and able to converse with them than just pass them by,” said Vasquez.

Each season there are rotating leaders of the group called a left and right ovary, and many of the women are expected to step up to take care of a portion of their work.

Many of the women have never ridden with an all female bike crew, and let alone worked with an all-women group. Yet, the same reason Xela started the group is the same reason the women joined: they couldn’t connect with the rides already in LA.

Andrea “La Blackbird” Ramirez said she could never get comfortable riding with the Midnight Ridazz because men always outnumbered women. Aside from men outnumbering women during Critical Mass, Arvizo said will leave riders behind, and that can deter a young woman-rider to join a ride.

The Ovas end one of their bi-weekly meetings. Photo by Kris Fortin

The Ovas offer a space for women, Xela said. And the rides though recreational, can become extremely personal, with some events bringing women to tears. During a stop on their ride that was themed on domestic violence, many women came forward about their experiences.

The personal nature of the rides, and the already numerous LA bike rides is the reason Xela said, why it’s exclusive to women.

“It’s just a time for women. If they are trying to open up, won’t be comfortable opening up if there are men around,” said Aguirre.

Xela, whose been a part of women collectives that have never lasted, said she knew the Ovarian-Pscyos was a different type of all woman collective at the one-year anniversary. Jocelyn “Joss the boss” Hernandez brought a cake she made and designed to the group at the end of an interview at the Boyle Heights online radio station Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria. The cake had a symbol of a car with a slash over it.

“You do that for your sister, your best friend, and she did this for the Ovas. “That’s nice”

For more information on the Ovarians, send an email to ovarian.psycos@gmail.com or go to their website at ovarianpsycos.com.

OVA TAKE OVA of Merkado Negro! 12/7/11

CHECK IT!! 2 hours of pure Psyco madness AND goodness! Listen to dope music selected by the Ovas themselves and UN-censored dialogue on HOT TOPICS! Special thanks to Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria and Merkado Negro Radio!!! – ♥

Listen to the entire show @ http://radiosombra.org/merkado-negro-radio-blog/

{Dialogue begins around 1:44:00}

1-Year Anniversary Celebration Aug. 13!!

The Ovarian Psycos officially turn 1-year old this Summer!! Celebrate this momentous occasion by joining us in the celebration on Saturday, Aug 13 2011 @ Solidarity Ink!

     Performances by:

Umo Verde

Chicano Son

Buyepongo

Cambio

 Mousai 9

La Infinita

Aparato

Spoken Word by:

Nico of Los Poets

Eyerie of Guerilla Queenz

Photography by:

Rafael Cardenas

Emcee of the Night:

Cihuatl Ce

**All this plus vendors, raffles, food, drinks, live printing, and more!!!

We appreciate all the support and well wishes from you all year long!! ❤

The Farce of July @ SHG

The Ovarian Psyco Krew will be tabling this Monday 7/4/11 @ Self Help Graphics for the 14th annual Farce of July event.

Our own Psyco Sisters will be there workin hard. Cihuatl Ce on the mike, Eyerie as MC, and live screen printing by Andi. Come on down and have a great night! Don’t forget to stop by and say hello!! There’s nothing we’d love more than to meet you guys!