WHEELS AND WORDS April Luna Ride! 4/5/12

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IT’S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH AGAIN LADIES!!!!!
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You and your bike are cordially invited to
Ovarian Psycos April Luna Ride!

This months Luna Ride is Dedicated to April’s NATIONAL POETRY MONTH!
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We will be meeting up at the train friendly (red-line) stop:
Vermont/Santa Monica
& riding to
Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. (gold-line friendly)

There we will take ova the stage at the historical Mariachi Plaza. Anyone who wants to share some poetry, music, songs, dance, play instruments, share a story, sing – please FEEL FREE! It’s national poetry month – so, why not? ♥

This is a womyn and womyn-identified ONLY ride!
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Meet up time: 7:30
Ride out: 8:00 – PROMPTLY!

Please, bring WORKING bikes – LIGHTS – helmets – tools – extra inner tubes – patches (if you got ‘em 🙂 )
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* Depending on the weather – if it gets TOO cold or if it rains, we will be riding to Corazon Del Pueblo about 3 blocks away from Mariachi Plaza

* Also, even if you DO NOT ride – you are welcome to join the poetry circle ❤

Feb. Luna Ride Recap–WHO’S STREETS? OUR STREETS!!

…I think we all had a mutual understanding that these mujeres were our neighbors, our sisters, ourselves.

When Sunhands brought the idea to us to dedicate the February Luna ride to the recent kidnappings and murder of two young womyn from our communities, I think we all felt it in our gut that this was the right impulse. In a very eerie way, I think we all had a collective sense that these mujeres were our neighbors, our sisters, ourselves. And just like that we began to organize the resources at our disposal, each and every Ova contributing to the ride in their own special way. “Who’s Steets? Our Steets!” became the mantra representing our unrest and our desire to create safe communities FOR ALL TO FLOURISH… ❤ mm

First-timers and experienced Luna ridazz alike gathered at Placita Olvera on the eve of the full moon to take back the night in a very special ride dedicated to the kidnapping and murder of two young womyn from LA.
The Xicas engage in synchronized stretches that help loosen limbs and create a sense of unity.Riders stopped to enjoy refreshments courtesy of the lovely ladies of The Airliner!The brigade rides down N. Broadway in Lincoln Heights chanting, “Who’s Streets? Our Streets!”
They arrive at their destination, Corazon del Pueblo in Boyle Heights where the Ovarians host a dialogue
Martial Artist Lubia Hernandez steps up to teach the womyn some self-defense moves specifically designed for their needs

Ovas Unite 2012! by Ariel Climer

(A reflection on the January Luna Ride dedicated to the Zapatista Uprising of ’94)

Back in September, I was invited by my friend to an event at the Echoplex
called Mucho Libre, a concert and community event gathering together screen
printers, crafters, bike enthusiasts, and fans of cumbia, Son Jarocho, and
rock. There, I first met some of the wombyn called the Ovarian Psycos,
women who gather together at each full moon to celebrate womanhood, to be
in solidarity with other wombyn and to promote the healthy, fun, and
political act of cycling. This full moon, I finally participated in a ride!
The all-wombyn and wombyn-identified crew rode from Pasadena at Memorial
Park station to Solidarity Ink, a new artist collective and organizing
center in Lincoln Heights.

I began the ride by taking the Metro to Pasadena. I rode to the purple line
at Wilshire/Western and spoke with an older man on the train who was also a
cyclist. He was surprised to hear of an all women’s ride and wished me good
luck and a good time. I speed walked myself and my bike over to the Gold Line, almost forgot to buy another ticket, and then hopped on, crossing past a handful of kids riding the Gold Line in their underwear. Were they part of a flash mob? I didn’t ask and instead just admired their statement.

The Gold Line cruised up the slow slope out of downtown, past Chinatown and
into Highland Park. At one stop, a wombyn with a bicycle got on. We caught
eyes and her dark long hair and intense yet excited demeanor made me
wonder, would we be flying through the night together soon? Another wombyn
guided her bike on to the train at the next stop. Our eyes crossed paths,
and I smiled and nodded what’s up. All three of us were spaced out evenly
across the car in the train, me in the “elbow” as I like to call it, where
bike or strollers often sit, the other two wombyn at the doors, standing
tall nears the brushed metal poles. I felt the strength of the two wombyn
standing regally with hands balancing delicately yet firmly upon the
handlebars and seats of their bikes.

I felt the strength of the two wombyn
standing regally with hands balancing delicately yet firmly upon the handlebars and seats of their bikes.

We rolled out and up the steps at Memorial Park station to find a few more
wombyn waiting for us. At the top of the steps we found space to chill, and
we waited and watched as more trains dropped off more sisters. Soon, we
were 37 strong. We pumped up tires, adjusted seats, and checked for proper
gear. “Make sure you use your lights if you have them!”

We circled up for stretches and did some beautiful reaches up toward the
moon, some stretching of our powerful legs, and a lovely meditative stretch
of our arms. We went over safety rules and we were off!

The wonderful realization you have when you ride with all wombyn: you are
riding with all wombyn therefore everything is wombyn influenced. We used
safe calls such as “Pothole!” for potholes, whistles to alert of people
getting too far behind or of bike malfunction, and generally warned each
other to stay to one side when one lane presented itself to us and to take
up a whole lane when two lanes were present. We obeyed traffic lights to
avoid tickets. We never left anyone behind. The existence of this truth
messes with the individualistic and competitive side of long distance bike
riding that I feel has been inculcated in me by males in my lifetime. Not
that a male might leave someone behind for good, but I have definitely
heard men tell me to not be a pussy and pedal harder to make a light or to
be annoyed at the people who ride slower and are slowing everyone down or
to keep up or else I will get lost. I felt the tendencies to feel and think
these values into my comments and mutterings along the ride, but instead, I
stepped back from my brain, held them in my palm and said to them, “No, you
do not fit here. We are here to take care of each other. We are only as
strong as our weakest member. We ride as one.”

We never left anyone behind. The existence of this truth messes with the individualistic and competitive side of long distance bike riding that I feel has been inculcated in me by males in my lifetime.

All eyes of the wombyn were on the wombyn. We kept watch over each other.
One wombyn had problems with her bike but we had tools to fix it and did.
We stopped at a liquor store. We peed in a park. A few miles before our
destination, we met with the river trail and glided along in absolute
silence under la luna tranquila. She spoke to us of blue and of white, of
childbearing and of puberty.

A few miles before our destination, we met with the river trail and glided along in absolute
silence under la luna tranquila. She spoke to us of blue and of white, of childbearing and of puberty.

Our final destination brought us into the large space of Solidarity Ink. We
watched a film about the Zapatistas of Mexico and wombyn spoke to us of the
need for solidarity with our brothers and sisters down south and of the
need to prepare ourselves for our own revolution. We listened with young,
old, brash, and wise ears. We soaked in one more experience where caring
and convivial living swam to the surface of our consciousnesses, mounted an
aquatic bicycle, and rode 12 miles on the open sea.

Thank you for a great first ride. I look forward to many more.

Ovarian Psycos:January Luna Ride! Dedicated to Zapatista Uprising of ’94!

It’s that time of the month again ladies! Ovarian Psycos present the January Full Moon Luna Ride!
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TIME:

Sunday, January 8th, 2012 RIDE OUT NO LATER THAN 7:30pm
MUST BE ON TIME @ 7:30 OR YOU WILL BE LEFT BEHIND!

LOCATION:

Meet @ Memorial Park Gold Line Station in Pasadena

End Up @ Solidarity Ink in Lincoln Heights

TO VIEW THE ROUTE, CLICK HERE

We will be riding to one of our favorite community spots (also where we had our 1 year anniversary) SOLIDARITY INK!!

We will ride to the community space and watch a short film called: Corazon Del Tiempo – A story of a revolutionary Zapatista muxer forging her way through the struggle (film is in Spanish, however it WILL have subtitles)

We will also have a sister from A.R.M.A speaking to us about the current delegation to Chiapas.

We are workin’ like psycos to finish settin’ it up to make a very special ride for the beginning of 2012, so hold on to your ovaries and stay tuned! – ♥

December Luna Ride from CSULA! SATURDAY DEC. 10TH! TONIGHT!

Ovarian Psycos Present: December Luna Ride (female identified only <3)

RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/132255580218888/

It’s that time of the month again, ladies! Ovarian Psyco’s present: December Luna Ride! This month’s Luna ride will be dedicated to ALL the females in the world – for we all are goddesses and we sometimes forget that. At our destination, we will discuss 2011 and what we expect for next year and shake off all the bad energy.

MEET @ 6:30, ROLL OUT PROMPTLY @ 7:00pm

Starts @ CAL STATE LA STUDENT UNION — 5154 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032

Ends @ TIERRA DE LA CULEBRA PARK IN HIGHLAND PARK

6.5 MILES! Remember it’s not a race, but there is a pace!

REMINDERS:– Knowing the strange weather lately; ladies please bring jackets, scarf’s and all that good stuff.
– WORKING bikes: we never leave anyone behind but please, be courteous and have bikes ready to go at departure time
– Lights! It gets dark ladiesss!
– Helmets if you have them! Safety first
– Water, does the body good
– Last but not least, your good spirits ♥ SEE YOU SATURDAY NIGHT! 

Ovarian Psycos Present: Sexual Health and Healing Nov. LUNA Ride-TONIGHT!!

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Ovarian Psycos Presents: Sexual Health and Healing

Nov. LUNA Ride–TOMORROW! 

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Muxeres! It’s that time of the month again. This month we will be dedicating the LUNA ride to sexual health and sexual healing. The discussion will be held at the breathtaking Rio de Los Angeles and facilitated by an incredible hermana. AND we will also be raffling off “safe sex kits.” Hope you all can make it. It will be chilly so bring a sweater.

START: Mariachi Plaza/Boyle Heights Station
Los Angeles, CA 90033

@ 7:00 PM . Please be prompt!

END: Rio de Los Angeles State Park, Los Angeles, CA
in Cypress Park off of N. San Fernando Road

{5 miles.- medium pace}

As a reminder, LUNA Rides are strictly Womyn-identified only, please*
that means, ladies, leave your men at home
REMEMBER TO BRING:
–WORKING BICYCLES!!
–a helmet and other protective gear you may need!
–a warm sweater
–lots of positive energy, openness and love

CLICK HERE to RSVP on Facebook

October Luna Ride–Tod@s Somos Cindi Santana

Rest in Paradise Cindi Santana 9.30.11

On Friday, September 30th, 2011 the community

lost a beautiful, smart, young mujer.

Cindi Santana was only 17 years young when her life was TAKEN from her due to an ex-boyfriend who took his anger and frustrations too far and took the life of his ex-girlfriend.

ACTS LIKE THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE!

Ovarian Psycos will be dedicating this month’s Luna Ride to domestic violence awareness and in remembrance of Miss Santana.♥

We will ride from Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights to the Coyolxauhqui ceremony in City Terrace
Meet up at 7:15 pm
Ride out at 8:00 pm
Ceremony will start around 9 pm

We will be making an altar for Cindi together after the ceremony
If you would like to, please bring candles, flowers, pictures

The ride will be about 3.5 miles

Reminders

-Bring your bike lights
-Working bikes!! We can not stress this enough.
-We don’t leave anyone behind but please understand that we try to be prompt.

Thank you.

With love,

The Ovas

To find out more about how you can help please visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Memory-of-Cindi-Santana/254967817878002

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To RSVP for the ride on Facebook please visit: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=228051320584378

September Luna Ride!!! <3

Get ready muxeres! It’s that time of the month again!

OVARIAN PSYCOS PRESENTS: SEPTEMBER LUNA RIDE!

This ride we will be “baptizing” the new 1st street bike lane in Boyle Heights! This is also a special time of the month for OVARIAN PYSCOS because September is OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH! We want to recognize all the womyn who have gone through, fought & even passed away due to ovarian cancer (and all other types of cancer as well).

Please be sure to wear your Ovarian Cancer Theme Color: TEAL! And you will be eligible to receive an Ovarian Cancer Wrist Band: which says – “Fight Like a Girl!!”

We will be meeting up at the Gold Line Indiana Station in East Los & ride to the “Cornfield” which is located North of Chinatown and South of Lincoln Heights.

Meeting Up: 8:00 @ Metro Gold Line: Indiana Station
Ride Out: PROMPTLY @ 8:30
Destination: “The Cornfield”

*Please, be sure to bring your bici’s, helmets, lights & ovaries! Please make sure you bring ride-able/working bikes. Also, don’t forget to wear your ovarian cancer theme color TEAL!

June Luna Ride Recap- “Muxeres de la Luna”

June 15, 2011

When I arrived, I felt a rush of excitement running through my body, blood was pumpin, & ovaries we’re MOVIN! I saw a sea of muxeres con sus bici’s. Many were talking, laughing and greeting other womyn with warm hugs and hello’s and the occasional, “DEEENG, WASSUP GIRL!” was heard. Whether you rode by yourself or with a friend, everyone was welcomed with open arms! There were last minute repairs to some bikes, and I have to say, Momma-Ova Monica Perez and Ova Jocelyn Hernandez handled. More than 30 women showed up! It wasn’t until we began to ride down Marengo towards City Terrace when I finally looked up and saw her! Shining BIG & BEAUTIFUL & lighting our way. Coyolxauhqui had come out of hiding and let her light shine to let us know she was present and guiding our journey.

When we arrived at La Mina the womyn were greeted with  music and drumming. International Liberation Photographer, Pocho1,  had this to say about the experience… ” As I silk screen, I hear loud shouts, screams, and howls at the moon. Muxeres who seem to be invading a village or pillaging a men’s establishment when they take over the place. It is nothing but love , respect & education in the air. It was quite an honor to capture la lunada y las Ovarian Psyco-Cycles. Solidarity work is here.”

After we left La Mina, we headed toward the Coyolxauhqui statue on City Terrace and Miller and were greeted by Las Mujeres De Maiz. The Womyn lined up one after another, got smudged and formed a circle around the statue. Fe  Evaone shared a few words and a song giving thanks and respect to the 4 directions as well as Mother Earth and Coyolxauhqui. We were givin tobacco as an offering and placed it on whatever body part we chose to pray for. By the time it reached the last womyn there had been much laughter and to the surprise of many womyn, tears. I heard one womyn say, ” I came here thinking I was going to ride my bike….little did I know I was going to be sobbing.”

If there is one way to describe this night, it wouls be UNBELIEVABLE, UNEXPLAINABLE, & MAGICAL. Definitely a Luna Night to remember ❤

-Maryann Aguirre