Before the initial invasion of the european colonizers, indigenous people throughout Anahuac and Turtle Island were largely matriarchal societies, in which matriarchal elders were not only respected as healers, care givers, leaders warriors, comrades but most importantly, as the foundation of a thriving, balanced and holistically healthy community.
We, firmly believe that feminine presenting people and the land are now and always have been interchangeable. We both continue to be simultaneously exploited, occupied and raped within rapist patriarchal societies, specifically by the foreign settler colonial power structures of white supremacy. We view government and the authorities and apologists acting on their behalf as actively engaging in strategies to annihilate, displace and enslave indigenous people while progressively harming our people and Mother Earth in the process.
O.V.A.S Psycos formally know as Ovarian Psycos Crew/Brigade (OPC) was established in the summer of 2010 as a response to the legacy of oppression dating back 500 years has created conditions in which many of us come from broken homes and are survivors of abuse. We choose the bicycle not only because it allows us to exercise our bodies, while trying to reverse the cultural shift from a profoundly respectful relationship with Tonantzin, Mother Earth, into a concrete barren urban jungle, but also because we’re are angry, broke inner-city oppressed peoples and cycling is our only means of transportation. For these and many other reasons, we recognize how targeted we are on bicycles and work to empower others to take back the streets with an understanding that your community has our back. #wekeepussafe
OPC exists in Los Angeles because LA is dominated by car culture and bike culture is dominated by middle and upper class white people. We believe that it is dangerous to live in a society that doesn’t cultivate a culture of community, sisterhood, companerism@, mutual acuerdos.. but more importantly.. a community that refrains from cultivating rebellion and resistance, fawwwwk- might as well be waving a lil white flag, full surrender.
We are a group of femmes of color, xisters, mothers, overgrown knuckleheads, riders, writers, students, wage slaves, hustlers, artists, MCs, poets, intellectuals, radical scholars, passionate environmentalists, urban farmers, medicine people, militants, feminists, renaissance womxn, fearless fierro riders and modern-day charras on steel horses!
Outside of working with with each other – we work with youth and the community. We do because it’s fkng necessary and our goddamned obligation to do so. We were raised under systematic subordination to white supremacist cultural norms that told us that melanated skin is not beautiful, that femininity is only to be meek, and subservient. We work daily to break these norms and to go against the status quo. We know that another world IS possible and it is our duty and responsibility to pass that knowledge on to the next 7 generations.