ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Friday the 13th Bike Ride with the Ovarian Psycos!

 

 

 

 

 

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Join the Ovarian Psycos for our monthly Luna Ride this Friday 

June 13th! 

This ride will be dedicated to all womyn , womyn identified, queer, trans, gender non conforming individuals who have experienced or felt unsafe, intimidated,embarrassed, objectified, or sexualized while riding your bikes! These unwelcome experiences and/or unwanted leering and whistling, sexually explicit comments, demands for a smile, persistent demands for a date or phone number, road rage ignited by NOs , stalking of any sort , kisses being BLOWN in your direction or threats being made while riding your bici or in a public space is not okay! BREAK THE silence ! We womyn are not outside for other’s entertainment and our clothing should not provoke anybody. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! HARASSMENT should not be seen as A NORM or dismissed lightly.!It is not okay for anyone based on their gender preference to feel entitled to make remarks as stated above. Know that this is known as street harassment and it is not a compliment. It’s bullying behavior and it is harmful!

THE TIME HAS COME TO SPEAK UP, reclaim our space on the roads AND share our own personal experiences! XOME out to the ride and engage in some dialogue amongst sisters.

We will be discussing ways of keeping ourselves safe, protected, and ways to combat AND NIP street harassment!

*PLEASE NOTE : This Ride is for Womyn, Womyn identified , queer,trans, gender non conforming individuals.

WHAT TO BRING:
-working bike
-helmet
-lights
-patches, tools, tubes, pump (if you have one)
-water
-money for snacks

Meet up @6:30
Rolling @7:00

We will be meeting at the Cypress/Lincoln gold line station

ENDING LOCATION WILL
BE Los Feliz/Riverside
@ the park

You don’t want to miss this ride!

Bike-In Movie Night with the Ovarian Psycos! Screening: Mosquita y Mari! Wednesday 5/21


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Join Las Ovarian Psycos for our second Bike-In Movie Night at Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria aka “LA CONCHA!”
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Friends and familia, please join us for our 2nd film screening @ our new new location. As you all know its not easy maintaining a community space but damn it – we be trying with the help of all y’all! So come out and have some fun, watch an awesome film, eat some snacks all while helping maintain an autonomous space!

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When: Wednesday, May 21st

Time: 7:00pm – Film Starts at 7:30

Where: 1214 E. 1st Street, Boyle Heights 90033

How Much: $5 suggested donation includes complimentary agua y popcorn! No one turned away for lack of funds!

***DON’T FORGET TO RIDE YOUR BIKE/TAKE THE TRAIN! THERE WILL BE COMPLIMENTARY BIKE VALET BY SOME OF OUR MEMBERS***
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About the Film:

In a fast-paced immigrant community where dreams are often lost to economic survival, two young Chicanas contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other. Mosquita y Mari is a coming of age story that focuses on a tender friendship between two young Chicanas. Yolanda and Mari are growing up in Huntington Park, Los Angeles and have only known loyalty to one thing: family. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to prioritize the well-being of their families. Yolanda, an only child, delivers straight A’s and the hope of the American Dream while Mari, the eldest, shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family who scrambles to make ends meet. 

Ovarian Psycos Present: A Toda Madre May Luna Ride! TOMORROW!

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Join the Ovarian Psycos for our monthly Luna Ride on Wednesday May 14! This ride is dedicated to Dia De Las Madres for all the mamasitas, abuelitas, nanas, tias, primas, hermanas..We will be ending at Corazon Del Pueblo for their monthly open mic Flowers of Fire!

*PLEASE NOTE: This ride is for womyn, womyn identified, queer, trans, gender non conforming individuals.

What to bring:
-working bike
-helmet
-lights
-patches, tools, tubes, pump (if u can)
-water
-money

We will be meeting up at the Highland Park Gold Line Station(in Highland Park)

Meet up time: 6:30
Roll out: 7:00

Ending at Corazon Del Pueblo for the open mic of Flowers of Fire dedicated to El Dia De Las Madres. Come share your stories of motherhood with the community. Hosted by Annette, Iris, and Maryann of the Ovarian Psycos!

Corazon Del Pueblo: 2003 E 1st Street Los Angles CA, 90033

This ride is gonna be a toda MADRE dont miss it!

Bike-In Movie Night – Screening “Wadjda”

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Ovarian Psycos Present:
A BIKE-IN MOVIE NIGHT
Screening: WADJDA! 

Next Wednesday 4/23 at
“La Concha” aka Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria
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Come and join Las Ovarian Psyco-Cycles for a space fundraiser and watch the film “Wadjda”. Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.

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– When: 4/23/14

– Where: 1214 E. 1st Street – Boyle Heights 90033

– Doors Open: 7:00

– Movie Begins: 7:30

– $5 entrance – Gets you popcorn and a drink!
(No one turned away for lack of funds)

*** DON’T FORGET TO RIDE YOUR BIKE! We will be having complementary Bike Valet***

*** If you do not ride a bike, take the metro! PICO/ALISO Station ***

Reconstructing Feminism – Taking it out of the Institution! TUESDAY at CSULA!

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Ovarian Psycos & the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center 
at CSULA Present:
RECONSTRUCTING FEMINISM: TAKING IT OUT OF THE INSTITUTION! 
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This Tuesday come and join us for Womyn’s HERstory Month at Cal State University Los Angeles for a workshop on Reconstructing Feminism! Come learn about how the Ovarian Psycos take feminism out of the textbooks and into the streets and engage in dialogue on strategies to put feminism into practice in your own communities! 

*We will also be vending our merchandise, have light snacks and refreshments and goodies for the audience* 

When: Tuesday, March 4th
Where: CSULA – Alhambra Room, 3rd Floor U-SU
Time: 3:15 – 4:30

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After our workshop, check out: MUJERES REVOLUCIONARIAS at 5:00pm!

“We write our story every day that we educate ourselves, every time we go to work, and the times we have become the backbone of our familia and comunidad. A mujer is much more than a mother, a daughter and a wife. She is strength, she is knowledge, she is change! Join the Chicana/o Latina/o Student Resource Center and our affiliated clubs and organizations as we celebrate all the mujeres revolucionarias who have planted the seeds that we continue to cultivate. “

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The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at CSULA is dedicated to creating safe and respectful learning spaces, catering specifically to the empowerment of Womyn, Men, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) community. They pride ourselves in challenging societal norms that have been used historically to oppress and marginalize, while raising awareness on contemporary issues we face. 
*For more information go to: http://www.calstatelausu.org/gsrc*

Ovarian Psycos Present: March Full Moon Ride & Circle with Mujeres De Maiz!

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Ovarian Psycos Present: 
Full Moon Ride & Circle in collaboration with Mujeres de Maiz!
Monday, March 17, 2014! 

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Join Las Ovarian Psyco-Cycles for our monthly Luna Ride Monday, March 17th for Womyn’s Herstory Month! In collaboration with Mujeres De Maiz and their Annual Womyn’s Herstory Month activities! 

We will be meeting up at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights and also ENDING at Hollenbeck Park! Self-identified wombyn/womyn/women and grrrls/girls and Queer/Trans, Gender non-conforming individuals are invited to gather to honor ourselves, our community and madre tierra through a blend of northern and southern pan-xicana indigena traditions. This groups is SiStar facilitated meaning it is run by various core wombyn in the circle with blessings and teachings from our elders. This month local tias and veteranas will guide the circle. It is a learning space and a place to learn, share and gain introductory access to our traditional ways of knowledge.
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Meet Up Time: 6:00
Meet Up Spot: Hollenbeck park 
Address: 415 South Saint Louis St., Boyle Heights 90033

Ride Out Time: 6:30
Destination: Hollenbeck Park to join MDM for the Full Moon Circle

Circle Begins at 8:00pm!

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***PLEASE BRING offerings (flowers, candles, etc.). and any instruments (drum, rattles, etc). Also, if you’d like please bring something small to hold water in so you can take some of the water that we use during ceremony for yourself, garden or altar. Skirts and/or rebozos, wraps are encouraged but not required.***

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To see the Mujeres De Maiz Full 2014 Calendar of events click HERE! 

The Ovarian Psycos Present: Be Yo’ Own Dang Valentine Luna Ride! FRIDAY!

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Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. BUT don’t feel pressured to participate in a heteronormative, cheesy, Hallmark Holiday.

BE YOUR OWN DAMN VALENTINE!! And join The Ovarian Psycos in some acts of self love! 

We will be showing ourselves some love by connecting with our spirits, our bodies and the earth in a Radical Uterus Health workshop by Mama Maiz Doula & Herbal Services!! 

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Meet up Location: Coyolxauhqui Stone ( Miller & City Terrace Dr. Los Angeles 90032)

Meet up time: 7pm

Ride out: 7:30pm 

Destination: Centro de Comunicación Comunitaria (1214 e. 1st st Boyle Heights, 90033)
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This workshop presents a sacred moment for you to connect with your body and to Coatlicue (our mother earth). The earth gives us life, in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the medicine we take. It is essential when taking from the earth we do it only with respect and always give something back. That could be in the seeds we plant or the water we give to nourish the earth, also creating a relationship with the plants they will soon enough begin to communicate what they need. We come from the earth and keeping a connection is essential in creating a healthy way of living, physically and spiritually.
I will inform you on 3 herbs that can nourish your body. My intention is to inspire the idea of bringing herbs back into our daily routine while taking a moment to connect with our bodies using herbal medicine as our ancestors did. These 3 herbs focus on our center energy as womyn and we will take this moment to share our stories in a safe & sacred space. We will discuss any concerns or ask any questions we might have regarding our wombs along with other healing exercises. I hope with sharing my knowledge you will then feel empowered and create a better relationship with yourself and the earth.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS RIDE IS FOR WOMYN, WOMYN IDENTIFIED, QUEER, TWO-SPIRITED, TRANS, GENDER NON CONFORMING INDIVIDUALS!!!!!

Ovarian Psycos Present: OCTOBER LUNA RIDE – “This Bridge Called My Back” – THIS FRIDAY!

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Ovarian Psycos Present:

“This Bridge Called My Back”
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Meetup Location: Middle of 6th Street Bridge 

Meet Up time: 5:30

Ride Out: 6pm

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Join Las Ovarian Psycos this Friday October 18th as the Full Moon guides our path to healing. In honor of all womyn that have been victims of Breast Cancer & and Domestic Violence Los Ovarios del Barrio would like to dedicate this ride to all these beautiful & strong souls. We will be ending at the City Terrace Coyolxauhqui Stone where we’ll be engaging in a beautiful Full Moon Ceremony. Come with good spirit and an open heart and if you’d like bring some tobacco, flowers, or sage as an offering to Coyolxauhqui. 

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If you’d like to check the FAC out yo bike make sure these things are taken care of;
Frenos (brakes), Aire (air) , Cadena (chain)
Also, make sure your seats are well adjusted

Bring:
-water
-comfortable clothes
-lights (if you have any)
-helmet (if you have one)
-patches (if you have any)
-hand pump (if you have one)

It isn’t advised to eat a heavy meal before riding but don’t starve your self neither! Make sure you’ve eaten and/or bring snacks with you incase we don’t ride near spots to buy food from. Stay hydrated! Our bodies are our temples♥
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Ovarian Psycos is an all womyn of color bicycle brigade/collective cycling for the purpose of healing our communities physically, emotionally, and spiritually by addressing pertinent issues. ♥

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Also, warm shout out to Corazon Del Pueblo!
Check out their space and FB page. Help this autonomous space survive!!!

Corazon Del Pueblo is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit collective, and community cultural center, that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
(https://www.facebook.com/corazondelpueblo?fref=ts)

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Nota: In efforts to creating a safe space where womyn can meet, talk, discuss issues, share experiences, and work on improving their lives and themselves FULL MOON rides are ONLY for WOMYN & LBTQ womyn who self-identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender (including male-to-female and female-to-male), queer, in addition to wombyn questioning their sexual orientation and gender nonconformist. Yes, we believe and stand for diversity! Dearest Male allies & anyone offended by these efforts thank you for understanding and respecting the importance of creating and maintaining safe spaces.

Our next Male & Female (co-ed) ride will be October Saturday 26 😉

“Ovarian Psyco Cycles’ Bike Brigade Is the Best Thing Ever” – according to JEZEBEL!

Whoa whoa! Thank you everyone for all the support thus far! We’re just a small collective of only 8 now attempting to create a world where “womyn of color are change agents who maintain and create holistic health within themselves and their respective communities for present and future generations”

Here’s a post that JEZEBEL put on their website earlier today!

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The all-woman, mostly Latina Ovarian Psyco Cycles Brigade is “both an answer and a challenge to the aggressive male biking culture” in Los Angeles. Fuck yes.

Evelyn Martinez grew up with a mother who told her it wasn’t safe for women to ride bikes. Now, she leads the Ovarian Psyco Cycles Brigade, which defies both car culture AND macho bike culture. The nine main members are mostly 20 something Latina nonprofit workers who organize a monthly women’s “Luna Ride” during the full moon. Is this a dream?

To read the rest of the article, click HERE!!!

Ovarian Psycos in the LA TIMES!

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Growing up, Evelyn Martinez’s mother didn’t want her to ride a bike.

“She thinks it’s not safe for women to be riding late at night, and cars are dangerous too,” Martinez said.

Moreover, her mother told her: “Bicycles are for men.”

But after a chance meeting last year, Martinez joined an all-female, predominantly Latino cycling group that is both an answer and a challenge to the aggressive male biking culture. Like men’s bike crews, it defies L.A.’s monolithic car culture with an in-your-face ethic, reflected in its name: the Ovarian Psyco Cycles Brigade.

The group says the name “is a play on words intended to be playful and simultaneously create some sort of acknowledgment/acceptance/pride in one’s historically oppressed body.”

to read the rest of the story, click here: HERE!