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Central America in Diaspora

Using this tumblr as a parking lot of ideas for the US Central American History and Heritage class I am teaching and to share with all of you. Feel free to send me your ideas, links, photos you’d like to share that are historical, cultural, literary, political, current events, mundane, o unas babosadas.
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We’re proud to be children of immigrant parents and we dedicate this award to the more than eleven million undocumented people that live and work really hard in this country. And that still need to live a more dignified life in this country. Viva la musica! Migration is beautiful!
La Marisoul from La Santa Cecilia 
Grammy Acceptance Speech 2014 (via verythat)

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True story.

A Litany for Survival

For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
like bread in our children’s mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours


For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.


And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
of indigestion
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid.


So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive.

Audre Lorde (via queerwoc)

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Luisa Capetillo (October 28, 1879 – October 10, 1922) was one of Puerto Rico’s most famous labor organizers. She was also a writer and anarchist who fought for workers and women’s rights.

During a farm workers’ strike in 1905, Capetillo wrote propaganda and organized the workers in the strike. She quickly became a leader of the “FLT” (American Federation of Labor) and traveled throughout Puerto Rico educating and organizing women. Her hometown, Arecibo, became the most unionized area of the country.

In 1908, during the “FLT” convention, Capetillo asked the union to approve a policy for women’s suffrage. She insisted that all women should have the same right to vote as men. Capetillo is considered to be one of Puerto Rico’s first suffragists.

In 1912, Capetillo traveled to New York City, where she organized Cuban and Puerto Rican tobacco workers. Later on, she went to Tampa, Florida, where she also organized the workers. In Florida, she published the second edition of “Mi Opinión”. She also traveled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, where she joined the striking workers in their cause.

In 1919, she challenged the mainstream society by becoming the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear pants in public. Capetillo was sent to jail for what was then considered to be a “crime”, but, the judge later dropped the charges against her. In that same year, along with other labor activists, she helped pass a minimum-wage law in the Puerto Rican Legislature.

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Bad Ass Dominicana: Jarina de Marco - She’s is the daughter of renowned Dominican folklorist and singer Irka Mateo, and as a toddler she tagged along with her mom on musicological expeditions. She was raised between Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Canada, where her family was forced to flee after her parents brazenly sang a song against far-right president Joaquín Balaguer in front of a military audience in 1994.

Fast forward a few decades, and Jarina draws on those experiences to make futuristic tropical pop, taking equally from Caribbean folk traditions and hip-hop culture. In a yet-unreleased song, she samples Screamin’ Jay Hawkins‘ version of “I’ve Put A Spell On You,” and flips it into a revenge anthem proudly invoking Dominican vodou, in which spell casting is an actual real thing. What you might not pick up on if you haven’t spent time in the DR is that vodou and Afro-Dominican culture in general is extremely taboo due to centuries of Euro-centric conditioning. So by casually throwing those references into a pop song, Jarina is doing something pretty revolutionary. (Source)


I love the song and video to I Put A Spell On You!

Today, some of us of Central American background are becoming scholars. With more Central American programs we will be writing our own literature, form our own discourse, shape our own culture, and forge our own identity.
Mario in “Identity Formation Among Central American Americans” written by Norma Stoltz Chinchilla and Nora Hamilton (via devie2011)




This is cute though

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*slams book closed*

*breathes quickly*


*breathes heavily*

*re-opens book and continues to read*

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