Mexico 2017

“La Gasolinaza,” January 27, 2017 A group of protestors stood under the statue of Gertrudis Bocanegra, a heroine of the Mexican War of Independence. On this eponymous Pátzcuaro plaza – often called, simply, La Plaza Chica – I asked a campesino who looked...

Between “El Chapo” and “Auto Defensas”: Mujeres Aliadas

Posted on March 14, 2014 Sensational headlines in and about Mexico draw most of the attention: the capture of “El Chapo,” photos of black-hooded men from the “auto-defensa” groups challenging the drug cartels in the tierra caliente (hot country). But in-between hover...

The Power of Listening: Profiles of Mujeres Aliadas

Posted on August 24, 2013 In our first Telling Lives class at UNLA, we watched a video from a program called “Story Swap.” Sponsored by the Aspen Institute’s Writer’s Foundation, this multimedia effort links diverse groups through storytelling, creative writing, and...

A “Pijamada” in Erongarícuaro and Profiles of Mujeres Aliadas Staff

The story of a “pijamada” – a pajama party – in tiny Erongarícuaro on Lake Pátzcuaro might not rock your world. But if you believe social change happens incrementally, through education and community empowerment, you might need an alternative to what’s in The New York...

Mujeres Aliadas: A Rural Women’s Health Care Project

Mujeres Aliadas: A Rural Women’s Health Care Project Posted on July 18, 2013 “The doctors told us that our hips were too narrow for babies, that we needed Caesarean sections,” said Margarita Ascencio de Jesús Flores, community outreach worker for Mujeres Aliadas. She...

“El Taxista”

“El Taxista” Posted on June 12, 2013 They drove trucks all night from Sacramento to Las Vegas. They picked fruit in the valley beyond San Jose. They spent eight years outside San Diego or fourteen years in Atlanta in a meatpacking plant or a decade in Chicago because...

Writing from the “Telling Lives” workshop by Maribel Barcena Lopez

Posted in Uncategorized Writing from the “Telling Lives” workshop by Maribel Barcena Lopez Posted on May 10, 2013 Maribel Barcena Lopez by Talía De Niz Pérez Negrón Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Maribel is an American girl with a golden Mexican heart...