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Reflection… Correction… Direction…

Here’s the thing — a little more clarification is necessary since it seems that the confusion continues.

First of all — this is not a competition for fans or views or reads. When we set out to launch malintZine on December 21, 2012 we had a vision of offering an anonymous space for women to speak their truths. Truths that had been silenced for too long. MalintZine has been and will continue to be a radically safe space that will ferociously protect the anonymity of our authors. But malintZine and her authors are not just the women who you’ve seen in photographs — we’re everywhere!! Indeed this space has been used to call men on the mat for their straight up bullshit and specific instances of fucked-upedness, but it has also been a safe space for sharing experiences than span the spectrum from fear to rape. We were not under the impression that the presence of our truths would come easily for anyone involved including ourselves. The truth tears down barriers, destroy relationships and bring others together. While we might have hoped otherwise, personal attacks were expected.

Since December 21, 2012 malintZine has grown into a larger community than we could have imagined that stretches from LA to Colorado, New York and Baltimore with a strong core of amazing mujeres in Tucson.

We were honored and blessed to have participated in and hosted events in the last week in Los Angeles and in Tucson. We were invited to speak in Maylei Blackwell’s class and sit on a panel with Maylei and Anna Nieto Gomez. In 1971 M.E.Ch.A held a mock funeral procession that was a ritualized attempt to kill Las Hijas de Cuactemoc. They carried caskets and walked with candles to a makeshift graveyard with gravestones for Hijas leaders and a lynched effigy of Anna Nieto Gomez (with her name inscribed). It was an honor to meet Anna, who stood up to the misogynistic Chicano leaders of her time, and a humbling privilege to sit beside her on the panel.

On Friday March 8th we had the pleasure of hosting Andrea Smith for a powerful discussion about accountability with well over 150 people in attendance followed by a launch party that brought together the community of malintZine readers, authors and editors. The ability to have the physical manifestation of the safe space that had been created online at malintzine.com was quite the event. There were poetry readings, zines, and plenty of music. Yes, there was a piñata and yes it was male bodied and yes we beat it with a stick until tamarindo, chamoy, lube and condoms gushed out. Yes, a drag king who resembled Three Sonorans attended the party and photos that have since been made public were taken. Three Sonorans has become the living embodiment of contemporary chingon politics. By his own doing, DA Morales has turned himself into a caricature of a 50-year history of misogynistic one-sided Chicano Movement narrative that holds its male leaders in blameless esteem.  Herein lies the point — maltinZine was created to counter the continuation of that narrative and on Friday night we celebrated.

And finally, we expect that you will continue your personal attacks on our motherhood, on our loyalty, on our motives, on our writing skills, on our education or lack of education, on our age, on our perceived sexuality, on our children and on our character — but your attacks don’t blight the truth. You may know who we are but you should also know that we are not going away. If there is a month where you cease to spew your false problematic narratives — we will be happy to keep your name of our blog (maybe!).

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Posted by on March 12, 2013 in Chicano Movement, Tucson movement

 

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David Abie Morales:

Your announcement that your last post for Three Sonorans was in the works arrived in only the grand fashion that you are known for – that overly dramatized self-important manner usually followed by chisme and posts that polarize rather than bring us together. You know, some of us actually don’t believe this is going to be your last post. We’re taking bets on your return. Let us know if you want to get in on it. You can’t stay away from the attention and the glory, real or imagined. No, David, MAS isn’t dead, and we suspect, unfortunately, neither is Three Sonorans.

It’s interesting what you chose to deliver as your last post. For days, many waited for you to write about Sean’s arrest. SILENCE. Instead, you spent your time having side conversations trying to understand why so many women feel that you don’t have to get beat up black and blue to experience domestic violence. Looking back, there are so many ways you could have figured out how to break the silence rather then run around in panic. How sad for us that we expected more from you. Even more pathetic is how you and other writers only prospered from propping you up as some type of organizing messiah and Sean, as the man meant to bring MAS back. Right now, some articles on your blog, Huffington Post and Salon are starting to look like some sick joke. Oh, wait, maybe this is why MAS is dead – because you realized we all finally got a good look behind your green curtain? If only Yoda could sit down and talk with you. “The narcissism is strong with this one.”

How interesting that in your last post, not only did you decide to continue to debate what is and what isn’t domestic violence, but you also chose to attempt to take down the only other person in Tucson who has steadfastly stood up for MAS in the local media. You say you dearly love her, but how much were you drinking when you wrote this post? Seriously, how much whiskey does it take to try to beat down another Chicana in another post? Someone who once championed your work and stood up for you when you were fired by the Tucson Citizen? But I know women are such a pain. Boy, what are we going to do with all those troublesome vaginas?

Well, maybe if we bully them enough like you’ve done with other people through your blog, we could scare them into silence and remind them they are all malinches to begin with. It’s sad really the legacy you leave us – you could have helped a movement form relationships to create allies in this struggle – but no. It took some time for observers to realize you were a mouthpiece for those who’ve pretended to be the leaders of this “movement,” but have only worked behind the scenes to destroy it. If MAS is dead, as you say… then look at the two men you protect and blame them (and yourself).

There were times when we were proud of you. When you called out the racism we all recognized that propelled the fight against our classes from the right, as well as the racism and its denial from those on the left. There are wonderful moments. Your video magic. Perhaps, if there’s any benefit to your last post, is that we are at a point now that, not only have we seen what’s really behind your green curtain, your credibility, which was always questioned, may now be gone.

It’s gone because we realized you were just a mouthpiece. It’s gone because we realized you’ll never get it and as women, it get’s tiring. It’s gone because you don’t seem to understand what real friendships are about. It’s gone because we are tired of you representing us nationally and locally for some time now – but we were too scared to come forward – too scared you’d bully us down as you had anyone else who dared question you or correct you.

Want one more example? You dared to call out those who wrote about Sean’s arrest or broke the “silence,” on your Facebook post, reminding us of Sean’s children. You wrote that as you status update and you tagged Sean’s daughter. Not only did you allow your followers who come from many many political spectrum’s to see her on Facebook, but she got to read your post and realize that hundreds of others may have seen it too. How dare you? It was disgusting and our stomachs still wretch thinking about it.

How sad that at one time you attempted to call yourself a journalist, and others called you the same. You tried to call yourself an organizer, or someone wrote you were – but you showed you don’t really have the stomach for that. Maybe, rather than call yourself any of these things, you could just call yourself retired. We need new voices to come forward. We need new voices to bring us together. We need new voices that remember what this was all about to begin with – Mexican American studies. You and those who’ve taken the lead have made a mess of things. It’s sad. It’s heartbreaking what you’ve done and how you’ve lowered yourself – especially in your last post.

It just begs the question? Can’t you just really, for once, think about MAS. Can’t you just really mean it when you say, this is your last post?

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Tucson movement

 

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