Video from the Intercambio: Coming Together
Coming Together “Dime con quién andas y te diré quien eres” – It’s a quote that so many of us who are from Spanish-speaking countries have heard and grown up with. While as a young person, it might have been a way for our parents to lowkey weed out our “bad” friends, Isa Noyola’s use of the saying in this video is deeply grounding. It gives me the warm and fuzzies to realize that to be in the presence of such guerreras and freedom fighters also means that I and the staff at MEV are their peers in this movement and always, always holding the potential to be more like each other in the name of our liberation.
The video lays the foundation for the purpose of the Intercambio, focusing on who we are: more than 30 womxn from across the U.S. and MesoAmerica. Guayanese, Lenca, Garifuna, Missippian, Nauhual Pipil, Chorti Maya, Maya Mayam, Black American, Nipmuc, those in search of their roots, those who find home in song, those whose ancestors are healers. Just in naming who we are and who our people are, we defy borders. Just by being together in circle, bringing our ancestors with us, we are in ritual. By speaking both the native languages that colonization attempted to destroy and the languages forced upon us – that we were now reconfiguring into a medium that can serve our spirits and nourish our movements – We are the powerful reckoning that Sandra Moran says the Far Right fears.
In the “Intersections In Our Work” video, Monica Dennis reminds us that while there are very few places that racism, anti-blackness, transphobia, homophobia, patriarchy has not touched through genocide, resource extraction, colonization, and chattel slavery, she says that it “is a short time in our cellular memory…We actually have more memory and more time being free, being connected to our land, being able to call our gods, being connected to our foods…The history of colonization is short in the expansive understanding of time.” And so, Monica’s statement brings me back to Isa’s – Our time in MesoAmerica and being able to be and build with organizers from across the region (and really across the world) both tells about ourselves, and supports us in unlocking that cellular memory for freedom that Monica reminds us of.
My questions to you are:
- Con quien tu andas? Who are you reaching for alongside you, in front, and behind you in this work to create a world free of violence?
- How do you see your/your organization’s work providing alimentacion (nourishment) to other “branches” of the movement to end violence against girls, womxn, and gender expansive people?
- What is your/your organization’s body of work responsible for re-membering, and who is that work accountable to?