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By Cherríe L. Moraga

A Xicana Codex of fixing realization features essays and poems via Cherríe L. Moraga, essentially the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, queer, and indigenous activism and scholarship. Combining relocating own tales with trenchant political and cultural critique, the author, activist, instructor, dramatist, mom, daughter, comadre, and lesbian lover seems to be again at the first ten years of the twenty-first century. She considers decade-defining public occasions reminiscent of Sept. 11 and the crusade and election of Barack Obama, and she or he explores socioeconomic, cultural, and political phenomena in the direction of domestic, sharing her fears approximately elevating her son amid expanding city violence and the numerous types of dehumanization confronted via younger males of colour. Moraga describes her deepening grief as she loses her mom to Alzheimer’s; will pay poignant tribute to pals who gave up the ghost, together with the sculptor Marsha Gómez and the poets Alfred Arteaga, Pat Parker, and Audre Lorde; and gives a heartfelt essay approximately her own and political courting with Gloria Anzaldúa.

Thirty years after the book of Anzaldúa and Moraga’s assortment This Bridge known as My Back, a landmark of women-of-color feminism, Moraga’s literary and political praxis continues to be prompted through and intertwined with indigenous spirituality and her id as Chicana lesbian. but facets of her considering have replaced through the years. A Xicana Codex of adjusting Consciousness finds key alterations in Moraga’s concept; the breadth, rigor, and philosophical intensity of her paintings; her perspectives on modern debates approximately citizenship, immigration, and homosexual marriage; and her deepening involvement in transnational feminist and indigenous activism. it's a significant assertion from one among our most crucial public intellectuals.

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The scene is right out of an action thriller. “This is really happening,” I say. I am, I believe, afraid—but of what? In the futuristic action film that is now our lives, the “bad (foreign-looking) guys” blow up the World Trade Center and “good (Anglo-looking) guys” bring out the big guns to defend the United States against the assault. ”5 As the Pentagon represents the armored core of the military industry in this country, the World Trade Center represented the pinnacle of Corporate America and globalization, housing some of the most powerful financial, technological, legal, and manufacturing firms in the world, all doing business with the United States.

My son of seven sleeping safely between the sheets, my woman of forty-seven, hours later, on the street with her grown son in search of the car he had abandoned that night after a tequila- and testosterone-driven fistfight; after macho bravado and police threats; after father failure and mother abandonment. Or so he sees it. ” “That he’ll be killed,” she answers. I watch the therapist’s face. She is exaggerating, this is hyperbole, he thinks. My woman, a veterana of a war the therapist does not witness.

But we do not stand united. María Elena sits among two dozen or so f r o M i nsiDe the first WorLD of us around the circle of the fire. With full conviction, she states: “I am an Indian. ” Myrtha, puertorriqueña, cries full-bodied tears: “I hate this country. ” When the Cuban missile crisis occurred in 1962, she packed it up and left for Puerto Rico. S. soil, she told us. Nearly forty years later and Puerto Rico is still not a free and sovereign nation. Millicent’s got ancestors calling to her in her dreams.

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