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Ya Basta

Ya estoy harta! The U.S. has an extensive history of abuse and degradation of our folks and the recent policy which tears children apart from their families is widely visible and, of course, repugnant and egregious.

No one, let me repeat NO ONE should be locked in a cage…not parents, not children, not people migrating across land or sea, not folks who can’t pay cash bail, not folks who violate their probation because they got caught smoking a joint. NO ONE!

And it’s definitely about more than private institutions making money from the detention of folks. The carceral colonial project continually builds on legacies of violence. We have to connect the dots and see, as Konstantin Kilibarda notes that its time to dismantle “the architectures of global apartheid that mark certain bodies as targets for continuous surveillance, control, regulation, and violence.”

It’s time to take out the trash and dump the PIC! Are you with me? We got to get these babies back to their families and get these folks out of detention/imprisonment. What are we gonna do y’all.


A woman holds her baby in one arm while with the other she dumps a tiny “ICE” POLICE and “BORDER PATROL” officer into a can that says “BASURA” (trash) in this colorful image. Above, in white lettering against a pink chain-linked fence pattern, the words: “YA BASTA!”. Below, in green text it states: “The U.S. government is abducting migrant children and locking them in cages.”

Reflections of Healing

Reflections of Healing

September 28, 2014

Join me at the Oakland Museum of California for the public unveiling of Reflections of Healing, a large-scale art installation created by artist and educator Brett Cook with participation from…