Friday Fodder: Rainbows At Play Edition

Raising My Rainbow

raplogo One week ago, we launched Rainbows At Play – an online community where families raising gender creative kids and/or allies can connect to playdate and find fierceness in numbers.  The response has been overwhelming, exhausting and exhilarating.

In the first seven days, the community welcomed more than 150 families from across the US.  We have connected families and playdates are being set up in 22 states!

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

We’ve had about a dozen families join from Canada and have playdates in the works in Ontario and Quebec.

And, most surprising…we’ve gone international!  Families are arranging playdates in:

  • Australia
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Scotland
  • Spain

The response has been so great, that we’ve brought on two moderators to help us manage the community.  Three cheers and a toast to our…

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Latino Quote Of The Day™ – Cherrie Moraga

Latino Quote Of The Day™

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“Fundamentally, I started writing to save my life. I see the same impulse in my students-the dark, the queer, the mixed-blood, the violated-turning to the written page with a relentless passion, a drive to avenge their own silence, invisibility, and erasure as living, innately expressive human beings.”                 –    Cherrie Moraga, Chicana poet/playwright/educator.

Latino Quote Of The Day™ is curated by Bobby Gonzalez.

Bobby González is a nationally known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet. Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City, he grew up in a bicultural environment. Bobby draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings and performances that celebrates his indigenous heritage.

For more info on Bobby, visit http://www.bobbygonzalez.com/

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“The Difference between us Indians and Illegal Mexicans?”

The Quinde Journey | The Guancavilcas

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LastRealIndians states the following quote on the Facebook page:

“Natives saying ‘You can barely tell the difference between us Indians and them illegal Mexicans that can’t speak English, huh?’ [with a slightly condescending laugh at “can’t speak English”]. ***LOL that’s because they are the same as you imbecile victims of colonial brainwashing that you’re so proud to speak English and be a ‘legal’ American. We don’t have to perpetuate the artificial divisions of the colonizer. Same thing goes for Natives jokingly calling each other n**** or making fun of how ‘dark’ a native is by calling them “black boy.” We’ve got to teach our children better than that.”

Just because we speak Spanish does not mean we are automatically “Hispanic” or “Latino.” Would it be the same for a North American Indian who speaks English to be labeled as “Britannic”?  The Indo-mestizo people in North, Central, and South America are conflicted with their mixed-identity and are taught to hate their…

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