Write

Translated  by Marvin Najarro  Write, write, write, write. Write if it rains, if it is sunny, if it is cloudy, with candlelight, amid the noise, the silence, at dawn, at noon, in the bathroom, on the bus, on the street, in the confinement of alienation. Write in drunkenness, sobriety, distress, tears, loss, and abandonment. In alienation. In abundance. In addiction.…

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Unbreakable

Translated  by Marvin Najarro  Most times, if we decide to follow our dreams, that which makes us happy, we will find opposition among family and friends, society and the system; by upbringing patterns, stereotypes, ignorance or by simple imposition. Our only tool to defend ourselves is resistance: resist, resist, resist until the last day. Resist with passion, dedication, rapture, and…

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Defeated Generations

Translated  by Marvin Najarro  Latin America, with its multicolors, its fecundity, its Native Peoples and its martyrs, is a land of contradictions, among them, the defeated generations accommodated in the shadow of brazenness, opportunism and indifference. Generations that refuse an identity of their own and who trample every trace of memory and dignity. Inept, lethargic generations, unable to fend for…

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Trafficking and Abuse of Undocumented Migrants in Transit

Translated  by Marvin Najarro  Already the nightmare of migrating without documents is terrible enough as to add to it being the victim of trafficking for sexual exploitation, labor, and of organs of men, women and children, with the latter two being the most vulnerable. Not to mention the LGBTI community which besides being discriminated against, suffers a great deal of…

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Let's talk about patriarchy

Translated  by Marvin Najarro  Patriarchy should be a topic of conversation, as when we talk about football, music, literature, art, movies, etc., etc. We should speak of patriarchy and its consequences, in school, college, social gatherings, everywhere and at all times. Why? Because it is our enemy to defeat, and it is not a theme that involves only feminists, we…

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Pariah

Translated by Marvin Najarro  I remember, as a child, when after selling ice creams at the market on weekends, I returned home at two o’clock in the afternoon, (at 12:30 a.m. on weekdays, because I had to go to school at 1 o’clock) and set out with my friends, each of us with a bag, to collect trash from house…

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The North is Not Always the United States

Translated by Marvin Najarro  The north is not always the United States, the north, for migrants and displaced people is a distant place where they go in search of a utopia. Forced by the circumstances which are the result of the ineffectiveness of a state, an historical oppressive system, and an inhuman and insensitive society. Pushed by the circumstances they…

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The Traditional Family as an Imposition

Translated by Marvin Najarro  Since the beginning the patriarchal system has imposed upon us the way we should walk or sit, everything regarding the role of gender, not to mention behaviors since they come in categories according to stereotypes and prejudices; by upbringing patterns or because we as grownups chose to register them to our own convenience. In this life…

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Ilka Oliva Corado: The office of maid

Mis amores, hoy les quiero compartir que mi relato “El oficio de sirvienta” fue publicado en el Reino Unido. Dejo aquí la traducción al inglés y el enlace al portal donde lo publicaron. Fue una grata sorpresa. Traducido por Freedom Anarchist Media  The author, who grew up selling ice-cream on the streets of Peronia city, Guatemala, before crossing to the…

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Transgressed, Testimonies of Survivors of Gender Violence

Translated by Marvin Najarro Transgressed (Transgredidas), has been one of the most difficult books for me to write, it has hurt me, I have cried and I have felt it in flesh and blood, because it is the accounts of testimonies and stories of girls, adolescents and women who have suffered sexual abuse, either as undocumented migrants in their way to…

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