Sunday, December 7th, 2014. New York City – The opening reception of my photography exhibition “Past, Present & Future” was a success. I am grateful with all of you who came to support me. The closing reception is on Thursday, December 18th, 2014, from 6pm to 8pm. The gallery is at Project Reach. 39 Eldridge Street, 4th Floor. Chinatown, New York, 10002. 6, J, Z, Q, N trains to Canal St. B, D trains to Grand St. F train to East Broadway. Click here for more information.
The emcee was Brooke Cerda Guzmán.
Brooke is a women’s rights activist, focus on women of transgender experience. Brooke came to America escaping heavy bullying and her extremely catholic family in 1989. But it’s until 2009 that Lorena Borjas invited her to her support group, that she was able to find the information & support to get the courage to start her feminization process & present to the world as herself. but at the same time realized her community is the most vulnerable & that transgender women of color are even more so. It was around the same time she decided to dedicate her life to educate & bring awareness to the world as well as advocate for her own community. Since then, she has gain great visibility & was awarded with “The Legacy of Pride Award” by Harlem Pride & has co-founded with other community leaders The TWOC Collective. In 2013 she finished her two year (volunteer) intern at The Gender identity Project. On April 30th, 2014, The Anti Violence Project honored her with The Community Hero Award. Also this year, on Saturday, May 17th, 2014, she became the first Trans woman on the cover of any Spanish language publication, El Diario La Prensa.
Currently Brooke makes her self available to all community based organizations and is 100% dedicated to The Islan Nettles Community Center that she hopes will be open by late 2015 in Harlem, NY in collaboration with Melissa Sklarz.
McDonald Morris read from bell hooks book, “belonging. a culture of place.”
McDonald is a Brooklyn native, radical black queer artist, educator and movement enthusiast. With a degree in creative writing and philosophy, his disciplinary focus and writings have been on psycho-social traveling, trauma and recovery with Race, Gender and Sexuality as a focus. He currently does youth development work, social movement work, and Videography and film work emphasizing critical consciousness and love.
Sasha Alexander spoke about why Trans Lives Matter.
After a moment of silence for black/trans lives we lost, Sasha read an excerpt from Martin Luther Kings 1963 “Letter From a Birgmingham Jail” – ending by saying we should have flooded the streets when they slain Islan.
“Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communitities and states. I cannot sit by idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice to everywhere. We are caught in the inescapable network of mutalility tied in a single fragment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives in the United States can never be considered an outsider anwhere in this country.
You deplore the demonstartions that are presently taking place in Birgmingham. But I am sorry that your statement did not express a similar conern for the conditions that brought the demonstartions into being. I am sure that each of you would want to go beyond the superficial social analyst who looks merely at effects, and does not grapple with underlying causes. I would not hesitate to say this it is unfortunate that so-called demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham at this time, but I would say in more empatic terms that it is even more unfortunate that the white power structure of this city left the Negro community with no other alternative.” – (Letter From a Birmingham Jail).
Sasha is a trans-racially adopted, mixed race black/south asian, queer, trans, educator, facilitator, multi-media artist, healer, and community organizer. Sasha is the Founder of Black Trans Media, a project strengthening community and addressing the intersections of racism and transphobia by creating media for and by the black trans community. Over the last 15 years Sasha has built and collaborated with local and national youth empowerment, social justice, and media organizations working for gender, economic, and racial justice including the GSA Network, the Brown Boi Project, Global Action Project, and many more.
Ms. Meeka Ca’rtel performed “The Battle Is The Lord’s”. A song by Yolanda Adams.
I screened for the first time the trailer of my newest documentary, “Phoenix: My Life Through Poetry and Activism”. I will screen it again on the closing day, 12/18/2014.
This photography exhibition is to raise funds for me to return to Mexico after 20 years of living in NYC. Your donations will help make this possible. You can make a donation here or by check, money order or cash (you can contact me directly by filling out this form).
La recepción de apertura de mi exposición de fotografía “Pasado, Presente y Futuro” fue un éxito. Estoy agradecido con todos ustedes que vinieron a apoyarme. La recepción de cierre es el Jueves, 18 de Diciembre 2014, de 6pm a 8pm. La galería está en el Project Reach. 39 Eldridge Street, 4th Floor. Chinatown, New York, 10002. Trenes 6, J, Z, Q, N a Canal St. Trenes B, D a Grand St. tren F a East Broadway. Oprime aquí para más información.
Esta exposición fotográfica es para recaudar fondos para regresar a México después de 20 años de vivir en la ciudad de Nueva York. Sus donaciones ayudarán a que esto sea posible. Puedes hacer una donación aquí o por medio de cheque, money order o en efectivo (puedes ponerte en contacto conmigo directamente por medio de esta forma).
Brooke Cerda Guzmán.
Video by Brooke Cerda.
Ms. Meeka Ca’rtel – Yolanda Adams – The Battle Is The Lord’s.
Video by Brooke Cerda.
I will have these beautiful postcards with positive affirmations on the closing reception of my photography exhibition. They are the perfect gift for yourself or somebody special in you life!
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Voy a tener estas hermosas postales con afirmaciones positivas en la recepción de cierre de mi exposición de fotografía. ¡Son el regalo perfecto para ti o alguien especial en tu vida!
Oprime aquí para obtener más información.