“Your silence will not protect you.” -Audre Lorde

I want to thank Jessica Natalia​ for sharing my story on Remezcla​. I really enjoyed this article because it ended with great reflection points.

“As people of color who are constantly creating and re-imagining socially conscious spaces, what can we do to avoid the reproduction of oppressive systems? Pues, that is a really hard question. Looking inside ourselves is a start. Liberation begins with asking ourselves the difficult questions, like “What are my privileges? How can I deconstruct and unlearn sexism, racism, and heterosexism? In what ways can I be accountable to my whole community?” A constant interrogation of our own interpersonal lives and the spaces we occupy is vital to creating a healthy and sustainable community. How are we treating our brothers and sisters in the movement? Open and honest conversations are hard, but they are necessary if we want to be what we want to see in the world. Accountability is growth. So like Queen Audre says, your silence will not protect you. Speak up and do it loud.”

#women #womyn #womenstories #speakout #speakup #empowering #empowerment #lascafeteras

http://remezcla.com/features/how-las-cafeteras-taught-us-to-speak-out/

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  1. Hi Annette, I recently heard of your story from a friend. I am working on a project about gender inequality in the music industry and how women get mistreated. I would love to interview you about what it has been like coming out with your experiences. Let me know if you are interested or if you have any questions.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve gone through some similar experiences in spaces that were supposed to be inclusive. I actually found your page while Googling Las Cafeteras because they were playing today in SF and I was deciding on whether to go. After this info I no longer want to support them. Are you creating right now? I would love to hear your work.

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    1. Hello!

      Thank you for your support. I am working on music right now. Not sure what route it will take, but this is my resistance to what happened to me. I mostly took time to heal, and now I’ve gotten a bit more energy to create. So let’s see what comes about with the music I am putting together. Not sure if we are friends on any of social media site. Let’s keep in touch. 🙂

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