The sentiments in “Tierra Sagrada”—ternura, grief, pride, love, and fury—not only speak to the legacies of white settler colonialism and expose its contemporary operations, but also offer us imaginative and material practices/poetics for refusing and undoing colonial violence.
bozalta’s second edition, #bozalta4BlackLives, is a response to the Black Lives Matter Movement’s call to action that we do more to recognize the intersectionalities of Black lives and the multifaceted oppressions that Black people in the US and the world at large experience daily…Speaking to a multiplicity of subjects and concerns — anti-blackness in Latinx communities, police brutality, mourning, love, solidarities, cross-border familias & the violences of diaspora, etc. — the contributors to #bozalta4BlackLives offer images, sounds, and texts that generate critical hope in the midst of relentless institutional violence.
Over the past few years, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has brought national attention to the ways in which our Black familia are harassed, gunned down, tear gassed, tasered, ticketed, and otherwise targeted in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools — silenced, abused, and assassinated in for-profit prisons…
We offer #bozalta4BlackLives as a site of continued conversations across differences. We are guided by the work of womxn of color and (U.S.) third world feminists who came before us, who walked and talked solidarity — who were brave enough to organize coalitions, who celebrated emancipation and love.
The times were hectic: the change of season promised a frenzied closure to our doctoral obligations, followed by a refreshing beginning. In other words, we were entering once more into “hell week,” the doom of graduate school FINALS. But, like Jobim’s song goes, “And the riverbank sings/ Of the waters of March/ It’s the promise of life/ It’s the joy in your heart.” With that lyrical spirit, Rosita (Rose Simons, co-creator of bozalta) and I met to collaborate in establishing a name for a graduate-student-run online journal. One thing we knew: the journal was to deal with issues of social justice, and to provide a space for writers, artists, activists, and scholars to sing for social change.