Consider the stakes. The lack of diversity and equity in the publishing industry is not a theoretical issue for us to intellectualize over coffee. It is an injustice. The destruction of libraries and burning of books has historically been used to strip peoples of their history and culture. Those in power continue to limit the ability of those they have subjugated to share their stories. They retain ultimate control of the narrative and their power.

Léonicka Valcius, THE TOAST (via mollyiswrappedupinbooks)

We couldn’t have said it any better!

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I’m sure you want to know all about this week in literary events in Portland, but can I just say how exciting it is that Wendy C. Ortiz is reading from new memoir, Excavation, tonight? Que Orgullo Latino!

She writes about living with abusive alcoholic parents in Southern California and her relationship with a private school teacher who both encouraged her to become a writer while simultaneously forcing her to promise she would never write about their relationship.

Her former teacher/lover is now a registered sex offender and she is now a writer. 

It struck me how close I came to being in a similar situation with an English teacher I begged to help me out of my home situation when I was a freshman in high school. He could have easily taken advantage of me but never did (at the time, I was upset about this - as an adult I’m probably happier about it). 

But SO many young Latinas I know (and young girls in general but I want to talk about us for a moment) are left unprotected from their parents abuses. When we beet little brown girls, it’s already terrible, but because so many Latinas are at risk of not being documented and not speaking English as easily, we are much less likely to find relief from our abusive families. I have heard of so many young immigrants pushed into the hands of American predators when they have no other way out of their hellish homes. 

Wendy C. Ortiz’s new book is out! Find a copy near you, or check her out on her book tour!



We urge you to reflect on whom, in the struggle for your own rights and your own freedoms, you exclude and whose humanity you impinge. We call on you to stop promoting that “good immigrant” assimilationist narrative and we call on you to apologize for using the crisis of Central American children at the border as an opportunity to promote your own image. We invite you to come to California, to join us in our advocacy and service to community. We want you to see how the work that has laid out the platform for you to be able to go around and parade around this nation, and get arrested, is built.

This is an open letter written by myself and a good friend addressing Mr. Vargas’ position in the immigrant rights movement and the serious need for him, along with us, to stop giving weight to dangerous assimilationist narratives with our stories and with our work.