La Raza Chronicles: Focus on Artivists- We are watching! Somos Atentos!

Tonight on La Raza Chronicles ( KPFA-fm/94.1 fm) at 7pm Pacific Coast time, we will highlighting the extraordinary work of some of our community artivists. Julieta Kusnir interviews Favianna Rodriguez whose visual art is carried at rallies, demos and marches across the country bringing color and insight into Dream Act and other national mobilization campaigns for immigration and social justice.  You can see her work at

Adrian photo march 5

Photo by Adran Arias

I will be in conversation with  Mamacoatl, the outstanding healer, poet and musician about the recent almost spontaneous barrio rally “Somos Atentos! We are Watching!”  held this past Friday, January 11th at the 16th and Mission BART station in San Francisco, CA, where the community presented its manifesto for safety in the streets in response to a recent attempted rape and other attacks. The rally spearheaded by doctor and musician Rupa Mayra of Rupa and the April Fishes and other local artist/activists was complete with: banners, huge puppets, an altar, music, speakers, poetry and a foot/bicycle march down Mission Street at rush hour.  A maifesto was presented including information and a phone # to text or call for rides when people feel unsafe at night. We will also be playing Adrian Arias’ amazing poem written specially for the event. You can view the fotos he took of the happening here.

As always on La Raza Chronicles, we bring you great music along the way. Hope you listen and enjoy or you can catch it later on on the archives.

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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

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