Towards the end of October of 2019, the rise of anti-indigenous, misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic violence in Bolivia led to the coup of Evo Morales government. While Evo Morales’s government was full of contradictions, it does not change the fact that overtly racist, misogynist and religious fundamentalists are currently in power in Bolivia. I felt frustrated that mainstream media tried to simplify what is happening in Bolivia so I decided to write this list to honor community organizers that have always been doing amazing work and are currently fighting against this dictatorship. This list was published on Wear Your Voice.
Mate de Coca – [Daughters of Madre Earth]
There are a lot of misconceptions about coca because of the stigma created by the cocaine wars in Latin America and the Caribbean. I wrote this piece to challenge the mainstream narrative about coca and remind everyone that coca is sacred in my communities and we used it in medicine and ceremonies. This piece was published on Daughters of Madre Earth.
13 Bolivian Heroines That Should Have Been In Your World History Books But Weren’t [FierceMitu]
This list was a passion project for me. It took a few months to research every amazing Queer and Trans BIPOC on this list and while the research often led me to tears, I am grateful and humbled to have studied the lives of these amazing Queer and Trans BIPOC. While I will often be the first to denounce borders, it is so rare for our past and present leaders in Bolivia to be celebrated on a global scale. This list is for them. I love them, please celebrate them with me. My followers can read this passion list on FierceMitu.