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Hermelinda

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About to board my flight and reflecting on the past months of mentoring these beauties in @teamreframe. They have taught me so much about accompanying leaders in practice, trusting our instincts enough to listen to them, and showing up even when it gets hella hard and confusing. None of us can be leaders by ourselves and grateful to be in continued leadership with you @naticonrazon @theaccentchronicles. Thank you for the gift of listening to my sometimes cognizant long-winded rambling and metaphors 🙏🏽 . . . #yearofeternalspring #teamreframe #liberationinourlifetime #leadership #communicanizersunite #movementbuilding #albuquerque #newmexicotrue

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A million amazing things happened tonight in #Albuquerque at the @teamreframe closing convening reception for the class of 2018, this photo shoot was but one of them. Thanks @keithbrooks for the snap, @jasmarlee_ @janaebates7 @miguelesandrade and the rest of you for kicking it with me all night and dancing ‘til we couldn’t ❤️ @hairo_0 @canelita.l til we meet again! I am so filled with joy y’all! . . . #yearofeternalspring #teamreframe #newmexicotrue #landofenchantment #motherhoodrising #radicalwomenco #countryqueers

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Our friend Juan from @swopista and @arribanm took @teamreframe on a mural tour of #albuquerque, told us about the legacy of cultural organizing of native people here, and then fed us cerveza and a warm homemade caldo. The news is a dumpster fire these days, but people everywhere are keeping it moving in the direction of freedom, giving grace in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances, and building the relationships and infrastructure we need 🙏🏽 . . . #yearofeternalspring #elcenote #nepantla #teamreframe #communicanizersunite #liberationinourlifetime #newmexicotrue #landofenchantment

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When the landscape matches the mood. Journey started at 3 AM, but I’m about to eat some enchiladas, get some writing in, and see a bunch of the @teamreframe crew I love, so who’s complaining? . . . #yearofeternalspring #elcenote #nepantla #newmexicotrue #landofenchantment #liberationinourlifetime #communicanizersunite

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Some weeks ago in one of our many random text message threads about the wild ride of parenting, @prima.de.afuera asked me, “From where do we get our power?” It was rhetorical, not to be answered in that avenue but a prompt for exploring. This question and all its facets, nooks and crannies thread together a type of discovery that comes from the sluggish work of digging around in one’s own mind and slowing enough to hear the instinctual whispers that are always accompanying us. I’ve been quiet in this reflection - writing to find a path, but not an answer, and holding all the truths and falsehoods that emerge. You see, power is a tricky thing with trials and tribulations of both our own making and all that is around us. Power is both imagined and tangible, individual and collective, a poison and a medicine. We come to know our power, where we abuse it, where we give it away, where it is taken away, and where we wield it for the greatest good by the very walk of life itself. Each well of experience and knowledge and learning cannot be traded or bartered away. We must trust and risk and create and fight for the sake of our power, for all its might, filled with grace, is part of our equation for liberation. . . . #yearofeternalspring #elcenote #nepantla #radicalwomenco #motherhoodrising #liberationinourlifetime #countryqueers #happymonday #brujxconocimiento

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Taking turns using this room for a Sunday Cardi B and Destiny’s Child dance haven and a stage for the three little pigs even though I need to pack for Albuquerque because why not. . . . #yearofeternalspring #radicalwomenco #motherhoodrising #childhoodunplugged #procrastinating #traumarecovery

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Daydreaming about Zacatecas y La Estancia. Seeing mirrors in these hills. Making moves on this journey. We got everything we need and smiling towards los nubes knowing they’ve got gifts we can’t even see coming. Falling in love everyday with the truth in these bones. . . . #yearofeternalspring #elcenote #nepantla #zacatecas #florencia #laestancia #shenandoahvalley #countryqueers #elverano #traumarecovery #mentalhealthawareness #susto #motherhoodrising #radicalwomenco

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Mornings are when I can silence the chatter from the world, when I feel closest to my truest nature, where my heart and body and soul are aligned toward their most divine purpose and I can see with such clarity everything wonderful that has, is and will come. . . . #yearofeternalspring #nepantla #elcenote #motherhoodrising #countryqueers #shenandoahvalley #traumarecovery #mentalhealthawareness

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Reunited at last and simultaneously petrified and doubled over with tears of hilarity at the maniacal laughter this kid had for what turned out to be at least a ten minute burro attack on this poor 🦃 . . . #yearofeternalspring #motherhoodrising #childhoodunplugged #radicalwomenco #thisis3 #countryqueers

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Homeward bound and feeling blessed to hear about organizing in Texas from the Rio Grande Valley to Austin to Houston to El Paso and to offer support where called upon and possible. Lots of reflecting on movement building in this time, my role in it, and how it’s been transforming and shape shifting, calling my name and making space. Some of that space making has been hard as fuck and confusing, but it’s been such a gift of learning what it means to trust myself and choose myself over and over again in service of the destiny of the collective liberation of our people. . . . #yearofeternalspring #riograndevalley #tejas #movementbuilding #radicalwomenco #motherhoodrising #countryqueers #nobannowall #traumarecovery #mentalhealthawareness

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Sometimes grief gets stuck in the body, sometimes it becomes water that moves through you, transforming, sometimes it wells back up in the form of a wave of rage and fire. Sometimes it becomes a small stone that you roll around in the palm of your hand as an accompaniment to meditation. Grief, it has metamorphosis and seasons too. . . . #yearofeternalspring #margaretatwood #tejas #soco #spellboundherbals #motherhoodrising #radicalwomenco #countryqueers #traumarecovery #mentalhealthawareness #grief #sundaymood

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Pouring one out to this queen Aries, Scorpio, Gemini genius goddess who taught me more that just how to demand more than I deserve from any man. 🙏🏽 #restinpower #arethafranklin #respect #yearofeternalspring #nepantla

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Been dreaming about el cenote. Been writing, writing, writing. Been knowing. Been coming up for air. Been calling in chosen familia for each of their special skills. Been hitting my 205 day meditationversary. Been celebrating small victories. Been reflecting on the magic that is my life. Been seeing the gifts of ten years of deep commitment to sharing the stories that matter. Been seeing the spirits of the dead accompanying me. Been time traveling. Been growing. Been transforming. Ain’t no metamorphosis here yet but that molting sure is here (thank you @chaninicholas and los dos mariposa visitors for affirming my morning pages). Really, this is a post about all that and to say thank you and to say some things are coming and to say that eating this ceviche I made is probably the best thing that’s happened to me all year and I couldn’t be happier. . . . #elcenote #yearofeternalspring #nepantla #mariposa #traumarecovery #mentalhealthawareness #countryqueers #radicalwomenco #motherhoodrising

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In exile of an appointed destiny I do not come from people who see the light in everyday I come from endless grieving, unnamed Resilience? What is that, they say, This is life We work until we die Even the holy they cannot see their sacredness They do not know they are not a broken people And neither do I To think of yourself as holy Is a condemnation To purgatory We are a people built on this mourning This morning Undo these lessons legacies of shame legacies of despair Forget Hope was for those on the other side Our hope only ever got bought and paid By rubbing together two pennies And walking in one pair of boots Across the desert We looked to the sky We sent up prayers When no hope rained down We turned on each other Throwing darts at our hearts There was no hope here either And so we gave up Resigned to what we had been given We find no comfort in the stillness of water We find solitude in mountains We trust the ground underneath us as long as there is rain This is the water we trust We wait We wait We wait Not for hope but for an end To misery that has become a life force Our survival A living death We seek comfort in Walking fields The same fence lines year after year This is not a wall A line of permeability These borders bring us certainty This land is ours We prepare our papers And our guns This land is ours We cannot be sure of hope or the deed But with certainty the sun will rise The mountains cradling her rays To her we send our prayers Knowing Her brother will come for her And her daughter will rise at night Despite this Because of this That is how we rise tomorrow . . . #yearofeternalspring #elcenote #nepantla #motherhoodrising #childhoodunplugged #countryqueers #radicalwomenco #mentalhealthawareness

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