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Scream it out….

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“So, I got edges that scratch” -Banks

“The way you rock” -The Peaches.

“Another time….another f*cken time” -Le Tigre.

“No candy for you!” -Bikini Kill

Fem rock,

Feminist screams,

Speaking it!

Telling it!

Yelling it!

Embracing it!

-Cami-Star

 

 

 

Trapped Trump Mind

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​I have not written in a while. I’ve had so many thoughts, but overwhelmed with our current political situation. My mind has been beyond disturbed. This is the year 2017, but I feel like we have been transported to the year 1960. What if we have been? What if we went through some cosmic black hole and we have to re-live our history? Something happened because my mind tells me this is not natural. Its is not real, but it is, it really is!

My romantic, spiritual and creative juices have been halted. In honor of my poetic mind, I am giving you a glimpse of where my mind has been. I wish I could share how in love I am with my two beautiful daughters or how my man swoons me with his brown eyes, but I unfortunately can’t. I have an unhealthy obsession. 

If I share my trapped Trump mind, hopefully he will be released into a ball of negative thoughts and flown far away from my vibes. The hope is that once he is released like a wild animal, my creative thoughts can sneak back in. 

Now back to my current obsession. This is not an obsession I have chosen like my 14 year old, who cannot stop watching You Tube videos when asked 100 times to get off. Or that delicious chocolate cake that is calling your name. No, this is a political obsession. A sad, unhappy, disturbed obsession. 

It is called a Trump obsession. 

I am in shock and I cannot accept the fact that almost half of the U.S. backs him up. I don’t get it. His followers will say anything to make it seem okay that he grabbed the U.S. and has shook it like a snow globe, each piece falling to the ground opposing his orders. Trump is acting as if nothing (our consititution) and no one (judges) can get between him and his own, personal political agenda. 

This meme tells it all. It has not even been a month and he has written executive orders as if his Presidency was coming to an end (wishful thinking). He has opened the eyes to the American people (one positive) and “The People”, yes I say it loud and proud, “THE PEOPLE”, have gathered in thousands to protest his impulsive orders. 

Before I share the top 3 protests where ” The People” have come together in masses, let me share my all time favorite quote. This was stated 700 years ago. This is proof that humanity has a challenging time accepting our wrongs in order to make changes for a better future. It seems like commen sense, but humans are complex. We are not only an animal species sharing a space on earth, but we have been blessed with a part of our brains that has awakened and can feel emotions. With emotions, comes greed, jealousy and fear with a mix of dominance from our animal side. Anyhow, I digress. 

A man named Dante once said, The hottest places in hell, are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crises, maintain their neutrality”. I share this great quote today because we are living in a “great moral crises”. This is not a time to be neutral. We have to stand up, speak up and resist our backward thinking of Trump and his ADMINISTRATION and  WE HAVE AND WE WILL RESIST,  unless of course you are a Trumper. In that case, embrace him, but be aware that you will be supporting divisions, hate and irrational orders (Trumpers skip down to “Quote 1”).

 Once upon a time, in the year 2017, masses of American Citizens gathered together to revolt against a President who won the Electoral Vote, not the Popular Vote, but an Electoral Vote that changed the world.

After his official innaguration on January 20, 2017, women, men and their children around the WORLD gathered for one of the largest protests in history. “The Women’s March”, (which yes, I was part of in Los Angeles, California) was officially held in Washington D.C. The turnout was larger than Trumps own innaguration, which he refuses to accept (please note that he has a challenging time accepting anything that is not in his favor). To clarify, this protest was NOT only on Women’s Rights as many Trump Trolls want to argue, it was to awaken Trump and his Administration that The People have heard him and we will NOT stand by and allow him to bully us with his hateful ways (i.e.female reproductive rights, immigration rights, equality among religions). Sister cities across the United States AND THE WORLD (France, U.K, Australia) came together and made waves. It was displayed on all News Channels, on Social Media and in conversations throughout the week. 

This is history. Our sons and daughters will be affected by Trumps orders. He is a man and he wants to make a decision regarding Women’s Productive Rights. Our children’s education will be affected by his choice of Secretary of Education, who is naive and does not know a lick of public education (Betsy Devos). This is why there was a protest. It was a revolt, it was throwing up on his backward thinking. (Pictures taken by myself in Downtown, Los Angeles, January 2017)

Then there was an Executive Order that came from an insensitive, lack of clear thinking (oh, did I say that out loud) President that banned 7 countries in the Middle East that are seen as “Muslim Countries”from entering the U.S. via airports. This order was based on wanting to “keep America safe from terrorist”. Mind you, this included people who had visas. This included infants and humans who have already established that they were not terrorists! The people once again gathered together and protested at airports across the U.S. The People took this order to court and stopped his Executive Order and our loving world moved on. Oh wait, the world wanted to move on, but as mentioned above, Trump lacks the ability to accept the consensus of The People and the Constitution, so life didn’t smoothly move on. He rejected the Judges order that was based on the Constitution as seen in his Tweet “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned.” There you have it my fellow humans. Not much can be said after that Tweet and once again, this is the year 2017!

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You would think it would end there. Nope. Then there is “The Wall”. This is Trumps idea of stopping illegal immigration coming from the Mexico/U.S. border. I’m sure you’ve read or heard about this “Wall”. 

First, Trump demanded that Mexico pay for this wall in which they rightfully refused. Then he said he will tax the American people and Mexico will pay the U.S. back and Mexico once again rightfully refused. This was a joke right? Sadly, this is real! Who does that? I mean, if the world ran like that, everyone would be jacked, literally. He is a thug, attempting to pull a fast one on Mexico.

Sorry Trump, but as much as you look down on Mexicans, as you can see, they are much smarter than you thought! I mean, what did you think? Did you really think they would bow down and say, “Oh OKAY,  Trump. Yeah, you’re right, all of the people that attempt to sneak into your country due to poverty or drug smuggling should be stopped and we will definitely work with you by paying for a wall that we know will NOT stop them”. This is real people. I wish I could make all of this up, but this is real!

Mind you, this is Trumps “idea, not Mexico or the majority of the American people. Finally or finalmente en espanol, he had to scramble on how he will pay for this “wall”, so he stated he will not tax the American people, but instead he will tax all goods coming through the border (which still affects the American people). With that being said, people are not happy with this idea and have protested throughout his campaign and post innaguration. 

I will say it again and again, this is real! This is really happening. 

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As I enjoy reading reactions for or against  Trump, I found this great response to Trump and his Executive Orders. I did not write this, but I would like to share this women’s rebuttal as she wrote exactly what I am thinking:

Quote 1-“To everyone of you that voted for Trump, and continue to stand with him; If and when we go to War, send your Children and Grandchildren to fight it. OWN IT. When our Earth is damaged beyond repair, OWN IT. When our Seniors and Children die from no food and healthcare, OWN IT. Tell the parents of the refugee child that dies waiting for help, you were doing Christ’s work. OWN IT. Tell the Soldier’s family that died fighting for an unknown cause, to pray for comfort. OWN IT. Tell the Cancer patient with no healthcare coverage, they need Jesus. OWN IT. When your Daughters and Granddaughters are told they do not deserve Human rights. OWN IT. When the 3 year old neighbor is killed by a Mentally ill Vagrant brandishing a gun he should not be legally able to own, please explain Jesus to them. OWN IT. Tell everyone in his path of destruction you voted for him and OWN IT! (To everyone of you that voted for Trump, and continue to stand with him; If and when we go to War, send your Children and Grandchildren to fight it. OWN IT. When our Earth is damaged beyond repair, OWN IT. When our Seniors and Children die from no food and healthcare, OWN IT. Tell the parents of the refugee child that dies waiting for help, you were doing Christ’s work. OWN IT. Tell the Soldier’s family that died fighting for an unknown cause, to pray for comfort. OWN IT. Tell the Cancer patient with no healthcare coverage, they need Jesus. OWN IT. When your Daughters and Granddaughters are told they do not deserve Human rights. OWN IT. When the 3 year old neighbor is killed by a Mentally ill Vagrant brandishing a gun he should not be legally able to own, please explain Jesus to them. OWN IT. Tell everyone in his path of destruction you voted for him and OWN IT! (Anna Maria Serrano via Facebook)

Now, my trapped Trump mind has been released. Please share. Please react. Please dispute. I enjoy a great debate over a glass of wine or warm coffee. 

©Cami*Star, February 2017

Be The Revolution!

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​”Viva La Revolucion in Ustados Unidos 2016″

Today in the year 2016, I never thought I would be living through this chaos. Can you believe it? I absolutely cannot! It is unreal.  We have “Black lives matter” only because our police racially profile. Today Native Americans are being brutalized all because they are trying to continue to protect their sacred land as well as everyone’s drinking water (unreal).  You can talk to almost all Americans protesting the president-elect Mr. Donald Trump. We read about the KKK (what the hell is going on?!) protesting white power. It is beyond unbelievable. I feel like I’m in a nightmare awaiting to be awoken. It is beyond fearful for what tomorrow may become.

As a child of the 80s, I grew up in a lower to middle class world. I did not know what “the struggle” was as I always had a roof, food, clothing and an education. The biggest thing I had was a working mother who taught me what her and her family went through in the 1950 and 60s. My dad grew up in East L.A. and he spoke of the walk-outs and how proud we should be to be Mexican American. But around me, I never saw hate. Was I sheltered? Or was I just being a kid unaware of reality?

As a latchkey child, I knew how to be independent, which helped me get through college. It is when I was in college when I awakened. I finally learned what the real world was made of. I read about women equality issues, racial segregation to political corruption. My eyes and ears opened. My life would never be the same. It was like walking through a door to another universe.

I swam through the high and low tides of our ocean while doing what I can as an activist for human rights. I happily sat at N.O.W. (National Organization of Women) meetings while brainstorming how to educate our world on women’s rights. I spent weekends in Needles, Ca. on an Indian Reservation protesting the government on them taking their land (again). 
Then, I had kids and did not have the time to do the footwork of an activist, but what I have done, is teach my daughter’s what the real world is. They know of the political corruption and how to treat everyone equally regardless of their race, class or gender. Today, I am not afraid to speak on behalf of my own personal rights in regards to my race, gender or employment. 

My biggest revolution today is to make sure all kids with special needs have equal access to a free and appropriate education. Everyone has a different agenda, but regardless of your agenda, of all days, of all years, this is NOT the time to sit and be quiet. 

One of my favorite quotes comes from Dante, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality”. Today we are living what will be written in future history books. 

Speak up!

Yell!

Talk!

Spread knowledge!

Fight the corruption or it WILL fight you down to the ground! 

Mujeres. Hombres. Ninos.

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Staying afloat while pieces around her are crumbling.

Tears in her ojos as she attempts to understand the hatred of womyn, humanity, sexuality and love.

Loving all people as she wants to be loved only to be chewed up and spit out. Again and again. Again and again. Over and over.

Holding on as the roller coaster takes its ride. Pain in her corazon as she attempts to understand the evil of humanity. Treating all equal as she and her people are looked down upon.

Tears
Pain
Hatred
Fear
Run
Jump
Go
No

Mujeres stay strong as we are the tie. We are the tie to humanity, keeping it all together.

Colored as we are only to enlighten the naive.  Educate them with knowledge and the power of we.

Hombres much love, equality shall prevail. Stay strong and keep your eyes on your own run.

We are one race.
We are one love.
We are one corazone.

Pieces are crumbling around her as she picks up each piece and educates her world.

Education is knowledge,
Knowledge is power,
Power is to be shared,

Mujeres
Hombres
Ninos

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We are the tie to the naive.

-Cami*Star

Happy Women’s Day ✊

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In honor of International Women’s Day,
I want to say thank you to all those brave souls who stood up for women’s rights! Although, both genders are very different like day and night, that does not mean day and night do not share the same spacey rights!
Thank you to to the women who paved the way for us to vote! Yes, it took almost 100 years to allow us to have a political voice, but awesome women from Susan B Anthony to Ida B. Wells fought with all their might to give us voting rights!
Thank you to Margaret Sanger for opening the first birth control clinic! How many women accidentally get pregnant, how many get impregnated by rape or molestation? She put her life on the line to empower women to educate themselves on their own sexuality! Us females have so much freedom today (in most countries)! Many females don’t even realize the fights, deaths, rally’s and marches our ancestors had to endure just so we, today can be free!
There are many more fights that need to be fought, but we need to come together and empower one another!
FEMS and Gents, let’s stop the bickering and love one another for our individual strengths and weaknesses!  Yes, we are all different, but that is the beauty of humanity! Humanity should empower one another. So, get off your phone, computer, couch and do something today to bring the gender gap closer to equality!
IT’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

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Humanity needs to be SAVED…..

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Here we are in the year 2014 and it “appears” as if we have come a long way in our evolution.  Have we?  I question it daily because it does not seem so to be.  I mean, yes, many things have changed, but the issues many civil rights leaders fought for still exist.  They may not exist as potent as they were in the early 1900s, but they do still exist today.

Scientist who study biology and our evolution state that our world, “humanity” is in their adolescents.  Really?  That is crazy to think, but that makes sense!  We have tons of knowledge with our new sense of technology, but in the real world, we are still very naïve.

Naïve?  How can humans be so naïve?  Well, look at our world!  There are wars going on today, tomorrow and yesterday!  Humans take religion and politics to such the extent that they believe that “their” views are the “right views” and then war happens!  There are wars within countries!

Look at the US!  In the US, we have a war on drugs, sexism, homophobia, religion and the list can go on and on.  Is this not adolescent tendencies? In our corporate/capitalistic world, many humans care more about money itself rather than life itself!  This sounds all too familiar!  I remember being a teen!  In my teen years, I did not care about anyone, but myself!  I did not care about other people’s emotions or well being!  If someone were to give me lots of money to create a product that would sell, of course I would have done it!  Hence Capitalism.

As I am wiser in my life, I look back at those teen years and just laugh!  How naïve I was!  How I did not know anything, I thought I did that’s for sure!

This is our earth!  This is us!  This is why we are all jacked up!  You get me???  Humanity is in our teen years.  We have learned from our past ancestors, but we still have a long way to go.

But, this is good news!  This means that as we progress and evolve, we will become wiser!  Well, at least that is what a lot of us humans hope for.  People are already becoming more aware of the destruction we have been causing.  Our health has been declining, which has caused many activists and scientist to start looking into man made food!  We are learning what types of foods cause cancer, diabetes and obesity.  This is good!  We are educating ourselves!  But this is not enough!

We need to make more changes!

We need to do research on what will work without harming Mother Earth or our Health!

We need more education in order to educate those stubborn humans who do not believe all the hype!

It is not just the food business that needs to be changed, but our ideals!

Our ideals are keeping us in a type of “hell” that will NOT allow humanity to grow spiritually, mentally and equally.

How do we move forward in our evolution, when we are so poisoned by our political leaders, the food industry and the media?  It seems so far away, yet so close to make changes!  All in all, we really need to get to the root of the problems in order to change and/or fix Mother Earth as well as our living souls.

How is it that our history is laid upon many civil rights leaders attempting to make equality among all, yet we still encounter many hate crimes. I have tried to look at it, coming from an animalistic point of view, meaning, our biology. But, it does not make sense. We are not born to hate. We are not born to destroy. We are born a clean slate. This means we are programmed to believe what our culture says what is right or wrong.  It’s very simple people.  What we teach to our youth is exactly how they will come out-unless they educate themselves to get to a higher level of consciousness.

It is just so baffling to me, that we have come so far, yet are not really moving. Humanity has become this strange creature that attempts to fight racism, homophobia, sexism, classism, and many more “isms”, but THEY STILL OCCUR!  Why?  BECAUSE people don’t like change!  Well, I am sorry, but we have to change or humanity will decapitate into nothing.  We will either destroy ourselves with all the chemicals we are breathing in and eating or we will all kill each other in war.

Racism: Come on people! I mean really! We are all humans with a heart, soul and mind. This means, we are all the same inside. The only thing that is different is the color of our skin. Blacks in the US still get harassed by police just because of the color of their skin. Latino’s get discriminated against because they are illegal and everyone wants to send them back to their original homeland. I mean, it’s ridiculous. This is NOT a part of a world I want to live in. I want to live in a world where we are all looked upon as equals. I would love to see all races live a free and wonderful life. Will this ever happen? I am a skeptic. I suppose all I can do is live my life as I would like all to live. I teach my own offspring as well as my students that we are all equal no matter what color we are. Hopefully our future generations will live freer than we are now.

My Opinion:  Racism = Small Minded!

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And then there is SEXISM~
There are only two genders in our world. These two genders as we have learned are really two different entities, two different species, two different views in life. We are both biologically created so differently yet we are human, which gives us something in common. As the beginning of dawn, there have always been two different gender roles. But as we are “teens”, I feel like it has gotten completely out of control!!

My theory is that when humans began evolving into what we are today, both genders had their own specific roles on Mother Earth. We had different roles because we are biologically different. Males were warriors and providers and females were the gatherers and caretakers. Now, let’s take a look at this picture, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. But as humanity has grown into what we are today, humans have skewed roles into what they want. Unfortunately, just as race was degraded into slavery, females were degraded into pieces of meat.

But females’ fought and with their strong intellect, they fought their way to freedom (Well, kind of, but that’s a whole different story)

Now, we are living in a double sexist world. Both genders are being inflicted with this human made sexism. Females are denied the right to abortions and even birth control. Males have a challenging time winning or even getting half custody battles. Females make less money than men when doing the same job today, while men are accused of aggressive behavior when half of the time it is false. It is both sided people! It is just another way to control the masses, not to mention sexism has been created solely by our society!!  DID YOU HEAR THAT!  BY US!  BY HUMANS!

 

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Then we have the good old homophobia. Dear people out there who are judgmental, there have been many gays in our world and it has been accepted. The romans lived their lives freely and they were never judged on their sexual preference. As religion has taken hold of our society, people have been molded into thinking that being homosexual is wrong. But it doesn’t even make sense even if you are a very religious individual. I mean, religion is based on believing in a “God”. This God will decide what is right or wrong.

the real essence of “God” is to love all and be non-judgmental.

Today, I move forward into a higher level of consciousness because just as John Lennon stated, “NOW IM OLDER, THE MORE THAT I SEE, THE LESS THAT I KNOW FOR SURE.  NOW THAT IM OLDER, THE FUTURE IS BRIGHTER AND NOW IS THE HOUR!

Wake-up!  Educate! Empower yourself with knowledge!  Let’s fight off these parasites of Politicians!  Let’s be FREE!

 

Love. Hate. World.

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Love is peace,
Love is NO REFUGEES!
Love is FREEDOM, 
Love is PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS HAVING EQUAL RIGHTS! 
Love is free choice,
The opposite of today’s voices.
Hate is bloodshed,
Hate is Isis killing Christians!
Hate is inequalities, 
Hate is making choices for women,
Hate is you,
Hate is me,
Hate is NONEXISTENT if you…
Sum it,
Suck it up,
Tuck it up,

and 

EVERYONE

STOP Fucking up!

-Cami*Star