13: Chiquitasode: What Can I Do to Support You?

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia and Yvette speak with Fátima, a social worker that embodies the harm reduction framework. Fátima shares an overview of harm reduction, why it’s important to respect the bodies and decisions of her clients, and how she lives harm reduction outside of her work. Importantly, everything we know about harm reduction comes from healing/resistance practices by black/indigenous queer/trans people of color and sex workers. We honor their knowledge and contributions in this episode.

You can follow Fátima on twitter @kabronapower

Thanks to @romobeats for the intro tune!
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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song

Harm Reduction

You can read about the principles of harm reduction here.

Here you can download an article that talks about expanding the harm reduction framework from drug use to sex work.

Shout Out: Ni Aquí Ni Allá

Read their call for artists and project description here! Here’s some info from one of their creative team members:

“Ni Aquí Ni Allá” is a multimedia performance and installation giving voice to Atlanta’s Latinx community.

We will revisit our childhood memories, our family traditions, our spiritual roots through a lens polished with subversion and decolonization. These are the moments that colored our lives and firmly grounded us in the cultures and narratives we have become geographically removed from. Ni Aquí Ni Allá is a window onto a vital facet of American culture, and we welcome people of all backgrounds to indulge our uniquely American blend of Latin cultures and traditions, uprooted and replanted. Through nostalgia and symbolic repurposing, Ni Aquí Ni Allá is a space for defining, decolonizing, and reclaiming our Latinx identity in all of its prismatic splendor. Come into our home, listen to our stories colored in Spanglish, perreo if the mood strikes you.

This project is supported in-part through an investment from IDEA CAPITAL, a community-based pool of funds created by and for the Atlanta arts community and in part by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

Follow them on the insta!

CALL FOR ARTISTS! Link in bio (English + Español) We are seeking artists who identify as Latinx, Latino/Latina, Afro Latinx, Afro Latino/Afro Latina, Hispanic, Chicanx, Chicano/Chicana to present original works that speak to their Latinidad. Estamos buscando artistxs que identifican como Latinx*, Latino/Latina, Afro Latinx, Afro Latino/Afro Latina, Hispanx, Hispano/Hispana, Chicanx, Chicano/Chicana a presentar obras originales que hablan a su Latinidad. #NANAAtl #niaquiniallaatl #latinx #latinxart #latinxartists #latinxartshow #latinxcreate #latinxpride #latinxpoets #latinxtheatreartists #artistas #performanceart #artatl #atlantaart #film #spokenword #text #photogrpahy #digitalmedia #drawing #painting #printmedia #zines

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9: Gender is a Journey

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette interview Isa Noyola, the Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center, discuss the manslaughter conviction of Ky Peterson, and analyze the G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board case. They highlight the ways in which survivors of domestic violence are criminalized and note the challenges that trans folks face in being able to navigate public space. Isa shares how her gender identity is linked to reclaiming her indigenous roots, the importance of letting those directly impacted lead, and what gender would look like in her ideal world.

Interview with Isa Noyola


“Isa Noyola is a translatina activist, a national leader in LGBT immigrant rights movement, and the director of programs at Transgender Law Center. She works extensively for the release of transgender women from ICE detention and an end to all deportations. She is a part of the #Not1more campaign team and sits on the advisory boards of TAJA coalition, El/La para Translatinas , and Familia:Trans, Queer Liberation movement. She has organized the first ever national trans anti-violence convening that brought together over 100 activists, mostly trans women of color, to address the epidemic of violence trans communities are facing.”

Learn more about her work at the Transgender Law Center here.

Current Event: Ky Peterson’s Continued Incarceration

Read more about Ky here. Learn more about violence against the trans community here.

Case: G.G. ex rel. Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board

Learn more about the case at the Supreme Court: “This Supreme Court Case Could Affect Trans Lives for Generations” by Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney, ACLU LGBT & HIV Project


Chiquitasode: Behind the Degrees

Surprise! Here’s a special, short-er episode while we’re away! In this chiquitasode, las cerebronas get personal about their experience pre- and during higher education, featuring some hot tips along the way. They share what they’re proudest of, who is most important in their lives, and how they got through and are getting through the tough parts of higher ed.

Thanks to @romobeats for the intro tune!

Follow us on IG and Twitter at @cerebronas

Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song


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8: Knowing Your History is Power

On this “Back to School” episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss affirmative action, the case Plyler v. Doe, which ruled that Texas’ attempts to deny undocumented children access to K-12 public education was unconstitutional, and the recent Ethnic Studies win in Arizona. They debunk the myths surrounding affirmative action, break down 14th amendment jurisprudence, and emphasize the importance of Ethnic Studies for students of color. In lieu of our recommendations segment, we answer a listener email asking if we were too quick to chastise the white liberal woman whose parents voted for Trump. We hope you enjoy!

As a final FYI: This is our last episode until the month of October. We will be taking a break to travel and prepare for school. Please look out for our upcoming “chiquitasode”- a mini-episode where we share more about ourselves and our journeys to higher education.

Thanks to @romobeats for the intro tune!

Follow us on IG and Twitter at @cerebronas

Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song

Deep Thoughts: White Affirmative Action

Some dope reads on the subject:

Case: Plyler v. Doe

You can find the opinion and a recording of oral argument at this Oyez page.

The wikipedia on California Proposition 187 aka “Save Our State” (major side eye at this) and the wikipedia on California Proposition 227, which eliminated bilingual classes (it was repealed last year).

Current Events: Arizona Ban of Ethnic Studies Found Unconstitutional

Here’s the court opinion which has some sweet T in it.

Informative read: “Federal Judge Finds Racism Behind Arizona Law Banning Ethnic Studies” via NPR’s All Things Considered

7: Lincoln Gets Too Much Credit

In this episode, Yvette and Cynthia process the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, discuss what accountability means to them, and analyze Korematsu v. United States – the case that deemed the exclusion of Japanese Americans from the West Coast legal. They call out allies who don’t hold their own people accountable, discuss the differences between accountability and punishment, and explain the irony of strict scrutiny.

Thanks to @romobeats for the intro tune!

Follow us on IG and Twitter at @cerebronas

Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song

Current Event: White Supremacists at Charlottesville

Here’s an informative article from the LA Times: A guide to some of the far-right symbols seen in Charlottesville by Matt Pearce

A really insightful documentary by VICE that is absolutely terrifying. After watching this, Cynthia’s comments on why she refuses to be shot down in the street should make more sense.

Deep Thoughts: Accountability

Here’s where you can find and support Yes, You’re a Racist:

  • Patreon Account – wow, their page has now been removed.
  • Twitter Account
  • IG Account – can’t find it now either so probs also been removed.

Case: Korematsu v. United States

Picture was courtesy of Karen Korematsu and the Korematsu Institure for an Aljazeera article, linked below.

Aljazeera – Fred Korematsu: Why his story still matters today (source of photo)

First – yes, this was a criminal case (not civil).

You can find the case documents and more information here.

Here’s the statement from former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal about the withholding of evidence that Yvette mentioned.

Daughter of Civil Rights Icon Fred Korematsu Reflects on Internment, Executive Orders by Ryan Levi – an interview with Karen Korematsu that details how and when she found out about this case.


Yvette recommended The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

Cynthia recommended a tarot card reading with Valeria Ruelas!

I am now settled in New Orleans and ready to take clients again. I know I wasn't able to get to some Boston/Cambridge folks and would love to do your readings now! I'm introducing a new pay scale to better serve low income folks so please message me to discuss a price that works for you, don't be shy about it, I know what it's like to struggle with money. 🕷For folks who have the means and want readings, I am currently unemployed and really in need of some income. Please support your queer brujas! 35$ readings 🕷Hola a todos! Ya estoy tomando clientes para sessiones de tarot, dispuestas en español tambien. Los nuevos precios vienen descontados para la gente de bajos recursos. Por favor mandarme un mensaje en instagram o facebook para reservar tu session. Para la gente interesada, orita esta es mi única manera de mantenerme y me encantaria tener más clientes mientras consigo empleo. Mis precios empiezan a 35$. I AM AVAILABLE ALL WEEK, FLEXIBLE TIME. #tarotreadersofinstagram #tarotcards #tarotdeck #tarotista #tarotgram #brujasofinstagram #brujablogger #mestizamagic #femmepreneur #renaissancewoman #leerlascartas

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Folks to Support with $$$

  • During the Unite The Right rally yesterday Tay was violently attacked when a white supremacist rammed her car as she was peacefully driving in downtown Charlottesville, VA. Tay’s car was the silver car – target of his hate. Let’s show Tay love over comes hate. Support here.
  • zahira kelly aka Bad Dominicana
  • Help Ralayzia with funding to pay for medical expenses, food, secure housing, and clothing. We must show up for her and all trans kindred that are brutalized and blamed for violence inflicted on them. Justice for Ralayzia!
    • On Nov. 7th, Ralayzia Sayuri Taylor, a Black Trans Women, was stabbed in the back 3 times and beaten with a hatchet at 10:30am in Arbor Glen Park in Charlotte. Though she was severely injured, Ralayzia survived and was able to stay with family in Ohio during the first few days of her recovery.
    • On Nov. 17th, 10 days after surviving physical assault and battery, the CMPD issues warrants for Ralayzia’s arrest. She was arrested on charges of statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor based on accusations about the events leading up to her assault. CMPD then labeled her as a fugitive for leaving the state when in
  • Nalgona Positivity Pride is a Xicana-Brown*-Indigenous project that focuses on intersectional body positivity, eating disorders awareness, and cultural affirmation.