The Arc Towards Justice

During my last semester at Brandeis University, I was nominated to be one of the graduate commencement speaker for the all student graduation. Though I was a finalist I was not selected. I wanted to share my commencement speech with folks. I reflected a lot on my time at Brandeis, the circumstances we dealt withContinue reading “The Arc Towards Justice”

An Installment

We are numbers on a pageExceptNot everyone has the privilege of being countedWe are counted in installmentsWhen politically convenient and palpable We are not counted when our numbers challenge the party in powerWe are actively silencedPartitioned into Jerrys, our souls divided for their managingWe are allowed to vote only when it is profitable Yet theContinue reading “An Installment”

Para mi tía feminista

Para mi tía feminista,

Me ensenaste que era mi vulva,
Reconociendo cada parte de mi cuerpo que me decían no podía nombrar en publico
No me dijiste de masturbar, pero me la presentaste,
Como ofrendas para los dioses y santos


My name is Mariela It is pronounced as ma-ri-e-la Not mary-ela, not ma-ri-la, not ela or marila Trust me it used to seem hard and unimportant to me as well I remember in 10th grade while my history teacher was taking attendance on the first day of class, he pronounced my name as ma-ri-e-la (correctly)Continue reading “Mariela”

Borrowed Words

Words, we’ve spent a life time using them, years learning them and our education mastering them and forgetting others. And often words become like tissue, veiled things we use to cover ourselves with, only to discard without a moment of reflection. Honored guests, peers, family members, professors, administration and trustees… I am about to speakContinue reading “Borrowed Words”

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