Immigration and Disability: The "Public Charge" Rule
3pm - 3:45pm
Friday, June 1, 2018
We both will never forget when we were called in, “You’re a coconut”. We felt as if we were lost souls, living with Eurocentric values that did not match our skin and ancestral backgrounds but it was the starting point of our Mexicana identity development. We both were involved in organizations where we experienced oppression as Chicanas, thus leaving us with no place to truly feel whole. While we were part of a Latinx organization, we experienced patriarchal oppression where our ideas and feelings were minimized. During our experience part of an organization for Deaf women, we experienced the same since the organization felt it was more important to focus on Deaf-related issues affecting women rather than other social issues. There was not much room to consider the intersectionality of Deaf Women of Color’s perspectives. Many others experience the same obstacles, ranging from educational, life choices based on childhood and family life experiences, to dealing with cultural conflicts and discrimination. There wasn’t a space for Muxeristas Deaf to share their stories and to heal. In October 2017, we co-hosted the first ever Deaf Muxeres retreat, where the purpose was to develop an intimate gathering for Latinx feministas with the opportunity to build their self-love and ability to self-advocate against oppressions (including audism, sexism, racism, and heterosexism). From there, Alma de Muxeristas was born as a space for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, hard of hearing and late-deafened Muxeristas to redefines, reconstructs, and re-empowers ourselves and commit to challenge all types of oppression.