Josefina Lopez is best known for authoring “Real Women Have Curves,” a play turned movie which challenged cultural assumptions on beauty, marriage and a woman’s role in society.
Her latest effort could be described as even more personal – “Detained in the Desert,” a movie from her and director Iliana Sosa, is an uncompromising look at the topic of immigration in the U.S. — something they feel has been completely ignored in the powerful film medium.
I am for one, proud that President Obama took a stance and the political risk in support of total civil rights today that is diametrically opposed to Romney’s and most Republicans. Even if I personally think that alternative lifestyles are just that and can also express, love, unity and commitment in other ways that do not necessarily echo those of traditional, conventional couples. In celebration I am posting this photo I shot several years ago of my very happily longtime married friends, Jason and Michael. I hope they are feeling the love and acceptance tonight!
Art and Columbia Grad Students, Fischer Landau Gallery, LIC, NY
Columbia Grad students and their art, Fischer Landau Gallery, LIC, NY
BY ALICIA MENENDEZ
Imagine walking through a stretch of desert in order to be reunited with the people you love. You risk death by dehydration, hypothermia or stroke. You know that thousands who have attempted this journey before you have died along the way. Now imagine making that voyage as a child. Imagine doing it alone.
What some of us want—those who aren’t blinded by a lot of bullshit persiflage thrown up to mask the idea that rich folks want to keep their damn money—is for you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America without America. That you were fortunate enough to be born in a country where upward mobility is possible (a subject upon which Barack Obama can speak with the authority of experience), but where the channels making such upward mobility possible are being increasingly clogged. That it’s not fair to ask the middle class to assume a disproportionate amount of the tax burden. Not fair? It’s un-f—king-American, is what it is. I don’t want you to apologize for being rich; I want you to acknowledge that in America, we all should have to pay our fair share. That our civics classes never taught us that being American means that—sorry, kiddies—you’re on your own. That those who have received much must be obligated to pay—not to give, not to “cut a check and shut up,” in Gov. Christie’s words, but to pay—in the same proportion.