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Speaking at the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT October 20, 2009

I was asked to speak about my life as a young women activist celebrating the National Young Women’s Day of Action!

GSC to Host Celebration of National Young Women¹s Day of Action


The Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Texas presents speaker

Erika González, co-director of People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her

Resources (PODER)

WHEN: Oct. 21, 6 p.m.


Santa Rita Room, Texas Union


As co-director of PODER, Erika González, coordinates all youth-related activities and is co-coordinator of PODER¹s Nahui Ollin Healthy Communities project and other projects around transportation and juvenile justice. PODER

works to reorganize environmental issues as social and economic justice issues and empower communities through education, advocacy, and action. The group also increases the participation of communities of color in corporate

and government decision making.

González is a board member of the Highlander Research and Education Center and is a core group member of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice¹s Youth Leadership Development Campaign. She also teaches theatre at an elementary afterschool program and co-facilitates poetry workshops at Johnston High School through Red Salmon Arts, Save Our Youth

Program (SOY). She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology from St. Edward¹s University through the College Assistance Migrant Program and is also a poet and a flautist.


The Gender and Sexuality Center, a unit of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin, provides safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the LGBTQ communities through

education, outreach and advocacy.

Support for event also received from the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Multicultural Information Center, and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.



East Austin Barrio Tour September 28, 2009

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Ancestors, Pray Us Back into this World September 16, 2009

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April 22, 2004

Earth Day and PODER’s 13th Anniversary


Ancestors, Pray us Back into this World



Pray us back into this world.


Hear our cries by grandmother trees

planted alone in the desert

where our toes wither

through cracked sand and cactus thorns.


Let energy change day to night with droughts and

as water rebuilds – destroys


this Earth Mother

with offerings of blessed corn

within spirals of smoke-filled rivers

carrying Indiobeatcurrents

splashing drumbeats against rocks…..




Our water carries history

repeating – repeating – repeating

in the desert of our minds –

thirsting for the TRUTH within visions of

raindrops in the horizon……

PODER is born……………..

after the thunderstorm……..

seeds sprout……………….

Xinachtli gives birth to……



Misty residue heals clouds of electromagnetic smog

That turn brown faces pale with foreign diseases.

                        Another Blanket.

                        Another Cover-Up.

                             Another Lie.

           Cocolitzli appears once more.






Pray us back into this world.


Create a healing circle for the

sick —–minded.


Sprinkle Yerbabuena

over hungry mouths

craving blood.


Let the sun drench the desert

and the moon heal our barrios

as we light           FiRe









Y aunque Coatlique llore,

She still dances with fire as her halo

And a serpent as her shall.


Coatlique baila canciones del pueblo.

Coatlique llora lagrimas de fuego.

Coatlique reza poemas de la verdad.

Coatlique empluma los desplumados de la ciudad.


She knows both sides of the Rio Bravo.


“Look inside its waters and see your


Trace your ancestor’s


        Pray for our


‘date una limpieza of the soul

and don’t forget to water the desert

              of your