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¡Poetas Para Justicia en Juárez! February 12, 2011 in Los Angeles

Saturday, February 12, 2011 - Los Angeles. California

Eastside Cafe presents:  A Tribute & Memorial in honor of Susana Chavez, Ciudad Juárez Artist & Activist, featuring poets: Gloria Alvarez, endy, Ofelia Esparza, Consuelo Flores, Adolfo Guzman Lopez, Abel Salas and more. Followed by open…


Posted on February 5, 2011 at 6:25am

Juarez Protest Art Activism Heightens in Outrage for the Deaths of Activists Susana Chavez & Marisela Escobedo


January 20, 2011

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The New Wave of Cross-Border Activism

If anything marks the first weeks of 2011 in Mexico and the Paso del Norte border region, it is the growth of citizen activism in response to femicide, human…


Posted on January 23, 2011 at 6:01pm

International Exhibits List for the Women of Juarez, March 2010

Below is the updated list of organizers for the international art protest dialogue on the murders in Juarez. Very exciting!---and the first time these sort of parallel exhibits have taken place--ever. I'm feeling very blessed to know so many caring people. Tell everyone you know that is near these exhibits in March 2010! --Victoria Delgadillo…


Posted on February 7, 2010 at 2:30pm

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About Me:
“There is time for work, and time for love. That leaves no other time” -- Coco Chanel

In 2003, Victoria Delgadillo's written account on the curatory process for the first international exhibit on the the femicides in Juarez, Mexico was published in Aztlán an Academic Chicano Journal, through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) press. Along with Rigo Maldonado her artistic collaborator, she wrote an article entitled “Journey to the Land of the Dead: A Conversation with the Curators of the Hijas de Juárez Exhibit”. For her work on the Hijas de Juarez exhibit and for creating public awareness through art, she received awards from the Instituto Cultural de León, Guanajuato ( Mexico ) in 2003, La Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (Mexico ) in 2003, and the Los Angeles City Council (United States ) in 2002.

"The forensic word "femicide" was brought into our recent world culture, through the written activism of Diana Washington Valdez, a veteran award-winning journalist for the El Paso Times in Texas. The first to report on the abductions and brutal murders of hundreds of young Mexican women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Washington-Valdez' relentless exploration has officially awoken us to the fact that 3rd world women's lives are expendable. The international disgrace of Mexico's inability to resolve the murders and the associated extensive dialogues on governmental corruption have authorized women throughout the world to voice their outrage for the legal impunity towards femicides in their own countries. In 2002, less than a few years ago, googling words such as "femicide", "women of Ciudad Juarez", "border murders", "NAFTA murders" or "abductions in Chihuahua", brought no results. The selection of related items, on the internet are now substantial, due to the visual, written and performance artists who have vowed to create work on Juarez, until the crimes are resolved. In 2006, Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis of California introduced a resolution into congress condemning the brutal murders in Ciudad Juarez and urging the United States and Mexico to discuss resolution steps as part of their bilateral agenda. The resolution was passed. In 2007, Congresswoman Solis introduced U.S. House Resolution 100, which expresses concern over the unsolved murders of more than 2,000 women in Guatemala since 2001 and encourages new efforts to address these crimes and prevent further killings. This resolution also passed." --Victoria Delgadillo

Victoria's work is in the permanent collections of the LA County Museum, The National Mexican-American Museum in Chicago, the University of Texas Museum, California Printmaking Archive in Santa Barbara, the Orange County Art Museum, Laguna Art Museum and the Cultural Institute of Baja California.

Her written work and lectures in art activism are used in the curriculums of the Universities of California at Berkeley, Los Angeles and Riverside, and Cal-State Universities Northridge & Los Angeles. As a presenter and panelist, her body of work has been featured at the US National Chicano Educators Conference, on PBS television (American Public Broadcasting System), and on NPR (American National Public Radio). Victoria and Rigo Maldonado end their presentations on art activism with a workshop that enables the attendees to collectively create a protest art installation.




Urgent Action on the mujeres de Juarez Human rights defenders María Luisa García Andrade and Marisela Ortíz Rivera have received written death threats. The threats were sent within days of the screening of “Bajo Juárez: The city devouring its daughters”, a documentary on the killings of women in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua City, Chihuahua state.

Among st those who feature in the documentary is Lilia Alejandra García Andrade, the murdered daughter of Norma Andrade and sister of María Luisa García. The latter and Marisela Ortíz feature in the film as they are prominent campaigners from Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa (NHRC), an organization which calls for justice on behalf of women murdered in the region.

According to an eyewitness, on 30 October a dark car with tinted windows approached María Luisa García’s home in Ciudad Juárez while she was out. A man got out of the car, threw a stone at the house which broke a window through which he threw a large card which threatened to kill her and harm her children.

On 5 November, Marisela Ortíz also found in front of her home a card with letters pasted on to it saying “Under Juarez, death” (Vajo (sic) Juarez muerte). Both women have filed a complaint with the Federal Special Prosecutor on Violence against Women and People Trafficking.

Concerns for members of NHRC are heightened by the fact that they have previously been threatened in the past. In May 2008, following the opening of the film “Bordertown”, which was loosely based on the stories of women murdered in the region, NHRC members received an offensive and threatening email following their support of the film’s release as a way of raising awareness of the killings of women in Ciudad Juárez.

Since the members of NHRC and their families were threatened in May 2008, there have been no advances in the investigation and the search for those responsible. Marisela Ortíz Rivera and María Luisa García Andrade have only received limited protection by federal police agents and no attention by the Chihuahua Attorney General’s office or protection by state police, even though the Inter American Commission for Human Rights ordered the Mexican government to provide protection measures for them.

Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Spanish or your own language:
- expressing concern at the new threats received by María Luisa García on 30 October and Marisela Ortíz on 5 November;
- calling on the authorities to put in place comprehensive protection measures for them and their families, in accordance with her own wishes;
- urging the authorities to carry out an immediate and impartial investigation to identify those responsible for the threats received by María Luisa García and Marisela Ortíz and to bring them to justice;
- calling on the authorities to provide information on the steps taken to investigate previous threats against them and other leading members of Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa in May 2008;
- calling on the authorities to fulfil their obligations under the UN Declaration on the Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and ensure that human rights defenders have a right to carry out their activities without any restrictions or fear of reprisals.

Governor of Chihuahua State
Lic. José Reyes Baeza Terrazas
Gobernador del Estado de Chihuahua, Palacio de Gobierno, 1er piso, C. Aldama #901,
Col. Centro,
Chihuahua, Estado de Chihuahua, C.P. 31000, MEXICO
Fax: +52 614 429 3300, then dial extension 11066
Salutation: Señor Gobernador / Dear Governor

Chihuahua State Attorney General
Patricia González Rodríguez
Procuradora del Estado de Chihuahua, Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado
Vicente Guerrero 616, Col. Centro, Chihuahua 31000, Estado de Chihuahua, MEXICO
Fax: +52 614 415 0314
Salutation: Señora Procuradora General / Dear Public Prosecutor

Special Prosecutor on Violence against Women and People Trafficking
Dra. Guadalupe Morfín Otero
Fiscal Especial para los Delitos de Violencia contra las Mujeres y Trata de Personas
Procuraduría General de la República,
Río Elba, No. 17, Col. Cuauhtemoc, Del. Cuauhtemoc, México D.F., C.P.06300, MEXICO
Fax: +52 55 5346 2540

Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa

and to diplomatic representatives of Mexico accredited to your country.


COMPANERAS! Join me in creating artwork and exhibits that support the Mothers, Victim Families and Activists in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Their plan is to pursue every legal process in Mexico. If justice is not reached, the families will take their plea to a world-wide justice mediator. Your prayers, programs, written work, exhibits, discourse and outrage help to support their campaign.

Know that we are each connected, no matter how far we seem to be from each other. NI UNA MAS!!

El Paso Times Reporter Diana Washington Valdez' blog

The Mothers & Families's blog

Amnesty International

Voces Sin Eco -- group formed by sister of Juarez Victim. She paints pink crosses in Juarez where ever a missing girl was last seen

A taste of Las Hijas de Juarez exhibit, curated by Rigo and me. Full exhibit and curators comments to be posted on ABLA soon!

Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo

Filmmaker Lorena Mendez-Quiroga

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At 11:37pm on January 9, 2010, Tracy Iglesias said…
No problem Victoria! Las Comadres is a big group, and all chapters meet in person monthly. Try emailing Nora, her contact info was in the link I sent you, she can then send it directly to each group leader for you.
At 8:39am on January 6, 2010, Mia Roman said…
Thank you .. This is a wonderful thing. I am curating an art exhibit with a simple title of "FEMICIDE" this show is to bring awareness to what is happening in Juarez, Guatamala and the Congo. Thru this exhibiot and poetry reading we can educate our brothers and sisters, open the gates to awareness and support. I congratulate you and everyone for taking a stand and making a difference.

Abrazos, Mia
At 1:32am on December 20, 2009, Julieanna Trejo said…
Hola Victoria, I received your message and I would like to help in any way I can.
At 5:46pm on December 19, 2009, Pamela Carvajal Drapala said…
Dear Victoria,

Many thanks for the invitation. I am looking forward to creating art as soon as I have a solid plan. Peace and many blessing this Christmas and always, Pamela Carvajal Drapala
At 1:54pm on December 19, 2009, Tracy Iglesias said…
Thank you for your information on 'The Prayer for Juarez' have you sent this information to Las Comadres Para Las Americas? They have groups that meet in different cities, maybe they would be able to put you in touch with their group leaders or at least put that information into their hands?
At 6:46am on July 20, 2009, AZUL Gabriella LUNA said…
Hey Victoria:
I forgot i had a page here. As soon as i get my computer and "working tools" i'l get working on building it up.(and change that dredful profile pic---agh!)
Love that you are so dedicated to the cause and your page is very inspiring. I am going to be in L.A. on the 5th of august and plan to attend the SGH event with my daughter.
At 11:50am on June 18, 2009, Patricia Arredondo said…
Hey Vickie, The Paletas are hanging in the Dining Room! People, who know nothing about art think the Paletas are bizarre. Well, I think it's because of the baroque Mexican framing. Hope all is well with you. When are you coming to San Diego? La casa is ready for you. We have been doing a lot of work on the inside of the house. We have been kinda updated our 70's house. New flooring, windows, painting and removal of popcorn ceilings. New fence. And some new art. Now we have to paint the exterior and do some landscaping. With the the water shortage and all....we are really thinking what to do. Nice to hear from you. Love PATA
At 4:59pm on June 16, 2009, sesshu foster said…
no, i wish it was grand central but it's just a corner store in lincoln heights
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