My Name is Flor Contemplacion…

2 Mar

Join Venus Collective in supporting this amazing production in observance of International Women’s Day

Nara Movement Project in Cooperation with Calles y Sueños presents …

My Name is Flor Contemplacion: I was hanged this Afternoon
by: JB Capino

“On 17 March 1995, at about 6am, Flor Contemplacion, a Filipino migrant domestic worker aged 42 and the mother of four children, was hanged at Changi Prison on the order of a Singapore court. In the days and weeks immediately before and after the hanging, millions of Filipino citizens rose in protest at the death of a woman widely believed to be innocent.”

Directed by: Giau Truong
Performances by: Aimee Algas, Ginger Leopoldo and Je Nepomuceno

Calle y Sueños
1901 S. Carpenter, Chicago IL
(Carpenter/19th)

Friday March 4 – 8 PM
Saturday March 5 – 8 PM
Sunday March 6 – 6 PM

Tickets are $15 General Admission and $10 for Students.
For more information please email us at naramovement@gmail.com
pls call 312-401-9929

To purchase tickets:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/user/eventstatus/158561

About Calle y Sueños:

“Calles y Sueños”, was founded in the 80’s by several Latino artists, as a creative response to the once prevalent artistic void that existed in Chicago’s Latino arts community. The intention was to nurture change and liberation that was expressed on a multitude of levels. Culturally and politically, the artistic community that was created by “Calles y Sueños” till this day continues to cultivate its Latino roots and plant new seeds. Its ever-evolving identity continues to germinate into new manifestations. As the community of “Calles y Sueños” grows, we still realize we are a “transplanted people growing in a jungle of alienation, racism and economic hardship.” Our roots and branches are connected by the intermediate hope of our creativity.


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100th International Women’s Day!

27 Feb

This Tuesday, March 8th is the 100th International Women’s Day.

Amazing that all of our sisters and,  yes, brothers, have been struggling for peace & justice for women for so long. Inspiring to think of how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.  International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world, and there are still so many of our Sisters throughout the globe that continue to survive despite immense oppression, injustice  & violence.

Both to honor their continued struggles and to celebrate the freedom in which so many of us thrive, Venus Collective will be attending  “The Tree of Life: Honoring the Influence of Women in Community” an event hosted by Allyu Spa with Everyday Medicine Woman.

Tuesday March 8th at Allyu Spa 600 W Chicago Ave

Please join us in supporting these powerful & inspiring healers and activists as they honor three women doing inspiring work in the community.

“Our intention for this year’s celebration is to think globally and act locally. Throughout the world, if you want to get something meaningful done, you must get the women or mothers on board. Women who stay in their communities are like trees, offering sustenance, security, beauty and strengthen with age.” – Susan Lipshutz

If you’d like to RSVP to their facebook page click here.

If you’d like to see Venus Collective’s facebook page click here.

And if you have any questions, as always, email us at venuscollective@gmail.com

Pro-feminist New Years Resolutions for Straight Guys

30 Dec

We came across “bill’s profeminist blog” Bill Patrick, the author of the blog, describes himself:

“I am a man who has decided that I can no longer sit idly by while men’s violence remains such a hugely destructive force in the lives of so many women and girls around the world. It is time for us as men to step up and begin to support our sisters in working to end men’s violence.”

His post: “Pro-feminist New Years Resolutions for Straight Guys” is a fantastic list of some beautiful and logical recommendations that all humans should live by.

Here are some of our favorites. Go to his blog to read the full list of 15.

1. To take care of ourselves. For far too long, many of us have been neglecting our physical, mental, and spiritual health. And for many of us who have women in our lives, we have been all too quick to leave these responsibilities in their hands. Women often make our medical and dental appointments for us, and they insist that we take better care of ourselves. And what do we do in response? We get mad at them for nagging us! So let’s take back the responsibility for doing the things that are designed to keep us happy and alive. If we want the women in our lives to be there for us, then we need to ensure we are doing the things that will allow us to be there for them!

5. To do the laundry correctly. You and I both know that we all know how to do the laundry. It’s time to stop feigning ignorance. And for those few guys who actually don’t know how: you can learn to do it! It’s a lot easier than changing the oil, tapping a keg of beer, fixing a leaky toilet, or hooking up that new plasma t.v.

9. To only have sex that we know for certain is consensual. That means that she isn’t drunk, confused, or fearful, and that we aren’t, either. That she hasn’t been manipulated or bullied into it. And neither have we.

11. To settle any conflicts we have in a nonviolent, non-abusive way. This should go without saying. But the reality is that society would be a lot better off if more of us lived this way.

13. To work to eliminate our homophobia. Homophobia destroys our connectedness with all other men. It stops us from loving each other. And we need to be able to love each other deeply. As men we are deserving of being able to give and receive such love – and not just from women.

Bravo Bill for sharing this much needed sentiment.

Learning that there are men out there like you gives us all strength to continue to work towards a society of peace & equality.

Pictures & Videos Galore

15 Dec

Its been tough with all the holidays but all the pictures are finally making their way onto here!

Special thank you again to Photographers  Elia L Alamillo of Foto ChicasAllison Glenn who shared their expertise and took shots at Venus 2010!

You can find some of the pics on our Venus 2010: Just be: Soul Revival page where you can also find this video by Kebi Morales of Ajanta Chakraborty performing a Bollywood Dance

Beautiful People

12 Nov

Thank you to everyone who has emailed pictures & videos to us! We’ll be uploading soon and are excited to share with every one the beauty of the night.

We’re also excited to share the beautiful. professional shots taken at the photo booth by photographer & visual artist Allison Glenn.

Stay tuned for these images! Andd of course feel free to share yours! Send them to venuscollective@gmail.com

Share your pics with us!

14 Oct

The pictures & videos are starting to get developed/uploaded/edited/digitally remastered

 

Please do not hesitate to send your photo albums to venuscollective@gmail.com! We would love to see your perspective of Venus 2010!

 

Love & Gratitude

Love & Gratitude

11 Oct

We feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing community! Love & gratitude to everyone in the Venus Family! From the amazing visual artists, performing artists, vendors & organizations to our male allies who volunteered before and during the event. From those who’ve supported us for years to those who we met last night.

Last night was truly a Soul Revival.

We will be posting pictures & updates soon. If you took any pictures last night please share them with us! We also openly welcome any and all feedback. Let us know what you thought about the event, the performers, the art, the vendors, the orgs, the set up, the space, the vibe, the flow, and the energy. Email us at venuscollective@gmail.com

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing.

~Arundhati Roy

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