Outside the walls of St. John’s Mujeristas Collective, an organization founded by women, offered a space for Latinas to be activists through artwork and discussion at JUNE Bar in Bushwick.
Collectives are often described as spaces where groups of people come together for a certain cause. Though one of many in New York City, Mujeristas created the event to sell their newest magazine about love, heartbreak and healing.
A handful of students from the University, who can relate to these themes, came to support. Morgan Mullings, a friend of one of their founders, was among the crowd.
“This is my first time at a Mujerista’s event,” Mullings said. “I’m glad they come together [to form] this amazing magazine.”
Last year, six Latina and Afro-Latina students created the organization, which is inclusive to all races.
With the political climate revolving the Women’s March and the #MeToo movement, their event in Bushwick happened at the right time, as they share common experiences.
“It’s so diverse…people from so many Latin countries, you know lighter people, darker people, women, men everything in-between,” Mullings said.
Their name, Mujeristas, was created by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, a Cuban activist and theologian according to the organization’s website. She was also inspired and driven to by woman-ism to help recognize Latina’s.
According to The Torch, Stephanie Aliaga, founder, credits her theology professor, Erin Kidd, for introducing her to Isasi Diaz’s book.
“Our work is based off hers, her mission too was to provide a platform for all kinds of Latinas, not speaking for them, but allowing them to speak for themselves,”Aliaga told The Torch.
Tatiana Orizaba, a published poet for Mujeristas magazine, is glad she was approached to submit her work. She has a message for all aspiring artists.
“[Forget] everyone and follow your dreams,” Orizaba said.
Orizaba is passionate expressing her experiences through poems. She not only hopes to submit work in the future, but hopes more aspiring artists get involved too.
“I love it…I’m Hispanic so I’m totally for promoting Spanish women,” Orizaba said. “If my first poem is published anywhere, it’s going to be here, in this little home.”