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Resistencia Bookstore
casa de Red Salmon Arts

4926 E. Cesar Chavez St., Unit C1
Austin, Texas 78702
Phone: (512) 389-9881
Email: revolu@resistenciabooks.com

Apr 14th, 2014 @ 11:57 pm

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por Sal Barajas @ Resistencia Bookstore

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por Sal Barajas @ Resistencia Bookstore

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Apr 13th, 2014 @ 11:32 pm

Reportaje: un nuevo local y un nuevo capítulo para la librería Resistencia | Ahora Si

El espacio ha acogido, por casi 30 años, desde estudiantes y activistas, hasta ex-prisioneros.

(Jay Janner / ¡ahora sí!)

Por Nancy Flores

El corazón late más rápido. El estómago siente un vacío. Es lo que siente el autor emergente la primera vez que está leyendo sus poemas en público.

En la Librería Resistencia los autores que están nerviosos se sienten reconfortados al saber que la comunidad les aguarda al concluir su presentación.

En los últimos 30 años, ha sido un lugar seguro para que los artistas, autores y activistas que piden justicia social intercambien sus ideas e inquietudes.

Resistencia fue fundada por el fallecido poeta Raúl Salinas y se ha convertido en un tesoro para la comunidad chicana/latina. Sin embargo, ha pasado por momentos difíciles en que parecía que no sobreviviría, como los cambios en esta industria, los problemas financieros y el fallecimiento de su fundador.

Resistencia es una de las librerías chicanas/latinas/indias americanas más antiguas en el suroeste del país.

Ahora empieza un nuevo capítulo y abre sus puertas el viernes 11 de abril en su nueva ubicación en East César Chávez Street. Por muchos años estuvo en South First Street acompañada de otras organizaciones latinas incluyendo Lupe Arte, PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources) y Latinitas.

También ha tenido cambios en liderazgo. Desde el otoño, Tañia Rivera y Lilia Rosas de Austin han estado a cargo de Resistencia y de Red Salmon Arts, la organización sin fines de lucro encargada de la programación de la librería.

Para mantener los objetivos de Resistencia, las directoras quieren dar al público acceso a los archivos de la librería, ofrecer talleres de redacción para mujeres encarceladas y añadir más novelas gráficas e historietas cómicas de autores latinos/indios americanos.

La serie de lecturas públicas llamadas Café Libro continuará ayudando a los autores a presentar lecturas de sus obras en persona.

Rosas dice que la nueva ubicación le da mayor independencia. Después de mudarse cinco veces, Resistencia nuevamente regresa al lugar donde inició en 1981: el este de Austin.

Inició en Seattle
Las raíces de Resistencia provienen de lejos. En los años de 1970 miembros de la comunidad chicana en Seattle se instalaron en una escuela abandonada para establecer un centro proveedor de servicios sociales que incluyera clases de inglés como segundo idioma.

Al salir en libertad después de haber estado encarcelado por posesión de drogas, Salinas abrió una pequeña librería llamada Resistencia en una de las aulas.

Durante su encarcelamiento, Salinas habia desarrollado mayor conciencia social y política. Lo que escribió sobre estos temas durante esta época recibió atención a nivel nacional Salinas visitó Austin y conoció a Gilbert Rivera, líder de la organización comunitaria Brown Berets, que más tarde se convirtió en el Movimiento Chicano. Rivera, padre de Tañia Rivera, era un activista y más tarde decidió visitar el noroeste para adquirir mayor conocimiento sobre lo que acontecía en esa parte del país.

Gilbert Rivera dice que el Centro de la Raza era “un lugar donde diversas organizaciones se reunían para exponer sus luchas…”, desde los derechos de pesca de los indios americanos hasta los derechos laborales de los afroamericanos. “Y la librería se convirtió en lugar popular en la comunidad… y aquí en Austin, sucede lo mismo”.

Cuando Salinas regresó a Austin abrió la primera Librería Resistencia en East Sixth Street. Esta primera librería progresiva generó mucho interés, dice Salinas. Los temas que se dialogaban ahí creaban unidad entre las personas que asistían, sin importar cuál fuera su raza. Además todos admiraban a Salinas.

“Al llegar, podías encontrar a alguien de Nicaragua leyendo poesía o a alguien del Valle de Texas pintando un mural” dice Gilbert Rivera. “Era increíble ver que personas de todas partes de mundo venían a la librería. Raúl tenía mucho carisma y atraía a la gente”.

A través de los años, han pasado por ahí un sinfín de autores y músicos, desde Sandra Cisneros hasta Quetzal. Hasta el mismo Salinas se convirtió en una figura reconocida en la literatura Chicana por su participación en los movimientos políticos y por su poesía. También fue ponente en varias universidades y organizaciones a lo largo del país. (Los archivos de Salinas se encuentran actualmente en la Universidad Stanford).

Salinas fue guía de muchos autores emergentes e inspiró a un sinfín de jóvenes a través del programa Red Salmon Arts Save our Youth, el cual ofrece talleres de redacción en secundarias, preparatorias e instalaciones de justicia para menores. La poesía de Salinas, combinada con la influencia del jazz, ha sacado a relucir varios temas, desde los derechos humanos hasta la vida del barrio en el este de Austin.

Sobrevivencia
Salinas falleció en el 2008 por complicaciones del hígado. Rosas, quien había trabajado de voluntaria y había sido pasante en Red Salmon Arts y Resistencia, tomó las riendas durante los próximos siete meses después de su muerte. “Al principio fue muy difícil”, dice. “Nos dimos cuenta que nos habíamos quedado sin la tutela de las personas mayores y fue doloroso. Cuando hay alguien de edad mayor puedes recurrir a ellos para que te ayuden, pero sin el vivíamos sólo para sobrevivir”.

Gilbert Rivera, quien ahora es el presidente de la junta directiva de Red Salmo Arts, recuerda que “la librería era uno de los pocos lugares en los que podíamos ser nosotros mismos, todos, los activistas políticos, los homosexuales, afroamericanos, etc.. En fin, era un espacio con las puertas abiertas a todos”. Rosas y Valdéz saben que las puertas deben mantenerse abiertas.

El espíritu sigue adelante
Tañia Rivera regresó a Resistencia, a sus inicios, en 2009 después de estar ausente por mucho tiempo. La librería realizó un evento sobre la vida Chicana y el sistema de justicia penal en EE.UU. Tañia Rivera había estado encarcelada por varios delitos mayores relacionados a su adicción a la heroína y asistió al evento, “Es por obra de Dios que mi vida cambio por completo”, dice.

Empezó a asistir frecuentemente a los eventos de Resistencia y empezó a sentirse “más conectada al espíritu de ese lugar y a mi ascendencia indígena. Así empecé a reubicarme, me llegó como un torrente, pero finalmente regresé a ser yo misma”. Para ella Resistencia era como su hogar y poco después empezó a participar activamente en Red Salmon y la librería.

“René y Lilia dicen que les interesaba lo que tenía que aportar, mi experiencia y la manera en que estaba conectada a las vivencias de Raúl”, dice. Desde entonces, ha participado como ponente en presentaciones para jóvenes en riesgo y fundó el proyecto de Red Salmos Arts llamado Ex-Pinta Support Alliance, el cual ayuda a las mujeres que salieron de la cárcel a reincorporarse a la comunidad.

Un lugar seguro
A través de las décadas, Resistencia ha generado conciencia social y política. Además, ha inspirado a otros a arriesgarse y a expresarse a través de la escritura. Todos concuerdan al decir que les ha “ofrecido un lugar seguro”. Todas las personas que entran a la librería sienten su influencia. A Tañia Rivera la ayudó a encontrar el propósito de su existir. Rosas dice que le ayudó a sentar cabeza. “Resistencia no es sólo una librería”, dijo Rosas, “es un espacio para cultivar una comunidad”.
(Liliana Valenzuela / ¡ahora sí!)

(Liliana Valenzuela / ¡ahora sí!)

¿Qué pasó con el espacio de First Street?
La empresa local Teysha ha abierto su nueva sede en Austin, donde tendrán el local lleno de arte, zapatos hechos a mano, accesorios y botas personalizadas utilizando textiles de Latinoamérica. Habrá una fiesta el sábado 22 de marzo, de 3 a 8 p.m. en 1801 South First Street (donde antes estaba Resistencia Boosktore). Más detalles en www.teysha.is y al 1-888-641-6630.

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Fred Ho: The Music Lives On

The baritone saxophonist Fred Ho died on April 12th after a years-long battle with cancer. Mr. Ho’s music is known for straddling the line between classical and jazz.

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Fred Ho, 56, Composer and Radical Activist, Dies - NYTimes.com

Photo:  Fred Ho in 2013.Joshua Bright for The New York Times

Fred Ho, a composer, saxophonist, writer and radical activist who composed politically charged operas, suites, oratorios and ballets that mixed jazz with popular and traditional elements of what he called Afro-Asian culture, died on Saturday at his home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He was 56.

The cause was complications of colorectal cancer, said his student and friend Benjamin Barson. Mr. Ho had been in a war with the disease — his preferred metaphor, which he expanded on in many books, essays, speeches and interviews — since 2006.

Mr. Ho, who was of Chinese descent, considered himself a “popular avant-gardist.” He was inspired by the Black Arts movement of the 1960s and by the ambitious, powerful music of African-American bandleaders including Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Sun Ra and especially Charles Mingus. But he rejected the word jazz, which he considered a pejorative term imposed by Europeans.

Self-reliance was a priority for Mr. Ho. He rarely played in anyone else’s band (among the exceptions were stints with the arranger Gil Evans and the saxophonists Archie Shepp and Julius Hemphill). Describing himself as a “revolutionary matriarchal socialist and aspiring Luddite,” he never owned a car and made many of his own clothes from kimono fabric.
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Fred Ho in 2013. Credit Joshua Bright for The New York Times

Despite his determination to stand outside the mainstream, he found support from grant-giving organizations, academic music departments who hired him as artist in residence, and nonprofit arts institutions — including, in New York City, the Public Theater, the Kitchen and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Born Fred Wei-han Houn on Aug. 10, 1957, in Palo Alto, Calif. — he changed his surname in 1988 — he moved with his family when he was 6 to Amherst, Mass., where his father taught political science at the University of Massachusetts. He felt a powerful attraction to the art and rhetoric of black culture; as a teenager, he audited college classes taught by Mr. Shepp, the drummer Max Roach and the poet Sonia Sanchez, who were all putting progressive politics in their art. (He never formally studied music, but began teaching himself baritone saxophone when he was 14.)

In interviews, Mr. Ho recalled that his father physically abused his mother. “One of my first insurrections,” he told Harvard Magazine, “was to defend my mother against his physical beatings and give him two black eyes.”

In 1973, he joined the Marines, where he learned hand-to-hand combat, and was discharged in 1975 — because, he said, he had fought with an officer who had used a racial slur. In his 20s, Mr. Ho briefly joined the Nation of Islam and then the I Wor Kuen, a radical Asian-American group inspired by the Black Panthers. Like his two younger sisters, Florence Houn and Flora Houn Hoffman, he attended Harvard University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1979.

His sisters and his mother, Frances Lu Houn, survive him.

Mr. Ho moved to New York in the early ‘80s to pursue a career as a musician. He formed the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and became associated with other Asian-American musicians working on a newly emergent hybrid conception of jazz, including the pianist Jon Jang and the saxophonist Francis Wong. His first records, “Tomorrow Is Now!” and “We Refuse to Be Used and Abused,” were released by the Italian jazz label Soul Note.
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In 1989, Mr. Ho had his first work performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the bilingual opera “A Chinaman’s Chance.” He then created two ballet operas based on the Chinese novel “Monkey,” by Wu Ch’eng-en, “Journey to the West” (1990) and “Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey.” Both used Mandarin Chinese in their librettos, and both reimagined Monkey, a trickster figure, as a political agitator, upsetting the power structures of the gods. Mr. Ho called them “living comic books.”

Other ambitious works, many of which were recorded, were on the subjects of Chinese folklore, physical combat, domestic abuse, the black power movement and revolutionary feminism — and sometimes all of those subjects together, as in the opera “Warrior Sisters: The New Adventures of African and Asian Womyn Warriors” (1991), written with the librettist Ann T. Greene.

That work imagined a meeting of Fa Mu Lan, the Chinese fighter who was the subject of a sixth-century folk ballad; Yaa Asantewaa, who in 1900, in what is now Ghana, led the Ashanti rebellion against British colonialism; Sieh King King, a young Chinese-American woman who agitated for women’s rights in early-20th-century San Francisco; and Assata Shakur, the Black Liberation Army activist.

After learning in 2006 that he had colorectal cancer, Mr. Ho documented his fight against the illness in a book, “Diary of a Radical Cancer Warrior: Fighting Cancer and Capitalism at the Cellular Level,” followed by another, more prescriptive one, “Raw Extreme Manifesto: Change Your Body, Change Your Mind and Change the World by Spending Almost Nothing!” He wrote about his treatment in a blog, naming the doctors he mistrusted, thanking his friends and theorizing about his illness.

In “Future’s End,” a lecture from 2010 that he published at the site of the artists’ collective Commoning, he wrote that the cause of cancer is “capitalist industrialism” and “social toxicity,” and praised Luddism, his philosophical passion, as the only alternative: “the opposition to technology (any of it) that is harmful to people or to the planet.”

Even in his final years, as Mr. Ho underwent multiple operations, he was still working: on “Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon!,” a choreographed martial-arts opera based on the 1970s manga comics of Kazuo Koike, performed for two weeks at La MaMa in May and June 2013; on “The Sweet Science Suite,” for 20-piece band and dancers, dedicated to Muhammad Ali, which had its stage premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in October 2013; and on several unfinished opuses.
Correction: April 13, 2014

An earlier version of a web summary on a video with this article misstated the date of Mr. Ho’s death. He died Saturday, April 12, not April 11.

A version of this article appears in print on April 13, 2014, on page A21 of the New York edition with the headline: Fred Ho, 56, Composer and Radical Activist. Order Reprints|Today’s Paper|Subscribe

Apr 4th, 2014 @ 12:07 am

Una Noche de Bienvenid@s:Red Salmon Arts PresentsTexas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos
7pm , Friday, April 11, 2014Join our staff & volunteers at Resistencia Bookstore& Red Salmon Arts to celebrate our reopeningFeaturing a Reading and Book Signing with
Rosemary Catacalos
Enjoy some poetry & food at our new location.
Catacalos will be reading from the award-winning poetry collection, Again for the First Time, and the new handmade limited-edition chapbook Begin Here. She is a recipient of Stanford University’s Stegner Writing Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Texas/Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) for a Dobie Paisano residency. A former arts administrator, Catacalos directed the literature pro-gram and Inter-American Bookfair at San Antonio’s Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and was executive director of the San Francisco Poetry Center/American Poetry Archives, as well as Gemini Ink in San Antonio. She is passionate about using writing and reading to build literacy and community.
New Location: Resistencia Bookstore, casa de Red Salmon Arts4926 East Cesar Chavez St., Unit C1, Austin, Tejas 78702(512) 389-9881 • revolu@resistenciabooks.com
Please make sure to park in the far back of the lot and enter through the second door of the green house from the front.
This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
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Una Noche de Bienvenid@s:
Red Salmon Arts Presents
Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos

7pm , Friday, April 11, 2014
Join our staff & volunteers at Resistencia Bookstore
& Red Salmon Arts to celebrate our reopening
Featuring a Reading and Book Signing with

Rosemary Catacalos

Enjoy some poetry & food at our new location.


Catacalos will be reading from the award-winning poetry collection, Again for the First Time, and the new handmade limited-edition chapbook Begin Here. She is a recipient of Stanford University’s Stegner Writing Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Texas/Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) for a Dobie Paisano residency. A former arts administrator, Catacalos directed the literature pro-gram and Inter-American Bookfair at San Antonio’s Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and was executive director of the San Francisco Poetry Center/American Poetry Archives, as well as Gemini Ink in San Antonio. She is passionate about using writing and reading to build literacy and community.

New Location: Resistencia Bookstore, casa de Red Salmon Arts
4926 East Cesar Chavez St., Unit C1, Austin, Tejas 78702
(512) 389-9881 • revolu@resistenciabooks.com

Please make sure to park in the far back of the lot and enter through the second door of the green house from the front.

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

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Mar 29th, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

A new chapter unfolds for Resistencia Bookstore

Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014

By Nancy Flores - American-Statesman Staff

Hearts beat faster. Stomachs feel queasy. And nerves kick into overdrive the first time an aspiring writer stands in front of a crowd to share a poem aloud.

Breathe. Read. Breathe. Read.

Within the Resistencia Bookstore walls, nervous writers are comforted by knowing that after the last verse has been spoken, a community awaits. For more than 30 years, Resistencia has nurtured artists, writers and social justice activists by providing a safe place to exchange ideas, share concerns about issues or be comfortable in their skin.

Founded by the late poet Raúl Salinas, Resistencia, which means resistance, has become a treasured part of Austin’s Chicano/Latino community. But, at times, it hasn’t been clear if the bookstore could survive changes in the independent bookstore industry, financial struggles or the passing of its beloved founder.

Resistencia, one of the longest running Chicano/Latino/American Indian bookstores in the Southwest, now begins a new chapter. It recently moved from its longtime location on South First Street to its new home on East Cesar Chavez Street, where it will re-open its doors on April 11. Resistencia now sits among a cluster buildings occupied by other Latino organizations including Lupe Arte, PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources) and Latinitas.

It’s also undergone an important leadership change that will help Salinas’ legacy live on. Since last fall, Austinites Tañia Rivera and Lilia Rosas have become the new caretakers of Resistencia. They also run Red Salmon Arts, the nonprofit that creates programming for the bookstore. Careful to honor Resistencia’s past while infusing fresh ideas, the duo has plans to create a library where visitors can access the bookstore’s extensive archives, provide writing workshops to formerly incarcerated women, and add more Latino/American Indian graphic novels and comics to Resistencia’s inventory. Cafe Libro, a popular open mike series, will continue to help writers shake the nerves and share their work.

While moving stuff around in the older space seemed intimidating because of its history, Rosas says, the move to the new space has freed them up to try changes and make it their own.

“We knew if we wanted to make this work, we needed new energy,” Rivera says. Already the move “has felt like a cleansing for the space,” she says.

After moving to its fifth location, Resistencia has now traveled full circle to East Austin, where it opened in 1981.

It began in Seattle

Resistencia’s roots actually go beyond Austin. During the 1970s, members of Seattle’s Chicano community occupied an abandoned school building to create a multipurpose social services center for programs such as English as a Second Language. Inside one of its classrooms, a small bookstore emerged — Resistencia. It was run by Salinas, who had recently been released from prison for drug possession convictions. It was in prison where Salinas’ social and political consciousness grew and his writings had garnered national attention.

During a visit to Austin, Salinas connected with Gilbert Rivera, who led the local Brown Berets, a community organization that grew out of the Chicano Movement. Rivera, a longtime activist and Tañia Rivera’s father, headed to the Pacific Northwest to learn more.

From American Indian fishing rights to African-American labor rights, Gilbert Rivera says the Centro de la Raza became “a place where different organizations could come and talk about their struggles … and the bookstore became a draw for the community. People would end up walking out with books they’d never seen. And here in Austin, it’s the same thing.”

When Salinas, who was a native Austinite, moved back to town, the first Resistencia location opened on East Sixth Street. As one of the first progressive bookstores in Austin, Gilbert Rivera says residents were curious about the space but also “accepting because people of all colors were welcome to share their work and ideas.” The neighborhood and community issues discussed brought people together despite race, he says, and people embraced Salinas.

Tañia Rivera remembers the first time she walked into the bookstore with her father when she was about 9 years old. “Which book would you like, mija?” she remembers Salinas asking. “I choose a book, was grateful and walked out.” She wouldn’t walk back into Resistencia until years later as an adult.

“The first bookstore wasn’t anything big,” Gilbert Rivera says. “If you didn’t know where it was, you probably couldn’t find it. But what happened there was much bigger than the physical place where it was.”

“Any day you could walk in and find someone from Nicaragua reading poetry or somebody from the Valley painting a mural,” Gilbert Rivera says. “It was unbelievable how many people from all over the world would come to the bookstore because Raúl had this charisma that attracted people.”

Over the years, writers and musicians from Sandra Cisneros to Quetzal have come through the doors. Salinas himself became a key figure in Chicano literature and often spoke at universities and organizations across the country about his involvement with several political movements and his poetry. (Salinas’ archives are now housed at Stanford University.)

He guided many aspiring writers as a mentor and inspired countless youth through Red Salmon Arts’ Save our Youth program, which offers writing clinics at middle and high schools and juvenile justice facilities. Salinas’ powerful jazz-influenced poetry shined a light on everything from human rights to East Austin barrio life.

Survival mode

After Salinas passed away from liver complications in 2008, he left the Latino community in mourning. Rosas, who had previously volunteered and interned at Red Salmon Arts and Resistencia, was asked to return by former Red Salmon Arts executive director Rene Valdez, who had been assuming more responsibilities since Salinas’ health declined.

Rosas came on board again about seven months after Salinas’ passing. “There had been enough time to mourn, but initially it was incredibly hard,” she says. “We realized we were elder-less, and that was painful. When you have an elder, you can turn to them to confirm or clarify, and without him, we were in survival mode.”

Rosas and Valdez turned to others in the community who had witnessed Resistencia’s place in Austin history. “The questions were: Should Red Salmon Arts continue? Was it worth it for Resistencia as a bookstore to stay open?,” Rosas says.

Gilbert Rivera, now Red Salmon Arts’ board president, was involved in those conversations. He remembers pointing to “the bookstore being one of few places where we can be ourselves, everyone from political activists, gay and lesbians, African-Americans, the space is open to everyone.”

Rosas and Valdez realized that keeping its doors open still mattered.

The spirit lives on

After a long absence, Tañia Rivera walked back into Resistencia in 2009 and felt like she had come full circle. Resistencia had hosted an event that explored Chicana experiences in the U.S. criminal justice system. Tañia Rivera, who had been incarcerated for multiple felonies because of her heroin addiction, joined the women at the reading. “It’s only by the grace of God that my life has been turned around,” she says.

As she started coming to more Resistencia events, she says she became more “in touch with the spirit of the space and my indigenous background. It was all coming back to me. It was coming at me like a flood. I finally got in touch with who I really was.” Resistencia felt like home to her, and she soon was invited to join Red Salmon Arts and Resistencia.

“Rene and Lilia said they were interested in what I had to say, my experiences and how that connected with Raúl and his experiences,” she says. Since then, she has served as a speaker for at-risk youth and has founded a Red Salmon Arts project called the Ex-Pinta Support Alliance, which organizes women who are ex-prisoners to overcome challenges they face reintegrating into society.

In 2013, Valdez moved to New York and left Red Salmon Arts and Resistencia in the care of Rosas and Tañia Rivera, whom he trusted to keep the spirit of Raúl alive.

‘A safe space’

Throughout the decades, Resistencia has awakened social and political consciousness and inspired others to take risks through writing. But almost every Resistencia regular will say it’s a “safe space.”

“We mean that despite all the oppression you may experience every single day out there, that here, at least, we’re working to say you are safe,” Rosas says. “We’re not perfect. We’re learning and working. But know that you are safe here, that you can be who you are.”

Resistencia leaves a lasting mark on practically everyone who comes through its doors. Michelle Mejia, 25, a Resistencia volunteer, first learned about the bookstore as a University of Texas freshman.

“It introduced me to an Austin you can’t find at UT,” she says. “An Austin that is often ignored, that is not part of the tech scene nor the festivals, it’s more like the underlying heartbeat of this city. So Resistencia means a lot of things — it means a home away from home, a space where my art and my voice are respected — an intergenerational space where I can learn from my elders and they can learn from me.”

For Tañia Rivera, it helped give her life a profound purpose that she hadn’t felt before. And Rosas credits Resistencia for grounding her.

“Resistencia isn’t about books,” Rosas says. “It’s about space — cultivating space and cultivating community.”


Mar 27th, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

Ana Castillo in Austin, TX on May 17, 2014
Flor De Nopal Literary Festival presents
An evening with Ana Castillo, reading from her new novel, Give It To Me
 7pm Saturday, May 17, 2014
ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center
 600 River St, Austin, TX 78702

Ana Castillo will be reading from her new novel, Give It To Me, at the ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center. Ana Castillo is a novelist, poet, playwright, translator and independent scholar. Considered as one of the leading voices in Chicana experience, known for her daring and experimental style as a Latina novelist. Her works offer pungent and passionate socio-political comment that is based on established oral and literary traditions. Novels include The Mixquiahuala Letters, Sapogonia, So Far From God, Peel My Love Like an Onion, and The Guardians. She is the editor of “La Tolteca”, an arts and literary magazine.  

She will also be offering a Spiritual Memoir Writing Workshop at Resistencia Bookstore that morning.  Details below.

Sponsored by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts      

Contact ire’ne lara silva for more information. We are still looking for co-sponsors.
 
Spiritual Memoir Writing Workshop with Ana Castillo
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10am-1pm 
Resistencia Bookstore
4926 Cesar Chavez St. Unit C1
Austin, TX 78702
Fee: $175/participant
Email: irenelarasilva@yahoo.com to register.    

 

 

Ana Castillo in Austin, TX on May 17, 2014

Flor De Nopal Literary Festival presents
An evening with Ana Castillo, reading from her new novel, Give It To Me
7pm Saturday, May 17, 2014
ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St, Austin, TX 78702
Ana Castillo will be reading from her new novel, Give It To Me, at the ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center. Ana Castillo is a novelist, poet, playwright, translator and independent scholar. Considered as one of the leading voices in Chicana experience, known for her daring and experimental style as a Latina novelist. Her works offer pungent and passionate socio-political comment that is based on established oral and literary traditions. Novels include The Mixquiahuala Letters, Sapogonia, So Far From God, Peel My Love Like an Onion, and The Guardians. She is the editor of “La Tolteca”, an arts and literary magazine. 
She will also be offering a Spiritual Memoir Writing Workshop at Resistencia Bookstore that morning.  Details below.
Sponsored by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Red Salmon Arts     
Contact ire’ne lara silva for more information. We are still looking for co-sponsors.
 
Spiritual Memoir Writing Workshop with Ana Castillo
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10am-1pm
Resistencia Bookstore
4926 Cesar Chavez St. Unit C1
Austin, TX 78702
Fee: $175/participant
Email: irenelarasilva@yahoo.com to register.    
 
 

Mar 22nd, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

melaniecervantes:

Anarchist Book Fair at the Crucible in Oakland. Ends at 6. Come visit the Justseeds table! #printmaking #justseeds

melaniecervantes:

Anarchist Book Fair at the Crucible in Oakland. Ends at 6. Come visit the Justseeds table! #printmaking #justseeds

Reblogged from Melanie Cervantes.

@ 12:20 am

C.O.N.C.A. at Resistencia Pre-Opening Reading Event Saturday, March 22nd at 5:oo PM At the new location  Resistencia Bookstore  casa de Red Salmon Arts 4926 E. Cesar Chavez St., Unit C1 Austin, Texas 78702 CONCA  The Coalition of New Chicano Artists (CONCA) is a nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Chicano/Chicana arts, as well as cultural and political awareness. In this capacity, CONCA stimulates and facilitates dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. Currently the group has been responsible in hosting poetry readings including the Fist in the Air: Celebration of Women as Activists and Artists, facilitating a Poetry Boxing Match, holding creative writing workshops in the high schools which discuss identity, and have been invited to read at the Chicano Resource Center at UCLA. Currently CONCA is working on a book entitled Nueva Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue about the New Chican@ Poetics to be published in 2014 discussing the state of the Chican@ movement since 9/11.  Christopher Carmona Rossy Evelin Lima Padilla Gabriel Sanchez Isaac Chavarria Books for sale!!!
(a note:  please park in the far back. enter at the second door of the green house.  last, we are at the corner of spencer and e. cesar chavez, past springdale)

C.O.N.C.A. at Resistencia
Pre-Opening Reading Event

Saturday, March 22nd at 5:oo PM

At the new location
Resistencia Bookstore
casa de Red Salmon Arts
4926 E. Cesar Chavez St., Unit C1
Austin, Texas 78702

CONCA
The Coalition of New Chicano Artists (CONCA) is a nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Chicano/Chicana arts, as well as cultural and political awareness. In this capacity, CONCA stimulates and facilitates dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. Currently the group has been responsible in hosting poetry readings including the Fist in the Air: Celebration of Women as Activists and Artists, facilitating a Poetry Boxing Match, holding creative writing workshops in the high schools which discuss identity, and have been invited to read at the Chicano Resource Center at UCLA. Currently CONCA is working on a book entitled Nueva Voces Poeticas: A Dialogue about the New Chican@ Poetics to be published in 2014 discussing the state of the Chican@ movement since 9/11.

Christopher Carmona Rossy Evelin Lima Padilla Gabriel Sanchez Isaac Chavarria

Books for sale!!!

(a note:  please park in the far back. enter at the second door of the green house.  last, we are at the corner of spencer and e. cesar chavez, past springdale)

Mar 15th, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

Putting up la sign at Resistencia Bookstore’s new location via salmonrojo

Putting up la sign at Resistencia Bookstore’s new location via salmonrojo

salmonrojo's bookshelf: rsa

Mexico, Nation in Transit: Contemporary Representations of Mexican Migration to the United States Chicana Power!: Contested Histories of Feminism in the Chicano Movement Cross Over Water Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today COINTELPRO 101 Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles Of Incarcerated Women

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