Block Carving/ Prints
Pencil, Water Color, Pen/ Ink
I use art as a political education tool, weaving in popular education techniques to educate and empower community members to express themselves using art. In 2017, I had the priveledge to work with over 60 young mujeres (k-12 age range) participating in Adelante Mujeres’ Chicas Summer Program in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Check out the workshop presentation here.
Yanely Rivas is a Xicana, daughter to migrant parents from Mexico, and artist by fate. She grew up in a small agricultural town in Central California before migrating to Oregon. Through this movement across lands, Yanely was able to challenge some of the economic and racial norms she experienced and witnessed growing up. Her involvement as a high school student with the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán ( M.E.Ch.A.) began her journey into unpacking and working to uproot the systems that work to oppress communities at the frontline of resistance movements. While at the University of Oregon, she continued to worked closely with M.E.Ch.A., the Oregon Student Association, and the Multicultural Center to organize around issues affecting communities of color on and off-campus. She joined the migrant justice movement through her involvement with Causa Oregon where she worked to build support for the driver card through voter registration, storytelling, and coalition building in Lane County. After working in the labor movement for a brief moment, she joined Causa Oregon’s team as the Coalition coordinator and helped build up the One Oregon Coalition dedicated to stopping all extremist anti-immigrant ballots initiatives from flourishing in our state. Her passion for community-based organizing comes from her family, the rich history of resilience in frontline communities, and understanding that one’s well-being is directly linked to the well-being of all living things around us. She currently works with Unite Oregon as a Lead Organizer for Washington County. You can find her emerged in nature, creating art, tending to her plant babies, reading, catching up on astrology, organizing and doing other random stuff on the day-to-day.
The land and all who inhabit her are sacred. We are not disposable objects despite what capitalism and its actors seek to perpetuate. Resistance lives through our very essence. We will protect, resist, and decolonize like our relatives have done in the past. ¡Viva la vida! ¡Viva la resistencia!
Started with a sketch, then it became a T-shirt and coloring sheet for the young ones.
If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, hit me up @ email@example.com.
The Oregon Students of Color Conference (OSCC) provides a safe, inclusive, welcoming space for students of color, which includes queer and trans students of color and allies to express their voices and experiences. OSCC focuses on education around social and political inequalities for students of color that includes a queer justice lens to help establish ways to continue advocacy and progress. At the OSCC Conference, students interact with community organizations and hear from keynote speakers who have created real change in society. The conference will provide great networking opportunities with hundreds of students of color, queer and trans students of color, and allies from the Pacific Northwest!
As an Oregon Students of Color alumni, I was honored when the OSCC steering committee approached me about designing the 2017 tee shirt and even more inspired after hearing the theme – Roots: Radical Organizing in Oregon & Transforming Solidarity. The design pulls inspiration from our plant allies native to Oregon.
On September 26th of 2014, 43 male students from the Raúl Isidro Burgo Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, MX. The students were protesting against discriminatory hiring and funding practices from the government at a conference that was being hosted by the mayor’s wife. Eyewitnesses state that the Students were forced into vans by the police after a clash. One of the Students was confirmed dead in December of 2014. The whereabouts of the remaining 42 Students still remains unknown.
In November, I approached Valeria Olguin with the idea of holding a fundraiser for the Families of the Students. We learned to block print in less than a day! Through the use of art, we were able to fundraise over $1,000 for the parents of the Ayotzinapa students, bring the Caravana 43 to the Eugene community, and host popular education art workshops with young people.
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