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Anti-Blackness in the Latino Community

A Latino Village Submission I was a freshman in high school the first time anti-blackness from the Latino community became clear to me. It was not something that existed within my own home, my parents were Puerto Ricans born and raised in New York City. Uncovering how segregation sliced up the City of Buffalo when…

Aftermath of the Hate Crime at Jefferson Tops

I do not feel ok, so I’m going to do the one thing I have always done to feel better, I’m going to write. I have always been a tough girl. I grew up considered a tomboy and fought tooth and nail to get myself out of toxic circumstances. I usually tell people that I…

How Do You Say ‘Hippie’ in Spanish?

For Eric, Angel, and the kids like us I named my blog “Como Se Dice Hippie” which translates to “How do you say Hippie” in Spanish. Well, it’s actually the same word in both languages. I have spent a long time struggling with my cultural identity, feeling out of place in American spaces which tend…

Encanto Validated My Generational Trauma

SPOILER ALERTS FOR DISNEY’S ENCANTO Disney’s Encanto validated my generational trauma. That’s a lot to say, so let’s unpack it, shall we? I’ve been putting off watching Disney’s Encanto for a while, because I rarely feel represented in films as a brown person. Last time I was this excited, In the Heights was coming out,…

My Reasons for Leaving PUSH Buffalo

This a copy of what I sent to PUSH Buffalo in lieu of my exit interview with names omitted: I worked at People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) Buffalo from April 2020 until July 16, 2021 operating as the Climate Justice Organizer. PUSH is a nonprofit that claims to be a social justice organization that…

The Environmental Equality Center

During my time at the University at Buffalo there was one teacher whose classes everyone wanted to get into. Ralph Critelli taught at a Kenmore School by day, and classes at UB by night. I took his History of the Environmental Movement at 7pm once a week during my senior year. The time was important…

Disruption Against Destruction

The protestors seen in my photos have been blurred out for safety and out of respect for their identities and work. My Mom is usually pretty busy so I hope she doesn’t find the time to read this blog post specifically. Today I participated in some actions to Stop Line 3. Leaving at 5am in…

Stop Line 3

Spoiler alert: Will discuss plot from Tank Girl, but it came out in 1995 so you had plenty of time to see it.  Tank Girl started as a comic book drawn by Jamie Hewlett and written by Alan Martin that spotlights Tank Girl, her boyfriend Booga a mutant Kangaroo, and their adventures in drugs, sex,…

My Story of Self

As a Climate Justice Organizer, I get to tell my story of self often, it only makes sense that I start with my story here as well. My name is Kelly Camacho, and I am a cis woman (she/her/hers), born in Buffalo, NY in the 90s. I grew up the youngest of 3 children in…


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