Broken Silence: Fundraiser Event

Hey all!!

It has been a busy, busy, week of going to different events and checking out friends do their thing!! So I am excited to share my experiences when attending these events that you may be interested in.

So, last Saturday, I went to Broken Silence: The Blue Vein Pages Journal Fundraiser and Poetry Showcase by Tamara Saliva.

I met Tamara about a year ago at a NYC Latina Writers Group meeting. She is the sweetest person I know and a passionate person at that. When she believes in something she works diligently to make her dreams a reality. She started this fundraiser because she saw how important it was to give children a space for them to write about their personal stories. She wants children to know that regardless of whatever circumstances they have lived, their stories are important and should be written down. She firmly believes that through writing, from what I’ve seen, you can be honest and vulnerable. She believes that every one can tell their stories no matter the age.

The reason for the fundraiser you may ask? Tamara states, “the new project is to give the children a journal that is a little more personal, not just another composition notebook. I am creating a Blue Vein Pages Journal. These journals will never be sold. The Blue Vein Pages Journal will always be an item I provide to children after my performances be it at a summer youth orientation or any other outreach opportunity. These journals are for children of all ages.”

The event was fantastic! Poets came through to showcase their talents and break the silence! Silence is so common and deadly! Therefore, it is important that we speak up about experiences otherwise we will forever repeat the same cycles.

 

 

Pic courtesy of Mark Vigo and Tamara Saliva

Pic courtesy of Mark Vigo and Tamara Saliva

The poets were as follows Nicholas NicholsRalphy Tatuxmen PerezTaino BrigsIbrahim Asad Siddiq P.O.E.T, Mark Mark Anthony Vigo aka Vigo Hard BKPeggy Robles-AlvaradoMaria Rodriguez, and Christopher Chilo Cajigas.

All of these artists left their mark on the space. What I appreciated from the artists poems was that they were all about making their voices heard, although they had hardships, pain and sorrow caused by either their parents, siblings and/or lovers, they showed that we can learn from our experiences. Our voices are important and should be heard. Breaking the silence is important and oh so necessary. As Audre Lorde said, “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”

I can clearly understand why Tamara wants to provide a journal to all children who feel that they don’t have a voice or a space to write down their stories. I asked Tamara some questions:

Andreina: Why is this project important to you? 

Tamara: This project is important to me because there’s so many untold stories in this world. Untold stories of abuse, all sorts of abuse child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, verbal mental and emotional abuse. Too often the victims of the abuse believe they are alone, I want them to know they aren’t.

A: What is your ultimate goal? For the future for this campaign?

T: The ultimate goal is to get a journal in every hand that is seeking to have a voice. Even if it means that the only person who knows the sound of that voice is the writer and their journal. The ultimate goal is Voice. My main focus is the kids I work with over the summer, but I want these journals to go to anyone no matter what the age is. These journals will never be sold because the profit is giving voice to the voiceless.

 A: Why should the community help out and support this cause? 

T: I am turning to the community because it is our communities that voices are being silenced. It is within the community that the abuse is happening and it takes a community to make a difference in just one person’s life.

 A: What makes it different from anything you’ve done before?

T: This project is different from what I have done previously because what I did before was go to the community and have them send me actual composition notebooks. This time around I want them to have something a lil more personal than just a notebook from the dollar store.  These journals will be printed with a note that reads:

 Dear Writer,

May this journal serve you as the

voice of all that is not expressed but

requires its release, expression is

the freedom of silence, voice is the

sound of truth and words are

experiences manifested into

sentences, these are the telling’s of

your story.

Always,

Tamara G. Saliva

If nothing else they will know that someone cares enough about their story to give them a journal created just for them.

Thank You Tamara for doing this, for taking the time to give to the community, our children who are in need.

And with that, I hope you make a donation to this campaign, which is still going on…For further information please visit http://www.gofundme.com/bvpjournals

This has been beauty, brains and blogging approved!

Broken Veins Fundraiser

 

 

This is HER!

The only limitation we have is within ourselves, anything we are determined to accomplish will be accomplished as long as we set our minds to it. We should constantly manifest our highest potential as human beings through wisdom, compassion and courage.

I have been thinking about what to write next. I feel as if I am in a stagnant position in life. Not knowing what to do next, questioning what my purpose is and what to do to obtain my goals, just to state a few. I guess I am having an existentialist moment. I understand that once I get clear on what I want then things will come in to place and all will align. I also know, it is an ongoing process of self-evolution, self-love, and self-awareness to get me through to my path. However, until I get to that point I must keep moving. I must look at others and follow their examples of perseverance and resilience. I have seen many women do remarkable things from directing and starring in plays, writing books, curating shows, poets reading and publishing their works to stay at home mothers. Women doing what they choose to do, what they LOVE to do and are passionate about it. This is why I decided to interview women who I find inspirational. There are so many of them so it is not going to be in any particular order. The point of these interviews is to get to know the woman in a deeper level, in soulful kind of way; get to their core. To know their fears/failures and how they continue to do what they love anyway. To let us know that we aren’t alone. That is what truly inspires me!

So, what a great way to start Women’s ‘Herstory’ Month by interviewing a woman who is inspirational…

I met this woman two years ago, she has accomplished so much in a matter of a short period of time. She had a vision and she went for it. She invested in herself and had a successful event. The event, Canvas of Words, sold out in Queens and reclaimed that poetry and the arts still exits in her borough. This motivated her to begin Wendy Angulo Productions, an organization whose goal is to support, encourage, and promote poetry and visual arts in the borough of Queens. Through Wendy Angulo Productions, she also manages established performance poets and writers.*

Her name is Wendy Angulo and she inspires me. The reason Wendy inspires me is that she is a woman who wants to leave a legacy for her son and for others. She inspires me to want to reach my goals and follow through. What I have noticed is that once she sets a goal, she plans and then executes. Wendy also helps others to achieve their goals and she believes in empowerment. She invests in herself so her dreams can become reality. Wendy makes sure that she always does her best to thrive in a world that isn’t always pleasant. So thank you for being an inspiration…

And it has been a pleasure to ask her a few questions to get to know her a little better.

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Hi Wendy!!! I am excited that you have allowed me to ask you a couple of questions about YOU… I want to get to know the Wendy that not every one knows.

Andreina: How would you describe yourself? Who are you at your core? Not the labels but who you are?

Wendy: I describe myself as a Latina Mother, independent, ambitious, and determined to succeed.
At my core, I am a very sensitive person who takes into consideration everything and everyone around her before making a decision. I explore all options and how my decisions will affect others before I execute, which is good and bad at the same time.

A: What are some of the things you live by? Quotes, mantras, religion, etc.

W: Well I am Buddhist, who strongly believes in the concept of Human Revolution and live by the mantra : “The only limitation we have is within ourselves, anything we are determined to accomplish will be accomplished as long as we set our minds to it. We should constantly manifest our highest potential as human beings through wisdom, compassion and courage”.
One of my favorite Buddhist Philosophers is Daisaku Ikeda and there’s one quote of him, which I constantly repeat and carry with me: “When your determination changes, everything will begin to move in the direction you desire. The moment you resolve to be victorious, every nerve and fiber in your being will immediately orient itself toward your success. On the other hand, if you think, “This is never going to work out,” then at that instant every cell in your being will be deflated and give up the fight.”
At the end, everything in life boils down to your attitude when presented with an obstacle and/or painful situation…how you respond and react to it, will determine the course of your life at that moment.
We are the authors of our destiny and the only ones who have the power to change it at any given time.

A: What are some of your fears/set backs you’ve had to encounter and how have you overcome them to keep going?

W: Well definitely fear of failure and being alone.

When it comes to failure, I’ve learned that it is a part of life and even when you failed you learned, so what has helped me overcome every set back are the lessons I learned from them and how they’ve tested my character as human being. It could sound cliché but you learn from everything you experience, whether good or bad, the trick is to really open yourself to those lessons. Often times we blind ourselves to those lessons.
As to being alone, learning to love myself first and honor who I am with flaws and all has been necessary and a continuous process. We tend to judge ourselves constantly and to put up with people and situations that doesn’t serve a purpose in our lives just to avoid being alone.
Once you learn to feel comfortable in your own skin and within you, being alone is not even a thought because at the end you always have YOU.

A: What has been your biggest lesson so far?

W: Hmmmm well I think the loss of my mother….it definitely hit every chord in my life…from learning to appreciate the smallest things in life to not being afraid to die as long as I live to the fullest.

A: What is one aspect of you that you would like the world to know?

W: I would like the world to know that I’m not perfect, perfection is an illusion, there’s no such thing as the perfect person or the perfect life…we all have good and bad within us but the key is to recognize and not being afraid of being wrong or to fail at any given time in your life.
It is not easy to admit when you’re wrong or when you lose the battle (whatever that battle might be), but for me when you recognize it you still winning, there is a big lesson that lies behind that acceptance and that defines your character. Those moments have truly defined who I am today.

A: Finish the sentence

Love is… all we have.

Inspiration means… what drives you to create.

My legacy… Is my son and Canvas of Words.

I am… a Woman, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Latina and one hell of a Warrior.

I do this… for every dreamer who once was told he/she couldn’t do it.

Thank you Wendy! Thank you for being an inspiration to women everywhere. I love the quotes! Thank you for being vulnerable and open with us, losing your mother has been your biggest lesson, it is truly amazing your perspective. Thank you! You are roaring and we hear you!! Much success to you!!

*This is just a small portion of her bio. The rest of her bio can be found on the page, Canvas of Words, on Facebook.

This is me with the amazing and wonderful, Wendy Angulo!!

This is me with the amazing and wonderful, Wendy Angulo!!