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Statement Pieces: These Latina-Made Pins Are For The Cause

Latinxs love accessories. This is a known fact. Give us anything with the bandera of our motherland on it, and we’ll incorporate it into every outfit. Making a statement is one of our favorite pastimes. Luckily, there is no easier, or more affordable, way to do this than with an enamel pin. These little decorative pieces can give everything from your chaqueta to your bolsa some personal flavor, and with many creative Latinas crafting up these adornments to speak to us and for us, there’s no excuse to not have your ropa representing your radical self.

Here, some of our fave Latina-made pins you’ll want to rock.

1. Danielle De Jesus’ “Resistance”

Danielle De Jesus is a Puerto Rican artist making her mark by hand-painting realistic pop culture icons on one dollar bills. She is also bringing her one-of-a-kind artistry to the enamel pin game. Her “Resistance” pin is our favorite conscious collar accessory. Inspired by the resistance of Puerto Ricans on the island and in the diaspora, this wearable art is also available in a glow-in-the-dark version as well as a Pride edition. These options will be sure to give your chaqueta the perfect political pop.

2. The Unapologetically Brown Series’ “By Any Means Necessary”

“By any means necessary” is the famous quote from civil rights activist and hero Malcolm X. It is also the quote Salvadoran street artist Johanna Toruño uses on her enamel pin. Toruño is the artist and creator of The Unapologetically Brown Series, an ongoing installation of politically charged street posters that are quickly becoming a New York City staple. With the release of this pin, you can now take Toruño and her unapologetic style with you into any space, anywhere.  

3. Gordita Applebum’s “The Bigger the Hoops, the Bigger the Dream”

“The bigger the hoop, the bigger the…” We’re sure you’ve heard this quote before, usually ending with some demeaning, slut-shaming dig at mujeres who have an affinity for rocking oversized hoops. However, Instagram’s favorite mental health mami Gordita Applebum is on a mission to turn that tired old saying on its cabeza. Her pin reclaims the quote as a battle cry for those of us who are made to feel like our style and sometimes ourselves are a bit too much. So, the next time someone wants to make you feel bad about your bamboos, point to the pin and chuck up the peace sign.

4. GRL TRBL and Odiosas’ “Hood Feminist”

When Afro-Latinx culture-makers link up, like NYC illustrator GRL TRBL and Bronx collective Odiosas, it can only mean the rest of the world is in for some magia. That magic is their “Hood Feminist” enamel pin. Hood feminism is the intersectional part of the movement that gives a platform to women whose voices are often left out of the conversation. With this bold little talisman, you can let the world know that your feminist icons are more Cardi B than Susan B.  

5. Bella Doña LA’s “Mijx”

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Bella Doña LA is the West Coast apparel powerhouse that lives and honors the style of “everyone from around the way.” All of their pins are tiny little love letters to the culture; however, one of our favorites is this rainbow-colored Mijx one. It’s the perfect accessory to don while you’re giving the middle finger to gender norms.

6. Shop Destruya’s “I Owe You Nothing”

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Feminist apparel company Shop Destruya is your go-to shop for clothing, accessories and more when you need something to represent your patriarchy-smashing lifestyle. This Puerto Rican woman-run brand is giving us life with their “I Owe You Nothing” pin. This is the ideal piece to show those annoying hombres on the train, on the sidewalk or at the bar that you don’t owe them your smile, conversation or time. No te debo nada, estúpido!

7. The Hermosa Co.’s “Nobody’s Pendeja”

Xicanx-owned shop The Hermosa Co. has designed the accessory we all need. Owner Krystal Peralta hit the pin on the head with this sassy statement piece. Perfect to wear for a first encounter, “Nobody’s Pendeja” lets people know you can’t be played without you even having to open your mouth. Now that’s some pin poder.

8. Cochina Collective’s “Cochina”

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If you grew up around a coven of chismosas, then you’ve probably heard the word “cochina” (nasty woman) used to describe a “less than desirable” mujer. If you’re an unapologetic Latinx, or Carmen Yulín Cruz, then you’ve probably been called one before, too. Well, New Orleans-based Cochina Collective is reclaiming the word and putting it on everything, from patches to pins. Grab their namesake pin to solidify your take-no-shit style.

9. GRL TRBL’s “Smash Racists”

Afro-Latinx NYC illustrator Emerald Pellot is the creator of GRL TRBL. A pin lovers paraíso, this brand is home to some of our favorite radical creations. However, it’s their “Smash Racists” piece that we’re fawning over, a bold accessory for any Latina that wants to wear her agenda on her sleeve, or her lapel.

10. Viva La Bonita’s “Mujeres Can Do Anything”

Lifestyle brand Viva La Bonita is bringing the mujer poder with their “Mujeres Can Do Anything” pin. This simple affirmation is the perfect reminder that we’re strong, capable and more than able. So, grab one for your bolsa and snag one for an amiga. This fearless quote is one we’d love to see rocked everywhere.  

Read: These Latina-Made Zines And Journals Will Keep Your Bookshelf Radical

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When Emma Gonzalez Leads The March For Our Lives, She’ll Be Following In The Footsteps Of These Latina Civil Rights Leaders

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When Emma Gonzalez Leads The March For Our Lives, She’ll Be Following In The Footsteps Of These Latina Civil Rights Leaders

As you gear up and rally to march for our lives this weekend, you might be completely in awe of the power and effect of Emma Gonzalez. The high school student from Parkland, Fl has, along with the great efforts of her peers, rallied cities and communities across the globe to fight back against the NRA and the inaction of political leaders who have long held the power to put an end to gun violence. For many of us, it’s exciting to see a Latina show the world that once again we are forces to be reckoned with. But long before Gonzalez called B.S. and became the face of a growing national movement, other Latina activists had a huge hand in changing the course of our history.

Here’s a look at seven of some of history’s most powerful Latina activists who led marches and fought for your civil rights.

Sylvia Mendez

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When it comes to the desegregation of schools in the country, American history often credits the case of Brown v. Board of Education for the changes. Barbara Rose Johns is also the one who is most typically considered to be the face of that movement after she led a 450-student walkout at a high school in Virginia in 1951.

But history has largely written out the work of Sylvia Mendez an American civil rights activists of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent who played a key role in the integration movement back in 1946.

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Mendez v. Westminster was a case sparked by Mendez’s rejection from an all-white school in California back in 1943 when she was just eight years old. Mendez’s parents sued the school district and the landmark case which was ultimately settled in 1947 successfully desegregated public schools  in California making it the first U.S. state to do so.

Dolores Huerta

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As a fierce civil rights activist and labor leader, Dolores Huerta became a tireless advocate of the United Farm Workers union. The American-born Latina of Mexican descent originally started out her career as an elementary school teacher. After seeing kids in her class come to school hungry and in need of new shoes, she decided she would help organize their parents.

She started to fight for economic improvements for Latino farm workers and pressed local government organizations to improve barrio conditions.

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In 1962, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (now known as the United Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee) with César Chávez. Her non-violent strikes and protests led to her 22 arrests. In 1997 she was named one of the three most important women of the year in by Ms. magazine.

Carmen Perez

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In 2017, Perez helped lead the country in its largest protest in U.S. history as a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington.

In her 20 year career as an activist, Perez has dedicated her advocacy to some of today’s most important civil rights issues including violence against women, mass incarceration, gender inequality and community policing.

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Before the Women’s March she helped launch a 9-day 250-mile march from New York City to Washington, DC called March2Justice which implored congressional lawmakers to turn their attention to the nation’s police justice crisis.

Berta Cáceres

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Best known for leading a campaign that opposed a dam on the Gualcarque River, Cáceres was an award-winning Indigenous environmental activist. In 2015, the Honduran environmentalist received the Goldman Environmental Prize for helming the grassroots effort that pushed the world’s largest dam builder to stop the construction of the Agua Zarca Dam at the Río Gualcarque.

Because of her efforts the river that was saved and considered to be sacred by the Lenca people, was still able to provide the nearby tribe access to water, food, and medicine.

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On March 3, 2016, Berta Cáceres was assassinated for her activism when two assailants broke into her home and shot her. Her murder sparked international outrage and brought attention to the fact that Honduras is the most dangerous country in the world for activists who fight to protect forests and rivers.

The Mirabal Sisters

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Patria, Dedé, Minerva, and María Teresa Mirabal were four sisters from the Dominican Republic who ferociously opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and became known as Las Mariposas. In 1959, after witnessing a = massacre executed by the Trujillo regime the sisters were sparked into activism and rallied communities into public protests that renounced Trujillo’s rule.

Three of the sisters, Minerva, María Teresa, and Patria, were murdered for their advocacy when they were beaten to death by associates of the government.

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Following the death of Las Mariposas, Dominicans across the island decided they had had enough. Six months later, Trujillo’s dictatorship was brought down when he was assassinated.

Sylvia Rivera 

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Well before activists like Harvey Milk and figures like Caitlyn Jenner made waves, there was Sylvia Rivera. The Latina born and raised in New York City had Puerto Rican and Venezuelan roots and a tragic story when she first began to carve out a place for trans people in the American gay liberation movement. 

Rivera was a self-identified drag queen and transwoman who participated in the Stonewall riots of 1969 and soon after founded Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with Marsha P. Johnson.

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In 1970 she led trans activists in the country’s first Gay Pride march, then known as Christopher Street Liberation Day March and in the years after she delivered fervent speeches that called for the support of LGBTQ people of color and who were homeless.


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Shop These 20 Christmas Gifts For Your Girlfriends All Under $25

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Shop These 20 Christmas Gifts For Your Girlfriends All Under $25

When it comes to Christmas shopping, we all wish that we could have unlimited funds and get all of our friends and family everything that they absolutely deserve. But that’s not reality. What is the reality, though, is that we love our girlfriends dearly and want to get them something this year that they will simply LOVE and that will also not make us broke. That’s where this list comes in.

Whether you’re looking for a super cute shirt or a gift perfect for your best foodie friend, here are 20 Christmas gift ideas that are perfect for all of your chicas. Why? Because they’re all under $25, of course. Budget-conscious gifts don’t have to look like they’re budget conscious, though. So we have dug through all of the best gifts in our mitú shop to come up with this list of gifts ideal for all of your besties.

1. Mujer Power Pin, $10

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If you want to let your ladies know that you think they are powerful AF, then this pin is the way to do it. Anyone would be proud to wear this and the best part is that it’s cheap enough that you can make this an extra gift.

2. Guacardo You Can Do It T-Shirt, $25

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Rosie the Riveter is a classic icon of female empowerment but you know what’s even better? Yes, Guacardo doing the “You Can Do It”. Give the gift of this shirt with pride and your girls will feel that they, too, can do it.

3. Fierce Flowers Mug, $15

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If you simply want to let your besties know that you think they’re fierce, then this mug is the one for you. Its girly flowers are the best accompaniment to the sentiment because it shows that we can all be feminine and FIERCE at the same time.

4. La Jefa Phone Case, $20

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Your friends are on their phones pretty much 24/7, right? Well, now you can remind them to text you back in a subtle way by getting this “La Jefa” phone case. This one’s especially useful for your bestie who just got the latest phone this year…

5. Frida Feminist Tote, $25

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Everyone has stuff that we have to carry around but carrying all that stuff around is made all that much more fun when you have a Frida feminist tote. She looks pretty great here and so will your friends as they happily wear this to your next brunch outing.

6. She Se Puede T-Shirt, $25

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Is there any better way to let your best friends know that they CAN do anything they want? No, definitely not. This “She Se Puede” shirt is a fantastic reminder that we Latina women are powerful and always will be.

7. Bruja Pin Set, $20

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For the brujas in your friend set, there is no better gift than this pin set. It includes three distinct pins that your fave bruja girlfriend can wear proudly on her jacket or purse. Don’t worry, it’s okay if you get one of these sets for yourself, too.

8. Frida Phone Case, $20

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You can’t get enough Frida Kahlo gifts, which is why we have to recommend this Frida phone case. Adorned in her classic style, your one friend trying to make it as an artist will especially really love this one.

9. Food Socks, $17

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For that foodie girlfriend of yours, look no further than these adorable food socks. Whether she’s into tacos, paletas, jalapeños or avocados, there’s no going wrong with this adorable set that shows off what she’s all about.

10. Mija Beanie, $25

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Some girls simply rock the beanie hat like no other and those are the friends that simply MUST have this “mija” hat. This gift would be perfect for any of your Latina friends that live in colder climates or, you know, have fantastic street style.

11. Calladitas No More T-Shirt,  $25

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How do you show off your Latina pride at the same time as you remind everyone that you are outspoken? The “calladitas no more” shirt, of course. Get this one as a gift for your bestie in one color and another one for yourself in a different color so that you can rock them together.

12. En Esta Cocina Mando Yo Apron, $25

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You are bound to have at least one friend who is the Queen of her kitchen. In order to encourage and inspire her to cook more (and invite you over, of course), gift her this awesome kitchen apron that will inspire many girls nights in.

13. La Jefa Mug, $15

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There’s that one friend you have who is climbing the corporate ladder like a boss. Or perhaps she is a boss already? Either way, she deserves a “La Jefa” mug to take to work and let everyone know what she’s about.

14. Hair Full of Chisme Pin, $10

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Don’t be surprised if ALL of your friends want this one, which shouldn’t be too difficult to do since this pin is on the cheaper side. However, the sentiment will be seriously appreciated by your besties.

15. Pupusas Taught Me That Tote, $25

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Pupusas are delicious and beautiful, and so is this tote. Not only is it funny but it’s also a sweet little encouragement and celebration of our Latinx culture. Your Salvadorean friends will really love this one, I bet.

16. Paleta Hat, $25

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Who doesn’t love paletas?! Well, now your girl who is their #1 fan can rock this shirt all year long. Whether it’s the summer and she’s downing them like she’s the thirstiest person on the planet or winter when she’s turning up the heat just so she can still have a paleta, this is her perfect gift.

17. Te Calmas o Te Calmo T-Shirt, $25

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This shirt might just be the perfect gift for your friend who is a mami or about to become one. Sure, maybe she’s not actually saying this to her kids the way her mom said it to her, but… still. It’ll make her laugh for her.

18. Cactus Socks, $17

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Sometimes, you just need a subtle showing of pride and these cactus socks are the perfect way to do it. They’re brightly colored yet subtle so, really, only your friend who rocks these will know that she’s all about the Latinx pride.

19. La Vida es Bonita Phone Case, $20

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For your girl who likes to keep things subtle but is an eternal optimist, this phone case is it. It’s a sweet reminder of all of life’s good things and, honestly, can’t you just see her light up every time she picks up her phone from now on?

20. #checkyourchichis Mug, $15

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A subtle but important reminder for breast cancer awareness but also just a cute mug, this gift is definitely one that will make your girls giggle. Just be sure not to give it to your friend who is so shy that she’ll blush just looking at this one.


Read: 5 Crucial Lessons We Learned About Fatphobia, As Taught By Chicana Body Liberation Author Virgie Tovar

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