By Cherríe L. Moraga

A Xicana Codex of adjusting awareness features essays and poems by way of Cherríe L. Moraga, probably the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, queer, and indigenous activism and scholarship. Combining relocating own tales with trenchant political and cultural critique, the author, activist, instructor, dramatist, mom, daughter, comadre, and lesbian lover seems again at the first ten years of the twenty-first century. She considers decade-defining public occasions equivalent to September 11 and the crusade and election of Barack Obama, and she or he explores socioeconomic, cultural, and political phenomena towards domestic, sharing her fears approximately elevating her son amid expanding city violence and the various varieties of dehumanization confronted via younger males of colour. Moraga describes her deepening grief as she loses her mom to Alzheimer’s; can pay poignant tribute to acquaintances who gave up the ghost, together with the sculptor Marsha Gómez and the poets Alfred Arteaga, Pat Parker, and Audre Lorde; and gives a heartfelt essay approximately her own and political dating with Gloria Anzaldúa.

Thirty years after the book of Anzaldúa and Moraga’s assortment This Bridge referred to as My Back, a landmark of women-of-color feminism, Moraga’s literary and political praxis continues to be encouraged by way of and intertwined with indigenous spirituality and her id as Chicana lesbian. but features of her considering have replaced through the years. A Xicana Codex of fixing Consciousness finds key modifications in Moraga’s concept; the breadth, rigor, and philosophical intensity of her paintings; her perspectives on modern debates approximately citizenship, immigration, and homosexual marriage; and her deepening involvement in transnational feminist and indigenous activism. it's a significant assertion from one among our most vital public intellectuals.

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Took a decidedly radical woman-of-color position when she stood f r o M i nsiDe the first WorLD alone among the members of Congress to state her opposition to war in western Asia. S. patriotic propaganda. S. foreign policy. On the morning of September 11, I turn on the news to watch the twin towers of the World Trade Center fall to the ground. I am deeply shaken, as is everyone, by the immensity of the assault. My children, leaving their morning oatmeal, run to the tv set. I watch their mesmerized eyes.

5 As the Pentagon represents the armored core of the military industry in this country, the World Trade Center represented the pinnacle of Corporate America and globalization, housing some of the most powerful financial, technological, legal, and manufacturing firms in the world, all doing business with the United States. World Trade Center workers were killed en masse on September 11—the majority not six-figured shareholders and bank investors and corporate lawyers (although they too were sacrificed), but office clerks and service workers and janitors and waiters and secretaries.

8 Dolores is mostly recovered now, but earlier that day I had a premonition of sorts about her vulnerable health. I remembered César Chávez’s funeral, how I was unable to attend. How the “circumstances” of my life had prevented it. Today those circumstances have changed. Thinking of Dolores, I vowed that upon her passing one day, I would be present con mi familia, that this time I had a familia with which to be present. Selfish thoughts about the 15 16 a x i C a n a D y K e C o D e x o f C ha n g i n g ConsCiousness markers of meaning in our own lives.

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