25: Reparations are Due

On the final episode of Cerebronas, Yvette and Cynthia announce their plans for the future, criticize the Supreme Court’s decision in Oliphant v. Suquamish, and express their fears over the criminal convictions of the No More Deaths volunteers. They reflect on their podcast journey, what sovereignty really means, and the implications of the global pattern of criminalization of humanitarian aid.

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Yvette recommends the film Undeterred – see more about the film here!

Cynthia recommends a reading with @solaristhehiipriestess (see below)

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I recently Did a reading that was solely focused on Lilith for a client and I felt like it brought a lot of clarity and understanding to apart of her self that was trying to awaken. It made me realize that February is going up which brings Valentine’s Day where you are either super excited to share what your lover did for you or it’s a reminder of being single. Lilith is a major factor to understanding why you choose and are attracted the partners you choose and what kind of destruction and trauma can happen in this area of your life. Lilith is a wild spirit who loves to challenge whatever house she is in your chart. On #tarottuesday (feb 5) I plan on dedicating my time to do readings focusing on this area in particular !if you are interested I will have a sign up list. dm me so that your info will be ready for Tarot Tuesday. Wanted to share a little info Understanding and finding Lilith's position in your natal chart is very important. It can help you become aware of your "dark side" and bring self defeating patterns and unhealthy behavior to light In a man's chart, Lilith reveals the type of woman he fears and the type that can drive him over the edge, often to despair. For men , Lilith often indicates the area in which he'll have to deal with power issues with women. For example, in the 4th House it may mean he has an extremely domineering or just plain bitchy mother and/or wife. In the 10th House, he may have to deal with powerful women in his career. Lilith has a strong influence on synastry. Lilith in everyone's chart represents sexual passion. A Lilith-influenced relationship will be wild and untamed, just as she is. Those involved will have an incredibly strong sexual attraction to one another and nothing will keep them apart. Transits can do the same thing. Logic will absolutely not apply and nothing anyone tells them will have any effect on deterring the lovers unless they drag one or both of them off somewhere and lock them up until it passes. If the relationship was triggered by a transit #astrology #lilith #tarot #atx

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24: Generations of Women Getting UTIs

On this episode, Cynthia and Yvette bash border patrol for the harm they cause to life, open up about their sex education, and shame Justice Holmes for his approval of sterilization in Buck v. Bell. They uplift the work of No More Deaths, reject the santa/puta dichotomy, and shed light on the sterilization history of the U.S.

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Current Event: Deaths of Felipe Gomez Alonzo and Jakelin Caal Maquin

Donate to No More Deaths here. “The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiative: people of conscience working openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights.” Read more on their website.

Deep Thoughts: Sex

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Here’s a piece on the sex positivity of a show like Sex and the City that also addresses its problems and shortcomings.

Here’s a brief overview of UTIs for sexually active women.






Case: Buck v. Bell

Carrie Buck and her mother, Emma.

You can find a link to the entire opinion here as well as a summary. I recommend a read.

You can read about the history of the case and about Carrie Buck here, here, and here.


Chiquis: Rise to Reunite


On this episode, Yvette interviews Ana Maria Quintana, the vice mayor of Bell, California. Ana Maria works as an attorney with Rise to Reunite, a non-profit partnering with Al Otro Lado to provide legal assistance to migrants attempting to apply for asylum at the Tijuana border. They discuss the history of Bell, the immense need for quality legal services at the border, and the effect that Trump’s Muslim ban had on Ana Maria’s constituency.

Follow Rise to Reunite on Twitter: @riseto

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Chiquitasode: Speaking Power to People’s Truth

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia interview Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez– the founder of LatinaRebels. They discuss the current Nicaraguan political crisis and contextualize its history, swap stories of toxic mentors, and Prisca drops knowledge on the true meaning of church.

Chiquis: Migration Trends in Morocco

On this chiquitasode, Yvette interviews Cynthia Magallanes-Gonzalez about her research on migration patterns. They discuss the similarities between the relationships of the US and Mexico to that of Spain and Morocco, the difficulties for migrant mothers with children in multiple countries, and the need for transnational activism.

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Resources Shared by Cynthia M.

22: I Think That’s Bulls***

[TW: Sexual Assault, Suicide] On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia lament the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which held that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act exceeded congressional authority under the 14th and 15th Amendments, discuss the nuances of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process in the context of the #metoo movement, and share what they enjoyed about the film “Sorry to Bother You.”

Cynthia recommends reading “The Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein and advises her fellow Capricorns to embrace vulnerability.

Yvette recommends watching Bisbee ’17 and Castle Rock.

Read more about state efforts to suppress the right to vote here. 

Read more about the negative effects of sex offender registries on individuals listed here and here. 

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21: Fundamental Fairness

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia analyze Lassiter v. Department of Social Services, the case that held that counsel is not required for parental termination proceedings, criticize the Trump administration’s proposal to widen the definition of “public charge” for green card eligibility, and share the soft office skills they have learned as first generation professionals.

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Case: Lassiter v. Department of Social Services

Read a summary of/full opinion on the case, listen to the oral arguments, and see who voted how at this link!

Current Event: Expansion of “Public Charge”

Here’s a resource on the change, what it means, and how to get involved by the Center for Law and Social Policy. If you’re into 400+ pages of policy proposal, you can read the full proposal here.

Colorlines article on the proposal: Trump Administration Plans to Restrict Green Cards for Immigrants Enrolled in Safety Net Programs by Catherine Lizette Gonzalez


Cynthia recommends Sister Spinster‘s products!
Yvette recommends bell hook’s Communion: the Female Search for Love.

Chiquis: Rocío – Inspiring Compassion

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia interviews Dario Guerrero, the director of Rocío – a film capturing Dario’s mother’s fight against cancer and her last days with family in Mexico, and Dario’s decision to go with her, risking his ability to live in the U.S. In this interview, Dario tells us about the challenges of making the decision to “self-deport,” the failures of the medical establishment, and his experience at Harvard (both the privileges and frustrations). Visit rociofilm.com to learn more and find a screening near you! ¡¡Shirt and poster giveaway on IG!! IG: @rociofilm

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About Dario

Here’s an article about Dario’s experiences at Harvard and risking his DACA status: He Just Graduated from Harvard. He’s Also Undocumented. Will He Be Deported? by Laura Wides-Munoz

Here’s an article by Dario on learning he was undocumented and his path to Harvard: I Told Harvard I was an Undocumented Immigrant. They Gave Me a Full Scholarship. 

Check out the FAQ on the film’s website!


Chiquitasode: Reina Rebelde

On this episode, Yvette interviewed Regina Merson, founder of Reina Rebelde — a makeup line by a Latina for Latinas. She shares her journey from bankruptcy attorney to makeup mogul and reminds us to always self-reflect and step out of our comfort zone.

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Reina Rebelde

See Regina’s makeup line at her website here!
Follor Reina Rebelde on IG:

20: Dystopian Future

In their return from summer break, Yvette and Cynthia process Yvette’s California Bar experience, celebrate Roe v. Wade and the right to an abortion, and bemoan Google’s decision to censor information in China. They note the money-making/major-scam side of the Bar, normalize abortions, and worry about the impacts of Google’s technology.

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Case: Roe v. Wade


Read the case and hear the oral arguments here.
Here’s some history on Roe v. Wade.
Here’s an article on a woman’s illegal abortion prior to Roe v. Wade, which also explains the importance of the case: Women Share What Abortion Was Like Before Roe v. Wade: “I Was One of the Lucky Ones, I Survived” by Kaelyn Forde

Some more good reads:

Current Events: Google’s Project Dragonfly

Read here what’s happening: Leaked Documents Show Google is Making a Censored Search Engine for China by Daniel Oberhaus and Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal by Ryan Gallagher


Yvette recommends the book Genesis by Eduardo Galeano

Cynthia recommends castor oil for hair growth! See here for a hair recipe. I just use a coconut oil and olive oil blend!

Chiquitasode: Angola – Slavery by Another Name

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia welcomes Lincoln Mitchell and Ciji Jackson for a discussion on the largest maximum security prison in the United States: Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. They discuss the many similarities between the current prison and the former plantation, consider the responsibility & complicity of its current employees, and praise the men working in the law library. Correction: The Court of Appeals for the 5th District found that housing three death-row inmates in very hot cells without sufficient access to heat-relief measures violated the Eighth Amendment; however, air conditioning cannot be ordered as the type of relief because the Court found it was “unnecessary” to correct the violation. For more information see Ball v. LeBlanc, 792 F. 3d 584 (5th Cir. 2015).

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Albert Woodfox

Here are some articles on Albert Woodfox, including about him founding a chapter of the Black Panther Party and his 43 years in solitary confinement.

Other Articles on Angola

Chiquitasode: How to Apply to Law School

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia talks with law school classmate and good friend, Lincoln Mitchell, about applying to law school. They go through all the components and answer listener questions, specifically about the GPA, LSAT, resumé, personal & diversity statements, letters of recommendation, financial aid, and a few others. One additional tip on letters of recommendation – send your recommenders your resumé, transcript, draft of your statements, and anything else that will help them write a richer letter.

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Financial Aid Links

Here are some links to places that either give scholarships or have a list of scholarships:

*this list will be updated as we find more*

Undocumented Students

Berkeley has some information here about financial aid for undocumented students. Here’s an article on the efforts to remove the bar admission for undocumented students.

Lawyer without Law School

Here’s a website that offers guidance/information on how to become a lawyer without going to law school.

19: People are Forgetting

In episode 19, Yvette and Cynthia discuss different systems of accountability in the context of Chile, specifically the usage of documentary as a form of healing, the case against the dictator Pinochet in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the recent Vatican decision to punish priests who abused children. They examine the purpose of punishment and grapple with the challenges of truth-finding and accurate collective memory.

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Deep Thoughts: The Pinochet Case by Patricio Guzmán

You can get the documentary on YouTube (rent: $3.99, buy: $7.99) or Amazon (rent SD: $2.99, buy SD: $14.99).

Read Documenting U.S. Role in Democracy’s Fall and Dictator’s Rise in Chile by Pascale Bonnefoy to learn more about our own responsibilities as citizens in the U.S. for what occurred in Chile.

In 1991, the National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation in Chile released it’s report (available here) documenting 3,428 cases of disappearance, killing, torture, and kidnapping.

Case: García Lucero et al. v. Chile

Here’s a comprehensive summary of the case, here’s the decision from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and here’s a shorter summary.

If you want to learn more about the Inter-American Human Rights System, including the Inter-American Court on Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, here’s a good source to start with.

Current Event: Cover-Up by Bishop Juan Barros Madrid

Read the NY Times’ Pope’s Defense of Chilean Bishop in Sex Abuse Scandal Causes Outrage by Pascale Bonnefoy and Austin Ramzy for an overview of what’s occurred.

Here’s a more recent overview in the Atlantic: The Pope’s Turnaround on Sex Abuse May Have a “Tsunami Effect” by Emma Green.

If you’re interested in Richard Sipe’s research (featured in the film Spotlight and Netflix’s The Keepers), read From ‘Spotlight’ to ‘Keepers,’ Richard Sipe Sees Celibate Priesthood as Problem for the Catholic Church by Dan Rodricks.


Yvette recommended Patricio Guzmán’s two other documentaries: El Botón de Nácar and Nostalgia de la Luz. See here for a piece in the Guardian on Guzman’s Nostalgia de la Luz.

Cynthia recommended the work of Forensic Architecture, specifically in the Ayotzinapa Case. See the video below for an incredible presentation of what happened in Ayotzinapa.

California Primary Election Guide

We took a look at the ballot and realized how little we knew about each of the candidates and the different propositions. After research and talking to trusted friends, here’s how we will be voting!

State Candidates

Governor: John Chiang
Lieutenant Governor: Ed Hernandez
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
Controller: Betty Yee
Treasurer: Vivek Viswanathan
Attorney General: Xavier Becerra
Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
U.S. Senator: Kevin de Leon
Superintendent: Tony Thurmond

State Measures

Proposition 68: Yes
Proposition 69: Yes
Proposition 70: No
Proposition 71: Yes
Proposition 72: Yes

Judicial Candidates

For judicial candidates, cross off anyone who is a Deputy District Attorney or Prosecutor. Of the remaining candidates, vote for the woman of color, woman, or person of color. Each candidate for judge is also rated by the state bar association or the local bar association. You can google the candidate and “bar association” to see who is “well-qualified.” For example, here is the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s judicial evaluations. Scroll down to page 9 for the specific ratings.

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Chiquitasode: A World Without ICE

In this episode, Yvette moderated a panel focused on the case to abolish ICE featuring Bianca Santos, an attorney at Pangea Legal Services, Clara Long from Human Rights Watch, and Yadira Sanchez, an activist from the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. They discuss the history of ICE as an agency, how we can live towards a world without ICE, and the administration’s recent targeting of undocumented political activists.

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Bianca Santos, Pangea Legal Services

Growing up in an immigrant family and community, Bianca is dedicated to furthering the human rights of all migrants. Bianca joined Pangea in March 2014 after a year of volunteering with the organization. Prior to her work at Pangea, Bianca was the Program Director for the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative.  During her work with the IMBR Initiative, she led the revision of the IMBR text and commentaries, the drafting of an IMBR handbook, and the creation of indicators based on the IMBR.  The IMBR and accompanying materials are published in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Volume 28, Fall 2013.  Her work with the IMBR began in law school, where she worked with three international universities in an IMBR-focused conference in Geneva. Her commitment to the IMBR continues as she currently sits on the steering committee of the IMBR Initiative.  She received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Rice University (’05) and her law degree cum laude from Georgetown Law School (’11). Bianca is licensed to practice law in California.  She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Clara Long, Human Rights Watch

Clara Long researches immigration and border policy with the US Program at Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she was a Teaching Fellow with the Stanford Law School International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic. Clara has researched and advocated for human rights in Bolivia, Brazil, Panama, and the United States, including litigation in the Inter-American system. She is the co-producer of an award-winning documentary, Border Stories, about perspectives on immigration enforcement from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. She has represented detained immigrants with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, and covered Venezuela as a freelance journalist. Clara graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and holds Masters degrees from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development and from Stanford’s Graduate Program in Journalism. Long speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Yadira Sanchez, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Yadira Sanchez is a coordinator and organizer with the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. She has long been personally and politically invested with Bay Area youth activism to stop unlawful deportations and curb the human rights abuses of ICE, including a highly publicized campaign to stop the deportation of her own grandfather at the hands of ICE. CIYJA is a state-wide alliance of immigrant, youth-led community organizations from San Diego to Sonoma County that aims to create solidarity amongst immigrant communities and work with other anti-enforcement and anti-criminalization movements across California. The organization seeks to establish progressive and diverse immigrant, youth-led organizing efforts in California through the development of community-based, undocumented immigrant youth organizations. CIYJA is invested in supporting educational organizing and advocacy efforts by the member organizations for the enhancement and improvement of the lives of immigrant youth and their families in California. Yadira has also been heavily involved in education, especially for undocumented and marginalized youth, and organizing for domestic workers’ rights.

18: Desperate to Get Away

On this episode, Cynthia and Yvette discuss the terrible prospects facing Henry – a teenager formerly involved with MS-13 now facing deportation after cooperating with the FBI. For the case segment, they dive into the facts of Scott v. Harris – the case that held that a police officer ramming into a vehicle during a car chase was not a violation of a constitutional right. They get into the doctrine of qualified immunity and share their recent experiences in Puerto Rico and Puebla, Mexico.

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Current Event: Henry’s Deportation

Read the in-depth story on Henry here: A Betrayal: The teenager told police all about his gang, MS-13. In return, he was slated for deportation and marked for death by Hannah Dreier. It also has a video interview with Henry. They’re both extremely well done.

If you understand Spanish, check out Radio Ambulante’s Postal de San Salvador to better understand the cotidian impacts on living in El Salvador, where gangs dominate society. They also have an English transcript of the episode on their site.

Here’s a good read on the origins of MS-13 and an overview of Trump’s uninformed opinions: What Trump Doesn’t Understand About MS-13 by J. Weston Phippen

Case: Scott v. Harris

Read the entire opinion and read a case summary here.

Here’s an article that goes over how the Court has used the “qualified immunity” doctrine to inform other cases: Supreme Court Sides with Police Office Who Shot Man in Car Chase by Adam Liptak

It’s difficult to watch but here’s Scott and Harris going over the car chase:


  • Yvette recommended the film Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque te Amo. See the trailer below but note it’s in Portuguese
  • Cynthia recommended Queer Eye on Netflix. Trailer below too!

Chiquitasode: No Nos Vamos a Regresar

Grab your tissues because las Cerebronas interview the OGs – their parents – for this chiquitasode. They share their experiences of immigrating to the US – the pain, the successes, and the luck. We made this episode with a lot of love so we truly hope you enjoy! Note: Most of the episode is in Spanish.

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17: Rest in Power Marielle Franco

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the tragic and infuriating murder of Marielle Franco, break down the DeShaney v. Winnebago County DSS case, a due process decision born of a tragic incident of neglect that led to a young boy having permanent brain damage, and share what “democratizing knowledge” means to them.  They shame Brazil for its genocide against afro-descendants and the US for its unwillingness to affirmatively act for its people. 

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Current Event: Assassination of Marielle Franco

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Marielle Franco, Councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro

Read more about Marielle Franco’s advocacy, death, and response here: “Say Her Name: Marielle Franco, a Brazilian Politician who Fought for Women and the Poor, was Killed. Her Death Sparked Protests Across Brazil” by Kiratiana Freelon on The Root.

“Killing of Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Critical of Police Rattles Brazil” by Ernesto Londoño includes the quotes from President Temer. Read it here in The New York Times.

To learn more about the military intervention in Rio de Janeiro read this: “Brazil’s Military is Put in Charge of Security in Rio de Janeiro” by Ernesto Lodoño and Shasta Darlington in The New York Times.

Case: DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services

Read the full case and listen to the oral arguments here.

Joshua DeShaney.

Linda Greenhouse wrote a column on the legacy of Joshua’s case after his death, “The Supreme Court and a Life Barely Lived,” for The New York Times, read it here.

To learn more about the international human rights case mentioned, read here.


Yvette recommended Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Buy it on Amazon here.

Cynthia recommended folks consider fostering and/or adopting.

16: Borders Aren’t Natural

In episode 16, Yvette and Cynthia shine a light on ALEC, the organization responsible for legislation like “Stand Your Ground,” reject a world with borders, and explain the recent case that permits indefinite detention of certain immigrants awaiting deportation. They warn against ALEC’s insidious agenda, discuss the importance of the right to travel, and shame the court for not finding indefinite detention unconstitutional.

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Current Event: ALEC’s Anti-Protestor Legislation

Read more about ALEC here.

Deep Thoughts: Borders 

Read an Op-Ed in the Atlantic on a world without borders here.

Case: Jennings v. Rodriguez 

Read the Jennings v. Rodriguez decision here. 


Yvette recommends Real Housewives of Atlanta and the book “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism” by Benedict Anderson.

Cynthia recommends utilizing the Calm app for meditation and general relaxation purposes.

15: Call It What It Is

For episode 15, Cynthia and Yvette take it back to 1857 when the Supreme Court ruled that Dred Scott, or any black person, could not be a citizen of the US (a decision later overturned by the 14th amendment), call out the FBI’s racist practices, and dive into “gaslighting.” They note the importance of unpacking the US’ horrific history of slavery, point out the dangers of complacency around government surveillance, and give tips for how to recognize when you are being GASLIGHTED.

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Case: Dred Scott v. John Sandford

Get a quick overview of the case and read the full opinion here.

Here is the video of Ben Carson referring to enslaved people brought to the US by violent force as “immigrants.”

Current Event: “Black Identity Extremist”

Read about the FBI’s category here:

Read more about past targeting of black organizations and leaders by the FBI here: The FBI’s War on Civil Rights Leaders by Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar

Deep Thoughts: Gaslighting

The 1944 movie!

Here’s an article that goes over gaslighting: From Theater to Therapy to Twitter, the Eerie History of Gaslighting by Katy Waldman


Yvette recommended watching the Maze Runner (trailer below) which is in theaters now!

Cynthia recommended supporting and buying art from @iuneveno_art (see below)! #supportblackart

Also, check out the dope podcast ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? which is a bilingual podcast about Latinos in the Heart of our Country. If you want to hear stories of immigration, Latino art and culture, Latinos in the military and more, check it out.

Chiquitasode: People Carry Different Wisdom

In this final chiquitasode of the 3-part Harvard Law “Advocating Across Communities: Shared Identities, Struggles, and Imaginations”conference series, we interview Professors Montoya and Zuni Cruz about the indigenous tradition of talking circles and the inspiration it created for the dialogue circles at the conference. They emphasize the importance of listening and creating space for all to contribute.


Chiquitasode: We are the Trojan Horse

Las Cerebronas partnered with Harvard Law’s La Allianza to bring y’all three chiquitasodes with amazing Profes that will be sharing their knowledge at the 2018 conference, “Advocating Across Communities: Shared Identities, Struggles, and Imaginations.” In this chiquitasode, we interviewed Professors Christine Zuni Cruz and Margaret Montoya on disrupting white spaces, the overlaps and distinctions between the Latinx and indigenous communities, and the struggles of being Latina in legal academia.

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Professor Christine Zuni Cruz

Christine Zuni Cruz (Isleta and Oke Oweengeh Pueblo) established the Southwest Indian Law Clinic in 1993  to provide students with the opportunity to practice Indian Law. She had served as a tribal judge and been in private practice for ten years prior to teaching.

In her research and teaching, Zuni Cruz, a member of Isleta Pueblo, explores law and culture, including the impact of law on Indian families, the practice of Indian Law and lawyering for native communities and the Indigenous legal tradition and modern law of indigenous peoples domestically and internationally. She has taught in Greenland, Mexico, and Canada.

She served as an associate justice on the Isleta Appellate Court for fifteen years. Previously, she was a tribal court judge with the Pueblo of Laguna and the Pueblo of Taos. She also was presiding judge with the Isleta Court of Tax Appeals and an appellate judge with the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals.

Zuni Cruz, the first Pueblo woman to earn tenure as a law professor, is editor-in-chief of the Tribal Law Journal, an on-line law journal dedicated to the internal law of indigenous peoples.

Professor Margaret Montoya

Margaret Montoya was part of the first group of women and men of color who attended Harvard Law School. When she graduated in 1978, she won the prestigious Harvard University’s Sheldon Traveling Fellowship that allowed her to study affirmative action in Malaysia and India.

Professor Montoya was a member of the UNM law school faculty from 1992-2012 and licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, New York, and New Mexico. She worked to create programs and partnerships to increase student and faculty diversity in law and medicine. She served for several years as the Senior Advisor to Chancellor Paul Roth in the UNM Health Science Center. She retired in 2012 but continues to work part time while also babysitting her two grandchildren.

Professor Montoya’s scholarship on issues of identity, narrative, resistance to assimilation, and racial equity in education appears in law reviews, anthologies, and casebooks and is used throughout the U.S.  Professor Montoya has been recognized with many awards by her professional peers and by the Latinx community for her academic and activist work.

My truths require that I say unconventional things in unconventional ways.

Speaking out assumes privilege.

Speaking out is an exercise of privilege.

Speaking out takes practice.”

Máscaras, Trenzas, y Greñas: Un/Masking the Self While Un/Braiding Latina Stories and Legal Discourse, 17 Harv. Women’s L. J. 185 (1994), concurrently published in 15 Chicano-Latino L. Rev. 1 (1994).


Here’s the NY Times article on Genízaros in New Mexico: Indian Slavery Once Thrived in New Mexico. Latinos are Finding Family Ties to It. by Simon Romero.

Support Deb Haaland’s campaign as she runs to represent New Mexico’s District 1 in Congress! If elected, she’ll be the FIRST Native American woman in Congress. Read about her amazing-ness here: The Candidate Who Plans to Be the First Native American Woman in Congress by Leila Ettachfini.

Chiquitasode: Listen & Be Humble

Las Cerebronas partnered with Harvard Law’s La Allianza to bring y’all three chiquitasodes with amazing Profes that will be leading their 2018 conference, “Advocating Across Communities: Shared Identities, Struggles, and Imaginations.” In part 1, we bring you an interview with Professors Steve Bender and Frank Valdes on the 14th Amendment, the role of lawyers, and the responsibility on the Latinx community to dismantle white supremacy.

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Professor Francisco Valdes

Francisco Valdes, Professor of Law, earned a B.A. in 1978 from the University of California at Berkeley, a J.D. with honors in 1984 from the University of Florida College of Law, and a J.S.M. in 1991 and a J.S.D. in 1994 from Stanford Law School. Dr. Valdes’ work focuses on constitutional law and theory, Latina/o legal studies, critical outsider jurisprudence and Queer scholarship. Since 1995, Dr. Valdes has contributed regularly to LatCrit symposia and publications to help elucidate LatCrit approaches to knowledge-production, critical theory, and academic activism.

For a full bio and a list of publications by Professor Valdes, look here.

Professor Steven Bender

Associate Dean and Professor Steven Bender is a national academic leader on immigration law and policy, as well as an expert in real estate law. Among his honors, the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools presented him with the C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr., Award, a national award recognizing scholarly reputation, mentoring of junior faculty, and teaching excellence. Professor Bender’s latest book, “How the West Was Juan: Reimagining the U.S.-Mexico Border”, was published in July, 2017. His extensive record of public service includes his co-presidency (2010-2012) of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and co-leadership of the international academic organization Latina and Latino Critical Legal Theory, Inc. (LatCrit). Born in the East Los Angeles barrio to a Mexican American single mother, he applies his life experiences to his writings.

For a full bio and a list of publications by Professor Bender, look here.

For more info on Harvard’s La Allianza & NALSA’s conference, look here.

14: If People Like Us Had Been at the Table

On this episode, Yvette and Cynthia express disappointment at the loss of net neutrality, envision a new country under a new Constitution, and explain the doctrine around cell phones and search warrants. They cry-laugh at the corporate greed behind taking down net neutrality, find strength in vocalizing their goals for this country, and give a heads up on a new form of government tracking.

Note on “Deep Thoughts” segment: We want to acknowledge that we are on stolen land in the United States and that our deep thoughts segment ignores that fact. The conversation is useful as a means of thinking about what our ideal governance structure would be for a hypothetical country, not tied to the land we call “the United States” because we believe in the principles of decolonization – of returning indigenous land to those from whom it was stolen.

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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song

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Current Event: Net Neutrality

Here’s a really good article covering the history of net neutrality and common carriers: “Network Neutrality: A History of Common Carrier Laws 1884-2018” by Tyler Elliot Bettilyon

Here’s another good source: “Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know Now”

Deep Thoughts: Constitutional Convention

You can read the full Universal Declaration of Human Rights here.

If you’re interested in the idea of universal basic income, the Economic Security Project has some good resources, like a reading list on the subject.

Case: Riley v. California

You can get more info about the case and read the opinion here.

Here’s an article on the related case before the Supreme Court that will decide whether police need probable cause to get a search warrant tp access location information for cell phones: “Supreme Court’s Cell Phone Tracking Case Could Hurt Privacy” by Nick Sibilla.


Yvette recommended watching She’s Gotta Have It which is available on Netflix. Trailer below!

Cynthia recommended listening to 8tracks.com – a hub of playlists made by real humans, not algorithms. Here’s a playlist for deep studying/ writing.

13: Chiquitasode: What Can I Do to Support You?

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia and Yvette speak with Fátima, a social worker that embodies the harm reduction framework. Fátima shares an overview of harm reduction, why it’s important to respect the bodies and decisions of her clients, and how she lives harm reduction outside of her work. Importantly, everything we know about harm reduction comes from healing/resistance practices by black/indigenous queer/trans people of color and sex workers. We honor their knowledge and contributions in this episode.

You can follow Fátima on twitter @kabronapower

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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song

Harm Reduction

You can read about the principles of harm reduction here.

Here you can download an article that talks about expanding the harm reduction framework from drug use to sex work.

Shout Out: Ni Aquí Ni Allá

Read their call for artists and project description here! Here’s some info from one of their creative team members:

“Ni Aquí Ni Allá” is a multimedia performance and installation giving voice to Atlanta’s Latinx community.

We will revisit our childhood memories, our family traditions, our spiritual roots through a lens polished with subversion and decolonization. These are the moments that colored our lives and firmly grounded us in the cultures and narratives we have become geographically removed from. Ni Aquí Ni Allá is a window onto a vital facet of American culture, and we welcome people of all backgrounds to indulge our uniquely American blend of Latin cultures and traditions, uprooted and replanted. Through nostalgia and symbolic repurposing, Ni Aquí Ni Allá is a space for defining, decolonizing, and reclaiming our Latinx identity in all of its prismatic splendor. Come into our home, listen to our stories colored in Spanglish, perreo if the mood strikes you.

This project is supported in-part through an investment from IDEA CAPITAL, a community-based pool of funds created by and for the Atlanta arts community and in part by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

Follow them on the insta!

11: The Spanish Own the Cow

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette discuss Eduardo Galeano’s Venas Abiertas de América Latina, the gender discrimination case Nguyen vs. INS and the case of Jane Doe — an unaccompanied minor who sought an abortion while detained in immigration custody. They discuss the economics of colonialism, how gender is analyzed under the Equal Protection doctrine, and the myriad ways in which the bodies of migrant womxn are regulated and controlled.

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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song

Current Event: Garza v. Hagran

Read the ACLU information on the event here and read the legal files here.

Here’s a CNN article with problematic quotes from Texas State Attorney General by Eric Levenson and Tal Kopan, “Court Delays Abortion for Undocumented Teen in Detention.

Here’s an interview by VICE with the undocumented teen, Jane Doe.

Deep Thoughts: Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America

You can buy the book here on Amazon.

When Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez met former President Barack Obama, he gave Pres. Obama a copy of the book. Read more about it here.

Case: Tuan Anh Nguyen v. Immigration and Naturalization Service

You can find the court documents, summary of the case, and a recording of oral arguments here at Oyez.


Yvette recommends reading Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? by Mumia Abu-Jamal and other texts published by AK Press.

Cynthia recommends listening to Andra Day, an amazing artist from San Diego, CA. Listen for yourself below 🙂

8: Knowing Your History is Power

On this “Back to School” episode, Yvette and Cynthia discuss affirmative action, the case Plyler v. Doe, which ruled that Texas’ attempts to deny undocumented children access to K-12 public education was unconstitutional, and the recent Ethnic Studies win in Arizona. They debunk the myths surrounding affirmative action, break down 14th amendment jurisprudence, and emphasize the importance of Ethnic Studies for students of color. In lieu of our recommendations segment, we answer a listener email asking if we were too quick to chastise the white liberal woman whose parents voted for Trump. We hope you enjoy!

As a final FYI: This is our last episode until the month of October. We will be taking a break to travel and prepare for school. Please look out for our upcoming “chiquitasode”- a mini-episode where we share more about ourselves and our journeys to higher education.

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Deep Thoughts: White Affirmative Action

Some dope reads on the subject:

Case: Plyler v. Doe

You can find the opinion and a recording of oral argument at this Oyez page.

The wikipedia on California Proposition 187 aka “Save Our State” (major side eye at this) and the wikipedia on California Proposition 227, which eliminated bilingual classes (it was repealed last year).

Current Events: Arizona Ban of Ethnic Studies Found Unconstitutional

Here’s the court opinion which has some sweet T in it.

Informative read: “Federal Judge Finds Racism Behind Arizona Law Banning Ethnic Studies” via NPR’s All Things Considered