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2019 V-Day Brunch Marks 10th Anniversary and Introduction of LH Board of Reps

More than ten years ago, Jan and Carol from EDR-Los Viajeros South “sister-hood” began a tradition of getting all of us together around special holidays.  One of those holidays was Valentine’s Day.  Everyone looked forward to gathering at their place for brunch, mimosas, and a chance to catch up with each other.

As often happens in snowbird 55+ communities, Jan and Carol’s lives changed and they decided to settle down in Arizona, rather than continue to make the trek every winter to San Felipe.  Not wanting to discontinue the get-together tradition J&C had started, the lesbians from LVS (AKA “lesbian village”) and LVN (AKA “lesbian lane”) picked up the proverbial baton and continued the Valentine’s Day custom of getting together.

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the move from J&C’s place in LVS to Lisbeth and Cal’s place in LVN.  Since the move, all of the sister-hoods have added their own twist to the traditional bacon and egg dishes of the past. Dinah, from La Ventana del Mar, can be counted on for her “cheesy grits;” Liz & Kathy, representing LVS and LVN, created a mean, but healthy, fruit salad; Julie, representing the South Campos, introduced us to a genuine Sicilian lasagna; and, Sharron and Susan, from LVN, provided their amazing BB Caesars and Mama S’s Mimosas.

Eating, drinking and visiting make up a big part of why we get together.  Through the years, however, we’ve also tried our hand (or, knees) at flash mob dancing a-la-Eve Winslow of Vagina Monologue fame.  We’ve raised awareness regarding, and fund raised for, several local causes including: VIVA, the Equestrian Center’s horse rescue service, and the local community hospital. This year, we will be supporting the Las Amigas program that provides for the education of a local young lady from the area.  All in all, the annual Las Hermanas V-Day brunches never fail to provide a sense of community, instruction, and good eats and drinks.

As the years have gone by, we have seen lots of changes to our community and to the membership.  Some women have elected to make SF a permanent home, while others have lengthened (or, shortened) their winter snowbird stays.  We have also experienced sad and unfortunate losses to our community as we all age.  Through it all, however, there is a sense of immutable consistency. There always remains a core to carry on the traditions and to tell the stories of our community.  This recognition of permanence has, I believe led to the desire by some to create a more structured organization; one that represents the many faces of who we are; one that can pull us together around a variety of events, occasions and purposes.

This year, with twenty-five women present at the brunch, it was suggested that we create a Las Hermanas Board comprised of representatives from the various sisterhoods in the San Felipe area.  This move marks an herstoric juncture for us. We have always been a strong, but informal, presence in the SF area.  This has been what has attracted so many to come and to remain in our area. But, now, there appears to be a need to create more avenues for us to network and to get together.  To do this will require a more formalized operating structure.  It is hoped that this newly formed Board will provide the mechanism with which to move to another level of community.

The first meeting of the LH Board will be February 27, at 11 a.m. at the Road Runner Grill.  The following sisters have volunteered to represent their hoods: ( NOTE: If your area is not represented, and you would like to volunteer to be on the Board, please let Cal know before February 27.)

  • Masanee (EDR, Palos Verdes South)
  • Alice (EDR, Palos Verdes South)
  • Judy (EDR, Palos Verdes North)
  • Liz (EDR, Los Viajeros North & South)
  • Cal (EDR, Los Viajeros North)
  • Tricia (La Ventana del Mar)
  • Julie (South Campos, Campo Sahuaro)
  • Gloria (North Campos, Campo Ocotillo)

If your name is not on the list, and, you wanted to be included, please let Cal know in the comments below or, in the comments on Las Hermanas FB group page.  Thanks and sorry if we missed you!

We look forward to seeing what good things this new move brings for our community!

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Penny to Lead Tour of Casa Digna Housing Project

Penny will lead two tours of the Casa Digna Tire Housing Project this week.

First tour will take place on Tuesday, February 19. Second tour on Friday, February 22. For both tours meet at Orange Pharmacy building on Highway 5 next to the North Ejido at 10 am. Please comment below if interested. Or, check in with the Las Hermanas FaceBook group events in order to RSVP.

First Meeting of Las Hermanas Representatives Group

First meeting Wednesday, February 27, 11 am: Road Runner Grill for lunch (lunch/drinks off of the menu).

Order of business: We will discuss structure of the group, sponsorship of one more event for this season, and begin outlining events for next winter season (2019-2020). Please bring a calendar.

The following sister “hoods” are represented: EDR-Palos Verdes South(2: Masanee & Alice), EDR-Los Viajeros South(1: Liz), EDR-Los Viajeros North(1: Cal), EDR-Palos Verdes North(1: Judy), Ventana Del Mar(1: Tricia), South Campos(Campo Sahuaro)(1: Julie), Campo Ocotillo(1: Gloria). If there are any other hoods not represented, and you are interested in representing that hood, please comment below or PM Cal. Please feel free to remind each other! 😂

Note: if I’ve missed anyone, please let me know. This group is open to anyone interested in representing their area.

Awesome Massage Gift Certificates to be Offered at Brunch

Elizabeth Gonzalez will be on hand at our brunch to sell V-Day gift certificates at discounted prices for totally awesome massages. $25 for 1/2 hour. $45 for an hour. An experience NOT to be missed. 😁❤️

Julie will also be selling her cool solar beaded deco lights. PM her for prices.

So bring cash if you want to shop!

10th LVS/LVN Annual V-Day Brunch

This is just a quick reminder that this Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the Las Hermanas V-Day Brunch as sponsored by the LVS and LVN sister-hoods from EDR.

Festivities will begin around 9:30-ish and end around 2-ish, and, will be held at at Crones’ Cove (Casa de las Tortugas Viejas) in EDR, Los Viajeros Norte off of Road 23.  (For specific directions, please refer to the FB Las Hermanas del Desierto group page.)

In addition to the usual great breakfast offerings, come prepared to sample other delectable delights representing several other “sister-hoods” in the area(La Ventana, Vista del Sol, and Campo Sahuaro).  LVS’s Sharron and Susan will be back to amaze us with their one of a kind beverages—from Canadian Butch Beaver Caesars to California Ay, Ay Mama Mia Mimosas.  Everyone is guaranteed to find something to kick start their morning! (Coffee and water are also provided.  If you want something else, BYOB…or, Bring Your Own, Baby.

The weather this year looks to be unseasonably cooler than in years past, with lows in the mid 50s to start and ending in the 70s.  It will be cloudy, but no wind.  Dress accordingly.  Layers are always a good bet in the desert this time of year.

We have lots of chairs. However, if you have a favorite camping chair, and its easy to stash in your vehicle, bring it just in case.

If you do NOT own property at EDR or La Ventana, you will need a pass to get on The Ranch.  Please let us know ASAP if this is something you need us to arrange for you.  Please contact us:  US Cell:  970-213-1328  or Mex Cell: 686-307-6138 or EVEN better: Face Book private message or Email: bajasisters@gmail.com. Please use aforementioned contact info for any other questions.

This year’s agenda will include the following:

  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Visiting
  • Discussion Item 1: Creating a “Sister-hood” representative board
  • Discussion Item 2:  Long-term sponsorship of a local girl through middle school (in conjunction with Las Amigas program)
  • Announcement 1:  Liz Gonzales’ awesome Valentine’s Day massage special offer.
  • Announcement 2: Next Las Hermanas event(s) possibilities:  Hay Cafe private movie showing, Galeria Milan for lunch or dinner, Villa Marina for lunch or dinner, croquet tournament, softball game, podcast club, other?
  • Announcement 3: Any other announcements???
  • Activity:  (Surprise) Face Time Call to a special person who could not join us this year
  • Activity:  Annual group photo

If you have not signed up to follow this web site, PLEASE do so now.  If you are on FB, please LIKE the Las Hermanas del Desierto group page.  Doing both of these things will ensure that you are kept in the loop.  We will no longer be sending out individual email notices.

Look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday, February 14!

 

 

MEXICO SAYS WILL TURN BACK AT-RISK U.S. ASYLUM SEEKERS

Two U.S.-Mexico meetings have been held to work out details of a new plan to return across the shared border migrants seeking U.S. asylum, but Mexico will not accept anybody facing a credible threat back home, a Mexico Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

In a major policy change, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration said on Dec. 20 it would send non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to wait in Mexico while their U.S. asylum requests are processed.

At the time, Mexico said it would accept some Central American asylum seekers for humanitarian reasons, in what many saw as an early concession to Trump by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1.

Trump is demanding $5.7 billion in funding for a wall along the Mexican border, triggering a 33-day U.S. government shutdown which has left 800,000 federal workers without pay.

In an interview on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Roberto Velasco said Mexico cannot accept the return of migrants who are “in danger.”

“If they return people that are vulnerable, that have a founded fear of persecution in Mexico, or people that require some special attention, we don’t have resources to address that,” he said.

Velasco did not say how Mexico and the United States would determine which asylum seekers were at risk in Mexico. Last year about 93,000 people sought asylum at the southern border, up 67 percent from 2017, according to U.S. government data.

Serious doubts exist over whether Mexico can keep Central American asylum seekers who are fleeing poverty and crime safe, especially in border towns that are often more violent than the cities they left. Authorities are investigating the recent deaths of two Honduran teenagers kidnapped and killed in the border city of Tijuana. –Reuter’s January 25,2019

Can Panic Alarms Save Mexican Women Victims of Domestic Abuse?

Victims of domestic abuse in Mexico City will be given panic alarms as part of government efforts to combat growing rates of violence against women in a country where on average more than seven women are killed by men every day.

Authorities aim to hand out key rings with a global positioning system (GPS) tracking device and panic alarm buttons to 128 women, mostly aged 30 to 40, who have suffered domestic abuse, including those living with their aggressor, in a first-of-its kind initiative in the capital.

Mexico has one of the world’s highest rates of femicide – the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender – according to the United Nations.

Victims of femicide often have a long history of domestic violence, and perpetrators are often current or former partners, with many killings taking place in or near the home.

It is hoped the use of panic buttons can help prevent femicides by allowing women to quickly alert the police and allow them to track down and respond to incidents of violence.

“They are victims mainly of domestic violence, at the hands of their partner,” Nelly Montealegre, an assistant prosecutor at the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office told local media on Monday.

“In these cases, the aggressors control what they do, their mobile phones … they follow them, spy on them, call them constantly and leave threatening messages,” Montealegre said.

Some of the women have previously received threats from their partners using guns and knives, she said.

Last year, 760 women were victims of femicide across Mexico, up from 407 in 2015, and more than three women were killed in the capital alone every day, government figures show.

Violence is driven by Mexico’s “macho” culture, which tends to blame women for the violence inflicted on them and to condone it, along with low conviction rates for gender crimes, experts say.

A 2018 poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation ranked Mexico City as the most dangerous transport system for women out of five cities surveyed.

It found about three in every four women the capital were not confident about using the transport system without the risk of sexual harassment and abuse or sexual violence.

Mexico City’s first elected female mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, who took office last month, has said eradicating gender violence is a top priority.

Sheinbaum has pledged to increase the number of prosecutors handling femicide and domestic violence cases to get more convictions for such crimes, and make it easier for women to report violence against them.

Panic buttons connected to the police are being used by women in other countries, including Brazil, the UK and Canada.

In 2017, the Indian government required all mobile phones sold in India to have a panic button enabling women to call for help.

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Reporting by Anastasia Moloney @anastasiabogota, Editing by Jason Fields. Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit news.trust.org

First Reunion of HdD in 2019 Well Attended!

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, twenty-five women from the north and south Campos around San Felipe, BC held their first get together of the season. Thanks to a suggestion from south Campos resident, Julie, the group gathered for steak night at the Barefoot Bar and Grill (AKA the Hotel Cortez). The management and wait staff at the BBG were extremely accommodating and service was great. The group had an opportunity to welcome snowbirds and newcomers to the area, as well as a chance to catch up on everyone’s news. The band also provided an opportunity for sisters to dance. The evening ended with an amazing tres leches birthday cake for Peggy and Dinah. Everyone was also reminded of this Saturday’s Women’s March in the United States and the opportunity to stand in solidarity on the Malecón on Saturday at 10 am.

First General Get Together of the 2019 Season

December 16.  5:30 PM  Hotel El Cortez (AKA Barefoot Bar and Grill)

Join us for “Filet Mignon” night at the Barefoot Bar and Grill.  $15 gets you a steak and fixin’s, a margarita and desert.  We’ve reserved a front row table with a view of the Sea of Cortez.  Nice area for pre dinner vaginatales (vs cocktails), should you like to come down early.  There is also a live band for those who wish to dance. Please share with other sisters not on our list.  See you there!

Mexico Gets 1st Leftist Leader After 32 Years of Technocrats

“Mexicans are getting more than just a new president this past Saturday. The inauguration of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will mark a turning point in one of the world’s most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization.

Mexico long had a closed, state-dominated economy, but since entering the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs in 1986, it has signed more free trade agreements than almost any other country, and privatized almost every corner of the economy except oil and electricity.

Now, though, Lopez Obrador talks a talk not heard in Mexico since the 1960s: He wants to build more state-owned oil refineries and encourages Mexicans to “not to buy abroad, but to produce in Mexico what we consume.”

Combined with a deep sense of nationalism and his own place in history, Lopez Obrador’s inauguration is likely to be the most home-grown, populist handover of power in decades.

After taking the official oath of office at the Chamber of Deputies, Lopez Obrador plans to hold another ceremony later in the day on Mexico City’s main square, where a leader of Mexico’s indigenous communities will bestow a traditional symbol of authority — a ceremonial wooden staff known as a “baston.” A grand celebration featuring traditional music will be held in the square.

The country’s 65-year-old new leader is moving the presidential office fully back to the centuries-old National Palace that lines one side of the square, while refusing to live at the luxurious, heavily guard presidential residence 6 miles (9 kilometers) to the west. He will reside instead at his private home.

The handover of power began at midnight when new cabinet secretaries were sworn in for key security posts — a tradition meant to ensure there’s always someone at the helm of the Army, Navy and Interior Department, the country’s top domestic security agency.

New Interior Secretary Olga Sanchez Cordero said in a post-midnight ceremony that the new government will “listen to everybody, the majority and the minorities, because in a democracy all opinions can be expressed.”

Lopez Obrador gained prominence as a leftist politician leading protests against oil pollution in his swampy native state of Tabasco, though he hasn’t given any indication that he will cancel private oil exploration contracts or pull out of Mexico’s free trade agreements with 44 countries.

Still, it is clear that the first big change in direction from three decades of “neoliberal” policies of free markets and small government will occur in his six-year term.

“We’ve had enough neoliberalism. Do we have to applaud it?” Lopez Obrador said in September. “Why don’t they accept that neoliberal policies were a failure, that they only benefited a small minority, impoverished the majority of people, and caused violence?”

Lopez Obrador won a crushing victory in the July 1 elections after two previous, unsuccessful runs for the presidency and he is the country’s first president since the Mexican Revolution to rise to prominence as a protest leader. He sees his inauguration as a historic “fourth transformation” of Mexico, following independence from Spain, the liberal reforms that broke the church’s dominance in the 1850s and the 1910-1917 revolution.

His predecessor, Enrique Pena Nieto, leaves office with a historically low approval rating, which in several polls ranged from 20 percent to 24 percent. Pena Nieto failed to rein in Mexico’s rising homicide rate or deal with thousands of Central American migrants camped out on the border, leaving both intractable issues as the biggest immediate challenges facing Lopez Obrador.” –AP, December 2, 2018

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