Mangos with Chili is a brilliant and beautiful touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color artists, writers, performers, dancers, radicals, rabble-rousers, perverts, sluts, and sweethearts. A few of my most beloved friends and favorite performers have done the tour. The show, and the people involved with the show, mean a whole helluva lot to me.
After the jump, the letter I got from The Mangos. I strongly urge you to read it and make a donation through Qwo-Li's website. Simply put: We gotta take care of each other and our friends, loved ones, and communities.
From October 10-24 , Mangos with Chili Floating Cabaret of QTPOC bliss, dreams, sweat, sweets, and nightmares helped to continue QTPOC traditions of radical art, healing, sex, and resistance during our 2008 Borderlands Tour. We traveled down the West Coast in a huge gold van, from the Bay to LA, and across the southwest to Denver, building community and weaving legacies for future generations of queer and trans people of color.
On October 20, 2008 the Mangos with Chili tour van was stopped by border patrol agents at a checkpoint 20 miles outside of Yuma, Arizona. We were subsequently questioned and searched, and the encounter resulted in one of our artists receiving a $3000 citation. It is our intention to raise funds to cover the cost of the citation. And so we are appealing to you, the community that warmly embraced our Borderlands Tour, to make a donation to help pay this citation. A paypal account has been set up, and we ask you to donate whatever you can.
Here's a link to the fund: http://dragonflyrising.com/borderlands.php
Please pass word along to anyone who you think can help us out.
In the Spirit of Gloria Anzaldúa, Barbara Cameron, June Jordan, Pat Parker, and All of our Ancestors,
Mangos with Chili, the floating cabaret of queer and trans people of color bliss, dreams, sweat, sweets & nightmares, is a Bay-Area based arts organization committed to showcasing high quality work of life-saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Mangos With Chili is a fiscally sponsored project of CounterPULSE: www.counterpulse.org.