Killer’s Paradise

As many of you know, I have been an art activist against the femicides that have occurred in Ciudad Juarez.  My public activism in this has connected me to others that work to change gender injustices occurring all over the world.  In 2007, I joined Chapinas Unidas (Los Angeles Guatemalan Women’s Group) who came together to create awareness on the femicides occurring in Guatemala. Again, the international community was faced with extreme injustice by governmental, legal and social networks for victims and their families in Guatemala.  In May of 2007, we organized a press conference at Mercado la Paloma in South Central and a conference and art exhibit called “Espejo” at Sol Art in Santa Ana to discuss the femicides in Guatemala.

TODAY April 8th, at 7pm PST a discussion on Feminist Magazine (KPFK radio) about the upcoming Bringing The Circle Together film screening of ‘Killer’s Paradise’. Radio host Melissa Chiprin will speak with Indigenous activists in Los Angeles, Ana Castillo and Azalea Ryckman of Chapinas Unidas, and Olivia Chumacero of Farmlab, who have helped spread awareness about the ongoing femicide in Guatemala. You can listen in Los Angeles on 90.7 FM, on 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara and streaming live on This show will also be archived if you are unable to tune in that night!   Please tune in to KPFK tonight and click more here to get data on the free screening of ‘Killer’s Paradise’ on Thursday, April 16.  Nos vemos alli.killersparadise

3 thoughts on “Killer’s Paradise

  1. A sus pies Victoria, this femicide of mostly poor women is a f”’ing disgrace and holds a mirror up to the faces of the gachupin oligarchy’s of Mexico and Latin America where this outrage has and is occurring.
    Imagine if over 400 women were raped, tortured and murdered in say a city like Dallas or Chicago, especially if they were white women, the shit would hit the fan like nobody’s business, but no, the murdered women are poor and are nobody’s in places like Juarez, expendable, thought to be whores and deserving of what they got, uppity and non traditional as poor women with ambition, who the hell do they think they are working in the maquiladoras, most who are young and single.
    The crooked ass cops of Juarez hardly even get out of their chairs and donut shops to investigate these deaths, sometimes taking hours to drive to the scene of the crime where the dead bodies lay, and then after a quick prerequisite investigation the case is closed, after a couple of days if the body’s is not claimed pdq they are thrown into communal graves.

    I am just finishing a great novel, 2666 by the late Roberto Bolaño, which deals with the Juarez rapes and killings of poor women and young girls, it’s chilling as Bolaño humanizes and tells the story and circumstances of each victim, it brings it home and you can picture these poor victims as sisters, mothers, and daughters.
    Most Mexicans are now completely cynical of the powers that be in Mexico and it is common belief that the murders of these poor women are directly connected to the wealthy drug cartels, corrupt police and govt officials, the Mexican Press, and the ruling oligarchy families, who rule with impunity and with a disgusting and perverse sense of absolute entitlement.
    These drug cartels are run by the wealthy yet weak and corrupt, Hapsburg like ruling class of Mexico whose days are hopefully numbered.
    Below is an article I got out of the El Paso Times and that shows the ugly face of one of these ruling class “Juniors” who in Mexico are the designated “Masters of the Universe”. Every time I see one of these arrogant punk ass serrote’s I feel like kicking him right in the mug, if one of these weak punks had to grow up in my old neighborhood he wouldn’t have made it past junior high.
    Thanks for the timely post Victoria and lets hope that continued international pressure on these lazy ass officials will save lives of the real people of Mexico and Latin America

    Arrest of cartel’s alleged No. 2, Vicente Carrillo Leyva, seen as big break
    By Diana Washington Valdez / El Paso Times
    Posted: 04/03/2009 12:00:00 AM MDT

  2. DQ, 2666 is next on my reading list. I finished The Savage Detectives recently and before reading it, had no idea you could fall in love with a book! 🙂

    Victoria, thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. I will try and make it to the film screening.

  3. I have just about finished 2666 Chimatli, and believe me when I say that you are in for quite a journey reading this important literary spectacular.

    Victoria, keep on keeping on with this, over 400 murdered women and girls as young as 11 and 12 years old, raped and tortured in many cases. And it took international outrage and protest to get the corrupt Mexican govt off thier ass’s and to take the situation seriously.

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