Lesbians strike back at hate radio.
"It was one of the most elaborate actions the Avengers have done in years," says Ana Simo, who has helped organize the campaign against MEGA-KQ FM. "We had floor plans. We had someone take a tour of the facilities and she came back with an eight-page report. We did a dry run where the physical lay-out of the station was reproduced. We had get-away vehicles waiting outside. Everything was like clock-work. We were very pleased with it."
Jokes about black people called "macumbas" who belong to "tribes," and about lesbians and gay men as disgusting and sick encourage violence and discrimination in the Spanish-speaking community, Simo says. "The larger issue is total lack of social responsibility on the part of the Spanish-speaking media. They behave as if they were in a Central American dictatorship."
Reaching out to lesbians in the Latina community and other communities of color is of particular interest to Simo and to the coalition of groups that worked on the radio-station protest. "We realize that what we're doing doesn't reach many people. This project is part of the answer to that problem--to bring it into the barrios." Simo says. "That's been quite a considerable amount of work to bring these groups together of different race and social class. But I think we're happy with the result."
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|Title Annotation:||New York City, NY black and latina lesbians invade Spanish-language station MEGA-KQ 97.9 FM protesting conservative commentaries|
|Date:||Jan 1, 1995|
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