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Murder in Juarez.

THANKS CONSCIENCE FOR publishing Ana Castillo's article "Conditioned for Murder," in the last issue. I have been reading about these murders for years and this article ever so poignantly articulates what it means to be a brown woman and perhaps a Brown Catholic Woman in our world. So often as social change movements "evolve," their focus is on policy reform and legislation. The theoretical construct of misogyny and the subsequent articulation of sexism within various institutions has led us to make changes within structures that perpetuate harmful practices against women. But in Ciudad Juarez, misogyny moves from theory into feminicidio or practice and the intersection of race, class and gender on the body of a brown woman leaves an "X" on her chest and marks her for death.

Ana Castillo talks about what it means to have indigenous features and to be a working woman. Far too often we forget to include indigenous women in our definition of "woman" and it continually leaves them wide open for the kind of violence seen in Juarez. Thank you, Ana, for reminding us to not ignore the individual lives of working women in Juarez, while simultaneously working for global change.

M. CARMEN LANE

Cleveland Rape Crisis

Center, Ohio
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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Lane, M. Carmen
Publication:Conscience
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Dec 22, 2004
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