There’s An Anti-Gentrification Saint In Mexico City

She is not against progress; she is against displacing people.

In Mexico City, you will find a new saint that has only been around since 2016. Her name is Santa Mari la Juaricua and she is the Anti-Gentrification Saint. Santa Mari la Juaricua was created by artists Sandra Valenzuela and Jorge Baca after seeing the physical and economic impact that gentrification was having on their neighborhoods, according to Aristegui Noticias. She might be a new saint, but she is already amassing a very devout and mobilized following of people who don’t want to lose their homes and small businesses to rising rent prices. According to Aristegui Noticias, Santa Mari la Juaricua protects “the right to accessible housing” especially in the neighborhoods of Ribera and Júarez where rent prices have seen steep increases in the past few years.

“She’s a saint against corruption and in favor of respectful communities, mixed and diverse neighborhoods, and the right to accessible housing,” Valenzuela told Aristegui Noticias about the purpose of Santa Mari la Juaricua. “Monthly rents that were, let’s say, $400 to $700 have duplicated and sometimes people have to leave the neighborhood.”

Aristegui Noticias reports that some neighborhoods in Mexico city have seen rent increases that are close to 140 percent, leaving many people unable to afford their rent anymore. This has led several of Santa Mati la Juaricua’s followers to hold processions against the gentrification of their neighborhoods. Oh, and she has her own rap song.

Like any other saint, Santa Mari la Juaricua has a prayer for anyone facing increased gentrification.

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“Patron and mother, Saint and Girl, Friend and accomplice / Protector against gentrification / Save me from the bad practices, Free me from displacement / Of eviction, of the abusive increase in rent, / Of the spike in property taxes / Of the voracious landlords and of evil landlords / Save us from gentrification,” reads a part of the prayer to Santa Mari la Juaricua.

If you want to learn more about Santa Mari la Juaricua, you can follow her on Twitter and Facebook. You know, because she is a modern saint.

H/T: Latino USA

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This New Exhibit Shows The Incredible Evolution Of Lowrider Culture


This New Exhibit Shows The Incredible Evolution Of Lowrider Culture

For Latinos in Los Angeles who grew up around lowriders, car culture is about family. It’s about the days that were spent cruising down Whittier Blvd or bumping oldies on summer nights. And, of course, it’s about the personal expression that the cars represent. Now, a new exhibit is presenting lowriders as they should be: art.

The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración” shows the evolution of lowrider culture.

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The exhibit, on display for an entire year at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is a group show that features installations, lithographs, sculptures, drawings, paintings, photography, and, of course, cars too.

According to a press release by the Petersen Automotive Museum, the lowriders featured in the exhibit combine “automotive ingenuity and imaginative expression.”

The attention to detail is staggering. Each car tells a different story, like this Gypsy Rose Piñata lowrider by artist Justin Favela.

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According to the Petersen Automotive Museum, some of the cars featured include “Our Family Car,” a 1950 Chevrolet Sedan painted by legendary artist Gilbert “Magu” Luján (who died in 2011).

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“El Rey,” a 1963 Chevrolet Impala by Albert De Alba Sr.

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“El Muertorider,” a customized 1968 Chevy Impala by Artemio Rodríguez and  John Jota Leaños.

Gangster Squad ’39,” a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe by Mister Cartoon.

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The show also features amazing paintings and lowrider-inspired items.

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“Chicano culture is so deeply intertwined with the culture of Los Angeles and automobiles represent a rich part of that,” said Terry L. Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “We at the museum are honored to be in a position to share this vibrant and thriving culture with those who might not otherwise be exposed to it. ‘The High Art of Riding Low’ is going to be one of the most important exhibits we’ve curated.”

The show features 50 artists. We dare you to pick a favorite piece.

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The show is on display until July 2018 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles.

READ: Lowriders have Gone Global

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