The First 100 Days: Fear and Loathing @ the Borderlands: A Poem to Gloria

Check out Aliado’s co-founder, Dr. Chakira’s, new piece on the First 100 Days of Trump for APA’s Psychoanalytic Activist newsletter! #latinx #borderlands#thewall

The Psychoanalytic Activist

By Chakira M. Haddock-Lazala


14611050_1760298417557380_6107584599755472682_n“The U.S.-Mexican border es una herida abierta […] Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them. A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are it’s inhabitants.”

– Gloria Anzaldúa, 1982 (Borderlands/La Frontera-The New Mestiza, p.25)


I had a nightmare

couched in a dream

and in it

tiny orange hands

caressed my body


took this bridge

called my Back

and turned me into clay bricks.

He said he’s building a wall

And is using me to build it.

Soy La Frontera.

I am the Borderlands.

Tierra. Firme. Fértil.

He said he’s going to


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Interview w/ Dr. Chakira about Aliados, Urban Liberation & Psychoanalysis!

By Matthew LeRoy In late January 2016, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chakira Haddock. Chakira is currently a pre-doctoral intern at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, housed at Boston University’s School of Medicine. While completing a rigorous doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the New School of Social Research, Chakira has found […]

via Urban Liberation & Psychoanalysis- Free Associations at the Grassroots — The Psychoanalytic Activist


“The inclination to aggression constitutes the greatest impediment to civilization.” ~SIGMUND FREUD, 1929






Judson Memorial Church and the award winning New Books in Psychoanalysis are pleased to announce a marathon reading of Sigmund Freud’s classic text, Civilization and Its Discontents. Everyone is invited.

Few thinkers have looked so unflinchingly at human aggression as has the founder of psychoanalysis. While the guns of August still echoed and European Anti-Semitism grew rife, Freud wrote Civilization and Its Discontents, declaring: “Man is wolf to man. Who … will have the courage to dispute this assertion?”

The 21st century offers no disputation; slaughter reigns supreme: the massacres in Santa Barbara and Newtown, the killings in the Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza, Afghanistan, the racially motivated murders of Trayvon Martin and Mi- chael Brown, the sexual assault of women on college campuses, the beheadings, the choke- holds, the drones, the endless violence.

“Men are not gentle creatures who want to be loved,” Freud wrote in 1929, using words as rel- evant today as then,“but rather, (are) creatures whose instinct (is) aggressiveness.”

We continue to meet the enemy…and it is us. Yet if we cannot change, what will happen to our civilization?

“Black Minds Matter” @ the New School for Social Research 3/1 @ 1pm

Black Minds Matter

March 1, 2015 `

1:00-4:00 pm

65 West 11th Street

A program in the IPTAR series, Bringing Back the Revolution

Please join us for a screening of Black Psychoanalysts Speak, a PEP award winning video, followed by large and small group discussions facilitated by the film’s participants.

Featuring interviews with eleven Black psychoanalysts, the film is intended to raise awareness of the need for greater openness and understanding of cultural and ethnic issues in psychoanalytic training, in transferential and countertransferential interactions, and in the recruitment of people of color into psychoanalytic training.

The film’s participants contend that psychoanalysis has a long history as a progressive movement devoted to the common good. Psychoanalysis asks us to examine the processes of self-deception that perpetuate both individual unhappiness and social structures that are inequitable and oppressive. Yet psychoanalytic education has for the most part focused on training and treating the relatively privileged. The psychoanalysts here examine this dilemma and engage in a vibrant and thought-provoking discussion about race, culture, class, and the unrealized promise of psychoanalysis.

Please join the conversation

Suggested admission fee: $25
Candidate/student suggested fee: $10
Register now. Seating is limited.
All comments and suggestions are welcomed
(A web-based payment option will be provided in January)

Location: Wollman Hall at the New School, 65 W. 11th Street, New York, NY, 10011

Sponsored by IPTAR (the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research) and the Department of Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research

LSWO National Social Workers Conference 2014- OCT 16th-18th

LSWO National Social Workers Conference 2014
The Latino Social Workers Organization (LSWO) invites all social
workers, human service professionals, and allied health/
educational professionals to a 3-day conference in Chicago
(October 16-18, 2014) . This conference is an opportunity to enhance
your knowledge skills, and advocate for social justice issues.
We appreciate all the faculty, social workers, and allied
human service professionals who will be sharing their expertise,
experiences, and evidenced-based approaches over this 3-day
The “La Familia” perspective is the cornerstone of the Latino Social
Workers Organization (LSWO). For over 15 years, this perspective
has influenced our conferences, summits, and continuing
education programs. For the first time, we will integrate this
perspective through “La Familia” Empowerment groups on the
last day of the conference. This will be an interactive, collegial
opportunity to focus on specialized areas of practice, and set future
cultural competency goals and objectives.
The early registration conference fees are affordable. The network
of faculty, students and professionals who are the LSWO,
make the early registration fees possible. The Latino Social
Workers Organization (LSWO) fees will increase on September
16, 2014. Register today!

For more information, CLICK HERE!


mestiza y molesta


[luhtee-noh, la-]

noun, plural Latinos.

  1. a person of Latin-American or Spanish-speaking descent

The dictionary defines Latino as “a person of Latin-American or Spanish-speaking descent,” yet so often Latinos are believed to look a specific way, as if we are a homogenized group.

The belief is that Latinos are light skinned, sort of tan, with brown or black hair and brown eyes. When most people, especially Americans, picture Latinos, it looks something like this:

Hispanic-family-eating_web3 a “typical” Latino family

Or they think of well-known celebrities like Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara, or Jessica Alba.

Shakira_Image_For_ReleaseAPPROVED_&_FINAL_highres Shakira

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2014 Tribeca Film Festival - 'Chef' Premiere Sofia Vergara

936full-jessica-alba Jessica Alba

What’s interesting is that most of these actresses and musicians are white Latinas or white-passing. Shakira is of Spanish, Italian and Lebanese descent although she was born in Colombia. Jennifer Lopez was born in NYC to Puerto Rican parents, and is white-passing. Sofia Vergara is a white Latina born in Colombia…

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The Interpreter and the Puerto Rican Syndrome- Chris Christian

Check out Dr.  Chris Christian short essay on the Puerto Rican Syndrome on Criticas Latinoamericanas.

About Dr. Christian: A Puerto Rican Psychologists, psychoanalyst and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research; he is also Director of the New School/Beth Israel Center for Clinical Training and Research at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He is co-editor, with Michael J. Diamond, of the book, The Second Century of Psychoanalysis: Evolving Perspectives on Therapeutic Action, published by Karnac, 2011. He is a Member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), and has a private practice in Manhattan.

“Juarez-A Documentary Mythology”- Sept. 27th, 2014 NYC

NYC Social Event- Theatre Outting
As mentioned by our Aliado’s co-founder Felix at the Summer Salon his sister, Inez Garcia is an actress and is currently a cast member in the wonderful new play “Juarez- A Documentary Mythology” and has reached out to invite us to a performance!
The event will be Saturday September 27th @ 8pm at the off-Broadway theater The Rattlestick as part of the theater: village festival. And best news is that it’s very affordable!- $5 student rate as well as a $20 regular price ticket.
As Ines’ stated: “The Guardian wrote an article on the show, but part of the reason I would love to have you is a few of the “characteristics” of this show in particular: Our director is from Juárez, but no one else in the piece is. In fact, there are only two Latinos in the show and we’re both Caribbean, raised in the U.S. The rest of the performers are white United Statesians (with a lot of variety of where they come from). Many of them went to Juárez to research the show and one of the conceits of the show is that our lines are not memorized—they are not “our lines” but rather interviews they had with people who live on the border. Their question lies more with what being a “witness” means and what his or her responsibility is if they are seeing something horrific pass unnoticed in our larger society.”
I think this would make not only a great outing for Aliados but an even better discussion about the idea of borders/borderlands, Latinidad, Muxerismo, testimonios and of course, the effect of immigration and violence on Latino mental health!  Perhaps we can discuss at dinner after the show? Suggestions welcomed!
For those interested in more information about the play, click HERE.
For tickets, click HERE. Add discount code for $20 GA tix:  MITU20

The Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE’s) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP)

The Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE’s) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) has applied for grant funding for a new fellowship program titled Now Is the Time: MFP-Youth Program (NITT MFP-Y), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant program would offer fellowships to master’s level students who are committed to providing mental health services to children and youths (adolescents and young adults aged 16–25) in underserved minority communities. We are confident that CSWE has a very good chance of being awarded the grant. However, the official award notice may not be received until late September or early October. Program officers have advised potential grantees that SAMHSA expects awardees to move very quickly to recruit applicants, select fellows, and begin training once the funding notice is received. A brief overview of the program follows.
Please note that this is a preliminary announcement of a program that is awaiting notification of funding award.

Program Overview
· One-time fellowship award to full-time, advanced master’s level minority social work students (second year or advanced standing) enrolled in a CSWE-accredited master’s degree program
· Monetary stipend
· Specialized training in mental health issues of children, adolescent, and transition age youths aged 16–25 years, with special emphasis on transition age youths; one face-to-face training and two or three webinar trainings
· Other supports: Conference/mentoring group calls, e-newsletter, program handbook, and directory of fellows
Fellowship Eligibility
· Full-time, advanced master’s level social work minority students committed to providing mental health services to children, adolescent, and transition age youths aged 16–25 years, with special emphasis on transition age youths
· American citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents
Ethnic/racial minorities including those who are American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander (e.g., Chinese, East Indian, South Asian, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Samoan), Black, or Hispanic (e.g., Mexican/Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central American, South American)
· Enrollment in two advanced courses in one of the following categories: mental health and/or co-occurring substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery; culturally competent evidence-based practices or services for children, adolescents, and/or transition age youth
· Internship/placement setting that provides mental health services to target population (must provide documentation from program)
Application Materials
· Application form
· Résumé
· Statement of interest/commitment to providing mental health services to target group
· Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
· Field placement verification from field director
· Recommendation form/letter
Applications will be reviewed by the MFP-Y Advisory Committee, a volunteer group working to advance the mission of the program. The Advisory Committee will be composed of persons with demonstrated experience, expertise, or knowledge of mental health and substance abuse issues of children, adolescents, and transition age youth with a focus on underserved minority groups and a commitment to training and mentoring for behavioral health direct practice.
Further information will be made available when CSWE receives confirmation of the grant award.

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