November 25th marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. This evening, the Mission Dance Theater is observing the holiday with a healing session and a performance, starting at 6 p.m. The event is called Guardianas de la Vida, meaning “Guardians of Life” in Spanish. This was pulled from the event’s wordpress site:

“The City of San Francisco has issued annual proclamations for the last seven years, to remind all that much work needs to be done at all levels when it comes to addressing violence.”  said MamaCoatl (pronounced mama-coe-ah-tull), who – with co-sponsorship from Sophia University, Palo Alto (formerly  Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) – spearheaded the day’s observance. “It is important that we continue to dismantle the apparatus of violence, understanding it as global problem,” she added. “Violence against women and children, particularly in communities of color, must be treated as a human rights violation, a hate crime. At no time of the year is this intervention more appropriate than the last week of November, when the American identity is reinforced by the unconscious glorification of genocide inherent in the Thanksgiving holiday.”

Tonight’s event will include music, dance and poetry.

Tickets cost $15.

They can be bought at the door or at

Alexandra Garretón

Alexandra Garreton, 26, enjoys living in a neighborhood where she can use her Spanish on a daily basis. Garreton moved to the Mission in August, and has been intrigued by the welcoming nature of the eclectic...

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