Riding at night through streets deemed dangerous in Eastside Los Angeles, the Ovarian Psycos use their bicycles to confront the violence in their lives. At the helm of the crew is founder Xela de la X, a single mother and poet M.C. dedicated to recruiting an unapologetic, misfit crew of women of color. The film intimately chronicles Xela as she struggles to strike a balance between her activism and nine-year-old daughter Yoli; street artist Andi who is estranged from her family and journeys to become a leader within the crew; and bright eyed recruit Evie, who despite poverty, and the concerns of her protective Salvadoran mother, discovers a newfound confidence.
In the U.S. only 24% of all bicycle trips are made by women. In Baltimore, where 33% of residents don’t have access to a car, low-income and minority households are more likely to use bikes as a necessary mode of transportation to work or school. Yet women and people of color often feel less welcome in biking spaces, don’t have bike infrastructure in their neighborhoods, and are more likely to experience street harassment, among other barriers. This screening and community discussion in Highlandtown, where neighbors face these issues every day, will bring these themes to the forefront of local discussion and convene a diverse force for equitable transportation advocacy in Baltimore.
7:30pm | FREE - Register for free online to reserve your ticket!
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include:
- Liz Cornish is Executive Director of Bikemore, Baltimore's livable streets advocacy organization. Formerly the Women Bike Manager at the League of American Bicyclists in Washington D.C., she is a national expert on the intersection of gender and biking.
- Shawna Potter the founder and advisory board member of Hollaback Bmore, a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world.
- Lilian Amaya is co-organizer of IRIS Baltimore, a Latinx LGBTQ support group. She works as a Bilingual Service Coordinator for an intimate partner violence program in Baltimore City. Lilian is the daughter of Salvadorian immigrants. She identifies as a queer Latinx woman and lives in Southeast Baltimore City.
Special thanks to our partner, BIKEMORE! Bikemore works to increase and improve bicycle infrastructure, policies, and awareness to create a safer, healthier, and more livable bicycling city. Bikemore is committed to removing barriers to biking as a viable form of transportation and recreation for all, and ensuring all people who bike have a voice in transportation advocacy.