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 Welcome to Cafe Cultura's
March 2012 newsletter! We're excited to keep in touch with you regarding our continued growth in fulfilling our mission. 

Caf� Cultura's mission is to promote unity and healing among Indigenous peoples through creative expression while empowering youth to find their voice, reclaim oral and written traditions, and become leaders in their communities. 

We hope this message finds you and your family in good health and spirits.  This newsletter helps us keep you informed of the increased number of performances, events, and workshops we are organizing. Please review and support the list of events below. 

Cafe Cultura presents Rise Up

this Friday (3/9/12)

@ Denver Indian Center

Rise Up (front) Rise Up (back)

Spread the word...Bring your family & friends!!!!!

Cafe Cultura presents Rise Up!
in honor of...
March 10th National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 20th National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Open Mic, free HIV testing, free food, vendors, door prizes, & community!


Note: Make sure to come early to sign up and get a good seat. As always, we welcome anybody who is willing to help in the organization of the event. 


WHEN: 2nd Fri. of every month (March 9th, April 13th)

--->6:30pm to 10:00pm

WHERE: Denver Indian Center (4407 Morrison Rd)

WHAT: All ages Open Mic Night

Come express yourself creatively or just chill with your people

$3 donation (nobody turned away)......Everyone is welcome!

-March Features:
--->April Chavez (Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM...Dine'/Kewa Pueblo): April Kateri Chavez proudly represents the Din� Nation and the Pueblo of Santo Domingo. She has been featured in HBO's Russell Simmons' Brave New Voices series, and served as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. Embassy in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania where she performed poetry, taught writing workshops, and shared her Native culture. Based in Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM, she currently attends Stanford University, with plans of attending law school upon graduation.

Links (video & news articles):
-April Chavez on HBO's Brave New Voices
-New York Times article about April's time with the Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Club

---->Kiawitl Xochitl (Houston, TX...Xicana): Kiawitl Xochitl ("rain-flower") is a Xicana mother of 3, an MC/vocalist, graffiti artist and traditional dancer who has been planting seeds of empowerment, awareness and ancestral consciousness through her unique musical sound using contrasting vocals inspiring feel good energy for the past 15 years. She represents Native Texan roots as a dynamic vocalist bringing her unique Chicana/Native Hip Hop Soul sound. She has been featured in the Source Magazine, BET, Mun2 and in the books Graffiti Women, Chicano Rap, on the covers of La Nueva Raza Newspaper & Houston's La Vibra Magazine. She is currently featured in Graffiti Verite 11, Don't Believe Da Noize-Voices from the Underground. Often the only female performer on all male line-ups, she has become a positive force in hip-hop covering social issues and calling for change. She focuses on maintaining the Indigenous traditions of Texas and has re-established her family for 3 generations back into the ceremonies.

Links (audio & video):
-Kiawitl Xochitl on Reverbnation
-Kiawitl's Facebook Page
-Kiawitl's Myspace Page

in association with
-Branching Seedz of Resistance
-Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
-Councilman Paul Lopez
-Denver HIV Resources Planning Council
-Denver Indian Health & Family Services
-Health & Human Services
-Latinos Integrating Sexuality Teaching Others Safer Sex
-National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC)
-Servicios de La Raza
-Sisters of Color United for Education
-Youth HIV Advocacy Coalition (YHAC) 


Statistics...What Can You Do?
Statistics...What Can You Do?


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Cafe Cultura presents
A Fundraiser for Tucson's Ethnic Studies Program
Fri, April 13th @ Su Teatro

Collaborative Effort...Details coming soon

Film Screening of "Precious Knowledge"

Precious Knowledge - Trailer 
Precious Knowledge - Trailer

For more clips from the film, visit 

More info:;
Scheduled Events and Programs
-Cafe Cultura presents Rise Up this Fri-
-Cafe Cultura's Fundraiser for Tucson's Ethnic Studies Program...Fri, April 13th @ Su Teatro-
-Workshops for Youth-
-Exciting Updates-
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Contact Information

Cafe Cultura
P.O. Box 11791
Denver, CO 80211-1791

Workshops for Youth

We had the honor to present our spoken word/poetry workshop to students at East HS, North HS, William Smith HS, Lakewood HS, Fort Morgan HS, and Denver Center for International Studies during February. We enjoyed the interest and energy they shared. We look forward to the similar experiences at Colorado Queer Youth Summit on March 31 and elsewhere. If interested in our workshops, please contact us.

Our workshops at KIPP Denver Collegiate High School and The Bridge Project @ Quigg Newton continue to be rewarding. Here is a sample of what they've produced:


"I come from my grandma's adobe house.

I welcome people home and help them live."


In the near future, we will be offering direct ways you can support them...



Make sure to read future newsletters for more specific updates from our workshops as well as opportunities for you to support our efforts...

Exciting Updates

-Cafe Cultura will host a special showcase as part of the 2012 Women of World Poetry Slam being held in Denver. It will take place on Saturday, March 10th at the Mercury Cafe (2199 California) from 2:30 to 3:30pm.Like us on FacebookEvent Page

-Members of the Cafe Cultura Collective will be running in the Colfax Marathon on May 20, 2012 to fundraise for our increased work in the community...specifically to conduct more spoken word workshops for youth. If you're interested in joining us as a runner (options: 5k, 10 miler, half-marathon, marathon, 5 member team relay) or volunteer, let us know (you get special perks/gifts). So far,
Alejandro Jimenez, Hannabah Blue, Derek Brown, Jozer, & Ara Cruz will be running in the half-marathon (13.1 miles). We will inform you of ways you can support our efforts in our next newsletter...

-We have more merchandise (t-shirts, stickers, earrings, etc).

-We need your help: We're in the process of distributing Cafe Cultura Collective Compilation books to local schools and organizations working with youth (especially to those serving mostly Native & Chican@/Raza youth) free of charge. If you're interested or know of contacts, send us an email ( We'd definitely appreciate it...
Compilation Cover
-Website!!!: We are excited to have an incredible website soon (

For now, you'll find links to our facebook page and our previous newsletters.