Digital Resistance 101 (For communities in crisis) is now a printable toolkit!

Hi, everyone! This is Iris Rodriguez from Xica Media and I’m here to make a very special announcement!

Digital Resistance 101 is now available as a *printable PDF toolkit* that you can print out on demand anytime, to get organizing on right away! Take it to your community meetings or share it with someone who could use it!


It’s 2017 and we live in a time when many of our communities are in crisis or under attack by white supremacy, sexism, fascism, racism, discrimination, police brutality, colonization, and or contamination.

Are YOU from a community in crisis? If so, the Digital Resistance 101 toolkit was created JUST FOR YOU.

Learn how to assert your digital power now!

Digital Resistance 101 is a *printable toolkit* for communities in crisis who are experiencing ongoing trauma, low economic resources, media censorship, technological divides, and linguistic barriers.

All ages and abilities are welcome, and all levels of tech knowledge are invited!

The Digital Resistance 101 toolkit is a printable workbook with 13 years of tried-and-tested techniques in five short lessons.

Digital Resistance 101 is rooted in over a decade of resistance on the ground and online.

Learn tried-and-tested “Raschacua Tech“niques and assert digital power to help the community document, digitize, and disseminate the community’s story with the world.

Learn to construct digital resistance movements that can help the community boost online visibility, raise awareness, grow networks that take action, and obtain positive results.

Visit today!

GRAND OPENING of the Xica Nation store!

Xica Nation is proud to present our new online store!  We support independent artisans and media makers can share works that focus on cultura, decolonization, and positive/empowering products.

At the moment we offer book, music, and donation options for community projects.

If you would like to sell your product on Xica Nation, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Check out our products and support positive works!  

The Xica Nation store is available to host and sell your virtual/tangible product.

We offer three ways to participate:

  • flat fee of $20 (upfront) to host your item for one year, or
  • a 10% fee off the total of each order

For more information, please complete the following form:

CALL TO ACTION Sat 9/10: Ayoyotes on the Ground/Ayoyotes Por La Causa

social-media-english* Please distribute widely *

>>> #NoDAPL Solidarity Event

This Saturday, Sept. 10th @ 10 a.m. CST
At the Sacred Stone Camp or from your location

URGENT: Calling all danzantes and prayer warriors

Join us across Turtle Island to pray in solidarity with the danza that will occur at the same date and time at the Camp of the Sacred Stones in Cannonball, North Dakota at the Standing Rock Reservation.

The Dakota Access Pipeline and all projects that destroy mother earth and sacred sites must be stopped. This is a peaceful and spiritual resistance.

Let us join the heartbeat of each sacred huehuetl from across the vast expanse of territories we presently reside in, as we pray for our life force, our precious water, and in solidarity with the Camp of the Sacred Stones.

“The meaning of ayoyotes on the ground is symbolic because a few ayoyotes loose don’t make a difference. What makes the sound is when all of them are strung together to make an instrument of sound and protection. Why are they needed in Danza? To dispel bad energies and make the sound of water and mark the steps of the danzantes. But one ayoyote doesn’t make it, a few tampoco you need more than a few to create that powerful n sacred sound.”
–Abuela Rosa Tupina Yaotonalcuauhtli / Kalpulli Teokalli Teoyolotl in Austin, Tx

#NoDAPL #NoDAPLSolidarity #SacredStoneCamp #WaterIsLife #AyoyotesOnTheGround


>>> En solidaridad con el #NoDAPL

Este sabado, Sept. 10th @ 10 a.m. CST

URGENTE: Llamando todxs danzantes y guerrerxs espirituales

Acompañanos desde el Campamento de las Piedras Sagradas y por todo Anahuac para rezar en solidaridad con la danza que se logrará en el campamento en Cannonball, North Dakota en la reservacion indigena Standing Rock.

El Dakota Access Pipeline y todos proyectos que destruyen a la madre tierra y sitios sagrados se necesitan parrar! Esto es una resistencia espiritual y de paz.

Reuniremos el latido del corazón de cada sagrado huehuetl por todo el territorio expansivo que ocupamos, rezando por nuestra fuerza de vida, nuestra agua, y en solidaridad con el Campamento de las Piedras Sagradas.

“El significado de los ayoyotes a la tierra es simbolico porque unos pocos ayoyotes sueltos no hacen la diferencia. Lo que hace el sonido es cuando todos estan compuestos para formar un instrumento de sonido y proteccion. Porque se necesitan en la danza? Para eliminar malas energias y hacer el sonido de la agua mientras marcar los pasos del danzante. Pero un ayoyote solo no lo hace…ni pocos…necesitas mas para crear el sonido poderoso y sagrado.”
–Abuela Rosa Tupina Yaotonalcuauhtli / Kalpulli Teokalli Teoyolotl in Austin, Tx

#NoDAPL #NoDAPLSolidarity #SacredStoneCamp #AguaEsVida


Via the Cihuatlatokan

We are
A group of indigenous women
Called to action by the energy of our/the universal mother
To heal, build, and awaken
consciousness within our communities.

Nosotras somos
Mujeres indigenas
Llamadas a actuar con la energia de nuestra/la madre universal
Para sanar, construir, y despertar
Consciencia en nuestras comunidades.




Open call: Seeking Xicanx art on what it means to be Xicanx today

OPEN CALL for artistic submissions from the public addressing the following question in an upcoming Xica Nation article:


What does it mean to be Xicanx in this generation?  Or Chicanx?  Raza?  Latinx?  Indigenous peoples?  People of color in the U.S.?


SEEKING: photos, original art, street art, poetry, written, multimedia, music

WHO SHOULD SUBMIT:  People of all ages are encouraged to submit original artwork.  If photos of street art/murals are submitted, please indicate any known details including specific location.

DEADLINE:  Friday 8/5/16

*UPDATE: The submission form is now closed.*



Announcing the launch of Digital Resistance 101

We would like to announce the release of an online course by the creator of Xica Nation, Iris Rodriguez.

The course is entitled Digital Resistance 101: A digital resistance road map for community-led social justice movements and it begins Monday, March 21st.

For more information, visit:

Here are the details: 


Digital Resistance 101: A digital resistance road map for community-led social justice movements

DR101 is a 5-day online course for communities at the center of a social justice struggle who experience ongoing trauma, low economic resources, media blackout, technological divides, and linguistic barriers.

The purpose of this course is to help:
• BOOST online visibility
• RAISE awareness
• GROW action-oriented networks
• OBTAIN results

Save $5 if you register before Friday, March 18!

$30 before Fri 3/18
$35 after Fri 3/18
Retail value: $275+

Seating is limited! Enroll today!

A letter from the author:

MI QUERIDO PUEBLO: What I offer is not an end-all solution or social-justice-in-a-box. In this course are lessons learned from my digital warpath that can help community-led social justice movements navigate around socio-economic barriers which have been erected to disempower and oppress.

My methods are not the only way to demand justice or digitally resist. My goal is not to promote a one-size-fits-all strategy. The intention is to level the playing field by outlining basic standards of technological knowledge for supporting movements led by communities of color. These methods were developed with the understanding that the power and the platform belong to the community.

In the spirit of resistance and love, I offer these flowers of my experience to the world. These are the virtual arrows of the digital warrior. They must be used carefully to defend, create, liberate, and heal.

–Iris Rodriguez


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A letter from the Editor

Hi folks, this is Iris, the founding editor of Xica Nation.  I wanted to quickly reach out to say HELLO and update you on a couple of things:

Xica Nation is undergoing some changes.  I originally built this platform to serve as a point of positive cultural identity-affirming information.  But given the context of the times…the many fronts of war against our communities…and the need for us to unite while under attack…I’ve come to the realization that Xica Nation needs to change focus.

In the coming days/weeks Xica Nation will become a space for community unity, decolonization, spirituality and active resistance.  I ask that you please join me in welcoming these voices to Xica Nation.

I believe that the wisdom of our elders, community organizers, our leaders, our thinkers need to be shared in order for us to create a stronger ideological base as a community in resistance.

If you have a solid background in addressing issues related to [email protected] [email protected] in your community, are a longtime activist or respected spiritual leader and would like to connect with the Xica Nation audience, let’s talk. If you are are writer interested in submitting relevant articles, feel free to contact us as well.  Our email is [email protected]

We’ll be rolling out changes slowly but surely as time goes on so we appreciate your patience and continued support of this work.

Thank you for your solidarity.

Iris “Tejaztlana” Rodriguez
Founding Editor and Web Jefa, Xica Nation

(First Ever) Dia de los Muertos Interactive Online Community Altar

Welcome to the first ever interactive online community altar! Xica Nation is co-sponsoring this virtual altar which is dedicated to our relatives, [email protected] and loved ones who have passed.

You can participate by: 1.) adding a photo of a loved one with optional upgrades, and/or 2.) being a sponsor.

Click here to access the first ever Dia de los Muertos Interactive Online Community Altar.


New Ways to Share Your Stories!

Xica Nation is seeking stories from the public on different topics and has just launched new functionality to help document and share your stories!  Each week we will launch a question and invite the public to share their stories.

You can now participate in surveys and share your stories in the following ways:

  1. Commenting directly on the post
    • in writing
    • in video via a Youtube video response.  (Simply put the Youtube link to your video as a comment on the page.)
  2. By phone/voicemail by calling  (210)209-9539 (San Antonio, Texas area code.)
  3. Leaving a quick voicemail directly through your web browser by selecting the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen.

We are very excited to hear from you!


To view a list of open surveys:

Seeking Radio Show Hosts!

Xica Nation is currently expanding to include an online radio station!   We are currently seeking radio show hosts to compile shows of 30 minutes to 1 hour of quality audio each week.  There is ample room for creativity as long as the production meets the overall guidelines described in the About page.  Multilingual shows welcome!


Interested parties must be able to:

  • record their own show or save their own playlist (on their personal computer)
  • send audio file(s) to Xica Nation once a week


If you are interested in being a Xica Nation radio host or would like more information, please complete the fields below: