Norma "La Brava" Mireau
Norma Mireau - La Brava - was born June 14, 1961. She is survived by her son, Gabriel Scheurkogel. La Brava was a longtime contributor to La Onda Bajita. On Friday nights for well over a decade, La Brava could be heard on La Onda Bajita bringing poetry and voices of resistance. Her segments on La Onda Bajita included *Across Indian Lands* and the *Tierra Alerta*. La Brava worked in defense of mother earth giving voice to indigenous communities around the world. She was a steadfast defender of sacred sites and a nuclear abolitionist.
La Brava was a passionate and fierce warrior, mother, and friend. From her birth she defied the odds surviving when doctors said there was no hope. In her spirit was the inspiration and love that burned in her heart.
For La Brava, her greatest accomplishment was as a mother. As a single mom she always placed her son first. She was much loved by young people as a surrogate mother and she listened, guided, and gave. Many young people found a safe haven in La Brava's home.
There is so much about La Brava - the sweet harmony of her voice, the blaze of wisdom in her eyes, the bite of her poems that dripped like honey. But most of all we remember her heart and determination and that love defies hardships; that we become more beautiful the more we endure.
La Brava, thank you for giving your time, wisdom, and heart to KPFA. Rest in peace. May the light of your spirit continue to guide us all from the other side.