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Nov 22, 2021
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WOW, 2021 is on a rapid closing considering that Thanksgiving is Thursday! With that said, what are 3 things you are grateful for this Fall season and why? I'll lead by example: 1) Health - after 2020, I am extremely grateful for my health and strength! If the pandemic only taught me one thing, it taught me to never EVER take my health for granted. Health includes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. 2) Relationships - from family to friends, I'm grateful for their imprint on my existence. 3) Hope - 2020, and the residue of 2020 that carried into 2021, left many people feeling uncertain and hopeless. However, I'm grateful for the vision to look ahead and remain hopeful in-spite of injustice! I hope everyone has a safe and joyous holiday week. Be sure to tell the people in your life how much they matter because time is precious! Also, #knowyourreyets :)
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Nov 01, 2021
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Simply starting is an act of radical faith! Don't underestimate the power in crossing the starting line, especially if you weren't granted the same privileges as others. Just run your race and I'm certain you'll cross the finish line...
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Nov 01, 2021
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Oct 28, 2021
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Marginalized communities are most vulnerable to acts of discrimination and violence. Most of us will never forget our First Encounters. First Encounter with law enforcement, First Encounter with ICE, First Encounter with racism, First Encounter with sexism, First Encounter with poverty, etc. This is why it's important that we create safe spaces to amplify the stories that often go unheard. Plus, provide resources to learn about the tools that can help you navigate those encounters live and direct. With that said, be sure to check our First Encounter Conversations on Instagram Live. We hope to raise awareness and provide communities with tools to walk empowered in the instance that they encounter injustice. #knowyourrights #firstencounters #IGTV #InstagramLive #staytuned #reyetsapp #share #like #follow #repost #walkempowered Our First Encounters Topic: First Encounter With Law Enforcement with Jesse Hagopian and Michael Bennett on October 28, 2021 @4pm EST
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Oct 25, 2021
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WOW, this is the last week of October and I can not believe 2021 is slowly but surely coming to an end! Question: What are some ways you document your personal and professional progress over the past ten months? Note: It's difficult to manage others, movements, and ideas when we don't have the capacity to manage ourselves.
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Oct 20, 2021
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For White People, From a White Person Racism throughout America is as prominent as ever in the twenty-first century. Due to recent political leaders promoting discrimination amongst those who don’t fit the cis-white-male uniform, minority groups have banded together to protest. However, their fight for equity is not always recognized by media, or even our peers. While their disparities are real and need to be taken into consideration, minority groups are not valued as high as the white society. This needs to come to an end. For this to happen, white people themselves need to take action. We need to be more than just allies, but co-conspirators. Before We Begin: The first thing white people need to realize before supporting people of color (POC) is that this movement is not about white people. When you are a white person supporting a POC, it is imperative that you recognize your privilege before entering a protest or conversation. In order for POC to be heard, white people cannot make themselves the center of the conversation. We are here to support, not to take away. What is a Co-conspirator? So, what is a co-conspirator, anway? And if I’m already an ally, why do I need to transition to a co-conspirator? To put it simply, being an ally is lazy. While yes, it is great that white people are willing to give their support to people of color, we need to do more. This is where the term co-conspirator comes to play. By definition, a co-conspirator is a person who is engaged in a conspiracy with another or others. Violet Rush, an If/When/How Legal Intern, explains what it means to be a co-conspirator perfectly. “To be a white co-conspirator means to deliberately acknowledge that people of color are criminalized for dismantling white supremacy. It means we choose to take on the consequences of participating in a criminalized act, and we choose to support and center people of color in the reproductive justice movement” (Rush). Often times when white people are exposed to the term co-conspirator, they assume that it is in relation to criminal law; for example, a co-conspirator in a crime. “However, the issue of conspiracy is often less emotionally burdensome for white students because conspiracy implies separation from direct harm caused to others” (Rush). Supporting the conspiracy is different than taking part in it, which is exactly why white people need to make the change from being an ally to a co-conspirator. White people can no longer be just “allies.” We need to advance further in order to dismantle white supremacy. And, as white people, we are less likely to be criminalized for protesting against it, for the legal system was created for and by white people. So, What Can We Do? Listen, but don’t make it about you. There are a million things white people can do to dismantle racism. One of the easiest things we can do is to listen. Listen, and try to understand the point of view of a person of color. Do not include your personal experiences or your emotions into their experiences, for your experience as a white person is not the same as a POC. As Jennifer Loubriel puts it, “there’s no room for white tears.” “Rather than focusing on how People of Color feel on an everyday basis from having to deal with racist institutions, interpersonal relationships, and ideologies, the focus goes to white people just beginning to confront how they benefit from racism on many levels” (Loubriel). It is crucial that white people do not take away the focus on people of color. They, POC, should be allowed to have a safe space where they can freely talk about their experiences of discrimination without having a white person flood the room with white tears. Our emotions as white people cannot be the center of attention for a movement that revolves around people of color. Though the experiences you may hear are heart-wrenching, it is key to learn how to process your own emotions before listening to someone else’s struggles. 2) Have a talk. Growing up, white kids do not receive a talk about their race. We are not warned of the horrors that could potentially happen to us because of our skin tone. We are not told to act certain way around police, to be respectful and keep our hands up at all times. We as white people are not pulled over at the same rates as POC are for reasons that are often minor or unknown. We do not have to be told from a young age how to behave around white officials. Although white people do not grow up with this talk, that does not mean we should go without a talk. With the internet and 24 hour news, there are resources readily available for parents and their children to discuss race and how it affects not only themselves, but people of color, as well. America is a predominantly white country, with 62% of the population being white (not Latinx). Only 13% of Americans are black. Black Americans in particular are extremely misrepresented in the media and are not given the same opportunities as White Americans. Here are some visuals below for a better understanding. Hopefully, by looking at a visual representation of the discrimination that is constant among POC, one may begin to have an understanding of the disparities in America. This is a perfect place to start for a white person to learn and get involved with their activism. Learn of the casual racism that has founded our nation and look for new ways to dismantle it. 3) Go out and protest! Now that we know of the injustice amongst POC, now it is time to make the transition from ally to co-conspirator. While believing in equality is great, believing alone won’t make a change. Allyship is tied with inaction, and inaction won’t get us anywhere. Find local protests, or even travel for one. Meet like-minded people and gather to celebrate diversity and equity for POC. Provide support for POC and provide a platform for them to speak on. However, remember to not take away from them. We must not speak over them (POC), but be behind them while they speak to show that we stand with them. “Co-conspiracy is about what we do in action, not just in language,” says Garza, “It is about moving through guilt and shame and recognizing that we did not create none of this stuff. And so what we are taking responsibility for is the power that we hold to transform our conditions” (Alicia Garza). America is in dire need for co-conspirators. Allyship is no longer an option. We as white people need to be active members for communities that receive discrimination on levels we won’t ever experience. The time for us to make the transition is now. Listen to your peers, educate yourself on the disparities they go through daily, and make a change.
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Oct 18, 2021
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What are some of your favorite BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) businesses in the DMV?
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Oct 14, 2021
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Hey! Be sure to join our weekly Instagram Live today @ 3:35pm EST (@reyetsapp) as we break-down our weekly newsletter, The Reyet Up. Plus, meet our special guest Miss Capitol Hill (Shae Lambert) as we discuss her domestic violence prevention and anti-trafficking efforts. Hope to see ya then!
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Oct 14, 2021
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How do we disrupt "cancel culture" in social media organizing and activism?
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Oct 12, 2021
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October 10th was national Mental Health Day! How do you practice taking care of your mental health and wellness? How can we do a better job of prioritizing mental wellness in our work-place environment? Do you think leadership should initiate regular conversations about mental health?
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Oct 07, 2021
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By Chardonnay Beaver | Reyets Fellow Born to Mexican and Puerto Rican immigrants, Sylvia Mendez was expected to go to a segregated school for Mexican students as a child. But when Mendez was in the third grade, her parents sued the all-white Westminster School District after they denied entry to Mendez and her siblings. The landmark case, Mendez v. Westminster, was settled in 1947, which successfully desegregated public schools in California. The case was the first ruling in the U.S. to rule in favor of desegregation, setting a precedent for future cases like Brown v. Board of Education (1954). After successfully completing her education, Mendez worked in nursing for 30 years. She's gone on to become a civil rights activist in her own right, speaking publicly on her historic case and advocating for Hispanic student rights in the U.S. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in civil rights. She is proof that young people are facilitators of change! #schooldesegeration #latinxheritagemonth #thechildrenarethefuture #share #standupforyourreyets
Do you know about the young lady who helped to desegregate California's public schools?

                                 Meet Sylvia Mendez content media
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Oct 07, 2021
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8 days left of Latino Heritage Month. With that said, who are some unsung Latinx civil rights figures?
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Oct 06, 2021
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There's only 87 days left in the year. What are you hoping to see change in our political and social climate?
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Oct 05, 2021
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What are some of your favorite BIPOC- owned businesses in the DMV, and why?
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Oct 04, 2021
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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. However, what good is "awareness" without prevention. How should schools and parents implement prevention methods?
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Sep 30, 2021
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Tomorrow is the last day of September, bringing in the Fall season! With that said, the days will begin to get dark and cold. How will you take care of your mental health in this season?
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Sep 29, 2021
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How has the pandemic taught you to pivot in organizing community, movement, and change?
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Sep 28, 2021
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How do you set your intentions for the day? What activities help you start the day of "right"?
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Sep 27, 2021
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What are your thoughts regarding the treatment of Haitian migrants? Would you argue that they're being treated different than Afghan refugees? Why do you think such? What do you think WE THE PEOPLE can do to support and protect their rights?
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Sep 24, 2021
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What is the George Floyd justice in policing Act of 2021? Prohibits federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious and discriminatory profiling. Mandates training on racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling for all law enforcement. Requires law enforcement to collect data on all investigatory activities. The bill was passed in the House in March, and after several months of Democrats trying to negotiate with Republicans in the Senate, the bill has been stalled. Today, the family of George Floyd is pleading with the Biden Administration to do whatever they can to get this bill passed. Less than 12 months ago, Americans rallied together to denounce police brutality. Although Derek Chauvin was convicted and sentenced (accountability) this bill was put in place to prevent such tragic situations from ever happening again. I'm at a lose for word and am highly disappointed with government this week. The division within one branch, and lack of action in another, exemplifies privilege and hypocrisy. In the words of Marvin Gaye what's going on?
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