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I’m White – And I Stand for Justice

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This week, I sent the below email to the team at San Diego Organizing Project — the same week of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia. We had just spent 1.5 hours of staff meeting discussing the role people who are white have in acknowledging their privilege – and how little it’s done. From there, the conversation turned into how we would host a press conference in two days where interfaith leaders would unite and denounce racism and white supremacy in San Diego County.

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Our Inspiring Public Relations Intern: Venecia

By | Mixte Community, Mixte Culture, Mixte Presents, Professional Growth, Pure Adventure, We Likes Bikes | No Comments

What was your first internship like? Mine involved a lot of sitting in a cubicle and silently willing the clock hands to move faster.

The smiling face in these photos belongs to a high school senior named Venecia. Her first internship was at Mixte, and we had a lot of fun making sure she learned more than the art of counting the passing minutes. Read More

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: What I Learned from the Women’s March on Washington

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Whenever negative news headlines make me feel overwhelmed, I think about January 21, and I remember how powerful we are when we stand together.

I was visiting Portland at the time – working in hipster coffee shops and geeking out about the city’s public transit and equitable bike share. While exploring a city that embodies so much of what Mixte believes in, I feared how the new federal administration would affect the issues we advocate for every day.

The Women’s March gave me an opportunity to transform my frustration into something hopeful and meaningful. Here are a few lessons I learned from participating in the largest nationwide protest in US history.

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C2 Education – Teaching Us To Dream Bigger

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Growing up, I saw tutoring in many forms — from my parents to my teachers, even to the older kids in my after-school program. One of my very first days at Mixte, I participated in a brainstorm that everyone seemed extremely enthusiastic about. I didn’t know what C2 Education was or what Mixte planned to do with it, but I was eager to find out. To share the excitement with my new coworkers, I realized I needed to dream big.

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It’s Homeless Awareness Day – Here’s Why You Should Care

By | Homelessness, Knowledge is Power, Mixte Community | No Comments

I’m lucky to call myself a native San Diegan. I grew up in a suburb that is not unlike most suburbs across the country. You know the kind of place I’m talking about – the shopping centers are all painted beige, the front doors are rarely locked, the kids cause harmless trouble by TP-ing houses and there is one homeless individual who you consistently encounter.

My community’s homeless neighbor sat, and still sits, every day outside a gas station with a sign that reads, “Anything helps.”
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Mixte and San Diego Hunger Coalition: Communicating Hope

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Before my brothers and I were old enough to make our own lunches, my mom started teaching us to help others put food on the table. We tagged along to the food pantry, stacking peanut butter jars onto creaking shelves and filling grocery bags with boxes of cereal while my mom asked the mothers on the other side of the counter how many children they had and if they had anywhere to boil water for pasta. Read More