Another year feels like it has flown by, and what a fantastic way we were able to wrap it up. A year ago, the board contemplated ways to celebrate over 25 years serving the mixed race community. I can think of no better way to honor that legacy than reminding ourselves of all that we accomplished this year alone.
Most recently, we participated in the Critical Mixed Race Studies conference (see below) and that on the heels of our first and highly successful parenting seminar, “The Color Conversation.” We are excited to be conducting more seminars starting early next year. The other notable events of the past year I will simply list here:
Sponsoring the Mixed Student Union UCLA conference
Sponsoring the Latinas and Latinos of Mixed Ancestry (LOMA) writers, poets, and artists panel at Mixed Remixed Festival
Two summer beach picnics
Mixed Space blog launch
Playgroup meetups at Skirball Center’s Noah’s Ark exhibit, Long Beach Museum of the Pacific, Irvine Global Village Festival, Trick or Treat at Pretend City and more!
Adult social hour at Ebanos crossing
And then, of course, there is the non-stop advocacy we perform through social media, including a guest editorial on the National Institute for Latino Policy. Finally, there are the things you don’t get to see such as development of a multiracial curriculum for elementary and high school grades.
More events are in the works for next year. So, isn’t it fun to join the ride? MASC can’t accomplish these things without your support. Won’t you become a member or renew your membership for 2015, and show your support for one of the most active multiracial organizations in the country?
On behalf of the Board of Directors of MASC, may you and your family have a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Thank you!
MASC in Solidarity
MASC stands in solidarity with all people who are saddened by the grand jury verdict on the Mike Brown shooting. Equality is of utmost importance to our organization’s mission. We will continue to do our part to expand the dialogue on race in this country. Our hearts are with the people of Ferguson.
MASC representatives recently returned from the 2014 Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) Conference held at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Every two years, this conference brings together the latest in mixed race studies scholarship, along with artists and performers.
This year, performers included Elizabeth Liang and Joe Hernandez-Kolski, both of whom have done fundraiser performances for MASC in the past. MASC delegates, Thomas Lopez, Sonia Kang, and Kiyoshi Houston, held a roundtable discussing mixed race identity in business, facilitated a Latinas and Latinos of Mixed Ancestry caucus, and conducted a bone marrow donor drive on behalf of Mixed Marrow. MASC also attended several panel discussions, roundtables, and caucuses to share our own unique perspective. Most of all, we succeeded in networking with other activists and academics across the country to maintain our connection to the larger multiracial movement. It was also announced that the next conference will be held in Southern California at USC in 2016! Stay connected with MASC to be up to date with news and opportunities to be involved with this event.
Mixed Roots Stories – MASC’s Thomas Lopez Guest Blogs
This year’s Hanukkah Family Festival highlights two major themes of the holiday—light and freedom (luz y libertad)—through the lens of Latin American culture. Enjoy live performances, storytelling, art making, and a host of other family-friendly activities. Families of all backgrounds welcome!
Sunday, December 14, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Museum doors and Will Call open at 11:00 a.m. Included with museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students; FREE to Skirball members and children under 12. Advance tickets recommended: (877) SCC-4TIX, skirball.org, or on site. Discounts, coupons, and other ticket promotions are not valid on festival day. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.
12/5-12/11 Theatrical Release: Little White Lie
Mixed movie alert! From 12/5/14-12/11/14 AMC Burbank 8 will be showing Little White Lie, a film about one woman’s experience growing up in a white Jewish family, uncovering a secret about her biological Black father, and coming to terms with her mixed Black and Jewish heritage. The movie is executive produced by Be’chol Lashon, an organization which advocates for the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of Jewish people. Read more about the film here.
If you are receiving this newsletter, then you have probably been following MASC and have a vested interest in the success of our work. Your paid membership dues tell everyone that our efforts truly represent your interests. Plus, you get free or discounted access to our events and programs and the chance to vote in annual board elections to boot! We also accept tax deductible donations of all value. Why not make this year the year you finally join as a member of MASC? Memberships run for one year from January 1st. Of course, special thanks to all those past members and those renewing again.
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