At the end of every year I try to prepare a heartwarming message to celebrate the holiday season. But this year my heart is troubled.
Blatantly racist and mysoginistic comments have become acceptable by candidates for the highest office in our land. In fact, it only seems to increase their popularity.
Peaceful protestors for civil rights are met with the threat of and actual violence.
And then there is the most recent violence happening in “our own backyard” that is already causing others to pile onto existing anti-Muslim sentiments.
It is enough to make one feel very alone and powerless in this big world. But together we can turn the tide.
One way is through your support of MASC.
When you contribute to MASC, either through a donation of time, money, or even mentioning us to friends you become part of a movement, something that is bigger than the sum of its parts. MASC becomes your voice of community. All year long we seek to bring a multiracial perspective to everyday issues. How do we do this? First we have created a groundbreaking platform of advocacy issues and The Multiracial Advocate blog to promote them. Once you have learned about these initiatives you can show your support by participating in our Multiracial Advocacy Survey. Then you should know that we are out in the community educating people and building connections all year round. Here is a brief recap:
January: Screening and discussion of movie “Black or White”
February: Pasadena Playhouse talkback session after “The Whipping Man”
March: Color Conversation parenting seminar “Straight Talk on the Race Talk”
April: Presentation at UCLA student conference “Your Future in the Mixed Race Movement”
May: Visit to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center
Appearance on the “100% Mixed Show”
June: Color Conversation “Healthy Identity Happy Kids” with teen breakout session
Attendance and info table at Mixed Remixed festival
Members featured in LA Parent magazine
July: Identity development workshop at Independent School Alliance orientation
Board retreat, vision, mission, and strategic planning.
August: Summer beach picnic
September: Launched The Multiracial Advocate
October: presented at Across Colors Diversity Conference with the Independent School Alliance
November: presented Color Conversation Interfaith Family Seminar at the Student Multifaith Leadership Conference and School of Dramatic Arts Diversity and Inclusion Summit at USC (see below).
If you’re thinking this can’t change things, think again. The Census didn’t change to allow people to mark one or more races because a bureaucrat woke up one day and thought it was a good idea. No, it was because we were active agents for our own cause.
And you can be too.
Want to become an activist? Spread the word about us with your friends by pasting the link to this newsletter (at the top of the page) on your social media or forwarding to your contacts by email. Then consider making a small donation of $10 to MASC so we can continue our mission of giving a voice to you and all the multiracial community. CLICK HERE TO DONATE ANY AMOUNT. What will our message be? If an individual can reconcile seemingly dissonant identities into a single healthy identity, then we as a society should be able to do the same.
-Thomas Lopez, MASC President
TWO CONFERENCES AT USC, NOVEMBER 14, 2015 5th Annual Student Multifaith Leadership Conference MASC’s Color Conversation workshop, Race and Interfaith Dialogue was led by Joel Crohn, PhD and Nancy G. Brown, MASC’s co- founder and past president .The workshop sought to promote dialogue about navigating interfaith and interracial relationships and provide guidance on how to cultivate positive self identity. The audience was diverse and quickly engaged in honest discussion and asked poignant questions. Current events that recently occurred in France were included. Great connections were made for future collaborations. Thanks to the MASC board, our new event planner and advisory board for coordinating this event.
School of Dramatic Arts Diversity and Inclusion Summit Entitled “Crafting a Narrative: Cultivating Multiracial Identity”, MASC Advisory Board Member and past President Farzana Nayani talked about the attendees’ own experience of multiracial identity, and their opinions of how multiracial identity is represented in film, on television, and on stage. They worked through how one’s OWN identity is important to consider…and as actors/directors/writers – are we in a place where, when we face certain situations – we can address these things, with the strength of how we identify. Also, when they think of these 6 areas, how do they make an impact? CASTING, CONTENT, COMMENTARY, WRITING, PRODUCTION, USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA.