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I had the an amazing opportunity to connect and speak with a brilliant designer & creator. After speaking openly as two women of color (well, as openly as you can in a predominantly white space) about being a woman of color in Minnesota I was inspired to share more of my thoughts as an activist, advocate, writer, and storyteller.

As an activist and advocate I am fighting for the rights and well being of communities of color. I am marching, writing to politicians, boycotting, producing commentaries, using my buying power, promoting specific brands/companies/ organizations and presence to stand behind my communities. I have pretty much decided that I am tired of being silenced. Having a high profile job just isn’t in my cards given how outspoken I have chosen to be about my political beliefs.

As a writer I am always thinking about how to use my words. I try to be intentional and rational, but my emotions don’t always play by those rules. I am passionate about being true to one’s self and acknowledging the goddess within; the creator, educator, and healer that we have within us. When I write I am using my narrative as a spiritual woman of color to invoke and inspire conversations with and between other women of color. As horrible as it may sound my content may not be for white women that come across this blog and that’s okay. There needs to be more content created to connect with those that are marginalized and disenfranchised.

As a storyteller I use my narrative to express my experiences and share my knowledge. I use my voice to to challenge status quo, to agitate, educate, and provoke emotions and critical thought. When I share my narrative I am also creating a space that allows me to do my part in creating peace and bringing positivity to others. Call me old school, but I am aware that in order to get the good parts we have to acknowledge sometimes muddle through the not so good parts. In my journey I have been able to clearly state that I am no longer willing to let someone else share my narrative on behalf without my permission. When we get down to the root of it all, No one knows my story better than I.  

As long as I am blessed to be on this earth I am going to do my part in sending out positive vibes to the people around me. I will use my knowledge of resources to help as many people as I can. Contrary to popular belief I don’t have to choose between being serious and having fun. I am going to educate those willing to learn something new and even challenge what I think I know. I will use my connections and ways of knowing to further support communities of color and help us stay united and strong. It’s just a way of life. I hope that you also have a chance to be who you are without having to feel stifled or apologetic about it. Treat yourself and others well, mi gente.

Muchos besos,

xX mahina Xx

 

Get Information and Vote


What’s Up

Hey, hey, hey, Minnesnowtans! What's up?!? It’s that time again where we need to gear up for elections if you haven’t started already. The upcoming generals/primaries between now and 2020 can and will have a significant impact on the next leading administration. So it’s extremely important for us to select wisely from here on out who we want to be our representatives. I want to use my platform to create building blocks for those that aren't sure where to start in this whole crazy ass political arena.

What I Won't Do

Now what I won't do is try to claim a role as a political analyst or having an expertise in politics. If that's what you are looking for, please search elsewhere. Know that this post is intended for those just getting into the voting spirit, attempting to get informed and becoming aware of what's going on.

So here's what I can do. I can let you know that I am activist and advocate for Women of Color. I absolutely do understand the need and importance to mobilize and stay informed. I do know that sitting around waiting for someone else to fight for my/your rights is a slippery road to maintaining  status quo (aka letting things remain are with little to no resistance.)  I hear people from my community consistently saying that they don't know where to start.  So let me give you a starting point.

Let's Be Clear

Despite the infinite knowledge we have access to there still seems to be the belief that the presidential races are the most important elections to keep an eye on. But that’s only half of the truth. Think about this, there are tons of positions that need to be filled beyond The President of the United States that weighs in and contributes to creating and challenging bills, laws, and policies. 

Keep in mind that there is supposed to be a equalizing of power with "checks and balances" (think back to 6th grade social studies classes.) Here’s a link to get your research started in case you don’t get how it all comes together. You can also refer to the Resources Section at the end of this post.  You have to want the information and make time for it. In Minnesota The Endorsement Conventions have already taken place and next up are the Primaries in August. 

2018 Timeline (MN)

This time line is reflective of Minnesota Elections.  Other States may have a different timeline so be aware that you can generally go to your own state's governemtn page to find out what your timeline looks like.

The Endorsement Conventions for DFL takes place in June (1-3) and Primaries take place August 14, General Election Absentee Voting Begins September 21 and of course General Elections are, November 6. 

Between now and November it’s time to start looking at the candidates and find out who best aligns with your political views. If you haven’t done so already now’s the time to make sure that you are registered to vote.   

Bottom Line

  • Make the time to do your own research and find what candidates are about.
  • Don’t vote blindly and don’t skip voting (because things like Trump happen.) 
  • I am not a political analyst, just a concerned citizen of a global community. (I have bias and that's okay, we can respectfully disagree.)

Register to vote if you haven’t already.  If you aren’t sure and you are from Minnesota use this link: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx.  I think this is a good place to end things.  Below I have homework & resources below for those that are serious about this stuff.  Have at it and stay woke!
 
Muchos besos,
 
xX mahina Xx


RE/SOURCES

Checks and Balances

Jackson, Bill. (2018). Checks & Balances. Retrieved May 28, 2018,  from http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/lesson_13_notes.htm

Longley, Robert. (2018, May 2). Separation of Powers: A System of Checks and Balances. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/separation-of-powers-3322394

S. (2010, November 01). Three Branches of Government School House Rock (T., Ed.). Retrieved May 29, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EISWIY9bG8


Voter Status

Check out your voting Status here: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx

Register to Vote Here: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote

Homework (1.5 hours):

Vocabulary List

  • Endorsement Conventions
  • Primary Elections
  • General Elections 
  • Absentee Voting

Take Action

  • Register to Vote if you haven't already
  • Encourage two other friends to register to vote
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Mahina

An online personality and storyteller in the realm of fashion, local Twin Cities life, and the empowerment of women of color and supporting communities of color. Generally spotted around town snapping photos, riding buses, and attempting to mind my own business.