Celebrating Latinx History Month & Sharing Resources Around Allyship & Embodiment
 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
Link to; image of a green r with roots underneath and the word 'rootid' to the right.
image of a white hand and a black hand holding a black heart with white doodle like graphics all around against a light blue background
Latinx communicators have been providing timely and necessary information to varying communities and lived experiences oftentimes- bilingually. Their reporting ranges from climate change to social justice, politics and many other topics that affect the communities they represent. In celebration of Latinx Heritage month, we are spotlighting five Latina journalists representing different platforms, from right here in California.

  1. America Arias - CNN Los Angeles Bureau
  2. Celia Chavez - Telemundo 52 Los Angeles
  3. Julie Leopo - The Voice of OC
  4. Janette Villafana - LA Taco
  5. Stephanie Mendez - Good Morning America
in this edition
  • International Literacy Day
  • Embodiment Blog Post
  • Staff Spotlight: Mabel Colón

  • Allyship & You: Michelle Muri
  • Resources
  • Upcoming Events

international literacy day
September 8th is recognized as the International Day of Literacy; to remind people about the importance of literacy for the betterment of communities, societies, and individuals, and also to highlight the positive effects of a higher literacy rate.

As we continue to elevate this important conversation, our friends at the Oakland Literacy Coalition are hosting their annual Literacy & Justice For All Symposium in October.
This year’s symposium is a comprehensive four-day virtual and in-person learning experience that elevates literacy through sessions that are both practical, innovative, instructional and liberatory.

The 2nd Annual Literacy & Justice for All Symposium will provide fighters for literacy justice with expanded spaces for professional learning in community and a chance to collaborate with literacy allies and champions across the region.
green background with a yellow sun in the upper right with the words inclusion diversity equity and accessibility on top
This month, our Allyship series has been galvanizing the community around what it mean to embody and live your values in everyday life.

In keeping with this series we are reposting our blog written by Co-Founder Valerie Neumark-Mickela.
staff spotlight: mabel colón
she/her | user experience & service designer
Image of Mabel Colon a brown haired mixed race woman with dark rimed glasses and a gray shirt against a painted background
What do you do at rootid?
User Experience and Service designer. I interact with clients and their stakeholders (community members and colleagues). I want them to know that their ideas and concerns are important.

Which of rootid's values resonates with you most?
They all are linked and are very important to me. I’m not sure you can have one without the other. In my personal life, Health & Healing is the most important right now but again it's all linked.

What is your favorite thing about working at rootid?
The culture. There’s this determination to question ourselves and not do things as they have been done just because. We’re all trying to do our best.

Please share something that you admire/appreciate about a fellow rootid team member.
All are very down to earth and thoughtful. We all take turns looking at the full picture and bringing unique perspectives into the conversation.

Share a lesson learned from your work with clients here at rootid?
The reassurance that there's always more to learn.

What’s your all-time favorite book?
I have a few - Hot Mess Kitchen, Lazarillo de Tormes, Crónica de una muerte anunciada, Catch 22, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Tree Grows In Brooklyn...

What’s your favorite holiday?
Christmas - The food, drinks and music. I have some memories of doing Aguinaldos with my grandma that are really special to me. I loved dancing, ginger tea, drums and guiras with her community.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?
"Mabel in a nutshell."
We love our community and live to serve it. Yet our fundraising practices often perpetuate some of the injustices we wish to end. What would be possible if our fundraising centered the communities we serve?

Join us for the final session of our Allyship Series, led by Michelle Muri, Co-Chair of Community-Centric Fundraising // Fundraising Consultant, Facilitator and Coach at Freedom Conspiracy // Host of The Ethical Rainmaker Podcast, on Thursday, September 29th from 9am - 11am Pacific.

image of michelle muri a brown haired woman with tortise shell glasses and houses behind her
We’ll be discussing the Community-Centric Fundraising movement and its principles and dive more deeply into interpersonal exploration of what CCF can look like in practice, exploring the ways in which we can step into and attempt to shift the power dynamics in service to the communities we serve.

resources from our Allyship & You series
    “For we have, built into all of us, old blueprints of expectations and response, old structures of oppression, and these must be altered at the same time as we alter the living conditions which are a result of those structures.”
    - Audre Lorde
    upcoming events

    September 3-Part Series
    Allyship & You: Part 3 (in English & Español)
    September 29 | 9am - 11am PT
    Community Centric Fundraising: Form Exploration to Action
    (Recordings & resources from parts 1 & 2 can be found on the event page.)
    Cost: If you have the means to contribute, please pay what you can.

    1/2 Day Virtual Event
    Nonprofit Technology Summit: October 6, 2022
    9am-12:30pm PT
    Cost: FREE
    Nonprofits will explore, share and learn with peers how to leverage technology to increase staff bandwidth and the impact of their work.
    9am - 11am PT
    Cost: FREE
    Nonprofits will explore best practices around preparing for ever changing campaign planning by focusing on the development of knowledge management, documentation and addressing the “Why's, How's & What's” of our organizations.
    did you know we have a community membership now?
    yearlong, affordable professional development & capacity building support
    for individuals, organizations, coalitions, foundation & cohorts
    we want to hear from you!
    How can rootid help you follow through on your commitments to equity?
    What communications topics are you interested in learning more about?

    Send us an email...hello(AT)
    Cartoon image of Sia Magadan a black woman with black curly hair on top of her head wearing a green turtleneck with yellow poka dots
    we are rooted in community.
    In partnership, we co-design necessary spaces for strategic thinking, sustainability & growth—using communications & technology as vehicles to advance equity.

    We join with others, envisioning a world where those most impacted are prioritized & communications & technology are used to heal & empower rather than divide. Learn more about our team.
    Interested in supporting our community engagement work? rootid now has a fiscally sponsored project with the Rose Foundation.

    Email Marketing by ActiveCampaign