Chiquitasode: Reina Rebelde

On this episode, Yvette interviewed Regina Merson, founder of Reina Rebelde — a makeup line by a Latina for Latinas. She shares her journey from bankruptcy attorney to makeup mogul and reminds us to always self-reflect and step out of our comfort zone.

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Reina Rebelde

See Regina’s makeup line at her website here!
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20: Dystopian Future

In their return from summer break, Yvette and Cynthia process Yvette’s California Bar experience, celebrate Roe v. Wade and the right to an abortion, and bemoan Google’s decision to censor information in China. They note the money-making/major-scam side of the Bar, normalize abortions, and worry about the impacts of Google’s technology.

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Case: Roe v. Wade


Read the case and hear the oral arguments here.
Here’s some history on Roe v. Wade.
Here’s an article on a woman’s illegal abortion prior to Roe v. Wade, which also explains the importance of the case: Women Share What Abortion Was Like Before Roe v. Wade: “I Was One of the Lucky Ones, I Survived” by Kaelyn Forde

Some more good reads:

Current Events: Google’s Project Dragonfly

Read here what’s happening: Leaked Documents Show Google is Making a Censored Search Engine for China by Daniel Oberhaus and Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal by Ryan Gallagher


Yvette recommends the book Genesis by Eduardo Galeano

Cynthia recommends castor oil for hair growth! See here for a hair recipe. I just use a coconut oil and olive oil blend!

Chiquitasode: Angola – Slavery by Another Name

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia welcomes Lincoln Mitchell and Ciji Jackson for a discussion on the largest maximum security prison in the United States: Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. They discuss the many similarities between the current prison and the former plantation, consider the responsibility & complicity of its current employees, and praise the men working in the law library. Correction: The Court of Appeals for the 5th District found that housing three death-row inmates in very hot cells without sufficient access to heat-relief measures violated the Eighth Amendment; however, air conditioning cannot be ordered as the type of relief because the Court found it was “unnecessary” to correct the violation. For more information see Ball v. LeBlanc, 792 F. 3d 584 (5th Cir. 2015).

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Albert Woodfox

Here are some articles on Albert Woodfox, including about him founding a chapter of the Black Panther Party and his 43 years in solitary confinement.

Other Articles on Angola

Chiquitasode: How to Apply to Law School

On this chiquitasode, Cynthia talks with law school classmate and good friend, Lincoln Mitchell, about applying to law school. They go through all the components and answer listener questions, specifically about the GPA, LSAT, resumé, personal & diversity statements, letters of recommendation, financial aid, and a few others. One additional tip on letters of recommendation – send your recommenders your resumé, transcript, draft of your statements, and anything else that will help them write a richer letter.

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Financial Aid Links

Here are some links to places that either give scholarships or have a list of scholarships:

*this list will be updated as we find more*

Undocumented Students

Berkeley has some information here about financial aid for undocumented students. Here’s an article on the efforts to remove the bar admission for undocumented students.

Lawyer without Law School

Here’s a website that offers guidance/information on how to become a lawyer without going to law school.

19: People are Forgetting

In episode 19, Yvette and Cynthia discuss different systems of accountability in the context of Chile, specifically the usage of documentary as a form of healing, the case against the dictator Pinochet in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the recent Vatican decision to punish priests who abused children. They examine the purpose of punishment and grapple with the challenges of truth-finding and accurate collective memory.

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Deep Thoughts: The Pinochet Case by Patricio Guzmán

You can get the documentary on YouTube (rent: $3.99, buy: $7.99) or Amazon (rent SD: $2.99, buy SD: $14.99).

Read Documenting U.S. Role in Democracy’s Fall and Dictator’s Rise in Chile by Pascale Bonnefoy to learn more about our own responsibilities as citizens in the U.S. for what occurred in Chile.

In 1991, the National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation in Chile released it’s report (available here) documenting 3,428 cases of disappearance, killing, torture, and kidnapping.

Case: García Lucero et al. v. Chile

Here’s a comprehensive summary of the case, here’s the decision from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and here’s a shorter summary.

If you want to learn more about the Inter-American Human Rights System, including the Inter-American Court on Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, here’s a good source to start with.

Current Event: Cover-Up by Bishop Juan Barros Madrid

Read the NY Times’ Pope’s Defense of Chilean Bishop in Sex Abuse Scandal Causes Outrage by Pascale Bonnefoy and Austin Ramzy for an overview of what’s occurred.

Here’s a more recent overview in the Atlantic: The Pope’s Turnaround on Sex Abuse May Have a “Tsunami Effect” by Emma Green.

If you’re interested in Richard Sipe’s research (featured in the film Spotlight and Netflix’s The Keepers), read From ‘Spotlight’ to ‘Keepers,’ Richard Sipe Sees Celibate Priesthood as Problem for the Catholic Church by Dan Rodricks.


Yvette recommended Patricio Guzmán’s two other documentaries: El Botón de Nácar and Nostalgia de la Luz. See here for a piece in the Guardian on Guzman’s Nostalgia de la Luz.

Cynthia recommended the work of Forensic Architecture, specifically in the Ayotzinapa Case. See the video below for an incredible presentation of what happened in Ayotzinapa.

California Primary Election Guide

We took a look at the ballot and realized how little we knew about each of the candidates and the different propositions. After research and talking to trusted friends, here’s how we will be voting!

State Candidates

Governor: John Chiang
Lieutenant Governor: Ed Hernandez
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla
Controller: Betty Yee
Treasurer: Vivek Viswanathan
Attorney General: Xavier Becerra
Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara
U.S. Senator: Kevin de Leon
Superintendent: Tony Thurmond

State Measures

Proposition 68: Yes
Proposition 69: Yes
Proposition 70: No
Proposition 71: Yes
Proposition 72: Yes

Judicial Candidates

For judicial candidates, cross off anyone who is a Deputy District Attorney or Prosecutor. Of the remaining candidates, vote for the woman of color, woman, or person of color. Each candidate for judge is also rated by the state bar association or the local bar association. You can google the candidate and “bar association” to see who is “well-qualified.” For example, here is the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s judicial evaluations. Scroll down to page 9 for the specific ratings.

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Chiquitasode: A World Without ICE

In this episode, Yvette moderated a panel focused on the case to abolish ICE featuring Bianca Santos, an attorney at Pangea Legal Services, Clara Long from Human Rights Watch, and Yadira Sanchez, an activist from the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. They discuss the history of ICE as an agency, how we can live towards a world without ICE, and the administration’s recent targeting of undocumented political activists.

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Bianca Santos, Pangea Legal Services

Growing up in an immigrant family and community, Bianca is dedicated to furthering the human rights of all migrants. Bianca joined Pangea in March 2014 after a year of volunteering with the organization. Prior to her work at Pangea, Bianca was the Program Director for the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative.  During her work with the IMBR Initiative, she led the revision of the IMBR text and commentaries, the drafting of an IMBR handbook, and the creation of indicators based on the IMBR.  The IMBR and accompanying materials are published in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Volume 28, Fall 2013.  Her work with the IMBR began in law school, where she worked with three international universities in an IMBR-focused conference in Geneva. Her commitment to the IMBR continues as she currently sits on the steering committee of the IMBR Initiative.  She received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Rice University (’05) and her law degree cum laude from Georgetown Law School (’11). Bianca is licensed to practice law in California.  She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Clara Long, Human Rights Watch

Clara Long researches immigration and border policy with the US Program at Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she was a Teaching Fellow with the Stanford Law School International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic. Clara has researched and advocated for human rights in Bolivia, Brazil, Panama, and the United States, including litigation in the Inter-American system. She is the co-producer of an award-winning documentary, Border Stories, about perspectives on immigration enforcement from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. She has represented detained immigrants with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, and covered Venezuela as a freelance journalist. Clara graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and holds Masters degrees from the London School of Economics in Environment and Development and from Stanford’s Graduate Program in Journalism. Long speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Yadira Sanchez, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance

Yadira Sanchez is a coordinator and organizer with the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. She has long been personally and politically invested with Bay Area youth activism to stop unlawful deportations and curb the human rights abuses of ICE, including a highly publicized campaign to stop the deportation of her own grandfather at the hands of ICE. CIYJA is a state-wide alliance of immigrant, youth-led community organizations from San Diego to Sonoma County that aims to create solidarity amongst immigrant communities and work with other anti-enforcement and anti-criminalization movements across California. The organization seeks to establish progressive and diverse immigrant, youth-led organizing efforts in California through the development of community-based, undocumented immigrant youth organizations. CIYJA is invested in supporting educational organizing and advocacy efforts by the member organizations for the enhancement and improvement of the lives of immigrant youth and their families in California. Yadira has also been heavily involved in education, especially for undocumented and marginalized youth, and organizing for domestic workers’ rights.