Feminist Skate Crew 'Brujas' Honor Deceased Dominican Sister Maylin Reynoso

Feminist Skate Crew 'Brujas' Honor Deceased Dominican Member Maylin Reynoso
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The media's silence around Maylin Reynoso's disappearance and subsequent passing remains deafening even one month later, with details about her life and death hard to come by. Brujas, a New York-based feminist skate crew Reynoso was associated with, refuses to let their late sister be forgotten. This week, the women put together a memorial for the Bronx-native dominicana, where they could remember Reyonso, grieve and comfort one another.

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“This summer our uptown skateboarding community lost a dear friend, Maylin Reynoso. In light of the many disappearances of women uptown over the last few years, Brujas and CVTC ( Crime Victims Treatment Center) will be holding space for our community to gather, grieve, express themselves as it relates to women and their public safety, their relationship to Maylin, and how we can strive for accountability and wellness together,” an Instagram post published on Brujas’ account Saturday said.

 

This summer our uptown skateboarding community lost a dear friend, Maylin Reynoso. In light of the many dissappearances of women uptown over the last few years, Brujas and CVTC ( Crime Victims Treatment Center) will be holding space for our community to gather, grieve, express themselves as it relates to women and their public safety, their relationship to Maylin, and how we can strive for accountability and wellness together. Contributions to Maylin's family and her funeral can go here -- https://www.gofundme.com/2jj3q98 5 - 6 we will hold a skate-sesh in memory of Maylin 6 - 7 we will hold space for conversation, sharing of memories and feelings. 7 - 8 we will install a memorial together, feel free to bring candles, memories, photos, offerings, anything you wish to contribute to a small altar we will install at the park, with a short candle vigil. To our femme skateboarding community, and larger community of women in NYC, you are cared for you are special your are important you are safe with us and we love you. See you Tuesday ! #RSVP #LinkinBio

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Last month, it was reported that as many as 14 young women of color had gone missing in the Bronx, with suspicions that they had been abducted and forced into a prostitution ring. However, their stories, like Reynoso’s, haven’t garnered the same media attention as those of vanished or deceased white women.

For instance, another New York woman, Karina Vetrano, was found murdered around the same that Reyonso's body was discovered. Her death dominated the news cycle, making it into international media outlets as well. Many attribute the vast coverage of the late Italian-American to her white skin.

“Watch any true crime documentary or read any crime headline in the news and the description of the missing or murdered girl will use several tropes and buzzwords,” Zeba Blay writes in the Huffington Post. “A victim was ‘blonde’, ‘attractive’, ‘All-American’. It’s a narrative that works well, that perfectly fits the clickable, sellable narrative of innocence vs. evil. It’s a narrative that not only caricatures, fetishizes, and erases the identities of real-life white female victims, but also makes no room for women of color like Maylin Reynoso.”

This lack of attention makes spaces created by underground groups like Brujas essential. On Wednesday, they held an hours-long remembrance for Reynoso, first dedicating a skate session to the young Latina, then taking an hour to speak about her, their memories, her death as well as safety and finally a vigil, with candles, photos and other offerings laid out on a small altar at a park.

They also accepted donations for Reynoso’s family through a GoFundMe campaign.

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“To our femme skateboarding community, and larger community of women in NYC, you are cared for you are special you are important you are safe with us and we love you,” the Brujas said in another post about the memorial.