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The Rebel Bells joins girls ages seven to 18 to learn about community and self-respect 

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Jade Mazon (right, with her daughters Maya Banuelos, 20, and Kiki Mazon, 8) is one of the Rebel Bells’ founders and mentors; Banuelos is also a mentor. "We all feel oppressed and alienated in some way," Mazon says. "But we feel safe here."
Mentor Kristin Frank and her Rebel daughter, Marta Frank, 14.
Olga Bautista (with her daughter Liberty Rose Rodriguez, 3) was inspired to found the Rebel Bells after learning about the Radical Monarchs, a social activist group in Oakland, California. "You stand on the shoulders of giants," she tells the girls. "Henrietta Lacks, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, Assata Shakur. You guys inspire me and motivate me every day."
Abriana Bismillah, 10, Bell: "The Rebel Bells are a group of girls that fight for what they want."
Alyssa Bolanos, 16, Rebel: "The Rebel Bells make me feel like I'm making a difference because women leaders really know to speak up for things that matter."
Anniyah Bismillah, 14, Rebel: The Rebel Bells make you feel: "Confident."
Asia Bismillah, 11, Bell: "The Rebel Bells teach us about the outside world."
Gyselle Gamboa, 11, Bell: "The Rebel Bells is amazing because you spend time with friends and learn things about your neighborhood."
Kiki Mazon, 8, Bell: The Rebel Bells make you feel: "Excited to do something new."
Krystal Cervantes, 14, Rebel: "The Rebel Bells have taught me to be powerful and stand up for what you thinks is right."
Marisela Marin, 9, Bell: "We can talk about our feelings and be with our friends."
Marta Frank, 14, Rebel: The Rebel Bells make you feel: "Supported. [It's] a place where you can tell others about your experiences and feel listened to."
Megan Aguilar, 7, Bell: The Rebel Bells make you feel: "Excited."
Natalia Ortega, 13, Rebel: "The Rebel Bells is fun because you get to learn about new things."
Nyah Hodges, 10, Bell: "It's awesome because we get to do more fun things."
Liberty Rose Rodriguez, 3, Bell: The Rebel Bells make you feel: "Happy for having buddies."
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Jade Mazon (right, with her daughters Maya Banuelos, 20, and Kiki Mazon, 8) is one of the Rebel Bells’ founders and mentors; Banuelos is also a mentor. "We all feel oppressed and alienated in some way," Mazon says. "But we feel safe here."

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