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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Just One Strong Latina Making Waves On Twitter

Twitter is an effective platform for expressing viewpoints and spreading the word about important issues in small, poignant sentences. We’ve seen many Latinos use the platform to get the word out about strikes, marches, and important legislation impacting their community. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most notable Latinas to use the platform to engage her audience around important issues. Here are some Latinas who are using Twitter to fight the good fight in the name of feminism.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, gained notoriety when she achieved the office of U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. She made history by becoming the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress at 29 years old. AOC is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and a strong proponent of women’s rights as human rights.

Jessica Marie Garcia

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Jessica Marie Garcia is a talented actress who has appeared in the popular Disney Channel original series, “Liv and Maddie” as Willow. She has also been featured in the television show, “The Middle”, and Netflix series, “On My Block.” Garcia embraces her curvaceous figure although her weight has been an obstacle for attaining certain acting roles and she has struggled with diabetes. She strives toward eating a nutritious diet and living a healthy lifestyle.

Sara Inés Calderón

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Sara Inés Calderón is a multi-talented app developer, writer, and speaker. She has shared her expertise as a software engineer as a contributor for Vice and TechCrunch. She is a supporter of diversity in technology, serving as co-director of Women Who Code, Austin, and co-founder of the Austin Diversity Hackathon. Inés Calderón also provides her talents to the Austin music startup, musx, as a lead mobile developer.

Kristina Pérez

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Kristina Pérez is a writer and scholar who has a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge. She has lectured at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. Pérez has written non-fiction and fiction books for both adults and young adults. She incorporates mythology, magic, fantasy, and science into her writing.

Cassandra Alicia

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Cassandra Alicia is the founder of popular social justice pages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Most notably, the Latinx feminist social media page Xicanisma on Instagram. She is outspoken about Chicano politics and Chicana feminism. She encourages conversations about controversial topics such as homophobia, misogyny, and xenophobia.

Patricia Valoy

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Patricia Valoy is an advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She is an engineer, writer, and speaker who discusses issues within the Latino community, such as racism and immigration. She focuses on the topic of women of color in male-dominated careers. Patricia works toward maintaining women in STEM without the hardships of sexism and discrimination. She shares her personal experiences in a STEM field as a source of inspiration.

Andreia Barcellos

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Andreia Barcellos is a human rights advocate who believes migrant rights are human rights. She holds the esteemed position of Secretariat of Development and Social Welfare in Medianeira, Brazil for American University. Her research on Haitian immigration to Brazil provides support for increased training of government officials to reduce hardships facing migrants. Andreia’s public policy proposals have provided valuable guidance for changes in the city of Medianeira.

Xochitl Alvizo

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Xochitl Alvizo is a co-founder of the Feminism and Religion project and website. She holds a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Boston University School of Theology. She serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge. Xochitl’s research encompasses feminist theology, feminist ecclesiology, and postmodern forms of church. Her lectures focus on the areas of women and religion, LGBTQ+, the philosophy of gender, sex, and sexuality.

Jen Brown

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Jen Brown is an actress with a focus on voice acting who has also contributed as a director, sound designer, and costume designer. She considers herself an ethnically ambiguous Latina. She is a host of the feminist horror podcast, “Women in Caskets” and a Twitch game stream, JenBrownPlays. She was a founding member of The Vestige Group theatre company in Austin, Texas. Jen has also appeared in a variety of shows created by Rooster Teeth Productions.

Ellie Francis Douglass

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Ellie Francis Douglass is an accomplished writer who has taught English Composition and Introductory Poetry Writing at her alma mater, Oregon State University, from which she holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Ellie has had her poems published in the Missouri Review Online and “Sweet: A Literary Confection.” She contributes to Carve Magazine as Poetry Editor. Ellie shares her knowledge by teaching at Northwest Vista College and via the Gemini Ink’s Writers in Communities program.

Florencia Manóvil

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Florencia Manóvil is the owner of Mynah Films and has won the prestigious title of Best Filmmaker of the East Bay. She produces films that cover a diverse range of experiences including her feminist and queer viewpoints. Florencia’s film, “Fiona’s Script” won a Best Supporting Actress nomination at MethodFest. Her writing and directing talents gained her funding from the Frameline Completion Fund for her film, “Encuentro.” She continues to create groundbreaking works that encompass unique topics, such as the struggles of queer women who engage in esoteric practices as a means of survival in a patriarchal society.

Rosalie Morales Kearns

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Rosalie Morales Kearns is a writer with a background in copyediting and book publicity. She possesses an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and has taught the subject at the University of Illinois and the State University of New York at Albany. She has written feminist literature including, “Kingdom of Women,” “The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women,” and “Virgins and Tricksters.” Rosalie supports other female writers through her feminist publishing house, Shade Mountain Press. She also serves as creative prose editor for Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ) which is published by Feminist Press.

Natassia Rodriguez Ott

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Natassia Rodriguez Ott is a Research Education Analyst at Research Triangle Institute (RTI). She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. She is a researcher within RTI’s Center for Career and Adult Workforce Development. Natassia has conducted research for the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative. She is knowledgeable in creating education and employment opportunities for minorities and youth, including education-to-workforce transitions and career and technical education (CTE).

Heidi Hernandez Gatty

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Heidi Hernandez Gatty provides guidance to organizations through her business, Small Brown Girl Consulting. She is also co-founder of the site, altmamí, a platform which gathers content relating to the experiences and goals of professional Latinas. Heidi’s background includes diverse fields, such as theatre, technology, and finance. She is passionate about the arts as a vital component to economic and humanistic success. Heidi is also committed to social justice, economic justice, and civic participation.

Annemarie Pérez

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Annemarie Pérez is a writer who has been featured in, “Lowriding Through the Digital Humanities” by Punctum Books in which she contributes her expertise regarding Chicana and Chicano digital culture. She is an assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Annemarie possesses an extensive knowledge base in the fields of Latina and Latino literature, including Chicana feminist writers and editors.

Dior Vargas

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Dior Vargas is a speaker and activist for mental health and works toward removing the stigma of mental illness in the Latinx community. She created the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project to bring light to the lack of people of color with mental illness represented in the media. Dior has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Newsweek, NBC News Latino, and The Guardian. She was granted the award of The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations.

Raquel Velho

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Raquel Velho is an assistant professor in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from University College London (UCL). Her research includes marginalized and excluded users, including issues of transport accessibility for wheelchair users. Velho has also studied gender representations and gaming addictions, social inclusion in Latin America, and immigrants’ definitions of and engagement with traditional Chinese and Western medicines.

T.J. Raphael

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T.J. Raphael is the senior producer of the Slate podcast network. She has experience as an editor for the renowned public radio station and podcast producer, WNYC. Raphael has worked as a reporter and editor for the New York Daily News, Folio magazine, and the Legislative Gazette. She has been featured in other notable publications including The Economist, Washington Post, and USA Today.

Flavia Dzodan

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Flavia Dzodan is a writer and the creator of This Political Woman. She focuses on politics, gender, state interventions, and migration. She covers topics ranging from bigotry to alt-feminism. Flavia includes culture, art, and science in her work. She has written pieces on disability discrimination and technology-related topics such as Big Data and the ethics of community surveillance. Flavia has also contributed her writing talents to The Guardian, libcom, and Global Comment.

Carly Figueroa

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Carly Figueroa is a journalist and Senior Producer for NowThis News. She launched NowThis Her which empowers women and covers issues including gender inequality and violence against women. Carly has been a reporter and anchor for FOX13 in Utah. She helped launch the HuffPost News video team. Carly has also contributed her expertise in the fields of writing, editing, and producing to AOL.


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Dominicans Are Taking To Social Media To Make Sure That People Stop Trying To Cancel The Dominican Republic

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Dominicans Are Taking To Social Media To Make Sure That People Stop Trying To Cancel The Dominican Republic

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The Dominican Republic has been dealing with some really horrible press lately. Hundreds of people are falling ill while visiting the island and 11 tourists from the U.S. have died since last May. A bulk of the deaths occurred in the last couple of months and people are getting concerned. However, some people are trying to make sure the entire country isn’t thrown away because of this news.

The Dominican Republic is facing some really hard press lately and it has people concerned.

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There are at least 11 Americans who have died while in the Dominican Republic or shortly after coming home from their vacations. Hundreds more have reported falling extremely ill while on vacation. The most notable examples of people falling ill are at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana. According to reports, the culprit is the liquor in the minibars in the guest rooms.

The stories have people on edge about possible trips and outings to and in the Dominican Republic.

While everyone is showing legitimate concern or cracking jokes, Dominicans are getting pretty upset about the collective call to cancel the DR. Not only are they bothered that their home country is being treated with such disrespect.

Jokes aside, here are some reasons people want you to stop trying to cancel the Dominican Republic.

Sasha Merci is not here for you and your willingness to just write the whole country off. Her biggest concern about the movement to cancel trips to the DR is the lack of people looking to find solutions for what is happening in the country.

And she’s not alone.

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For so many people, the deaths in the Dominican Republic, while horrible, should not keep people scared from traveling to the Caribbean island. According to officials on the island, the deaths in the DR are not abnormal when compared to years before, however, the reaction to the deaths is at a peak.

There are also DR defenders who claim those canceling the island have never even been.

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There are plenty of people telling people to cancel their trips to the island. However, there are other people pushing for people to educate themselves so they can still go to the Dominican Republic, have a good time, and stay healthy.

Those who are already planning a trip to the Caribbean island are staying firm and telling everyone else to calm down.

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It does seem like a severe reaction to a level of deaths that Dominican officials claim to be normal for this point in the year. People are joking that they just won’t touch the mini bar to guarantee their safety. However, the consumption of alcohol is one of the main factors linking the deaths together.

A couple of social media users are hoping the fear of traveling to the Dominican Republic will lower the cost of plane tickets.

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Low key, who wouldn’t be down for a trip to the DR if the tickets are just $108? It seems like too good of a trip to miss out on. Cheap, international, and a quick trip since it is pretty close to the U.S. According to reports. 6.5 million tourists visited the Dominican Republic in 2016 and 2.2 million of them are from the United States.

Despite the number of people calling for understanding, some people are just ready to write-off the whole nation.

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People were quick to defend the island in the face of this comment. A lot of commenters pointed to all of the things happening in the U.S. and asked why there hasn’t been a call to cancel the U.S.

If you are canceling your trip to the Dominican Republic, there are people willing and ready to take your tickets.

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The deaths in the Dominican Republic are tragic. No one should be losing their lives while on vacation in a resort. However, while calling for a boycott of a country might feel good and necessary, it does not to address the problem. Fortunately, authorities are starting to investigate the deaths to try and prevent them moving forward.

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Latina Journalist Captures André 3000 Playing An Indigenous Mayan Flute At LAX And It’s Just So Awesome

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Latina Journalist Captures André 3000 Playing An Indigenous Mayan Flute At LAX And It’s Just So Awesome

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We see celebrities all the time at the airport. Sometimes they’re noteworthy (Edward James Olmos, Rosario Dawson), sometimes they’re yawners (Gérard Depardieu), but imagine seeing one half of Outkast at your gate. Wouldn’t you freak out? That’s exactly what happened to a New York-based journalist.

Antonia Cereijido, a producer for NPR’s Latino USA podcast, was casually waiting for her flight at the Los Angeles Airport when she spotted André 3000.

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The sighting almost wasn’t meant to be. Cerejido explained that she had missed her first flight.

“The crazy thing is I was supposed to take a flight at 11:15 the night before,” she told Slate in an interview, “but there were 50 minutes of traffic at the airport, so I missed my flight. I was very upset. I had to buy flights for the next day, and I was annoyed. I arrived super early, like, “I’m not going to miss my second flight.”

When she realized it was him, she — as any smart person would do — asked to take a picture with him.

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“Well, I think I said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours,’ and then because my friend had said, ‘That’s not a flute,’ I asked, ‘What instrument is that?’ and he said, ‘Oh, it’s a flute. It’s an indigenous double flute.’ Then I asked to take a photo. I was sort of starstruck. I took the photo, and I went away as quickly as possible before I said anything and I sat down. Then we all boarded the plane, and I uploaded the post on Instagram and on Twitter. I saw that it was popular because it was probably only up for 10 minutes and it had 600 likes.”

Yeah, her tweet was popular. It’s gotten more than 50K retweets.

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“I had one tweet before get kind of popular,” she told Slate. “It was, like, a thousand likes, so I was excited. Then I turned my phone off. And then, when we landed six hours later, it had 68,000 likes. And actually, my first feeling was dread. I felt kind of bad, like, what if I’m outing—what if this is what he does, he goes to places and plays the flute and kind of stays low-key? Because it wasn’t like he was asking for a lot of attention—he was doing his own thing. And I could tell that he saw I was staring at him when he was going back-and-forth, but it wasn’t like he was mad at the attention. He was just sort of neutral.”

But, about that indigenous flute.

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People on social media actually questioned her about her flute knowledge, but she got the response directly from André and the makers.

“I just got off the phone with Guillermo Martinez the man who made Andres’s beautiful flute, she tweeted. “It’s a Mayan double flute. He and his shop are doing incredible work by keeping the music if indigenous North American communities alive. Here is his website: https://www.quetzalcoatlmusic.org/ 

The best part about the story is how Outkast is part of her family history.

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“My family is originally from Argentina, and when we first moved from New York to San Diego, it was so different from my experience up until then that my family became really close,” she told Slate. “And there were two things we listened to all the time: the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Outkast. And we became obsessed with the Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album. My mom had a dream that André 3000 taught us the “Hey Ya!” dance. I always remembered that, because it was such a funny thing for my mom to say. And so I have this very fond feeling about him, and he lived up to that. My mom dreamed that he would be nice and teach us something, and that happened to me in real life, which is so crazy.”

So awesome!

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