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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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A Viral Tweet Claims Disney Took The Story Of ‘Coco’ From A Family In Mexico And There Is A Lot Of Debate

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A Viral Tweet Claims Disney Took The Story Of ‘Coco’ From A Family In Mexico And There Is A Lot Of Debate

There is a viral tweet by an aspiring YouTuber in Wisconsin is making the rounds on social media claiming that Disney took the story of “Coco” from a family in Santa Fe de la Laguna, Quiroga, Michoacán, Mexico. While the woman pictured in the tweet and the character of Mama Coco is very similar, there is a lot of doubt about the tweet’s accuracy. It seems like the tweet is a good example of not believe everything you hear or see on social media as pure fact.

A viral tweet is claiming that Disney created characters based on the appearance of a family in Mexico and hasn’t compensated them.

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The two are very similar in appearance, obviously. The viral success of the tweet proves that people are willing to believe that this happened. Many are even sharing their own photos showing that they met the woman in Mexico after traveling there due to the success of “Coco.”

Others claim to have met another woman in the same town who is the inspiration for Mama Elena.

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Creatives who worked on “Coco” did exhaustive research to make sure they got the movie right. It is crucial that corporations portray cultures and cultural events right in the 21st century. There is hypersensitivity and a strong expectation for companies to do their due diligence to guarantee that culturally relevant materials are done correctly. In that vein, Disney/Pixar did send people to Mexico to research and study up on the customs surrounding Día de los Muertos.

They did visit places in Mexico and there are moments in the film where you see recreations of structures they encountered on their trip. Disney has never denied visiting places in Mexico to do research and that parts of the film are inspired by things they have seen. However, according to responses to the tweet, there are a lot of people who think Disney did more than just get inspired by these places and the people.

The tweet caught the attention of co-director Lee Unkrich.

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The accusations have really caught fire on Twitter with little to no information backing claims. While the tweet claims the family was not compensated, Disney denies it was based on the family despite the striking similarities. There is also no evidence presented that the family nor people in the town that were interviewed signed contracts for compensation from Disney.

The daughter of animator Daniel Arriaga took to Twitter to combat the narrative she says is false.

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Twitter users responded to Alyssa claiming that it doesn’t matter and that the families should be compensated for the interviews and information obtained.

Another man shared a photo in 2017 showing that his grandmother was the woman they based Mama Elena on.

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“For those of you who read my previous post about Coco…here is my abuela,” Brandon Guzman posted on Facebook two years ago. “It was her who they modeled the Abuela with the chancla in the movie after!! I’m a proud grandson!! #Pixar #Disney #Coco #LatinosInHollywood”

However, the person who originally posted the viral tweet is using the similarities in the movie and locations to push their point.

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There is no denying that some bits of Mexico made it into the movie. However, it can be argued that it was done to further the authenticity of the movie and the storyline for people wanting to see themselves represented.

There is no winning or losing this argument as people will believe what they want.

Despite people who worked on or related to those who worked on denying the story, the rumor of Disney causing harm to a community in Mexico.

Those standing up for Disney are calling attention to the dangers of believing everything you see on the internet.

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There have been multiple instances of people blindly believing things that are posted on social media. The lack of necessary fact-checking before posting has led to misinformation spreading unchecked on social media. It is up to the users to make sure that they do their own research and determine what is true or not. As for this story, it seems the internet will forever be torn over the validity of the claims made.

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Kellyanne Conway Asked A Jewish Reporter What His Ethnicity Was And Critics Are Now Calling Her Anti-Semetic

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Kellyanne Conway Asked A Jewish Reporter What His Ethnicity Was And Critics Are Now Calling Her Anti-Semetic

Does the Trump administration ever take a break from being downright harmful and problematic? Apparently not. On Tuesday, Kelly Conway asked a reporter about his ethnicity outside of the White House after the reporter asked a question about Trump’s racist tweets last weekend aimed toward AOC and three other congresswomen of color. 

Now, critics and users online are calling out the counselor to the president for a question that many do not truly know what to make of.

In an attempt to defend Trump’s racist remarks, she ended up saying something problematic herself and dug herself into an even bigger hole. 

“Following up on the previous question, if the President was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?,” asked White House reporter Andrew Feinberg.

To which WH counselor Kellyanne Conway asked, “What’s your ethnicity?” 

Feinberg responds, “Um, why is that relevant?” Then Conway goes on to tell the reporter and the cameras, “My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy.” The reporter tells Conway that his ethnicity is not relevant to the question he asked. 

Following his racist tweets from the weekend, Trump tweeted on Tuesday that his tweets were “NOT racist” and that he does “not have a racist bone” in his body. To which AOC responded in another tweet, “You’re right, Mr. President – you don’t have a racist bone in your body. You have a racist mind in your head, and a racist heart in your chest.” 

According to People, Trump also told reporters that the backlash he received from his racist tweets “doesn’t concern me, because many people agree with me. All I’m saying is if they want to leave, they can leave now.”

Instead of answering the reporter’s original question yesterday, Conway felt evidently provoked and reacted defensively by going on a tirade.

–Wich at this point, isn’t unusual or surprising from the Trump administration. 

“He’s put out all of tweets and he made himself available…,” Conway told the reporter. “He’s tired. A lot of us are sick and tired of this country –– of America coming last… to people who swore an oath of office. Sick and tired of our military being denigrated. Sick and tired of the Customs and Border Protection people I was with, who are overwhelmingly Hispanic by the way being … criticized.” 

The rest of (sane) America, however, is also sick and tired of Trump, Conway, and the rest of the Trump administration’s foolish behavior, racism, and bigotry. 

Feinberg spoke to CNN‘s Don Lemon to discuss the incident. “I was thinking that this is bizarre, I’ve been a journalist in Washington for about 10 years and I’ve never had any government official speak to me that way or ask such an inappropriate question.”  

Unfortunately, the White House reporter isn’t the only person who has felt this way during the Trump administration –– following his racist tweets aimed at four congresswomen of color, saying, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came… you can’t leave fast enough.” 

Lemon replied to Feinberg’s comment and said, “It seemed that she proved exactly what the critics of the president were saying by asking you that question, am I wrong?” To which the reporter responds that this isn’t the first time Conway has asked him an “inappropriate” or “irrelevant” question in response to one of his questions. 

CNN Editor-at-large Chris Cillizza also put it perfectly: “That Conway actually uttered the words “what’s your ethnicity” to a reporter — and refused to drop her line of inquiry –– amid an ongoing racial firestorm sparked by Trump’s own willingness to tell non-white members of Congress to go back where you came from is stunning, even coming, as it did, from an administration that has repeatedly shown there simply is no bottom.” 

Since asking the reporter, “What’s your ethnicity?” Conway addressed it in a tweet saying, “This was meant with no disrespect. We are all from somewhere else ‘originally.’ I asked the question to answer the question and volunteered my own ethnicity… Like many, I am proud of my ethnicity, love the USA, and grateful to God to be an American.” 

People also took to social media to rightfully criticize Conway and the irrelevant and inappropriate question she asked the White House reporter.  

Folks on social media also shared their own personal instances when someone has asked coded questions about someone’s nationality and/or ethnicity. However, all while expressing that although these are often questions asked by anyone but a government official –– especially one working for the White House. 

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