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Pigs Everywhere Are Celebrating The News That Two Pigs Were Pardoned By Miami Mayor For Noche Buena

Americans have weird traditions. There’s too many to list, but one of the most bizarre traditions of them all has to be the annual pardoning of the turkey. Each year in front of the White House lawn a couple of turkeys are seen running around like crazy chickens. We’re not sure where this tradition came from but the President of the United States “pardons” a couple of turkeys and basically saves them from being slaughtered and eaten on Thanksgiving. Why? Who the hell knows, but some people find it cute. So, as with most white-cultured customs in this country, we Latinos feel incline to take these traditions up a notch and make them our own. 

In response to the annual turkey pardoning on Thanksgiving, the mayor of Miami-Dade County is celebrating for the second year the pardoning of a pig before Noche Buena.

Credit: Twitter/ @MayorGimenez

In a public ceremony, the Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez chose two little piggies to pardon in celebration of the upcoming Noche Buena/Christmas Eve. The mayor tweeted, “New tradition in #OurCounty. Just like the President pardons turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, as Mayor, I have pardoned two pigs ahead of Christmas. Thanks to the folks at Latin Cafe 2000 on Brickell Plaza for putting together such a fun event! #PigPardon.” Essentially the event is putting the spotlight on the Latino traditions for the holidays, but this year the county is taking the event even further by bringing awareness to the delightfulness of vegan cuisine. 

The Aguacate Sanctuary of Love, a wellness sanctuary, was chosen as the establishment that now has the honor of taking care of the two pardoned pigs. 

Credit: Twitter/ @MayorGimenez

The Aguacate Sanctuary of Love, which is also a vegan juice bar and store, rescued the two piglets named Petra and Peppa from a local slaughterhouse. Now that the mayor has officially pardoned them, they will be saved from what could have been their ultimate doom: death. Can we say the same thing about those turkeys that President Donald Trump pardoned? Probably not. 

Daney Cabrera of The Aguacate Sanctuary of Love told the Miami Herald that they already take care of rabbits, roosters, hens and other pigs on their property. 

“We want to show that we can co-exist with animals and thrive on a plant-based diet,” Cabrera told the newspaper. The company also encouraged people to not eat pork for Christmas Eve, which will be kind of impossible for Latinos. One of the most popular meals that Latinos like to indulge in on Christmas Eve is lechón, a/k/a roasted pig, and ham. 

The Aguacate Sanctuary of Love posted on their Instagram, “Thank you, @mayorgimenez and @latincafe2000 for this amazing opportunity. Bringing awareness to our community by pardoning two pigs’ lives. Please keep our piggies off your plate this Noche Buena and always. Much love.”

We must admit, this new tradition by the mayor is such a sweet gesture. But while we think this is a cute new tradition, we hardly think people will stop eating pig. Yes, there are so many reasons that people should go vegan, including that it’s better for our health and the environment. But let’s try to be sports about it, right?

If you’re interested in having a pork-free Christmas Eve, in honor of Petra and Peppa, here are some Latin vegan dishes that are just as good (or healthier replacements).

Here are some ideas, try Vegan Couscous Stuffed Bell Peppers. 

The recipe is available here.

How about some vegan pozole?

Credit: deeveganmunchies / Instagram

Instead of using the beef for the pozole, this vegan alternative calls for jackfruit. If that doesn’t spice things up at your Christmas Eve dinner nothing will. It will at least be a good topic of conversation. Click here for the recipe

Vegan champurrado

PETA Latino has a delicious alternative to the champurrado that we love. This Christmas instead of using cow’s milk, they suggest using soy milk. I would also recommend using unsweetened almond milk. Click here for the recipe. 

READ: Haters Gonna Hate: Vegan Mexican Restaurants Are Opening Up And The Backlash Is Next Level

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Yes, They Do Nochebuena In The Philippines!

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Yes, They Do Nochebuena In The Philippines!

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Sure, Christmas Day is great but just about every Latino knows that Nochebuena is where it’s at. The holiday, which refers to the night of Christmas Eve and is celebrated on December 24, is one of the bigger holidays of the Christmas season and is often packed full with feasts of lechon, and other wonderful desserts. For many, it is believed that the tradition of Nochebuena and its lechon stems from colonial hunting down of pigs. If true it’s easy to see why Spanish colonized regions and countries (even outside of Latin America) share the same traditions of the holiday.

Case in point: the Philipines where Nochebuena is central to the holiday season.

Curious about what a Filipino Nochebuena looks like?

Fortunately, Filipino Reddit users have been sharing their traditions and recipes.

Check them out below!

“Fiesta Ham and Keso de Bola. Working in a muslim country. Its difficult to get pork.. Meron pero limited choices.. Meron generic Chiken Ham.. pero wla paring tatalo sa made in the phils!” – reddit user

“roast beef with cheesy pepper sauce, beef stroganoff with sour cream paste, italian formaggio a sfera (queso de bola), baked ham with sweet bourbon-mustard glaze, carbonara with peanut butter sauce, chocolate pork binagoongan, and of course hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick! YUM!!” –ejmtv

  1. Lechon Bread – It was invented when someone thought “hmm, lechon kills cholesterol too slowly. It will cost a lot before we mastroke. Can we make cheap lechon made from carbs and sugar?
  2. Keso De Bola – No one remembers why Keso De Bola is a tradition for us at Christmas. The truth is, when the messiah was born in the manger, his first language was “Maybe it would be delicious if we had Cheese De Bola, papsi.” And that is the legend of Cheese de bola.
  3. Embotido – “Dude, I have an idea. Take the leftover leftover dish last night and wrap it in foil. Solid to. “Marijuana has nothing to do with the invention of the embotido. Nothing.
  4. Pansit Palabok – for people who like spaghetti but don’t like spaghetti noodles, don’t like tomatoes, don’t like minced meat, don’t like cheese, and don’t like hotdogs.
  5. Pansit Bihon – For people who like Pansit Palabok but don’t like Palabok. EDI WOW. I hope you are happy.
  6. Pichipichi with cheese. – This is the dish that is delicious pichipichi made from special food and then instead of adding coconut, it spoils the taste with cheese because only bad people make it.
  7. “Parang tumaba ka” / “When are you getting married” comments – No party with relatives should lose those who are willing to be ready like this.
  8. Deconstructed Pigeon casserini with warm foie gras sorbet Menudo / Mechado / Afritada / Caldereta – it’s just the same. Name it what you call it ika nga.
  9. KFC. –
  10. Pucha I forgot to cook and the leche flan I made burned. Are they still open?” –redkinoko

“Last year’s menu: roast beef, baked lemon chicken, pesto/alfredo/meatball spag, cream dory with sour cream, paella, lechon belly, honey glazed ham, Caesar/Italian salad, fresh lumpia, leche flan, cake, chocolate pudding, bibingka, quezo de bola, wine, beer.” –mitselschisels

“During Christmas, we have bread, ham, and queso de bola, served with hot chocolate (we always use Ricoa). Our Christmas and New Year is kind of incomplete without these. This is for those who don’t want to eat rice.” –koyapres

“I usually make Honey Glazed Chicken for the fam, the honey is really good and it helps break down the protein on the chicken making it more tender. Instead of making Spaghetti, try making Carbonara. For dessert try making Mango Float, or twist the recipe a little where you replace Mangoes to Oreos instead.” –WashiTheAxe

“Suman with hot chocolate? Oh gooood.” –CheateroGG

“Crispy pata and lechong baboy. Mahal ng pork belly dito sa Canada.”-thrsblyt

“Lechon belly, baby back ribs, potato salad, carbonara and baked mac, Kare kare and caldereta.”- ainako_

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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