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Jenni Rivera Was Scared By Death Threats Well Before Her Plane Crashed

On the anniversary of Jenni Rivera’s tragic death, radio show personality Pepe Garza released a shocking, never-before-heard audio recording of his last interview with Rivera, during which she expressed deep-seated fear of performing in Mexico due to innumerable death threats. While mystery has long surrounded Rivera’s sudden death on December 9, 2012, when she and six other passengers plummeted to their deaths near Monterrey, Mexico, new questions are mounting since Pepe Garza published his 35-minute YouTube video entitled “The Interview Never Published: Jenni Rivera’s Goodbye.” According to Garza, Rivera had urgently asked him to interview her to “leave a testimony” in case anything happened to her. She hoped that the interview would never need to be published, but asked him to record an emotional goodbye just in case.

Garza revealed the interview along with the reaction of her children, Chiquis and Johnny, as they heard their mother’s voice. Now, her fans suspect that Rivera might be alive and living in witness protection.

Rivera confessed that she lived with a haunting fear of the death threats, more than she had let on to loved ones.

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While Rivera was born in Long Beach, the Mexican-American superstar often traveled to Mexico to reach more of her banda music fans. Rivera had just performed at the Monterrey Arena on the evening of Dec. 8, 2012. After the show, she held a press conference and quickly boarded a Learjet 25 at the Monterrey Airport around 3:20 a.m. to fly to Toluca, Mexico for an appearance on Mexico’s version of “The Voice.” Instead, just 15 minutes after the jet took flight, the plane went dark. Later that day, the plane’s wreckage, along with the bodies of its two pilots and five passengers, including Jenni Rivera, was found near Iturbide, Nuevo León. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Mexican authorities never determined the cause for the crash. Since the plane had nosedived into the earth, its high speed caused so much wreckage that even the black box flight recorders were destroyed. To this day, authorities say Rivera’s death was due to “loss of control of the aircraft for undetermined reasons.”

Rivera was a brazen feminist, using her role as one of the first women to sing narcocorridos to empower women to rise up from oppressive gender roles. For the first time ever, we know that Rivera was a victim of death threats, but she never changed her behavior or her plans for any misogynist. She also rarely let on that she was overcoming a fear of death on a daily basis.

Rivera had told very few people about the death threats because she didn’t want to scare anyone.

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That’s how strong she was. “What I do is so important to me, Pepe, and I’m a very brave and determined woman,” Rivera told Garza in the audio recording. “That’s why I’m here. Nobody knows. Not even my family knows … not my friends or companions. And that’s how I want it to be because I don’t want to scare more people.” Rivera talked about the endless death threats she received on burgeoning social media platforms, on phone calls and emails. At one point, she had to involve the FBI to determine if it was safe for her to go to a concert in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, for fear she’d be kidnapped before being killed. Chiquis seemed to recall that moment in time for her mother. “But she said, ‘Too bad. I’m going. I believe in God,'” Chiquis told Garza. 

“It’s a risk that you’re taking, and I ask myself, ‘Why do you keep doing this?’ And in reality, one thing leads to the next and you never stop, but I do it because I love what I do and the love I have for the public,” the late Rivera said in Spanish.

Pepe Garza was waiting until it felt right to release the interview.

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“It’s an interview where she reveals many things that are not very clear yet. … She asked me to interview her because she had received death threats and she wanted to leave a testimony that this was happening in case something happened to her,” Garza said, according to a Los Angeles Times translation. “I’ve let many years go by since Jenni’s death, and something in my heart told me this was the year to reveal and share this.” Rivera’s son, Johnny, thanked Garza, saying that his mother’s words are very important to him and that when he finds something new of hers, it’s a very big deal for him. Rivera’s last words in the interview were emotional as she said, “We don’t need more chaos in the world. … I believe in an almighty God who has carried me forward in many aspects of my life, and I trust that he’ll take me out of this, too.

One fan tweeted, “jenni rivera’s last message has me balling my eyes out. this interview is insane but i feel like it definitely brought her kids closure,” while others are determined to believe that Rivera is still alive. “It’s been 7 years and I still believe that our Jenni Rivera is alive and she’s just being protected by witness protection,” tweeted another fan. 

Listen to the full interview here.

READ: Jenni Rivera Is Set To Make Debut On Big Screen With A Biopic Detailing Her Life, Struggle, And Untimely Death

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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