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Latinx Businesses To Support This Holiday Gifting Season

Latinos are some of the biggest spenders. We are also the demographic that is starting small businesses at a faster rate than the rest of the startup population in the United States. This holiday season we could put our money where our mouth is and invest it back into businesses in our community that were founded by people like our parents, tíos, tías or primos who we know made incredible sacrifices for their shot at The American Dream.

With the internet so accessible and tools like Instagram Shop and Facebook Marketplace it is now easier than ever to transact with these businesses that hit so close to home. Plus, we made it even easier by compiling a list of some of our favorite Latinx owned businesses (in no particular order) for you to shop at this holiday season.

Oh Comadre Candles

Marcella Gomez is a nurse and founded Oh Comadre as a way to self-care and escape the seriousness of her nursing job. After testing different waxes and wicks for 16 months, she came up with her version of the perfect organic veggie soy wax candle with a cotton wick. She hand pours every candle herself in Downey, Calif. She wants her candles to represent her culture and evoke emotion, comfort and lovely memories.

Mercedes Salazar

Mercedes Salazar has always been fascinated by jewelry. As a child, she was drawn to sparkly gems and intrigued by the intricate stylings of indigenous artisans in her homeland of Colombia. Yet, it was the stories behind her mother’s favorite trinkets that inspired the jewelry designer to turn her passion for pretty stones and threads into a career and also preserve stories and culture through her medium. Nearly two decades after Mercedes Salazar first launched, the brand grew beyond the founder’s wildest dreams now selling at high-end stores like Nordstrom, Revolve and Bloomingdales to name a few.

Tragos Card Game

Tragos is the party game para Latinos. Made with pure Latino pride, Tragos is the drinking card game that your abuela will not approve of. Each box holds 110 ridiculously true Latino reference cards, designed with unique game rules to get the fiesta started.

Lil Libros

In a world with a shortage of bilingual books for children, Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein began their mission to introduce bilingualism and Latin American culture through picture board books. Lil Libros was created to inspire parents to read to their children and encourage them to do so in two languages.

Fuchila Fresheners

Founded by husband and wife and after noticing that everyone had the same “little green trees” freshener hanging from their rear-view mirror, this couple set out to design a line of air fresheners that not only smell great but you can hang with pride from your mirror.

Luna Impressions

Mother of three, Erika, was inspired to come up with these adorable dolls after walking into a baby boutique and falling in love with their accessories… that were out of her price range. She always loved crafts but having three boys made her more conscious of her spend. One day she decided to make her own baby shoes. She loves making things for little ones and seeing pictures of happy customers. If you purchase something from her line, be sure to tag her!

Taco Gear

This brand was created by Gerald Flores from his love for both Graphic Design and of course tacos. Like many Latinos, tacos are a huge part of Gerald’s life. They represent his culture and bring people together. At the time of the launch of his brand, he couldn’t really find any shirts or hats about tacos that he liked, so he decided to launch his own.

Jose Pulido

Jose Pulido has been drawing as long as he can remember. Some of his earliest memories involve notebooks and doodles. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, he started a small t-shirt company with his brother, called Mis Nopales. They strive to celebrate Mexican culture through various projects.

Loquita Bath & Body

Loquita Bath and Body is a California-based company that specializes in Latinx and 90’s nostalgia bath products. They’re the company that gave us the famous concha bath bomb. Their concha bath bomb comes in a variety of scents like a chocolate concha, a unicorn concha, a pink concha, and a zombia concha. Drop one of these in your tub and your bathroom will soon smell like the local pandería. 

Raggedytiff

Raffedytiff is kown for its eclectic fok-cultural style with an eccentric personality and unique feel. Specializing in statement apparel and accessories, Raggedytiff is known for its unique textile prints. Founder Jessica Resendiz was born in Queretaro, Mexico but was raised in San Diego most of her childhood. She began creating hair accessories as young as 8 years old. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles and launched her business shortly after.

Millennial Lotería

Millennial Lotería is a hilarious and insightful parody of the classic Latinx game Lotería, but this time, it’s like way more millennial. Born from the viral Instagram account, this game reimagines La Dama as La Feminist, El Catrín as El Hipster, and El Mundo as La Student Debt. Filled with nostalgia and ironic humor, it’s guaranteed to make your next fiesta lit AF.

Salvadoran Lotería

The Salvadoran version of Lotería uses the images and names of Salvadoran items, foods and characters instead of the original Don Clemente Gallo version. Many of the items found in the game are not just specific to El Salvador, but it’s the way it’s said that makes it a true Salvadoran experience.

Alamar Cosmetics

Just about every cosmetic store is selling the same eyeshadow palettes. You can be a little different and shop at Latina-owned businesses like Alamar who offers unique shades and packaging that speak directly to us. Alamar Cosmetics was founded by a Cubana who moved to Miami. For her brand, she likes to blend trends with timeless.

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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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