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Latinx Voters Favor Senator Bernie Sanders As Their Top Presidential Candidate To Face Off Against Trump

We are down to 20 Democratic presidential hopefuls. Each week it seems like we’re losing a candidate and we’re totally okay with that because in the end there’s only going to be one contender facing off against Donald Trump. So, who is it going to be? It is definitely too soon to tell. We’re still more than a year away until the 2020 presidential election, but there are a couple of candidates that are topping the list as favorable among Latinx. Either way, both Trump and his opposer will be vying for the Latinx vote.

As of now, Senator Bernie Sanders is the top contender among Latinx voters, especially those under the age of 30.

Several key polls show Sanders has a slight advantage among young Latinx voters, garnering 24 percent approval rate. However, he is trailing former Vice President Joe Biden by just one percent. Senator Elizabeth Warren ranks in third place. CNN is attributing Sanders gain among Latinx because this group is “younger and more liberal.”

Activist Jeronimo Saldaña agrees with the theory that younger voters approve of the platforms that Sanders is running on, while older Latinx have more conservative views.

“As someone who has previously worked on marijuana legalization and saw the huge gap between older Latinxs and those under 25, the enthusiastic support for Sanders from young folks identifying as Latinx is not surprising,” Saldaña said in an interview with mitú. He added, “Older gente did not want to legalize marijuana and had more conservative views when it came to a range of issues. I think younger folks hear someone like Bernie Sanders and are inspired by his vision and willingness to tackle structural oppression.”

Unfortunately, the only Latino presidential candidate — Julian Castro — is not garnering as much Latinx support as some would assume.

A Univision poll shows Biden is ahead among Latinx voters, Sanders comes in second, and Castro in third.

Saldaña is surprised that more Latinx are not swaying toward Castro, especially among young voters because he’s “incredibly relatable.”

“There have been some articles about his identity as a Latino in spite of not speaking Spanish and so many tweets and Facebook posts relating to him on that level,” Saldaña said. “I feel like either Sanders and Castro would make a phenomenal president. Both candidates have incredible Latinxs on their staff.” He added, “If folks were to read Julian’s platforms, especially on police accountability and immigration, they would love what he’s putting out there.”

After the third debate last week, Latinx continued to favor Sanders and Biden.

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The latest Univision poll shows Sanders and Biden, with 27 percent and 25 percent respectively. Latinx voters also say those two candidates performed best in the debate. Elizabeth Warren followed with 23 percent. The poll also showed that Beto O’Rourke, whose poll numbers have been tanking, did get a boost after the third debate from 6 percent to 11 percent. Some credit his handling on the El Paso shooting and his stance against gun violence. Among Latinx polled, a majority saw Castro’s tense exchange with Biden as a positive thing. “Sixty-four percent of Latinx respondents said he was right to ‘highlight inconsistencies in Biden’s plans’ on immigration and healthcare. They also thought Castro has the best plan to carry out immigration reform.”

As you can see, it’s still anyone’s game.

Whoever the Democratic candidate is at the end, Latinx are sure to back them up no matter what.

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The Univision poll shows that whoever runs against Trump, at least 62 percent of Latinx reported that they will support any Democrat who opposes him. Furthermore, Latinx voters are the largest nonwhite voting group in the country in the 2020 election, NBC reports. 

“In 2018, we saw one of the most significant gains in registration and turnout,” Matt Barretto, a principal at Latino Decisions said to NBC News. “So I believe we have really turned a corner through a combination of the levels of anger…as well as the increased mobilization that parties and candidates are now doing. So I do believe you will see a very robust and high turnout in 2020.” Pew Research also shows that the number of Latinx voters nearly doubled from 2014 to 2018, nearing presidential election year levels, which means the Latinx turnout for 2020 should be even higher. 

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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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