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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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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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