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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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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

READ: I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a relatively new bookstore in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that is facing a very uncertain future. The Latino-owned bookstore opened its doors to the Chapel Hill community six months ago and now COVID-19 is putting their future at risk.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a Latino-owned bookstore in North Carolina that is fighting to survive COVID-19.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews came from a need that the owners saw in downtown Chapel Hill. A bookshop had recently closed in the area so Jamie and Miranda Sanchez knew that it was time for them to help fill that sudden loss.

“We felt like there was a big hole in downtown,” Jaime told The Daily Tar Heel. “A bookshop creates this whole sense of community for the town so we decided to go forward and try to open our own bookstore.”

The bookstore was serving a community that needed a place to gather and discuss ideas after a former bookstore closed its doors.

“The core of our idea began years ago as the union of Jaime’s heritage and Miranda’s passion for writing and the transportive nature of reading. Wanderers and wonderers, our idea continued to grow in the plazuelas of Mexico and the chocolaterías of Spain, in the plazas of every country where such spaces form quasi-families for both the briefest of moments and the longest stretches of time,” reads the bookstore’s website. “In these spaces, people share everything from decadent chocolate to fried street food, to myth-like tales, to the memories of our own childhood selves chasing pigeons and sucking the sticky droplets from paletas off our hands.”

While the bookstore was well received by the community, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans.

COVID-19 has swept through the U.S. and the number of cases continues to climb. While New York might be seeing fewer cases, the rest of the U.S. is in an uptick. The virus has forced businesses across the country to close or retool to be online only. That is what Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews did to make sure they can weather the storm.

The owners of the bookstore realized they needed to retool their business strategy when students stopped coming back from Spring Break.

“We started adjusting our plans in early March to accommodate for the new lack of traffic,” Jaime told NBC News. “Students weren’t coming back from spring break, so we had originally thought the locals would come out like they did during winter break to take advantage of the lack of downtown traffic, but that obviously didn’t happen because of coronavirus, so we started getting ready to adjust and pivot online for when we’d no longer be able to sustain brick and mortar operations.”

The Sanchezes are keeping their literary dream alive through the pandemic.

“Jaime’s always wanted to open a business and bring a piece of home to it,” Miranda, who is originally from Tijuana, told NBC News. “We felt that continuing that tradition of having a bookstore in the area would be a good mesh, not just of who we are as people but how we want to engage with our community. A community that works to sustain an independent bookshop has certain values.”

Independent bookstores are one of the hardest-hit businesses since readings and events in the spaces have been canceled.

Bookshop started to help struggling independent bookstores weather the storm. COVID-19 has left millions of people without jobs and businesses are having to close permanently because of the virus. Bookshop is giving independent bookstores a chance to survive the closures and social distancing.

Bookstores serve a vital role in communities. They give people a place to gather and share ideas. The easy access to literature can change the lives of children in underprivileged communities but allowing them to see themselves reflected in new lights. They also serve as a place to explore the world around you by flipping open a book cover.

If you have time on your hands and enjoy reading, check out Bookshop and build up that 2020 reading list.

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