Post the 2016 election era, it seems Latinos have done well to remind our country that no matter how often you knock us down, we will get back up to fight and get a deed done. No Latino has driven this notion home further than U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A new film distributed by Netflix has documented this truth in the film ‘Knock Down The House’ which opened to massive acclaim back in January at Sundance.
The new film revolves around the primary campaigns of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin, four progressive Democrats who ran during the 2018 midterm elections
The women featured in the film are just four of the 529 women who ran for Congress in 2018 and find themselves at the heart of Rachel Lears’s Sundance favorite. From what we can tell by the trailer, the film is a testament to women who stand up and pushed back against male-dominated entities including the one run by our current administration.
Lears’ documentary follows one of the greatest political upsets in U.S. History thanks to the efforts of Ocasio-Cortez and her supporters.
Ocasio-Cortez’s victory boosted her into the national spotlight, made her a leader of the Democratic Party as well as one of the Republican Party’s greatest threats. The trailer provides insight into various moments in which Ocasio-Cortez contemplates her ability to win.
In one scene she quips that “If I was a rational person, I would have dropped out of this race a long time ago,” while in another she mulls over the ways in which Crowley, her political opponent at the time, would attempt to demean her during the race. “He’s going to tell me I’m small, that I’m young, that I’m inexperienced.”
Of course, the new documentary already has women riled up and ready for another run.
Yassss to 2020 leading to a women- dominated political sphere!!
And so many boasting about the power of Latinas.
And how they put so much effort into their communities.
Netflix premiered the trailer for the upcoming documentary ‘Knock Down The House’ Monday.
After over a decade of lobbying, The National Domestic Workers Alliance’s (NDWA) work is on the verge of paying off. This week, Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced legislation that would establish the first-ever National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
The bill would effectively include domestic workers as worthy of the same rights as other American workers–including “paid overtime, safe and healthy working conditions, meal and rest breaks, earned sick time, and freedom for workplace harassment,” according to NDWA.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal is leading the charge to ensure this bill is passed into law.
“Did you know most domestic workers are not covered by federal anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws? Well we’re pushing back to change that,” tweets Rep. Jayapal. “My #DomesticWorkersBillofRights will give domestic workers the protections they deserve!”
The bill would grant basic worker’s rights to 2.5 million people in the U.S.
Of those 2.5 million people, 91 percent are women, mostly women of color. Given that domestic workers aren’t required to be paid even minimum wage, and that their work doesn’t include benefits like health insurance, it’s important to make sure every worker earns a living wage. According to NDWA, 70 percent of domestic workers are paid less than $13 an hour.
The workers who do the heavy lifting in the shadows of our economy may finally be recognized as worthy of rights.
NDWA has worked hard over the years to make it easier for domestic workers (home care workers, nannies and house cleaners). They even created a web app that would allow clients to contribute to a PTO and benefit fund for domestic workers. This bill would ensure that the government is advocating for every worker, so that domestic workers don’t have to fight so hard to advocate for themselves.
Members of the group broke off to meet with their representative.
“We had a powerful meeting with @timkaine where our members in Virginia shared stories about abuse and exploitation in the workplace,” the organization tweeted. “Every single worker deserves to work safely and with dignity. Onward to a National #DomesticWorkersBillOfRights!”
The group met with AOC, who opened up about how the bill would help “little girls like [her].”
“My mom was a domestic worker,” she tells the group. “As a child I grew up reading books on the staircases of other people’s homes, and doing homework on other people’s dinner tables, because my mom was pursuing domestic work so that I could go on field trips and have a future.”
For AOC, this bill is about reparations for a group of people who often go unseen in this world.
She praised the group for their advocacy, saying, “When you all are fighting for this, you’re fighting for little girls like me. You’re putting a shirt on a little girl like me’s back. I can’t tell you the reparations it has to see people who are used to being unseen and that’s what this bill does.”
The group also live-tweeted a conversation between several domestic workers and Rep. Jayapal.
The stories were shocking. A nanny named Thaty shared her experience, saying that “being a nanny takes so much hard work. I don’t know many people who can handle caring for 5 kids under 5 years old! But our work is still considered unskilled. We need to bring our work out of the shadows — so everyone can know what we do and how hard we work.”
Jayapal touched on something deeper than granting legal rights–this issue is about overdue respect.
So many families rely on domestic workers to come home to a clean home, safe and cared-for children, and more. They’re often not seen as employees but rather, “the help.”
But “The Help” encounter medical issues and injuries while on the job, without any legal protections.
Domestic workers are not included in federal protections for workers injured while on the job. So when Sylvia shared that she never fully recovered from a bad fall on the job, and though it impedes her ability to continue to work, she just has to grimace through it.
That same Sylvia is an inspiration. She told Rep. Jayapal that her experience “meeting workers who felt too vulnerable at work to raise their own voices forced me to be brave enough to raise my own voice, for me and for them. That’s why I’m part of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.”
We’re rooting for you!
As Latinos, so many of our own moms, tías or abuelas have driven this industry that, frankly, serves as the backbone to our economy. They offer support to middle and upper-class families who have money but don’t have time, and their work supports our families. Time to give some respect.
Not only is ‘Luis Miguel’ the series hitting the airwaves across Latin America (meaning it’s no longer being restricted to Netflix), but producers of the hit show also confirmed a second season. According to Gato Grande Productions, the company behind ‘Luis Miguel’, the second season will return with new episodes at the start of 2020.
The second season has been confirmed and will hit Netflix in early 2020.
Translation: The second season of ‘Luis Miguel, the series’ will return in 2020. Miguel Alemán Magnani said that LuisMiguel himself will review the scripts of each and every episode and in the coming months they’ll start filming. In the first quarter of 2020 there will be new episodes of ‘Luis Miguel’ in Netflix. 🇲🇽
Producers told Reforma that “Luis Miguel has just finished a very important tour of the United States. He is resting and soon he’ll begin to review all the episodes of season two very carefully. They’ll start filming at the end of the year … The first quarter of the year, we are going to start airing.”
This was huge news for fans who had been waiting for literally a year for news – any news – of a possible second season.
The first season of ‘Luis Miguel’ came to and end on July 15, 2018 – so it’s been literally a year without any news. Fans have been waiting in absolute suspense.
And it was only just recently that US fans of the series were able to start watching on Netflix.
Meaning there’s going to be a whole other group of wildly obsessed, dedicated fans.
Like seriously, the series just became available on US Netflix fom yesterday (July 16).
Fans across Twitter were beyond excited for the hotly anticipated news.
Definitely going to add this to my Netflix and Chill plans. Will you be watching it?
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