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How An Instagram Account Is Making It Easier For Latinos To Go To Local Protests

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President Donald Trump has united and stimulated the Latinx community in ways we have not seen before. National boycotts, like the Day Without Immigrants, brought thousands of our people together in resistance. Local campaigns, like the group of teen girl who dressed up in quinceañera dresses in Austin, Texas as part of a Jolt protest against SB4, are helping to turn everyday people into activists. With so many movements and protests happening throughout the country, it can also sometimes be difficult to keep up with.

PalanteLatinx is an Instagram account making our gente aware of Latinx protests, marches, call-to-actions, screenings, opportunities, resources and more across the country.

“I wanted to create a space where people can directly see how to support and engage with the Latinx community around the United States, something that didn’t exist,” Damaly Gonzalez, the founder of PalanteLatinx, told mitú.

While Gonzalez, who is Puerto Rican, is based in New York, she highlights events occurring in areas with large Latinx populations. Currently, the resource serves those in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, Texas and San Juan, Puerto Rico, with plans to expand to the Bay Area, Arizona and even Mexico City and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic in the near future.

“My hope is that this could lead to interstate cultural conversations and … Latinxs visiting other states to attend and participate in these events and meet each other. This is essentially for a national Latinx revolution,” Gonzalez, 29, said.

PalanteLatinx, which launched in May, is making the community aware of problems impacting Latinxs throughout the nation and showing them where to go and what they can do to be a part of the change.

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And for Gonzalez, Instagram is the ideal space for her to reach people.

“We’re very much in a visual and short video learning age, so I wanted to create an online album of curated events where people can easily scroll to see what they are interested in and then save it for later,” she said.

Today is the International Day of the #Afro-Latina/#Afro-Caribeña of the Diaspora. But it's also everyday ? @afrolatinas_

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Each day, Gonzalez posts photos, graphics, videos or slideshows of events or opportunities happening that day or in the very near future. Recently, she highlighted a body positive healing and meditation session in New York, a rally against toxic ashes in Puerto Rico, a reproductive justice training in Los Angeles, a march against displacement in Chicago and a Cuban cooking class in Miami.

As the only person managing the account, it can be difficult for Gonzalez to stay on top of every major Latinx action throughout the country. To ensure she doesn’t miss something, she encourages organizers to tag or direct message PalanteLatinx about their event. For those not on the ‘gram, an old fashion email will do the job, too.

While currently only present on Instagram, Gonzalez does have plans to start a website and provide followers with discount codes for special functions. Her mission, however, will always remain the same: to inform and empower.

#LA: Tonight w/ @nalgonapositivitypride! #woc

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“The Latinx community should be informed about how we can support each other and simultaneously empower ourselves… Knowing about opportunities, resources and Latinx institutions is important for personal and collective economic, cultural, social, mental and intellectual growth,” she said.


READ: Here’s How Three Women, Including A Mexican-American, Came Together To Organize One Of The Biggest Marches Of Our Time

Let us know about your favorite tools for staying informed of Latinx issues in the comments!

When A Trump Supporter Won One Of Her Contests, Kat Von D Couldn't Stay Silent

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When A Trump Supporter Won One Of Her Contests, Kat Von D Couldn’t Stay Silent

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Kat Von D is a queen for many reasons: she’s a kickass tattoo artist, she’s a Selena fan, and she’s built a massive beauty empire. And while she’s been vocal about social issues like immigration, we’d hardly say that she’s political. That all changed a couple of weeks ago. Here’s how the drama went down.

Back in June, Kat Von D launched a new version of her fragrance line, Saint + Sinner.

Kat Von D Beauty hosted a contest in which her millions of followers were asked to post a photograph of themselves with Saint + Sinner-inspired makeup. The winner and a guest would get an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles and a $500 gift card to Sephora. They’d also get to attend a Saint + Sinner party with Kat Von D.

Thousands entered the contest for their chance at the big prize.

A couple of days after the contest was announced, a winner was chosen.

Kat Von D Beauty named makeup artist Gypsy Freeman of Kansas as the winner of the contest.

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@katvondbeauty @mercyhanna_15 #SaintandSinner #KVDContest Photography and water/milkbath concept @jennbischof Model @numinous.model MUAH/wardrobe @facesofgypsy #kvdcontest Foundation @temptu As Hamlet said to Ophelia, ”God has given you one face, and you make yourself another." The battle between these two halves of identity…Who we are and who we pretend to be, is unwinnable. "Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every person. One that we reveal to the world and another we keep hidden inside. A duality governed by the balance of light and darkness, within each of us is the capacity for both good and evil. But those who are able to blur the moral dividing line hold the true power. -Emily Thorne

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The image alone is stunning. Take a closer look at the picture and it’s clear why Freeman was crowned the big winner. There’s so much attention to detail, and the model’s eyes give off a haunting glare, which perfectly goes with the Saint + Sinner vibe.

When fans found out Freeman was named the winner, they naturally went to view more of her work on her Instagram. They found one IG post especially troubling.

Fans alerted Kat Von D that Freeman is a Donald Trump supporter.

Kat Von D may not always chime in on how she feels about politics, but she is an advocate for immigrants and immigrant rights, especially because it is a part of her history. So how did she feel that a Kat Von D Beauty winner approved of Trump’s ways? Not good.

When Kat Von D found out Freeman’s support of Trump, Freeman claimed she was allegedly disqualified from the contest.

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Freeman posted this image soon after she was “disqualified.”

According to The Wichita Eagle, Kat Von D reached out to Freeman personally and told her how she felt about her political stance.

Freeman provided screenshots of her conversation with Kat Von D.

CREDIT: A screenshot of messages exchanged between Gypsy Freeman and Kat Von D. The Wichita Eagle.

The two conversed via text message at length. “My launch party [and my brand] celebrates many things that Trump is against,” Kat Von D said via text. “In a world where most people are afraid to stand up for what’s right, I refuse to. And this is something I am extremely open and vocal about … It’s hard to hear someone be open and vocal about the opposite — especially when it comes to a president who is openly racist, misogynist, and denies climate change.”

Freeman said she shouldn’t be discriminated against based on her political views.

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Part of the great thing about this country is having freedom of speech,” Freeman told The Wichita Eagle. “I said the same thing to Kat. I was like, ‘You can say whatever you want to say and you shouldn’t filter comments based on who I support. It doesn’t bother me.'” She also added that the entire disqualification based on her support for Trump is “bigotry.” “It’s a huge case of hypocrisy” Freeman told The Wichita Eagle.

According to Kat Von D, there was no disqualification. Freeman decided not to attend the launch party.

Kat Von D wrote on IG: “No one got disqualified, so calm down. I personally messaged her sharing MY personal feelings on the subject as to avoid her getting even more criticism than she already was receiving. She decided on her own to not come to my launch. And further more, just like everyone has the right to support whomever they choose, I have the right to set my own personal boundaries.”

Kat Von D also added this point about her Mexican mom.

“If you want to explain to my Mother who lives in Mexico why she should pay for a wall to be built, and why she should have to deal with the negativity that comes with such anti-Mexican statements as our president has made, feel free,” she wrote. “If you want to explain to me why anyone should tell me what rights I have over my own body, feel free. If you want to promote someone who is anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-women, and denies climate change – feel free. But don’t throw a tantrum on my personal Instagram if I personally don’t back YOUR choices. Have a great day. X.”

Photographer Jenn Bischof attended the party in the place of Freeman.

Case closed!

READ: Kat Von D Is Using Her Immigration Story To Take A Stand Against Trump’s Border Wall

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