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