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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.

#LA: This week w/ @latinas4rj!

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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!

13 Lessons From Jefas On How To Make Your Business More Instagrammable

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13 Lessons From Jefas On How To Make Your Business More Instagrammable

Anyone can create an Instagram account, but only a few can sustain a coherent online presence and narrative. From individuals to companies, everyone is trying to find the golden rule of social media. We have found 17 Jefas from around the world who totally slay their Insta game and used the platform to grow their businesses. They have created authentic brands around their personas that both wannabe influencers and established companies can learn from.

1. Thou shall keep thy color palette constant.

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Amelia Goldie is an Australian Instagrammer who has sustained a black-white-red color palette throughout the year and has become a real influencer in terms of fashion and style. Her slightly French quirkiness also makes her approachable. She is also honest about her personal struggles with mental health, making her approachable.

2. Thou shall repeat: “Fun is queen”

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In the old days of mass media people would say that “content is king.” Well, in the age of social media, when there are so many channels to be entertained by, good old simple fun goes a long way. @kidjess knows it and is supported by almost half a million followers. She is quirky and has a cute aesthetic that is always on brand.

3. Thou shall stay true to yourself, yes Ivon!

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We love this Latina jefat hat has gotten quite a following by being herself: a proud Latina mom. She describes herself as a wife and full-time mom and a Mexican-American blogger from California. She is not trying to pretend she is a gringa: her aesthetics scream latinidadeverywhere!

4. Thou shall scream: “B for Brown and Beautiful”

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Kimberly Gomez is a gorgeous jefa from the Dominican Republic who is a proud representative of her ethnicity, she wears her Browness on her sleeve and we applaud her for that. Standards of beauty won’t stop being Anglo territory only if influencers AND brands don’t start exalting Brown and Black hermosura.

5. Thou shall take us on your creative journey

Credit: Instagram. @valerush

Valeria Gascon is a Mexican illustrator and academic who takes us on her creative and emotional journey as she expands her “fantasmitas” series, her flower girl series, and she studies her Ph.D. in Glasgow, Scotland. Her Insta is a delicia full of music, literature, plants, and nostalgia. Moraleja: whatever your brand does, take your audience on a ride.

6. Thou shall remain sencillita, no matter how big you are

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Ana De La Reguera is one of the best and most famous Mexican actresses of her generation. She has broken into Hollywood as well and she is basically a Mexican Meryl Streep in the making. But she has enough time and self-confidence to post pictures like the one in the upper left corner: look at her foodgasm eating that taco. No matter how big you or your brand are: humble is best, always. She wears her wrinkles with pride, para rematar!

7. Thou shall showcase the woman behind the product

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Online presence is all about people. Brands that remain stale, faceless, are bound to have a boring and just meh online presence. Follow the example of Carmen Bruna, who owns a company of gorgeous invitations and other products featuring her watercolor illustrations. Her feed is a perfect mix of personal and professional content. If you are a brand, creating an attachment between the production process and the customer surely translated into loyalty.

8. Thou shall know that sometimes less is more 

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Nerya Yeger is a fitness and vegan influencer who curates a gorgeous Insta feed in which she mixes motivational messages, art, and selfies. We love all the blank space in her feed. The white is a welcome relief in a sea of oversaturated images. La elegancia es lo que cuenta. Don’t you just love that illustration of Frida blowing a bubble gum? We can only imagine the impeccable taste with which her house must be decorated! Jealous!

9. Thou shall recommend a healthy lifestyle, but not be preachy, no suenen como madre enojada

Credit: Instagram. @lacoctelhera

Instagram is full of influencers who try to tell followers how to leave their lives, and to be honest that is not good branding. What is good branding is showing rather than telling, making healthy choices look fun and something you would actually wanna try. That is what @lacoctelhera does: just look at those colorful shots of food and the smile that this Spanish jefa has on her face, like all the time. Also, fluffy animals are engaging whatever your business is!

10. Thou shall sometimes do ONE thing, and do it REALLY WELL

Credit: Instagram. @succulent_heaven

Karen is a succulent lover and grower who curates a super appealing feed featuring the favorite houseplants of the millennial generation, full with tips, info on different species and photographs that frankly make us feel relaxed. Moraleja: sometimes diversifying your brand is not the best move. Do one thing and do it lo mejor que puedas. After scrolling through this feed we bet you will buy a pot, a small succulent…. and then you will have a new collection.

11. Thou shall give your fans/customers the place they deserve

Credit: Instagram. @lupitanyongo

Lupita Nyong’o is one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood. She has won an Oscar, acted in Jordan Peele’s “Us”, and been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Will all of this going on, she makes the effort to share fanart made for her by followers. Can you imagine the smile on the fans face when seeing the art Lupita shared? Y’all know she was born in Mexico, right? And that she holds a Mexican passport? Social media has made celebrities more approachable, but only a few are like Lupita: whatever she posts feels authentic, unredacted and from the heart. Lupita, hermana, eres mexicana! 

12. Thou shall create a unique and irreplaceable style

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Margaret Zhang is a Chinese-Australian fashion powerhouse who has made a name for herself in the upper echelons of the industry. She is an art director for top brands and has moved permanently to New York. Her style is a combination of French chic and the visual aesthetics of Asian filmmakers such as Wong Kar-Wai (by the way, Quentin Tarantino’s hero). The takeaway: be like her, strive to find a unique style that can be translated into different media. Anything can be relevant, even a plate of food, if presented in a way that adds to a coherent visual and emotional narrative.

13. Thou shall deliver on your promise

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Nomvelo Chalumbria is a South African young woman who defines herself as a globe trotter. And she delivers: her Insta is full of pictures from around the world, but also of the amazing original owners of what is now South Africa. She seems to always have her feet on a plane and one foot at home but firmly grounded in her cultural roots. Do yourself a favor and follow her for her bubbly personality.

A Venezuelan Man Is Instagramming His 1,118 Mile Walk To Educate Everyone On What Is Really Happening In Venezuela

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A Venezuelan Man Is Instagramming His 1,118 Mile Walk To Educate Everyone On What Is Really Happening In Venezuela

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Living in Trump’s America, there’s no shortage of causes that people should know about. Whether you’re fighting for immigration rights, women’s rights, voting rights, healthcare for all, or the environment, there’s truly a cause for everyone. The problem is if you care about all of these things, you will undoubtedly get burned out, which is why it’s essential to stick with one thing and put your heart into it. That’s what we’re learning from Miguel Galindo, a man walking from Doral, Florida to Washington to bring attention to the crisis in Venezuela.

Thirty-four-year-old Miguel Galindo is walking 1,100 miles from Florida to Washington to bring attention to the crisis in Venezuela.

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Some may think there’s no way Galindo’s walk will bring any kind of change to the country, which is currently under tremendous turmoil within its government and the people.

“I am clear that by hiking from here to Washington, I am not going to remove Nicolás Maduro from power,” Galindo said to NBC News. “What I am trying to do is to add to the fight, add other Latino brothers and sisters, add other American brothers and sisters.”

He’s documenting the entire journey on his Instagram.

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He launched his project walk earlier this month and is keeping all of his followers (more than 270K) up to date on what’s going on. He posts videos regularly showing the people helping him along his journey and showing his progress as he walks along with the route crossing six states.

He has reached out to help him on his walk to Washington.

“I can count on my Venezuelan brothers and sisters who have already offered me their homes, they have offered to pay for hotel stays, and I have also planned to sleep on the beach,” he tells NBC News.

Here’s what he’s taking on his trip — it’s not a lot either.

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  • a large backpack
  • shirts
  • pants
  • socks
  • cell phones
  • chargers

The rest, he said, people will mail him to various spots on his route.
What’s really great about this story is that a person who wants to do something for his home country but cannot because he is not there shows that you still can help regardless of how far away you are.

Galindo is walking from Doral, Florida to Washington to honor the Venezuelan refugees who have had no choice but to walk out of their country for safety.

The crisis in Venezuela has been devastating the country and the people for years. As time passes, things in the country continue to deteriorate and people are forced to flee their homeland on foot for safety and freedom. Millions of Venezuelans have been left with no choice but to leave their homes and families behind to escape the collapsing country.

The young man wants to educate people about what is happening in Venezuela and the cause of the strife in the country.

According to his first video, Galindo wants people to know that President Trump is not the cause of the situation in Venezuela. He is also taking a stand against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and placing the blame for the crisis in his hands. He has also used his platform to let everyone who is listening know that Venezuelan Interim-President Juan Guiadó is simply fighting against the Maduro regime to restore democracy in Venezuela.

His friends have taken to social media to continue to express why the walk is happening.

First and foremost, they state they are not doing this as part of any political party or ideology. Instead, they are doing it as proud Venezuelans trying to save their country. As far as they are concerned, they are walking to Washington to fight for Venezuela, not any political ideology.

The walk is still going and mitú will update our report as the walk continues. Buena suerte, Galindo.

READ: The Crisis In Venezuela Is Worsening. Here’s What You Should Know Right Now

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