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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.

#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.


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

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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One Instagram Page Is Exposing All Of The Gay Men Willfully Breaking Covid Guidelines To Party

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One Instagram Page Is Exposing All Of The Gay Men Willfully Breaking Covid Guidelines To Party

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The pandemic has dragged on for almost a year and it is getting very exhausting. However, that doesn’t mean you get to just break Covid guidelines. Gaysovercovid, an Instagram page, is exposing all of the gay men posting clear violations to Covid guidelines and it’s just so shameful.

GaysOverCovid is masterfully shaming gays who think they are above Covid guidelines.

Covid has killed more than 1,976,000 people around the world. The virus has forced governments into lockdowns to save lives. However, some people have continued to party and gather and travel with no regard for the consequences of their actions. Health officials have been urging people to avoid nonessential travel, not gather, and follow basic guidelines to keep people safe.

The account is exposing the white privilege and hypocrisy of some healthcare workers.

The vaccine is currently in circulation but the vaccine only prevents you from getting severely ill from the virus. You are still able to contract and spread the virus. The end of 2020 was a real booming moment for the Instagram page as gay men flocked in mass to Puerto Vallarta and Brazil to ring in the New Year while flouting life-saving Covid guidelines.

A lot of the men exposed quickly make their social media accounts private.

Maybe it is because they are embarrassed that they are part of the spread problem. Or maybe they are doing some soul searching after their actions. Most likely, they think that making their accounts private long enough will give everything time to blow over so they can act like normal members of society when we are finally through this hard time.

The Instagram page has even helped to expose underground parties.

Covid is still killing people. Los Angeles, where many of these gay men live, is among one of the worst outbreaks in the nation. It is so important that people keep doing their part and being responsible. We are nearing the end of Covid with vaccination plans rolling out across the nation. Be patient. be responsible. Wear a mask. Don’t travel. Avoid crowds. Do the right thing.

READ: Music’s Biggest Night Is Officially Postponed As COVID-19 Wreaks Havoc On California

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