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Dozens Of Latinas Share Why They Voted And Their Messages Will Make You Beam With Pride

For the first time in history, the Latinx community is the largest ethnic minority in the electorate for this November 2020 election. And Latina women, are leading the powerhouse.

Every 30 seconds, a Latino voter turns 18 in the U.S. A record 32 million Latinx will be eligible to vote for this election on November 3, 2020, which makes up about 13% of the electorate.

Across every race and ethnicity, women vote at higher rates than men.

This is no different in the Latinx community. In the 2016 general election, Latinas voted at 50% compared to Latino men who voted at 45%. This number increased in 2018 when 73% of Latina women voted for Democratic congressional candidates and Latino men cast the same vote at 63%.

A comprehensive research guide on Latina voters in 2020 studied by EquisResearch shows major gender gaps in the Latino vote, Latina women leading the charge. Stephanie Valencia, co-founder of EquisLabs said “The role that Latinas play in our communities and our families, they’re our matriarchs, they’re the glue that holds our families and our communities together,” and affirmed Latinas lead mobilization on key issues like immigration, politics, and social justice.

Here at FIERCE by mitú, we created a campaign using #FIERCEVoter to spotlight Latinas on why they are voting in this presidential election.

Some of the common issues driving Latinas to vote are immigration reform, voter suppression of BIPOC communities, Latina representation and healthcare. These mujeres are exercising their voices to remain Calladitas No More!

Amongst numerous #FIERCEVoters, here are 13 women who share why they vote!

“First-Time Voter” Pride For This Daughter of Immigrants

This mujer represents the legacy of being a daughter of immigrants and is exercising her right that her immigrant parents fought and migrated for.

Voting for Change and For Those Who Can’t, Butterfly-Style

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🗣 I am voting for those who can’t, for immigration reform, and for REAL change that’ll improve America and the lives of every single person in this country, not just the rich and powerful. I became a citizen last year, so this will be the first time I exercise my right to vote in a presidential election and I’m making my voice heard loud and clear!⁣ ⁣ 🗳 If you have the precious right to vote, go out and decide who gets to service us— don’t let someone else decide for you. We need to INCITE change this year by voting in LARGE numbers. Therefore, register to vote, have a plan of how you’ll submit your ballot, research the candidates on your ballot, and encourage 5 other people to vote as well. We’re making change happen! ⁣ ⁣ 🦋 Lastly, why are there monarch butterflies on my poster? Because butterflies symbolize change and growth (what America needs). The monarch butterfly represents migration and the thousands of immigrants who come to this country for a better life. #ProudImmigrant 🦋🗽⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #FIERCEVoter #LatinasWhoVote #CalladitasNoMore #Vote #Vota #Latina #Mexicana #Immigrant #SheSePuede #ImmigrantsMakeAmericaGreat #FIERCE #2020Election #STEMVote2020 #EGVote2020 #InciteChange #LatinoVote #Feminist #WomensRights #BLM #ClimateChangeisReal

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Butterflies symbolize migration, representing the millions of immigrants that make up the U.S. Butterflies also represent movement, progress, and change, all of which America needs.

Exercising the Privilege to Vote When There Are Others Who Cannot

The right to vote for presidential candidates and measures is a privilege millions of residents in this country do not have and wish they did.

To End Family Separation

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I came to this country 6 years ago. ✈️ As soon as 5 years passed (the time you need to wait to apply for citizenship when you are a permanent resident), I applied for my citizenship. 🇺🇸 Last year, I passed the exam and became a citizen 👩🏻‍🎓 THIS YEAR I AM VOTING BECAUSE……. It is a privilege to vote It is my right to vote family separation should end no human being should be treated badly because he is considered “ilegal” OUR LEADERS SHOULD TREAT HUMANS LIKE HUMANS!!!!! NO campaign should be based on hate Climate change IS real Taking care of the environment IS important Science IS important #fiercevoter #latinaswhovote #calladitasnomore #vote #vota #makechange #2020election #FIERCE #fiercef #shesepuede #latinas #latinxcommunity #latinosvoting

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This vote hits close to home for many, especially when thinking of the 545 children at the border who still have not been reunited with their parents.

Voting “Por Mis Padres y Por Mi Gente!”

Making her gente proud!

Voting for the Voiceless

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“I vote for my those who are marginalized, underrepresented, unheard, and unseen. I vote for the future of a clean, humane, and sustainable earth. I vote for equality, equity, justice, and peace. The weight of responsibility is one I do not take lightly. The right to vote is my birthright. I will not waiver to fear or intimidation. This country is tearing at the seams from being in constant war. If we believe ourselves to be soldiers in this battle, then we must take up the only arm that matters = OUR VOTE. So, please, continue to encourage your friends and family to show up at the polls or mail in their ballot.” —@la_vanedosa✨🗳⁠ ⁠ No nos vamos a quedar con los brazos cruzados. We’re VOTING.✊🏽 Keep spreading that voting encouragement, mujeres. #CalladitasNoMore⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ // @la_vanedosa⁠ #Vote #Vota #FIERCEVoter #LatinasWhoVote #2020Election #FIERCE #fiercef

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Not everyone has the privilege to vote, such as those who are undocumented, those with a criminal record, and those who have been affected by systematic tactics of voter suppression.

Showing LOVE to our Latinas in STEM

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On Wednesdays we wear pink! Also, don’t forget to VOTE! 🗳 Early voting starts in Texas on Tuesday, October 13th and goes through Friday, October 30th. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3! I’m voting for those who can’t and because I believe in equal rights, science, and making a difference to name a few. Please make your voice heard and exercise your right to vote! Check out my bio link for more info on when/where to vote in your area. #STEMVote2020 #LatinxVote #GOTV #YourVoiceMatters #ImmigrantsMakeAmericaGreat #WomensRights #LGTBQIArightsarehumanrights #BLM #ClimateChangeisReal #vote2020 #voteforchange #latinavote #voteready #voteearly #fiercevoter —————————————————————— Want your hands on the sweatshirt? These #STEMinist sweatshirts are sold by @TechTogether_. All proceeds from the STEMinist store go towards tackling the hacker gender gap. “ #STEMinism is by definition an advocate for increasing the presence of Women in #Science, #technology, #engineering, and #math. TechTogether is a nonprofit organization that works to elevate the access, exposure, and inclusion of gender-marginalized individuals in interdisciplinary fields of technology. In 2019, TechTogether served 1000+ women and non-binary hackers.” #WomenInSTEM #WomenInScience #WomenInTechnology #WomenInEngineering #WomenInMath #STEMinistsSupportSTEMinists #wednesdayswewearpink #nonbinaryrepresentation

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This real-life Steminist is using her passion to vote in the name of science, representation, and equal rights.

Voting to Change the Climate, In Every Way Possible

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𝑾𝒉𝒚 𝑰 𝒗𝒐𝒕𝒆.. Because I believe in climate change! . 🌎 . As an Environmental Health and Safety engineer, finding ways to save our environment is my passion! . 👩🏻‍🔬 . I vote because it’s important to speak up and start making a difference in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst consequences of climate change! . 👷🏻‍♀️ . I vote because I want to save our planet 🌎 🌍 🌏 and work on go green and sustainability projects whether it be at work or on my free time! . 🌱 ♻️ . Also 🐶votes to save our 🌎🌍🌏♻️🌱he loves our beautiful parks and beautiful Mother Nature 🌳 . But I also vote because I believe in women’s right! . I believe love is love 🏳️‍🌈 . I vote because immigrants make America great! . I vote because social justice is important and racism is not acceptable! . I vote because children do not belong in cages and should not be separated from there family ! . I vote because I am a women, a Latina / chicana in STEM and all of this above and MORE affect who I’am! . . Need help on how to register to vote please follow….. 🗳 @whenweallvote @latinavote @votesaveamerica @votelikeawomen2020 @she_sepuede . . #stemvote2020 #egvote2020 #latinaswhovote #womeninstem #mujeresfuertes #vote2020 #climatechangeisreal #womensrightsarehumanrights #immgrantsmakeamericagreat #abolishice #blacklivesmatter #fuckracism #loveislove #voteforchange #saveourplanet #fiercevoter #calladitasnomore

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This woman votes to make a difference in climate change and the social climate which is currently impacted by racial tension, and the struggle to grant equal rights to all.

And Of Course We Have a #FIERCEVoter T-Shirt!

Embrace your #FIERCEVoter pride by purchasing our T-Shirt here.

Shedding Light on Voter Suppression

Swipe through this post to read about how millions of people across the U.S. (including Native Americans, Puerto Rico, and disenfranchised poor communities) do not have the right or means to vote.

In Honor Of The Millions Of Women Who Didn’t Have The Right To Vote

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⁣⁣⁣⁣Why I vote:⠀ ⠀ 🌟 Because it is my constitutional right. I am forever grateful for my family having the courage for deciding part of my future by making me a citizen. (US born, MEX raised)⠀ ⠀ 🌟 Because more than 100 years ago, women were not allowed to vote. I have the honor to exercise the 19th amendment thanks to many influential women and leaders.⠀ ⠀ 🌟 For my family, for those who can’t, for those who are part of our country and deserve a better future; a better life, liberty and their own pursuit of happiness. Everyone deserves this, right?⠀ ⠀ 🌟 Because my voice should be heard. Because I belong. Because I matter. Because I am a proud Latina. Because I am an immigrant.⠀ ⠀ 🗳 TODAY is the last day to register in Texas. If you are able to vote, register today and PLEASE GO VOTE.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Also, loved making this poster with my abuela 🤩

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As well as the millions who still are denied the right to vote.

Because Latina Representation In All Entities MATTERS

Speaking of voting for candidates who will represent us, how about this FIERCE lady who is a doctor? Representation in all sectors and platforms matter.

Because Every Election Has Consequences

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“Here is why I vote:⁠ ⭐️ Elections have consequences- Local and federal, so research what you are voting for.⁠ ⁠ 🌟 Not voting is giving up your Voice- So make sure you are heard!⁠ ⁠ 💫 Voting is an opportunity for change- Change does not happen overnight.⁠ ⁠ ⭐️ The Community Depends on You- As a Latinx woman, I always take into account my community and our rights. Immigration has always been an issue that is very personal to me, so I vote for candidates that will help reform the system!⁠ ⁠ 🌟 Vote for Science 👩🏽‍🔬 #LatinaInSTEM⁠ ⁠ 💫 I believe in Women’s Rights, LGBTQA+ Rights, Black Lives Matter, Term Limits, Tax Reform, Equality, Climate-Change, Pro-Choice, and that families should NEVER be separated⁠.⁠ ⁠ Most importantly… JUST VOTE 🗳”⁠ —@yourfemaleengineer⁠ ⁠ ⁠ 👇🏽Tell us why you are voting.👇🏽⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ // @yourfemaleengineer⁠ #NationalVoteEarlyDay #VoteEarlyDay #FIERCEVoter #LatinasWhoVote #CalladitasNoMore #Vote #Vota #MakeChange #2020Election #FIERCE #fiercef⁠

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So make sure to do your research before voting. You can use Ballotpedia for great non-biased sources and information. Have conversations with friends or familia, reach out to local activism groups, most are happy to share their voter guides.

Your voice is important and much-needed. Thank you so much for uniting and participating in our social activation and the elections. Please continue tagging us. Together we are louder. Calladitas No More!

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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