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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Just One Strong Latina Making Waves On Twitter

Twitter is an effective platform for expressing viewpoints and spreading the word about important issues in small, poignant sentences. We’ve seen many Latinos use the platform to get the word out about strikes, marches, and important legislation impacting their community. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most notable Latinas to use the platform to engage her audience around important issues. Here are some Latinas who are using Twitter to fight the good fight in the name of feminism.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, gained notoriety when she achieved the office of U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. She made history by becoming the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress at 29 years old. AOC is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and a strong proponent of women’s rights as human rights.

Jessica Marie Garcia

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Jessica Marie Garcia is a talented actress who has appeared in the popular Disney Channel original series, “Liv and Maddie” as Willow. She has also been featured in the television show, “The Middle”, and Netflix series, “On My Block.” Garcia embraces her curvaceous figure although her weight has been an obstacle for attaining certain acting roles and she has struggled with diabetes. She strives toward eating a nutritious diet and living a healthy lifestyle.

Sara Inés Calderón

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Sara Inés Calderón is a multi-talented app developer, writer, and speaker. She has shared her expertise as a software engineer as a contributor for Vice and TechCrunch. She is a supporter of diversity in technology, serving as co-director of Women Who Code, Austin, and co-founder of the Austin Diversity Hackathon. Inés Calderón also provides her talents to the Austin music startup, musx, as a lead mobile developer.

Kristina Pérez

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Kristina Pérez is a writer and scholar who has a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge. She has lectured at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. Pérez has written non-fiction and fiction books for both adults and young adults. She incorporates mythology, magic, fantasy, and science into her writing.

Cassandra Alicia

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Cassandra Alicia is the founder of popular social justice pages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Most notably, the Latinx feminist social media page Xicanisma on Instagram. She is outspoken about Chicano politics and Chicana feminism. She encourages conversations about controversial topics such as homophobia, misogyny, and xenophobia.

Patricia Valoy

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Patricia Valoy is an advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She is an engineer, writer, and speaker who discusses issues within the Latino community, such as racism and immigration. She focuses on the topic of women of color in male-dominated careers. Patricia works toward maintaining women in STEM without the hardships of sexism and discrimination. She shares her personal experiences in a STEM field as a source of inspiration.

Andreia Barcellos

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Andreia Barcellos is a human rights advocate who believes migrant rights are human rights. She holds the esteemed position of Secretariat of Development and Social Welfare in Medianeira, Brazil for American University. Her research on Haitian immigration to Brazil provides support for increased training of government officials to reduce hardships facing migrants. Andreia’s public policy proposals have provided valuable guidance for changes in the city of Medianeira.

Xochitl Alvizo

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Xochitl Alvizo is a co-founder of the Feminism and Religion project and website. She holds a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Boston University School of Theology. She serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge. Xochitl’s research encompasses feminist theology, feminist ecclesiology, and postmodern forms of church. Her lectures focus on the areas of women and religion, LGBTQ+, the philosophy of gender, sex, and sexuality.

Jen Brown

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Jen Brown is an actress with a focus on voice acting who has also contributed as a director, sound designer, and costume designer. She considers herself an ethnically ambiguous Latina. She is a host of the feminist horror podcast, “Women in Caskets” and a Twitch game stream, JenBrownPlays. She was a founding member of The Vestige Group theatre company in Austin, Texas. Jen has also appeared in a variety of shows created by Rooster Teeth Productions.

Ellie Francis Douglass

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Ellie Francis Douglass is an accomplished writer who has taught English Composition and Introductory Poetry Writing at her alma mater, Oregon State University, from which she holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Ellie has had her poems published in the Missouri Review Online and “Sweet: A Literary Confection.” She contributes to Carve Magazine as Poetry Editor. Ellie shares her knowledge by teaching at Northwest Vista College and via the Gemini Ink’s Writers in Communities program.

Florencia Manóvil

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Florencia Manóvil is the owner of Mynah Films and has won the prestigious title of Best Filmmaker of the East Bay. She produces films that cover a diverse range of experiences including her feminist and queer viewpoints. Florencia’s film, “Fiona’s Script” won a Best Supporting Actress nomination at MethodFest. Her writing and directing talents gained her funding from the Frameline Completion Fund for her film, “Encuentro.” She continues to create groundbreaking works that encompass unique topics, such as the struggles of queer women who engage in esoteric practices as a means of survival in a patriarchal society.

Rosalie Morales Kearns

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Rosalie Morales Kearns is a writer with a background in copyediting and book publicity. She possesses an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and has taught the subject at the University of Illinois and the State University of New York at Albany. She has written feminist literature including, “Kingdom of Women,” “The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women,” and “Virgins and Tricksters.” Rosalie supports other female writers through her feminist publishing house, Shade Mountain Press. She also serves as creative prose editor for Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ) which is published by Feminist Press.

Natassia Rodriguez Ott

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Natassia Rodriguez Ott is a Research Education Analyst at Research Triangle Institute (RTI). She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. She is a researcher within RTI’s Center for Career and Adult Workforce Development. Natassia has conducted research for the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative. She is knowledgeable in creating education and employment opportunities for minorities and youth, including education-to-workforce transitions and career and technical education (CTE).

Heidi Hernandez Gatty

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Heidi Hernandez Gatty provides guidance to organizations through her business, Small Brown Girl Consulting. She is also co-founder of the site, altmamí, a platform which gathers content relating to the experiences and goals of professional Latinas. Heidi’s background includes diverse fields, such as theatre, technology, and finance. She is passionate about the arts as a vital component to economic and humanistic success. Heidi is also committed to social justice, economic justice, and civic participation.

Annemarie Pérez

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Annemarie Pérez is a writer who has been featured in, “Lowriding Through the Digital Humanities” by Punctum Books in which she contributes her expertise regarding Chicana and Chicano digital culture. She is an assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Annemarie possesses an extensive knowledge base in the fields of Latina and Latino literature, including Chicana feminist writers and editors.

Dior Vargas

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Dior Vargas is a speaker and activist for mental health and works toward removing the stigma of mental illness in the Latinx community. She created the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project to bring light to the lack of people of color with mental illness represented in the media. Dior has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Newsweek, NBC News Latino, and The Guardian. She was granted the award of The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations.

Raquel Velho

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Raquel Velho is an assistant professor in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from University College London (UCL). Her research includes marginalized and excluded users, including issues of transport accessibility for wheelchair users. Velho has also studied gender representations and gaming addictions, social inclusion in Latin America, and immigrants’ definitions of and engagement with traditional Chinese and Western medicines.

T.J. Raphael

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T.J. Raphael is the senior producer of the Slate podcast network. She has experience as an editor for the renowned public radio station and podcast producer, WNYC. Raphael has worked as a reporter and editor for the New York Daily News, Folio magazine, and the Legislative Gazette. She has been featured in other notable publications including The Economist, Washington Post, and USA Today.

Flavia Dzodan

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Flavia Dzodan is a writer and the creator of This Political Woman. She focuses on politics, gender, state interventions, and migration. She covers topics ranging from bigotry to alt-feminism. Flavia includes culture, art, and science in her work. She has written pieces on disability discrimination and technology-related topics such as Big Data and the ethics of community surveillance. Flavia has also contributed her writing talents to The Guardian, libcom, and Global Comment.

Carly Figueroa

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Carly Figueroa is a journalist and Senior Producer for NowThis News. She launched NowThis Her which empowers women and covers issues including gender inequality and violence against women. Carly has been a reporter and anchor for FOX13 in Utah. She helped launch the HuffPost News video team. Carly has also contributed her expertise in the fields of writing, editing, and producing to AOL.


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From the Past To Today, Puerto Rico's Courageous Spirit Continues To Lift The Island Up

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From the Past To Today, Puerto Rico’s Courageous Spirit Continues To Lift The Island Up

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If there’s one word to describe Puerto Rico and the people that have cultivated the land for thousands of years it is resilient. They’ve endured colonization — like most Latin and Carribean lands — natural catastrophes, economic plight, but through it all, they have persevered. Let’s dive into the turbulent history and astonishing way that Puerto Rico continues to thrive no matter what.

The first people of Puerto Rico.

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The indigenous group, known as the Arawak Indians (part of the Taíno population), inhabited not only Puerto Rico but also Cuba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and other islands. They are the first to have encountered Christopher Columbus.

Christopher Columbus colonizes Puerto Rico.

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In 1493, Columbus claimed Puerto Rico for Spain — as he also did with Cuba. The Roman Catholic Church also had a part in colonizing the island of Puerto Rico. In 1521, the island went from being referred to as Boricua (which the Natives called their land) to officially Puerto Rico.

Slavery in Puerto Rico.

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In the 16th century, the Spanish began importing slaves from Africa to Puerto Rico to cultivate their only economic resources including sugar, tobacco, and coffee. The Spanish also captured native Puerto Ricans as slaves as well.

On September 23, 1868, between 600 to 1,000 men attempted to revolt against the Spanish for their independence. This moment is remembered as the “Grito de Lares.” That call for freedom is still celebrated in Puerto Rico today.

The Spanish-American War

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During the Spanish-American war of 1898, the U.S. successfully occupied Puerto Rico at Guánica. The Spanish conceded and under the Treaty of Paris handed Puerto Rico, Guam, the Philippines, and Cuba to the United States.

The Foraker Act

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In 1900, the U.S. president and other lawmakers signed the Foraker Act, which gave the U.S. more control over the island but also allowed Puerto Rico to have its government.

The Jones Act

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On March 2, 1917, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones Act which automatically granted all people born in Puerto Rico U.S. citizens. The Act also allowed Puerto Ricans to live under the same Bill of Rights and constitution as those living in the U.S. The Jones Act also came with some tax regulations that made it more expensive to import goods from Puerto Rico to the U.S.

Puerto Rico and America, united but not.

After World War II, Puerto Rico experienced several economic and governmental changes. In 1952, Puerto Ricans voted to become a commonwealth of the U.S., which established its own governing constitution. Their new commonwealth status meant that they were still U.S. citizens but were not allowed to vote in U.S. elections.

People flee the island.

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It was also around this time (between 1950 and 1970) that half a million people left the island of Puerto Rico and migrated to the U.S. People have left the island once again, after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. CNN reports that more than 130,000 Puerto Ricans relocated to the U.S. after the hurricane.

Exploring the tourism in Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico has always been a popular destination for tourists. At the end of 2016, more than 10 million passengers arrived on the island. Typically, the island generates $4 billion from tourism to its economy. Despite having setbacks including the Zika outbreak and Hurricane Maria, the island has is back in business.

Catastrophes and Tragedies

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The island has been hit hard by natural catastrophes including in 1985 when a landslide in Ponce killed 129 people. While Puerto Rico has experienced multiple hurricanes— the island has had only one Category 5 hurricane and that was the San Felipe Segundo hurricane in 1928. Three hundred people died during that hurricane. In 1899, a smaller hurricane killed more than 3,000 people.

Dual Languages

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In 1993, Puerto Rico declared that the official language of the island would be Spanish and English.

The Economy

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Puerto Rico’s economy has been volatile since Columbus first colonized the island. The tax laws that the U.S. has instilled onto the island resources has made the economy there unstable, ultimately hurting lower class Puerto Ricans. It is because of these laws that Puerto Rico generated billions of dollars in debt. Currently, the island owes the U.S. $70 billion, most of which was caused by a recession and laws that the U.S. implemented.

“Nasty” Politics

Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan (the capital of Puerto Rico), is one of the island’s most prominent advocates. Ever since Hurricane Maria struck the island, she has been taking to social media to show the devastation, what people needed (and still need), and has not backed down even while being intimidated by President Trump.

Obama visits the island.

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You would think that because Puerto Rico is a territory of the U.S. more U.S. presidents would visit the island. They do go on tours worldwide, but not to Puerto Rico for one reason or another. However, in 2011, President Barack Obama made an official visit to the island, making it the first since John F. Kennedy.

Hurricane Maria

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Just weeks after Hurricane Irma grazed Puerto Rico, leaving millions without power, Hurricane Maria landed on Sept. 20 as a Category 4. The island has been in recovery mode since, and while the island is open for business, many people are still trying to rebuild their lives. An estimated 3,057 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria.

Trump vs. Puerto Rico

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, U.S. President Donald Trump did not serve the people of Puerto Rico. He downplayed the deaths, threw paper towels at survivors during his brief visit to the island, and balked at the severity of the hurricane. Relations between Trump and the island remain strained.

Famous Puerto Ricans

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There’s no way in hell that we could list all of the famous Puerto Ricans that have contributed to our society past and present. Since we have to list a few famous Puerto Ricans, we can start with Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roberto Clemente, José Ferrer, Ricky Martin, Esmeralda Santiago, and so many more.

The Best Puerto Rican Foods

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Mofongo, tostones (fried plantains) with garlic, olive oil, and chicharrones or bacon, has to be our top favorite Puerto Rican dish although we can take arroz con pollo, chicken asopao, or roasted pork any day of the week.

A Slow Recovery

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Puerto Rico has made great strides over the past year and a half, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Puerto Ricans in the U.S. — both famous and unknown — have contributed to the success and perseverance of the island. While there’s still lots of work to be done, Puerto Rico continues to rise above tragedy.

Puerto Rico Today

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One of the most amazing things in Puerto Rico that occurred recently, as the island is still in recovery mode, is that people —mainly Lin-Manuel Miranda — has brought arts and culture back to the island. Through his production of “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico, he will be generating millions of dollars toward arts education for children in Puerto Rico. It’s only another sign that the island will go on as it always has.


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