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Los Angeles Latinos Give Trump A Piece of Their Mind

Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Los Angeles, arriving at the Luxe Hotel on Friday to deliver a speech to the Friends of Abe, a group of entertainment industry conservatives. CHIRLA (Coalition For Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles) seized the opportunity and organized a protest to tell Trump one thing: he is not welcome in Los Angeles.

The Organizers had a Clear Message

Diana Colin, 27, State-Wide Organizer for CHIRLA

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“We’re here to send him a strong message. L.A. does not welcome hate. L.A. is a pro-immigrant city and a pro-immigrant state here in California. We pass pro-immigrant policies and we elect pro-immigrant representatives.”

Families Stood Together

Andrea Tanyo, 15, Los Angeles (pictured right with her family)

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“My mom is an immigrant, but she’s never done anything bad. She’s a hard worker. If I was sitting across from Donald Trump, I would say not to say what he said ever again because it is rude to people and to Mexicans because it is not true.”

Some Demanded Respect

Eli Alejandro, 38, Los Angeles

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“Latinos have a lot of power. We are doing a lot of business here and we contribute a lot economically. We want respect. We don’t need somebody like him in politics.”

Others Can’t Believe Trump is Taken Seriously

Johana Mendoza, 19, Los Angeles

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“I think it is an embarrassing to consider someone as racist as he is as a presidential candidate. I have many friends who are undocumented college students and I don’t think it’s fair to label someone when you don’t know their story or you’re not able to take a day in their shoes.”

READ: Kiss California Goodbye, Latinos Have Taken Over

Some Say Trump is a Fear Monger

Joshua Gonzalez, 21, Calabasas

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“People already fear us because they think we are gang members or whatever. Now, with these false statements, people are going to think that we are that; we’re drug dealers or we’re rapists and it creates problems for us.”

Some Protesters Swelled with American Pride

Jose Maleonaeo, 73, Los Angeles

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“We’re all immigrants. A lot of Latinos are immigrants. I picked cotton. I did all of this to build the country up. I am not from Mexico. I am from Texas.”

Others Were there to Support their Spouses

Crystal Guerra, 25, Fontana, Calif.

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“I came here to support my people: immigrants, and Mexico, and, especially, my husband. My husband does not drink, he does not smoke. He’s a hard worker and that’s all he does.”

Not All Latino Protesters Were Against Trump

Maria Lumdquist, 52, Los Angeles

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“He will make America like it was before: good. Not like now. Look at what happened in San Francisco. There’s people in jail and they get deported and come back.”

But Pro-Trump Protesters were Outnumbered

Jade Perez, 19, Anaheim

“I’m happy to see that there are a lot of people gathering to fight for this cause. I believe that we are hard workers and that we came to pursue a better future for ourselves.”

Some Addressed Donald Trump’s Hypocrisy

Martha Muñoz, 54, Hawthorne

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“Latinos are contributing a lot to the U.S. and they are the working hands that bring the wealth. I see it in the fields, especially the farming fields. Only Latinos, Mexican mostly from Mexico. They bring them here to work and that food that these people are serving on their tables is harvested by my people. We’ve been contributing a lot.”

This Adorable Little Dude Joined the Protest with Dad

Erik Schou, 44, Los Angeles

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“I think it’s horrible what he’s saying; it’s horrible what he’s doing. He’s prosecuting all immigrants. At one point and time, we were all immigrants. Only the Native Americans are the true Americans.”

WATCH: Donald Trump Says Mexican Immigrants Are ‘Racists’

Some Feel Latinos are Used as Political Pawns

Maria Sandoval, 42, Los Angeles

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“It’s not fair that he is using us as a prop for his political campaign. He is using us for attention so he can win the electoral campaign. Why is he attacking Mexicans? Or why is he referring to the Mexican community?”

Many Wanted to Stand Up for their Communities

Nancy Rosales-Hernandez, 23, San Fernando Valley

Credit: Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

“I personally am affected by what Donald Trump said and I feel like it is time for us to support our community. That’s why I am here. I, myself, am an immigrant and I am a student as well and I am the daughter of immigrants.”

Others wanted Trump to Know How Hard They Work

Maria Galvin, 46, San Fernando Valley

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“We employ people. For example, my husband has a shop and he employs three citizens. We have been paying taxes for 16 years. We contribute a lot.”

Some were there Representing Immigrants from Previous Generations

Hector Perez, 22, Anaheim

Credit: Jorge Rodriguez-Jimenez

“I came out here today on behalf of my grandpa because he’s an immigrant … I am where I am today because of him. He’s a contributing member to society just like everybody else I’ve seen. You can’t even tell he’s an immigrant anymore.”

Others were there to Support Friends

Moises Cabral, 41, Whittier, Calif.

“[A close friend] was the first person who was really close to me that said he was undocumented. When he said that I didn’t even know what undocumented meant but when he told me he was from Mexico and he didn’t have any papers, then I knew what I meant. I still remember him. When I look at the children growing up, I see a little bit of him.”

And Quite a Few Wanted to Take a Few Hacks at this Piñata

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with reporting by Guadalupe Contreras

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Women In Mexico Marched For International Women’s Day And Things Got Violent

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Women In Mexico Marched For International Women’s Day And Things Got Violent

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate women but in Mexico it is a protest against the rampant femicide gripping the country. Women marched against the femicide this year and things turned violent when police clashed with protesters.

March 8 has a different meaning in Mexico.

Women in Mexico took to the streets to protest the rampant femicides that are devastating the country. According to the New York Times, femicides in Mexico have been increasing in recent years. There was a 10 percent increase from 2018 to 2019 with a total of 1,006 incidents of reported femicide.

In 2017, there were seven femicides a day and by 2019 the number had jumped to 10.

“Women are demanding a shift of paradigm and nothing less,” Estefanía Vela, executive director of Intersecta, told the New York Times. “These are not only hashtags. These are students protesting at the universities, and mothers demanding justice for their daughters.”

People on social media are amplifying the cause by sharing what is happening.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made it a part of his presidency to downplay the extent of the crisis. At times, AMLO has gone on record dismissing claims of widespread femicide in Mexico.

“I’m going to give you another fact, which doesn’t mean that violence against women doesn’t exist, because I don’t want you all to misinterpret me,” AMLO said during a daily morning presser in May. “Ninety percent of those calls that serve as your base are false, it’s proven.”

Women are not allowing for the narrative of false reports to persist and are standing up to highlight the crisis. People are criticizing AMLO and his administration for seemingly turning a blind eye to the deadly crisis.

This year’s protest had more anger after the death of Ingrid Escamilla.

Escamilla was murdered in February 2020 by her domestic partner. Her body was mutilated by the attacker in a violent way. The press ran the photos of her body on the front page and sparked anger around the world. After being murdered, her body was displayed for the public to see and people are tired of women being treated so poorly.

“He was supposed to represent a change and it turns out that he is not,” Xóchitl Rodríguez, a member of Feminasty, told the New York Times. “The fact that you wake up in the morning and your president cannot reassure you on what specific actions he is taking to deal with the issue, is outrageous.”

READ: Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

Beverly Hills, one of the most well-known destinations in the country and world has long been a thriving and prime area for real-estate. Long before it was colonized by the Spanish, and was largely populated by rich white elites, the Indigenous people of California known as the Tongva, thrived there.

Hundreds of years later, in the 1830s, when the area was colonized, Maria Rita Valdez Villa, the granddaughter of Spanish colonists Luis and Maria Quintero and the great-granddaughter of an African slave was granted the original 4,500-acre of Beverly Hills, then known as El Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas.

Yes, as it turns out the foremother of Beverly Hills was a Black Latina!

During her ownership, Maria Rita oversaw cattle ranching and farming.

According to LA Magazine, Rita “was well known for holding a yearly celebratory rodeo under a famous eucalyptus tree at what is now Pico and Robertson boulevards.”

Sadly, after working the land for so much time, three Indigenous Californian outlaws attacked the ranch in 1852. The attack led to a shootout amongst “a grove of walnut trees at what is now Benedict Canyon and Chevy Chase drives” and eventually in 1854 Maria Rita decided to sell the area to investors Henry Hancock and Benjamin D. Wilson for $4,000.

Perhaps there’s a chance for justice for Maria Rita in the end.

Recently, Los Angeles County officials revealed that they were contemplating returning a beachfront property that was seized from a Black family nearly a century ago.

According to the Guardian, Manhattan Beach used “eminent domain” in 1924 to force Willa and Charles Bruce, the city’s first Black landowners, of the land where they lived. “The Bruces also ran a resort for Black families during a time when beaches in the strand were segregated,” explained the Guardian in a recent report. “Part of the land was developed into a city park. It is now owned by Los Angeles county and houses lifeguard headquarters and a training center.”

Manhattan Beach county Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that she was looking into ways to restore justice for Bruce family. Options include delivering the land back to the family, paying for losses, or potentially leasing the property from them

“I wanted the county of Los Angeles to be a part of righting this terrible wrong,” Hahn explained in a recent interview with KABC-TV.

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