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11 Inspirational Obama Quotes To Remind You That America Is Great

The U.S. is entering a period of tough transition with the recent election of Donald Trump. But let’s not forget the times President Obama moved us with his words…

“We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we’re Americans first,” Obama said after the 2016 election.

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His remarks to the country after the election results unified us again as Americans. Even if it was just for a second.

“We are the change that we seek,” Obama said when he was running for his first term as president.

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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” President Obama said in a speech on Feb. 5, 2008.

What do you expect from someone who has consistently motivated us since his first run for the presidency?

“The American Dream is something no wall will ever contain,” Obama triumphantly told the crowd of the Democratic National Convention.

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He made it clear that the American dream is open for anybody willing to work for it.

“We take a step forward sometimes we take two steps back,” Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards. “Sometimes we get two steps forward and take one step back but it’s never a straight line. It’s never easy.”

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It was in 2011 during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards that he reminded us that some times progress has set backs. But the set backs don’t have to be permanent. They can be overcome with hard works and perseverance.

“America isn’t about ‘yes he will,'” Obama told the Democratic National Convention, taking a dig at Trump. “It’s about ‘yes we can.'”

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He dropped some serious inspiration on us during this year’s Democratic National Convention.

“In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope,” Obama said during the 2008 primary campaign trail.

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“We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope,” President Obama said in New Hampshire in 2008. “But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”

Let’s continue to have the kind of hope he had inspired during the 2008 primary race.

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America,” Obama argued during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. “There’s the United States of America.”

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CREDIT: C-Span / YouTube

Even then, Obama was doing everything he could to truly unify us all.

“We all go forward with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens,” Obama said on Nov. 9, 2016, trying to quell fears that were already growing.

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“Because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy,” President Obama continued in his 2016 election results remarks.

Even though there is so much fear about a Trump presidency, President Obama wants us to remain hopeful and compassionate to all Americans.

“We all need to be as organized and persistent as Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been during this election,” Obama said at the Democratic National Convention.

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He knows that those who want to see good in this country can come together to enact that change.

“Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference,” he told Americans looking to continue progress.

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CREDIT: WH.Gov / Election 2016 / GIPHY

We mustn’t give up because we can and will make a difference if we keep on working.

“Don’t boo, vote,” Obama said about those displeased with Trump.

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CREDIT: Democratic National Convention / GIPHY

Stay involved. Be active. There are only two years until the mid-terms when we get to vote again. We can change history in just two years.


READ: The Way Hillary Clinton And President Obama Handled The Election Results Will Overwhelm You With Emotion

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Latinas Are Opening Up On Instagram About Why They Didn’t Report Their Sexual Assault And The Stories Are Heartbreaking

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Latinas Are Opening Up On Instagram About Why They Didn’t Report Their Sexual Assault And The Stories Are Heartbreaking

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TRIGGER WARNING for victims of assault.

Recently we came across six stories by women who opened up about why they didn’t report their sexual assault via the account @whyididntreport. Heartbreaking, tragic, and also empowering each of these stories were a reminder that not only do we need to believe women but also support them.

As a response to the posts, we asked Latinas what experiences they had with keeping quiet about their assaults.

See their stories below.

Because it was a family member

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“My mom did not believe me because it was her husband … we would always fight and he would put her against me … that’s why I always say my children will always come first … then anyone … even before me and my own needs.” – soley_geez

Because of the statute of limitations

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“I did report. The cop taking notes told me they couldn’t file the report because of the statue of limitation being 10 years. I was reporting 13 years after I was raped. I was 3 years old when it happened. I was 16 when I reported.” – jedi_master_evila

Because she’d been labeled dramatic

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“He was my ex boyfriends cousin and I was intoxicated after a night of partying with a group of friends. I said no over and over again. I never came forward because I was already labeled/seen as “dramatic” by my ex and his friends and figured they wouldn’t believe me.” – love.jes

Because she was punished by her parents

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“I was 12. He was 18. My parents found a note he wrote to me. They spoke harshly with him but never pressed charges and punished me for lying.” 0valicorn_rainbow_pants

Because it was someone she thought loved her

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“I had a boyfriend rape me after I confronted him about lying and cheating. He used it as a way to punish me. And I stayed with him a year after the fact. I’m still processing feelings almost 20 years later. I’ve gone through self-destructive behaviors and tried to push others away. I’m forever grateful my husband showed me I am worthy of a beautiful life even after trauma. To all my fellow trauma survivors…we are worthy of good things.” – thebitchyhippie559

She thought she deserved it

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“He was my “step” grandfather. He molested me from ages 5-10, I was having some rebellious teen years and my parents were trying to find out why. I told them, my dad didn’t talk to me for a few days and after that everyone pretended that nothing happened and the rest of my family never found out. I held on to this secret until I told my parents at about 16 or 17 I was always so embarrassed and thought I deserved it.” – klemus09

She didn’t want to ruin HIS life

“It was my boss. At 15 I felt so bad, bc the wife was the only other person working with us and I was more worried about what this could do to their marriage. I thought I healed but typing this was hard.” –dolores.arts

If you or someone you know needs to report sexual assault, please contact the National Sexual Assault Helpline 800.656.4673 or speak with someone you trust.⁠⠀

Latinas Are Forcing Themselves To Examine How They Are Showing Up For The Black Community

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Latinas Are Forcing Themselves To Examine How They Are Showing Up For The Black Community

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Months have passed since the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd but members of the Black community continue to fight against police brutality. While news reports of protests might have slowed down, it’s important to know that showing up for Black people has so much power.

Recently, we asked Latinas “How are we showing up for our Black brothers and sisters?” and the answers were pretty humbling.

Recognize the relative privileges we have

“This week has been so, so heavy, but we need to ask ourselves how we are showing up for the Black community outside of the weeks when headlines are grim and cities are on fire. How are we showing up for Black people in our everyday lives? 365 days a year? I am speaking specifically to my community here: [Non-Black] Latinxs, we have so far to go when it comes to protecting the dignity of our own people, I know. I know our people are also hurting. But we HAVE to recognize the relative privileges we have and the ways in which the Black community’s freedom is directly tied to our own. We all deserve dignity. We all deserve the ability to move through the world without fearing for our lives. Some of us haven’t ever had to worry about that—so what are we doing to help those who do worry for their safety and the safety of loved ones every single day? Please pay attention. Please speak out and hold the people in your life accountable. We are ALL responsible. We all need to be doing more—no matter our race or ethnicity. Please, let’s take care of each other.” – @ludileiva

Show up to protests

“Showing up to local peaceful protests and talking to my family and friends about how we need to stand together. It is my hope our black brothers and sisters will stand with us when we have to face our government on DACA and caged children.” – lil_yo11

Donate and give

“Definitely by donating, signing petitions, educating others on issues like this that affect the black community, posting about it, and speaking out when it happens. Our voices and actions definitely need to be heard during this time.”- belleza_xoxo

Continue to fight

“Many of us ARE. And we need to do even MORE. This hurts me because although there is colorism out there, there are also respectful and supporting people who want to do more and more. I hope more people saw that too. Anyways, my family and I will continue fighting strong for this movement. Because BLACK LIVES MATTER. THEY SURELY DO.” – mid.nicole

Hold others accountable

“By holding people accountable. By talking about privilege even if it makes people uncomfortable! Becoming part of the conversation because if you don’t and look the other way you are part of the problem. Make people uncomfortable! Make people realize that our system needs to be redone so justice can be served for our fallen brothers. Being black, being of color shouldn’t be a death sentence.” – koayafilm

Connect with others

“We are each other’s hope 🙏🏽 sharing on your story is great, but never forget the power of human connection. talk to people, have these conversations & hear the pain, empathy & hope in our voices.”- raquelmariaquintana

Educate ourselves and our families

“We show solidarity! There’s still so much racism within our own Latino community over darker skin color. I know because my abuela was Afro Latina.Things need to change. We need to educate our own families about racism. We need to sign petitions, donating, having conversations. I see many people quiet about what’s going on.” – angieusc7

Keep certain words out of your mouth

“Well we could start by abolishing the expressions “negro” y “negra” as a form of endearment to call for someone of dark complexion. I know some will say it’s a form of endearment, but it just degrades the person called upon by only identifying them by their skin colour. You are calling them by their complexion and therefore reducing a whole persons existence and achievements by the colour of their skin.” –christian.aaby

Hold your family accountable

“We have to stand up for each other especially during these times. I’m confronting my own family members who are getting away from the truth. We have to stand up for what we believe not speak negatively about what the reactions are.” – jenmarasc

Create posters for protests

“Creating posters to take to my local police department this Sunday to protest. Signed petition, called the DA, sent cards to the mayor and DA in support of their efforts and demanding criminalization!!! We need to speak louder. Getting involved in my community to provide breath work and yoga to the black community I live in!!” – mexicanameg