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A Real Mexican Superhero is Saving Lives One Pedestrian at a Time

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Mexico City and its super busy streets are the scenes of intense battles between pedestrians and drivers. But defenseless pedestrians have a masked hero who fights to protects them against the careless and clueless.

Meet Peatónito, a self-appointed super hero who hides his identity behind a luchador’s mask.


Peatónito adopted the traditional mask and cape of the luchadores not to fight others in the ring, but to help chilangos deal with the crazy amount of cars on the roads.


There are 21 million residents and more than 30 million cars in Mexico City.

Peatónito’s name means “little pedestrian” in Spanish.


He’s been protecting the rights of those who walk or bike in Mexico City since 2012.

Peatónito pushes cars blocking the path of pedestrians, creates crosswalks with spray paint and climbs on vehicles parks on sidewalks.


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Peatónito follows in the footsteps of other masked heroes, like Superbarrio Gomez.

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Superbarrio was a former luchador who became an advocate for fair housing. He made the move after he and his neighbors were evicted from their building following Mexico City’s 1985 earthquake.

Peatónito aims to reduce traffic deaths in Mexico City where pedestrians account for more than half of 1,000 annual road fatalities.

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Mexico its among the ten countries with the most number of deaths caused by traffic accidents.

So what’s his true identity?


He’s Jorge Cañez, a political science graduate who advises the government on urban planing projects.

He’s much more brains than brawn. He’s even done a Ted talk about his work.


Born and raised in Mexico City, Peatónito’s goal is to help reshape the city so that it serves pedestrians AND cars. He spends a large part of his day engaging in tactical urbanism & activism. Peatónito: “It’s important to know that in this city, only 20% of the population uses cars as method of transportation; however they occupy 80% of the viability. They’re a very hindered minority. 80% of the population use bicycles, public transportation or walk. A policy that favors cars is regressive, because it favors a minority, above all, a minority that has the most income.”

¡Viva la revolución peatonal y bienvenido el derecho a caminar!


Stay safe chilangos, Peatónito has your back.

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This Latina Couldn't Find the Perfect Wedding Gown, So She Crocheted Her Own


This Latina Couldn’t Find the Perfect Wedding Gown, So She Crocheted Her Own

After not being able to find the perfect wedding gown, this Oklahoma Latina proved that “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.”

Abbey Ramirez-Bodley was planning the perfect wedding… but she just couldn’t find the perfect dress.

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No matter how many dresses she looked at, she couldn’t find a dress that fit into her budget.

So, she just decided to work with her aunt and crochet her very own wedding gown, #likeaboss.

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Ramirez-Bodley’s aunt had taught her how to crochet when she was 4 years old. She did research on the Internet and found other dresses to give her all the inspiration she needed to go through with her plan.

Her husband was skeptical when Ramirez-Bodley first had the idea.


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Dude. The first rule about dating a Latina: they are always right and will do anything to prove you wrong. ?

Making the dress took eight months and more than two miles of yarn and only cost $70.

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“I don’t want people to think this is something we just whipped up in no time,” Ramirez-Bodley told ABC News. “Without a pattern it was really difficult. We were just as amazed as everybody else.”

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Finishing the dress must have felt like…

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Not to mention, she was able to show her husband just how WRONG he was about her skills with crochet needles.

The final reveal of the crocheted gown left her husband and guests speechless.

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Just goes to show you that you should NEVER doubt a Latina when she puts her mind to something.

In fact, some wedding guests were so entranced with the final look that they just had to know how to do it themselves.

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No doubt that Ramirez-Bodley is going to be getting a lot of requests for crocheted wedding gowns now.

READ: It’s Not a Latino Wedding if these 16 Things Don’t Happen

Clearly, there is a very proud abuelita in Oklahoma right now.

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