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He Spent A Year Working For Bernie Sanders, Now He Wants To Work For Californians

When California’s 34th Congressional District seat was vacated by Xavier Becerra, who was tapped to become California’s next Attorney General, Arturo Carmona, who worked closely with Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign, jumped at the chance to represent his community. (Full disclosure: Carmona formerly worked as mitú‘s Head of Community Engagement and Public Affairs).

Arturo Carmona is hoping that what he sparked during his time working for Bernie Sanders will give him an edge in the upcoming special election in California.

Courtesy of Arturo Carmona

“When I left the Bernie [Sanders] campaign, having served for nearly a year as the deputy political director and traveling the country with the senator, I realized that we had done something great in terms of waking up and informing and educating the country on so many of the real challenges that we’re facing in America,” Carmona told mitú. “When Congressman Xavier Becerra stepped down after being there for close to two decades, these types of opportunities don’t happen every day and I felt that it was a great opportunity that I could not let pass by.”

Carmona says he believes he can reach young Latinos and inspire them to turn out for another vote.

Courtesy of Arturo Carmona

When asked how he plans to get the highly-sought-after young Latino vote, Carmona said, “I think the way we did it with the Bernie agenda.”

Carmona explained: “We need to tell them that one elected official can’t do it alone. We’re going to need a change that is inclusive and involves hundreds of thousands of people in L.A. We’ve said it many times and I believe it whole-heartedly: real change never happens from the top down. Real changes happens from the bottom up, and that’s the type of leadership that I intend to advance.”

Carmona also thinks people want politicians who represent them ideologically and culturally.

Arturo Carmona for Congress / Facebook

“I believe that the country and our district are ready for Latino leadership that’s truly representative of the new generation of Latinos that are saying that we need to have a solid, multi-racial lens,” Carmona said about the importance of throwing his hat in the ring. “We need to have a clear economic justice lens. We need to understand the intersectionality of all of these issues, whether it’s issues around gender and LGBTQ, racial justice or criminal justice. We need to elevate all of these issues coherently and representatively of not only snake people and the younger generation, but of all communities.”

Carmona, who has picked up an endorsement from The People For Bernie, says he wants Latinos to become a priority for the Democratic Party.

Arturo Carmona for Congress / Facebook

“One of the things that we need to do is to make sure that the Democratic Party makes Latinos and makes immigrants and our diverse community, a priority,” Carmona told mitú. “So, I’m going to be fighting to make sure that we put our families first. We’ve seen a lot of promises in the past but very little footing in the actual stakes. We’re going to make sure that they actually stand up for our communities.”

“The fight is not just going to be on immigrant rights, but on many other fronts,” Carmona said.

Courtesy of Arturo Carmona

Not only will Carmona look to hold Republicans accountable for the “xenophobic changes that are coming our way,” he is also going to hold Democrats accountable for their actions, including President Obama’s deportation legacy.

Carmona also hopes to be a leader in transforming the Democratic Party.

Courtesy of Arturo Carmona

“I think what we’ve seen is a Democratic Party that has been addicted to special interest money,” Carmona told mitú. “We need to make sure that we bring the Democratic Party back to the interests of the people, and that means having people in power coming from these ranks and also the delegates.”

“We’re seeing that everyday people are rising up and saying, ‘enough is enough,’ and they’re taking charge of the Democratic Party,” Carmona continued. “We can’t just change it around the edges. We need to totally transform it and make it much more accountable to our community and our people so we can have the wherewithal to take this fight to Sacramento and to D.C, and then to incite the policy changes that are truly representative of the needs of our community. That’s a fight that we need to be having while we’re confronting Donald Trump, but that’s already happening.”

As for why people should vote for him: “I have proven myself over a career of more than 15 years that I have led with integrity and I have led with authenticity on a number of issues.”

Arturo Carmona for Congress / Facebook

“I have been there with our communities fighting the good fight, so I bring to the table a tremendous amount of experience. I also bring hands-on knowledge of working in this district for over ten years and this is a district that we won as being a part of the Bernie team,” Carmona said about his résumé. “We won this district by over 6 points, so I know that I can beat the political establishment.”


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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

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