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Bernie Sanders Needs Latinos Now More Than Ever

California, the state with the largest Latino population in the country, will have its primary on Tuesday, June 7. The open primary — both registered Democrats and independents are allowed to vote — will be crucial for the future of Bernie Sanders’s campaign, and Latinos will play a decisive role.


California is Bernie Sanders’s last stand.

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There’s a reason Bernie Sanders has been referring to California as “the big enchilada.” (Maybe he’s also subtly giving a nod to Latinos?) California is the most populous state in the country, and if he wins it, he can then go to the more than 500 superdelegates planning on voting for Secretary Hillary Clinton and claim that he’s more electable than she is. Sanders has already said that his team plans on lobbying superdelegates after Tuesday in hopes of getting them to switch sides before the Democratic National Convention takes place in late July.


Clinton and Sanders are pretty much tied in California.

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Just about every major poll has Clinton and Sanders in a virtual dead heat. According to the final Real Clear Politics poll average, Clinton has a two-point advantage over Senator Sanders, which is well within the margin of error. That means that the delegate-rich California is pretty much a coin toss at this point.


A record number of Latinos registered to vote for this primary.

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According to Capitol Weekly, which focuses on Californian politics and elections, a record-breaking 2.3 million new people registered to vote ahead of the upcoming primaries. That increase in voter registration also applies to Latinos. More Latinos registered to vote for upcoming primary than did for the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Even more good news for Bernie Sanders is that Paul Mitchell, author of that report, notes that it wasn’t just Latinos who had a surge in voter registration. People under the age of 30, an age group that tends to vote in favor of Sanders, also registered in droves.


The Sanders campaign has not ignored Latinos.

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No one knows better than the Sanders campaign how badly it needs Latinos to show up for him. The senator has held rallies in Latino-heavy pockets of California, like his May 21 visit to San Diego’s Friendship park, which sits on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the May 23 rally held in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights.


The Sanders camp set up headquarters in East Los Angeles to specifically register Latinos and get them out to vote.

Bernie Sanders’s East L.A. Office¡Amigos! The official East L.A. office for Bernie Sanders is now OPEN. Stop by anytime with your friends, family members, and colleagues. This is YOUR headquarters in East L.A. to participate in canvassing, phone banking and to pick up campaign materials.
Find us here: bernie.to/EastLA

Friends! La oficina oficial de Bernie Sanders en el Este de Los Angeles ya está ABIERTA. Vengan cuando gusten con sus amigos, familiares y colegas. Este centro de operaciones en East L.A. es de USTEDES para organizar bancos de llamadas, salir a tocar puertas o pasar a recoger materiales de campaña.
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It’s more than just rallies. The Sanders camp set up shop in East L.A., which as we’ve repeated, is predominantly Latino.

“I think it’s significant for us to open an official campaign office to acknowledge all the work, all the involvement, all the platforms we have for the Latino community,” Bill Velazquez, Sanders’s national director for Latino Outreach, told NPR affiliate KPCC.

Tuesday’s primary will determine the extent to which those efforts have paid off.


READ: Young Latinos Are Convincing Their Parents To Vote For Bernie Sanders

Register to vote today by downloading the Latinos Vote app for iOS and Android. Our voice matters. #WeAreAmerica

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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In 2020, we saw several street vendors attacked while trying to make ends meet. As the pandemic drags on and people are desperate, the attacks on street vendors have not abated and a Long Beach street vendor is the latest victim.

A street vendor in Long Beach was brutally attacked while working.

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Gerardo Iván Olmeda Del Pilar, 22, was working as a street vendor in Long Beach when he was attacked by two people. The vendor, according to LA Taco, was later than usual in setting up after dropping of fellow street vendors on his way.

Del Pilar was at the intersection of Burnett Street and Long Beach Boulevard on Saturday Jan. 16 when it happened. The street vendor was approached by two men who seemed to be regular customers when they attacked.

“Everything was calm, then I want to say four hours passed when two men came towards me and like any other customer they asked me for an order of fruit,” Del Pilar told LA Taco

Del Pilar is not letting this stop him from what he has to do to survive.

Del Pilar has been a street vendor for a while. The man, who is from Veracruz, Mexico, was suckerpunched and attacked. According to LA Taco, Del Pilar was giving the men their order when one punched him in the chin to knock him down. They then both started to attack him until they got his wallet and ran away. The men stole $500 from him.

Del Pilar told the Long Beach Post that there was not much he could do while being attacked. He was left with a swollen face and horrific bumps on his face from the vicious attack.

Two friends have set up GoFundMe accounts to help Del Pilar out.

Both Alex Diaz and Marissa Gomez have set up GoFundMe pages to help the young man. Combined, the two GoFundMe pages have raised more than $10,000 and are still accepting donations to help Del Pilar.

“While he was cutting up their fruit, one man reached into his backpack and took out an object and used it to punch him in the face. They broke his nose and lumped up his face and then dragged and kicked him while he was on the floor,” reads Gomez’s GoFundMe. “This man was an innocent victim just trying to provide for his family. All donations will go to replace this man’s lost income. There is no such thing as a donation too small anything is appreciated.”

READ: Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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California Sets Vaccination Plan For Agricultural Workers During Next Phase

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The world is racing to vaccinate everyone to put a stop to the relentless Covid-19 pandemic. In the U.S., states and counties are rolling out their own plans based on suggestions from health experts. California, home to the largest population of farmworkers, is making them a priority.

California has laid out their vaccination plan and farmworkers are being prioritized.

California is facing a relentless Covid-19 surge of infections, deaths, and hospitalizations. According to The New York Times, California has the second-highest level of infections per capita in the U.S. More than 30,000 people have died of Covid in California and the vaccination effort has been severely lagging.

California’s vaccination plan has been criticized for its very slow roll out.

According to the California Department of Public Health, more than 816,000 doses of the virus have been given to residents. There have been more than 2 million vaccine doses shipped to California. Currently, California, the most populated state in the country, is still in Phase 1A. Phase 1A is for healthcare workers and long-term care residents. The Vaccinate All 58 campaign claims that there are 3 million people in California in Phase 1A. Almost 40 million people live in California.

Activists have been calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to make sure that farmworkers are prioritized.

California is home to the largest concentration of farmworkers in the U.S. The Center for Farmworker Families claims that 500,000 to 800,000 farmworkers, or about 1/3 to 1/2 of the farmworker populations, live in California. Seventy-five percent of farmworkers in California are undocumented.

As the rest of the state was able to shelter in place, farmworkers did not stop working. They provided a necessary lifeline to the nation in keeping the food supply running. Farmworkers are more likely to contract Covid because of their living conditions. Studies show that the low wages that farmworkers are paid means that many live in crowded conditions.

READ: As The U.S. Rolls Out The COVID-19 Vaccine, What’s The Future Of Vaccine Access In Latin America?

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