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Female Janitors Who Suffered Abuse Score A Big Win In California

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“I am that woman that you raped 9 years ago on that night.”

When everyone goes home from work, school or church, the space becomes the janitors domain. Many of these working class janitors tend to be women, they tend to be immigrant mujeres, and for years they have been vulnerable to the worse kind of abuse.

Leticia Soto, a janitor in Los Angeles, was raped nine years ago while working a night shift. In a letter to her attacker, she recounts in graphic detail what happened to her, and the fears she had after (Para español, leer aquí):

I lived for nine years in silence. And I didn’t report you to the authorities. I never went to hospital for fear that they would call the police. I never went to the police for fear that they would call immigration. And we all know what happens when they call immigration on you: separation from your children and deportation. You never paid for your crime. And I never had a day in court to read you this letter. Unfortunately, I am not a student at a prestigious school. I don’t wear the uniform of a profession that is considered important. I am still a janitor on the night shift.

In California, female janitors are getting some help. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1978 on Thursday, September 15, making official a law that would protect women in janitorial services that would otherwise be vulnerable to sexual abuse and rape. The bill creates a requirement that janitorial businesses register with the state and the workers undergo training to address sexual harassment and abuse.

For five days, 18 women, most all of them survivors of rape or abuse, fasted in front of the state capitol of California in hopes of getting the attention of Gov. Brown to sign AB 1978.

PBS Frontline reported about this issue a year ago in their segment “Rape on the Night Shift.” In the story, rape victims recounted graphic stories of abuse, how their attackers would threaten to report them to ICE, and how their supervisors would turn a blind eye toward the abuse. In some cases, their supervisors were the abusers.

I got to see firsthand both the passion these women had and the toll the fast had on them. (I managed the SEIU USWW Twitter and Facebook accounts during the fast). The female janitors came from Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Ana and Los Angeles; were predominantly middle-aged Latinx mothersand it was their first time fasting.

While the women stayed off of their feet throughout the fast, OG visitors like Dolores Huerta, Maria Elena Durazo, and others came out to support the women.

On the last day of the fast, the women broke the fast ceremonially with a piece of bread, and released doves into the air. Georgina Hernandez, another janitor and survivor, with dove in hand said: “I want to throw (this bird) up because it’s very special; it ends our pain.”


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The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

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The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

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¡Mi gente! Your faves could never. Latin music domination continues around the world with the top spots of global streaming platforms being stacked with Latinx artists. What a time to be alive. Remember when we all had to pretend Drake was Dominican to get some kind of representation out here? But when you think about the sheer number of people on the planet that speak Spanish, it totally makes sense that Latinx artists would have such a massive reach. 

And let’s be real, while fluency helps, you really don’t have to be proficient to enjoy reggaeton. The energetic, pulsating beats can compel anyone to move. Do you really think everyone in the United States knew the English translation of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” in order to enjoy it? Music transcends language and so does Colombian trap artist J Balvin apparently. Do you think anyone even noticed that the lyrics in “Harlem Shake” are largely in Spanish? Nope. 

J Balvin is here to stay.

For six consecutive weeks, J Balvin has chopped the global charts on YouTube. That’s a total of 1.26 billion views on the platform. 

“Artista más visto en YouTube Global,” Balvin wrote in an Instagram caption.

This comes as no surprise to Balvin fans. In 2018, Balvin ousted drake as the most-streamed artist worldwide on Spotify. The singer surpassed 48 million monthly listeners last summer thanks to his single “X” with Nicky Jam which streamed over 327 million times. Balvin is in great company on the global charts with Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna all in the top 10. The trio’s single “China” with Anuel AA and Karol G is currently number 1 on the YouTube global charts and number 2 in the United States chart. However, we’re pleased to note that “Señorita” by Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes is topping the charts in the states. 

Balvin shouts out his Latinx fans. 

“Artista más escuchado en el mundo en @spotify posición #1 que celebro con todos mis latinos y los soñadores. Gracias Gracias Gracias,” Balvin wrote in the caption. 

Our boy is famous basically everywhere?

The top countries streaming Balvin’s music are Mexico with 240 million views, Argentina with 121 million views, and Colombia with 121 million views. The United States is in fourth place with 112 million views, followed by Spain, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, and Venezuela. But fear not, Balvin has fans in at least 100 different countries according to YouTube. 

We stan a humble king of the masses!

Like, literally could you imagine how this level of adoration and attention would completely warp your mind? I would be a monster. I would build a house out of fan mail and then set it ablaze just to laugh at my stupid fans. I’d have so many, who cares! Meanwhile, the artist, who typically regales his followers with personal messages on Instagram every morning at 5 a.m., knows how to connect with his fans. Balvin even served ordinary people from a coffee cart in New York City the other day. 

“Buenos días , buenos días , buenos días !!!!! ARCOÍRIS TOUR empieza 30 de Agosto en Puerto Rico !! Choliseo,” he wrote on Instagram. 

 We stan a humble king of the masses!

This isn’t the first Latin wave (and it won’t be the last).

In the 1990s, the late and great Selena catapulted Tejano and Cumbia music into the mainstream American consciousness. This ushered in the era of the “Latin Explosion” where legends were born. Ricky Martin, Thalía, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, and Jennifer Lopez made their marks. Hell, even Frank Sinatra personally invited Luis Miguel to record a duet of “Come Fly With Me” on his 1994 album Duets II. 

In the 2000s, there was the “Latin Pop Boom” that saw the likes of Shakira, Paulina Rubio, and Christina Aguilera topping the charts. You may even remember non-Latinx artists trying to ride the wave with Beyoncé collaborating with Shakira on the duet, “Beautiful Liar,” and releasing a Spanish language version of the single “Irreplaceable.” It almost feels odd to call these decades different waves or eras when it is pretty clear Latinxs have been consistently rocking the charts since Gloria Estefan in the 1980s. Since then, in the United States, we have been blessed with many more Latinx acts including the likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Becky G, and Cardi B. And of course, there are all the amazing imports from Latinx countries around the world. If we want to continue this Latinx chart domination, I only have one piece of advice: stream “China” by J. Balvin on YouTube and Spotify!

This Guy Crying To Juan Gabriel’s ‘Hasta Que Te Conocí’ Is Giving Us So Many Emotions

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This Guy Crying To Juan Gabriel’s ‘Hasta Que Te Conocí’ Is Giving Us So Many Emotions

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When Juan Gabriel died in 2016, to say that we were devastated is an understatement. The Latino community, all of Mexico and Latin America, and fans from all over the world were in complete ruins when news broke that our beloved JuanGa had died. It felt unreal then and it feels unreal now, which is probably why people are still trying to revive him. There’s a definite void in our lives now that this icon is gone, but one thing that no one can take from us is his music. His words, his music, his melodies, are very much alive and well and they still bring up a ton of emotions, and sometimes it’s still a surprise that his music will hit us like a ton of bricks. Here’s proof. 

This video of a guy at a Mexican restaurant crying and singing along to Juan Gabriel’s “Hasta Que Te Conocí” is the cutest and saddest thing ever!

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The video, which is probably old AF, made the rounds on Twitter recently and we couldn’t help but sympathize with this guy. 

The video starts off pretty chill because he looks so happy.

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The guy, who is a mystery to us, looks to be eating at a Mexican restaurant (because who else would play Juan Gabriel in an establishment). He at first looks so happy to be hearing this one song, but he quickly changes once he starts singing the words. 

And then BAM, he is sucked into a sea of sadness by this love song, which is one of Juan Gabriel’s best, by the way. 

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We can’t understand what is making him so sad at that point. It could be a former love? A beloved friend? Perhaps the song is reminding him of his parents or a family member! We just can’t tell but the lyrics themselves are heartbreaking. Here’s the portion that this dude is singing along too.

Hasta que te conocí
Vi la vida con dolor
No te miento fui feliz 
Aunque con muy poco amor
Y muy tarde comprendí
Que no te debía amar
Porque ahora pienso en ti 
Más que ayer, mucho más.

Touching words right??

His tears and emotional distress is so intoxicating because people around him can’t seem to stop recording him. 

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He’s got like his own paparazzi following him around, recording every single movement, and tear. It’s nuts, but also thank you for this video

What makes this short video so amazing is that we are witnessing a snippet of emotions that go from utter happiness, to complete heartbreak, and back to high spirits in less than a minute. 

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We love that homeboy is back to singing along and smiling by the end of the video because we don’t think we could handle any more tears. We would have started a GoFundme account or something to save him from his sadness. But we honestly give up, why do you think this song made him so sad? Maybe we’ll never find out but this video has got us thinking.

Which other Juan Gabriel love songs makes you emotional?

We have to pick “Amor Eterno” as the ultimate sad song. 

“Yo No Naci Para Amar”  

Boy, this hurts like a mofo. 

Y la soledad
Cada vez más triste
Y más oscura yo viví
Y a esa edad
Todos preguntaban los motivos
Yo solía siempre decir
Yo no nací para amar
Nadie nació para mí
Tan solo fui

Go ahead, go get some tissue. 

“Gracias Al Amor”

In this live version, JuanGa is crying too! So don’t feel so bad about letting it out. Now is the time. 

People on social media will have so many feelings about JuanGa now and forever.

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There’s no reason in trying to hide how we really feel. 

Feelings for JuanGa is genderless. It’s a human emotion.

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Never give a hard time to anyone crying over Juan Gabriel. 

This lady doesn’t know if it’s the chilaquiles that is making her cry or the Juan Gabriel song. 

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It’s probably a combination of both, to be honest. 

Of course, even in the worse moments that we face, Juan Gabriel provides comfort even if it hurts like hell. 

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He is with us always no matter what. 

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