It’s no secret Hillary Clinton knows the power the Latino vote holds during this year’s elections. To win our vote, she’s tried just about everything, from showing she’s down with tacos to saying she’d appoint Latinos to her cabinet, rallying in East L.A. on cinco de mayo, and even trying to convince us she’s just like our abuelita. As we approach election day, she’s kicking her strategy into high gear. The presidential hopeful just released her first ad of the general elections completamente en español, and she’s trying to reel us in by giving us all the feels.
Featured in the video are Latinos who talk about their American journey, while others tell us how they’ve been here since the 1930s – when parts of the U.S. were still Mexican territory. Others discuss the discrimination they’ve faced as Americans. Naturally, there are a few digs at Trump thrown in there, too. The ad wraps up with Clinton saying, “Soy Hilary Clinton.” She sounds like she’s ordering a $9 latte, but still, it beats the hell out of Trump saying, “Those Hispanics, they love me,” and expecting us to believe him.
If just reading that makes your heart sink and your blood boil, then you’re probably in the majority of Americans who will not sit back in silence. Millions across the nation are resisting the incoming president’s inauguration by protesting that Trump is indeed “not our president.”
Organizers want everyone, especially Angelenos, to boycott everything that day, including work, school, shopping, etc. The mission for this march is to demand an “economy that works for all, a political system that is transparent and representative, an energy system that is sustainable for the long term, media which can be trusted to provide real and honest information, justice for oppressed communities, and united society.”
Jan. 20th, Washington D.C.
#DisruptJ20 is organizing several events all month, but the one on January 20th, which includes the Workers’ Collective and the Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition, will have the highest attendance. Click here for more information.
Jan. 20th, Seattle
Kshama Sawant, a Seattle council member who’s also a socialist, is backing this protest and urging people to join her at this protest. “History demands that we immediately begin building mass peaceful resistance to Trump’s anti-worker, misogynist, anti-immigrant, and racist agenda.” Sawant said in a letter. Click here for more information.
Jan. 20th, Chicago
According to organizers, this will be a “peaceful, non-violent demonstration showing discontent toward the rhetoric that won the president-elect the election and continues to empower similar rhetoric and skewed thinking within groups of hateful people.”
Jan. 21st, Washington D.C.
This will probably be the most-attended march of the weekend. More than 200,000 people are expected to be in D.C. to express to the new administration and congress that women’s rights are human rights.
Jan. 21th, Los Angeles
If you can’t make it to D.C., there are various protests happening in other cities in conjunction with the Women’s March. The L.A. gathering will also be a march in support of equality and promote civil rights for every human.
There’s also a slew of walk-outs planned for colleges across the country. From Berkeley to Philadelphia, students are organizing their own major protests against Trump. Click here for more information on student protests.
“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.”
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.