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Houston’s Taco Trucks Are Getting Politically Active

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From now until October 11th, Houston-area taco trucks will help citizens register to vote.

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The politically active taco trucks are the result of design firm Rigsby Hull and Mi Familia Vota, an organization working to raise political involvement in the Latino community, teaming up. Taco trucks became an unlikely but welcome symbol of anti-immigration rhetoric several weeks ago, when Marco Gutierrez attempted to shame taco trucks on MSNBC several weeks back. During his brief interview, “Latinos For Trump” founder Gutierrez claimed that rampant immigration would lead to “taco trucks [on] every corner.” His sentiments were thoroughly ridiculed on social media, as people from all backgrounds came out in defense of the beloved taco trucks.

I’ll have my tacos with a side of democracy.

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The taco trucks are not official voter registrars, Texas Monthly points out, so the campaign’s efforts are restricted to “handing out the forms and pointing people in the direction of the nearest mailbox.” This might sound like a small gesture, but any gesture is better than what has been the norm to this point. Texas has one of the highest populations of Latinos in the U.S., but only a small percentage of eligible Latino voters ever actually vote. This kind of outreach should help bring awareness and purpose to people that have traditionally felt disenfranchised from the whole process.

This is just another reason to love taco trucks.

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Let’s be honest, having the added incentive to become a registered voter is as delicious as it is dangerous. No one ever needs an excuse to grab something from a taco truck. There have been times when I’ve just gotten done eating a full meal and I smell a nearby truck, next thing I know I’m housing several tacos. So what. If you give me the chance to register to vote at the truck, I’m totally going to use that to my advantage. Not only is it my duty as a responsible member of society to spread awareness, it’s also a great excuse to eat at a taco truck whenever I want. Yes, I’ve eaten 10 tacos already today, but that’s ’cause I’m a patriot!

If you’re in the Houston area, you can get the most current list of participating trucks here.

This White Woman Threatened To Call ICE On Taco Truck Employees So Now She’s Taco Truck Tammy

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This White Woman Threatened To Call ICE On Taco Truck Employees So Now She’s Taco Truck Tammy

Months before President Donald Trump won the election, one of his supporters — a Latino man — denounced his people on national television all in the name of taco trucks.

Marco Gutierrez, said on TV, “My culture is a very dominant culture, and it’s imposing, and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”

That statement had people on social media in an uproar of happiness at the thought of taco trucks on every corner. While taco trucks are beloved by mostly all decent people, it seems that love expanded more after his ridiculous comment.

However, there is at least one person that still isn’t feeling the taco truck love.

A woman in Dallas threatened to call ICE on two of the employees of a taco truck.

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The video was posted on YouTube by Claudia Lopez on April 4 and has more than 28,000 views. It’s also been shared all over social media. Lopez is one of the employees of the taco truck.

It appears the unnamed white woman in the video was upset that the taco truck was parked or on her street. She told them to leave and began recording them with her phone.

Another female taco truck employee can be heard in the background saying in Spanish “look at this crazy lady, and she is filming us too.” The woman also said in Spanish that they had a permit to be there, but the white woman was not having it.

Lopez tells the white woman “go back inside.” That’s when the white woman said she’d call ICE.

“Okay, baby girl. Vámonos,” the woman said to Lopez. “I’ll call ICE.”

“Call ICE” Lopez replied.

We have no idea how this issue was resolved but they did end up leaving the area.

Like all infamous social media people, the woman now has the nickname Taco Truck Tammy.

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Like a true democracy, Twitter came together and voted on the woman’s new name. No Electoral College here. The popular vote was the winner and her new name was determined to be Taco Truck Tammy and a trending topic was born on Twitter.

Everyone was clearly upset with her treatment of the employees but also distracted by her shirt.

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Yeah. Taco Truck Tammy came out to record two taco truck employees and harass them to move. However, she was unable to put her shirt right side out so, obviously, that’s what everyone was discussing.

It was truly a sure way to deflate her wannabe flex.

Pobrecita. She was trying to act tough but those tags blowing in the wind were just too much for audiences to ignore. How can you flex on people when you can’t dress yourself right?

One person did suspect that the anger came from her own inability to eat the food they were serving up.

Nothing is worse than feeling left out. If you can’t participate in something, it is common for people to get upset. Perhaps this was what was going through Taco Truck Tammy’s mind.

However, the biggest thing we should be focusing on is Taco Truck Tammy becoming yet another white person threatening Latinos with ICE.

These people don’t know if the people they are dealing with are undocumented or not. The very people threatening to call ICE do so because it makes them feel better than us. The threat of calling ICE on people speaking Spanish is a racist act linked directly to the person’s language and appearance. It is used to cause fear not as a viable threat. It is a dogwhistle many white supremacists are learning to implement in their anger at the Latino community.

Watch the entire exchange below.

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Donald Trump Just Got Walled In By Tacos

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Donald Trump Just Got Walled In By Tacos

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Just in time for the third and final presidential debate this Wednesday, taco trucks are circling Trump’s International Hotel in Las Vegas.

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Dubbed the “Wall Of Tacos,” the peaceful event was coordinated by the Culinary Union 226, an activist organization that, according to its website, “has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Nevada hospitality workers and their families with union wages and benefits.” One of the main talking points for Wednesday’s third and final debate is immigration, a subject that is very important to the Culinary Union.

“We’re reminding Mr. Trump that immigrant workers here and across the country will be watching the debate and voting in November,” Culinary Union’s political director Yvanna Cancela told BuzzFeed.

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Accompanying the Culinary Union in its protest are other heavy hitters of the activist world: Latino Victory Project, PLAN Action, Center for Community Change ActionAmerican Bridge, iAmerica Action, and For Our Future.

Also attending the event is Democrat Ruben Kihuen, who is currently running for Congress in Nevada.

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In an interview with Buzzfeed, Kihuen explained his participation in the wall of tacos.

We’re protesting Donald Trump’s hotel here in Vegas where a majority of workers voted to unionize, and shamefully Trump has failed to sit down at the table with them. As he has demonized Hispanics, women, veterans, and the disabled, we will send him and those who supported him like my opponent Congressman Cresent Hardy a message that we’re here and we vote.

Taco Trucks have become an unlikely hero of the 2016 election cycle.

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When Trump supporter Marco Gutierrez warned that if Mexican immigration went unchecked, our country would be swarmed with taco trucks, social media rushed in to defend the adorable trucks. If you’re curious to see how that all played out, check out mitú’s coverage here.

In case you’re wondering, Gutierrez is aware of the “Wall Of Tacos” protest and even plans on making an appearance.

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In the tweet, Gutierrez seems excited by the idea of having a taco truck nearby, which contradicts his previous warning of having taco trucks on every corner.

Like the Culinary Union, the other organizations involved in the “Wall Of Tacos” event are hoping to get their message to the people.

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“Everyone coming together,” iAmerica president Rocio Saenz told Buzzfeed, “is really about sending a message that we reject Trump and the politics of hate.”

When asked for comment, Trump’s campaign said, “thanks for setting up shop right outside!”

[h/t] A Union Is Building A Wall Of Taco Trucks Outside Trump’s Las Vegas Hotel

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