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Immigrant-Friendly Church Vandalized With “Rape Mexico” Graffiti

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A Chicago-area church, with a largely Latino congregation, was the target of racially-charged vandalism at least twice since Easter Sunday.

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On Tuesday, Reverend Emma Lozano of the Lincoln United Methodist Church, found in Chicago’s Pilsen Neighborhood announced on her Facebook page that the doors to the church had been vandalized twice since Easter service, which included a sermon by Reverend Jesse Jackson praising the importance of immigrants to this country.

The vandalism included a message that said “Rape Mexico” and a swastika with the words “real power” below it.

Instead of cowering in fear, Rev. Lozano has fired back, warning that the rhetoric of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the two leading Republican presidential hopefuls, were the real culprit.

“It’s part of the political climate, the rhetoric of the candidates that are coming out and that saying ‘deport all of the Mexicans, Mexicans are rapists,’ this is fueling that courage,” she told  CBS Chicago. “We’re gonna beef up security, but we’re not going to be afraid.”

Rev. Lozano also warned that white supremacy and the fear of the other wasn’t just reserved to America’s heartland (cough Whichita, Kan., cough). 

“I know we think that these ‘white power’ advocates are only in other communities, but we should be aware that the wave of racism across the nation, evident in large crowds at Trump and Cruz rallies, is emboldening those who would carry out acts of terror to sneak int our communities under the cover of darkness,” Lozano told Chicagoist. “Some group has determined to send us a message. Of course, we will in no way be intimidated—but we will inform our community and we will remain alert.”

On the one hand, it’s encouraging and emboldening to see a religious Latina leader not back down and be willing to fight and defend her congregation. On the other, bigotry is still very much a thing. Which reminds us, White supremacists, can you just not?

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10 San Francisco Meals You Need To Try Before You Die

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10 San Francisco Meals You Need To Try Before You Die

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The Bay Area is famous for a lot of things: fog, hills, outrageous rents and Lil B, to name a few. But, food is a HUGE reason why so many come to visit San Francisco. In fact, some of the best taquerias and pupuserias can be found in the Golden Gate City. Check out our picks:

El Metate

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You’ll be pleased with anything you order at El Metate, but the burritos, fish tacos and veggie tortas are particularly mágicos.

Taqueria Can-cún

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Taqueria Can-cún has three locations throughout the city. We recommend the one at 3211 Mission Street. It’s open late, and the burritos and guac are always made to perfection.

Colibrí Mexican Bistro

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Over in Nob Hill, Colibrí features a Central Mexican menu. From the pozole to the sopes, everything tastes like it was made with love, but the chilaquiles in particular are so good they might break your heart.

Limón Rotisserie

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One word: pollo. This Peruvian joint has a few locations and all of them will exceed your wildest dreams of what chicken should taste like. Also, the sauces are life changing.

La Torta Gorda

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This cute, old school diner serves up las tortas mas chingonas for a price that won’t break the bank.

Parada 22

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Located in the Haight, Parada 22 is your ultimate spot for fare puertorriqueño. Every meal comes on extremely large plates and the mofongo and pernil asado are incredible.

Los Panchos

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Coming straight at you from El Salvador, pupusas are special saucer-shaped masa cakes filled with delicious meat, queso, beans, and/or veggies. Los Panchos on Mission Street knows how to do them right.

Pica Pica

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The arepa is a beautiful creation from Venezuela, which has fortunately found a home on Valencia Street at Pica Pica. Don’t forget to order a side of yuca fries – están riquísimas.

Nopalito

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Nopalito has got it going on in terms of organic and locally-sourced Mexican dishes and their mezcal menu is on point.

La Santaneca

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Craving tamales? This Mission District staple serves the best tamales salvadoreños ever. Their caldo de res will cure any cold and the prices are as they should be: cheap.

READ: When Writing About Other Cultures’ Food Gets Real “Yiiiikes!” Real Fast

What’s your favorite place to eat in San Francisco? Let us know by clicking the button below; we’re basically always hungry.

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