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MYLA2050 Wants To Make Sure Los Angeles Grows Creatively

My LA2050 is on a mission to make sure that Los Angeles organizations and businesses that help the community grow have the capital to maintain. There are five different goals that My LA2050 aims to help protect and advance. They want to make LA the best place to: learn, create, play, live and create.

My LA2050 wants to give Los Angeles-based organizations and businesses $1,000,000 to continue to move LA forward.

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Every year since 2011, thousands of organizations have submitted their own plans, visions and goals to further LA to becoming the city they want to see.

“We believe in the power of Angelenos to shape the future of our region,” the LA2050 website states. “We aim to ignite the creativity and passion of Angelenos to make LA’s story one of hope for all. If we don’t like what the projections are saying about our future, then we as citizens, organizations, stakeholders, and policymakers can work together toward a more successful Los Angeles – one that empowers us and takes full advantage of the potential our region holds.”

Most recently, LA2050 helped make a shady canopy a reality for the very popular and perpetually shadeless Grand Park in downtown LA.

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“Creating more shade will increase the use of the park; provide UV protection, spaces for performances and exhibitions, and more activities for children and elders,” Grand Park officials said in their proposal. “With 2.6MM+ Angelinos (sic) living more than 1/4 mile from a park and Latino, African American and Asian Americans less likely to live near parks, Grand Park provides critical access to the 31K residents (US Census) (71% non-white) 500K employees and 10MM tourists that live/work in and visit DTLA.”

The organization also helped fund Heal The Bay‘s series of messages focused on how to treat and maintain water ways in LA.

“With California experiencing record drought and the soaring financial and environmental cost of importing 80% of Los Angeles’ water supply, Heal the Bay strongly believes that local citizens should have the tools and information needed to create a sustainable water future for themselves and neighbors,” Heal The Bay officials said in their proposal.

LA2050 relies on Angelenos to vote for the projects they see as the most important and beneficial for the city they want to see LA become.

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“Tens of thousands of Angelenos have contributed to the development of a shared vision around eight indicators and five inspiring goals,” LA2050 states on the website. “The submission of more than five hundred ideas to put that vision into action, the more than 100k Angelenos who have supported these ideas, on the ground, and the early indication of progress on several key metrics make us hopeful.”

Now, we are asking that you help mitú reach its own goal to find, nurture and showcase new Latino talent.

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Mitú Accelerator is all about getting the best and freshest Latino talent a chance to show their stuff and create the kind of content that has long been missing: Latino talent. The mitú Accelerator also offers mentorship of up and coming Latino content creators. It is all about the diversification of stories and experiences.

“Our main goal: help new Latino talent to create more and better content, reach new audiences and prove that together we are the future of entertainment.”

Voting is open to the public from Oct. 18 to Oct. 25.

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The mitú Accelerator program is under the create category because, well, we want to help Latinos create some Latino content.

And, if you really want to, why not tell your friends to give us a little vote too!

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Trust us. You do want to.


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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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