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One Lucky Chicago Couple’s Engagement Went Viral Thanks To An Unexpected Star

This viral proposal is melting hearts.

Over the weekend, Jessica Rodriguez proposed to her girlfriend at The Art Institute of Chicago and the moment was obviously caught on camera. While any proposal is heart-warming, the real story here is about a reaction captured in one of the engagement photos. The viral tweet, uploaded by Jessica’s brother Carlos, has received more than 109,000 retweets and more than 342,000 likes.

Jessica Rodriguez and Chelsea Miller are brand new fiancées.

@AreYouShook / Twitter
CREDIT: @AreYouShook / Twitter

“I had been suspecting there may be a proposal in the works but I didn’t think it would be so soon! Jessica threw me off by telling me we were going to an event to support a friend at the art museum,” Chelsea Miller told mitú via email. “She also kept making comments about having to get finals done at school before planning something and talked about doing it after the holidays. She really wanted it to be a surprise, and that it was! It was even more special; all the thought and detail she put into the proposal to make it so sweet and meaningful to us, which means so much to me because I’m a big sentimental baby.”

Here’s the photo after Miller told Rodriguez yes.

@AreYouShook / Twitter
CREDIT: @AreYouShook / Twitter

The couple met on Tumblr in 2012 and maintained a long-distance thing for a while. Eventually, they broke things off since the distance was too much but after some time the two moved to Chicago together and the rest is history.

“I first met Jessica on Tumblr, a blogging website with a large LGBTQ+ community. I saw her page and thought she was pretty and seemed like an interesting person so I sent her a message which sparked conversation,” Miller explained to mitú. “We talked for a while on email, texts, soon phone calls, and then decided to meet. The first time I saw her in person was my first visit to Texas and when I walked through the airport to her I was SUPER nervous. I made it through security and saw her for the first time and I was already in love. I was still a little nervous until she gave me a hug and melted it all away! It was a very special day in my life.”

While the proposal was super sweet, this little lady’s reaction is what made everyone’s heart just melt.

@AreYouShook / Twitter
CREDIT: @AreYouShook / Twitter

We did not, unfortunately, notice her in the moment,” Miller told mitú because, well, obvi. “I totally would’ve given her a hug if I had! We were just so caught up in the moment, everything else was like a blur! We noticed later on when going through the photos, and it made the picture even more special to us!”

People instantly fell in love with the visibly excited woman witnessing the engagement.


Amazing! ?

The lucky couple had no idea that their engagement would mean so much to the world.


“I was (and still am) completely shocked,” Miller said to mitú about the reaction the tweet has received. “And a little overwhelmed, but in a good way. We weren’t trying to go viral and never expected anything like this to happen. We’re just two girls in love!”

They’re getting some serious love from all around the world.


“We’ve been getting messages from people all over saying things like “this gives me hope,” “restores my faith in humanity,” “inspires me to be myself,” and so much more,” Miller explained to mitú. “I think it is so important to get positive messages out there about the LGBTQ+ community and I’m happy I can be a part of one small, positive message for so many people. We all need more positive things to focus on.”

One Twitter user did take a moment to compliment the girls on their flawless shoe choices.


#AMEN

Congratulations, Jessica and Chelsea!

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CREDIT: GIPHY Originals / GIPHY

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Undocumented communities are being left out of Covid relief plans. Chef Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya in Chicago is working to help undocumented restaurant worker in the time of Covid. Abuse of undocumented workers is rampant in certain industries and Chef Dávila hopes to offer some kind of help.

Mi Tocaya is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square that wants to help the community.

Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry with restaurants being hit exceptionally hard. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good as the virus dragged on with no decent relief plan from the federal government. As several countries financially support citizens to avoid economic disaster, the U.S. government has given citizens $1,800 total to cover 10 months of isolating and business closures.

Namely, Mi Tocaya is working to help the undocumented community.

Mi Tocaya, a family-run restaurant, is teaming up with Chicago’s Top Chefs and local non-profits Dishroulette Kitchen and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The goal is to highlight the issues facing the undocumented community during the pandemic.

The initiative called Todos Ponen, is all about uplifting members of our community in a time of severe need. The restaurant is creating healthy Mexican family meals for those in need.

”We asked ourselves; How can we keep our doors open, provide a true service to the community, maintain and create jobs, and keep the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors. This is the answer,” Chef Dávila said in a statement. “I confidently believe The TODOS PONEN Logan Square Project addresses all of the above and can very well be easily implemented in any community. Our goal is to bring awareness to the lack of resources available to the undocumented workforce- the backbone of our industry.”

The initiative starts in February.

Mi Tocaya is offering 1000 free meals for local farmers and undocumented restaurant workers. The meals are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647. to make this happen, Mi Tocaya also needs your help.

The restaurant has teamed up with two nonprofits to make sure that they can scale their operation to fulfill their commitment. They are also asking for donations to make sure they can do what they can to help undocumented restaurant workers.

According to Eater LA, 8 million restaurant workers have been laid off since the pandemic started. Some restaurants have had to lay off up to 91 percent of their staff because of Covid, about 10 percent of those are undocumented. In the cities, that number is as high as 40 percent of the laid-off restaurant staff are undocumented.

“People don’t want to talk about the undocumented workforce, but they’re part of our daily routine in most restaurants,” Jackson Flores, who manages the operations of Mi Tocaya, said in a statement. “They are in the toughest position in the whole economy because they’re an invisible part of it. Restaurant worker advocacy groups have added the creation of relief funds to their agendas, but there have yet to be long-term changes in protections for undocumented workers. Without access to unemployment benefits and other government resources, this group is especially vulnerable.”

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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A pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill Jan. 6 following months of President Donald Trump and his allies attacking the 2020 elections. Selena Gomez, like most Americans horrified by the attack, spoke out on social media about what happened. She made it clear that part of this falls on tech companies and social media companies.

Selena Gomez called out social media and tech companies for enabling hateful rhetoric.

President Donald Trump and his supporters have used social media to spread misinformation since he was elected in 2016. Americans have watched as President Trump used Twitter to spread falsehoods and conspiracy theories. There have been so many debunked claims that President Trump and his allies have spread with no consequence.

Recently, Twitter started to flag some of President Trump’s tweets as disputed or misleading. It was the first time a social media platform did something that checked President Trump and his rhetoric.

People quickly came to Gomez’s side to uplift her statement.

President Trump has a long history of hateful and dangerous rhetoric on social media. He has misled her supporters with false statements and has incited violence. The president has defended white supremacists on multiple occasions and even retweeted a video of a man shouting white power.

Social media platforms are finally muzzling President Trump with bans and suspensions.

Twitter has put the president on a temporary suspension after he incited the crowd that breached Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg enhanced the original 24-hour ban to a indefinite ban that will last at least until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. However, people think it is a little too late for these actions.

“Disinformation and extremism researchers have for years pointed to broader network-based exploitation of these platforms,” Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said in a statement. “As I have continually said, these platforms have served as core organizing infrastructure for violent, far right groups and militia movements for several years now – helping them to recruit, organize, coordinate and in many cases (particularly with respect to YouTube) generate profits from their violent, extremist content.”

What happened Jan. 6 at the nation’s Capitol was avoidable, but it’s clear who incited this violence.

Congress has officially certified President-elect Biden’s win. What should have been a quick process to certify an election turned into a horrifying scene. It is a day that will always define President Trump’s legacy.

READ: Far-Right Trump Supporters Violently Storm The US Capitol Forcing Lockdown

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