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The Democrats Just Threw A Latino Under The Bus For The DNC Leak

A couple of weeks ago, the Democratic National Committee had thousands of their emails published on Wikileaks.

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The leak was embarrassing for the Democratic Party for so many reasons.

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For starters, it gave Bernie Sanders supporters ammunition to claim that the party was rigging the primary in favor of Clinton. Then there was that whole Politico reporter running his story by the party before actually publishing it, something that is seriously looked down in journalism. Oh, and how can I forget, there was that cringeworthy series of emails that gave the impression that the Democrats viewed Latinos as consumers instead of actual voters.

As is the case with most organizations when s**t hits the fan, the DNC looked for people to take the fall for them.

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And like a bad horror movie, one of the first people to get the axe was none other than a person of color.

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Luis Miranda, the DNC’s communications director, was one of the three staffers who resigned.

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Miranda was one of the highest-ranking, non-elected Latino officials of the Democratic Party who didn’t work for a Latino outreach team. In other words, he was a high profile staffer who happened to be Latino.

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This is a big blow because that’s one less Latino who can tell the DNC leadership to not treat Latino voters as a niche group. What’s worse is that this isn’t an unfounded fear. Here’s a former DNC Latino staffer talking about how the party views Latinos:

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In short, they don’t.

Listen, no one is telling you shouldn’t vote. You absolutely should, and I suspect many of you will just to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

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Yep, that’s Trump’s daughter who he is inappropriately touching.

But this doesn’t mean that you can’t call Democrats out on this or other things. That party needs to actually try to get your vote.

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And no, having dad-joker Tim Kaine speak Spanish at a rally or two isn’t going to cut it.


READ: Marco Rubio Is Proving To Be As Anti-Immigrant As Donald Trump

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‘Siempre, Luis’ Is A Touching Love Letter From Lin-Manuel Miranda To His Father

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‘Siempre, Luis’ Is A Touching Love Letter From Lin-Manuel Miranda To His Father

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We all have that one person who has changed the world for us. For Lin-Manuel Miranda, that person is his dad. The Puerto Rican entertainer created a documentary to tell his father’s story and it is a love letter to his father.

“Siempre, Luis” is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s love letter to his father.

The trailer for the HBO Documentary is a moving testament to the indomitable spirit of Luis Miranda. The Puerto Rican powerhouse helped lead a movement to get Latinos involved in and interested in politics focusing on Puerto Ricans who had left the island.

Lin-Manuel’s documentary is a deep dive into the life of the man who raised the creator of “In The Heights” and “Hamilton.” Luis was Lin-Manuel’s inspiration when playing Alexander Hamilton in his wildly popular and famous musical.

“He’s just a relentless motherf*cker,” Lin-Manuel says in the documentary.

The documentary takes people on a ride covering decades of Luis’ life. The main focus is his political activism and how one man helped create a movement to get Latinos involved in politics. Luis leveraged the hate and pushback against the Latino community as a way to energize and mobilize Latinos to get them involved like never before.

Then, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Luis’ home and magical escape. The island endured a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, which knocked out power to millions of Americans for months. Many Puerto Ricans fled the island for the mainland giving them a chance to vote for president in 2020.

“For me, Puerto Rico is this perfect place that all of a sudden doesn’t exist anymore,” Luis says through tears in the documentary. “I immediately saw it as my responsibility to rebuild the island.”

He added: “Doing everything we can becomes the job.

“I told him, ‘I don’t want to be a widow. There isn’t another you to replace you,’” Luz Towns-Miranda recalls to the camera about her husband’s mission to fix Puerto Rico.

Luis’ time talking about his work in Puerto Rico is accompanied by videos images of the “Hamilton” stage being constructed for the show on the island. There are shots of Luis offering aid to people and preparing meals for those impacted by the hurricane.

Luis’ activism has grown over the years and he is ready to keep making change.

“Siempre, Luis” is now available on HBO and HBOmax for your viewing pleasure. People have praised the film’s insightfulness into one of the Latinos who got his community activated and politically engaged.

READ: Lin-Manuel Wants To Keep Lots Of Ticket Prices Down To $10 When He Brings ‘Hamilton’ To Puerto Rico

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Here Are The Major Protests Being Planned Across The Country To Protest Trump’s Inauguration

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Here Are The Major Protests Being Planned Across The Country To Protest Trump’s Inauguration

On January 20th, Donald Trump will officially be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America. Let that sink in for a second, because that is now our reality.

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.”

While Trump and his crew will be busy with their three-day inauguration festivities (minus any A-list talent), which includes a “welcome concert” on the 19th, an inaugural parade on the 20th, and a prayer service on the 21st, many others will be fighting back. Here’s how America will shout out against the incoming president.

Jan. 20th, Los Angeles

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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.”

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#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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

READ: This Latina Immigrant Gave This Contest “A Shot” And Now Has Tickets To Trump’s Inauguration

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