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This Politician Could Make History And Become The First Latina Senator Ever

A lot of people are looking at Nevada to make or break the election for both candidates, despite having just six electoral college votes. Poised to make history, Nevada could very well play an instrumental role in electing the country’s first female president. (And if early voting numbers are any indication, this scenario is looking more likely.) Equally important, Nevada could also become the first state to send a Latina to the U.S Senate.

Meet Catherine Cortez Masto.

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Cortez Masto is a longtime public servant. Most recently she was Nevada’s attorney general, where she went after the big banks and their predatory practices that disproportionally affected communities of color. The senatorial candidate is looking to fill in the very big shoes of Senator Harry Reid, a longtime stalwart of the democratic party who has fought hard for immigration reform. (Cortez Masto is also a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform.) Senator Reid will retire at the end of his term, and has endorsed and thrown his entire support behind Cortez Masto’s campaign. It’s not just Reid. Heavyweights like Elizabeth Warren, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton are also backing Cortez Masto. She’s even got the endorsement of the New York Times.

The senatorial candidate spoke to mitú about her campaign, her roots, and the importance of the Latino vote.

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Catherine Cortez Masto with Los Tigres Del Norte

On her Latino roots.

Cortez Masto told mitu that her family has played a significant role in shaping who she has become:

“My grandmother was born in Las Cruces, N.M., and my grandfather came from Chihuahua, Mexico. They came to this country and brought their young family here for the same reason many families do: to have a good job, work hard, have every opportunity to succeed, make sure your children get a good education, and you can’t forget that. If I forgot everything that my grandparents went through so that my sister and I could be the first ones in our family to graduate from college, that wouldn’t be right. We don’t close the door behind us.”

On student loans and making college affordable:

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Cortez Masto with Sen. Elizabeth Warren

“Debt, the cost of college debt, not having to mortgage your future to get that education. We should be addressing that issue. We should make colleges affordable, which means we have more loans that are available. If you’re taking out a federal loan, the government shouldn’t be making money off of this, we should be capping that interest rate, we should be insuring that students who have those high interest rates now can refinance them. we should be looking to ensure that students can pay back their loan based on their income at the time, and here’s the other thing, if you’re a student and you’re graduating with a certain type of skill or degree in certain areas that is needed in some of our underserved communities and you want to go work there, then we should be looking at forgiving some of your debt. there’s a combination of things that we can do.”

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Catherine Cortez Masto with Dolores Huerta

“First of all, [young Latinos] should be concerned about their future. Their vote really does matters, particularly in Nevada where we’ve seen close races, and so votes do make a difference. But now let’s put it into perspective at a national level: We have a presidential candidate who wants to build a wall with Mexico, who has basically called Mexicans criminals, rapists and drug dealers, who wants to ban Muslims, who makes fun of the disabled, and who denigrates women and even thinks that he can sexually assault them. You name it, his whole campaign has been based on discrimination, divisive rhetoric, and misogyny, and it is trickling down to other races as well. “

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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Removes Name From Biden’s VP List

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Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Removes Name From Biden’s VP List

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There is a lot of buzz about who Vice President Joe Biden will pick to be his running mate. One thing everyone agrees on is that the running mate should be a woman of color. Senator Amy Klobuchar was reportedly asked to going through the vetting process. Meanwhile, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto came forward to say she has no interest in being a running mate.

Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto is officially withdrawing her name from Jo Biden’s list of potential running mates.

Sen. Cortez Masto is the first Latina ever elected to the Senate and her career has been a highlight for the state. However, the serious impact of COVID-19 on Nevada, one of the hardest-hit economies in the U.S., convinced her not to try to earn the position of running mate for Biden.

Sen. Cortez Masto has been engaged in the ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19 in the Silver State.

“I support Joe Biden 100% and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November,” reads a statement from her campaign. “Nevada’s economy is one of the hardest hit by the current crisis and I will continue to focus on getting Nevadans the support they need to get on back on their feet.”

Nevada’s unemployment rate sits are 28 percent, which is the highest in the country right now. The number is also the highest unemployment number recorded by a state since 1976. Latinos make up 30 percent of the state’s population meaning that Latinos in the state are feeling the crunch.

Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee, praised Sen. Cortez Masto for her work with Nevada.

“I’ve admired Senator Cortez-Masto as long as I have known her because she’s a leader with integrity,” Biden said in a statement. “Nevadans are fortunate to have her fighting for them in Washington and I look forward to seeing her continue to lead in the Senate.”

There is still time for Biden to pick his running mate and women seem to be at the top of the list.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar came under fire recently after it was discovered that she refused to bring charges against fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. In 2006, Chauvin was involved in the deadly shooting of a Black man and Sen. Klobuchar, who was the Hennepin County attorney at the time, declined to bring up charges in the death.

Sen. Klobuchar sent the case to a grand jury and the grand jury found no reason to prosecute. It is a decision that Sen. Klobuchar claims to realize was a lapse of judgment.

“I think that was wrong now,” Klobuchar said in an interview on MSNBC. “I think it would have been much better if I took the responsibility and looked at the cases and made the decision myself.”

READ: We Didn’t Elect The First Woman President, But We Elected The First Latina Senator

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.”

Jan. 20th, Washington D.C.

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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.

Jan. 21th, Los Angeles

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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.

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