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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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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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11 Inspirational Obama Quotes To Remind You That America Is Great

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11 Inspirational Obama Quotes To Remind You That America Is Great

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The U.S. is entering a period of tough transition with the recent election of Donald Trump. But let’s not forget the times President Obama moved us with his words…

“We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we’re Americans first,” Obama said after the 2016 election.

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His remarks to the country after the election results unified us again as Americans. Even if it was just for a second.

“We are the change that we seek,” Obama said when he was running for his first term as president.

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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” President Obama said in a speech on Feb. 5, 2008.

What do you expect from someone who has consistently motivated us since his first run for the presidency?

“The American Dream is something no wall will ever contain,” Obama triumphantly told the crowd of the Democratic National Convention.

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He made it clear that the American dream is open for anybody willing to work for it.

“We take a step forward sometimes we take two steps back,” Obama told the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards. “Sometimes we get two steps forward and take one step back but it’s never a straight line. It’s never easy.”

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It was in 2011 during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards that he reminded us that some times progress has set backs. But the set backs don’t have to be permanent. They can be overcome with hard works and perseverance.

“America isn’t about ‘yes he will,'” Obama told the Democratic National Convention, taking a dig at Trump. “It’s about ‘yes we can.'”

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He dropped some serious inspiration on us during this year’s Democratic National Convention.

“In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope,” Obama said during the 2008 primary campaign trail.

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“We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope,” President Obama said in New Hampshire in 2008. “But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.”

Let’s continue to have the kind of hope he had inspired during the 2008 primary race.

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America,” Obama argued during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. “There’s the United States of America.”

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Even then, Obama was doing everything he could to truly unify us all.

“We all go forward with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens,” Obama said on Nov. 9, 2016, trying to quell fears that were already growing.

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“Because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy,” President Obama continued in his 2016 election results remarks.

Even though there is so much fear about a Trump presidency, President Obama wants us to remain hopeful and compassionate to all Americans.

“We all need to be as organized and persistent as Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been during this election,” Obama said at the Democratic National Convention.

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He knows that those who want to see good in this country can come together to enact that change.

“Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference,” he told Americans looking to continue progress.

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We mustn’t give up because we can and will make a difference if we keep on working.

“Don’t boo, vote,” Obama said about those displeased with Trump.

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Stay involved. Be active. There are only two years until the mid-terms when we get to vote again. We can change history in just two years.


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