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Young, Proud American Sebastien de la Cruz Sings National Anthem At DNC

Three years ago Sebastien de la Cruz became the target of hateful racist online commentary after he sang the national anthem during the NBA Finals in San Antonio.

People told him to go back to Mexico. He was just 11 years old. Now, at 14, Sebastien sang the National Anthem at day 3 of the DNC.

Posted by NBC Latino on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hater talk never made Sebby mad.

The first time Sebastien de la Cruz sang the national anthem in front of millions of people, he was 11-years-old. The San Antonio Spurs (miss you Timmy!) tapped the young Mexican-American mariachi with the golden voice to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” during Game 3 of the 2013 NBA finals. A lot of people couldn’t stand the idea of a young, proud Latino singing his country’s national anthem while dressed as a mariachi, so of course the Spurs brought him back for Game 4.

Sebastien is back again. This time, he’s 14-years-old, and he performed the national anthem during day 3 of the Democratic National Convention. The video gave me chills; It was a nice reminder that this young Mexican-American is as much a part of this country’s fabric as Francis Scott Key’s music, or the stars and stripes the black Vietnam veteran is saluting. Sebastien’s performance and this audience’s reaction that America really, truly is great already.

Tom Perez Elected As The First Latino Democratic National Committee Chairman

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Tom Perez Elected As The First Latino Democratic National Committee Chairman

Tom Perez, former Secretary of Labor for President Obama, was elected as the Democratic National Committee Chair over the weekend with a vote of 235-200. For a party in crisis, there were many eyes on the election. Perez, whose main competition was Congressman Keith Ellison, ended up asking Ellison to join him team.

Tom Perez is officially the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).


“We’re no longer simply the committee that helps elect the president; we’re the committee that helps to ensure we’re electing people up and down the Democratic ticket,” Perez said after winning, according to The New York Times.

As soon as the votes were in and Perez won, he asked Keith Ellison to join him as deputy chairman of the DNC.


But tapping Ellison as the deputy DNC chairman did little to pacify anger from Ellison supporters who felt, like they did with Sen. Bernie Sanders, that ‘big money’ chose the DNC chairman, rather than the will of the people.

Ellison immediately started to support Perez and called on his supporters to do the same in the name of party unity.


“We don’t have the luxury to walk out of this room divided,” Ellison told his angry supporters, according to The New York Times. Ellison supporters walked out chanting ‘Party of the people, not big money! Party of the people, not big money,’ according to ABC News.

Perez and Ellison want Democrats to know that they are committed to uniting the party.


“If they trust me, they need to come on and trust Tom Perez as well,” Ellison said, according to The New York Times. Ellison added that he would be both deputy chairman and retain his seat in the House of Representatives for Minnesota’s 5th district because, “The very fate of our nation, I believe, is in the balance right now.”

Ellison is making sure that he gets their message to President Trump in the best way: Twitter.


Seems like Ellison is ready to show Trump that Democrats are going to come together just in time for the 2018 midterm elections.

Trump tried to shade the election…


*Miranda Priestly Voice* “Groundbreaking.”

…and Perez was quick to fire back and show Trump that he is ready to lead the Democratic Party.


READ: Will We Have A Latino Vice President Or Nah?

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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.


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

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