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.
“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.
Es un día histórico para nuestro país, para el partido demócrata y nuestra comunidad ¡La lucha continúa! pic.twitter.com/ZMAwC9RLWs
“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.
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.”
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.
#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
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
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.
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
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.