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This Latina Is Running For Congress To Represent Her ‘Hood

When Xavier Becerra was nominated to become California’s next attorney general, he vacated the seat for California’s 34th Congressional District. Upon hearing the news, Wendy Carrillo, a former writer for The Flama and radio host who lives in the district, hoped the seat would be filled by someone who understood her community. So she decided to run for Congress.

The El Salvador-born, Los Angeles-raised Latina is taking a gamble and running for Becerra’s former 34th Congressional District seat. mitú caught up with Carrillo and talked to her about why she decided to pursue public service.

Wendy Carrillo is a Latina taking a chance to represent her community.

Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook
CREDIT: Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook

“I’m motivated by the fact that I believe that we’re in a very pivotal moment in our country’s history in which we need fighters in Washington,” Carrillo told mitú about her run for Congress. “We need people that are completely, 100 percent unafraid to be vocal and be progressive and to bring perspectives that are often ignored in D.C. Being from the district, being an advocate and someone that’s been on the frontline of several movements, I feel like it’s time to step up.”

Carrillo, who once hosted a talk show on Los Angeles radio station Power 106, is doing things a little differently than most politicians.

Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook
CREDIT: Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook

“I have a lot of ideas that are out-of-the-box,” Carrillo says with a laugh about her campaign. “I want to get local radio stations involved in hosting house parties and having fun while we do this. I think, ultimately, it’s about issues and what’s important to you and what’s important to your family. The message that I want to say is that my story is not unique. It’s a story of struggle and survival but it’s also a story that a lot of families are facing.”

Carrillo says running for Becerra’s vacated seat was a pretty simple decision.

Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook
CREDIT: Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook

“I think the district looks like me. I think it looks young; it looks millennial; it looks smart and educated; it looks like it has its own history,” Carrillo told mitú. “So how does a refugee child from El Salvador escaping war become a leader in her community with a graduate degree that’s going to run for office? That only happens here. I’m a homeowner. I’m in the district. I’ve lived in the district. It’s been my stomping ground since I was a little girl. I have lived in every part of the district. It’s literally my place where I work and play.”

So, how does she plan on fighting for her district on Capitol Hill? Simple: “It starts with being vocal and being unafraid.”

Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook
CREDIT: Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook

“If I am fortunate and the voters elect me to represent them, that’s the kind of vision that I want to take to Washington. I think it’s important to be unafraid. I think it’s important to use new tools, to be on social media,” Carrillo said. “Things need to change and they only change by having an infusion of new people that have new ideas…. Washington is a place that’s stuck in time. We need people to go in there and shake it up.”

And she is modeling her own approach to politics to that of DREAMers.

Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook
CREDIT: Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook

“I give them 100 percent kudos for changing the narrative through which we looked at the DREAM Act way back in the day when nobody was looking at the DREAM Act,” Carrillo recalled. “The DREAM Act was supposed to pass in 2001 and then 9/11 happened and the country got scared of anybody that was an outsider. The DREAM Act, which would have helped millions of young people in this country, was put on hold.”

As an unconventional politician, Carrillo is open and honest about understanding the frustrations of her constituency.

Wendy Carrillo / Facebook
CREDIT: Wendy Carrillo / Facebook

“I think that we, as a country, need to have a huge overhaul of the electoral process. I would urge our young Latinos and our young people to get involved with the party and fix it from the inside out and demand, as a party, that we start having real discussion to eliminate the Electoral College,” Carrillo told mitú. “If the election would have been counted by the popular vote, then Secretary Clinton would be our president. I would also say that it’s not always about a presidential race. There are many local races to get involved in that have a lot of local impact. We tend to look at it like having to vote on a presidential election and having to vote to make a difference, and it does. The voting and actual direct impact comes from the community.”

“I believe I am the candidate that can represent the whole district,” Carrillo said.

Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook
CREDIT: Wendy Carrillo for Congress / Facebook

Carrillo added: “People should vote for me because they believe in the ideals that America has the opportunity to be the country of what can be and what should be.”


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AOC Is Calling On Democrats To Hold No Punches In Response To Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation

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AOC Is Calling On Democrats To Hold No Punches In Response To Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation

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It’s official. Amy Coney Barrett, the judge who is opposed to marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act, is a Supreme Court justice. Barrett has two years of experience as a judge and her confirmation to the Supreme Court has renewed the fight by Democrats, especially AOC.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is ready to fight after the latest Supreme Court confirmation.

Amy Coney Barrett is President Trump’s third Supreme Court appointee and her confirmation has reenergized Democratic politicians. Rep. AOC used the confirmation to call for the Democrats to step up and fight like Republicans.

During President Obama’s last year, the Republican-led Senate refused to hold hearings for his appointee Merrick Garland 8 months before the election. Sen. Mitch McConnell at the time claimed it was inappropriate to hold a hearing during President Obama’s last year. Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation was rushed through with only 8 days till an election.

Barrett’s confirmation is energizing Democratic voters and what they want to see from a Democratic-controlled government.

Democratic voters have long been calling for politicians to pushback against the Republican Party. A common sentiment among the voters is that the Democrats in power have not been forceful enough on behalf of the voters. Rep. AOC is a politician elected to power in the name of that frustration.

An argument has been made to change the court by following past precedent.

Democratic candidates and politicians are calling the Republican Party’s move to confirm Barrett a sham. The argument used is that millions of American have already voted and the confirmation should have been held until the election. Democrats claim that if President Trump loses then Barrett’s confirmation goes against the will of the American voters.

Voters are hoping for a more vocal Democratic Party.

There is one week before the election and millions of people have already voted. Millions more will vote before Nov. 3 and both parties are doing everything in their power to win the election. Democrats saw a historic surge in donations after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death through ActBlue. It is clear that the Democratic Party is motivated but will it translate into votes.

READ: Several Republicans And White House Officials Test Positive For Covid After Amy Coney Barrett Event

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Black Eyed Peas With Jennifer Hudson Redo Lyrics Of ‘Where Is The Love’ For Powerful Biden Ad

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Black Eyed Peas With Jennifer Hudson Redo Lyrics Of ‘Where Is The Love’ For Powerful Biden Ad

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There are seven days left until the 2020 presidential elections. Democrats and Republicans are doing everything they can to make sure that their party wins. The Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson joined the fight for a Biden/Harris administration with a powerful ad.

The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, and Joe Biden are appealing to the love of the American people.

The Black Eyed Peas with Jennifer Hudson reworked the lyrics to the groups mega hit “Where Is The Love” to appeal to the American voters. The video starts with Joe Biden quoting the late civil rights activist Ella Baker saying, “Give people light and they will find the way.”

Biden’s ad is a final push to appeal to the American voters’ compassion and love. Images of protesters fighting against police brutality and white supremacy stand alongside the white supremacists marching with torches. The stark realities of two Americas is shocking as people from all walks of life hold up hearts with their hands to appeal to voters.

The ad is resonating with voters who are desperate for a hopeful message from the White House.

Fear and hate have dominated the past four years. Marginalized communities have lost rights and progress under the Trump administration. The administration has apologized for white supremacists while underplaying the danger it poses to the U.S. The FBI has named white supremacy the biggest domestic terror threat in the U.S. yet the Trump administration has done little to limit it. During the first presidential debate, President Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy and he was not able to do so.

For Biden, the election is a referendum on what kind of nation we want moving forward.

People are excited to see this collaboration. It is tugging at everyone’s heartstrings. Hate crimes have increased significantly under the Trump administration and police brutality has become more visible. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor highlighted the need to better train our police forces and change policing in the U.S. Americans took to the streets for months protesting the disproportionate share of local and state budgets allocated to police departments.

People are focusing on the issues on the ballot.

The Democratic Party is highlighting the issues represented on the ballot this election. From immigration to healthcare to democracy, the argument from the Democratic Party is that this election is the most consequential election of our lifetime. Furthermore, the Democratic Party and the Biden/Harris campaign argue that the soul and spirit of our nation are on the ballot.

Don’t forget to vote on Nov. 3 or send in your mail-in ballot in time to make sure that your vote and voice are heard.

READ: Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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