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20 Latinos Who Have Something To Say About The 4th Of July 2018

Independence Day in America in 2018 was one of the most conflicting celebrations. The political climate is dark. Currently, there are thousands of children seeking asylum who are being detained by ICE, separated from their families. The Supreme Court just upheld Trump’s Muslim travel ban, and it looks like the court is about to get even more radically conservative.

Most liberals went dark this year. However, the Latinos who had something to say set the Twitterverse on fire. Here’s your run down of July 4, 2018.

1. This ICE protestor scaled the Statue of Liberty.

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The woman refused to get down and for two hours just chilled in the folds of our Lady’s dress while police tried to talk her into getting down. She refused, leading the officers to use ropes and climbing gear in order to reach her. 🤩✊🏽

2. The Internet rallied behind her.

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Sure, there were MAGA people having a conniption, but we tip our sombreros to you for the most epic, iconic peaceful protest of the year. #Shero

3. Algunos gente think citizens need to go a step farther in la resistencia.

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If you’re physically taking children away from their parents, you’re committing a human rights violation.

4. Karamo Brown reaffirmed America’s founding commitment to diversity and freedom of expression.

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We can’t let MAGA think they own American pride. We know what patriotism looks like and it’s a commitment to our America: where diversity is celebrated, not feared.

5. Emma Gonzalez repped the flag at the beach.

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It’s called self-care, and reflection. It seems that a lot of us were up to that this year, because as a society, we have a lot of self-reflection to do.

6. Even businesses were prohibiting political discourse.

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These are tense times, folks. My whole Latino side of the family from Miami voted for Trump, and are really intense about it. It’s difficult to tolerate for anyone.

7. Some people redubbed the holiday as Immigrant Appreciation Day.

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And rightly so: seven of the founding fathers were immigrants. Plus, this is stolen land. If anybody has a right to it, it’s Native Americans and Mexicanos.

8. A Milwaukee school created a music video, “The Color of Freedom.”

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The video is scripted in both English and Spanish and each of the students tell the camera what freedom means to them.

“We Latinos are refugees still waiting for peace.” 😭

9. Oh, and we misspelled Independance Day and it trended.

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Honestly, we’re thriving over here. In the words of the kids in “The Color of Freedom,”libertad es una educacion buena.”

10. Many organizations seized the moment to encourage people to go out and vote.

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P.S.- Check it out. Moms Demand Action make it easy on you by offering a mobile opt-in that will make updating your voter registration painless. Gracias!

Latinos need to turn out in a big way during midterm elections in November. Nos vamos!!

11. Even celebrities took to Twitter to encourage people to get out and vote.

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Justina Machado, Puerto Rican star of Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” series threw her support behind Maxine Waters. Just a few days prior, she marched with #FamiliesBelongTogether in LA and met with the Senator.

12. Mira how cute this teen activist is.

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Preach, mija. We need more young and old people like her to repair this world. Many people just send America “Get Better Soon” wishes from around the world.

13. Meanwhile, Latinos everywhere carne asada’ed rain or shine.

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The rain just adds a smoky flavor. At least that’s what my tío says.

14. While others decided to rep their Latino pride instead.

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I get it. America isn’t doing too hot re: human rights standards. Be better or be Mexicana. That’s all.

15. Other folks drew nice hairy vaginas to remind people of the obvious.

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These are triggering times. Roe v Wade could be easily overturned in the near future. Women’s rights are on the brink of violation. Stay vigilant. #UnderHisEye

16. Mostly, Twitter raged about family separation policies.

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Which, yes, allegedly ended, but are still problematic. Children can now be detained for an indefinite amount of time in privatized “detention facilities” that are owned by the same folks who own prisons.

17. Families especially took to Twitter.

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It’s hard to be grateful for your family while hearing the cries of children in ICE facilities on your daily podcast. If you were with your family this year, post about it. #EndFamilySeparation #LoveThisFamily

18. I’m screaming for these hombres who reminded people what America looks like.

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Nobody is illegal on stolen land. This land is ours. Get over it already. This country was built on immigrant and by immigrants.

19. Memes took center stage.

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While millions of families celebrated with barbecues, fireworks and pool time, thousands of families are still separated. Children are thousands of miles away from their parents because of a Trump administration “zero tolerance” policy.

20. True story: most of us were just panicking over the fireworks.

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Don’t even play. We inherit it from our mothers.

How did you celebrate (or not) the Fourth? Comment below!

The Fourth Of July Parade Was Drenched In Rain And Everyone Was Worried About Trump’s Hair

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The Fourth Of July Parade Was Drenched In Rain And Everyone Was Worried About Trump’s Hair


Donald Trump came under fire for politicizing the US Independence Day celebrations, after ordering a large military parade through the nation’s capital city and delivering a speech of his own at the Lincoln Memorial. The US president has toyed with the idea of a grand show of arms since observing the 2017 Bastille Day celebration in Paris.

Trump’s demand to include tanks and military jets in the July 4 festivities this year breaks with tradition in Washington, where hundreds of thousands of people typically gather for a night of patriotic songs and fireworks broadcast on national television.

Despite the controversy, Trump went forward with his military-style 4th of July celebration.

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On a rainy Independence Day at the Lincoln Memorial, Donald Trump emceed his “Salute to America.” As promised, his speech largely eschewed politics, and instead found the president, positioned behind rain-streaked panels of bulletproof glass, sharing tales from the nation’s military history, highlighting accomplished Americans, and presiding over a display of weapons of war.

“We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag—the brave men and women of the United States Military,” said the president near the opening of his remarks. He thanked the leaders of the “Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines—and very soon the Space Force.”

And although he stayed out of politics, Trump still managed to make the event one we won’t soon forget.

During his remarks, Trump also told the stories of notable Americans in attendance, including a man who participated in civil rights sit-ins during the 1960s, and an Army veteran Catholic nun who served as a first responder at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.

Though supporters packed the mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial, early reports of a scramble to secure VIP attendees were further confirmed by The New York Times. The paper reported that though Trump requested the attendance of all of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, most were “on leave or travel” and did not make an appearance.

His administration has also kept secret the costs of this giant military 4th of July Celebration.

The Trump administration has been silent on the question of how much the display cost taxpayers, but The Washington Post reported that to fund the event, the National Park Service redirected close to $2.5 million for the ceremony. During the event, 24 military aircraft performed flyovers, at a cost the Post calculated to be at least $560,000 per hour. And according to The New York Times, the ceremony cost the Pentagon more than $1 million.

I mean it was so controversial that even the Russian news media came for Trump and his parade.

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You know things are bad for Trump when his biggest foreign fans are knocking his performance.

But perhaps the biggest news from the event was that we found out that there were airports during the Revolutionary War.

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Trump also made a major historical blunder. In a portion of his speech that addressed the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, Trump said that “our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do.”

Trump’s gaffe made for some pretty great memes across social media.

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But during those wars, of course, the invention of air travel was still decades away—and Trump’s gaffe spawned delighted mockery on social media.

Other’s imagined the possibility of what Trump’s hair might actually look like if it were to get wet…

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I don’t think Trump has that much hair but get the point.

Trump also drew fire for a comment he made urging young Americans to join the military.

It seems pretty ironic for a man who complained about ‘bone spurs’ in his feet to skip military service during the Vietnam War to be asking young men and women to risk their lives.

READ: For This Year’s July 4th Consider Volunteering Your Time With Organizations Meant To Help Migrants And Dreamers

Two Kids Are In Critical Condition After A Shocking Road Rage Incident On The Fourth Of July

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Two Kids Are In Critical Condition After A Shocking Road Rage Incident On The Fourth Of July

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A road rage shooting in Houston on the Fourth of July set a family pickup truck full of fireworks ablaze, leaving two parents and two young children hospitalized with extensive burns.

A family of four are severely injured after a violent road rage incident on the 4th of July.

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A family of four was injured in an apparent “road rage incident” in Houston Thursday night after a suspect fired a gun at their car, igniting the newly-bought fireworks inside, authorities said.

The children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old, sustained “severe burns” and had to be life flighted for their injuries, according to Deputy Tom Turner with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office violent crimes unit.

According to authorities, the incident started at a Houston gas station.

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The incident began when the family’s father got into an argument on Thursday evening at a gas station with another man who pulled a gun on him, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

As the father drove away with his wife and two children, the man fired shots into the truck.

At least one of the bullets then struck the fireworks, setting off the explosives and engulfing the vehicle in flames.

The kids required helicopter flights from the scene.

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Some “good Samaritans” stopped to help the family and took them to a nearby urgent care clinic.

The children were then life-flighted to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with “severe burns,” the deputy said. The mother and father were also transported to a hospital.

The suspect is still on the run and police are asking for the community’s help.

The suspect, who fled the scene, was described by the victim as a mixed-race man in his 20s, Turner said. He was believed to be driving a light-colored, newer model Ford Expedition and he may have been with a woman and two other people.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.