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This 27-Year-Old Is Making History In Peru As He Becomes The First Person With Down Syndrome For Congress

With so much chaos going on in our government, whether it’s the shit-talking coming from the president or the shit-talking on the Democratic debate stage, we wish we could have decent politicians that truly want was is best for the citizens. We hope we could have politicians that care more about the people than about their ego. Everyone on Capitol Hill should learn from the following gentleman who wants to make a difference in his community. 

This is 27-year-old Bryan Russell. He is making history by being the first person with Down syndrome to run for Congress. 

“I’m someone clean, honest, transparent,” Russell said in an interview with The Associated Press. That’s the most real talk we’ve ever heard from any candidate ever. 

Russell is running for a seat in the Congress of the Republic of Peru and making history as he is the first person with Down syndrome to seek an office in this capacity. 

“We are thrilled that Bryan Russell is running for Congress in Peru,” Michelle Sie Whitten, president, and CEO of Global Down Syndrome Foundation told the Associated Press. “As far as we know, he is the first professional who has Down syndrome running for a publicly elected office, and he is showing the world that we need diversity in all areas of society, including in our governments.”

But Russell isn’t seeking sympathy votes. He wants Peruvians to vote for him because he is the best person for the job. 

Russell is running under the Peru-Nacion, which is a center-right party. While that party has not fared well in previous elections, Russell could be the person to jump-start the movement with his charming demeanor and his go-get-em’ mentality. Russell was already invited to speak for the left movement, and it was there that he “asked people to fight for people like him, regardless of political leanings,” according to the AP. 

Having Down syndrome comes with so many challenges, but Russell continues to prove that he can do anything if he tries hard enough. 

“I learned how to read and write, walk, run and eat, basically to respect myself,” Russell stated. He went on to say, “I want people with my condition to have a voice.”

If you think for a second that he is not qualified to serve the people and make educated decisions when it comes to policies in Peru, think again. This guy is crazy smart. The AP reports that thanks to the support of his parents, he graduated with a degree in communications at the Peruvian San Ignacio de Loyola University. 

Russell said that with his parent’s encouragement, he was able to find his own way. Gladys Mujica, Russell’s mother, told the AP that her son is a symbol and that by running for Congress, he is making history. Indeed he is. 

We’re not sure what the stigma is like for people with Down syndrome, but in the United States, there are so many negative assumptions about it. 

There are actually assumptions that Down syndrome is caused because of incest, and that is entirely false. 

Here’s how Global Down Syndrome Foundation explains the cause of Down syndrome: “In a process called non-disjunction, the two copies of chromosome 21 fail to separate during the formation of the egg, resulting in an egg with two copies of the chromosome. When this egg is fertilized, the resulting baby ends up with three copies of chromosome 21 in each of its cells. The cause of this non-disjunction remains unknown.”

Furthermore, the cause of Down syndrome is truly unknown because it happens so often. At 38 percent of people known someone with Down syndrome. 

The beautiful thing about Russell is that we see the advancement that people with Down syndrome can achieve. 

People with Down syndrome can accomplish so much and are thriving thanks to organizations educating people about it. Also, it’s imperative that people, in general, show kindness, patience, and understanding when it comes to people with Down syndrome. Voting in Peru will take place on Jan. 26, and we want Russell to know that we are rooting for him!

READ: A PhD Student Made History By Writing Her Entire Thesis In An Indigenous Peruvian Language

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been sworn in as the 46th president and the 49th vice president of the United States of America. The new administration has been sworn in and the inauguration was a beautiful representation of America with people of color and women taking center stage.

Lady Gaga kicked off the 59th inauguration by singing the national anthem.

In 2017, Lady Gaga famously participated in the Women’s March the day after former President Trump’s inauguration. Four years later, the singer proudly took to the Capitol to usher in the beginning of the Biden/Harris administration. Dressed in custom Schiaparelli, Lady Gaga performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and left people speechless.

Vice President Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This was a special moment. The first Latina to ever serve on the Supreme Court was the one to swear in the first woman, first Black, and first South Asian vice president. It was a historical moment that will forever change the United States.

Justice Sotomayor has made a name for herself in American pop culture because of her blistering dissents. As the first Latina on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor opened possibilities for Latinas. We basically watched one icon swear in another icon and it is everything.

The most exciting moment of the inauguration might have been Jennifer Lopez and her remix of an American classic.

Lopez sang “This Land Is Your Land” but added a special twist. During the song, Lopez stops and says, “Una nacion, bajo de dios, indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos.” Translated, she said, “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” That’s right. The Puerto Rican pop superstar used her moment at the nation’s Capitol building to give a shout out to all the Latinos who call the U.S. home.

Of course, the most iconic moment was J.Lo shouting “Let’s get loud.”

We all know that song. We are all singing it now after reading those three words. It was truly one of the most impactful moments of her performance. Only an icon could turn “This Land is Your Land” into a greatest hits medley. We are all better for having witnessed it.

However, it was 22-year-old Amanda Gorman that stole the entire show.

The Youth Poet Laureate was chosen to speak at the inauguration and she youngest inaugural poet of all time. She joins the impressive ranks of Maya Angelou, Richard Blanco, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poem, written right after the Capitol riot. It was relevant, poignant, and moving.

“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.”

And, of course, Joseph Robinette Biden became the 46th president of the United States of America.

“Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now. A once-in-a-century virus that silently stalks the country,” President Biden said. “It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed. A cry for racial justice, some four hundred years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

“The cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, unity.”

Welcome to the White House President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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