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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Give A Spanish Keynote Speech on The West Coast In Support Of Bernie Sanders

There’s a lot going on right. Christmas is coming up, then New Year’s after that. The House Democrats voted to impeach the President of the United States, so, yes, we’re a bit stressed. But there’s still a presidential campaign going on and not the holidays or the impeachment will put that on hold. That means lawmakers will continue to hit the streets and campaign for the candidate they support. 

As you may know, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders for president in 2020. On Sunday, she will be the keynote speaker at a town hall for Sen. Sanders, and she will be speaking in Spanish.

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This is a big deal, and not just because Rep. Ocasio-Cortez will be campaigning for Sen. Sanders trying to reach Latino voters, but also because she has admitted in the past that her Spanish isn’t very good. 

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “I’m nervous for this all-Spanish town hall, but I also know that the only way I’m going to improve my Spanish is by practicing it!” She also tweeted in Spanish, “Nevada: Únete a nosotros este Domingo para un… town hall(?) en Español, y probablemente con un poquito de “spanglish” también.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has hit the campaign trail for Sen. Sanders before, and aside from her speech in Las Vegas, she will also be in Los Angeles. 

This weekend’s town hall events on the West Coast will be aimed at reaching Latino voters.

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According to NBC News, “the Democratic Party has been holding trainings in Spanish to increase Latino participation in the state’s Feb. 22 caucus. Latino voters in the state helped usher in a Democratic candidate and senator.”

“When we started last year, it was 12 weeks before the general election,” Cynthia Jasso-Rotunno, DNC Latino political director, told NBC News.  Jasso-Rotunno was speaking about a program called Mujeres Mobilize. “We’re starting now … so when one of the Democratic candidates becomes the nominee, they plop into a structure already there.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has been very open about the fact that her Spanish isn’t very good, but that’s okay, girl!

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In September, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez appeared on the Spanish-language show, Univision Nueva York to explain her Green New Deal initiative, and had to speak in Spanish. So how did she do? She speaks Spanish very well. It’s not perfect, but most first-generation and second-generation Latinos don’t speak Spanish often, so we’re pretty impressed by her wordage. In that particular segment. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez didn’t use any Spanglish, which is tough to do. 

“I’m really proud of this interview!” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said about her Spanish a couple of months ago. “Growing up, Spanish was my first language – but like many 1st generation Latinx Americans, I have to continuously work at it & improve. It’s not perfect, but the only way we improve our language skills is through public practice. #Palante

If that’s what her Spanish sounded like just a couple of months ago, we’re certain she’s been practicing and will sound even better this weekend.

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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez actually represents a lot of us, and we have proof. Pew Research released a study last year that showed that most Latino parents speak Spanish at home to their kids, but the longer they’ve been in the country, the less Spanish they end up speaking. 

“Overall, 85 percent of Latino parents say they speak Spanish to their children, according to the Center’s 2015 National Survey of Latinos. Among immigrant parents, nearly all (97 percent) say they do this. But the share drops to 71 percent among U.S.-born second-generation Latino parents (those with at least one immigrant parent). And the share falls to just 49 percent among third or higher generation Latino parents – those born in the U.S. to U.S.-born parents.”

If Rep. Ocasio-Cortez wants to reach older Latinos on the West Coast and encourage them to vote for Sen. Sanders, it’s very smart of her to do her keynote speech in Spanish.

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Most young supporters of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez already know the power that she bestows on social media and in Washington, so she doesn’t have to prove much to them. But when it comes to the older Latino population, and there are millions of them on the West Coast ready to vote, they mostly speak Spanish. 

We’re rooting for you, AOC! Si se puede!

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos for Trump has long been a confusing organization in the Latino community. President Donald Trump has built his administration and brand to be squarely against people of color. Now, the Latinos for Trump group caused a stir when they posted a collage of flags that are not quite right.

Latinos for Trump really thought they had something when they posted their Hispanic Heritage Month collage.

The first, and most obvious mistake, is that the Mexican flag is backwards. The flag is supposed to be green, white, and red in that order. As we can all see, the collage has a Mexican flag that is red, white, and green. The eagle is even facing the wrong way so someone literally flipped the flag the wrong way.

Of course, some people tried to make sense of the bizarre Mexican flag snafu.

Last year, the Trump administration announced that it was cutting aid to three countries in Central America. The countries were El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Fox & Friends picked up the story but told their audience that Trump was cutting aid to “3 Mexican countries.” Perhaps this Twitter user is right and the Latinos for Trump are trying to suggest the existence of other Mexicos.

Someone else pointed out the issues with the Guatemalan flag in the top right corner.

People are very defensive about their cultural heritage and national origin. Messing up someone’s flag is a very serious issue for people. Just ask a Cuban or Puerto Rican about people confusing their flags. It is never a good thing.

Some people fixed the image for them so the organization can see what it should have looked like.

Good, clean lines with all of the flags facing the right way. The creator even changed the message in the middle for the Latino community. It is clear that social media is still willing to show up and teach a couple of lessons here and there.

Others had a more direct message for Latinos for Trump.

We all know that social media is where things go to be manipulated and made fun of. It is very important that if you make something for social media that you take good care to make sure that you check all of the right boxes and execute your work right the first time.

READ: In A Seriously Awkward Announcement, Vice President Pence Went To Florida To Launch A ‘Latinos For Trump’ Coalition

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