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Ben & Jerry’s Joined The Resistance With Their Resist Pecan Ice Cream Featuring A Latina Artist

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Ever wonder what resisting the Trump administration tastes like? Well, it’s sort of like chocolate, pecans, and walnuts. Not bad, right? Ben & Jerry’s teamed up with artist Favianna Rodriguez to bring this flavor to millions of Americans seeking justice in these scary times.

Ben & Jerry’s have just released a new ice cream called Pecan Resist and the cover art was created by artist Favianna Rodriguez.

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In a press release, Ben & Jerry’s CEO and founders said that they released this new ice cream as a “movement to lick injustice and champion those fighting to create a more just and equitable nation for us all.” They also said that it was created “with the intention to resist the current administration’s regressive agenda, celebrating the activists who are continuing to resist oppression, harmful environmental practices and injustice.”

Rodriguez says she’s proud that her work will inspire others and help fund social justice organizations.

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“I love to inspire the next generation of artists,” Rodriguez wrote on her Instagram. “When I was a kid, I rarely saw images of myself across media and in museums, and that’s exactly WHY I became an artist. That’s why I advocate for art programs for kids, especially kids of color. Here is a girl I met yesterday at the Ben & Jerry’s block party for the release of #pecanresist. I encouraged her mom to let her daughter do ALL the art she could imagine, and her mom thanked me for the advice. Yay!”

The Peruvian-American artist, who is based in the Bay Area, said her artwork was more than just creating a cool image for the brand, but rather it also tells a story.

“I believe in the power of stories, of narrative, so I was deeply interested in the story we were attempting to create,” Rodriguez said in a press release. “I felt strongly that we should lead with messages that are about the world we want to see. This moment is about women, about including people of color, and immigrants, and Muslims, and fighting for the environment. That means creating a welcoming, inclusive, and just society.”

Ben & Jerry’s will also donate  $25,000 to four organizations as part of this resistance campaign.

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According to Forbes, those organizations include Color Of Change, “which designs campaign to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back and champions solutions that move everyone forward,” as well Honor the Earth, “which works on issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities; Women’s March, “which is committed to harnessing the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change” and Neta, “one of the fastest-growing independent media platforms led by people of color along the Texas-Mexico border. ”


READ: 8 Texan Artists Take On Identity And Politics In New Exhibit

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Trump Stokes Fear Of Immigrants As US Prepares To Send Thousands Of Troops To The Border

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Trump Stokes Fear Of Immigrants As US Prepares To Send Thousands Of Troops To The Border

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The Trump administration has ordered an additional 5,200 troops to the U.S. Mexico border just a week before the midterm elections. The president has put his focus on the Central American migrant caravan that is still hundreds of miles from the U.S. Many see the deployment of troops as an effort to drive the president’s base to the polls next week as he continues to stoke fears about illegal immigration.

President Donald Trump is delpoying 5,2000 additional troops to the U.S.-Mexico border just one week before the midterm elections.

The deployment of forces is being called “Operation Faithful Patriot” will include military police, pilots, and engineers that will be at the border from November 5 to December 15. The troops won’t be able to participate in detaining or deporting any of the migrants because U.S. law forbids them from detaining individuals at the border. They will be able to assist officials by doing things like transporting border agents and providing emergency care.

“As we sit here today, we have about 800 soldiers that are on their way right now. They’re coming from from Ft. Campbell. They’re coming from Ft. Knox. They’re moving closer to the border” and are “ready to be employed on the border,” Terrence O’Shaughnessy, head of the U.S. Northern Command, said in a news conference.

The number of troops being deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border is almost the same number of troops the U.S. has in Syria and Iraq.

Some are calling the deployment of troops to the U.S. border a political move as midterms loom next week.

The president sent out a tweet Wednesday morning saying “The Caravans are made up of some very tough fighters and people” and that they “Should stop them before they reach our Border.” He also claimed that the migrant caravans making their way through the south of Mexico are “made up of some very bad thugs and gang members”.

This comes a day after the president announced that he would end birthright citizenship by executive order, a plan with shaky legal standing. Yet many just see this as fear mongering against immigrants as the midterms quickly approach next Tuesday. Trump has labeled the migrants as an “invasion” and falsely stated they harbor terrorists and are financed by Democrats. The president denied his focus on the caravan is intended rile up voters in next week’s midterms. Trump told Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham, “This has nothing to do with elections.”

The caravan is still weeks away from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border and would still face challenges entering the country.

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The highest estimate of the number of migrants was at 7,000, but the caravan has dwindled as some return home or seek asylum in Mexico. Current estimates put the number of migrants over or near 4,000. Any migrants who makes it to the U.S. border already face major challenges in being allowed into the U.S. Under current law, migrants who clear initial screenings are then released until their cases are decided in immigration court, which can take up to several years.

Migrants are legally allowed to apply for asylum under both U.S. and international law, but there is already a backlog of would-be asylum seekers.

“The men and women of the U.S. military work hard to protect us from real threats. It is beyond cynical, and sets a terrible precedent, to exploit them for political stagecraft in the run-up to an election,” Adam Isacson, director for defense oversight at the Washington Office on Latin America, told the LA Times.”This is the very opposite of what the U.S. military’s mission is.”


READ: Here’s Why Trump Is Wrong When He Says He Can Get Rid Of Birthright Citizenship With An Executive Order

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