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Several California Politicians Go Against Covid Guidelines In Last Couple Weeks Sparking Outrage

California’s Covid outbreak is reaching record levels. Californians are catching Covid at higher rates than any time during the pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s family is currently quarantining and eight California state politicians traveled to Maui despite travel warnings as Covid surges.

Gov. Gavin Newsom and his family are going into a 14-day quarantine.

Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are on the rise in California as Thanksgiving approaches. The virus is spreading rampantly across the country and in several parts of the world as we enter the predicted second wave. The CDC has urged Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving in an attempt to slow the inevitable spread.

Gov. Newsom and his family face a potential exposure because of a California Highway Patrol officer who tested positive for Covid. A spokesperson for the governor said that one of the children was likely exposed at their private school after a classmate tested positive for the virus, according to ABC 7 News.

Earlier this month, Gov. Newsom set off a firestorm of outrage after he attended an in-restaurant dinner.

Gov. Newsom attended a dinner at The French Laundry in Yountville, California on Nov. 6. A week later, a reporter was tipped off to the dinner being indoor and maskless and pressed the governor on the matter. Gov. Newsom maintained that the dinner was outdoor. However, the photos of the event showed Gov Newsom and his wife sitting at a table with 10 other guests and enclosed on three sides.

On Nov. 19, Gov Newsom started to bring restrictions back in California to combat the fast spread of Covid-19. Several counties are being limited in their restaurant services to control the virus. Los Angeles County restaurants can only offer drive-thru, delivery, and take-out to prevent people from gathering in groups and further spreading Covid.

Forty-one counties in the state are listed as purple tier, or as having widespread community spread. These counties are currently facing widespread non-essential indoor business shutdowns. There is also a curfew in place for the state forcing businesses to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Also during this Covid spike, eight Calfornia assemblymembers attended a conference in Hawaii.

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, State Senator Andreas Borgeas, Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, Assemblyman Heath Flora, Assemblyman Chad Mayes, Assemblyman Jose Medina, and Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio traveled to Hawaii despite urgent travel advisories.

The Independent Voter Project hosted the event at the Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Maui despite the spike in Covid cases. The theme of the conference was about revitalizing America’s economy after these Covid lockdowns. Most invitees declined to attend in person because of the pandemic. The Sacramento Bee reports that at least 20 lawmakers from California and other western states chose to attend the conference.

A tweet from Carrillo brought light to the lawmakers who secretly went to Hawaii.

Technology is the biggest tattle tale, y’all. A tweet from Assemblywoman Carrillo marked her as in Kihei, Hawaii. It wasn’t long until people learned who from California was in Hawaii as millions went back into lockdowns.

“For those that are confused or angry as to why I’m here, I can assure you that I took great precaution and thought regarding my attendance,” Assemblywoman Carrillo told LAist. “I was informed that IVP is the first conference allowed and is being seen as a test as to what is possible. This helped inform my decision on what could be possible for California.”

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Undocumented communities are being left out of Covid relief plans. Chef Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya in Chicago is working to help undocumented restaurant worker in the time of Covid. Abuse of undocumented workers is rampant in certain industries and Chef Dávila hopes to offer some kind of help.

Mi Tocaya is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square that wants to help the community.

Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry with restaurants being hit exceptionally hard. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good as the virus dragged on with no decent relief plan from the federal government. As several countries financially support citizens to avoid economic disaster, the U.S. government has given citizens $1,800 total to cover 10 months of isolating and business closures.

Namely, Mi Tocaya is working to help the undocumented community.

Mi Tocaya, a family-run restaurant, is teaming up with Chicago’s Top Chefs and local non-profits Dishroulette Kitchen and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The goal is to highlight the issues facing the undocumented community during the pandemic.

The initiative called Todos Ponen, is all about uplifting members of our community in a time of severe need. The restaurant is creating healthy Mexican family meals for those in need.

”We asked ourselves; How can we keep our doors open, provide a true service to the community, maintain and create jobs, and keep the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors. This is the answer,” Chef Dávila said in a statement. “I confidently believe The TODOS PONEN Logan Square Project addresses all of the above and can very well be easily implemented in any community. Our goal is to bring awareness to the lack of resources available to the undocumented workforce- the backbone of our industry.”

The initiative starts in February.

Mi Tocaya is offering 1000 free meals for local farmers and undocumented restaurant workers. The meals are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647. to make this happen, Mi Tocaya also needs your help.

The restaurant has teamed up with two nonprofits to make sure that they can scale their operation to fulfill their commitment. They are also asking for donations to make sure they can do what they can to help undocumented restaurant workers.

According to Eater LA, 8 million restaurant workers have been laid off since the pandemic started. Some restaurants have had to lay off up to 91 percent of their staff because of Covid, about 10 percent of those are undocumented. In the cities, that number is as high as 40 percent of the laid-off restaurant staff are undocumented.

“People don’t want to talk about the undocumented workforce, but they’re part of our daily routine in most restaurants,” Jackson Flores, who manages the operations of Mi Tocaya, said in a statement. “They are in the toughest position in the whole economy because they’re an invisible part of it. Restaurant worker advocacy groups have added the creation of relief funds to their agendas, but there have yet to be long-term changes in protections for undocumented workers. Without access to unemployment benefits and other government resources, this group is especially vulnerable.”

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One Instagram Page Is Exposing All Of The Gay Men Willfully Breaking Covid Guidelines To Party

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One Instagram Page Is Exposing All Of The Gay Men Willfully Breaking Covid Guidelines To Party

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The pandemic has dragged on for almost a year and it is getting very exhausting. However, that doesn’t mean you get to just break Covid guidelines. Gaysovercovid, an Instagram page, is exposing all of the gay men posting clear violations to Covid guidelines and it’s just so shameful.

GaysOverCovid is masterfully shaming gays who think they are above Covid guidelines.

Covid has killed more than 1,976,000 people around the world. The virus has forced governments into lockdowns to save lives. However, some people have continued to party and gather and travel with no regard for the consequences of their actions. Health officials have been urging people to avoid nonessential travel, not gather, and follow basic guidelines to keep people safe.

The account is exposing the white privilege and hypocrisy of some healthcare workers.

The vaccine is currently in circulation but the vaccine only prevents you from getting severely ill from the virus. You are still able to contract and spread the virus. The end of 2020 was a real booming moment for the Instagram page as gay men flocked in mass to Puerto Vallarta and Brazil to ring in the New Year while flouting life-saving Covid guidelines.

A lot of the men exposed quickly make their social media accounts private.

Maybe it is because they are embarrassed that they are part of the spread problem. Or maybe they are doing some soul searching after their actions. Most likely, they think that making their accounts private long enough will give everything time to blow over so they can act like normal members of society when we are finally through this hard time.

The Instagram page has even helped to expose underground parties.

Covid is still killing people. Los Angeles, where many of these gay men live, is among one of the worst outbreaks in the nation. It is so important that people keep doing their part and being responsible. We are nearing the end of Covid with vaccination plans rolling out across the nation. Be patient. be responsible. Wear a mask. Don’t travel. Avoid crowds. Do the right thing.

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