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Don Omar Sold Tickets To His Retirement Show In Puerto Rico For 99¢ And Will Be Donating Over $300K To Hurricane Irma Relief

Reggaeton star (and occasional actor) Don Omar will be going back to Puerto Rico in December for his retirement tour and he’s giving fans the hookup by selling tickets to his shows for 99¢. The announcement was initially a Christmas gift for fans on the island, which is currently in a $120 billion dollar financial debt crisis. That sense of charity has evolved in the wake of Hurricane Irma. In addition to the cheap tickets, Don Omar has also decided to donate proceeds from the three-day concert series to relief efforts on the island.

The week before Hurricane Irma became a threat, Don Omar had already announced he would be selling tickets for the Puerto Rican leg of his retirement tour for 99¢.

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 Part of his Instagram caption read:

Don Omar says goodbye to the stage with this Magna tour. He recognizes the crisis of his beloved Puerto Rico and is offering tickets starting at 99¢ as a gift… Feeling a deep bond with his roots and his people, the “Danza Kuduro” singer will perform the series of concerts this 15th, 16th and 17th of December in the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot. This is a special time, a significant moment in his career, and recognizing the difficult times that the island is experiencing, the greatest producer of urban music has decided to give his audience the opportunity to be with him and enjoy his talent at prices never before seen… this is a Christmas gift from the artist himself, after his great desire to say goodbye surrounded by his faithful fans. “

In the wake of Irma’s destruction, Don Omar shared an emotional post where he committed to donating $100k per night on his three nights performing in Puerto Rico.

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There was an equally heartwarming caption, including Don Omar’s own memories of hardship at the hands of Atlantic hurricanes:

Just days before tickets go on sale for his concerts in Puerto Rico, Don Omar announced that he will donate USD $100,000.00 for each night of music during the 3 days of events… The urban superstar, who was in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Irma identifies with those affected: “During the hurricane, in 1989, my family lost everything, we had no place to live and no clothes to wear… these are horrible moments that those affected have to live with. In 1998 the passage of Hurricane George again destroyed everything that we had worked so hard for and once more we had to demonstrate as a family how willing we were to get ahead. Many good people helped us, the memories that in an instant we went from having everything to suddenly having nothing will always live in my mind.”

Don Omar has taken an active role in relief efforts, sending funds, supplies, and clothes to areas affected by Irma.

Don Omar shared photos of donations that he received for all affected by Hurricane Irma. It seems like help is going to all islands affected. “Help has already begun for those affected by Hurricane Irma # puertorico # cuba # barbuda # stmarteen Thank you all!”

The aftermath of natural disasters can be pretty grim, but Don Omar is definitely trying to spread the hope and love.

“Any donation however small is important for those who lost everything … We wait for you with an open heart.” An open heart indeed.


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Here’s How You Can Help The Black Lives Matter Protesters Around The Country

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Here’s How You Can Help The Black Lives Matter Protesters Around The Country

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Social media has been filled with images of protests from across the country. Peaceful protesters have been beaten, shot with rubber bullets, choked with tear gas, and arrested by police officers. With hundreds of people arrested for protesting the murder of unarmed Black people by police officers, here’s how you can help.

How To Help Minneapolis

Minneapolis is the epicenter of the recent civil unrest in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd by police. Floyd was accused of trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill. Minneapolis police officers responded and fired police officer Derek Chauvin was caught on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck until he died. There were three officers on Floyd and he was cuffed as Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck.

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund – Floyd’s family has started the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund to establish financial help for his family. The fund has raised more than $7 million. According to the text on the GoFundMe page, a portion of the money collected will go to caring for Floyd’s children and setting up educational funds for them. The family has a second fund started by his sister.

Minnesota Freedom Fund – The Minnesota Freedom Fund is using donations to pay bail for people arrested for protesting in Minneapolis. The fund was established to fight back against the cash bail system in the U.S. that disenfranchises people who can’t afford to pay to avoid being incarcerated before their trial.

How To Help New York

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Brooklyn Community Bail Fund – The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is using its current fundraising to help those arrested in New York while protesting. New York City was one of several American cities that saw widespread protests demanding justice for the killing of George Floyd.

How To Help Atlanta

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The Action Network – Atlanta has seen sustained peaceful protests since George Floyd was killed. The Action Network is raising the funds now to help those in Atlanta pay for their bail if they are arrested while protesting in the state’s capital.

How To Help Chicago

Black Lives Matter, Chicago Chapter – The Black Lives Matter chapter of Chicago is asking for donations to maintain the organizing happening in the streets. The chapter has joined other chapters around the country in orchestrating major protests demanding police reform. Donations to the organization help to sustain them during this time.

How To Help Los Angeles

Peoples City Council Freedom Fund – Due to COVID-19, Los Angeles has set all bails to $0 to limit the spread of the virus in confined places, like jails. However, community leaders are monitoring to make sure that policy is still used for protesters. The Peoples City Council Freedom Fund is helping protesters by providing them legal support, medical bills, transportation, supplies, and protective gear to protesters.

How To Help Nationally

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Unicorn Riot – Unicorn Riot is an independent, nonprofit media organization offering on the ground reporting. According to the website, Unicorn Riot is free of corporate and government funding so they can cover stories as they see fit.

The Bail Project – The Bail Project is a bail fundraiser that is giving the same help nationally that many organizations offer locally. A donation to The Bail Project goes to helping people who are being arrested pay their bail anywhere int he country.

mitú Shop’s Solidarity Collection – In solidarity with Black lives, 100% of the net proceeds from the Solidarity Collection will be donated to the NAACP legal defense fund, and The Loveland Foundation which prioritizes opportunity, access, validation and healing for Black women and girls.

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Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Candidates In Latino Supporters And Donations

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Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Candidates In Latino Supporters And Donations

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The Democratic primary is heating up with the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary now behind us. During the campaign, some candidates have shown their support for the Latino community and it shows in the number of donations the candidates are receiving. The winner of the Latino donations, so far, is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Latinos have donated more than $23 million to Democratic presidential candidates in 2019.

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The study, done by Plus Three, analyzed Act Blue donation data to determine the Latino donations in the 2020 Democratic primary. The data showed that Bernie Sanders outraised the rest of the candidates in the field with Latino supporters every month in 2019. There were four months where Sanders raised more than $1 million from Latino supporters.

Sen. Sanders earned a majority of the Latino donations.

Of the $23.7 million donated by Latinos to the Democratic presidential candidates, $8.3 million went to the Bernie Sanders campaign. The contributions came from 1,713,678, according to Plus Three.

However, the study also shows that the Democratic Party is lost significant Latino support after two candidates dropped out.

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One of the key factors in the drop in Latino support is a response to Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro leaving the race. The two candidates received $6.3 million from 315,000 Latino supporters, according to the study. O’Rourke raised $2.6 million dollars from 113,281 contributors while Castro raised $1.8 million dollars from 94,137 contributors.

The loss of Latino supporters signals a lack of Latino voters moving to other candidates as the field narrows. Since the two candidates left the field, Latino donations and contributions dropped 24 percent.

Latinos have become an important and elusive voting bloc.

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The Latino voting power is fast-growing. Thirty-two million Latinos will be available to vote in the 2020 general election in November. This will be the first time in history that the Latino voting power will exceed the Black voting power. The trend in voting power is making the Latino community more and more important in elections.

However, Latinos are diverse and complicated as a voting bloc. The Latino community includes all races and religions. Ideology among the Latino community changes based on the voter and their experiences. In California, for example, 39 percent of Latinos identify as liberal, 30 percent consider themselves to moderate, and 31 percent of Latino voters identify as conservative.

Voting habits are also different between generations. In Florida, more and more younger Cubans and Cuban-Americans are registering with the Democrat Party signaling a departure from their conservative parents and grandparents. A study by Florida International University, shows a trend of the Cuban and Cuban-American population in southern Florida trending more liberal.

The FIU study, conducted after the 2018 midterms, Cubans who came to the U.S. before 1980 are 72 percent Republican, 11 percent Democratic, and 17 percent no party affiliation. Meanwhile, Cubans 18 to 39 are 35 percent Republican, 23 percent Democratic, and 40 percent no party affiliation.

Sanders has a commanding lead with Latino voters, and that is the vote that everyone is after.

Super Tuesday is around the corner and the future of the Democratic nomination will really start to take shape.

READ: The Details Of Bernie Sanders Immigration Plan Are Out And Here’s What He Wants To Do

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