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Nurses At A Florida Clinic Are Claiming That They Were Told They’d Be Fired If They Spoke Spanish To Each Other

When applying to most local, federal, and government jobs, one of the skills that a majority of employers look for is whether or not the applicant speaks Spanish. Being bilingual in English and Spanish in this country is beneficial to the employer, their customers, and the employee because typically the job is supposed to have a better salary. There are also some places in the country that have large populations of people who speak Spanish and are more comfortable functioning in that language.

There are an estimated 41 million people that speak Spanish in the U.S., or 13 percent of the population, according to Babble. So, speaking Spanish isn’t — at least it should be — a big deal, in fact, it’s quite common. But in Trump America, it’s another story. 

Seven female workers with the Florida Department of Health are coming forward to say they have gotten direct instructions not to speak Spanish in the office. 

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The women say that even though they were hired because of their Spanish-speaking skills, so they could communicate better with their patients, they are now told not to speak the language with one another in the office. 

“We speak in English to the Anglo-Saxons because we are polite, but we speak Spanish with each other because we think in Spanish,” MairylÍ Miranda, a nurse, told El Nuevo DÍa. “But one day they gathered us all together and warned us that if we continued to do so, we would be fired. But there is no law that bans us from speaking Spanish.”

The seven women on the complaint work at a Florida Department of Health clinic in Haines City, and are also all Puerto Rican. 

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Aside from nurses, the employees on the complaint include an administrative assistant and a secretary. The Florida Department of Health has yet to make a public comment about these allegations. They also allege that management has been on them to stop speaking Spanish for quite some time, but it has only gotten worse in the past year. An official harassment report has been filed to the police department, but the women said nothing has yet to be done.

“It feels like you’re a criminal like you’re doing something that is wrong,” Miranda said, according to Bay News 9. “Never in my life did I think I was going to go through a situation like this one.”

Some people may assume that these employees are speaking Spanish in a way that others may think is rude. But they claim they are very professional at work and never speak Spanish around someone that may not understand them.

While these claims aren’t surprising, especially under this tense and traumatic Trump-era racism, it’s reassuring to know that state and local officials are supporting these employees.

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“Haines City is a well-diversified community,” Haines City Mayor Morris West said in a conference, according to the Palm Beach Post. “The facility that’s in question is in Haines City but is not a city of Haines City facility. I stand on behalf of these nurses that’s been [facing] allegations of discrimination against them. Haines City and my staff stand ready to support you nurses from any discrimination.”

Other advocates of these women include Respeta Mi Gente Coalition, which includes Alianza for Progress, Boricua Vota, Hispanic Federation, Misión Boricua, and Organize Florida. U.S. Rep. Darren Soto is also backing these women. 

It’s important to note that the United States does not have an official language.

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For all those people yelling at others, demanding them to speak Spanish, they should know English is not the official language in the U.S

There is nothing in the Constitution that states people in the United States, both citizens or otherwise, have to speak English and English only. Scholars say that the Founding Fathers didn’t include a clause about the English language because immigrants of the 13 colonies spoke other languages, including Dutch, French, and German. Native Americans spoke different languages as well. 

Lawmakers in the past, as recent as 2006, have attempted to make English the official language but thankfully, because of our democracy, the votes have never gone past the House. That doesn’t mean local and government officials haven’t tried to force English on everyone. It’s just part of our assimilation whether we like it or not. 

So the next time someone is yelling racist things such as “stop speaking Spanish” just yell back “English is not the official language of this country. Bye!” 

READ: A Puerto Rican Woman Serving In The Air Force Was Told To Stop Speaking Spanish While At Starbucks

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This Video Was Meant To Showcase Schools Reopening But Instead People Are Calling It ‘Depressing’ And ‘Apocalyptic’

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This Video Was Meant To Showcase Schools Reopening But Instead People Are Calling It ‘Depressing’ And ‘Apocalyptic’

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Despite the fact that the U.S. is still in the grips of a full-fledged pandemic, schools across the country are starting to reopen. And with that come a lot of parents who are still incredibly nervous about all of it. Many parents are worried about possible outbreaks and that their kids are being put at risk of getting the virus or of them brining it home and infecting an at-risk family member.

Schools have tried to be reassuring, and are letting parents know that they are going to be doing everything they can to make sure the environment is safe and that they are following all mandates.

One of the ways they are doing this is by releasing educational videos that show parents and students just how a typical day at school may look. One school district in Florida may have had good intentions with their video, but it just ended up terrifying everyone.

A Florida school district released a promotional video on how they’re safely reopening schools, but it didn’t go as planned.

According to BuzzFeedNews, one promotional video put out by a Florida school district is receiving headlines for all the wrong reasons. One parent uploaded the video to TikTok and it’s since gone viral as people compare it to a “prison for kids” and others saying it looks like a scene from “an M. Night Shyamalan movie.” If you have ever seen one of his movies, you know that this is not the type of movie you want to be in.

A video shared by a Florida school district showing examples of what reopening its schools will look has gone viral on TikTok and other social media, with parents and critics decrying it as a “heartbreaking” viewing experience.

The two-minute clip, shared by the School District of Manatee County, is being called ‘heartbreaking’ as it shows students wearing masks and social distancing in classrooms, lunch lines and cafeteria spaces as a protective measure against COVID-19.

The video also shows teachers wearing protective face masks and shields, as well as lab coats, while working with students. Other measures, such as temperature checks and pre-bagged lunches, were also shown in the video. Another poignant moment from the video shows kids sitting alone at lunch tables in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

A representative from the Manatee County school district explained in a Facebook comment the day the video started to go viral, that the examples in the “video are intended to show examples of the new procedures in place” but will not be the case for every school in the district.

The video quickly went viral on TikTok for being way too depressing.

The video was originally uploaded to TikTok by a mom in a nearby school district. Her clip has since amassed 3 million views and over 50,000 comments, with many expressing concern about how unnerving the back-to-school experience shown in the video appears. 

“I’m not gonna lie, it looks a little apocalyptic-y. A little ‘Hunger Games’-y,” she said in the video, a reference to the best-selling dystopian books and films. Jenkins told BuzzFeed News that watching it was “heartbreaking.”

“It feels like a punishment for the kids,” she told BuzzFeed News. “That makes me sad. The kids are kids.”

Nevertheless, the negative response to the viral video may not be mirrored by parents in the district. A survey conducted by the Manatee County school district, per WWSB-TV in Sarasota, Florida, shows that an overwhelming majority of parents surveyed prefer full-time in-person learning or a hybrid model. Across school levels, only 20 to 30 percent of parents — with few outliers — want their kids to be e-learning full-time, according to the survey published Tuesday.

Florida is the new epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S. and many are blasting the state’s reopening plans.

Since July, Florida has emerged as the latest epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S. As of August 5, the state has seen nearly half a million confirmed cases and 7,401 deaths.

As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise rapidly in Florida, concerns raised by some school officials and teachers stand in stark opposition from a push to reopen schools by Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, Gov. Ron DeSantis and President Trump.

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Almost 500 Bernie Delegates Demand A More Progressive Platform From Democratic Party

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Almost 500 Bernie Delegates Demand A More Progressive Platform From Democratic Party

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A group of delegates who are backing Sen. Bernies Sanders is putting pressure on the Democratic Party to include certain issues to the platform. The delegates are using their collective voices to really push the party platform in a progressive direction.

Hundreds of Sen. Bernie Sanders delegates are not budging on “Medicare For All.”

According to Politico, the delegates, who are going to the convention for Sen. Sanders, are planning their revolt. Democrats are three weeks away from their convention and these delegates are planning their resistance if the Democratic platform doesn’t include what they want.

There is growing support for the movement.

Sanders supporters have been a vocal portion of the Democratic Party. The voters have a vision for the U.S. that is far different than the current reality. Sanders voters are sending a message to the Democratic Party: be progressive or lose voters.

Medicare For All has become more and more important to voters.

Since the Covid outbreak, support for Medicare for All has reached 69 percent. With two-thirds of polled Americans supporting Medicare for All, it does seem that public opinion has shifted since Covid.

“This pandemic has shown us that our private health insurance system does not work for the American people. Millions of people have lost their jobs and their health care at the same time,” Judith Whitmer, a Sanders delegate told Politico. “There’s people leaving the hospital now with millions of dollars in medical bills. What are we going to do about that?”

And, of course, some people are not happy with this pushback.

The Democratic National Convention, where the pushback is happening, is all online this year. There won’t be as big of a resistance visibly present but the desire for Medicare for All is growing. The Latino community, the hardest-hit group from Covid, would benefit greatly from a larger effort to insure the health of all people in the U.S.

Read: Latino Voters Could Decide The 2020 Election, So Why Did Only 5 Presidential Candidates Show Up To A Latino Issues Forum?

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