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House Passes Legislation To Create Latino Smithsonian Museum

The country just moved closer to opening a Smithsonian museum dedicated to Latinos in the U.S. The House of Representatives voted Monday morning on the measure and it passed in a voice vote.

The House of Representatives just passed legislation moving us closer to a Latino Smithsonian museum.

The Smithsonian is a collection of museums in Washington on the Nationa Mall. The museums highlight U.S. history throughout the centuries through art, science, natural history, and contributions to American society. For years, history was very limited as there were no museums honoring the people of color who have contributed to American society. That all changed with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Soon, Latinos could have their own museum as well.

For years, politicians and their supporters called for a Latino history museum in Washington.

UCLA released a report that echoed the sentiment of a Smithsonian report in 1994. The two reports agree that not enough has been done to highlight and teach the history and contributions of Latinos in the U.S. Twenty-six years apart and both studies find the same lack of representation.

Latinos in power come together and really made moves on this bill.

“It’s time for Latinos to see our contributions, our culture and our history reflected in all institutions, including the Smithsonian museums,” Rep. Sylvia Garcia said on the House floor. “It’s time for our children to come to a museum and see the stories of their own heritage.”

The Latino community, like every other community, has contributed to the U.S. in all aspects of society.

The bill had 295 cosponsors and years of support. The Friends of the National Museum of the Latino American, a nonprofit, has been advocating for the museum since 2004.

“It is a wonderful feeling to know that the House of Representatives has come to realize the importance of an institution that can recognize and commemorate the over 500 years of Latino contributions to the founding, shaping, building, and the defending of this country,” Danny Vargas, chairman of the board of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, told NBC. “We’re elated.”

READ: The Smithsonian Is Opening The First Permanent Latino Gallery In 2021 Highlighting Latino Contributions

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In A Good 2020 Surprise: AOC Nominated For Emmy

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In A Good 2020 Surprise: AOC Nominated For Emmy

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This year has been filled with surprises. Most of then have not been good, i.e. Covid, but we have one now that is bringing some light to our lives. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been nominated for an Emmy. Talk about a surprise.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been nominated for an Emmy because of her Green New Deal video.

The seven-minute video broke down the Green New Deal that has scared and angered many. That video, with the quick painting, has been nominated for the New Analysis: Editorial And Opinion category. AOC is up against some stiff and well-known competition, including Jorge Ramos and Rachel Maddow.

The video takes people through the process of getting the Green New Deal through and the things that it can do. The video was a pivotal moment in the fight for the progressive agenda and the nomination further solidifies its place in history.

Everyone who worked on the project is stunned by the nomination.

It was a very humble and little video that aimed to educate people about a big piece of legislation that so many people were confused by. The legislation is aimed at tackling the environmental crisis that is threatening the nation and the world.

The bill is based on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and is using $7 trillion to create a more sustainable world. This even includes retraining people so they can take part in the green energy and sustainable shift in the economy.

Months later, this video is still inspiring people to get the deal passed.

Way to go, AOC! Good luck with the nomination.

READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivered an Impassioned Speech After the ‘Green New Deal’ Failed to Pass in the House

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Lynda Carter Encourages Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To ‘Never Stop Being Fierce’ Amid Yoho’s Harassment

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Lynda Carter Encourages Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To ‘Never Stop Being Fierce’ Amid Yoho’s Harassment

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Two of the greatest superheroes of our time, the original Wonder Woman  (Lynda Carter) and Reprenstantive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are all about girl power.

Carter shared her support for the freshman lawmaker after seeing a photo of Ocasio-Cortez and a picture of Wonder Woman in the background.

Carter, who played the iconic comic-book hero in the 70s, celebrated her 69th birthday over the weekend. As part of her celebrations, she retweeted the image of the New York lawmaker writing “Okay, seeing this last night totally made my birthday that much sweeter. Love your decor, @AOC!”

Soon after, Ocasio-Cortez responded by tweeting the actress happy birthday. “Thank you for being a shining example of a woman’s strength! Happy birthday,” she replied.

AOC proved herself as a force to be reckoned with once again earlier last week when Rep. Ted Yoho called her a “bitch” outside of the Capitol.

Yoho denied the verbal attack but a reporter confirmed that he had also heard the comments.

Last Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez addressed the incident on the House floor calling “Yoho’s comments were not deeply hurtful or piercing to me” pointing out that her emotional reaction was “not new, and that is the problem.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments went viral after she addressed a previous “apology” made by Yoho in which he claimed that “having been married for 45 years with two daughters, I’m very cognizant of my language… The offensive name-calling words attributed to me by the press were never spoken to my colleagues. And if they were construed that way, I apologize for their misunderstanding.” He then went onto explain “I cannot apologize for my passion, or for loving my God, my family, or my country.”

In response, to his words, Ocasio-Cortez rejected his apology saying “Yesterday, Rep. Yoho decided to come to the floor of the House of Representatives and make excuses for his behavior. And that, I could not let go… I could not allow my nieces, I could not allow the little girls that I go home to, I could not allow victims of verbal abuse and worse to see that, to see that excuse, and to see our Congress accept it as legitimate and accept it as an apology.”

She concluded by adding “Having a daughter does not make a man decent. Having a wife does not make a decent man. Treating people with dignity and respect makes a decent man. And when a decent man messes up, as we all are bound to do, he tries his best and does apologize — not to save face, not to win a vote. He apologizes, genuinely, to repair and acknowledge the harm done so that we can all move on.”

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