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People Are Wanting To #ImpeachJoaquinCastro After He Tweeted Out A List Of San Antonio’s Top Trump Donors

In case you missed it, Democratic Presidential candidate Julian Castro’s twin brother Joaquin Castro recently tweeted out an image listing San Antonio’s top Trump 2020 campaign donors and their employers. He wanted people to know who is financially contributing to “a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.'”The GOP is outraged, with Donald Trump Jr. appearing on television to compare Castro’s tweet to a “hit list.” 

Twitter almost immediately saw #ImpeachJoaquinCastro begin trending and there’s a strange reason why. Joaquin Castro is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Texas’ 20th district, San Antonio. It would take a recall election to get him out of office. This story is about as over-the-top as anything Univision could ever put out.

Two days after the El Paso shooting, Joaquin released Trump’s “max” donors from San Antonio.

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According to federal finance laws, the maximum individuals can donate to a single campaign per election is $2,800. Any donation that adds up to more than $200 must be reported to the FEC, which is then published on the FEC’s website. 

Most of the donors are retired, but many of them are business owners in the San Antonio area, and that’s important. Many folks choose to vote with their dollars and pocketbooks. It shouldn’t be anything surprising because, well, all political donations are public. It is easy to access records of who donates to what politician. As such, these claims that publishing this information is dangerous is inaccurate since it is already public record.

His tweet sparked a slew of outrage, largely from the GOP.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted, “Targeting and harassing Americans because of their political beliefs is shameful and dangerous. What happened to ‘When they go low, we go high?’ Or does that no longer matter when your brother is polling at 1%? Americans deserve better.”

That said, Kevin McCarthy believes the problem was that the El Paso shooter just played too many video games.

Joaquin didn’t disclose any new information. He just collected the information that’s relevant to his district.

Democrats and other folks who know a thing or do about civics are pointing out that Castro literally just tweeted out public information. Anyone can find that information because it’s published in a public government database as a means to offer transparency to voters.

Castro isn’t taking the bait.

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Because that’s what it appears to be. In a tweet, Castro called McCarthy out for “trying to distract from the racism that has overtaken the GOP and the fact that President Trump spends donor money on thousands of ads about Hispanics “invading” America.” He also tweeted, “No one was targeted or harassed in my post. You know that. All that info is routinely published.”

Castro will stop talking about campaign donors when Trump stops using their money for “ads that fuel hate.”

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Seems reasonable. Straight up, pastors are tweeting their support for Castro’s actions. “Congressman Joaquin Castro did exactly what democracy demands in releasing public information about donors to Donald Trump: he brought light to a dark place,” tweeted Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie. “Thank you, @JoaquinCastrotx We need to stand united against hate and bigotry.”

In a now-deleted tweet, Trump incorrectly spelled Joaquin Castro’s name all while unleashing condescending attacks on the guy.

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We’re cringing. Trump republished his incorrect sentiments with his misspellings corrected. More shocking than all of this is that some of the campaign donors were max donors to Joaquin Castro as well. Castro put his own campaign on the line to shed light on Trump’s. One donor, William Greehey, donated the max amount to Castro’s congressional campaign in 2013. Greehey also funded his own $100 million into a homeless campus project that largely serves Latinos.

A bot-tracking platform has determined that the hashtag #ImpeachJoaquinCastro was amplified by troll bots.

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The hashtag was likely started by someone who doesn’t understand government and then amplified by bots who are seeking to destabilize our own government. It’s both laughable and alarming. We’re in a novela.

This Twitter user said they were getting calls from Russia and Ukraine.

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Eek. Someone with a lot of power called Russian interference a “hoax.” We have to remain vigilant of the information we’re receiving. According to Bot Sentinel, this user is not a bot. 

While there is a lot of hype around this story, the objective truth is that Joaquin Castro shared public information in an effort to protect Latinos from further hate crimes.

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Campaign donors are aware that their name and employer will be made public on a federal database. In a new political climate that offers little to no accountability for hate speech, perhaps now its time for Trump donors to be held accountable as well.

READ: We Now Have A Better Look At What Migrants Are Facing In Detention Centers Thanks To Joaquin Castro And A Secret Camera

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Georgia Delivers Control Of Congress To Democrats Thanks To This Incredible Coalition Of Voters

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Georgia Delivers Control Of Congress To Democrats Thanks To This Incredible Coalition Of Voters

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In what seems like the never ending 2020 election cycle, we can finally say that the votes are in. And the results out of Georgia are truly worth celebrating as a diverse coalition of Georgian voters helped deliver both U.S. senate seats to Democrats.

Thanks to a well organized voting apparatus, a record-breaking number of voters hit the polls and helped elect the state’s first Black senator along with the youngest senator in nearly sixty years.

The results out of Georgia help put the Senate under control of the Democrats, handing President-Elect Joe Biden a major tool in helping to implement a progressive agenda once he is inaugurated on January 20.

Georgia elects two Democrats to the U.S. Senate with history-making votes.

Democrats have swept both seats in Georgia’s critical runoff elections, giving the party control of the Senate and removing a major roadblock for President-elect Joe Biden.

Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated Republican David Perdue in Tuesday’s election, while networks had earlier called Georgia’s other race for Democrat Raphael Warnock over GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

The results are a rebuke of President Donald Trump, whose supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to try to stop Congress from counting the Electoral College results.

The Senate will now be split 50-50, but Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will be able to cast tie-breaking votes, putting Democrats in charge of the legislative agenda, committee chairmanships and Congress’ confirmation and investigative powers.

Black and Latino voters deserve recognition for their hard work in making this possible.

Senator-Elect Warnock is the pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s former church in Atlanta. He will be the first Black senator from Georgia and only the 11th Black senator in American history. He won, in part, thanks to astronomical Black turnout.

Many are praising the work of Stacey Abrams and groups like Mijente, who helped register a record-breaking number of new voters. In fact, Mijente helped knock on the doors or call every single Latino resident in the state of Georgia to help get out the vote.

Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams – who had already done so much work in helping turn Georgia blue for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in November – continued her trailblazing mission in the state. Her organization, Fair Fight 2020, helped register more voters than ever before and helped make sure they understood their rights and responsibilities as a voter.

Joe Biden will now have full control of government.

Biden will now enter the White House on Jan. 20 with his party in control of both chambers of Congress, allowing him to confirm his Cabinet and judicial nominees and giving him and a chance to advance his legislative agenda, which would have gone nowhere as long as Sen. Mitch McConnell remained in charge.

Biden and Senate Democratic leaders agree their top priority will be a new round of Covid-19 relief, especially after the president-elect promised Georgia voters this week that $2,000 stimulus checks would “go out the door immediately” if Democrats won the Senate.

Many in the community are hopeful that with control of both the Senate and House, Biden will be able to push through comprehensive immigration reform and undo many of the cruel and inhumane policies put into place by the Trump administration. However, given the legislative filibuster remains in place (requiring a two thirds majority), many question just how much will be accomplished.

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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“Selena” is one of the most influential and impactful movies of our generation. We all remember watching Jennifer Lopez embody the Tejana queen of music. The 1997 biopic is a classic and there is finally talk of including it in the National Film Registry.

“Selena” is one of the most impactful movies of our childhoods.

The 1997 movie was something that we watched over and over when we were younger. We sang the songs and basically learned all of the lines of this movie. It is arguably one of the first times we saw our culture and one of our icons’ stories told for the masses.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing for “Selena” to officially be recognized.

Movies are a crucial part of telling the full story of American life. The National Film Registry is a list of movies that are honored for their cultural impact. “Real Women Have Curves,” “West Side Story,” and “Zoot Suit” are all part of the National Film Registry. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote a letter asking for the consideration of “Selena.”

“As a next step, we also wish to formally nominate the 1997 film ‘Selena’ for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2021,” reads the letter. “Directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos, the film depicts the life, remarkable rise, and tragic death of Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla.”

There is a lot of hope that the Library of Congress will make this happen.

Selena represents that first major and successful jumps from the Latino market to the mainstream that many of us can remember. We finally had someone who looked like us and understood our cultural struggles in a real way. Our story was being told and the film about the music icon was so important in guiding some of us through our own cultural struggles.

“The film also touches on important themes of cultural identity and assimilation faced by Mexican American communities as they navigate their personal connections to two cultures and languages,” the letter continues to explain. “The film has become a beloved icon of Latino culture and has found widespread mainstream success, proving once and for all that Latino stories are American stories.”

Selena is the kind of cultural phenomenon that comes once in a lifetime.

The singer was able to build an impressive legacy that has endured for longer than she was alive. We were raised with her music and told her story over and over to keep us all tuned in to the fact that we could do anything. If Selena could break into the mainstream audience, we could all be that successful.

“Given its importance as a work of Latino cinema, we believe it is deserving of preservation at the Library of Congress. We trust you will give ‘Selena’ careful consideration, and hope to see it included in the titles added to the National Film Registry in 2021,” Rep. Castro further explains in the letter. “We also expect to identify other films which feature the American Latino experience and urge you to devote careful consideration to Latino films when considering films for the registry as well.”

Here’s hoping that “Selena” gets the official recognition it clearly deserves.

We all have our fingers crossed that this movie will earn its place in the National Film Registry because it deserves that kind of praise.

READ: Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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