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Jessica Cisneros Is 26 Years Old And Has Some Big Plans To Rep Her District If Elected To Congress

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hoping she loses her title as the youngest ever elected Congressperson, and she wants to pass the crown onto Jessica Cisneros. Cisneros is a thriving 26-year-old immigrant rights attorney and a proud Tejana who wants to advocate for her border town district in the Capitol. In the ways that matter most – immigrant rights, environmental justice, and healthcare for all – AOC and Cisneros are in the same fight. 

Until they can work together in Congress, however, Cisneros has to unseat another Democratic Latino, Henry Cuellar, who has held the seat for eight terms in a row. Now his greatest contender, Cisneros used to be his intern.

Jessica Cisneros considers her opponent, Representative Cuellar, “Trump’s favorite Democrat.”

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Cuellar has taken donations from the likes of immigrant detention centers and the Koch brothers. Cuellar maintains an “A” rating by the National Rifle Association. He’s even co-sponsored anti-abortion legislation, which would have banned abortion after week 20. In 2014, Cuellar was the only House Democrat to vote for a bill that made it easier to deport unaccompanied minors. 

Still, Cisneros tells The New York Times that she was “very, very excited” to intern with him. She thought she’d be helping her people. “Once I got there,” she continued, “I noticed his silence on a lot of things I care about: women’s rights, poverty, health care. People I know with diabetes have to go to Nuevo Laredo for medications because it’s so expensive.”

Like AOC, Cisneros refused to accept corporate PAC donations, which frees her up to be more accountable to her constituents than to corporations.

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The short story is that Cisneros can’t be bought. Every constituent’s voice carries equal weight in her decision-making process. “Less than 1% of my opponent’s donations last year came from small-dollar donations: under $6000,” Cisneros shares to her social media campaign account. “In 6 hours, our campaign received more small-dollar donations than my opponent did ALL last cycle. I’m proud to take no corporate PAC money so I am accountable only to the people.”

Her primary campaign platform is to reform the broken immigration system.

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When Cisneros was 7 years old, she witnessed Mexican families crossing the border, and “would see that they were terrified.” She tells The New York Times that even then, at 7 years old, she couldn’t see the difference between those families, and her own. She knew she would become a lawyer, and went on to serve immigrants trying to navigate the complicated immigration system. As a practicing lawyer, it was a horrible pill to swallow to learn that there isn’t much she can do to help grant her clients asylum as a lawyer. The laws don’t exist to allow lawyers to effectively serve their clients.

I realized that if the laws are the problem, then I am going to have to go to Congress to fix that,” she tells The New York Times.

She’s experienced the failing healthcare system first-hand and wants to change it.

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Cisneros’s parents used to live across the bridge in Nuevo Laredo, México, but when her older sister needed medical care only available in the United States, they moved to Laredo, Texas. Soon after, Jessica was born. Her father, a farmworker, started a produce trucking business while her mom took care of the children. Still, she continued to see how her sister wasn’t able to get the urgent medical care she needed. Cisneros’s campaign aims to grant Medicare for all to “all who call America home.” She wants to scrap copays, deductibles, and premiums.

Cisneros wants to create a “renewable economy through solar and wind.”

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The Green New Deal is arguably AOC’s most ambitious and urgent proposal during her Congressional term. While donning a “Green New Deal” shirt, Cisneros captions the social media photo with her own local campaign for a “big bold plan like the Green New Deal.”The Rio Grande River is the lifeblood and only source of water for our border community,” she posts. “We must improve infrastructure that will clean our water and sustain our community far into the future,” she writes, adding that such an industry would “provide a new wave of jobs for our district.”  

AOC’s endorsement is huge, but Cisneros is committed to being “the first Jessica Cisneros.”

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As far as being compared to AOC as a young Latina, Cisneros tells The New York Times, “People think because I am a young Latina who is trying to help the Democratic Party I am just like her. I have a lot of admiration for her, but that doesn’t mean we’re the same. I am trying to be the first Jessica Cisneros, and just do that well.” Still, AOC’s endorsement has invited supporters like Tere Schaefer to tweet, “Thank you AOC! I sure hope @JCisnerosTX  joins #TheSquad in the next term. I don’t live in TX but I’ll donate to her.”

Cisneros has also been endorsed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the Justice Democrats. You can donate to her campaign here.

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Cardi B Has An Important Message About The Deaths Of George Floyd And Breonna Taylor

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Cardi B Has An Important Message About The Deaths Of George Floyd And Breonna Taylor

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Thank heavens for Cardi B because boy does the Dominican rapper know how to use her voice.

Since her rise to fame, the hitmaker has made a point to use her platform to raise awareness of the issues she finds important. From politics to our world leaders, the rapper has done her due diligence to break down current events to her followers.

Fortunately, she’s up to it again.

Last week, the rapper took to Twitter to open up about the protests breaking out across the country in an effort to demand justice for the wrongful deaths of Black people killed by police.

You might have already heard about the protests that broke out over the weekend which outcried the wrongful deaths of two Black people: George Floyd a Black man from Minnesota who was killed while being restrained by the police on May 25. The other, Breonna Taylor a 26-year-old woman, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers on March 13, 2020.

In regards to their recent deaths, Cardi B  shared her thoughts and a call to action.

“Seeing people looting and going extremely outraged, you know, it makes me feel like, ‘Yes, finally! Finally motherf****** is gonna hear us now. Yeah!’” the rapper said in her Instagram post. “And as much as people is so against it, at this point, I feel like I’m not against it, even though it do scare me and I don’t want anybody to get hurt, but it’s really frustrating. You want to know why? Because police brutality been going on even way before I was born, but it has been more visual ever since social media started getting poppin.’ And ever since, let’s say Instagram started–just one app–let’s say since Instagram started, how many peaceful protests have we seen? How many trending hashtags have we seen? These hashtags keep freakin’ repeating themselves. I feel like I’ve done videos against police brutality… I feel like this is my seventh time. I’ve been doing f*ckin’ police brutality videos ever since my teeth been f*cked up, and the only shit that changed has been my f****** teeth. You know what I’m saying? People are tired, so now their tired is showing that it’s, “Oh motherf*ckers are educated. Motherf*ckers can take the grown and adult way and act peaceful people are tired of that, so now this is what people have to resort to.”

Cardi B continued her post telling her fans to vote in the upcoming general elections.

“And another thing, I also want to say this: Another way for people to take power–I don’t want to make everything political, but it is what it is–it’s by voting. And when I say voting, I’m not only talking about the President. We could vote for mayors. We could vote for judges, and we could also vote for DA’s–district attorneys. Yes, we could vote for these people, for our county. We sure can. The people that are voting for these people are most likely cops, most likely rednecks; that’s why every single time some fuck shit like this happens, it goes to their favor, because these people have the power–DA’s, these judges, these attorneys–they have the power to prosecute these cops when they do f***s***,” she said

It didn’t take long for users to respond to Cardi’s post with support and words of heartbreak.

We will win this!

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Is Standing Behind Her Strict Facial Coverings Order

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Is Standing Behind Her Strict Facial Coverings Order

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is facing growing anger about her strict facial covering orders. The Latina county official is facing pressure from county residents as well as Texas state officials because of her science-based approach to controlling the spread of Covid-19.

This is Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

The 29-year-old Latina has mandated that all residents of Harris County, which includes Houston, wear facial coverings when in public. Anyone who is caught without their facial coverings could face a fine of $1,000. Hidalgo is not the only politician who has mandated facial coverings to assist in slowing the spread of Covid-19, which has killed 100,000 people in the U.S.

Hidalgo has faced some backlash from county residents and state officials.

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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who you might know for saying grandparents are willing to die to reopen the economy, is one state official attacking Hidalgo’s orders. Patrick has called them overreaching on Twitter.

Hidalgo refuses to back down to the pressure citing the need to protect public health.

Hidalgo is pushing to make sure that Harris County residents have the best chance to slow the spread of Covid-19. This means using facial coverings and practicing social distancing, including working from home as much as possible.

“We have to use every tool in the toolbox,” Hidalgo said at a press conference. “I know this takes some getting used to, but these are all small yet powerful actions.”

The order mandating facial coverings is in line with the advice of health organizations.

The point of wearing facial covering is to slow the spread of Covid-19. The nonmedical coverings prevent people from spreading the virus to others while out in public. Studies and data show that asymptomatic people are spreading the virus and the main source of infection is airborne. A cough or a sneeze can send the virus up to 3 feet into the air.

Covid-19 is proven to cause deadly complications for people with certain underlying health conditions.

Latinos have higher rates of diabetes and heart disease meaning that Latinos are at a higher risk of dying from Covid-19. Hidalgo implementing facial coverings orders in line with advice from several national and international health organizations. The virus is still not under control and there is no proven vaccine, treatment, or cure for those who are infected. Stay safe.

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