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John Leguizamo Steps Up His Resistance Against Trump And Considers Running For Office

If you think Oprah Winfrey and (possibly) Jay-Z are the only celebs that may consider running for public office, think again. You can now add a Latino to that mix — but not for president of the United States.

Actor John Leguizamo says he’d give up Hollywood for life serving in office.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Leguizamo says that while he loves working as an actor he would give up the Hollywood life and trade it in to serve the people of Texas.

You know, I love what I do. I would hate to give it up,” Leguizamo tells The Daily Beast. “But if I could I would run for office in Texas. I would run some place heinous to make a difference. Yes, I would run if my celebrity could get me elected, to get rid of gerrymandering and to allow people to teach Latino history in Texas which is 39 percent Latino and around 12 percent black, so we people of color are the majority. Why are we so beaten down there?”

Leguizamo points to Texas legislation that once banned Mexican-American history from being taught in the state.

As of last year, school officials had banned books on Mexican-American history, but that decision has been overturned in court. Leguizamo, who is currently starring on Broadway in “Latino History for Morons,” spoke about the effects bans like this has on Latinos.

He says these restrictions “makes Latino people, and experience, invisible, meaning white people don’t have to respect them, and instead can abuse and more easily disenfranchise them.”

Leguizamo has been a vocal opponent President Donald Trump from the very beginning of his campaign.

He voiced his disdain for Trump back in 2015 when Trump spoke offensively about Mexicans. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he would be boycotting “Saturday Night Live” for having Trump as a host.

“If he had said those things about any other ethnic group, he would not be on SNL,” Leguizamo said. “I find it hurtful and insulting, and you’re celebrating someone who has said some horrible things. I just find it unacceptable. I will not watch.”

He added that Trump was very different in person than he was for the camera.

His lack of sympathy and empathy is ridiculous,” Leguizamo told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s very friendly, very nice, but then he goes and says things like that. You’re catering to a small group of Tea Party voters, or you’re a moron… He’s a different person on camera.”

Leguizamo has been advocating for Texas on social media, even calling for a boycott of the state over the passage of SB 4.

The law, which was passed in May, requires local law enforcement to follow federal procedures concerning undocumented people — essentially deputizing them as ICE agents.

Tonight, Leguizamo will join other celebrities as part of the resistance movement and speak in The People’s State of the Union.

The People’s State of the Union, which will live stream tonight on Facebook, will serve as a retort to Trump’s State of the Union that is scheduled for tomorrow night.

“The #PeoplesSOTU will celebrate the remarkable growth and success of the Resistance Movement and outline a plan of action for the coming year — focusing on voter rights, voter registration, and voter turnout,” according to a Facebook post about the event. “Together, we will win back our country!”

READ: John Leguizamo Calls On Latino Celebs To Boycott Texas Because Of New Anti-Immigrant Law

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FEMA Is Ending Emergency Food And Water Distributions In Puerto Rico This Week

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FEMA Is Ending Emergency Food And Water Distributions In Puerto Rico This Week

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FEMA is leaving Puerto Rico after four months since Hurricane Maria hit. The storm plunged the island into darkness, knocking out all of the power and running water on the island. FEMA claims their work is done and they aren’t needed.

According to NPR, FEMA has distributed about 30 million gallons of drinking water and 60 million throughout Puerto Rico since the humanitarian crisis began. Rather, FEMA will be turning over remaining supplies to government organizations. The goal is for the government to distribute the remaining supplies as needed. This is because FEMA claims that less than 1 percent of Puerto Ricans need emergency food and water. Yet, NPR reports that some mayors believe the move is premature.

“There are some municipalities that may not need the help anymore, because they’ve got nearly 100 percent of their energy and water back. Ours is not so lucky,” Morovis Mayor Carmen Maldonado told NPR. Maldonado added: “In municipalities like this one, where families are going out to work just to buy gas to run a generator, it becomes very hard because money they would use to buy food they’re instead using to buy fuel.”

The government organization will be turning their focus from emergency relief to long-term recovery. FEMA’s Puerto Rico Director Alejandro De La Campa told NPR that the agency hopes to get the Puerto Rican economy running again. According to De La Campa, FEMA is shutting off their water and food to encourage people to return to normal. De La Campa claims that the supplies are discouraging Puerto Ricans from visiting grocery stores, impacting Puerto Rico’s economy.

You can read more from NPR by clicking here.

(H/T: NPR)


READ: Puerto Ricans Are Receiving Emergency Food Packages That Are Using Candy For Fruit

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