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These Organizations Are Working For Our Community So Why Not Donate To Them This Holiday Season

The holidays can be stressful af for a multitude of reasons. The consumerism is overwhelming. Maybe you’re going home to a family that *gasp* voted for Trump. Maybe you’re not going home to that family and that has a whole different set of emotions. Maybe this year is same old, same old fake smiling at the cheap shower radio your tia got you and all your cousins. Maybe you’re looking for more meaning during these trying times.

UPROSE

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Climate change has been an evil hag to you and your Boricua family the last couple years and we’re terrified for what’s to come. UPROSE was founded in 1966 in Brooklyn and has always been at the intersection of racial and climate justice.

Support their efforts because low-income communities fo color face environmental injustices at a disproportionate level.

The Ricky Martin Foundation

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I knoowww, you’re thinking, why does Ricky Martin need my money? He has been on the ground in a major way helping rebuild homes in Puerto Rico. Plus, nobody will fight you if you gift their Christmas gift to Ricky Martin.

Unidos Por Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico’s First Lady started this organization after the federal government’s lack of response to rebuild the island after Hurricane Maria. It might be the best organization to donate to since they’re utilizing on the ground staff to determine needs instead of those international relief organizations.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

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KIND is the leading legal aid organization that protects kids entering the immigration system of the U.S. Instead of those horrifying videos of unrepresented toddlers in court, KIND ensures that every child has representation.

Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project

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Much like KIND, the Florence Project is hyper located to the Arizona border and aims to keep families intact. The organization offers free legal and social services to families who are detained during removal proceedings. We all know that that can take years, and that these detention centers are set to surpass the prison system in terms of profits.

Florence wants every family to be treated humanely and legally.

The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

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An arm of University of California Hastings, CGRS aims to protect the legal rights of refugee women, children and LGBTQ people seeking asylum in California. They give representation to people who running from trauma and terror and are going up against a language barrier.

Latino Victory Fund

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Latino Victory Fund is a progressive political action committee that has released controversial ads that hit GOP opponents hard. They’re training Latino leaders to run for office an doing everything they can to support them.

If you want Latino representation in government, support the Latino Victory Fund.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

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Supporting NWIRP will help make life easier for Latinos who are real out there in the diaspora. They provide direct legal services for immigrants, people impacted by the criminal legal system or who are otherwise oppressed (by domestic violence, DACA, etc.).

Latino Equality Alliance

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Based in Los Angeles, the Latino Equality Alliance has the support of the LA LGBT Center. They opened Mi Centro in Boyle Heights to offer bilingual services to the LGBTQ community on the east side of LA. That’ll look like transgender support services, legal services an immigration and housing support.

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

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ASAP helps prevent wrongful deportations before the trauma of the experience by staying abreast of individuals legal standing and connecting refugee families to emergency legal aid.

Caption: “Last week co-founder Dorothy Tegeler trained a new cohort of @YaleLawSch students on asylum law and the important ways law students support ASAP’s model of remote representation. Excited to work with these students and continue the fight for asylum-seeking families!”

Voto Latino

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We heard all about Voto Latino during these last midterm elections, which means they’re doing their job. Voto Latino singular aim is to get Latinos to register to vote! We don’t turn out to the polls like other minority groups int his country and Voto Latino wants to empower Latinos to feel safe going to the polls.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Ocasio-Cortez is one of the candidates backed by Voto Latino and she’s already getting climate change bills backed by dozens of Senators before even being sworn into Congress. She’ll be the first Senator to ever pay all her interns $15 an hour (only 4 percent of Democratic Senators even pay their interns). We have to keep supporting her.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

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Education is a HUGE component in lifting Latino voices and dignity in this country. The HSF is the nation’s largest NGO focused on higher education for Latinos. If you’re able to, your donation could help a young Latino get a college education.

Al Otro Lado

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Based in Los Angeles, Al Otro Lado serves communities in Tijuana with legal services after they’ve been deported or are seeking to return to the United States. Al Otro Lado helps close the legal gap after a primary breadwinner is deported. They help keep their American businesses running and in their name, help with cross-border custody issues and has a Wellness Center in Los Angeles for the families left behind.

Chicanos Por La Causa

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Founded in 1969, CPLC is part of the movement led by Cesar Chavez and remains one of the largest Latino nonprofits in the country. They combat oppression and strengthen the Latino culture in communities across the Southwest.

Caption: “Now, his student’s mariachi group has been recognized at the Tucson international Mariachi conference. His spirit of going above and beyond helped Efrain become an Esperanza Latino teacher honoree.”

The Committee for Hispanic Families and Children

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The organization is here for low-income Latino families in New York City. They offer education courses for parents as well as the ever more expensive child care to allow the family to succeed. On top of all that, they’re also providing immigrant services, and HIV/AIDS prevention services.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

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If you nerdy and in the healthcare industry, or love someone who is, this is the organization they need to be supporting. It’s science-driven advocacy focuses on health for all. It provides health services to more than 15 million Latinos throughout the U.S. cada año.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

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It’s a big name, right? Well, they give away legal scholarships to Latinos.

Caption: “Thanks to @sodexoUSA and @GeorgiaTech for teaming up with @MALDEF at a Health and Wellness workshop this past weekend. Over 100 participants from the Atlanta area heard presentations on health and nutrition and enjoyed a demonstration on healthy preparations of favorite dishes.

United We Dream

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United We Dream provides a safe haven for fear-leaden undocumented immigrants living and contributing in the U.S. The organization seeks to empower young people to be calladitas no more and teaches them how to mobilize, develop campaigns, and fight for dignity and justice, Cesar Chavez style.

Unidos US

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Since 1968, Unidos US has been a nonpartisan voice for Latinos. They conduct research on how policy affects Latinos specifically, which means their research can be turned into advocacy efforts for immigrants, undereducated and underrepresented Latinos.

NPR’s Latino USA

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Caption: “I interviewed Shariana Ferrer of Colectiva Feminista en Construcción for @latinorebels Radio about their work, the feminist lucha in Puerto Rico and their demand that the governor declare an Executive Order to fight gender violence.”

If we want to hear our voices more often, we need to support those voices. NPR’s Latino USA covers stories we want to hear: stories from the past of how Alcatraz Island was occupied by indigenous Americans on Thanksgiving day back in the 1960’s to profiles of how Dolores Huerta and her daughter live their lives today.


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Socially Distanced Navidad? Here Are the Best Family Games to Play Over Zoom

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Socially Distanced Navidad? Here Are the Best Family Games to Play Over Zoom

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This Christmas, unfortunately, is going to be tough for a lot of people. With the coronavirus pandemic still waging on, many of us have had to make the tough decision to stay home for the holidays. That means no traveling out of town or visiting extended family like we have in years past.

If you come from a family that likes to get into the competitive spirit and play games over the holidays, then giving up that tradition might feel too disappointing. Luckily, we can all rely on technology to keep us connected in these trying times when we’re forced to be apart.

We’ve compiled a list of Zoom-friendly games that you can play with your family over the holidays and beyond. Take a peak at our fun picks below!

1. Charades

This one’s an easy one. All you have to do is create a Zoom link, send it out to family members and pick a topic to act out. If you’re having trouble thinking of a word, trying using a Charades word generator.

2. Card Games

Who says a little old pandemic can keep us from playing cards with our loved ones? For many of us, playing cards with our family is as steadfast a holiday tradition as exchanging gifts is. Log on to https://playingcards.io/ to create a custom game room to share with your family.

3. Bingo

Think about it: Bingo is the perfect game to play over Zoom. Websites like https://myfreebingocards.com/virtual-bingo have virtual bingo games you can play for free with up to 30 participants!

4. Heads Up!

Heads Up! is a game in which a player has to guess which word/topic is on their phone screen by the clues their team members are giving them. In order to make the most of this game, players at each Zoom location will have to download the Heads Up! app on their phone. And after that, it’s smooth sailing.

5. All Bad Cards (aka Cards Against Humanity)

If you’re the type of family that likes to push the envelope over a game of Cards Against Humanity, consider logging onto https://allbad.cards/. All you have to do is generate a party room and send the link out to the members of your “party”. Then, you’re ready to go!

6. Pictionary

Pictionary is the kind of game that Zoom was practically invented for. In order to play this game, you’ll have to fire up Zoom’s whiteboard tool and share your screen with all of the participating players. Again, if you can’t think of a topic, get some help with a Pictionary random word generator.

7. Trivial Pursuit

You’ll have to own this classic board game in order to play over Zoom, but if you do, setting it up and playing is super easy. In order to make this game user-friendly for all participants, make sure there’s someone in your location that can play on the same team as someone in a different Zoom location. That way, all the players can be sure that there’s no cheating involved.

8. Outburst

If you’re a fan of Family Feud, then Outburst is probably right up your alley. This game requires that each player brainstorm lists off of a given topic (i.e. Top Ten Christmas songs). Unfortunately, there is no virtual or online version of the game, but instead, team members can take turns coming up with topics and having other players brainstorm lists.

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This Is The Ultimate Telenovela Watch List To Help You Get Through The Holidays

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This Is The Ultimate Telenovela Watch List To Help You Get Through The Holidays

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Ok, it’s not as if any of us need an excuse to sit down and binge watch our favorite telenovelas. I mean we probably all already have a long list of favorites growing up watching them with our moms, abuelas, and tías.

Melodramas are part of our DNA, and we thrive watching the often times overly passionate scenes on TV with our favorite celebrities. One of the best things about telenovelas is that they have clear villain roles and come with a clear beginning and end. The short stories help us escape into an alternate reality where everything is a life-and-death decision. 

And thanks to a surging pandemic, we’re spending more time than ever at home in front of our screens, looking for more content to watch. So why not work on this epic list of telenovela content to help get you through the holidays.

La Reina del Sur

La Reina del Sur was (and still is) an absolute game changer that’s exactly how it will go down in history. The series that starred Kate del Castillo is about Teresa Mendoza, a woman who gets dumped into the dark world of narcos unknowingly. She soon finds herself being persecuted by the Mexican cartel and escapes to Spain only to revolutionize the drug-trafficking world in Europe. There was no intention to make a sequel, but Telemundo caved after fans requested it for years and in 2019 released another chapter of the saga. Both seasons are available on Netflix now.

La Patrona

Aracely Arámbula is one of our Latin telenovela queens. And one of her greatest telenovelas is La Patrona, in which she portrays Gabriela, a single mother who works as a miner.

Of course, being the only woman who works in the mines brings out the bullies who make her life a living hell. However, things escalate further when she crosses Antonia Guerra. Things take another turn when she finds out that Gabriela Suárez is her grandchild’s mother, and she goes to terrible lengths to get rid her.

It’s a strong classic telenovela story that features two strong women who are determined to complete their goals.

Betty, En NY

Yo Soy Betty, La Fea was a phenomenon that captivated our hearts when it first aired at the turn of the century. The Fernando Gaitán original gave us a lesson about loving oneself and not judging others by their physical appearance.

Telemundo remade the Colombian hit in 2019 and cast Elyfer Torres as the titular character of Betty en NY. The network updated the series to modern times, but the heart of the story remains. One unique aspect of the particular transformation that Betty receives is that they kept her hair curly throughout, making a statement that curly hair is also beautiful.

Rebelde

If you’re obsessed with Elite (along with the rest of the world), then you can think of Rebelde as a way less intense early 2000s version of it. It’s a remake of the Argentinian series Rebelde Way, and it’s set in an *ahem* elite boarding school.

The show follows the relationships of a group of wealthy and scholarship students who, in true Breakfast Club fashion, join together despite their differences and start a pop band. Oh, and another fun thing: They all dress like they’re about to star in a Britney Spears music video. It’s truly amazing.

Pasión de Gavilanes

If you are looking for something steamy to watch, look no further than Pasión de Gavilanes. The Colombian classic pairs three hot men with three gorgeous women, and there are lots (lots) of passionate scenes between all the couples involved. Telemundo remade this telenovela again as Tierra de Reyes with a whole new cast and abs galore.

La Que No Podía Amar

Another Televisa production, La Que No Podía Amar, completely changed the telenovela rules. Our protagonista, Ana Paula, is not your typical heroine as she is not one to take orders from anybody. Our galán is also not the usual lead man as he mistreats everyone around him due to an accident that left him unable to walk. Despite their clashing, they somehow bring out the best in each other and create a magical love.

¿Donde Está Elisa?

A telenovela meets true crime thriller? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s basically the premise of this Telemundo classic, ¿Dónde Está Elisa? 

As the family is engulfed in knowing Elisa’s whereabouts, deep, dark secrets start to unravel. How did Elisa disappear? Who is behind her disappearance? Is she dead or alive? The characters will ask themselves these questions, but the culprit of all this drama might just be at home.

La Usurpadora

This list would have a big gaping hole if we didn’t include the telenovela to end all telenovelas. La Usurpadora stars Gabriela Spanic as twin sisters Paulina and Paola, who trade places when the latter abandons her family and escapes with her love.

Paulina is the noble sister who ends up taking care of the Bracho family and finally making them feel like a family unit again. This sweet and bonkers story is one you have to watch if you call yourself a telenovela fan. Televisa adapted the story in 2019 with Sandra Echeverría as the twins. However, this time, it is set in the political world. This miniseries is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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