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At The Unity March For Puerto Rico Rita Moreno Called Trump’s Paper Towel Throwing ‘Obscene’

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On Sunday, Puerto Rican icon Rita Moreno joined Lin-Manuel Miranda and thousands of other protestors to support the “Unity March for Puerto Rico” in Washington D.C. With half of the island still without electricity and many without clean drinking water or food, protestors took to the capitol to demand more be done for Puerto Rico.

Miranda could be seen at the head of the march taking selfies with the crowd.

They marched to the Lincoln Memorial where Miranda stopped to address the large group.

Protesters sang classic Puerto Rican chants along the march route.

From “¡Que bonita bandera!” to “¡Yo soy Boricua, pa’ que tu lo sepa!” the crowd shouted the classic chants heartily along with Miranda and his family.

Many marched with anti-Trump signs that showed their frustrations with the government’s tepid hurricane relief efforts.

President Trump visited the island two weeks after the Hurricane Maria disaster. Many felt he made a public display of ignorance by throwing rolls of paper towels at survivors. He also openly celebrated that “only 16” people, at that point, had died. He later claimed that Puerto Ricans wanted “everything done for them” on Twitter.

Although Trump claimed that Puerto Ricans want “everything done for them,” the administration hasn’t really spent as much for Puerto Rico as it did for Texas and Florida.

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According to information obtained from FEMA by “The Opposition with Jordan Klepper,” Puerto Rico has gotten significantly less aid than other parts of the U.S. for similar hurricane disasters.

Moreno spoke to the crowds at the march and brought up the paper towel incident.

Moreno spoke passionately to the crowd saying “Our people are hungry, thirsty, sick, and as a panacea, are having rolls of paper towels thrown at them as though they were animals. That is insulting. That is obscene.”

The march took place on November 19th, a date that is symbolic in Puerto Rico’s history.

November 19th marks the 524th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ accidental landing in Puerto Rico. His arrival marked the beginning of the end for Los Taínos, the indigenous people of the island. Puerto Rico is still marred by the continuing effects of colonialism and continues to be neglected by the United States.

Moreno and Miranda both addressed the crowd.

Buttoned up for warmth, Moreno threw her fist in the air, the universal symbol for unity, solidarity, and resistance.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez also addressed the crowd.

Congressman Adriano Espaillat, waved a Puerto Rican flag while marching with the crowd.

Listen to Moreno and Miranda address the crowd that gathered at the Lincoln Memorial.

Participants in the Unity for Puerto Rico March made it to the Lincoln Memorial and were rewarded with speeches from Rita Moreno and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Takeaways from the day are that Puerto Rico needs more help and more aid; that the Jones Act be lifted for the island to receive help much more easily; and that the islands $70+ billion in debt, which has mostly been created by the Jones Act, be forgiven; and that not only is the current administration’s reaction to the disaster inadequate, it is also a slap in the face.


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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

She’s back! After an almost five-year hiatus, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez made her big return to competition at Saturday’s 2021 Winter Cup meet with moves to remember — set to some pretty unforgettable music, too.

The 20-year-old gold and silver medalist hit the mat with a “Hamilton”-inspired floor routine.

Laurie Hernandez just gave a stunning floor routine at the 2021 Winter Cup.

Please welcome Laurie Hernandez back to the floor! After a four-and-a-half-year hiatus, the 20-year-old Olympian showed off her strength, proving, like Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote, she is inimitable and an original.

“My first priority [at Winter Cup] is to go in and hit clean routines and show that I can be consistent,” Hernandez told NBC News. “But my next one is to enjoy myself.” It sure looks like she accomplished her goal, with nonstop energy and a smile on her face throughout her entire choreography.

As “The Room Where It Happens” played in the background, Hernandez flipped and danced her way to a 12.05 score in the event, good for an 11th-place finish in the floor exercise.

And after the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup in Indianapolis wrapped up, the noted theater fan shared her routine on Twitter and asked for feedback from “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel Miranda and actor Leslie Odom Jr. — who sang “The Room Where It Happens” as Aaron Burr in the original cast.

This weekend’s performance was her first since stealing hearts during the 2016 Rio games.

Hernandez was part of the Team USA “Final Five” squad that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. But following those games she took a step back from competition, later revealing that former coach Maggie Haney was emotionally and verbally abusive toward her. The gymnast dealt with depression and eating disorders as a result.

Hernandez said it wasn’t until years later that she realized her love of the sport could be separated from the trauma she experienced. “I thought I hated gymnastics, and it wasn’t until mid-2018 I realized that it was the people that made the experience bad, not the sport itself,” she explained on Instagram.

Though she already has a gold medal from the team all-around and a silver medal from her 2016 individual performance on the beam, Hernandez is now ramping up for more challenging competitions over the next several months with the hopes of qualifying for the Olympics this summer. But with a crowded field vying against her for just four roster spots, securing a bid to Tokyo will undoubtedly be an uphill battle.

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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

Prediction: You will want to check out Walter Mercado’s house in Puerto Rico, and maybe even buy it up and call it home. And what perfect timing, because the stars have aligned to bring you his Puerto Rico pad at an unbeatable price.

That’s right! Walter Mercado’s home in San Juan is up for sale!

Located in an “exclusive area” of San Juan, according to the property listing, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom estate is on sale for just $395,000.

Since you likely won’t fly to San Juan right now (thanks, COVID), you can check out the flamboyant cape aficionados sweet, two story tropical oasis on Realtor.com.

The listing photos show the home’s vibrant interior, which appears in the documentary, with yellow, red and green walls. The first floor boasts a large living room, kitchen and dining room. Tile-work leads up the stairs to the second level, where there’s yet another living room, dining room and a smaller kitchen — plus two balconies.

Outside, there’s a pool area with a gazebo and a patio, as well as a covered carport for at least four cars.

The home seems to be having trouble finding a buyer.

The estate originally hit the market for $495,000 in September 2020 but with no buyer in the cards, it then had its price slashed to $430,000 in December, according to Realtor.com. It’s now asking just $395,000.

Mercado already sold his Miami property in 2017 to cover financial difficulties.

While in Miami, Mercado maintained an apartment at The Grand in downtown for many years until 2017 when he decamped part time to New York.

Many in his family had hoped to turn his Puerto Rico home into a museum to the late icon, but due to zoning issues the family decided the best step forward was to list the home for sale. Regarding Mercado’s belongings that were contained within the home (so many of which we came to see in the Netflix documentary), one of his nieces told Pledge Times, that though family members have each kept some items, many were given to the Miami History Museum, and some items will go to Mexico. However, his cape with the Puerto Rican flag is being sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

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