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Accurate Information Is Crucial Now More Than Ever And This Organization Is Making It Available En Español For Our Family Members

At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, one thing was abundantly clear: Spanish-speaking communities were being kept in the dark. Politicians, including Joaquin Castro, have voiced their concern that the federal government is not doing enough to warn Spanish-speaking communities. Here’s what one organization is doing to combat that.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is organizing to get information on COVID-19 to Spanish-speaking communities.

The COVID-19 response has left a lot to be desired by many in the U.S. The federal government has been criticized as being slow to admit the full scope of the pandemic. President Trump has been criticized for downplaying the threat and, most recently, celebrating protests against lockdown measures in certain states endangering American lives. Through it all, the federal government has been criticized for not offering all of the resources about COVID-19 in Spanish.

LULAC has started #AyudaEnEspanol to offer more resources to Spanish-speaking communities during the pandemic.

Spanish is a major language spoken in the U.S. Major American cities are filled with Spanish-speaking and immigrant communities. These communities are being left behind due to a lack of information and resources in Spanish about the COVID-19 crisis. In 2015, the population of Spanish speakers in the U.S. surpassed the population of Spain.

The lack of information being given to the Latino community is having serious consequences.

In New York, Latino and Black communities are being disproportionately impacted by the deadly virus. According to The New York Times, COVID-19 is killing Latino and Black people in New York City at twice the rate of their white counterparts.

“There are clear inequalities, clear disparities in how this disease is affecting the people of our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told The New York Times. “The truth is that in so many ways the negative effects of coronavirus — the pain it’s causing, the death it’s causing — tracks with other profound health care disparities that we have seen for years and decades.”

People are spreading the news to get essential Spanish-language COVID-19 information out there.

Danny Trejo is just one person putting their name and platform behind the movement. LULAC, in coordination with Hornitos Tequila, is pushing to make sure that all Spanish speaking people in the U.S. are given the proper information about COVID-19. It is crucial that our communities know how to protect themselves from this virus as it continues to spread across the globe.

#AyudaEnEspanol’s sole purpose is to help and protect our vulnerable communities in the face of a deadly pandemic.

“#AyudaEnEspañol is about helping millions of Spanish-speaking Latinos with practical, needed information that can be accessed by multi-generational households in both Spanish and English,” Sindy Benavides, LULAC National Chief Executive Officer, said according to PR News Wire. “The program provides COVID-19-related assets that will help save untold numbers of lives and reduce suffering in our community, which has already been impacted beyond measure.”

Share this resource with all of your Spanish-speaking family members to make sure they are as safe as they can be during this time.

READ: The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Currently, Brazil is one of the world’s epicenters of the coronavirus. In March 2021, Brazil saw 66,573 COVID-19-related deaths. That means 1 in every 3 COVID-related deaths worldwide are occuring in Brazil.

And it doesn’t appear that the numbers will be slowing down anytime soon. While the United States is making strides in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Brazil is lagging far behind. And things are about to get a lot more complicated.

On Tuesday, Brazil passed a bill that would allow corporations to buy up as many vaccines as they can get their hands on, and privately distribute them to their employees first.

Elected officials in Brazil are arguing that the country has become so desperate to vaccinate its citizens, that it doesn’t matter who gets the vaccines first at this point.

The country, once renowned for having one of the most robust and efficient public vaccine-distribution programs in the world, has failed to make strides towards getting their citizens vaccinated.

“We are at war,” said the leader of the chamber, Arthur Lira. “And in war, anything goes to save lives.” We don’t know about you, but usually when it comes to war, we’ve heard that soldiers prioritize the health and safety of young, the weak, and the elderly before their own? We digress…

Brazil’s plan to privatize the vaccine rollout has brought up moral and ethical questions.

From the beginning, the World Health Organization has asked countries to first prioritize essential health workers and then high-risk populations when distributing the vaccine.

Anything other than that would promote a pay-to-play schemes in which the rich could protect their lives before poor people could. And poor people are more likely to die from COVID-19 in the first place.

As Alison Buttenheim, behavioral scientist and expert on the equitable allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine said, vaccine distribution should not “exacerbate disparities and inequities in health care,” but instead address them. Brazil’s vaccine rollout plan would fail to do any of the above.

If countries begin to allow the rich to prioritize their own interests during the vaccine rollout, the consequences could be disastrous.

In a time when the world is stoked by fear and uncertainty, the worst thing that can happen is for rich companies to exacerbate inequalities by effectively choosing who lives or dies.

As the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization said at the beginning of the global vaccine rollout: “any distribution of vaccines should advance human well-being and honor global equity, national equity, reciprocity, and legitimacy.”

Poor Brazilians should not be left to fend for themselves against COVID-19 simply because they are poor.

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