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After Decades In Mexico, The Fundamentalist Family Attacked By Cartel Members Are Fleeing To The US

On Nov. 4, a family driving in three cars from Chihuahua, Mexico were en route to Arizona to pick up a relative at the airport. They never made it to their destination after the group was gunned down in a massive shoutout. The attack occurred in a secluded stretch of mountainous roads in a state that is known to be inhabited by rival gangs, which authorities are linking to the cartels. The assault resulted in the murder of nine people, including three adults and six children. Now the FBI has launched an investigation into the attack, but that doesn’t mean the families still living there feel safe. 

A week after shooters attacked an American family in Chihuahua, Mexico, extended members of that family are now leaving and returning back to the U.S.

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The family, descendants of Ervil Morrell LeBaron and a leader of a polygamous Mormon fundamentalist group, have resided in that area of Mexico for decades. He died in 1981. According to CNN, 3,000 members are living in Mexico. While they are not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, they did issue a statement after the brutal killings. 

“We are heartbroken to hear of the tragedy that has touched these families in Mexico. Though it is our understanding that they are not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our love, prayers, and sympathies are with them as they mourn and remember their loved ones.”

About 100 members of this Mormon family that have lived in Mexico for decades left will be relocating to Tucson and Phoenix.

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The move comes just a day after members of the family buried the nine that were killed. According to the Guardian, the caravan included 18 cars and 100 people

In an interview with the Associated Press, Leah Langford-Staddon said her mom and others living in Mexico packed up all they could and will be living with relatives in various places in the U.S. 

Bryce Langford, who lived in Mexico for many years and now resides in North Dakota, also told the AP that his relatives had acquired so many things from their years as residents of Mexico. 

The assets that they’ve acquired down there are tremendous,” he told the AP. “And to have to up and leave from one day to the next and leave all that behind, there’s definitely a lot of sad people here.”

This is also not the first time the family has been under attack by violence in the country.

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According to CNN, Eric LeBaron was kidnapped by the cartel in 2009 though he was returned to his family unharmed. Then, two months later, his older brother Benjamin and his brother-in-law Luis Widmar were brutally killed. It’s reported that the LeBaron family were vocal anti-violence activists. 

To make matters worse, there is no police authority in the area where the LeBaron family lived and were killed. 

“We still don’t have all the officers needed,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in the aftermath of the attack, according to CNN. “There are municipalities where we don’t have police… Everything related to public safety was completely abandoned. We’re working on that.”

No one has yet to be arrested or named as suspects in the attack, and now the FBI is investigating the crime. 

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“The FBI will be providing assistance at the invitation of the Mexican government with the investigation into the recent attack against American citizens,” the FBI said in a statement, according to CNN. “The FBI remains committed to working alongside our international partners to help bring justice to the perpetrators of this heinous act of violence.”

One of the survivors of that Nov. 4 ambush was a 13-year-old boy named Devin Langford. He was in the car with his mother, who was shot and killed and fled by foot for 14 miles to find help.  He told ABC that the last words his mother said to him were, “get down right now.”

He said that for the 14 miles he walked to look for help, he was wondering “if there was anybody else out there trying to shoot me or following me,” and he also thought about his family that he witnessed being killed. 

READ: Mexican Authorities Think The Mormon Family Was Murdered Because A Drug Lord Thought They Were A Rival Gang

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story


Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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