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We Have A Latino Running For The Presidency In 2020 And It Is Texan Julian Castro

After months of speculation, Julián Castro officially announced he would be running for Ppesident in the 2020 election. Castro was the secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2014-2017 under the Obama Administration and prior to that, he was mayor of his hometown of San Antonio from 2009-2014. At his campaign announcement, Castro said he would be running on a platform for better education, healthcare reform, and improvements to the immigration system.

For now, at least, Castro can enjoy the distinction of being the only Latino in the Democratic field.

The grandson of a Mexican immigrant and son of a Latina activist, Castro brings with him years of leadership and an agenda that has gotten the support from many in the Democratic party. While there have been previous Latino candidates that have run for president, Castro is one of the most high-profile and accomplished Latino Democrats ever to seek the party’s nomination.

“You give me your support, and I give you my word: I will spend every day working hard to make sure you can get a good job, find a decent place to live, have good health care when you get sick and that your children and grandchildren can reach their dreams, no matter who you are or where you come from,” Castro said at his campaign announcement.

Castro has embraced his underdog role in the Democratic race as he’s done most of his political career.

At the age of 26, Castro became San Antonio’s youngest City Council member, and after a failed campaign for mayor in 2005, he was elected as mayor in 2009. Three years later, he spoke at the Democratic National Convention and would later be chosen by President Obama to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2014.

Castro has embraced his underdog role and has credited his upbringing in San Antonio that taught him a lot about perseverance. In an interview with the New York Times last month, he spoke about what it means to be doubted in the political world.

“In my whole life, I don’t think I’ve ever started out as the front-runner,” Casto told the New York Times. “I grew up in a neighborhood where nobody growing up there was the front-runner at anything. So I’m not going to concern myself with who people think of as the front-runner and who they don’t.”

Just days after his announcement bid, Castro visited Puerto Rico to address the still lingering effects of Hurricane Maria.

Castro chose Puerto Rico as his first destination as a presidential candidate on Monday. He addressed concerns that President Trump is considering diverting funds for Puerto Rico’s recovery for the wall he wants to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Just the other day the president and his administration talked about taking money earmarked for Puerto Rico recovery and instead investing in [a border wall],” Castro said at the Latino Victory Fund (LVF) summit. “To do so is completely objectionable, immoral and should never happen.”

Castro has been very vocal against the Trump administration’s policies against immigration and environmental issues. He has vowed to make both issues some of the key items on his agenda if elected President.

Many on social media are excited to see Castro throw his hat in the race for President in 2020.

Whether Castro gets the nomination or not, he is making many people proud just by announcing his presidential bid. It’s not everyday a Latino gets to say “I’m running for President of the United States.”

Castro is running a relatable campaign and people love his underdog mentality.

While some see Castro’s bid as a long shot, it hasn’t stopped people from embracing him and his “no gimmicks” attitude. If Castro is to win the presidential bid, he would become the third-youngest person ever to become president. Whatever happens from now until the next summer’s primaries should be interesting for Castro but one thing is for sure. He has already guaranteed a Latino will be part of the presidential race in 2020.


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St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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St. Louis Protesters Return To The Area Where A White Couple Drew Guns At Activists

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In another display of a peaceful protests, activists returned the site of a St. Louis mansion owned by the white couple who drew out their guns during a calm demonstration last month. On Friday, chanting protesters returned to the home of Patricia and Mark McClosky, stopping just outside of their gate to protest for nearly 15 minutes.

During the peaceful protest over a dozen men in plain clothes walked the area inside of the gate.

According to Time Magazine, “One protester briefly straddled an iron gate as if he was going to jump over, but did not. No one threw anything and no one behind the gates showed aggression. One man on the McCloskeys’ balcony clapped along with the chanting protesters.” The crowd of protesters included a racially diverse crowd carrying signs calling to “Defund the Police” and underlining that “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace.” Chants included calls like “when Black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back,” and “this is what democracy looks like.”

According to reports, it is unknown if the McCloskeys were home. Soon after, the protestors left and marched to Interstate 64. Police had closed off the roads to traffic in both directions to allow protestors to march onto the highway. There the protestors sat on the highway for several minutes to honor the life of George Floyd who died on May 25 after a white police officer pressed his knee to his neck for over eight minutes.

The recent rally was organized by the group Expect Us and is among various demonstrations in St. Louis that have taken place in the weeks since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

The McCloskeys first came to national attention in mid-June after they had been spotted aiming guns at protesters outside their home in St. Louis. Soon after the images of them began circulating Twitter dubbed them “Ken and Karen” and the stars of the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” remake no one asked for. The incident occurred as protesters marched their way towards the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson who declared in a Facebook post that she would not support rising calls to defund the police. She also reportedly shared activists’ full names and addresses while reading off suggestions on how to better spend the city’s funds. After users ridiculed her online, Krewson apologized for her actions saying “Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress,” Krewson tweeted. “The update is removed and again, I apologize.”

The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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The Supreme Court Just Decided To Allow Religious Employers To Deny Workers Birth Control

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In another battle about birth control, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration has the right to allow employers to refuse coverage for workers seeking to obtain birth control through work insurance plans. Giving employers with religious or moral objections a pass, the Supreme Court made the ruling which is deeply concerning considering how much it infringes on women’s rights.

The decision which had a 7:2 vote marks the end of years of lawsuits over the Affordable Care Act’s “birth control mandate.”

Over a decade ago, the Obama administration made employers offer employees birth control coverage. Since the decision, religious liberty proponents and reproductive rights advocates squared off over which employers should be excluded from that requirement. According to Vice, “Over the years, the government has given churches and other houses of worship, as well as some other employers, ways to skirt that requirement.”

In 2017, the Trump administration issued a set of new rules that increased the number of organizations to refuse birth control coverage.

The change in rules gives private employers with sincerely held religious and moral objections to be exempt.

After Pennsylvania and New Jersey pursued lawsuits over the change and won in a lower court, the Trump administration and the Little Sisters of the Poor appealed to the Supreme Court for an overturned ruling. Justice Clarence Thomas ruled that the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury had the right to create such exemptions ruling “The only question we face today is what the plain language of the statute authorizes. And the plain language of the statute clearly allows the Departments to create the preventive care standards as well as the religious and moral exemptions.”

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh agreed with Thomas’ opinion. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has sided with the liberals in various recent cases, also ruled in their favor.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Sonia Sotomayor ruled against the measure.

In her dissent, Ginsburg underlined that the government has an estimated number of 70,500 to 126,400 women who could lose their “no-cost contraceptive services” should additional employers be exempt. “This court leaves women workers to fend for themselves, to seek contraceptive coverage from sources other than their employer’s insurer, and, absent another available source of funding, to pay for contraceptive services out of their own pockets,” Ginsburg wrote.

In May, Ginsburg made history when she called into the arguments over the case from the hospital due to the coronavirus pandemic and her recovery from “non-surgical treatment.”

“You are shifting the employer’s religious beliefs — the cost of them — onto the employees,” Ginsburg told then-Solicitor General Noel Francisco. She also added that women who lose birth control coverage will most likely be forced to find coverage through government programs like Medicaid or pay for their health care out of pocket. “The women end up getting nothing.”