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From Governorships To Congress, These Latinos Want To Lead The Country With Their Community In Mind

It is two months from general midterm election and the primary challenges have left us with unexpected wins and losses. There are many seats in all level of government are up for grabs this year which means these midterms could change everything. Primary season is almost over and many races are set for this November’s general election. Latinos are poised to make an impact in the election race, whether its voting or running for office.

Latinos are the largest minority demographic in the country and have the power to make a huge impact this November.

More than 27 million Latinos were eligible to vote in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center. However, only about 13 million voted. This has fed into the reputation that Latinos are a low-participation demographic. Seventeen percent of the U.S. population is Latino yet Latinos make up 8.5 percent of Congress with four senators, Republicans Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and Democrats Bob Menendez and Catherine Cortez Masto. There are two Latino governors, Susana Martinez and Brian Sandoval both Republicans.

This midterm is different as issues and policies that concern Latinos are more relevant than ever. Democratic strategist Maria Cardona told The Hill that having Latino candidates is important because it would spur political participation among recent attacks on the Latino community.

“The candidates might be able to speak about immigration from a personal perspective even if they themselves are not immigrants because what has happened is the massive insults and repeated attacks on immigrants has made all of the community feel attacked,” Cardona told The Hill.

An unprecedented number of Latinos are running for office in the 2018 midterms.

Many candidates running this year are new to politics and are using that outsider identity to benefit thier campaigns. Many Latino candidates are running on platforms based on immigration and other issues central to the Latino experience in the United States. The following Latino candidates have the chance to make a difference come November.

Jana Lynne Sanchez, Texas’s 6th Congressional District

Sanchez is the granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant who moved to the U.S. to chase the American dream. As a Texan, Sanchez believes that the success of the nation relies on the health of its citizens. As such, Sanchez is campaigning on a platform including health care for all.

“As Americans we pay more than any other developed country for healthcare and have the worst outcomes dollar for dollar,” reads her website. “We can do better for patients and for all taxpayers by building on what works in the US system and expanding it to cover everyone.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York’s 14th Congressional District

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quickly became one of the most recognizable faces in the 2018 primary season when she pulled off one of the biggest political upsets. Cortez ran her campaign with zero dollars from corporate PAC money and is a proud Democratic Socialist. Her campaign focuses on the values of universal health care, tuition-free higher education and equal employment opportunities. The 28-year-old Cortez has led a successful campaign that has garnered more support than Republican nominee Anthony Pappas.

Catalina Cruz, New York State’s 39th Assembly District

Catalina Cruz is running for the New York state Assembly and wants to encat policies that will help people like her mother, who had to sacrifice to make ends meet as Cruz was growing up.

“It gives me the opportunity to fight in a way I haven’t been able to do or frankly had the courage to do until now,” Cruz told ABC News.

Cruz, who became U.S. citizen back in 2009, is an experienced attorney and a leader for immigration reform and workers’ rights. She is using her previous status as an undocumented person from Colombia to help connect with voters in the Queens district who’ve experienced a similar path.

David Garcia, Governor of Arizona

David Garcia is running for governor of Arizona and will be facing off against Republican Doug Ducey in the state’s gubernatorial election in November. Garcia is a fourth generation Mexican-American who previously worked in the Arizona Department of Education and is currently a professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Garcia has an uphill battle in the predominantly Republican state of Arizona, but many see a blue wave of Democratic leadership on its way that may help come November.

Jésus “Chuy” García, Illinois’s 4th Congressional District

Jésus “Chuy” García is running for congress in the 4th district of Illinois after winning the Democratic nomination with 66 percent of the primary votes back in March. He will now face off against Republican Mark Lorch in November for a seat in the house. His platform is focused on health care for all, immigration and improving public transportation in low-income communities.

Lupe Valdez, Governor of Texas

Lupe Valdez has already made her mark on this election season. She is the first Latina and first openly gay person nominated for governor by a major party in Texas. Valdez is a former four-term sheriff of Dallas County and served from 2005-2017. She was the only Latina Sheriff in the United States and one of very few LGBTQ Americans serving in public office. She is running on issues like women rights, voting rights and LGBTQ equality in the state of Texas. Valdez will be facing off against incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott in the 2018 November election.


READ: From New York To San Diego, These Candidates Are Standing Up For Their Latino Communities

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The Number Of Latinos In The U.S Killed By Covid-19 Surpasses 44,500 With No Signs Of Slowing Down

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The Number Of Latinos In The U.S Killed By Covid-19 Surpasses 44,500 With No Signs Of Slowing Down

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For months we have heard stories from our neighbors and our friends of people losing loved ones to Covid-19. It seems that with each passing day the degrees of separation from ourselves and the virus gets smaller and smaller.

Although this is true for all demographics, it’s particularly true for the Latino community. New data shows that although Latinos make up about 19% of the national population, we account for nearly a third of all deaths. These numbers are staggering and experts are warning that entire communities are being decimated by the pandemic.

More than 44,500 Latinos have died of Covid-19 in the United States.

It’s no secret that the Coronavirus has ravaged our community but now we have concrete numbers that show just how bad the pandemic has been among Latinos. According to new data from the COVID Tracking Project, over 44,500 of the nearly 211,000 people in the U.S. killed by the Coronavirus to date are Latino.

While Latinos are under 19 percent of the U.S. population, we make up almost one-third of Coronavirus deaths nationwide, according to CDC data analyzed by Salud America, a health research institute in San Antonio. Among some age groups, like those 35 to 44, the distribution of Latino Covid deaths is almost 50 percent; among Latinos ages 45-54, it’s almost 44 percent.

Experts say several factors account for higher COVID-19 death and infection rates among Latinos versus whites, including poverty, health care disparities, the prevalence of serious underlying medical conditions, and greater exposure to the virus at work because of the kinds of working-class, essential jobs many Latinos have.

Many Latinos who have been infected or died of the Coronavirus are front-line or essential workers.

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So many of our family members and neighbors work jobs that are now considered “essential.” From building cleaning services, to restaurant workers, grocery store employees, nurses, and farm workers, our community is on the front lines more than any other community in this fight against the pandemic.

In fact, 41.2 percent of all front-line workers are Black, Hispanic or Asian-American/Pacific Islander, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, an economic policy think tank. Hispanics are especially overrepresented in building cleaning services (40.2 percent of workers).

Latinos also have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S., according to the Department of Health and Human Services. All of these factors add up to a dangerous and deadly combination that has resulted in the outsized number of deaths among Latinos.

Some are saying that the virus is causing the ‘historic decimation’ of Latinos.

Speaking at a virtual Congressional Hispanic Caucus meeting last week, a global health expert warned that the Coronavirus is causing “the historic decimation” of the Latino community, ravaging generations of loved ones in Hispanic families.

To illustrate his point, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, read off descriptions of people who died on Aug. 13 in Houston alone.

“Hispanic male, Hispanic male, Hispanic male, black male, Hispanic male, black male, Hispanic male, Hispanic female, black female, black male, Hispanic, Hispanic, Hispanic, Hispanic, Hispanic, Hispanic” Hotez said, adding that many are people in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

“This virus is taking away a whole generation of mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters, you know, who are young kids, teenage kids. And it occurred to me that what we’re seeing really is the historic decimation among the Hispanic community by the virus,” he said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci – a popular figure in the fight against Coronavirus – has also raised the alarm.

The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, gave a recent update on the impact on the Latino community. He pointed out that hospitalizations among Latinos 359 per 100,000 compared to 78 in whites. Deaths related to Covid-19 are 61 per 100,000 in the Latino population compared to 40 in whites, and Latinos represent 45 percent of deaths of people younger than 21, Fauci said.

Fauci said the country can begin to address this “extraordinary problem” now by making sure the community gets adequate testing and immediate access to care. But he said this is not a one-shot resolution.

“This must now reset and re-shine a light on this disparity related to social determinants of health that are experienced by the Latinx community — the fact that they have a higher incidence of co-morbidities, which put you at risk,” Fauci said.

Fauci also urged the Latino congressional members on the call to get their Latino constituents to consider enrolling in vaccination trials so they can be proven to be safe in everyone, including African Americans and Latinos.

“We need to get a diverse representation of the population in the clinical trials,” he said.

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Sofia Vergara Finally Breaks Silence About When Ellen DeGeneres Disrespected Her Accent

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Sofia Vergara Finally Breaks Silence About When Ellen DeGeneres Disrespected Her Accent

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Updated August 24, 2020.

Given the recent string of allegations against Ellen DeGeneres, many of her fans are taking inventory of her jokes and viewing them in a new light. Weighing and measuring the jokes DeGeneres has made in the past, fans are finding the comedian guilty of mean-spiritedness. Particularly when it comes to her treatment of her frequent show guest Sofia Vergara over the years.

Over the last decade, DeGeneres has had time to host Vergara on her talk show various times. Whether Vergara was herself or when she was sitting alongside the rest of the cast of her old show “Modern Family.” And despite the very many things DeGeneres could have talked to or celebrated Vergara for while hosting her, the Colombian actress was often subject to some of the worst jokes by DeGeneres.

All because of her thick accent.

Recently fans compiled clips of DeGeneres’s interviews with Vergara and it’s pretty not great.

In clips circulating on Twitter, DeGeneres can be seen jeering Vergara for her accent. During one interview, DeGeneres remarks hat Vergara’s “English has gotten worse, not better,” over the course of her time on “Modern Family.” Users on Twitter were quick to point out that DeGeneres often made jokes about Vergara’s English and often tried to make games out of her English-speaking abilities. In several incidents during the interviews, it seems pretty evident that Vergara might have been hurt by DeGeneres’ jokes.

Recently, Vergara addressed claims that DeGeneres was being racist towards her.

In response to allegations that DeGeneres was being racist, Vergara commented “Two comedians having fun with each other to entertain,” in a tweet going on to say “I was never a victim guys, I was always in on the joke.”

In response to Vergara’s message fans have pointed out that whether done with the intention of being racist towards Vergara specifically, DeGeneres’ jokes at the time were still hurtful to others.

“My parents, who have heavy spanish accents, didn’t have the option to be in on the joke.’ Instead, they were the butt of jokes,” one user wrote. “And as a child of immigrants, I was always picked on because of that. Your ‘entertainment’ may lead to some to think they have a free pass to ridicule.”

“Me too, my poor mom took classes to try to reduce her accent despite being perfectly understandable. The discrimination was even worse in the 80s but Ellen keeps it alive,” another Twitter user commented. “It’s the lowest form of humor, the put down towards the other person. It’s non funny peoples humor.”

DeGeneres has yet to comment on the clips that have resurfaced.

But they’re pretty damning.

Tons of people are commenting on the clips being shared of the actresses time together.

And it’s pretty heartbreaking how hurtful DeGeneres’ comments are.

And of course, you might remember this terrible offense.

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