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It’s Only March And We’ve Already Seen Several Racist Moments Against Latinos Go Viral

We’re not even three months into 2019 and we’ve already seen multiple examples of racism against Latinos go viral. Latinos continue to be fired from their jobs or harassed in public simply for speaking Spanish. The first ICE raid of a large employer in over ten years forever changed 100 immigrant lives. Despite Democratic control of the House, the federal government continues to expand ICE’s reach.

The 2020 presidential campaign season is underway. So many of us are looking to our politicians to change their rhetoric and put the safety of all Americans are the forefront. Here are the examples of racism our community has already experienced this year.

The latest example is that of a woman being harassed at a Walmart for speaking Spanish.

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According to the video, Nereyda was at Walmart and was speaking Spanish with her mother. That’s when this man spoke up and told her that she needed to stop speaking Spanish because she was in the U.S. Newsflash, viejito, English is not the official language of this country and, in fact, English is the language forced on the country by European colonizers. If you really want to show respect to this country, maybe start by learning it’s history before you tell people you can’t wait for Trump to use your tax dollars to build the border wall.

This lady swore at a manager at a Mexican restaurant in West Virginia for speaking Spanish.

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On February 16, a woman identified as Jill was recorded yelling at the manager of the Mexican restaurant she was patroning, saying, “English is our first language, so you need to speak English. Get the f*ck out of my country.” Several people came to the defense of the manager, who offered to pay for their food if they would leave. On her way out, Jill threw something at him and kept repeating, “illegal aliens raped me.”

POTUS giving the locos good material since 2016 apparently.

This line cook was fired after ten years of service for speaking Spanish.

“Image: Francisca Perez” Digital Image. NBC News. 5 March 2019.

Argentine Francisca Pérez was just telling (in Spanish) recently hired waitress Janet Ruelas-Nava that a dish was ready at Osteria Fasula in Davis, California, when the owner, Leonardo Fasula, fired her. Fasula became incensed when she accused him of discriminating against Mexicans and asked her if she wanted him to put burritos on the menu. “This is America. We speak English here,” he said.

This all happened in front of her son, who was just dropped off after the end of her shift.

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Later on, she said that he cried and told her, “I don’t know if he was saying that to you or to me.” The Center for Workers’ Rights in Sacramento has filed a complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing on Pérez’ behalf.

Oh, and Donald Trump demanded FEMA give tornado victims in Alabama “A Plus treatment,” but Puerto Rico heard something different.

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Meanwhile, while Puerto Rico was literally under water, he explicitly compared the territory to other states, “We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!”

Yeah, you got an F on that one.

His favoritism for a red state over fire-ravaged California and brown Puerto Rico didn’t go unnoticed.

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Puerto Rico means nothing to him since the U.S. takes Puerto Rican money without offering the right to vote in federal elections. People were also out here tweeting that Alabama should stop “mismanaging their air,” as a jab to Trump’s ignorance around the California wildfires.

Trump declared a national emergency in February to divert tax dollars from different departments to fund his useless border wall.

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Trump himself admitted, “I didn’t need to do this,” but that it would build his wall faster. This is a POTUS subverting American tax dollars and his own power to propel his 2020 campaign. Basura. He’s creating all the crises at the border and we know it.

In March, the GOP and 26 Democrats voted to expand Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) reach.

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AOC’s fury is all to relatable in this tweet: “Where was the concern last week when 26 Dems voted for a GOP amendment to expand ICE powers rooted in the racist + false trope that Latino immigrants are more dangerous than US born citizens?”

Which means more money and second chances for North Carolina Sheriff Terry Johnson to harass Latino residents.

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In 2012, The U.S. Justice Department filed a civil rights lawsuit against Johnson for systematically and unlawfully targeting Latino residents at traffic stops, interrogation and seizures. ICE cut ties with him for discriminatory policing.

In January, ICE approved $2.8 million budget increase for staffing and upgrades at Sheriff Johnson’s county detention facilit to hold immigrants for ICE. This is a disaster waiting to happen.

The New York Times revealed systemic shortfalls in health care provided by Border Patrol.

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After two children died in Border Patrol custody in December 2018, The New York Times did a deep dive into negligence by Border Patrol. Migrants are often arriving with serious injuries and BP is not equipped to handle the crises coming in. Instead of funding medical care to save lives, the GOP wants to fund a wall.

This ICE facility detained a 24-year-old pregnant woman and four days later she prematurely gave birth to her stillborn baby.

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ICE isn’t even reporting it as an “in-custody death” because the baby was stillborn. Last year, Trump announced it would change the release policy for pregnant women and instead detain them, knowing the detention centers don’t have proper medical resources to care for expectant mothers.

This same facility is now holding this 72-year-old abuelito with Alzheimer’s in solitary confinement.

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The family says that every time they speak with Noe, he’s even more confused, and keeps thinking he’s getting out the next day. The family petitioned to have him fight the case outside of the detention center. They offered to put him in solitary confinement. He also has cancer and diabetes. Basta.

You can call 956-547-1700 right now and demand they release Noe De La Cruz.

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RAICES Texas is petitioning us all to fight for Noe.

Caption: “Stay on the line and tell the operator we are calling to demand that Noe De La Cruz (A035302758) gets released!

Solitary confinement is not a substitute for true medical care.”

As of March 6, 200 people detained in Texas immigration centers have the mumps.

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Why? Because as The New York Times reported, migrants are not being given even the basic medical care as they arrive. Migrants have said they were left alone in concrete cells with broken bones. Mumps is a highly contagious virus when not vaccinated against and the booming immigrant detention industry maximizes profit by sardining the tired and weary.

Four U.S. women were sentenced to 15 months probation for leaving food and water for migrants walking through the desert.

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If you try to do America’s job and keep people on our soil alive, you get a record. If the migrants were Canadians or Israelis, these women would have received an award. Nope. Morality doesn’t lie in the laws.

The U.S. is now forcing asylum seekers in lethal danger to wait out their court hearings on Mexican soil, further endangering their lives.

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The ACLU reports that one Honduran woman who fled after her suegro threatened to kill her for being a lesbian is forced to wait her claim in Mexico, without any assistance. Honduras offers no LGBT protections. She’ll have to show up to the border on days of her court hearings, be granted no interpreter, lawyer, or opportunity to appeal.

After North Carolinians voted to end ICE cooperation, ICE retaliated with a 5 day spree.

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North Carolina recently held local elections that put new Sheriffs on the maps—Sheriffs that publicly vowed to end ICE cooperation. Starting February 5, ICE targeted those specific three counties and detained more than 200 immigrants. The ICE Field Office Director even went on to say that if local police cooperated with ICE, you would have less people getting detained.

An advocacy group filed suit against ICE for their raid of a Tennessee meat processing factory.

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In April 2018, ICE raided and detained 100 Latino workers, while dismissing the white workers without question. Six workers were deported, twelve left the country voluntarily, five are still in custody and forty have been released on bond. We’re rooting for The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and the law firm of Sherrard, Roe, Voigt & Harbison.

In mildly brighter news, this woman was finally sentenced for attacking this 91 year old abuelito.

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Remember this 91 year old abuelito who was just visiting his family from Michoacán, Mexico? His attacker, Laquisha Jones, has been sentenced to 15 years for elder abuse.

Remember this U.S. Border Patrol Agent who detained these two moms for speaking Spanish in Montana last year?

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Martha Hernandez and Ana Suda were detained for 40 minutes on May 16, 2018 simply for speaking Spanish. They were both born in the U.S. and are citizens.

The ACLU has since filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government and the Agent O’Neal for detaining them on the basis of race.

Brooke Swaney / ACLU of Montana via AP file

The ACLU’s statement reveals that, even though the women have lived in Montana for years, they’ve since been “shunned and harassed by other town residents.” Suda has even said now her own hija is afraid to speak Spanish.

READ: [VIDEO] This Latino Captured Racist Assault Of Subway Rider On Video, Then Detained Her Until Police Showed Up

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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