On Wednesday, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, both of Florida, introduced legislation meant to address the crisis in Venezuela, where the government continues to respond with brutal and sometimes deadly force against anti-government demonstrators who want President Nicolás Maduro to step down.
The bipartisan bill, spearheaded by Rubio and Nelson, would provide $10 million in aid for food and medicine.
Of this fund, $9.5 million would be used by organizations defending human rights and the coordination of an international response led by the State Department as well as other measures to mitigate the ongoing turmoil in Venezuela.
The situation in Venezuela is dire as the death toll continues to rise.
At least 36 people have been killed and hundreds more have been injured since the protests started last month. All this while the country is ill-equipped to treat the casualties due to medical shortages.
“Venezuelan civilians are being harmed and killed by their own government as the dictator Maduro and his thugs use violence to suppress peaceful pro-democracy protests,” Rubio said. “The United States must stand with and support the Venezuelan people as they struggle to defend their rights and restore constitutional mechanisms and bring back democracy in their country.”
Living in Trump’s America, there’s no shortage of causes that people should know about. Whether you’re fighting for immigration rights, women’s rights, voting rights, healthcare for all, or the environment, there’s truly a cause for everyone. The problem is if you care about all of these things, you will undoubtedly get burned out, which is why it’s essential to stick with one thing and put your heart into it. That’s what we’re learning from Miguel Galindo, a man walking from Doral, Florida to Washington to bring attention to the crisis in Venezuela.
Thirty-four-year-old Miguel Galindo is walking 1,100 miles from Florida to Washington to bring attention to the crisis in Venezuela.
Some may think there’s no way Galindo’s walk will bring any kind of change to the country, which is currently under tremendous turmoil within its government and the people.
“I am clear that by hiking from here to Washington, I am not going to remove Nicolás Maduro from power,” Galindo said to NBC News. “What I am trying to do is to add to the fight, add other Latino brothers and sisters, add other American brothers and sisters.”
He’s documenting the entire journey on his Instagram.
He launched his project walk earlier this month and is keeping all of his followers (more than 270K) up to date on what’s going on. He posts videos regularly showing the people helping him along his journey and showing his progress as he walks along with the route crossing six states.
He has reached out to help him on his walk to Washington.
“I can count on my Venezuelan brothers and sisters who have already offered me their homes, they have offered to pay for hotel stays, and I have also planned to sleep on the beach,” he tells NBC News.
Here’s what he’s taking on his trip — it’s not a lot either.
a large backpack
The rest, he said, people will mail him to various spots on his route. What’s really great about this story is that a person who wants to do something for his home country but cannot because he is not there shows that you still can help regardless of how far away you are.
Galindo is walking from Doral, Florida to Washington to honor the Venezuelan refugees who have had no choice but to walk out of their country for safety.
The crisis in Venezuela has been devastating the country and the people for years. As time passes, things in the country continue to deteriorate and people are forced to flee their homeland on foot for safety and freedom. Millions of Venezuelans have been left with no choice but to leave their homes and families behind to escape the collapsing country.
The young man wants to educate people about what is happening in Venezuela and the cause of the strife in the country.
According to his first video, Galindo wants people to know that President Trump is not the cause of the situation in Venezuela. He is also taking a stand against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and placing the blame for the crisis in his hands. He has also used his platform to let everyone who is listening know that Venezuelan Interim-President Juan Guiadó is simply fighting against the Maduro regime to restore democracy in Venezuela.
His friends have taken to social media to continue to express why the walk is happening.
First and foremost, they state they are not doing this as part of any political party or ideology. Instead, they are doing it as proud Venezuelans trying to save their country. As far as they are concerned, they are walking to Washington to fight for Venezuela, not any political ideology.
The walk is still going and mitú will update our report as the walk continues. Buena suerte, Galindo.
Taxi drivers came out in full force across Mexico City, blocking streets, tourist attractions, and major intersections. They’re protesting what they say is unfair competition from ride-sharing services like Uber, Cabify, and Didi.
They want the apps banned in Mexico.
Their bloqueos of some the city’s most important streets and attractions made news around the world.
The taxistas started congregating in the zócalo (the city’s giant public plaza) around 6:30 am, while roadblocks started going up at 10:00 am all around the capital. and were expected to remain until noon. Drivers were even blocking major entry points to the city along highways from Pachuca, Toluca, and Cuernavaca.
Taxis were even suspending services in districts across the city.
The drivers complain that inconsistent regulation creates an uneven playing field for them to compete with ride-sharing, and want more robust regulation of their competitors. One of their biggest complaints is that taxis in Mexico City have to be painted a certain way – white and pink – which can cost up to MXN$2,500 (about $125 USD).
Several drivers said the ride-hailing apps have cost them 40% of their earnings.
According to some estimates, Mexico City is home to the world’s largest taxi fleet.
With that many cabs out there, it kinda makes sense how they were able to bring the city to a standstill with their demonstration.
Many across the capital were shocked by their tactics.
Drivers would form giant groups of taxis and invade entire districts, intersections, plazas, and major tourist attractions. They succeeded at shocking residents and tourists alike while snarling traffic across the city of more than 20 million people.
At one point, taxi drivers enlisted the help of bus drivers to help block streets.
Now imagine trying to get through the city’s narrow street or already traffic-chocked streets with gangs of taxis and giant buses…
Mexican Twitter was full of opinions on the taxi strike and taxi drivers themselves.
With the strike bringing much of the city to a standstill and the already negative attitudes towards taxistas in the city, many were not happy.
In an all too common sight in Mexico City, videos emerged of taxi gangs attacking Uber drivers.
These attacks on Uber drivers are nothing new. When the ride-sharing app first arrived in Mexico City, it was common for drivers arriving at the airport to be pelted with rocks.
And people are fed up.
Most people on Twitter had the same feelings and thoughts – either evolve with the industry or you’re going to go extinct.
Residents were quick to call out the taxi drivers on social media for the reasons why they’re losing to Uber.
Basically saying that if drivers cleaned their cars, were friendly, and didn’t try to rob you with high fares, they wouldn’t have to worry about competition from Uber.
The memes out on Mexican Twitter in response to all of this were pretty amazing.
Translation: “It’s not you, it’s your bad service.”
And apparently, the taxi strike happened to fall on World Bike Day…
Leading many to suggest taking your commute into your own hands while helping the environment – ride a bike!
All of this had many dreaming of a Mexico City without taxis.
And the people were totally here for it.
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