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A Latina Valedictorian Is Being Told She Will Have To Share The Stage

In what sounds like a horrible teen movie nightmare, Natalie Ramos is fighting to rightfully enjoy her moment as valedictorian. Instead of giving her speech to the class, officials at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo, California was the first-ever Latina valedictorian to share the stage so the top 10 graduates can speak, according to a Facebook post by her mom.

Ivette Ramos is calling attention to her daughter’s fight to enjoy her moment as her school’s rightful valedictorian.

“My daughter Natalie is ranked #1 in her class with a 4.27 GPA. She was told by her counselor that she would be the Latina Valedictorian at Jesse Bethel High school and it seems like the Principal has a problem with that,” wrote Ivette. “Principal Cusi wants her to share the spot with 9 other students. This has never been don before at Jesse Bethel, why now? The moment a Latina becomes Valedictorian is seems to be a problem.”

Natalie’s sister then took to Twitter to help it go even further on social media.

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Natalie is going to be attending UC Berkeley in the fall, according to her sister’s tweet. And her call to action mobilized Twitter, as most good tweets do, and people started to call the principal.

People are clogging the phone lines to let the principal know that they are not here for this kind of demotion.

According to the sister and mother, Natalie’s achievements are being grossly under represented by the school and principal. The title of valedictorian is not something that is easy to achieve so it is extra for those who worked so hard to make that happen. That why the Ramos family is letting everyone know what is happening to their loved one and the work she poured into her time at Jesse Bethel High School.

Unfortunately, it appears that after the news of Natalie’s school blocking her from being the sole valedictorian went viral, Natalie’s grades are being lowered.

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Allegedly, the timing of the story going viral and Natalie being demoted in her GPA and ranking is causing more anger. Not only does she now have a lower GPA, the text, allegedly from Ivette, states that Natalie’s ranking is being downgraded so she is no longer number one.

People are not about to let this go, either.

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It seems like Natalie’s family is making sure that everything is properly documented so they have a strong case. Tbh, everyone is cheering for Natalie to get the treatment she deserves and to be the only one on the stage delivering her graduation speech.

People are standing behind Natalie no matter what.

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Honestly, the outpouring of support from strangers to make a sure a graduating senior gets the love and respect she deserves is incredible. This is what humanity is all about. Social media is a powerful tool when used for good and this is using it for good.

We are all anxious to see how the story ends.

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Keep posted to mitú and we will let you know how this ends.

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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A Long Beach Street Vendor Was Attacked And The Community Is Showing Up To Help Him

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In 2020, we saw several street vendors attacked while trying to make ends meet. As the pandemic drags on and people are desperate, the attacks on street vendors have not abated and a Long Beach street vendor is the latest victim.

A street vendor in Long Beach was brutally attacked while working.

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Gerardo Iván Olmeda Del Pilar, 22, was working as a street vendor in Long Beach when he was attacked by two people. The vendor, according to LA Taco, was later than usual in setting up after dropping of fellow street vendors on his way.

Del Pilar was at the intersection of Burnett Street and Long Beach Boulevard on Saturday Jan. 16 when it happened. The street vendor was approached by two men who seemed to be regular customers when they attacked.

“Everything was calm, then I want to say four hours passed when two men came towards me and like any other customer they asked me for an order of fruit,” Del Pilar told LA Taco

Del Pilar is not letting this stop him from what he has to do to survive.

Del Pilar has been a street vendor for a while. The man, who is from Veracruz, Mexico, was suckerpunched and attacked. According to LA Taco, Del Pilar was giving the men their order when one punched him in the chin to knock him down. They then both started to attack him until they got his wallet and ran away. The men stole $500 from him.

Del Pilar told the Long Beach Post that there was not much he could do while being attacked. He was left with a swollen face and horrific bumps on his face from the vicious attack.

Two friends have set up GoFundMe accounts to help Del Pilar out.

Both Alex Diaz and Marissa Gomez have set up GoFundMe pages to help the young man. Combined, the two GoFundMe pages have raised more than $10,000 and are still accepting donations to help Del Pilar.

“While he was cutting up their fruit, one man reached into his backpack and took out an object and used it to punch him in the face. They broke his nose and lumped up his face and then dragged and kicked him while he was on the floor,” reads Gomez’s GoFundMe. “This man was an innocent victim just trying to provide for his family. All donations will go to replace this man’s lost income. There is no such thing as a donation too small anything is appreciated.”

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Latino Twitter Gifted The World With These Seriously Good Inauguration Memes

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Latino Twitter Gifted The World With These Seriously Good Inauguration Memes

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It’s official: the United States has a new president! Yesterday was Inauguration Day in the U.S. and we welcomed Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President.

It was an historic day full of major milestones for the country and the world – and that was made obvious by the sheer amount of attention paid to the day’s events. One has to look no further than the amount of memes that were produced in the wake of the inauguration, from Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga to Bernie Sanders and the adiós to Donald and Melania Trump.

As usual, Latino Twitter showed up with the memes and left many of us on the floor laughing our a** off. These are some of the honorable mentions from a day full of historical moments and incredible memes.

Tío Bernie may have stolen the spotlight from President Biden with his very practical inauguration attire.

The long-serving Vermont senator was there to watch proceedings, bracing the D.C. cold to witness Biden being sworn in as president. To withstand the cold climes, Sanders came prepared in a big old reliable coat and mittens – with his inaugural look and general demeanour waiting for the event to begin capturing the creativity of the internet through a series of ‘Cold Bernie’ memes.

Bernie was everywhere!

The former presidential candidate was popping up in all sorts of places as the Internet memed him into a frenzy.

And he was all of us…

The former aspiring presidential candidate later addressed the attention his outfit was getting in an interview with Gayle King, noting: ‘You know in Vermont we know something about the cold and are not so concerned about good fashion, we want to keep warm and that’s what I did today.’

The Internet has even created a website where you can insert Tío Bernie into any scene you want with Google Maps.

And yes, it actually works!

Michelle Obama told us all how she felt without telling us all how she felt.

When Michelle and Barack Obama departed the White House in 2017 to make way for Donald and Melania Trump to take over the reigns, Michelle did not hide how difficult and upsetting she found the moment. So a lot of people were thrilled to see the Michelle we know and love, happy, thrilled and generally paving the way at the 2021 inauguration ceremony.

Lady Gaga giving the world Hunger Games vibes…

Lady Gaga had the honour of performing the American national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and, of course, she ‘killed’ it. The dramatic and rousing performance was made even better by her custom-made Schiaparelli gown, adorned in the US colours and complete with patriotic hidden meanings. However some thought they’d seen it – particularly the brooch – before…

Then there were the adiós Trump memes that left Mexican Twitter on fire!

A la verga! Adiós, Señor Trump! 👋

This one is too good!

I. Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

Mexican Facebook was also on fire!

This Twitter user is too right, Mexican Facebook really is undefeated!

And some want to reclaim red hats!

If you could bring back red hats, what would yours say?

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