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American Latinos United Launches Committee To Take Down President Trump In 2020

American Latinos United (ALU) made the announcement that it would be forming a committee to create a new super PAC, “focused on defeating President Donald Trump by activating Latino voters in key battleground states.” As the 2020 election cycles draw closer and closer, political groups are already looking to key battleground states where Latino voters will play a key role in determining the next president. 

Backed by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and entrepreneur Fernando Espuelas, the new committee will be targeting Latinos in six key battleground states: Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The ALU does not appear to be backing or supporting any specific Democratic candidate as of now. Instead, it will be placing emphasis on Latino voter engagement in these key states. 

This year will be a historic one for Latinos as for the first time ever, they will become the largest minority group of potential voters in the United States. The ALU wants to be sure that a majority of those eligible to vote actually do so. 

The 2020 election has a lot on the line besides just the presidential nomination. For Latinos, issues like healthcare, immigration, and the economy are some of the biggest factors they’ll be considering when heading to the ballot box this November. The ALU plans to energize Latino voters on these issues through specifically targeted technology, culturally appropriate messaging, and on-the-ground work to turn out voters. The committee will also have ads that will be played in English and Spanish across traditional media and digital platforms.

The ALU points to the 2016 election as an example of the importance of having Latinos come out and vote. The number of eligible voters of Latino background who did not cast a ballot in 2016 was overwhelmingly high, 14 million, considering the anti-Latino sentiment heard from Trump on the campaign trail. 

According to the Pew Research Center, over half of the 27 million eligible Hispanic voters stayed home. That may be credited to not only Trump but a lack of enthusiasm when it came to Hillary Clinton. This year hopes to be different as 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in 2020, compared with 30 million African-Americans.

“President Trump captured about 30 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2016. If he falls under that threshold in 2020, key battleground states will be out of his reach,” Espuelas said in a press release. “With the Electoral College in play, we intend to empower Latinos in battleground states to defeat Trump with their votes.”

The ALU called out President Trump and his administration for “incompetence and corruption.” It warns if voter turnout this year is anything like 2016, Trump will surely be re-elected. 

In advancing its message, the ALU hopes to also hope to connect with Latinos on single-issue voters that have previously not voted Democrat. In doing so, they will also educate voters on the “moral danger that Trump represents” and the consequences of reelection victory for his administration. 

 “Our country is on a precipice. President Trump’s incompetence and corruption are threatening our democracy and the American way of life,” Villaraigosa said. “Latino voters can make all the difference – if we know how to engage and activate the millions of people that sit out most elections. Through ALU, we’ll connect deeply with our community and create the mechanisms to turn out the vote in historic proportions.”

While most Latinos tend to vote Democratic, that shouldn’t make their vote an automatic given. Many Latinos have cast doubt over the party in recent years, some even pointing anger towards former President Obama who deported more than three million undocumented immigrants. 

The ALU wants to change the narrative on the 2020 election not being just about a party but about having your voice heard. The 2018 midterm elections saw some momentum when it came to the Latino vote as about 40.4 percent of eligible Latino voters came out to the polls, about 11.7 million voters in total, according to the Pew Research Center

“American Latinos United can stop him. We are everywhere. All across the country—around kitchen tables, in-office conference rooms, on busways and buses, in town halls— American Latinos are talking, planning, gathering force and strength,” the ALU website reads. “We have the power to stop Trump. And we can shine the unwavering light of truth on the corrupt Republican party that enables him.

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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.”

Here Are Some Of The Women Of Color Being Considered For VP By Biden Campaign

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Here Are Some Of The Women Of Color Being Considered For VP By Biden Campaign

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Despite everything happening, the U.S. is still in an election year and former Vice President Joe Biden is on the search for a running mate. So far, most of his list are women of color and political pundits think it is the best move.

Senator Tammy Duckworth

Sen. Duckworth is currently a senator representing Illinois. The Thai-American woman served in the Army following in the steps of her ancestors who have fought in every major conflict since the American Revolution. Sen. Duckworth received a purple heart while on a tour of duty in Iraq as a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army after she lost both legs in an attack. Duckworth then went into politics being elected to the House of Representatives representing Illinois’s 8th Congressional District from 2013 to 2017. In 2017, Duckworth was elected to the Senate.

Representative Val Demings

Rep. Demings currently represents the 10th Congressional District of Florida. She took office in January 2017 and has held the seat since. Before serving in the House of Representatives, Rep. Demings was a police officer in Florida. She even served as Chief of the Orlando Police Department from 2007 to 2011. Some have considered her law enforcement background a positive but Black Lives Matter protesters have attacked her record claiming that Rep. Demings didn’t do enough to fix policing issues in Orlando during her tenure as chief.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

Mayor Bottoms has risen to national fame since the COVID-19 and George Floyd protests in Atlanta caught the nation’s attention. Mayor Bottoms has been mayor of Atlanta since 2018. Before being the 60th Mayor of Atlanta, Mayor Bottoms was a member of the Atlanta City Council for 8 years. In 2019, Mayor Bottoms spoke out against President Trump’s xenophobic actions and declared Atlanta a welcoming city to refugees and migrants seeking shelter.

Former United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice

Rice served for 3 1/2 years as President Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser during his second term. Prior to that duty, Rice was appointed by President Obama to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 2008. During her time in the U.N., Rice accomplished a lot, including raising LGBTQ and women’s issues to a global priority and led the Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran and North Korea in response to their nuclear programs.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Governor Lujan Grisham, who can trace her ancestry in New Mexican back 12 generations, has been a very popular politician from the Land of Enchantment. Gov. Lujan Grisham won her 2012 and 2014 elections to the House of Representatives 59 percent to 41 percent each. In 2016, she won election to Congress 65.1 percent to 34.9 percent. While in Congress, the congresswoman served as the chairwoman for the Congression Hispanic Caucus before resigning to take office as New Mexico’s governor.

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