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Ted Cruz’s Legal Team Believes That His Fight For $10,000 Is The Same As Rosa Parks’s Fight For Civil Rights

Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is currently in a lawsuit against the Federal Elections Committee (FEC) because of $10,000. The senator from Texas is up against a long standing rule that politicians can only pay out $250,000 from election funds after an election for personal loans. Sen. Cruz loaned his campaign $260,000 and is willing to compare himself to Rosa Parks in an attempt to recoup the last $10,000.

Texas Senator Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is fighting with the Federal Elections Committee over $10,000 he wants back from his campaign.

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The rule, which has been in affect since 2002, states clearly that no campaign can use campaign finances to repay more than $250,000 in personal loans. Sen. Cruz loaned his campaign $260,000 the day before the election in his race against Beto O’Rourke and now he wants the full amount back. However, because of the amount that he loaned the campaign and the FEC rule, he is out $10,000.

So, obviously, Cruz has suffered as great of injustice as Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.

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As an elected official that has run multiple campaigns, Cruz should be aware of the rules related to campaign finances. It is a rule that has been on the books for over a decade. Regardless of that, it is a startling example of how far removed some politicians are to the true plights of people of color and minority communities.

Sen. Cruz comparing his inability to recoup an additional $10,00 from his campaign to the plight of Rosa Parks and the people fighting for civil rights is grotesque. The legal team representing Cruz in the lawsuit claim that by not allowing Cruz to break the rule while knowing the rule is akin to infringing on his First Amendment rights. Let’s be clear, it is not.

The comparison between Cruz and Parks is deplorable but people are no longer surprised at how low Cruz can go.

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Cruz is someone who has made a career out of shocking Americans with his words. However, this comment by his legal team over $10,000 he spent on a campaign is the lowest of the low. The Civil Rights movement is still trying to make strides to protect and preserve Black rights and lives. Trivializing the movement over a campaign finance dispute is unAmerican and demeaning to an entire population.

People are comparing Cruz’s ridiculous comment to the ridiculousness of tv show characters.

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Cruz’s legal team is fighting the FEC for the money after the FEC claimed that Cruz was indeed injured by Section 304. However, the injury sustained by the rule, the FEC argues, was “self-inflicted” since he made a loan higher than the allowed pay out the day before the election. Had Cruz loaned $250,000 to his campaign, he wouldn’t have to claim to be a civil rights martyr for campaign finance.

The shocking comparison comes at a time when Cruz has voiced anger at Trump’s detention centers being referred to as concentration camps.

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We can only hope that Cruz will realize the gross injustice in the words written by his legal team. An apology for the comparison would be the most respectable move in this series of events, however, it will likely never happen.

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The Significance Behind Today’s Google Doodle of Puerto Rican Activist Felicitas Mendez

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The Significance Behind Today’s Google Doodle of Puerto Rican Activist Felicitas Mendez

Today’s Google Doodle is an eye catching image: an illustration of a smiling brown-skinned woman. She watches children of all colors go into a sun-drenched school, palm trees lining the walkways. A man in a suit escorts two of the brown-skinned children into the building.

The Doodle is of Puerto Rican activist Felicitas Mendez, a woman instrumental in the fight against school segregation between whites and Latinos in the 1940s.

Born in the town of Juncos in Puerto Rico, Mendez moved to the mainland United States when she was 10-years-old. It was here that she experienced her first taste of American racism and inequality.

Because of their mixed-race Puerto Rican heritage, Mendez (née Gómez) and her family were racialized as “Black” by white Americans, and therefore subject to anti-Black discrimination. But when her and her family moved to Southern California to work the fields, she was racialized as “Mexican” and discriminated against by anti-Hispanic racists.

Felicitas Mendez and her husband, Gonzalo Mendez, were the key figures behind the landmark anti-segregation case, Mendez vs. Westminster.

Mendez vs. Westminster was a California civil rights desegregation case which successfully ended the segregation between Latino and white students in the state of California.

As the story goes, the Mendez family moved from the integrated town of Santa Ana, California to Westminster, California, where they were shocked to discover the students were divided into “white” and “Mexican” schools. Since the doctrine of “separate but equal” schooling was a myth, Mexican schools received far less government funding and gave inferior education.

The school for Mexican students was so bad, that Mendez’s daughter Sylvia (an activist in her own right) later described it as a pair of wooden shacks on a dirt lot, surrounded by an electric fence.

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Instead of going along with Westminster school district’s policy of segregation, Felicitas Mendez and her husband decided instead to challenge their policy.

In 1945, on behalf of roughly 5,000 Hispanic-American school-aged students, Mendez and her husband filed a lawsuit against Westminster School District of Orange County. And they ended up winning.

The Westminster school-board appealed, but to no avail. In 1947, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s ruling in favor of the Mendezes.

This lawsuit, Mendez v. Westminster, would eventually become the spark that ignited the larger fight against school segregation throughout the nation. Shortly after the win, then-California Governor Earl Warren ordered all California public schools other public spaces to desegregate as well.

Mendez’s experience as being labeled as both Black and Mexican at various points in her life made her an active anti-racist, sensitive to the plight of people and children of all colors.

“We had to do it. Our children, all of our children, brown, black,
and white, must have the opportunity to be whatever they want to be, and education gives them that opportunity,” she said in a 1998 interview.

As today’s Google Doodle illustrator Emily Barrera says: “When I see Felicitas, I see a strong woman, a fighter, a mother, a pioneer in the Civil Rights movement, fighting for the same rights as her own family and heritage.” And that is what she was. A brave activist, yes. A fighter, yes. But above all, a loving mother who wanted a better future for her children.

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Republican Radio Personality Fired For Telling People To ‘Speak English’

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Republican Radio Personality Fired For Telling People To ‘Speak English’

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Dianna Ploss is a New Hampshire Republican who is ready and willing to defend President Donald Trump at every turn. His presidency apparently emboldened her to try to police what language people speak in the U.S. and it cost her her job.

Dianna Ploss was on her way to her radio hosting job when she confronted Spanish-speaking workers.

On her way to the studio, Ploss comes across a group of construction workers and proceeds to start a Facebook Live video. In the video, Ploss can be heard yelling at the workers to speak English since they are in America. Though, you probably already guessed that. Ploss claims that the situation shows Communism happening in the U.S. simply because the workers were speaking Spanish.

During the video, a man comes from across the street to defend the working men from the woman’s verbal assault. When confronted, Ploss started to ask if they were speaking Spanish because they are “illegal aliens.” She then goes on to ask why he is wearing a mask and implying that COVID-19 is not a real thing.

Ploss ends the video by making it about race. She states, “He’s a Black man and he’s going to protect the brown man from this white woman who is practicing white privilege because she happened to walk by and heard this guy talking to all of these guys doing this work in Spanish.”

The offensive tirade got her fired from her radio hosting job.

A statement on the WSMN1590 website announced her termination.

“Dianna Ploss is no longer associated or affiliated in any way with WSMN or Bartis-Russell Broadcasting, LLC. We at WSMN value freedom of speech,  freedom of expression and assembly,” reads the statement. “We will not tolerate discrimination,  racism or hatred. We continue to present and offer on air opportunities for discussion, education and the exchange of opinions and ideas.”

Ploss had deleted the video of the confrontation but has continued to make videos to amplify her beliefs.

During this rant, Ploss doubles down on her hatred of all things that have a non-English option. She is very upset that she has to press one to hear English instructions. Don’t even get her started on the inconvenience of calling customer service for help.

Some people on social media who are familiar with Ploss are happy the radio station took action against her.

Ploss remains undeterred and has started to create talk show videos pertaining to her views for her audience on social media.

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