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The Women’s March Inspired This Latina Comedy Producer To Organize Her Own March In NYC

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Ana Breton, a digital producer on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” has gathered an army of volunteers to put together “La Marcha De Mayo,” a massive protest march happening in NYC this upcoming May. The march’s goal, per Ana, is to bring awareness and visibility to Latinos and immigrants in this ever-charged political climate.

La Marcha De Mayo is a protest March happening on May 6th in New York City.

It follows the same route as the Women’s March, which drew enormous crowds and inspired Ana Breton to look for a similar march or protest that was specifically designed for Latino and immigrant issues. When she couldn’t find any, she decided to make her own.

I called Breton recently to discuss how it all came together and what inspired her to start this march that is expecting several thousand people to attend.

Tell me about the Marcha De Mayo, what’s it about? How did it start?

“I had just come back from the women’s march and had a great experience. I had been really angry about the immigration issues and what Trump was saying. A few days after the inauguration, Trump admitted his deportation and immigration policies were pretty solid. I was looking to start a march or protest that was specifically for Latinos and Immigrants and within three days, 10,000 people were interested just from a FB event post. Specifically Latinos in NYC, who wanted to express the same concerns.”

How are you managing it all?

“Lots of people have asked to volunteer. Thirty in total are planning the march. They are students, people with families, mostly Latinos and immigrants as well, all volunteers. We meet every weekend and talk about the march and what’s happening in the media. This all started as like a grass roots and volunteer movement, but unofficially — grass roots without the grass. Haha.”

The planning committee for La Marcha De Mayo are all volunteers.

Team Marcha De Mayo

These are just some of the folks who are helping plan the massive march.


What would you want people know about you?

“Even as the lead organizer, the march is not about me, it’s about Latinos, immigrants and the people coming to support them.”

Okay, but tell me about you anyway. Haha.

“Haha, okay. I was born in Mexico City, lived there until I was nine. My parents were sick of getting robbed and having their home broken into, so we moved to the U.S. because everyone told them it was safe. I grew in up in Utah but moved to NYC about three years ago to pursue film, tv and comedy.”

Breton says her work on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” has sharpened her politically conscious mind.


As a member of a very political show, working there has made her hyper-aware of what is going on in politics. She’s had to learn every politician’s name and their political positions on every issue, which brought her to get way more involved. Out of that conviction arose “La Marcha De Mayo.”

Do folks at the show know what you’re doing?

“I’ve basically invited everyone from the show, but there’s no way to know if Samantha Bee will come. She did come with us all on a big bus to the Women’s March in DC and we didn’t have to work or shoot anything for the show. It was ultimately so that everyone coming could actually participate in the march and really be there. To really support women.”


What’s it like to put together a march of this size?

“It’s definitely become a part time job. It’s been wonderful to meet people. There are so many organizations that are designed to help Latinos in NYC that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Mixteca has become our main sponsor. They help Latino families who need help with legal issues, work issues and anything else. Meeting them has been awesome. Loud is another organization, they’re a preventative healthcare organization for Latinos. They reached out and wanted to help. It’s been great to highlight all these groups and help them and have them get involved.

I’m also very tired. Writing emails is my new hobby. Ha.”

What do you hope to accomplish with the march?

“One of the main things I really want to accomplish is to bring visibility. This march is really about visibility. I want Latinos and immigrants to show up and say “we’re here, we’re not going anywhere.” To visually represent who we are. We’ve talked about undocumented people who can’t be there. We have said to undocumented people who are worried, “If you don’t feel safe, you don’t have to be there, but we will find a way to make you visible.” With the ICE raids, we want people to be safe, but to know most importantly “we’re here, we’re not going anywhere.”

Is there anything else you’d like to include or throw out there?

The website is www.LaMarchaDeMayo.com, all information, how to sign up, how to get involved, it’s all there. Everyone at mitú is invited, of course.


Breton and her volunteer committee are hosting a fundraiser to help support the march’s efforts. You can find information on that here.


READ: Some Immigrants Are Removing Their Tattoos To Avoid Being Profiled By ICE


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A Group Of Angry Tias And Abuelas Is Doing What The Government Cannot: Helping Undocumented People

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A Group Of Angry Tias And Abuelas Is Doing What The Government Cannot: Helping Undocumented People

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All over the country groups and nonprofits are taking it upon themselves to deal with the immigration crisis in a humane way. They are doing what the government cannot: provide help to thousands of undocumented migrants looking for refuge. However, helping people isn’t as easy as one may think. Dr. Scott Warren was just on trial this week for giving undocumented migrants water and food. Thankfully the trial ended in a hung jury, but that goes to show that in this country, people do risk prosecution for giving people the dignity they deserve. That is why the story of these women warms our heart.

A group of women received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for their advocacy of undocumented people.

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The women, who call their organization the Angry Tias and Abuelas, got honored last week for helping undocumented people transition from the moment that government officials release them from detention.

Here’s their mission: To advocate for dignity and justice for individuals and families seeking asylum at our borders. As they embark on their journeys to destinations across the U.S., our aim is to assure their basic health and safety needs are met. We provide emergency assistance such as food, water, clothing, toiletries, logistical support, and cash funds when needed to those recently released from ICE custody at bus depots or shelters in Brownsville and McAllen. We inform asylum seekers of their rights as they await entry across international bridges and give direct financial support to refugee shelters in the RGV and select immigrant shelters in Matamoros and Reynosa.

While the group said the award means everything to them, they are more frustrated with how the government is treating people at the border.

“Yes, we are mad,” she told NBC News. “We’re mad at the brutality of the United States government against the same people who are the same background as our own. These are families seeking safety from repression exactly like our own forefathers.”

The group launched just last year after seeing groups of women and children sleeping outside in torturous heat.

“It was quite a shocking scene,” Joyce Hamilton told CBS News about their first encounter with undocumented people. She said that her friends gathered to do something about it and help any way they could.

“We started talking to each other and meeting, and then enough of us were seeing each other enough times that some of us met for coffee at my house just to talk about coordinating a little bit and we formed the Angry Tias, thinking it would last for a few months,” Jennifer Harbury also said to CBS News. But the issue has not been resolved, and so they’ve continued to work.

Click here if you’d like more information on how you can help the Angry Tias and Abuelas group.

READ: Trial Begins For Scott Warren, The Volunteer Arrested For Giving Undocumented People Water, Saving Lives

Trump Terrifies Immigrant Community As He Demands To Keep Secret Why He Wants A Citizenship Question On The 2020 Census

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Trump Terrifies Immigrant Community As He Demands To Keep Secret Why He Wants A Citizenship Question On The 2020 Census

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For the second time in his presidency, Trump has used executive privilege to shield his administration from congressional oversight.

And this time, the implications could be huge for already underrepresented communities – specifically the Latino community.

In a brazen move, Trump has taken an extraordinary step to reject Congressional subpoenas regarding his administration’s controversial addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

On Wednesday, Trump announced he’d be blocking Democrats from getting the documents the needed.

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In asserting executive privilege, the president is shielding documents related to a controversial decision by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The issue is currently before the Supreme Court.

Democrats, civil rights groups, and other opponents argue that including the question would scare off noncitizens and immigrant communities from completing the form and was intended to suppress their representation in Congress and in the federal budget-making process.

The administration contends it would help the Justice Department enforce voting rights, and that there is value in knowing the size of the population of US citizens.

House Democrats were investigating the origins of the citizenship question.

The committee launched an investigation earlier this year into the origins of the citizenship question, with Democrats claiming that it was added to the census in order to boost Republicans in future elections.

Last month, leaked emails from a deceased Republican operative showed evidence of a masterplan to use the 2020 Census to undermine the Democratic vote.

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Democrats have accused Republicans of lying about how the citizenship question was added to the census. In particular, after new evidence emerged recently that highlighted the role of a now-deceased Republican gerrymandering expert who argued that adding such a question to the census would cause congressional districts to be redrawn in ways that help Republicans.

“I want to know why this question was magically added after we have seen that a political operative knew and detailed an intent to intimidate racial and immigrant communities for a partisan purpose,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

And according to reports from the Washington Post, it was Attorney General Barr – who was facing potential contempt charges – who asked Trump to declare executive privilege.

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The notice of Trump’s assertion of executive privilege came just as the House Oversight Committee prepared to vote Wednesday on a resolution to hold the Commerce Secretary and Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt for failing to comply with its subpoenas.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is set to rule by the end of the month whether to allow the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

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The Constitution requires a count every 10 years but doesn’t specify that it includes only citizens; the main census survey last asked about citizenship in 1950.

All of this dramatic news provoked intense reactions across Twitter.

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One Twitter user pointed out what many are already thinking – that Trump is trying to hide his administration’s real motives behind the census questions: racism.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) added her two cents, saying that every person in the US deserves to be counted.

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And that the president’s use of executive privilege is an obvious abuse of power meant to shield his administration from legal oversight of its potentially illegal actions.

And this Supreme Court lawyer laid out his worries about the power-hungry president.

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Many of us already feared that a President Trump would do all he could do to protect himself from any kind of oversight or legal challenge. And now we have just another case of obvious proof.

While a former federal prosecutor laid out Trump’s very clear motives.

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The threat to the Latino community – and immigrant communities of all backgrounds – is existential if the 2020 Census citizenship question is included. It would decimate our already low representation at the federal level and would limit access to much-needed services.

But aside from it’s dangerous and immediate impacts, the 2020 Census will allow lawmakers to remake voting districts in their favor – to perpetuate an already broken system but even more in their favor.

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