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Thousands Of People Marched For A $15 Minimum Wage Today

May 1st has been celebrated as International Worker’s Day, or “May Day”, since the Roman Empire era. Today, thousands of people gathered in Los Angeles for a May Day that rallied against Trump’s immigration policies and a urged for a $15 minimum living wage.

Here’s how LA does it:

1. Yesterday, CHIRLA dropped a banner over a freeway.

CREDIT: @CHIRLA / Twitter

Caption: “Happening NOW: Banner Drop over the 101 freeway overpass. If you see us HONK!

Join us tomorrow for the “Together We #FightBack” May 1st March

#DefendCA #FightBackLA”

2. Today, we marched.

CREDIT: @LALabor / Twitter

Thousands of people and 50 unions and organizations came together today to march from Pershing Square to raise protections for some of the lowest paid workers in America: immigrants.

3. And voted for churros every single time.

CREDIT: @lizfromsela / Twitter

Caption: “How you know #MayDay is going to be ?. #FightBackLA”

Plus, Trump tweeted yesterday, “During Small Business Week, we celebrate the great, hard-working entrepreneurs across our country who have started and operate a small business!” That’s this guy!

4. We used our Facebook filters.

CREDIT: @cid__5 / Twitter

Y’know, if you still trust Facebook.

Caption: “One of my favorite days of the year! #FightBackLA for our families, for our workers, for our immigrant communities!”

5. We ramped up our annual poster-making parties.

CREDIT: @CitlalliChavez4 / Twitter

The butterfly is a symbol for immigration reform, since butterflies have vast migration patterns and are still a revered insect. So, too, should all humans be acknowledged and treated with dignity and equal rights.

6. And then we marched.

CREDIT: @UCLALabor / Twitter

Thankfully, there were no MAGA counter protesters this year, unlike the 2017 LA May Day. Although, there were spottings in Seattle of counter-protesters dressed in MAGA uniforms. The Handmaid’s Tale in me is shaking.

7. Look at all these butterflies!

CREDIT: @PublicCounsel / Twitter

Caption: “We’re ready to go for #MayDay! We’re marching to stand in solidarity with the immigrant community and our clients. #FightBackLA #HereToStay #DefendDACA”

Here’s who else showed up…

8. CARECEN offers legal services to Central American immigrants.

CREDIT: @Carecen_LA / Twitter

Caption: “We’re ready to march for our rights! #DefendCA#FightBackLA#HearToStay#MayDay”

9. The organization created a giant Refugio el Torogoz bird to march.

CREDIT: @Carecen_LA / Twitter

Caption: “For weeks and weeks our staff has put in endless hours to bring this beauty to life, meet “Refugio el Torogoz” the national bird of El Salvador & Nicaragua. #MayDay #FightBackLA ”

10. This woman brought bottled water for the marchers!

CREDIT: @haleyp / Twitter

Caption: “Take care of each other. #fightbackLA”

My heart is bursting. Turns out, there are lots of ways to give back to your community and I hope a Costco is in yours.

11. Then, she marched with CHIRLA.

CREDIT: @haleyp / Twitter

CHIRLA is the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. ✊

Caption: “when immigrant rights are under attack, what do we do? STAND UP”

12. The Sanitation Workers’ Union marched proud…

CREDIT: @DontWasteLA / Twitter

Caption: “Sanitation workers rights are all workers rights!#greenjobs #zerowaste #fightbackLA #mayday2018″

13. Alongside Nurses United…

CREDIT: @LALabor / Twitter

Because healthcare is a significant issue for undocumented immigrants, many of whom can’t access basic health care like going to the dentist, or the emergency room for a broken bone. This is NOT OK.

14. The Teamsters…

CREDIT: @LALabor / Twitter

…which include pretty much every occupation imaginable, both in public and private sectors to fight for a higher standard of living for all.

15. And McStrikers.

CREDIT: @Fightfor15LA / Twitter

A few workers in the U.K. participated in a McDonald’s walk out after receiving zero hours contracts, unequal pay for younger workers and no union recognition.

Caption: “Solidarity to U.K. McDonald’s workers ON STRIKE!

#McStrike #FightBackLA #DefendCA #FightFor15”

16. Technology has spread the message wider than ever.

CREDIT: @LALabor / Twitter

The May Day Coalition projected this image onto the Metropolitan Detention Center, whose prisoners can see people marching not just on May Day, but for every other movement.

17. Plus, it was raining. In L.A.

CREDIT: @LALabor / Twitter

Did I mention that it was raining in LA today? These Angelinos will not back down from what’s right.

18. “I do it for my daughter’s daughter’s daughter.”

CREDIT: @LAANE / Twitter

There are many reasons to march today. For immigrants, for labor rights, but ultimately, this is for humanity and dignity.

Caption: “Rain or shine, LAANErs stand up for workers! #FightBackLA #DefendCA”

19. Los Angeles marched while smiling.

CREDIT: @aqui_versoza / Twitter

Because, no matter what the trolls say, marching gets shit done. You’re with your people, who bolster your own activism in your personal life, and it makes people pay attention to the issues. I mean, look at you, caring about workers’ rights.

Caption: “We March! We Vote! We Organize! @pwcscorg @domesticworkers #FightBackLA”

20. Rep. Barragan came to march in solidarity with immigrants.

CREDIT: @RepBarragan / Twitter

Caption: “Standing with thousands of workers and immigrants on this #MayDay to fight for better working conditions and livable wages. #FightBackLA #HereToStay #DefendCA”

21. Even though it was gloomy, the turnout was a huge success.

CREDIT: @CAIRLA / Twitter

Caption: “An estimated 2,000 people are in L.A. for the May Day Coalition of L.A.’s March & Rally seeking protection for workers, taking a stand against the anti-immigration agenda & encouraging civic engagement through voting. @CAIRLA is a partner in the event.

#FightBackLA”

22. Some businesses even had signs ready outside their establishment.

CREDIT: @SCOPE_LA / Twitter

Don’t ask me which business that is though. Nobody can tell.

23. At the end of the day, LA’s march was a bilingual march of solidarity.

CREDIT: @UCLALabor / Twitter

Try going to any LA march and not chant, “El pueblo unido, jamas sera vencido”. #NoBordersNoWall

Caption: “activities are now underway! Poster-making session to kick off the day. #fightbackla”

24. Here’s how to help on May 2nd and onward.

CREDIT: @vidcrane / Twitter

Keep supporting street vendors, fair trade labels, and legislators who care about immigration reform. Yes, we just told you to go forth and buy churros (and tip generously).

Caption: “More #StreetVendors rally @Mayday2018 in #LosAngelesCA  #fightbackla”

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

READ: Politicians Need To Stop Assuming That The Latino Vote Is A Monolith Because It Is Not The Truth

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos For Trump Posted A Collage Of Flag For Hispanic Heritage Month And Got Some Wrong

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Latinos for Trump has long been a confusing organization in the Latino community. President Donald Trump has built his administration and brand to be squarely against people of color. Now, the Latinos for Trump group caused a stir when they posted a collage of flags that are not quite right.

Latinos for Trump really thought they had something when they posted their Hispanic Heritage Month collage.

The first, and most obvious mistake, is that the Mexican flag is backwards. The flag is supposed to be green, white, and red in that order. As we can all see, the collage has a Mexican flag that is red, white, and green. The eagle is even facing the wrong way so someone literally flipped the flag the wrong way.

Of course, some people tried to make sense of the bizarre Mexican flag snafu.

Last year, the Trump administration announced that it was cutting aid to three countries in Central America. The countries were El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Fox & Friends picked up the story but told their audience that Trump was cutting aid to “3 Mexican countries.” Perhaps this Twitter user is right and the Latinos for Trump are trying to suggest the existence of other Mexicos.

Someone else pointed out the issues with the Guatemalan flag in the top right corner.

People are very defensive about their cultural heritage and national origin. Messing up someone’s flag is a very serious issue for people. Just ask a Cuban or Puerto Rican about people confusing their flags. It is never a good thing.

Some people fixed the image for them so the organization can see what it should have looked like.

Good, clean lines with all of the flags facing the right way. The creator even changed the message in the middle for the Latino community. It is clear that social media is still willing to show up and teach a couple of lessons here and there.

Others had a more direct message for Latinos for Trump.

We all know that social media is where things go to be manipulated and made fun of. It is very important that if you make something for social media that you take good care to make sure that you check all of the right boxes and execute your work right the first time.

READ: In A Seriously Awkward Announcement, Vice President Pence Went To Florida To Launch A ‘Latinos For Trump’ Coalition

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