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From Showing Up To The Voting Polls To Raising ‘One Day At A Time’ From The Dead, These Are All Of The Times Latinos Contributed To 2019

Yes, 2019 proved to be another year in which Latinos and other minorities endured attacks from conservatives and racists incessantly. Still, like a phoenix, and as we do time and time again our community rose from the ash of fear and hate and spread love.

Here are all of the times Latinos rallied to help and push each other to the top in 2019.

When Latinos rallied to @SaveODAAT

Earlier this year, when news that Netflix had canceled the critically acclaimed show “One Day at a Time” hit Twitter, many were feared the entire site would be burned down. News that the beloved comedy-drama, which followed the life of a Cuban American family, had officially been canceled spurned various criticisms of Netflix and backlash from the show’s fanbase. Netflix users decried the decision accusing the site of giving POC viewers low priority and nearly no visibility through its shows. Some canceled their Netflix accounts altogether and even started hashtags to do the same. To say the least, fans were devastated.  

So when the TV channel PopTV announced that fans had convinced them enough to save the series and buy it for their own, Latino viewers were beyond elated. By October it became officially official that the Alvarez family is truly returning when images  shared straight from the “One Day At A Time’s” writer’s room were posted on Instagram

When black women delivered votes for Democrats during last year’s midterm elections.

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In 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 55% of Black women voters cast ballots in November 2018. That was a full six percentage points above the national turnout. Speaking to Fortune magazine this year about the 2020 Presidential election, Aimee Alisson the founder and president of She the People, a group that works to ensure Black women are included in the national political conversation said: “If you want to know what the possibilities for this country are beyond Trump, then listen to black women, who are extraordinarily engaged, who are following politics, who are the most likely to vote and bring our communities forward, and to support a broad-based justice agenda.”

The power of the Black female vote was further emphasized and even praised by The Daily Show host and comedian Trevor Noah. “You know who doesn’t mess around with their votes in America? Black women. They don’t. They do not. And I refuse to live in a world where I go, ‘Black women have been brainwashed.’ No, I don’t think black women in America have been—or can be—brainwashed. I think, if anything, black women in America have the least leeway when it comes to messing around with their vote,” said Noah during an episode of his show. “Black women in America are like, no, I know where my vote needs to go because I know how important this is to me, because, as a woman and as a black person combined, the impacts of my vote are exponentially felt. I have a higher rate of mortality when I’m giving birth, I have a higher chance of not getting a loan, I have a higher chance of not getting a job, I will get exponentially less for doing the same job as somebody else. As a black woman, I cannot afford to mess around with this vote. That, to me, is not a brainwashed person. That’s not a victim.”

When the internet rallied behind a Latina who was targed by a racist professor


Tiffany Martínez, a student at Suffolk University in Boston, was shocked to have one of her papers returned with a note from the professor accusing her of plagiarism. Why? Because a Latina couldn’t possibly know such lofty words, duh! Martinez wrote up an emotional blog post about the treatment Martínez faced from her professor. On Oct. 27, one professor tried to tell her that she was not the educated person she truly is.

“At eight o’clock this morning, I felt both disrespected and invalidated. For years I have spent ample time dissecting the internalized racism that causes me to doubt myself, my abilities, and my aspirations,” Martínez wrote in a blog post. “As a student in an institution extremely populated with high-income white counterparts, I have felt the bitter taste of not belonging. On the top of the page they wrote in blue ink: ‘Please go back and indicate where you cut and paste.’ The period was included,” Martínez wrote. “They assumed that the work I turned in was not my own. My professor did not ask me if it was my language, instead, they immediately blamed me in front of peers.”

A large part of the professor’s argument hung on one word, ‘hence,’ according to Martínez’s post. Martínez then recalled how her professor challenged not just her paper, but her own intelligence. “It is worth repeating how my professor assumed I could not use the word ‘hence,’ a simple transitory word that connected two relating statements. The professor assumed I could not produce quality research,” Martínez argues.
But, instead of letting this experience distract her from her important work in academia, Martínez is used it as a rallying call.

When the internet rallied behind a group of Latinos verbally assaulted by a Florida politician.

Late last month, a teenage Puerto Rican tennis player was accosted by local politician Martin Hyde at a tennis club in Sarasota, Florida. The tennis player captured the incident on video, which was later posted to social media by Puerto Rican attorney Alvin Couto de Jesus, who had originally gotten the video from the athlete’s uncle, Javier Irizarry.

In the video, Hyde is seated, speaking tersely with the athlete and his peers, before following them as they begin to leave the premises. According to Irizarry, his 15-year-old nephew was invited to play in the Casely International Tennis Championship, which was hosted last week by Bath & Racquet Club at the Celsius Tennis Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The athlete was practicing for the tournament when, allegedly, Hyde approached him and his friends in an aggressive manner, instructing them to “cut grass” and “get out.” The video’s audio begins with Hyde telling one of the players to “keep [your] mouth shut.” The tennis player and his peers rebuke Hyde’s confrontation, calling him out for making racist comments and demanding that they leave. Latino Rebels reported the story and shared the video sooon after the internet and soon enough the video had circulated widely on social media. As a result, Sarasota’s Bath & Racquet Club banned Hyde from its premises.

When Latino readers read Elizabeth Acevedo to prominence.


The Afro-Dominican author and poet Elizabeth Acevedo has gotten a lot of well-deserved praise for the incredible writings she has contributed to the literary world. Back in June of 2019, Acevedo’s “Poet X” won the prestigious Carnegie Medal — making her the first writer of color to ever receive the honor. The writer also released her second book, “With The Fire On High,” to esteemed reviews back in May of the same year.  This year, her book, “With The Fire On High,” was picked up by a production company with plans to develop it into a movie. 

When pro-immigrant activists interrupted Trump at his Cincinnati rally.

Trump’s re-election campaign and his giant rallies a cross the country have basically become synonymous with rowdy crowds and often times racist rhetoric. His August rally in Cincinnati wasn’t any different, except this time the event was interrupted by pro-immigrant activists who wanted to make sure their voices – and the voices of immigrants across this country – were heard. A group of pro-immigrant activists interrupted Trump’s rambling speech with chants of “Chinga La Migra” and “Immigrants built America.” Trump paused his rally for nearly three minutes after protesters interrupted his remarks Wednesday evening in Cincinnati. The protesters held signs that said “Immigrants Built America” and “Chinga La Migra” — Spanish for “f*** border patrol.” The protest broke out when Trump began talking about immigration and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
One of the president’s supporters took the “Immigrants Built America” banner out of the protester’s hand and threw it in the crowd. The protester then held up the second sign, which the same supporter tried to rip from the protester’s hand. The action resulted in a small scuffle before the protesters were escorted out. These are the roughly four minutes when pro-immigrant activists made sure their voices were heard at last night’s rally.

The protests interrupted Trump when he began talking about “illegal aliens” and how Democrats want to welcome them with open boarders.

“Democrat lawmakers care more about illegal aliens than they care about their own constituents,” Trump told the audience, prompting applause. “They put foreign citizens before American citizens. We’re not going to do that.” And this was Trump’s less than thought out response to a situation that obviously made him uncomfortable. “Cincinnati, do you have a Democrat mayor?” Trump asked sarcastically during the long pause in his stump speech. Many across social media pointed out the President’s incorrect grammar – it’s not “Democrat Mayor” it’s “Democratic Mayor, Mr. President.

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