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National Co-Chair Of The Women’s March, Carmen Perez, Responds To Trump’s Comments On Charlottesville

President Donald Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville left Americans very discontent, including Carmen Perez, one of the national co-chairs of the Women’s March. She sat down with mitú to share her thoughts on his response.

Carmen Perez has been advocating for human and civil rights for 20 years and she’s not slowing down anytime soon.

We ain't gonna stop, til our people are free. #DayWithoutAWoman

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Perez is one of the national co-chairs for the Women’s March and has been fighting for incarceration rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, and the list goes on and on.

Perez says communities of color aren’t in much of a shock to see the violence that has come with white nationalism as seen recently in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“It’s not necessarily a shock to many of our communities, as communities of color. I will say that it is a shock to America because they are now using our tactics,” Perez says. “They’re saying our chants. They’re studying our ideologies so they can actually come after us. It’s important that we come together to end all the pettiness. They want a racial cleansing and they’ve called for a racial cleansing here in America, in South Africa, and Europe.”

After President Trump responded to the violence in Charlottesville by blaming both sides, Perez was left with one question for him.

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“I’m extremely angry at the fact that we are allowing our president, number 45, to make statements about our groups which are grounded in non-violence,” Perez says. “We have never gone out there to be violent. That is not our intention.”

She added: “Where is your compassion for the protesters that were killed?”

Perez strongly believes that President Trump’s presidential campaign was the groundwork for the uprise of violence in this country.

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Perez points back to Trump’s rhetoric of “when you were talking about Mexicans being rapists, when you were talking about Muslims and you were talking about black people being thugs” as being the rhetoric that emboldened the perpetrators of the recent violence.

And the bullying Perez says Trump has been participating in has only further emboldened the alt-right.

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“I’m going to have to tell you that I blame you and I expect more from you,” Perez says to Trump. Perez clarified that she doesn’t think Trump naturally has the compassion needed in his heart. Instead, she says that her belief that people can be good compels her to ask the president, who is supposed to represent all Americans, to do what is right and stand for the majority of Americans against this ideology.

Because of the bullying and attacks, Perez is calling on everyone to come together to fight together.

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“We have to come together in solidarity,” Perez says. “It has to be Latinxs, African-Americans, Muslims, indigenous folks, API [Asian-Pacific Islander] folks; we all need to come together during this time because they want us out and that’s not going to happen.”

As for why she thinks the violence happened in Charlottesville, she doesn’t think it was because of the protesters who were harmed.

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“You continue to do that and we’re not going to allow it,” Perez says. “We’re going to continue to come after you.”


READ: Here’s How Three Women, Including A Mexican-American, Came Together To Organize One Of The Biggest Marches Of Our Time

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

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When This Man At Walmart Told A Latina To Leave The US, She Told Him “This Is My Country, Too”

Another day, another Latina’s shopping experience ending in Donald Trump-inspired xenophobia.

On Friday, while Dulce Nereyda, her daughter and mother were looking for baby shower gifts at an Arizona Walmart, they were interrupted by a bearded white man who didn’t like that she and her mom were speaking to each other in Spanish.

The Mexican-American woman, who didn’t get the entire encounter on camera, shared what she was able to record from the frightening verbal assault on Facebook.

“This ⬇️ man starts yelling, ‘I can’t wait until Trump does away with you all!’ I was like, ‘Excuse me.’ He yelled ‘Leave, just leave. YOU DON’T BELONG HERE!’ All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom,” she wrote of the unnamed man.

Dulce was stunned by the sudden display of racism and was unsure what to do. After seeing her daughter’s face, she felt like she couldn’t remain quiet, pulling out her phone to record the man harassing her and reminding him that she, too, belonged in the country.

So it really F*** happened ????????!!! As my Beautiful mommi, JORDAN, and I are shopping for Beto Ramos baby shower tomorrow at Walmart on Huntington. This ⬇️ man starts yelling " I can't wait until Trump does away with you all!" I was like excuse me. He yelled "Leave just leave YOU DON'T BELONG HERE!" All because I was speaking Spanish to my mom. I was so caught off guard that I didn't even know what to do. I always thought what would I ever do if that happened to me or my mom and it did. I felt scared at first and then I saw the look on my baby girls face ????????????. So if you know me I couldn't just leave it like that. I WANT TO EXPOSE THIS MAN FOR THE RACIST HE IS! And I assured my little Queen that this is her home and WE DO BELONG HERE????????????????!!!

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“So do you want to tell me to get out again? Because this is my country, too,” she said as the camera faced the man.

While the man initially ignored her, it didn’t take long for him to continue with his bigoted, pro-Trump rant, saying, “I wish you guys would leave, and I can’t wait till we build the wall.”  

Making no indication that she had any intentions on leaving her country, Dulce once more asserted that she is American and that English is not the official language of the United States.

She says she posted the encounter on Facebook to both expose the man for the “racist he is” and also send an important message to her daughter.

“I assured my little queen that this is her home and we do belong,” she said.

Read: Study: While Whites Are Responsible For Most Air Pollution, Latinxs And Blacks Are The Most Negatively Impacted

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Latina Faces Deportation After Confronting A Man Wearing A “Make America Great Again” Hat At A Mexican Restaurant

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Latina Faces Deportation After Confronting A Man Wearing A “Make America Great Again” Hat At A Mexican Restaurant

Anything can trigger a person. It could either be something very subtle or very direct. People have no idea what will set someone off, and in our tense political times, confrontation can be inevitable. Whether a person goes off on someone because of the color of their skin, their hair, the language that they’re speaking, or by something that they’re wearing, people should always remain cautious. More importantly, if you see something offensive, you may want just to walk away. That is undoubtedly the unfortunate situation for a Latina living in Massachusetts.

A 41-year-old woman, who is from Brazil, confronted a white man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat at a Mexican restaurant.

It appears from the man’s recording that the woman walked behind him and took off his hat. For a brief time, it seemed as if the two were almost playing around. They both appear to be laughing.

Police arrested the woman because she got physical by grabbing his hat.

The woman was charged with alleged assault. Once officers checked her status and saw she was from Brazil and in the U.S. without documentation, they put her in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody.

“Santos is currently facing local charges for assault and other offenses. She is presently in ICE custody and has been entered into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts,” John Mohan, a public affairs officer for ICE’s Boston office, said in a statement to NBC News.

The woman is now facing deportation.

“It’s just a hat at the end of the day,” Bryton Turner, the man in the video, told CBS News. “I don’t really understand why people can’t just express themselves anymore, everybody has to get mad.”

He also added: “I don’t ever want to assume people are illegal because I don’t think that’s fair to a lot of good citizens. It’s good that they got her.”

Santos has since been released but her deportation will be decided on in court at a later date.

READ: This Latino Captured Racist Assault Of Subway Rider On Video, Then Detained Her Until Police Showed Up

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