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Apparently A White Republican Male Senator Is Laying Out The Law On What Qualifies As Latino And Says Emma Gonzalez Doesn’t Count

Over the weekend, Emma González led a march on Washington, D.C. that protested gun violence. For six minutes and 20 seconds, the amount of time it took a shooter to kill 17 people at her school, the 18-year-old daughter of a Cuban immigrant silently stood before a crowd and honored her fellow students and teachers. Tears streamed down the high school senior’s face as she led a crowd of over five hundred thousand in a silent reflection of the senseless deaths that have come at the hands of our country’s loose gun laws.

But, Republican Senator Steve King of Iowa doesn’t want to talk about all that. He wants to talk outfits. And a culture he has no knowledge of.

A day after the march, the representative from Iowa really wanted to just talk about González’s outfit.

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During the rally, González, whose activism in the weeks since the shooting has seen her compared to Jose Martí, wore a green jacket dotted with various buttons and a patch of the Cuban flag. In a meme posted to the senator’s official Facebook page, King attacked González’s expression of Cuban pride along with her understanding of the Spanish language:

“This is how you look when claim Cuban heritage yet don’t speak Spanish and ignore the fact that your ancestors fled the island when the dictatorship turned Cuba into a prison camp, after removing all weapons from its citizens; hence their right to self defense,” says the meme which is paired with an image of González while she cries at the march.

The post was a pretty “bold” stance for King to take considering he’s not Latino. Oh yeah, and his penchant for actual tyrannical flags.

King’s FB post presents a two-part issue that is both infuriating and beyond hypocritical. The first comes with King’s suggestion that González does not get to claim her Cuban heritage because of her loose understanding of the Spanish Language. The declaration is an absurd one considering the many obstacles Latino Americans face in this country that ultimately hold them back from learning Spanish. For me, a Cuban-American whose mother fled with her parents from the island in the 1960s, my indistinct grasp of the language stems in large part from the fact that my family had to leave it’s Latino community behind in Cuba. There’s that and the fact that my core anchor to the language, my mother, worked endless hours outside of our home to make sure that she could give me and my siblings the education her parents had come to this country to ensure we achieved. My mother, like many Latino parents, didn’t have the time and resources to make sure that my siblings and I could fully understand this part of our heritage. What’s more, some of us are just downright discouraged from learning Spanish. And it makes sense considering the fact that we live in a country filled with conservatives like Senator King who lash out and attack us when we speak it.

King’s second offense is his suggestion that the Cuban flag, which was designed in 1849 long before Fidel Castro took power, serves as a representation of communism. In truth, we all know that King’s statement, similar to the ones made by the many conservative trolls who clutter social platforms, was merely an attempt to draw attention from a real issue: we need stricter gun laws. Still, his post highlights the Senator’s severe ignorance and lack of understanding of national flags and their purpose. Like the American one, the Cuban flag does not serve as a symbol of political ideology. (The Cuban communist party has its own flag for that.) 

As González has explained, her decision to wear the flag came from a desire to express pride in her heritage.

In a series of tweets GOP Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban American lawmaker, shared that González’s father underlined to her in a phone call that his daughter wore the flag only to express pride in her father and abuela’s heritage. It’s something Americans from different cultures and countries do on a daily basis.

In a far-fetched way, it makes sense for Senator King to make a big leap and decide that González’s flag could represent some type of ill will. In 2016 it was revealed that the Senator from Iowa kept a Confederate flag on his desk. This despite the fact that his home state supported the Union in the Civil War.

(So yeah, ahem, Senator. This is how you look when you claim American heritage but support a racist regime.)


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Cuban Doctors Arrive In Italy To Combat The Coronavirus– Demonstrate History Of Global Humanitarian Commitment

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Cuban Doctors Arrive In Italy To Combat The Coronavirus– Demonstrate History Of Global Humanitarian Commitment

Communist-run Cuba received a round of applause yesterday after it was shown that the country had dispatched a fleet of doctors and healthcare providers to Italy.

Since the 1959 revolution, the Caribbean country has sent Cuban medical personnel overseas to disaster sites around the world, particularly in poor countries.

Cuban medical internationalism is the Cuban program that has sent doctors to the most underserved corners of the world. Its broad sweep of mission program has seen the country attend to 37 countries in Latin American countries,33 African countries and 24 Asian countries. In the face of the 2010s Cholera outbreak in Haiti and West Africa, the Cuban doctors played a key part in the relief.

And while a — research study pointed out that the country has provided more medical personnel to the developing world than all the G8 countries combined, Cuba’s aid to Italy in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic is notably surprising. After all, this is the first time that Cuba has sent an emergency unit to Italy, one of the world’s richest countries and also the one worst affected by the disease. Cuba’s presence there demonstrates it’s import as a medical commodity.

On Monday, the Cuban doctors were seen arriving in Italy to assist in combatting Covid-19.

According to Reuters, this is the sixth medical group that Cuba has sent in recent days to fight the spread of the disease. Recently it sent contingents to doctors to its socialist allies Venezuela and Nicaragua. It also sent doctors to Jamaica, Suriname, and Grenada.

“We are all afraid but we have a revolutionary duty to fulfill, so we take out fear and put it to one side,” Dr. Leonardo Fernandez, an intensive care specialist from Cuba, told Reuters on Saturday. “He who says he is not afraid is a superhero, but we are not superheroes, we are revolutionary doctors.”

Cuba’s healthcare system was built with the help of its former Soviet Union ally but many of its advances have collapsed in the wake of the communist bloc’s fall.

In the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse, Cubans have bemoaned their lack of access to medicine, hospitals have become dilapidated.

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Remembering Latina Civil Rights Leaders On César Chávez Day

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Remembering Latina Civil Rights Leaders On César Chávez Day

American labor leader and civil rights activist César Chávezhas become a major historical icon for the Latino community. Streets, parks, and schools have been named after him, a film about his life garnered international acclaim and every year on March 31, millions across the country celebrate César Chávez Day.

While Chávez did so much to secure right for our community, it’s important to remember hat Latina activists also had a huge hand in changing the course of our history.

Here’s a look at seven of some of history’s most powerful Latina activists who led marches and fought for your civil rights.

Sylvia Mendez

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When it comes to the desegregation of schools in the country, American history often credits the case of Brown v. Board of Education for the changes. Barbara Rose Johns is also the one who is most typically considered to be the face of that movement after she led a 450-student walkout at a high school in Virginia in 1951. But history has largely written out the work of Sylvia Mendez an American civil rights activists of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent who played a key role in the integration movement back in 1946. Mendez v. Westminster was a case sparked by Mendez’s rejection from an all-white school in California back in 1943 when she was just eight years old. Mendez’s parents sued the school district and the landmark case which was ultimately settled in 1947 successfully desegregated public schools in California making it the first U.S. state to do so.

Dolores Huerta

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As a fierce civil rights activist and labor leader, Dolores Huerta became a tireless advocate of the United Farm Workers union. The American-born Latina of Mexican descent originally started out her career as an elementary school teacher. After seeing kids in her class come to school hungry and in need of new shoes, she decided she would help organize their parents. She started to fight for economic improvements for Latino farm workers and pressed local government organizations to improve barrio conditions. In 1962, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (now known as the United Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee) with César Chávez. Her non-violent strikes and protests led to her 22 arrests. In 1997 she was named one of the three most important women of the year in by Ms. magazine.

Carmen Perez

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In 2017, Perez helped lead the country in its largest protest in U.S. history as a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington. In her 20 year career as an activist, Perez has dedicated her advocacy to some of today’s most important civil rights issues including violence against women, mass incarceration, gender inequality and community policing. Before the Women’s March she helped launch a 9-day 250-mile march from New York City to Washington, DC called March2Justice which implored congressional lawmakers to turn their attention to the nation’s police justice crisis.

Berta Cáceres

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Best known for leading a campaign that opposed a dam on the Gualcarque River, Cáceres was an award-winning Indigenous environmental activist. In 2015, the Honduran environmentalist received the Goldman Environmental Prize for helming the grassroots effort that pushed the world’s largest dam builder to stop the construction of the Agua Zarca Dam at the Río Gualcarque. Because of her efforts the river that was saved and considered to be sacred by the Lenca people, was still able to provide the nearby tribe access to water, food, and medicine. On March 3, 2016, Berta Cáceres was assassinated for her activism when two assailants broke into her home and shot her. Her murder sparked international outrage and brought attention to the fact that Honduras is the most dangerous country in the world for activists who fight to protect forests and rivers.

The Mirabal Sisters

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Patria, Dedé, Minerva, and María Teresa Mirabal were four sisters from the Dominican Republic who ferociously opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and became known as Las Mariposas. In 1959, after witnessing a = massacre executed by the Trujillo regime the sisters were sparked into activism and rallied communities into public protests that renounced Trujillo’s rule. Three of the sisters, Minerva, María Teresa, and Patria, were murdered for their advocacy when they were beaten to death by associates of the government. Following the death of Las Mariposas, Dominicans across the island decided they had had enough. Six months later, Trujillo’s dictatorship was brought down when he was assassinated.

Sylvia Rivera 

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Well before activists like Harvey Milk and figures like Caitlyn Jenner made waves, there was Sylvia Rivera. The Latina born and raised in New York City had Puerto Rican and Venezuelan roots and a tragic story when she first began to carve out a place for trans people in the American gay liberation movement. Rivera was a self-identified drag queen and transwoman who participated in the Stonewall riots of 1969 and soon after founded Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR) with Marsha P. Johnson. In 1970 she led trans activists in the country’s first Gay Pride march, then known as Christopher Street Liberation Day March and in the years after she delivered fervent speeches that called for the support of LGBTQ people of color and who were homeless.


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