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Puerto Rican Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Quotes Martin Luther King Jr. & Throws Shots At Trump In Award Acceptance Speech

Whether waist-deep in a flooded Puerto Rico street providing aid to victims of Hurricane Maria or taking direct aim at President Donald Trump for “killing us with the inefficiency,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has not only become a major leader on the Caribbean island but also a humanitarian that has captured the hearts of millions around the globe — including the children of Martin Luther King Jr.

On Saturday, The King Center celebrated the life of MLK at its annual Salute to Greatness Awards Gala in Atlanta, where the honorable Yulín Cruz was given a Special Recognition Award for her humanitarian leadership.

Created by Coretta Scott King — and now headed by her youngest daughter, Bernice King — The King Center established in 1968 carries on the legacy of her late husband.

Introducing herself as the great-granddaughter of a sugarcane plantation worker who was “supposed to be a free man but, in actuality, was enslaved,” Yulín Cruz began her acceptance speech by praising King.

“Martin Luther King Jr. said nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. He was right then, and he is right today,” she said, according to The Root.

She went on to inform attendees of the black-tie gala of Puerto Rico’s current status, saying there are “more than a million Puerto Ricans that still don’t have electric power, who still have to walk from one place to another by holding a rope to get food, water and medication for their children.”

She continued: “And I am still mad. And I’m still enraged that those called upon by the powers that be to be good in nature try and put us down. So, this isn’t just in Puerto Rico that this is happening.”

The mayor, who has never shied away from criticizing Trump, calling him a “bully,” “big mouth,” “hater-in-chief” and even wearing a “Nasty” t-shirt, took aim at the president once more, this time referencing his racist “shithole” comments” about Haiti and African countries.

“We are all Puerto Ricans today. We are all Haitians today. We are all people of Africa today,” she exclaimed to a roaring applause.

In addition to Yulín Cruz, this year’s Salute to Greatness Awards Gala honorees also included Chobani — and their founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya — Senator Cory Booker, Alana Simmons, the Boys and Girls Club and Dr. Robert L. Green.


READ: These Are The Latinas Who Held It Down For The Cultura In 2017

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Running For Governor Of Puerto Rico In 2020

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San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Running For Governor Of Puerto Rico In 2020

Last week, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city, announced that she is running for governor in the 2020 elections.

Cruz, who gained national attention after criticizing President Donald Trump’s slow and shoddy response to Hurricane Maria, announced her run at the Caguas Botanical Garden on Friday.

“I’ve been thinking for a long time, what’s the best way I can serve Puerto Rico … I’m going to do so by becoming the next governor,” she said.

Cruz, who was sporting a t-shirt that read “¡Sin Miedo!” — which is Spanish for “without fear” — began her address by discussing her great-grandfather, who worked as an agricultural laborer, and how the legacy of slavery still impacts Puerto Rico today.

“We have to break away from the chains that tie us down in order to have a promising future and break our cycle of poverty,” Cruz, speaking on Emancipation Day, a Puerto Rican holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery on the island on March 22, 1873, said.

In Puerto Rico, the political party system is linked to the island’s political status. Those who support statehood, like sitting Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, are part of the New Progressive Party, more commonly known by the Spanish acronym PNP. People who want Puerto Rico to remain a US territory side with the Popular Democratic Party, or PPD, the party that Cruz is running in. Finally, those who want the island’s independence from the US often support the Puerto Rican Independence Party, or PIP.

After the Category 4 hurricane ravaged the island on September 20, 2017, Cruz, not Gov. Rosselló, became the face of the island, wading through flood water to help those devastated by the storm and publicly feuding with the president. When announcing her candidacy, she reminded the crowd that Gov. Rosselló’s administration “was unable to count deaths after Hurricane Maria” and “stood by Trump when he threw paper towels at people [in Puerto Rico].”

Cruz also took the opportunity to voice her position on other pressing matters on the island, like repealing the Jones Act, which prevents foreign ships from embarking on the island and thus raises the cost of imported goods, eliminating the federal Financial Oversight and Management Board and calling for an audit of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion public debt.

“The reality is that we still live in an island that fights for food, liberty and land,” she said, referring to the PPD’s Spanish slogan “Pan, libertad y tierra.” “We’re building a new movement within the Popular Democratic Party.”

Last month, Cruz also announced that she would co-chair Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the 2020 presidential race, saying the candidate could create “a new path toward the resolution of many of the issues facing Puerto Rico,” including establishing a “new relationship” with the United States.

Read: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Believes Bernie Sanders Could Create A “New Relationship” Between Puerto Rico And The US

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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????????????????!!!

Posted by Dulce Nereyda on Friday, March 15, 2019

“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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