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Two Latinas Confronted Jeff Flake After He Announced He’d Back Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

After a day of heated testimony and questioning in the hearings regarding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey  Ford, two Latinas made it their business to ensure that the stories of sexual assault survivors no longer fell on deaf ears. In a brazen confrontation addressing Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake over his statements in support for Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the two women admonished him for ignoring the voices of Kavanaugh’s victims and thus the millions of women across the country who have come forward with their personal stories of sexual assault.

In the ultimate curveball of the week, the two women seemed to have influenced the senator’s decision.

The two women confronted Flake soon after a statement he made in  support of Kavanaugh was made public.

Ana Maria Archila of Queens, NY and Maria Gallagher from Westchester, NY confronted Flake during a break from the hearings as he was attempting to access an elevator. The two women furiously blocked the set of elevator doors from closing as Sen. Flake stood inside, forcing him to listen to their stories of surviving sexual assault and demanding that he answer their questions.

“You’re telling me my assault doesn’t matter. You’re letting people who do these things into power. That’s what you’re telling me when you vote for him,” Gallagher told Flake as he attempted to dodge looking at her as she spoke. “Don’t look away from me,” Gallagher said to Flake as she confronted him from outside of the elevator. You can hear the tears in her voice as she continues. “Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do to their bodies.”

As an aid to Flake attempted to get the women to leave with “thank yous” and “it’s time to goes,” Archila jumped into address Flake directly herself.

“What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court. This is not tolerable. You have children in your family. Think about them. I have two children,” Archila said to Flake. “I cannot imagine that for the next 50 years they will have to have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl. What are you doing, sir?”

A bio about Archila on the Center for Popular Democracy of which she is a Co-Executive Director says that she emigrated from Colombia to the United States when she was 17, and now works to push for for racial and economic justice as well as immigrant rights in New York and across the country. The bio highlights Archila’s work as an advocate for “multi-racial alliance of immigrants, African Americans and white working class communities working to advance an agenda of racial and economic justice.”

Gallagher’s activism and background has yet to be made public, but a representative of  the Center for Popular Democracy said that she is not affiliated with the organization but that she is clearly “a passionate person.”

In an interview with ABC News, Archila explained that she “went to Jeff Flake’s office because I think of him as someone who sometimes chooses his conscience over his party… We weren’t really willing to let him go without actually looking at us and forcing him to listen to our stories and making him understand the gravity of the message he was sending to the country.”

After the confrontation  Flake requested a one-week delay on their decision so the F.B.I. could investigate the accusations against him.

After an abrupt closed-door meeting between Republicans on the Judiciary Committee and Republican leader Senator Mitch McConnell, Flake announced he would support the final confirmation of Kavanaugh under the condition that the the F.B.I. was allowed an opportunity to investigate the allegations.


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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

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A 9-Year-Old Girl Was Detained By Border Patrol On Her Way To School

A 9-year-old U.S. citizen was separated from her mother for 36 hours after agents at the border accused her of lying about her citizenship.

Like thousands of students in our country, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina’s daily commute requires her to cross the U.S. border.

The fourth-grade student attends Nicoloff Elementary School in San Ysidro, California and was in a carpool to school from her home in Tijuana when she ran into traffic. Medina, was commuting to school in a car driven by her mother’s friend Michelle Cardena, Cardena’s two children and her own older 14-year-old brother, Oscar. When the long line to get into the U.S. seemed to be jampacked upon their 4 a.m arrival, Cardenas instructed the kids in her car to walk to the border. She assured them that when they reached it, she would call them an Uber to get them the rest of the way to their school.

But Medina and her never made it across the border or to school that day.

According to the New York Times who talked to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman, two Amparo and her brother arrived at one of the San Ysidro port of entry facilities for pedestrians at 10:15 a.m. last Monday.

Upon their arrival, Amparo and her brother presented their U.S. passports to a CBP officer who soon accused her of being someone else. Note: Amparo’s passport image which was taken years before so she did not look exactly like herself. They also accused her brother of smuggling.

A CBP spokesperson has said that Amparo “provided inconsistent information during her inspection, and CBP officers took the 9-year-old into custody to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship.”

After CBP officers the confirmed that her brother was a U.S. citizen, he was permitted to enter the U.S while his sister stayed behind. It wasn’t until 6:30 pm on Tuesday, that Amparo was confirmed to be a U.S. citizen as well and was released and admitted to the U.S. to her mother.

Speaking to NBC7, Amparo said she was “scared” of her detention and that she was “sad because I didn’t have my mom or my brother. I was completely by myself.”

According to Amparo’s mother Thelma Galaxia, her daughter claims that she was told by an officer that she and her brother would be released if she admitted to being her cousin. Galaxia claims that officers also convinced her son Oscar to sign a document that Amparo was his cousin and not his sister.

When Galaxia was alerted that her children had been detained she contacted the Mexican consulate.

After being notified by the consulate that her daughter would be released at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. While the family felt relieved to be grateful to be reunited with their daughter, Galaxia says the separation should never have happened.

Over the weekend, Twitter was swift to express their outrage over the incident.

Some even expressed their dismay of having a similar situation happen to them.

Many are using the incident as an example of the racial issues plaguing so many U.S. citizens like Amparo.

So many of the comments included outside opinions from those who have yet to experience the direct targetting of ICE.

Over all, nearly everyone was quick to point out the saddest aspect of Amparo’s experience.

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