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Women Are Showing Up For #MeAt14 And Reminding Twitter That Whether Or Not A Girl Looks 14 Is Beside The Point

Over the weekend, another viral news headline spilled over into Twitter, where it turned into a telling hashtag that a flood of women rallied behind. After news broke of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s sexual abuse of a 14 year old girl, which occurred when the 70-year-old was in his 30s, thousands of women took to the social media site to share photos of what they were doing when they were 14 with the hashtag #MeAt14. Now, the thousands of women in these sepia-toned photos are demanding Moore to step-down.

Amidst the flurry surrounding the hashtag, women are stepping up to school Twitter and Moore on some various points, including the fact that 14 year old girls are not mature enough to consent to having sex with men who are 32 years old.

In an article by the Washington Post, a number of women accused the senate candidate of sexual abuse. One of the alleged-victims claims she was 14-years-old when Moore, who was 32 at the time, molested her. After Moore denied the reports, Republicans from his home state rushed to his defense and attempted to normalize the woman’s claims.

“Other than being with an underage person, he didn’t really force himself,” Alabama Geneva County GOP chairman Riley Seibenhener said.

“It’s not ‘forcible rape,” he added. “I know that 14-year-olds don’t make good decisions.”

Then Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler told The Washington Examiner to consider the Bible amid these accusations, saying, “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”

Since the initial claim, four additional women have come forward with their own experiences of sexual harassment and assault against Moore, members of the Republican party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have called for Moore to drop out of the race and stories have surfaced of Moore’s inappropriate behavior towards young girls at malls in his area.

By the weekend, #MeAt14 went viral and lit up conversations surrounding the age of consent and whether 14-year-old girls can genuinely make the “decision” to consent to having sex with an adult, and reiterating that no blame should fall on them.

Many women used the hashtag to share photos of themselves and to highlight all of the things that they were doing at 14, instead of thinking about having a relationship with a man that was 32-years-old.

School dances, quinceañeras, Harry Potter, boys and being grounded were just a few of the priorities women recalled having on their minds at 14.

Some women used the hashtag to remind users that by 14 they were dealing with their own histories with sexual assault.

Others used the hashtag to point out that the message behind the photos didn’t entirely hit the mark.

As some were quick to point out, not all women develop at the same rate or enter their teen years with mouths full of metal or pimply faces. Some hit 14 and physically appear fully developed and mature, or are exploring their sexuality. Their point: appearance of maturity, or a lack there of, does not a consenting 14 year old make. Many stressed that Moore and other men like him should be held accountable for taking advantage of girls who are too young. By ensuring to include these observations in their tweets, users emphasized that no 14 year old should be held responsible of consenting to sex with an adult man.

Here’s hoping that the wash of photos portraying “tender” and “innocent” girls of this age does not drown out this message.

Read: In The Name of #MeToo, Women Talk About Their Sexual Assaults

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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.

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


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.

Read: Preschool Students Are Doing Active Shooter Drills And I Guess This Is The New Normal Now

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