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20 Badass Latinas Shaping the 2018 Midterm Elections

With heated debates taking place in Washington over issues like immigration, reproductive rights, and affordable healthcare, every Latina should be paying attention to the 2018 Midterm Elections. These 20 badass candidates and organizers are getting involved in a real way and certainly making 2018 a year to remember. Above all, even more Latinas are running for office in 2018 than ever before, and making sure our voices are heard.

So read up on the candidates, and also make sure you’re registered to vote on November 6th.

1. Veronica Escobar

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Running for: Congress, Texas 16th District

Sylvia Garcia is running in Texas’s 16th District and will likely become the first Latina congresswoman from the state of Texas. Garcia is a former El Paso County judge and she has proved herself a true opponent of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

2.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Running for: Congress, New York 14th District

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican activist from the state of New York made headlines for beating one of Congress’s most powerful Democrats in the primary by almost 15 points. And now, she’s on her way to be the youngest woman to ever sit in the House of Representatives. 

3. Jana Sanchez

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Running for: Congress, Texas 6th District

Jana Sanchez has the potential to make one of the biggest political upsets this November, flipping the red Texas 6th District with her progressive platform. Sanchez’s grandparents were migrant farmworkers in the district, and as a result, voters are paying attention to her strong ties to the community.

4. Ximena Hartsock

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Founder of Phone2Action

Chilean-born Ximena Hartsock founded Phone2Action after her work in DC politics showed her that many people want to contact their elected officials but don’t know how.

5. Lupe Valdez

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Running for: Governor of Texas

Lupe Valdez made history as the first Latina nominated for governor in Texas by a major party. Valdez has been the Sheriff of Dallas County for over a decade, and she hopes to bring important issues like equal pay, reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality to the table in Texas.

6. America Ferrera

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The “Superstore” actress and new mom has been a vocal opponent of President Trump’s immigration policies from the beginning. She is also an active member of several organizing groups, including the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, and Voto Latino.

7. Xochitl Torres Small

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Running for: Congress, New Mexico 2nd District

This 33-year-old lawyer is hoping to shake up New Mexico’s mostly Republican 2nd district. Torres Small believes her strong hometown connection to the community and its needs will cut through the district’s right-leaning politics. 

8 Lea Marquez Peterson

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Running for: Congress, Arizona 2nd District

Lea Marquez Peterson is a Republican candidate for Congress from Arizona, and she’s also in a very tight race. Peterson is leaning on her experience as President & CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to push for growth and more jobs in her district.

9. Maria Elvira Salazar

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Running for: Congress, Florida 27th District

After spending much of her career reporting on politics, Cuban-American journalist Maria Elvira Salazar is turning the table and consequently running for Congress in Florida’s 27th District.

10. Christina Lopez

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Regional Organizing Director for Nevada Democrats

Nevada is very important in this election for Democrats hoping to take back the Senate. As a result, organizers like Christina Lopez are on the ground every day, knocking on doors, talking to people about their vote, and above all, proving that real change starts with grassroots efforts.

11. Sylvia Garcia

@SenatorSylvia

Running for: Congress, Texas 29th District

State Senator Sylvia Garcia is running for Congress in the Texas 29th, after a strong win in the March 6th primary. She’s also a strong supporter of “better jobs, healthcare, and education” for all Americans, as well as equal pay and LGBTQ rights.

12. Kate Marshall

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Running for: Lieutenant Governor of Nevada

Kate Marshall, whose family came to the US from Mexico in 1921, is seeking the Lieutenant Governor’s position in Nevada. In addition to a plan to clean up Carson City, Marshall also hopes to push for affordable housing and a stronger economy for her state.

13. Juana Matias

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Running for: Congress, Massachusetts 3rd District

Thirty-year-old Juana Matias made waves in 2016 when she beat an established Massachusetts politician and became a state representative. Two years later, it seems like she’s set her sights on the US House of Representatives, where if she wins, she’ll be the first Latina sent from her state.

14. Gina Ortiz Jones

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Running for: Congress, Texas 23rd District

Gina Ortiz Jones is in one of the most competitive races this November, against a Republican Congressman in the Texas 23rd. If she wins, she’ll be not only the first woman to represent her district in Congress but also the first openly gay woman of color AND the first Iraq War vet to represent Texas in Congress.

15. Talia Fuentes

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Running for: Congress, Arizona 9th District

Talia Fuentes is a Democrat, a single mom, and a former radio DJ. She was inspired to run for office by Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 platform, and therefore Fuentes fights for issues like science-based policy, Medicare for all, as well as legal protection for DREAMers. 

16. Sindy M. Benavides

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Chief Operating Officer for the League of United Latin American Citizens

The League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) works to advance the education, health, and political power of Hispanic communities in the US. As COO of the organization, Sindy Benavides works on issues from Latinx voter turnout to education.

17. Erika Andiola

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Activist

Erika Andiola is an openly undocumented Mexican-American and a powerful voice for a group that is often silent out of fear. In the 2016 election, Andiola was Press Secretary for Latino Outreach for the Sanders Campaign. She now spends her time organizing and fighting for immigration reform and other key issues.

18. Rosario Dawson

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Actress and activist Rosario Dawson sits on the board of Voto Latino, a group dedicated to empowering Latinx candidates for leadership roles and running for office. Since it was founded in 2004, Voto Latino has registered over half a million new voters.

19. Betsaida Alcantara

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Communications and Digital at Anti-Defamation League

A former communications staff member on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s Presidential campaigns, Alcantara now works with the Anti-Defamation League. In 2018, the ADL works to fight against hate crimes, white supremacy, and extremism in America.

20. Delores Huerta

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Founder of the Delores Huerta Foundation and OG Badass Latina

At 87-years-old, iconic activist Delores Huerta is still marching the streets, as well as recently participating in a hunger strike over family separations at the border. Consequently, her foundation works to pursue social justice for all people.


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Demi Lovato Tops the List for Google’s Most Searched in 2018

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Demi Lovato Tops the List for Google’s Most Searched in 2018

As the year comes to an end, we reflect on 2018 and everything that went into making this year. What better way to do that than to look at the things we Googled. This week, the tech giant released its lists of all the things we followed in 2018. Between movies, weddings, celebrities, and politics, it’s been a busy year. Still, musician Demi Lovato edged out every other big name to become the most searched for person in 2018.

Beating Megan Markel and Brett Kavanaugh for the number one spot, Lovato also topped another category. The pop star is this year’s the most searched for musician as well. Lovato was able to beat out other artists like Cardi B and Ariana Grande who also had a huge 2018.

There’s no doubt Lovato had had an eventful year.

Filled with both professional accomplishments and personal trials, it makes sense that the pop star is a constant in our search history. Here are some of the incredible events that made Demi the number-one searched person this year.

March 2018- Demi’s DC performance

Lovato is a vocal supporter for laws regulating firearms so it’s no surprise she lent her voice to the March for Our Lives rally. The pop star performed her single “Skyscraper” during the first annual gathering in Washington, DC. Started by victims of the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the event protested lax gun regulations. Besides performing, Lovato also marched alongside the students, activists and other stars.

May 2018- Demi’s big collabs

In May, Lovato fulfilled one of her dreams by collaborating with fellow Latina Christina Aguilera. For Aguilera’s first album in six years, the pair wrote and recorded “Fall In Line.” Fans of both artists declared it the feminist anthem that 2018 needed.

Lovato also teamed up with Clean Bandit for their single “Solo.” The song earned the Latina her first number one song on UK music charts.

June 2018- Lovato releases “Sober”

Lovato has always been very transparent with fans about her struggles with mental health and addiction. So, when the star relapsed after six years of sobriety, she didn’t shy away from talking about it. Lovato released “Sober,” a song in which she detailed her experiences with addiction and sobriety.

Her heartbreaking lyrics included a shout out to her fans:

“And I’m sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again / I wanna be a role model, but I’m only human.”

July 2018- Demi overdoses

Just weeks after she released “Sober,” Lovato was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical in LA. News media reported that the musician had suffered a heroin overdose and Twitter flipped at the news. The hashtag #ImConfidentInDemi began trending with both fans and fellow stars tweeting their support.

It was later revealed that Lovato had actually overdosed on oxycodone laced with fentanyl. Though she was revived later the same day, Lovato would spend two weeks in hospital healing.

August 2018-Lovato’s stay in rehab

After her two week stay at Cedar-Sinai, Lovato checked herself into rehab. Before flying to a rehabilitation center in Chicago, the Latina sent a message of thanks to her fans. Lovato would spend a total of three months getting the treatment she needed before being released.


November 2018- Lovato gets out to vote

After being out of the public eye for so long, Lovato fans were anxious to see their girl back in action. After no social media presence for three months, Lovato took to the polls for an Insta-worthy moment in her first Instagram post since rehab.

Always politically active, Lovato expressed thanks for being home in time to vote. She also encouraged her fans to go out and exercise their right to vote.

December 2018- Never giving up and Demi’s big Grammy nomination

Since her overdose, Lovato has been spending less time on social media and more time one her self. The singer took up Jiu Jitsu as a way to center her mind and care for her body. In her second Insta post since July, Lovato posted a picture of herself in her Jiu Jitsu gear with the hashtag #NeverGiveUp. This was a very welcome message to all the millions of Lovato fans wishing for her recovery.

Days later on December 7th, the world woke up to news of this year’s Grammy nominations. “Fall in Line,” Lovato and Aguilera’s collaboration, was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The artist took to Twitter to express her disbelief and appreciation. She also explained how surreal it was to be nominated with Aguilera, one of her childhood idols.

Lovato has had her share of hard knocks this year but she is strong and surrounded with lots of love. Here’s hoping that Lovato’s 2019 is filled with nothing but blessings.


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Here’s The Best Exercise For Your Body Type Based On Your Zodiac Sign

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Here’s The Best Exercise For Your Body Type Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Getting into shape is about as easy as resisting a free box of Krispy Kreme donuts. Yeah, it’s really, really, hard. And, it’s even harder when you feel like there’s no right sport out there for you.

Chances are, you just need to find the right kind of workout: one that’ll get your heart pumping, the sweat pouring, and leave you looking forward to next time! We’ve consulted your zodiac, and it turns out that there are still some unconventional exercises out there for you to try.

Read on to find out what you’ll be doing, next!

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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If you’re an Aries, you need to do something that will really set your inner flame alight. You thrive on competition and adventure. As far as you’re concerned, when it comes to exercise, if there’s no thrill in it, why bother with it in the first place?

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Contact sports, like martial arts, are great for someone like you – from karate, to taekwondo, to boxing and mixed martial arts, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. With your fire-y attitude, Aries, you’ll be fighting like Jackie Chan in no time.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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Taurus, you’re known for your stamina, and endurance. Some might call it bull-headedness, but once you’ve committed to something, you’ve got the dedication to see it through. Being an earth sign, you’re at your peak when you exercise outside.

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Have you ever thought about playing Quidditch? Yes, it’s the same sport from Harry Potter. Quidditch for muggles is like a mix of football, dodgeball, and tag, all played on the one field, while the players keep a broom between their legs. It’s high time you gave it a try, Taurus, and embraced your inner witch.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Your idea of exercise involves moving your mouth, Gemini. For you, exercise works best when you can socialise with everyone around you. Of course, it’s even more motivating when you can wrangle a buddy into coming with you, so you can work up a sweat together.

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That is why wife-carrying is perfect exercise for you, Gemini. It’s not complicated; it’s a sport that is exactly what it says on the tin. And, let’s face it, half of the battle is mental, with this one. It’s about being able to support your other half when you compete together. Gemini, with your gift of the gab, you’ll be in the perfect position to give your partner in crime that bolster they need to cross the finish line.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Cancer, we know that you like to get in touch with your feelings, no matter what you do. And, your exercise routine is no exception. For you, exercise is really about experiencing the endorphin high that a good workout brings.

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Let’s face it, Cancer, the best way for you to burn those calories is to get hot and sweaty with another gorgeous soul in bed. A solid bonk ticks all the boxes for you. Exercise? Tick. Intimacy? Tick. Bragging rights over your newfound sex life? That’s a bonus.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Exercise for a Leo isn’t just about getting fit – it’s about the performance of it all. You’re confident, courageous, and you like showing that off. You’re all about being at the centre of attention, and that doesn’t change when you exercise. 

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Dancing fits you and your style, Leo. The more energetic, the better. For you, this could be as simple as bounding around the house, shaking it all out. Or, getting some structure into your routine and taking classes. The point is, you’ve got the energy and vivaciousness needed for showing off some serious moves.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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Virgo, you’re one organised soul. Exercise, for you, is about making sure it fits into your routine. If you were really honest, you don’t mind doing the same thing, day in, day out – as long as it gives you the results you’re looking for. After all, you’re a perfectionist at heart.

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As an earth sign, you’re pretty comfortable gardening. And, don’t get us wrong, we’re not just talking about just pulling out weeds. Hauling big plants, and shovelling mountains of dirt really gets you breaking a sweat! It also gets a routine going, since you’ll have to give your green babies attention every day. And, you’ll be seeing visible results in no time – both in your body, and in your rejuvenated garden.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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As the sign of the scales, you excel at balancing activities, Libra. You’ve got a sense of poise that some people can only dream of. You’re not too fussed over the competitive aspect to some sports, so you’re usually happy just working up a sweat.

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Libra, mountain biking is your style. More often than not, you’ll stay on the bike when other people would fall off. And, as an air sign, you’ll thrive on the fresh mountain air when you go biking.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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Scorpio, your ideal exercise routine incorporates some intensity. You like to get in touch with your competitive side when you’re getting sweaty. But, let’s face it, you’re really in your element when you embrace your more seductive side.

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Pole dancing incorporates everything you’re looking for in a workout, Scorpio. While most pole dancers make the art look easy, it’s anything but. You’ll start doing pole dancing for sexiness of it all, but stay to prove yourself in the championships.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

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Cheerful and optimistic are two words that best describe you, Sagittarius. And, part of maintaining that upbeat outlook is having a workout that makes you happy. Since you’re a free spirit with a lot of energy, you need an exercise routine that reflects that.

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The perfect way to work up a sweat for a Sagittarius is to go trampolining. Let’s face it, it’s hard to not feel happy after bounding your way through an exercise session.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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As an earth sign, Capricorn, you thrive on competitiveness in your exercise routine. You’ve got the ability to endure, so for your workouts, you need something to make you break a sweat, and then continue to break a sweat. Your determination to succeed means that you’ll never let a hard session get the best of you.

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Have you ever tried zorbing, Capricorn? Some would describe it as an extreme sport – after all, it involves getting inside a gigantic plastic ball, and rolling your way to the finish line. It takes considerable strength to control where you want to go, and we know that you’ll be up for the challenge.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Aquarius, being the intellectual you are, you thrive most when your exercise routine engages both your body, and your brain. Your love of technology definitely influences your workouts. Variety is what keeps you engaged when you exercise – routines can kill your enthusiasm for getting fit. 

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The internet is your best friend when it comes to putting together an exercise program for you, Aquarius. We know that one day you’ll be scouring an app to get in touch with your inner yogi, and the next you’ll be firing up Youtube for a solid HIIT session.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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For Pisces, you need a workout that meshes with your sensitive personality. Since you’re drawn to taking care of the people around you, it means that you need to let off some steam more regularly than most. You benefit from the stress-relief exercise can give you when you’ve had a good session. 

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Being the sign of the fish, anything involving water is good exercise for a Pisces. Have you ever tried aquajogging? It says it all in the title – and it’s even popular enough to have its own world championships every year. Maybe we’ll see you there, one day!

So have you discovered a new way to tackle your exercise routine? Or, had you already found your own unconventional exercise to incorporate into your routine? Let us know on Facebook by clicking the icon at the top of the page!

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