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10 Political Careers That Don’t Require An Election Latinas Should Consider

The vast number of women who ran — and won — races for public office this election year has inspired countless other ladies to consider careers in politics. The fresh interest, and confidence, to pursue a path in government is without-a-doubt a step in the right direction, as studies have repeatedly shown that women improve the way our branches govern. But just because someone is interested in serving their community and creating political change, doesn’t necessarily mean they want to run for office. For some, the profession is simply too time-consuming, expensive or just not of interest to them, and that’s OK, because political jobs extend far beyond elected positions.

Here, non-elected careers in politics that Latinas should consider — because our brilliance, talents, perspectives and voices are needed if we are going to see real progress in local, state and federal politics.

1. Chief of Staff

A chief of staff is an assistant to the president or legislator. This is the elected official’s right hand wo-man, acting as a top adviser and overseeing hiring, office management, budgeting, administration and operation. To make it to this top-level position, though, you usually have to start from the bottom.

2. Legislative Aide

Behind members of Congress are legislative staff, a group of smart individuals who aid the elected officials on the issues, from gun control and immigration to education, reproductive health and more. This entry-level job includes a lot of research, writing, briefing and tracking of legislation. Basically, you really have to know your ish!

3. Policy Analyst

The job of a policy analyst is also filled with tons of research, but most of the time these are more issue-specific experts who conduct the work, like research, surveying data, analyzing existing and proposed policies and reporting information to a legislator or candidate that’ll allow them to better identify, create and implement policy.

4. Speechwriter

Most candidates and politicos don’t write their own speeches. For that, they usually hire someone, or a team, with A-1 writing and persuasion skills. In this competitive, and more-difficult-than-you-might-think, gig, the speechwriter must be able to pen talks that are at once optimistic, noncontroversial, eloquent and engaging, newsworthy and still understandable to someone with a middle school reading level.

5. Communications Coordinator

There are many different positions and levels to a communications team, but this area is reserved for those with impeccable writing, editing and communication capabilities. These are the folk who write a candidate’s or elected official’s press releases and newsletters, who speak with and coordinate interviews with the press, who implement communications strategies, lead event communications and are also putting in the multifaceted social media work.

6. Campaign Manager

For those with excellent administrative and operational skills who are more interested in helping get qualified candidates into office, a job as a campaign manager could be your calling. These are the folk behind a candidate’s campaign and are necessary for individuals running at all levels of government. Broadly, they develop, plan and implement a political campaign, which requires them hiring and managing staff, budgeting, logistics, technology and help to get out the vote.

7. Fundraising Director

If your a money’s gal, there’s a candidate out there in need of your brain. A fundraising director helps those running for elected office raise dinero, developing and implementing a money-raising plan through growing the candidate’s web of donors, setting up fundraisers and managing their database.

8. Field Organizers

If your background is in grassroots organizing, a start-off gig as a field organizer may be an easy transition. These individuals are the face of a political campaign for a community. Field organizers unite people around a common goal and work to make it a reality by finding, training and scheduling volunteers and sometimes overseeing workers within a region or state.

9. Elections Manager

If you’re more interested in protecting citizens’ voting rights in your community than working with a candidate or holder of elected office, you might be gripped by a position as an elections manager. On this gig, you ensure the voting process runs smoothly and lawfully. To do this, you’d likely oversee who works at your county’s voting centers, ensure privacy and comfortability for voters and get results in efficiently.

10. Diplomatic service officer

Prefer foreign affairs over local and domestic issues? Diplomatic service officers live in other countries, where they represent the interests of the U.S. and its citizens as well as provide advice to ministers developing foreign policy. For this job, great communication skills, language proficiency and cultural sensitivity are a must.

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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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