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Here’s A Breakdown Of Deborah Ramirez’s Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Seven days after Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a second woman has done the same. Colorado-based Deborah Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a party their freshman year at Yale University, a claim that, like Ford’s, both Kavanaugh and the White House have denied and called smears, pure and simple by the left.

Here, what we know about Ramirez, her allegations and how the increasing claims of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh could impact his confirmation process.

Who is Deborah Ramirez

Ramirez, 53, attended Yale University, where she studied sociology and psychology, with Kavanaugh, graduating in 1987 alongside the nominee. Raised a “devout Catholic” in Connecticut, she currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she spent several years working for an organization that supports survivors of domestic violence. A registered Democrat, Ramirez, who was photographed for an article in The New Yorker wearing a sweatshirt that reads “Puerto Rico,” told the publication she “works toward human rights, social justice, and social change,” but insisted she was not politically motivated to speak out about the alleged sexual misconduct.

What Ramirez Alleges Happened During the College Party

During the 1983-84 school year, Ramirez alleges that both she and Kavanaugh attended a college party at a dorm room in the university’s Lawrence Hall. Ramirez, who was hesitant at first to tell her story because she was inebriated and her memory of the evening is a bit hazy, says she was playing a drinking game when a male student pointed a plastic penis in her direction. Later, an intoxicated Ramirez was on the floor, slurring her words, as the male student and his friend stood nearby. A third male student, who she says was Kavanaugh, then exposed himself to her. “I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she told the The New Yorker. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind.” At the same time, she didn’t think it was a real penis, recalling students around her laughing at her confusion. One encouraged her to “kiss it.” She said no, pushing the person away and touching his penis in the process. She remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right while pulling up his pants. “Brett was laughing,” she said. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.” She also remembers another male student shouting about the incident. “Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face,’” she said. “It was his full name. I don’t think it was just ‘Brett.’ And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there.” Ramirez says she was “embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated” about what happened, telling her loved ones that an incident occurred but never opening up about the details.  

What Kavanaugh, the White House and Friends Are Saying About the Allegations

Kavanaugh denies all allegations against him, including Ford’s assertions that the nominee pinned her to a bed, covering her mouth, as he attempted to undress her as high school students in a Maryland suburb. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein on Monday, Kavanaugh called both claims “character assassinations.” “They are smears, pure and simple. And they debate our public discourse. But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country,” Kavanaugh wrote. “Such grotesque and obvious character assassinations — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service.” President Trump supported Kavanaugh, tweeting, “The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man … with an array of False Acquisitions,” misspelling the word “accusations.”

In the past three days, friends of both Ramirez and Kavanaugh have stepped up to support both claims. One of the male classmates who Ramirez said encouraged Kavanaugh, said he does not believe the incident occurred. “I don’t think Brett would flash himself to Debbie, or anyone, for that matter,” he told The New Yorker. The other male classmate who Ramirez said was involved, said he did not remember the misconduct or the party:  “I have zero recollection.” But before Ramirez spoke out, other classmates were emailing each other about the incident. One of them, who has chosen to be anonymous, told the publication that he is “100 percent sure” that he was told at the time that Kavanaugh exposed himself to Ramirez. “I’ve known this all along,” he said. “It’s been on my mind all these years when his name came up. It was a big deal.” According to the former classmate, the behavior wasn’t uncommon among the social group that Kavanaugh belonged to. At Yale, Kavanaugh was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, which several students say was known for throwing “wild,” “misogynistic” parties, and was also a part of an all-male secret society, Truth and Courage, which had the nickname “Tit and Clit.”

Will Ramirez Testify

While The New Yorker published Ramirez’s story on Sunday, senior Republican staffers were already familiar with her allegations and, instead of investigating the claims, they attempted to speed up the confirmation process. Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegation that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were teenagers, but it is still not clear whether Ramirez will testify with her, though she is allowed to should she choose to. She is, however, calling on the FBI to investigate her claims.

How Could This Impact Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Process

During Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he swore under oath that as a legal adult he had never “committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature.” But by his freshman year of college, Kavanaugh was 18 years old, legally an adult. An FBI investigation finding Ramirez’s claims to be true would make Kavanaugh’s declarations under oath false or misleading. Even more, what was expected to be a swift and sure confirmation has descended into uncertainty, as Republicans are growing concerned that sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh are upsetting women in their districts and could lead to more GOP losses in the midterm elections.

Both Kavanaugh and Ford are scheduled to testify before the Senate on Thursday regarding her 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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