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20 Latinx Organizations to Donate to For the Holidays

If you spent the majority of your Thanksgiving holiday eating good food and shopping Black Friday deals until you dropped, then perhaps now is the right time to direct your attention elsewhere. After the gluttony and all the fashion and beauty stuff is out of your system, you might want to point your money towards a good cause on this #GivingTuesday.

One of the reasons that Giving Tuesday has become a holiday in and of itself is that we all know that the world today can be difficult for Latinxs. With immigration reform still looking like a far-off dream, DREAMers constantly under attack and families getting separated at the border, my heart aches for all of the things I wish I could do for my fellow immigrants. And then there are other issues, like Puerto Rico still needing help after Hurricane Maria and more Latinxs needing to vote in 2020. Thankfully, all of these organizations are represented on this list. If you’re wondering where you can donate your hard-earned money this holiday season in order to help strengthen your communities and improve the lives of fellow Latinxs, then look no further than these 20 Latinx organizations.

1. Hispanic Federation

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The Hispanic Federation is an organization that prioritizes education and community services. Plus they have also been instrumental in helping Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. In fact, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been raising money for them from the beginning. DONATE HERE.

2. Latino USA

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Latino USA is a podcast that provides all kinds of valuable information and services to Latinx people. They are a newsroom dedicated to spreading the stories of our people. A donation goes straight to the journalists attempting to do good work for our community. DONATE HERE.

3. National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

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The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health goal is to “guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice.” They are dedicated to mobilizing families and communities in order to “catalyze policy change.” Your donation can help a Latina to Congress. DONATE HERE

4. Trans Latin@ Coalition

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The TransLatin@ Coalition is dedicated to raising the voice of trans people in the U.S.A. They have been doing advocacy work on behalf and for Latinx immigrants and residents of the U.S. and work with “policymakers and supporting organizations [to] find solutions to our unique needs and create structural changes to better our quality of life.” Every donation contributes to the fight for equality. DONATE NOW.

5. ACLU

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The American Civil Liberties Union has many causes but one of their biggest recently has been Immigrants’ Rights and Detention. In particular, they are battling against the “lock ’em up” approach to immigration. Although you can’t designate specifically where your contribution goes to, you can be sure to help support this and many of their other causes by contributing. DONATE HERE.

6. Save the Children (of Puerto Rico)

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Save the Children is a great organization that helps kids all around the world but they especially stepped it up for the children of Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria by providing emotional support, a return to learning and helping them prepare for the future. There are many ways to give, including becoming a monthly donor or child sponsorship. DONATE HERE.

7. Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund

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The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund is an organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of Latinos in America. They do this through legal means, of course, which is why they need donations to support the Latinx community that needs them. DONATE HERE.

8. Unidos US

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The 50-year-old organization, UnidosUS, was created to build stronger communities in the U.S. and thus creating a stronger America. Formerly known as NCLR, they serve Latinos through “our research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts.” A donation to their organization primarily goes to helping Latinx families across the country. DONATE HERE.

9. Youth Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

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Youth Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is dedicated to serving unaccompanied immigrant children, advocating for their safety and well being and creating an immigration system that serves children. If you were heartbroken by what was happening at the border earlier this year, then you might want to donate and provide a Child Advocate to an immigrant child who can champion his/her rights and best interests. DONATE HERE.

10. La Leche League

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La Leche League is an international organization whose mission is to “help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education.” They do great work in providing a better understanding of how breastfeeding is “an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.” To support their advocacy work, DONATE HERE.

11. Casa de Esperanza

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Domestic violence is a problem in many communities and Latina women often find it difficult to leave tough situations, which is where Casa de Esperanza comes in. Not only do they have a bilingual domestic violence hotline but they also provide an emergency shelter for Latinas and are a valuable resource to the community. DONATE HERE.

12. Latino STEM Alliance

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Don’t know about the Latino STEM Alliance yet? Well, you should! They are dedicated to providing STEM education as “a key step” towards a career for “economically disadvantaged populations” They partner with schools and community organizations in order to empower children through access to hands-on STEM learning. DONATE HERE

13. End Rape on Campus

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End Rape on Campus‘ mission is pretty much there in their name, but did you know that it was co-founded by a Latina? That’s right, Andrea Pino, a sexual assault survivor herself, helped to launch the organization and put it towards its current mission. DONATE HERE.

14. Cesar Chavez Foundation

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The Cesar Chaves Foundation is all about “inspiring and transforming communities,” as you can imagine. They have various different points of outreach, including the National Chavez Center, Housing and Economic Development Fund, and an education and communities fund. You can DONATE HERE by purchasing something from their store.

15. Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project

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The Urban Justice Center presents the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, which is an organization that provides legal aid and community support to asylum seekers in the U.S. With immigration constantly under attack during this presidential administration, their work is more needed than ever. DONATE HERE.

16. Texas Civil Rights Project

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If you live in Texas and are worried about all of the border wall chaos happening there now, then you might want to check out the Texas Civil Rights Project. They are dedicated to equality and social justice for everyone living in Texas — including voting rights, racial and economic justice and criminal justice reform (all topics that affect the Latinx community). DONATE HERE.

17. Voto Latino

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If you’re passionate about getting more Latinxs to the polls to vote (and you should be!), then check out the great work that Voto Latino is doing. Co-founded by Rosario Dawson, the organization is dedicated to advocate, educate and empower Latinx people to vote in their communities. Their work is especially crucial going into the 2020 election in a couple of years. DONATE HERE.

18. The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project 

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The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project is an Arizona-based organization who is “providing free legal services to men, women, and unaccompanied children in immigration custody.” Their mission is to “ensure that all immigrants facing removal have access to counsel, understand their rights under the law, and are treated fairly and humanely.” Pretty great, amirite? DONATE HERE.

19. Paz Para La Mujer

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Paz Para La Mujer is another organization whose aim is to end domestic violence for Latinas. Located in Puerto Rico, they provide services in Spanish to women who need it. DONATE HERE.

20. Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund

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As Puerto Rico continues to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, here is another organization whose mission it is to help. DONATE HERE to the Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund and you’ll be doing something to help communities who are still in need.


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Producer Of Selena Show On Netflix Discloses New Details On Another Selena-Inspired Project

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Producer Of Selena Show On Netflix Discloses New Details On Another Selena-Inspired Project

When news broke earlier this year that Netflix would be releasing a show about Selena Quintanilla, well, to put it mildly, people lost their minds. The demand for Selena content — whether through music, fashion, or makeup — is exceptionally high. So it makes sense that a streaming service would want to release something by the late Tejano singer.

The issue remains that the Quintanilla family are incredibly protective of their daughter’s image, music — and overall brand. So, when Netflix secured a deal about Selena and her family, her fans rejoiced.

ABC also said they were interested in a TV-scripted project, inspired by the life of Selena, which also got the seal of approval by her family. Unfortunately, the network ended up turning it down.

We now have more information from the producer responsible for the two Quintanilla family-backed projects.

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Jaime Davila runs Campanario Entertainment — a North American media company — and said that despite ABC turning down the Selena-inspired show he’s still developing it.

Davila, who’s also from South Texas just like Selena, understands the importance of getting a story like this right.

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“I don’t take this lightly…it’s a big deal and I’m excited to really do it justice,” Davila told Deadline. “It’s really taking the time to explore what it was like to be a Mexican American family in the ’80s and ’90s, trying to make it. It’s gonna be great family musical drama.”

Davila had previously said that he was working very closely with Selena’s sister, Suzette, on this show, inspired by the musical legacy of Selena Quintanilla.

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“We are excited to come on board as producers on an ABC music driven, Latino family drama that celebrates Selena’s musical legacy with a lead character whose music and career is inspired by Selena,” Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga said in a statement provided to us back in January.

Davila said that while ABC is no longer in the picture, he and Suzette are continuing to collaborate. We’re confident that another network would want to pick this show up asap.

While ABC is no longer in the picture, he and Suzette are continuing to collaborate. We’re confident that another network would want to pick this show up asap.

Back in January, we were informed via a press release that writer Miguel Nolla (who’s worked on “Scandal”) would be serving as writer and co-executive producer. We were also told that the show would focus on “Alex Guerra, a chart-topping, award-winning pop star who has been estranged from her family for five years.” Guerra “tries to pick up the pieces when a crisis forces her to return home. Alex finds herself back in Texas, juggling a love triangle, the demands of her career and the dark secrets of the family that she now desperately wants to win back.”

It’s a great concept, and now we’re just left wondering if that will still be the plotline or if the entire thing will be reorganized. Either way, we’d love to see this Latino representation on TV.

Fans of Selena have done well to honor and pay tribute to Selena in recent weeks as we approach the anniversary of her death.

Tributes to the reina de cumbia have been on full display this month. Earlier this week Dallas-based artists Jeremy Biggers and Hatziel Flores created a ‘Baila esta Cumbia’ mural in honor of the singer. fortunately after the two never recieved permiosion or permits from the city to paint the mural on a building built in 1884. Fortunately the city has offered to have the two artists paint the image on a

Earlier this month, country music star Kacey Musgraves paid tribute to the classic moment during her own performance at the same venue. Musgraves tribute came as part of the multi-day 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which rapper Cardi B is also set to perform.

The six-time Grammy Award winner’s reverent rendition of the beloved Selena song couldn’t have been performed on a more appropriate day. In keeping with Selena’s performance at the Houston Astrodome, which was song 24 years to the day, Musgraves entered the dome on a horse while wearing a white jumpsuit.

Soon after, Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, revealed that she had seen Musgraves’ performance and almost cried.

“Awww this makes me wanna shed a tear! Take me back. A Big Big Thank you to Kacey Musgraves for the love at the Houston Rodeo tonite with that Selena y Los Dinos Jam!” she said on Instagram.

Camila Cabello also jumped on the honor-Selena-roll At Houston Rodeo earlier this week.

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The Cuban singer showed up in full rodeo attire on Tuesday night, which reminded us a ton of Cardi B’s cowboy outfit that she wore in Houston. However, the “Havana” singer went all black with rhinestones with her outfit. It is definitely giving us the same vibes as Selena’s iconic black and bedazzled bustier that we all remember all these years later.

She looked stunning in her cowboy chaps. Are we sure she isn’t a true Texan?

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“Thank you, Houston Rodeo!” Cabello wrote on social media. “I went up there and was so nervous, every time I saw a yellow NBTS hoodie I was so relieved lmao, thank you for always making me feel supported and loved, I love you guys so much!!!!!! PS, how can I sign up to be a cowgirl.”

It’s been interesting to see which song an artist covers and whether they sing in Spanish or English. Cabello did a rendition of Selena’s first English crossover song “Dreaming Of You.” Definitely a good choice to go with a fan favorite that is also one of the most iconic songs of all time.

Here’s Cabello’s cover of Selena’s “Dreaming Of You.”

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Cabello wrote: “55,001 souls dreaming of Selena last night at the Houston rodeo. We love you, Selena ????” Yes, we do. It seems like most of the people at Cabello’s concert felt the same way. Basically, if you are in Texas right now, check out the artist at Houston Rodeo because chances are you will get a great Selena tribute out of the deal. So worth it.

Obviously the Texas fans were here for it because, well, anything for Selenas.

We wish we could have been there to experience the magic. Cabello is Cuban-Mexican-American and it is clear that Selena is one of her inspirations. The way she was able to capture the emotion of the song and give everyone a tearful moment remembering the queen of our childhoods and her iconic music.

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More Undocumented Women Are Having Miscarriages While Being Detained Under The Trump Administration

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More Undocumented Women Are Having Miscarriages While Being Detained Under The Trump Administration

Conditions inside an immigration detention center are far from pleasant. They can also be worse than a jail cell. For the countless of undocumented immigrants seeking asylum or waiting to be released from these so-called hieleras (which means ice box in Spanish for their freezing temperatures) can unfortunately be the difference between life and death.

Last week a 24-year-old immigrant from Honduras had a stillborn baby six months into her pregnancy inside an immigration detention center. Politicians and organizations are now seeing that stillborn causalities and miscarriages is not isolated incidences but rather a problematic trend that has affected a number of pregnant detained women.

A new report shows that undocomunted women are experiencing more miscarriages while being detained has doubled under the Trump Administration.

Congressman Joaquin Castro and Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus said in a press release made available to us that “Medical experts have stated that detention centers do not have the necessary medical facilities to properly care for expectant mothers and that they should be released in a timely manner.” However, that hasn’t been the case. Pregnant women are detained for longer periods of time rather than be released.

Rep. Castro said that because the Trump Administration continues to detain pregnant women instead of releasing them, that is resulting in higher number of miscarriages.

“Last year the Trump Administration announced that it would detain most pregnant migrants instead of releasing them as the previous administration chose to do,” Rep. Castro said. “As a result of this cruel policy change, we have heard several alarming stories of pregnant women receiving inadequate medical care and even miscarrying while in DHS custody. These tragedies make one thing very clear: ICE and CBP should not be detaining expectant mothers in poor conditions, and the practice of detaining these women is inhumane and inconsistent with our values as Americans. We must examine the circumstances of the unfortunate and disturbing loss of this mother’s child. These agencies should reverse the policy changes that are hurting expectant mothers and instead work to protect the health and safety of all immigrants.”

To show the increase of miscarriages under the Trump Administration: 10 undocumented women had miscarriages between  October 2016 and September 2017. During the same review the following year, 18 undocumented women had miscarriages, the Daily Beast reports. That means the number continues to increase.

In 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and seven other organizations filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and its Office of Inspector General detailing the conditions for all detained people.

“There is a troubling pattern of medical negligence and disregard for humanity in the way ICE and CBP are allowed to operate under the Trump Administration,” Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, and the Hispanic Caucus Women’s Task Force Chair said in a statement made available to us. “I fear this tragedy could be a consequence of that negligence. I call on the Administration to be transparent and perform a thorough investigation, so we can know what exactly happened and what can be done to prevent this from happening in the future.”

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