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A Latina Designed The Box For Ben & Jerry’s Newest Flavor That Asks Ice-Cream Enthusiasts To Kick Injustice In The Pecan Nuts

Activism has never tasted so good! As if you need another reason to add a delicious Ben & Jerry’s pint to your grocery basket, the socially-responsible company has just introduced a limited-batch ice-cream called “Pecan Resist”, a play on the “We Can Resist” phrase that so many have us have turned to in this time of political turmoil and division. The flavor that was specifically invented with the purpose of peacefully protesting the Trump administration’s dehumanizing policies.

For those of you who need a refresher course on the retrograde policies enacted by the Trump administration, we direct you to the attempted ban of transgender people from serving in the US military, the policy of separating children from their families at the US-Mexico border, the decree banning the entry of immigrants from many Muslim-majority countries, and most recently, the plan to change the Constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship by way of executive order.

The flavor is described as “chocolate ice cream with white and dark fudge chunks, pecans, walnuts, and fudge-covered almonds.”

In a statement from Ben & Jerry’s website the ice cream brand explained that “Together, we can build a more just and equitable tomorrow. We can peacefully resist the Trump administration’s regressive and discriminatory policies and build a future that values inclusivity, equality, and justice for people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, refugees, and immigrants. Pecan Resist supports four organizations that are working on the front lines of the peaceful resistance, building a world that supports their values.”

In tandem with the introduction of “Pecan Resist”, Ben & Jerry’s is donating $25,000 to four different socially-conscious organizations, as mentioned above. The organizations that “Pecan Resist” supports are Color of Change, an organization dedicated to ending the systematic racism that holds black people back, Honor the Earth, an organization created to combating climate change, Neta, a multimedia platform based on the US-Mexico border led by people of color, and last but not least, the Women’s March.

To make this already sweet news even sweeter, the artwork on Pecan Resist was created by talented Latina artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez.

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I love to inspire the next generation of artists. When I was a kid, I rarely saw images of myself across media and in museums, and that’s exactly WHY I became an artist. That’s why I advocate for art programs for kids, especially kids of color. Here is a girl I met yesterday at the @benandjerrys block party for the release of #pecanresist . I encouraged her mom to let her daughter do ALL the art she could imagine, and her mom thanked me for the advice. Yay! I’m still feeling the joyful high from yesterday’s release of PeCan Resist. To see my art everywhere and to celebrate with my activist community was a true pleasure. I never dreamed this was possible so I’m sitting with this truth. Thank you art fans who have supported me all these years! Be sure to check out my interview on the Ben & Jerry’s website to learn more about my inspiration behind the piece. Visit: bit.ly/favibenjerry Pecan Resist is available in many Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops and can also be ordered online at: store.benjerry.com Be sure to call ahead and ask. And if they DO carry it, thank them!! #benandjerrys #socialjustice #artistactivist #artivism #corporateaccountability #favianna #icecream #resist #fucktrump #thepeopleresist

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Rodriguez is a Latina artist known for creating artwork that expresses the beautiful complexity of the Latina experience. In addition, she has also made it her mission to communicate the importance of representation in art. In a powerful Instagram post about her whirlwind few days since “Pecan Resist”‘s rollout, Rodriguez revealed that when she was a kid she “rarely saw images of myself across media and in museums, and that’s exactly WHY I became an artist”.  She went on to emphasize the joy she felt over being able to collaborate on the new ice cream brand “To see my art everywhere and to celebrate with my activist community was a true pleasure. I never dreamed this was possible so I’m sitting with this truth.”

We love seeing a Latina artist achieving mainstream success that can be elusive to so many Latinas. Just looking at Favianna’s artwork, we know it is all rightfully deserved!

Naturally, Latinas have taken to Twitter to express their thoughts on the bold new flavor.

Some were humorous.

Others made us feel all the feels.

As it’s a rarity that companies put their money where their mouth is and go out of their way to promote the causes that they say they believe in, we have to give it to Ben & Jerry’s for going the extra mile in the fight towards social justice. Like many of you, we’ll be picking up our $6.99 pint online or at our nearest Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops. This is one sinful treat we’ll feel no guilt about when biting into!


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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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