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In the Wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation, Latinas Are Sharing Words Of Love And Wisdom

There’s no denying women and sexual assault survivors have had a particularly brutal couple of weeks. In the wake of the hearings and investigations into the sexual assault accusations brought forth by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against and Brett Kavanaugh and his subsequent confirmation as a Supreme Court judge so many women and survivors have expressed their grief and hurt over being ignored and attacked for speaking up.

Fortunately, Latinas and so many other mujeres are spreading hope and spirit as a reminder that even when we feel at our most small and disheartened there’s still the future to look forward to.

Tessa Thompson shared words of both pain and wisdom.

These words by Jasmin Kaur are a reminder that in the next few months in particular, no matter what outcomes we see, women have to continue to speak up and raise each other’s voices.

America Ferrera used her platform to raise the voice of another.

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November is on the horizon. Beautiful words from my wise sister @valariekaur #Repost ・・・ The Wise Woman in me sees my sadness and sits with it. She does not shame it. She honors it. She knows that the new court will make the labor for justice harder and more painful, not for years but for decades. She knows I’m tired. She knows that I feel hopeless. She also knows that I don’t need hope in order to choose to show up and labor in love anyway. She knows that love will sustain me until hope returns. . Today I breathe with my son and my lover and my sister and the sky and the sea. Today I remember all that is beautiful and good and worth fighting for. Today I remember that the labor for justice has gone on for centuries before me and will go on for centuries after me. Today I remember that I am not alone — that if millions of women are listening to the wisdom within them too, and still choose to return to the work, then we WILL usher in a new era — where women are believed, where women lead. Starting in November. Today we breathe. Tomorrow we push. #BreatheAndPush #NovemberIsComing

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Ferrera’s Instagram post highlighted the words of American lawyer and filmmaker Valarie Kaur while also reminding us that it’s okay for us to remain upset about Kavanaugh’s confirmation as long as we do not let it steal our momentum.

And this page which reminded us of a great Latinx proverb.

One of the greatest things these hearings and Kavanaugh’s confirmation has taught us is that if you test the female spirit it will continue to fight. This Mexican proverb is undoubtedly a testament to that.

This rallying call.

Throughout the weekend, women tweeted the #NovemberIsComing as a reminder that when it comes to voting it’s now or never.

Cleo Wade took to Instagram to draw out the ultimate reminder.

Poet and author Cleo Wade has beeng bringing forth a case for hope in the weeks since news of Kavanaugh’s confirmation began to make headlines. Definitely check out her page for more voting and Latina Power inspo.

Odette Annable gave a lesson in how to harness our frustrations productively.

Colombian-Cuban Actress Odette Annable was another Latina who posted about her frustration over Kavanaugh’s confirmation and reminded us that we still have control and can take action.

Read: The Most Inspiring Indigenous Latinas To Follow On Instagram This Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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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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Women In Mexico Have Started Their Own #MeToo Movement


Women In Mexico Have Started Their Own #MeToo Movement

The #MeToo Movement has arrived in Mexico.

Last week, a young activist tweeted that an esteemed writer had beaten or raped more than 10 women, with her post inspiring hundreds of others to speak out about violence and harassment in their industries.

Ana G. González, a 29-year-old political communications consultant, tweeted on March 21 that Herson Barona had “beaten, manipulated, gaslighted, impregnated, and abandoned (on more than one occasion) more than 10 women.” While she didn’t experience the violence firsthand, she said that women had asked her to speak out on their behalf.

“I knew several women that were just too afraid and not ready to come forth, but allowed me to speak for them and name this person,” González told the New York Times.

Barona denied the accusations, saying “I understand that there is collective pain surrounding the real cases of so many beaten, raped and murdered women” and “unfortunately, in public scorn there is little space for discussion, clarity or conciliation.”

His response didn’t slow down the derision he, and others who have been recently been accused of gender violence and harassment, received on the social network, however.

Since González’s tweet, more allegations have followed under the hashtag #MeTooEscritores, where women are sharing their stories of abuse in film, academia, the nonprofit sector, business, law, theater, medicine, politics and more.

Some women, fearing a backlash from their jobs or their perpetrator, are speaking anonymously or not sharing their attacker’s name. But others, who shared details in their accounts, have caught the attention of the attorney general’s office in the state of Michoacán, which is investigating information published on social media by a network of journalists that “includes acts that Mexican laws consider as crimes.”

Last year, during the height of the #MeToo movement in the US, Mexican actress Karla Souza, famous for her role as Laurel Castillo on the US legal drama television series How to Get Away With Murder, disclosed that she was raped by a director while working in Mexico. She chose to not share the name of her aggressor, which incited skepticism and criticism from many, sending a message to those who might have wanted to open up about their experience with workplace violence or harassment that they, too, could risk similar reprisal.

“When you see how these women have been treated publicly, it makes perfect sense many victims want to protect themselves by staying anonymous,” González said. “Let’s just hope this time it will be different.”

Read: Twitter Is On Fire With The ‘Me Too’ Hashtag And Latinas Refuse To Be Forgotten

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