Donald Trump supporters AKA sad, soulless fucking idiots who we all have to pretend to sympathize  with  because they grew up poor and ignorant and don’t know any better. Well, fuck you, guys. I grew up poor. My dad was pretty racist. But I still learned, along the way about compassion  and tolerance and about the evils of prejudice.  Because I wanted to. You sad fucks never wanted to even learn. You just cared about hate. There were books, for fuck’s sake.  Books!
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How DARE he disrespect Jorge Ramos with the bullshit of “Get out of my Country” Jorge is an American citizen and has every right that low life of a man does. Guys, if this isn’t a wake up message to ALL Latinos, I don’t know how blind you must be. He clearly attack him and that’s with him being a citizen, what treatment do any of us really have coming with these racist?

How would you feel if a future president called you, your family, a whole fucking community criminals? How would you feel if you no longer felt safe enough to walk alone because people might feel so “passionate” that they would attack you without warning, without reason, without mercy? How would you feel if the person who might be next president justified the attacks of your friends, neighbors, family? How would you feel if you were treated as a monster instead of a person who has sacrified their health, their sleep, their tears for the sake of their families? We have every right to be angry. Because even if we are not citizens of this country does not mean we did not help build it. Do you know how much it would take to deport all 11.6 million of us? (not counting the kids born here if Trump does remove the 14th amendment) I’ll tell you, $12500 per immigrant, if you multiply that the total amount would be 400 to 600 billion. Are you willing enough to pay that? And this is not including the amount of money that it would be to build a fence all across the border. Do you think Trump has even close enough amount of money to do all the things he says he will? Or will he be using government money we do not have? Have you ever had a history course in your life because if you are not native american, you are an immigrant. Your ancestors came here because they were desperate for freedom just like us. The only difference is that you call that “colonization” instead of “immigration”. While Ramos did speak out of turn, do you really blame him? The man who has called all of us criminals and rapists? And don’t give me the “he called the illegal ones that, not all” because once you insult one of us, you insult us all. While you have the media, the police, and the goverment protecting you because of your skin, we only have eachother and that is something you will never experience. So thank god and every other god you were born white because you, you rule the world. But not for long.

William Levy - sexy latino! This actor has made lots of us go crazy about latinos… I know I love ‘em more than ever. Well, I’m getting back into the dating game. Slowly but surely. 

I’d like to recommend this app for everyone who’d like to find a friend/soulmate/lover… It’s called MiCrush. I installed it on my mobile phone, will do the same on my tablet tonight. Already found some studs. And the app looks pretty good, IMO. Give it a try because it’s free. :)

I believe it’s on iTunes and GooglePlay. Here’s their site: MiCrush - Latino Dating

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Police killings of Latinos spark less outrage than when victims are black

The starkly different response to police shootings of minorities and deaths of minorities in police custody raises a question that is being asked more and more by activists and experts every day: Don’t brown lives matter, too?

But the reasons why the deaths of Latinos have not sparked the same national outrage as those of blacks are tangled in a complex web of history, debate over immigration and lack of government statistics on the number of brown lives lost at the hands of police.

Photo Credit: Sadaf Syed for Al Jazeera America                                                  

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Let’s talk about Guatemala. They’re trying to impeach their president. President Otto Pérez Molina is a bad man hiding behind the protections guaranteed to higher office in Guatemala.

A corrupt government is not in a position to police crime or violence, so lots of Guatemalan immigrants end up fleeing across Mexico to the US southern border seeking asylum. Folks living in Guatemala right now are struggling to improve the situation and hold their government accountable.

Here’s the summary:

+ The President is a mass-murdering profiteer who has escaped prosecution to this day, is caught up in a new scandal, and still refuses to resign.

+ The President and former Vice President are currently accused of making millions of dollars in cahoots with the same types of business interests and special international groups that sparked thirty-six years of war and slaughter called the Guatemalan Civil War.

+ Congressional President Montt is a convicted genocidal former-General who hid behind political immunity for decades in the same way that Pérez-Molina wishes to, but this week, Montt is finally facing justice. Everyone’s happy about the justice part, but it’s tempered with anger at how long it has taken and distress that all these politicians can hide behind government office immunity to avoid court rulings.

+ The vast majority of the Guatemalan poor have suffered for generations through hereditary poverty and recurring waves of ethnic slaughter against indigenous peoples.

+ People are marching in the streets by the thousands. It’s their country and they demand better leaders.

+ We’re all holding our breath to see if the current democracy in Guatemala is actually accountable to its people.

History and Further Info:
Colonialism left its mark and in the late 1800’s, Guatemala had deeply divided social classes: rich ruling class of landowners with international ties to OTHER rich people in other countries (US business people specifically), a mixed european/native middle class of artisans and low level gov’t officials called Ladinos who were considered ethnically inferior, and an enormous category of desperately poor Mayan and other native peoples who occupied the lowest caste. Land was stripped from the indigenous people; debt-based indentured labor and subsequent debt-based slavery tied hundreds of thousands of workers to plantations across generations. Bribery and corruption kept the middle class from assisting the poor on a governmental level. It sucked for anyone who’d gotten themselves born to the wrong parents.

It’s no wonder that, when the citizens were given a shot at a democratically elected gov’t in 1944, they jumped on it with two feet and brought a bunch of left-leaning politicians to power who instated land reform—dividing up the plantations and freeing indentured laborers—and started defining and honoring rights for all citizens. There was about a decade of hope and improvement.

It looked a bit like communism—too much like communism for the US in the 1950’s. The US funded and provided weaponry+training to the leaders of the military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Guatemala and undid a decade’s worth of reforms. US intervention disenfranchised the majority of Guatemalans, and plunged life back into the darkest of the ‘good ol’ days’ when US businesses enjoyed the very best in tax-exempt status, unrestricted landownership, and forced labor.

The US pushed the country hard for its own profits and benefit and in 1960, Guatemalans pushed back. What spiraled out of that was THIRTY-SIX YEARS of Guatemalan Civil War. Think about that. That war started when my parents were 2 and ended when I was sixteen. Thirty-Six Years: 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, and more than half of the 1990’s. Measure those dates against your own life history. Imagine that you lived all those years in a war zone.

Because while this was a Civil War, it wasn’t a regional north Vs South. It was literal class warfare and the battle ground spread across the entire country. The foreign hereditary rich and the military battled against the middle and lower class native peoples who could only counter effectively with guerrilla tactics. The rich in power had US backing, weapons, and a secret police system that “disappeared” or outright killed more than 200,000 opposing Guatemalans.

All native peoples were suspect—if not of being rebels, then of harboring rebels. Starting in the 1980’s, the Guatemalan military, now well-trained and well-funded by two decades of work alongside US handlers, cornered the 3,000 guerrilla insurgents in the mountains and began systemically destroying Mayan villages throughout the mountains of Guatemala in a race-based genocide that was not recognized as real outside of the region until some time around 2007. People are still finding mass graves. Here’s a documentary & interview with US forensic anthropologist and a team of Guatemalan technicians, who because of all their experience, are now the world’s foremost authority on exhuming mass graves.

Here’s where current President Otto Pérez-Molina comes in. He was a field commander during these human rights atrocities. (Atrocities that the Reagan administration dismissed, downplayed and ultimately blamed on the leftist guerillas whose families and communities were slaughtered.) Current President Pérez-Molina worked under General Efraín Ríos Montt who was officially convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity with a sentence of 80 years in Guatemalan court. His sentence was put on pause though, and he was allowed to continue to work as President of the Guatemalan Congress—immune from prosecution. That has finally reversed and he’s being brought up again to face his sentence this week! Will justice finally be served? Will President Pérez-Molina and his vice president go to jail as well? Only the people of Guatemala and their elected representatives can say.


I’m a US citizen and a Latina, and I’m deeply distressed that our national news gives no attention to the 47 countries south of us. We hear about them from time to time when there’s a natural disaster, when a US citizen gets in trouble, or when we want to complain about the stuff that comes from those countries (typically drugs, guns, or people.)

I know we can’t care about everything all the time—and as much as it upsets me that all “latinos” from dozens of countries are interchangeable/disposable in the current US narrative—I do understand the logic. The news should be about the stuff happening closest to us and impacting us the hardest. No one has the time to learn about everything happening EVERYWHERE. That’s why there’s no nightly news segment about South Dakota.

But with the current US political race-to-be-the-cruelest talk about immigration, with our dozens of ‘Family Detention Center’ internment camps currently operating inside the United States, and with the natural concern about violence and crime that accompany drugs/guns/gangs/human-trafficking, I would argue that current events in Central, South, and Caribbean America are happening VERY close to us and DO impact us the hardest.

These issues may seem like they’re very far away, but they involve real people, are compounded by the foreign policy strategies of our elected officials, and ripple to all our doorsteps.  Spread the word for our fellow human beings in Guatemala. Learn about your country’s history of foreign policy. Pay attention to your national politics.  And if you can, register and vote.


**CAVEAT**
I did my homework, but I’m no history scholar, and I’m not living in these places. I’m willing to learn if I need to be corrected and I’m trying. Please tell me what you think. If you know better, teach me.

#YoNoTengoPresidente #Guatemala #history #latinos #Protests #my links are informative #However they do give you more info on wars and human rights abuses #so we all know that info isn’t pretty and could be hard to deal with.

Photo credits to: Mosises Castillo of AP & William Gularte of elPeriódico
Taken August 2015, Guatemala City, Guatemala