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Arms Manufacturers in the United States Cultivate the Latin Market | The State

Gun store in Las Vegas.

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The sale of firearms grows in the United States in times of crisis and both manufacturers and the National Rifle Association (NRA), with an eye on the growing influence of Latinos, intensify their sales campaigns, Josh told Efe today Sugarmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center (VPC).

A VPC study titled “How the Gun Industry and NRA Promote Guns in Communities of Color”Documents campaigns launched in 2015 that include videos, social media, articles, and ads targeting African Americans, Latinos, and women.

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“The traditional clientele for firearms was mostly made up of white men, but that segment has stalled, “explained Sugarmann. “The reasons are several: urbanization leaves fewer people in rural areas and there has been an increase in households headed by women.”

“Fewer children go with their father to hunt and more are those who stay at home with video games,” he added, although, he noted, the industry expects those “violent and realistic games open an interest in the possession of pistols and rifles“.

A market for the future

“As the tobacco and liquor industries have done, as sales to white men have stagnated, they have diversified advertising to women and children,” Sugarmann said.

The reason for this change in focus is commercial – the cultivation of the market of the future – but it is also political: the increasing participation of women in politics and the sheer growth in numbers of the Latino population make these two groups potential allies in the future disputes around gun control.

The report includes examples of magazine ads by gun manufacturers such as Glock, KEL-TEC, Smith & Wesson and Springfield Armory featuring African American, Asian and Latino models of both sexes.

The promotional texts indicate that “It is a jungle in the street” or recommend to the reader “Protect yourself with the new HELLCAT 9mm (pistol) from Springfield Armory”, a weapon of easy concealed carry due to its small size and that accepts a magazine with 11 rounds and another with 13, plus the bullet in the chamber.

According to National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), representing the firearms industry, in the first half of last year, as the pandemic spread and cities across the country were the scene of peaceful and violent protests, gun stores saw an increase in 95% in the sale of weapons and 139% in that of ammunition.

“During the first half of 2020 the gunsmiths noticed that the pool of their clients consisted of 55.8% white men, 16.6% white women, 9.3% African American men, 5.4% of African American women, 6.9% of Latino men, 2.2% of Latina women, 3.1% of Asian men and 0.7% of Asian women, ”according to NSSF.

The latinos

In a report by this organization that explains the industry’s interest in the Hispanic and African-American market, the “Hispanic shooter” about 11 years younger than average gun owner or they practice with them.

Median household income and education for this population segment, according to NFSS, is lower than that of the general population and higher than that of all Hispanics. And those households are more likely to have children and people of different generations.

He 49% of armed Latinos are integrated into American culture, compared to 41% of Hispanics who are “bicultural,” according to the report.

The “psychographic” profile of Latinos, as potential clients, shows them as “Less tough / independent and more group oriented”, “Influenced by pop culture and the people around them”, “more relying on advertising and celebrities”.


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Coronavirus reduced the life expectancy of Latinos in the United States by three years | The State

The analysis was prepared by the University of Southern California.


The life expectancy of Latinos decreased by 3.05 years and stood at 78.77 years due to the high incidence of the coronavirus pandemic in this community, according to a study presented this Thursday.

The analysis prepared by the University of Southern California (USC) found that the pandemic also reduced the life expectancy of African Americans by 2.1 years, who are left with an average of 72.78 years.

For non-Hispanic whites, life expectancy also decreased, but in a much lower proportion, from only 0.61 years and to an expected average of 77.84 years.

“The disproportionate effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the life expectancy of Latinos and African Americans probably has to do with increased exposure through their workplaces or contacts with extended family,” he noted Theresa Andrasfay, author of the study.

Andrasfay, member of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, considers that these two factors are added to “receiving a poorer health service, which leads to more infections and worse results.”

The especially devastating effect of the pandemic on Latinos, who have a higher life expectancy than non-Hispanic whites – a phenomenon known as the “Latino Paradox” – led to them losing “the survival advantage of more than three years” that now it is reduced to less than a year, highlights the report.

“This large decrease in the life expectancy of Latinos is especially shocking considering that they have lower rates than the Whites and African Americans in most chronic conditions that are risk factors for COVID 19, ″ said Noreen Goldman, co-author of the report.

Largest reduction in both Latinos and African Americans, is due in part “to the disproportionate number of deaths at young ages in these groups,” added Goldman, a professor of Demography and Public Affairs at Harvard University.

The researcher concluded that the results of the study show the need to “protective behaviors and programs to reduce exposure to potential viral risk among younger people who may not perceive themselves as being at high risk ”.

The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) used information from the Institute for Health Assessment and Measurement, and compared the life expectancy of the US population at birth and at age 65, in models with and without coronavirus.


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Now Ireland Baldwin offends the Latinos! Hilaria Baldwin’s stepdaughter APOLOGIZES

Ireland Baldwin has issued another apology after appearing to conflate Latinx with her stepmother Hilaria’s Spanish heritage scandal. 

Originally, it had been claimed that Hilaria Baldwin was born in Spain, which would have made her Hispanic, not Latinx, which refers to those of Latin American origin.

Ireland, 25, appeared to confuse the term when she posted a statement about her stepmother’s controversy reading, ‘I simply want to say this and then nothing more. I am fully supportive of any individual of the Latinx community. I will continue to listen and learn.’ 

The mistake was brought to Baldwin’s attention by a Latina woman, who explained why using the term Latinx was inaccurate in the case of her stepmother.   

‘I am here to listen!’  Ireland Baldwin posted a screenshot she received from a follower who corrected her on how to use the term Latinx 

‘Hope you’re well. As a Latina myself, all I want to say: 1) thanks for this. your empathy and openness to listen is appreciated. 2) friendly FYI – Spain is not geographically located in Latin America,’ wrote the woman on Instagram direct message. 

‘So people from Spain are only labeled as Spanish, Spaniards, or as Hispanic. Hispanic = person from a predominantly Spanish language speaking country. Where Latinx means = person from a country in Latin America.

‘That is why people from Spain are not labeled as Latinx because Spain is in Europe, not Latin America.’ 

Ireland was receptive to the feedback, writing over a screenshot of the exchange: ‘Really appreciate Instagram friends who reach out and correct me and give me opportunities to learn. I am here to listen!’   

'I think it is her business': Baldwin appeared to distance herself from her stepmother Hilaria Baldwin's heritage controversy as she issued an apology to those grappling with 'any kind of hurt' during these trying times

‘I think it is her business’: Baldwin appeared to distance herself from her stepmother Hilaria Baldwin’s heritage controversy as she issued an apology to those grappling with ‘any kind of hurt’ during these trying times

Ireland also appeared to distance herself from her stepmother’s heritage controversy in a lengthy statement she posted to Instagram on Tuesday.   

‘Like I mentioned yesterday, I do love my step mom very much. I think she’s a strong, kind, and a caring human being. Without saying anything further on all of this, I think it is her business and not my own to discuss her family background and answer your questions,’ Ireland said in a lengthy statement posted to Instagram. 

She also thanked those who pointed out she had incorrectly referred to Hilaria, whose Spanish heritage is under question, as part of the Latinx community. 

‘I really appreciate the Instagram friends in my DMs who have been very open and honestly having discussions about cultural appropriation, the right terms to address their communities, and sharing with me ways that I can do better,’ she wrote.  

Setting the record straight: Baldwin clarified her earlier comments in a lengthy statement posted to Instagram on Tuesday

Setting the record straight: Baldwin clarified her earlier comments in a lengthy statement posted to Instagram on Tuesday 

Reaching out: Baldwin also issued an apology to those grappling with 'any kind of hurt' during these trying times

Reaching out: Baldwin also issued an apology to those grappling with ‘any kind of hurt’ during these trying times 

Hilaria’s heritage scandal erupted last week after claims that she had spent years misrepresenting her heritage went viral on Twitter, alongside a string of videos presented as evidence that her Spanish accent isn’t real.

Several former classmates came forward to confirm that Hilaria was in fact raised in Weston, Massachusetts, by professor parents without a hint of a foreign accent.

The influencer was forced to issue the rambling seven-minute video Sunday amid an online frenzy days after a woman tweeted: ‘You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person.’

'I do love my step mom very much': Despite distancing herself from the scandal, Ireland had high words for her stepmother

‘I do love my step mom very much’: Despite distancing herself from the scandal, Ireland had high words for her stepmother 

In the next few days, several videos of Hilaria’s past TV appearances resurfaced showing her commitment to a Spanish accent, including one where she appeared to forget the English word for ‘cucumber’.

In past interviews, Hilaria said she was born in Spain and raised in Boston, but also claimed she had come to the United States to attend NYU at age 19.  

Hilaria confessed she was indeed born in Boston in a recent seven-minute long video, where she said she is a ‘white girl.’

‘Let’s be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there and my family is white. Ethnically, I am a mix of many, many, many things. Culturally, I grew up with two cultures so it’s really as simple as that.’

In the video, Hilaria said that she spent ‘some of’ her childhood in Spain and ‘some’ of it in Massachusetts, where she was born. She maintained that her entire family lives in Spain now. 

‘There was a lot of back and forth my entire life,’ the Mom Brain podcaster explained.

‘And I’m really lucky that I grew up speaking two different languages and I’m trying to raise my kids, so they speak two languages too. And that’s something very important to me especially having my family abroad.’

Hilaria added: ‘Yeah I’m a different kind of Bostonian but that’s who I am, and you kind of can’t change your background – nor would I want to – I’m really, really proud of who I am.’

Clearing things up: Baldwin admitted she was born in Boston and not Spain in a recent seven-minute long video

Clearing things up: Baldwin admitted she was born in Boston and not Spain in a recent seven-minute long video 

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A wave of infection and death in Los Angeles from the coronavirus | The opinion

In Los Angeles County, the pandemic claims one life every ten minutes, and every 6 seconds a new contagion of COVID 19 is registered, which disproportionately impacts the Latino community.

Latinos carry more than double the deaths that white or Anglo residents have recorded since the pandemic hit.

4,562 Latinos and 2,066 white residents have died, always according to official county data as of December 24.

Latinos have lost their lives to the pandemic almost four times the number of Asians who have died from the same cause, which is 1,228 people. The Latino death toll in Los Angeles is nearly six times that of COVID 19 deaths among African Americans.

When it comes to contagions, Latinos also have higher numbers than any other ethnic group in LA. (LA County)

The cities and areas where the pandemic has claimed the most lives in Los Angeles County also coincide with areas of significant residence of Latinos.

In the city of Los Angeles, 3,823 people have died; In Glendale 233, in El Monte 215, in Pomona 199 and in East Los Angeles, 166 residents have been killed by COVID 19.

In terms of infections, Latinos also have higher numbers than any other ethnic group in Los Angeles County.

So far in the pandemic, more than 273,700 Latino residents of Los Angeles County and only 60,540 white residents have been infected with COVID-19.

Latinos have been infected almost 12 times the total recorded by the Asian American community, which has 23,370 cases, and is the third group with the most infections after Latinos and whites.

Of the total cases of contagion, 677,299, there are about 200,000 cases without confirming ethnicity, however, of the confirmed cases, Latinos represent 55 percent in the county, based on official numbers.

Dr. Bárbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County Public Health official, has stated that the current wave of infections stems from mobility and meetings that took place around Thanksgiving Day, just a month ago, on December 26. November.

Ferrer fears that mobility outdoors for shopping, and indoors for Christmas and New Year celebrations, will further fuel the current unprecedented wave of COVID in Los Angeles.

“If what happens during winter break is the same or even half of what happened during Thanksgiving break, we are in deep trouble,” said the doctor.

Worse still, amid the current increase in infections and deaths from the coronavirus in Los Angeles County, Health authorities are careful to detect if a new strain that apparently emerged in England could appear in the county.

Until this Saturday, no authority claimed to have registered that strain in the Los Angeles area.

The general official advice is to exercise extreme caution.

The California Department of Public Health informed La Opinion that on Saturday in Los Angeles County there were 364 beds available for COVID 19 care.

It is a small number of beds compared to a population of 10 million people in the county and a rate of infections of 570 new confirmed cases every hour in Los Angeles County, according to figures from December 24, when not yet. a post-Christmas outbreak is recorded.

To promote prevention, the one that Los Angeles County presents on its website La Oleada (The Surge), testimonies from health personnel and people infected with COVID 19, including stories from many Latinos.

In one of those stories, before Mrs. Andrea Linares, widow of the leader Ever Linares, who died victims of COVID 19, says that “the wave is real, and many people do not take it seriously until it affects someone that you know or that you love ”.

In the state of California as a whole, Latino deaths are 47.7 percent of the total, which translates to 10,887 deaths, according to official state figures. The Latino community is 38.9 percent of the total.


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For the first time, all representatives of the city of Madera are Latino | The opinion

For some years now, a slow but steady increase in the presence of Latino political leaders and other ethnic groups has been observed in the Central Valley of California.

Traditionally, cities and communities with a large percentage of the Latino population were ruled by Anglos, but this could become a thing of the past.

For example, in the last elections on November 3, 2020, the city of Madera elected Santos García and an African-American councilwoman as mayor. In this way, and for the first time in its history, the government of this city does not have representatives of white origin.

Madera is located in the county of the same name, 20 miles north of Fresno and its main economic activity, like that of all Central Valley counties, is agriculture.

Artemio Villegas representative of District 6. (Wood)

Of the almost 66 thousand inhabitants, in the city of Madera 78% of the residents are of Latino origin (Data from the Census Bureau, 2019). The highlight of its ethnic composition is the strong indigenous presence: Triquis, Zapotecos, Mixtecos, Purépechas, and other communities live together while preserving their languages, customs and traditions.

Madera is perhaps the “most indigenous” city in California next to Arvin, in Kern County.

Like many cities in the country, Madera is divided by a line that separates two sectors of the population: on the one hand, workers and low-income people, and on the other, the middle and upper class. This line in many Central Valley cities is Highway 99 that connects Los Angeles with Sacramento.

“Where we live, in the neighborhood, there are almost no sidewalks and very little lighting,” says Santos García, the new mayor of the city. “And this is partly because the councilors who were elected did not live in their districts and had no interest in investing in improving the neighborhoods. Now we want to change this ”.

Garcia is the son of Texas farm workers who traveled the country following the harvest route. “My brothers and I were born in Arizona, California, Ohio…” says García.

Finally in 1971 his father got a steady job in Madera as an irrigation manager. This allowed him to buy a modest house that he gradually expanded and improved.

Although born in Arizona, García – who for 31 years was a postal worker – considers himself from Madera, where in 2018 he won the elections to represent District 5 on the city council. And now, upon winning the mayoralty, that district was left vacant until a new representative is elected.

For the first time, Madera has no Anglo representatives in the city. In 2020, García ran his electoral campaign in conjunction with the candidates Artemio Villegas and Anita Adams. All three won.

The new political map of the city council was made up of García as mayor and with representatives Cecelia, “Cece” Gallegos in the district1; José Rodríguez in number 2; Steve Montes in the 3; Anita Evans at 4; Artemio Villegas in 6th and 5th district is vacant.

Cecelia “Cece” Gallegos representative of District 1. (Madera)

What is remarkable about this new local government is the interest in improving the living and working conditions of the local population.

“In addition to sidewalks and lighting, we want to attract new sources of employment. For example, the cannabis (marijuana) industry, ”says García, a father of five children. “It is no longer a prohibited product, but we want to regulate it and make sure they pay their taxes.”

According to the new mayor, Madera’s budget has not suffered dramatically from the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic. Managing the budget in a balanced way is Garcia’s concern.

“When I took office as a councilor in 2018, I asked why we had in a city that is not very rich some officials earning $ 200- $ 300 thousand dollars annually,” says García. “We made adjustments and since then we have saved two million dollars. If we pay such high wages in a small town, then there are fewer resources to fix the streets.

Garcia and the new city council will continue with these adjustments, including the police budget that is equivalent to 60% of the city budget.

Garcia has a full schedule, mainly the city budget and filling the vacancy in District 5. “Hopefully it’s someone of color, who speaks the language of the people who live in Madera,” says Garcia optimistically. “We want the city government to be a representation of who we are.”


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Indigenous Latinos residing in New York demonstrate to demand protection for their communities | The State

Indigenous Latinos residing in New York demonstrate to demand protection for their communities

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In the middle of the second wave of COVID-19, which has not only left more than 20,000 deaths in the Big Apple but also enormous damage to the economy of thousands of low-income families, indigenous Latinos from the five boroughs came together this Friday to raise their voices and demand protections for their communities.

Through the Assembly of Indigenous Immigrant Peoples of New York, Dozens of indigenous people, activists, and political and community leaders gathered to ask state and local governments not to exclude them and to give them the treatment they deserve as members of the city.

Among the protesters’ list of demands are increased language services at consulates for their original languages, protection for food delivery men and the approval of the billionaire tax to finance excluded workers.

“Indigenous communities have not been included like the other immigrant colleagues with the aid and in this city, as indigenous speakers of native languages, it has been difficult for us to obtain access to medical services ”, he said Yoloxochilt Marcelino, originally from the state of Guerrero Montaña Alta. “And since they cannot receive interpreters for not speaking or not understanding well, they do not acquire services properly and they take us for ignorant people who we do not understand.”

The activist, who speaks the Tuu’nsavi Mixtec language, assured that although the Mexican Consulate assures that in the Big Apple there is an estimated 35,000 indigenous people, your calculation is that there are more than 200,000, many of them working in the delivery and restaurant industry.

The Assembly member Carmen de la Rosa, a member of the State Assembly, joined the demonstration and called for the rights of indigenous people, noting that many were left without work and have been excluded from aid.

“As legislative leaders we cannot turn a blind eye to our most vulnerable, in particular indigenous immigrants who are essential and excluded workers. Today we call on Governor Cuomo to listen to our plan and collect taxes from billionaires to create a fund for excluded workers, ”said the legislator.

The Senator Jessica Ramos He also called for these groups to have the protections they deserve and called for the millionaire tax to be passed.

“Indigenous immigrants live at the intersection of being essential and excluded workers. Your work creates wealth in our state. We have more billionaires in New York today than before the pandemic. Collectively they are worth more than $ 500 billion and have earned about $ 77 billion more in recent months, “said the legislator. “Asking these 120 people to contribute to a fund that raises $ 23 billion is really a silly change for them and can improve the lives of thousands of New Yorkers. It’s the right thing to do and the faster we do it, the faster we’ll avoid a bigger economic calamity. “

Saul quitzet, dedicated to selling flowers in New York, who is a survivor of COVID-19, said that the rejection of their communities is daily bread.

“Our people, including indigenous people who were sick and went to the hospitals for help, had a hard time trying to get treatment. There is no serious commitment to have interpreters and translators in hospitals, in courts, to share information about the pandemic, the laws or economic aid to our communities, ”said the young indigenous man. “There is no respect for our language, our customs or our thinking. We are treated like pawns that only serve to work ”.

Angeles Solis, main organizer of Make the Road New York, demanded that indigenous communities have access to basic protections.

“The pandemic has dramatically affected immigrants and working-class New Yorkers, including our indigenous brothers and sisters. Communities have been struggling to put food on the table and continue to face huge rent bills, ”he said. “Once again, before the year is out, we demand relief for our communities, including protections for delivery workers, language access, and immediate action to raise taxes on billionaires and fund excluded workers.”


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Latinos are about 25% of the population between 0 and 29 years old | The State

The data on the Latino population in the US is partial.

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Latinos make up about 25 percent of the U.S. population ages 0-29, according to an analysis by the Census Bureau which is independent of the 2020 Census whose data evaluation is still in process.

Based on information available as of April of this year, experts estimated the country’s population at three levels: the low with 330,730,000; the average level of 332,601,000, and the high level of 335,514,000.

Regarding the Latino community, the experts indicated that they only took into account the indicated ages, due to the availability of reliable data.

“For the population under 30 years of age, the estimated percentage of Hispanics was 23.0, 24.6 and 26.0, respectively”, that is, about 25 percent on an average. “Population demographic analysis estimates by Hispanic origin are not produced for all ages, because the Hispanic origin option was not widely available in birth and death records until the 1990s.”

In fact, analysts indicate that the data up to 2010 registered a jump over the Latino population, going from 0 to 19% in the mentioned age threshold.

They indicated at a press conference that the population analysis will make it possible to project a better census in 2030.

“Indeed, we will begin a decade of analysis to assess what worked and what did not, using that information to lay the foundation for a better possible 2030 census”, said Kevin Barragan, Census Bureau expert. “And by publishing these 2020 Demographic Analysis estimates for the nation by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, we are also opening the door for researchers and the public to reach their own conclusions.”

And the immigrants?

The report does not include a detailed analysis of the percentage of immigrants in the country, but estimates that 46.9 percent of that population is Hispanic. There are no further details, due to the availability of data in the National System of Vital Statistics.

“There is greater uncertainty in the estimates of international migration because administrative records are not available to produce them”, expose the experts. “Instead, we use data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and other sources to estimate international migration.”

The 2020 Census is expected to provide more detailed information on the immigration and origin of the Latino community, but specialists defend this previous analysis as a way to approach better methods of measuring the population.

“Demographic analysis allows us to use existing data, such as current and historical administrative records and survey data, to estimate the size of the population,” he explained. Eric Jensen, Senior technical expert in Demographic Analysis in the Population Division.


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Latinos Exceed Among the 25 Greatest Players in MLS | The State

As part of its 25th season celebration, MLS announced the list of the 25 greatest players in history, where some Latinos excel.

A special panel made up of nearly 200 MLS experts was created with the purpose of selecting the 25 most accomplished players on the court, who led the conversation off the court, and who helped create the foundation and set the course for the next 25 years of MLS.

MLS nominated 137 of the most decorated and impressive players in league history. The nominating committee sought to identify players who logreed individual recognitionsthem or championships with their teams, but also the impact they had in drawing attention to and empowering the league.

Among those elected, who belong to nine nationalities, are the Colombian Carlos Valderrama, the Bolivians Marco Etcheverry and Jaime Moreno, the Argentine Diego Valeri and the Venezuelan Josef Martínez.

El Pibe ’Valderrama He was the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1996 in the MLS and ranks fourth in all-time assists (114), with a record of 26 in a single season (2000) in the Tampa Bay Mutiny jersey.

Etcheverry He won three championships with DC United (1996, 1997 and 1999) and was the 1998 MVP while his compatriot Moreno also participated in those triumphs and added a fourth title in 2004.

Valeri and Martínez, for their part, they are still active. The 34-year-old Argentine won the MLS title and MVP trophy in 2015 with Portland Timbers and the 27-year-old Venezuelan achieved the same double success in 2018 with Atlanta United, also adding the Golden Boot of the championship.

In addition to the five Latin Americans, the English are also counted on the list David Beckham, winner of two championships with the LA Galaxy (2011 and 2012) and today co-owner of Inter Miami, and Bradley Wright-Phillips, Italian Sebastian Giovinco, Irishman Robbie Keane and Canadian Dwayne De Rosario.

The list of the best 25 players in the complete MLS is this:

Jeff Agoos
Kyle beckerman
David beckham
Carlos Bocanegra
Dwayne De Rosario
Clint dempsey
Landon donovan
Marco Etcheverry
Robin fraser
Sebastian giovinco
Kevin Hartman
Cobi jones
Robbie keane
Chad marshall
Josef Martinez
Tony meola
Jaime Moreno
Eddie pope
Steve Ralston
Nick Rhyming
Carlos Valderrama
Diego Valeri
Chris Wondolowski
Bradley Wright-Phillips

The 2020 season of the MLS will culminate on Saturday with the grand final between the defending champions Seattle Sounders and the Columbus Crew.

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Latinos and African Americans will not be prioritized in the first round of vaccines against COVID-19 | The State

The debate about access to vaccines to prevent the spread of coronavirus is complex.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Los Latino and African American They will not be part of the priority group for the first round of vaccines against COVID-19 despite being among the most affected and being part of the essential workers in the fight against the pandemic, so experts ask that these communities be included in this phase or in subsequent stages.

A panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decided to prioritize health workers and senior centers.

“I would say they should expand a little more and have that equity perspective even in that first round. There is a great need but very few doses, “said Daniel López Cevallos, associate professor of ethnic studies at Oregon State University, in an interview with Efe.

For López, the burden of COVID-19 has been disproportionate for Latinos and African Americans, and many of them are part of what is classified as essential workers.

“There has been a lot of talk about essential workers and there have been publicity campaigns to recognize and applaud them because they have essentially put their lives at risk so that the rest of us can have food and basic products. That is why they should be considered that way whether in a second or third round. That these essential workers and their families take priority; they are a reflection of overexposure and need protection, “he said.

Earlier in the week, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson sent a letter to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in an effort to prioritize distribution of the vaccine to people of color. Johnson explained that “many of our essential workers are also people of color, which is likely to help drive higher infection rates among African American and Hispanic families.”

For his part, Dr. Gregory Poland, director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, said: “They only have 40 million doses of vaccines. If you think about who has the highest percentages of deaths, these are the people in senior centers. If you think about who are the ones that are sustaining the health systems, these are the health workers ”.

According to this expert, “between both groups there are 23 million people and they would take 46 million doses, all of which we have right now to protect these people; that is why these recommendations were made ”. In addition, he pointed out that after these first priority groups, people with underlying health conditions should be the second priority, as more vaccines are received.

On the impact of COVID-19 on the Latino and African-American communities, Poland, who is also an expert in infectious diseases, expressed concern about the behavior of some population groups.

“In the next two months many people will be hospitalized, many will get sick and many will die, and in part because they, their families and their friends are not taking this seriously. You cannot have the virus unless you breathe it in and so if you wear a mask and stay away from people who are not in your family you will avoid getting it. There are too many stories that break the heart and it is impossible to convince people that they have to take this seriously; they can get sick and they can die, ”he said.

In contrast, Dr. José Torradas, spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, indicated that “politically it would be suicidal if someone said that Hispanics and African Americans are being more affected and that we are going to give them the vaccines first. Anyone can have a big enough opposition for racial or ethnic reasons ”.

According to Torradas, in the case of Latinos, the rates of covid-19 infection are high but they are not necessarily due to not wearing masks and not distancing themselves. “It is because they work in industries where it is difficult for them to work virtually and they cannot work from home. They work with very little protection or in conditions that are not ideal ”, he explained.

“When you look at the phases that have been published, the death rates have been higher for people over 75 years old. They are at a very high risk and when they expand it to other groups the essential workers will remain in other phases, ”he said.


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Georgia Latina wins special election despite clashes with Republican governor | The State

Deborah González, elected district attorney in Georgia.

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Nothing stopped Deborah González in her effort to win a special election in Georgia.

The Georgia Hispanic Community celebrates this Wednesday the triumph of the lawyer, who last night became the first Hispanic to be elected prosecutor in the state, in an election that was held after winning a lawsuit against Governor, Brian Kemp.

Gónzalez, who made history in Georgia in 2017 by becoming the second Latina to be elected state representative, won the second-round elections for the position of district attorney for the west of the state, which were held on Tuesday, after defeating her opponent, James Chafin, by obtaining 51.66%, according to preliminary results.

“I want to thank you, thank you all… We did this together. This is the vote of the people and we are ready to roll up our sleeves, work very hard to bring justice to Athens and Oconee, ”González said in a video shared late Tuesday on his Facebook page after learning the election result.

The elections for the position were held after González won a lawsuit against Kemp for having appointed a prosecutor to the position instead of ordering that special elections be held after the resignation of the incumbent in the position.

“Congratulations to the former member of the GALEO Board Deborah González for being elected as the first Latina district attorney in Georgia! ”the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) celebrated this Wednesday in a message on its Facebook page.

“This Latina stood up to the governor of Georgia and has just made history in the state,” said Rafael Navarro, who runs the local newspaper El Nuevo Georgia.

“Congratulations for being persistent, consistent and incredible, Deborah González,” said Gigi Pedraza, the executive director and founder of the organization. Latino Community Fund -LCF Georgia.

González, of Puerto Rican origin, filed the lawsuit last May, after the Georgia Secretary of State canceled the election, and fought the legal battle until October, when the State Supreme Court it ruled in his favor and against the governor.

Kemp relied on a state law, which was amended two years ago, that allows him to appoint the prosecutor, if the incumbent resigns, rather than having the position decided in a popular election.

In 2017, González became the second Hispanic to reach the Georgia General Assembly, after the lawyer of Mexican origin Brenda López did it a year before.

In other second-round results, Democrat Linda Pritchett, the niece of the legendary singer Cuban Celia Cruz, lost his election for a seat to State Senate versus her opponent Sonya Halpern, a marketing executive.