Two of America's most Hispanic cities, lashed by the devastation of hurricane Harvey, and lashed again, by Trump's racist pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio!

It is a blatant racist act that President Trump has pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio. That Trump made his announcement of the pardoning in the exact minutes when Southeast Texas, home to some of America's most Hispanic cities, was first being hit Hurricane Harvey's devastating blows, is an unspeakable cruelty. 

The vicious and sadistic racism being displayed by the President Trump in this life threatening time for the huge Latino populations of Southeastern Texas, is a red flag that cannot be ignored. Trump's racism is clearly capable of crushing people when they're down. We can't let that happen!

It's critical in the days that follow, in whatever capacity we can, to be vigilant that all available government services reach the most vulnerable, and in a language they understand.

------admin, Women's Justice Center 

Use your language Skills

One of the biggest needs may be for translators and interpreters since Southeast Texas is home to the largest number of refugees in the US as well as a large population of immigrants. 

Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, and American Sign language skills could be of use to relief organisations, hospitals, radio stations, other local media outlets, and first responders - paramedics, police, fire departments. It is best to call officials and groups in the area first to determine need. 

Remember, you don't necessarily have to be in the area to help with language since no matter where you are you're just a phone call away.

Corpus Christi, Texas:

* Population over 62% Hispanic (2010 U.S. Census)

* Over 36% speak Spanish

* One of the five most Hispanic cities in the U.S (cities over 250,000 population)

*  League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was founded in Corpus Christi

* Over 17% of the population live below the poverty line,

Cisneros v. Corpus Christi Independent School District (1970) was the first case to extend the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas decision (1954) to Mexican Americans. It recognized them as a minority group that could be and was frequently discriminated against.

Houston, Texas:

* 44% Hispanic

* 575,000 undocumented immigrants 

SEE: For Houston’s many undocumented immigrants, storm is just the latest challenge

 

 

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