A populist strongman? Democrats struggle with labeling Trump a 'caudillo' in Spanish ads
MIAMI — In the one-minute, Spanish-language campaign ad, a Kissimmee woman named Cecilia reminisces about Venezuela, her homeland. As she drives a black car with Biden-Harris painted in white on her back window, she speaks of her grandmother, her childhood home and her friends.“Socialism … was one of the key things that destroyed my country,” she reflects. “It can sound wild to compare Donald Trump with Nicolás Maduro, but the reality is that they are very similar.” She lists qualities she perceives in both Trump and the Venezuelan leader: “His authoritarianism, his violations of freedom of sp...
Miami tourism is way down. 'Hybrid' meetings, TV production, parks are keys in recovery plan
MIAMI — In hopes of luring back visitors to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami-Dade’s tourism bureau held its annual meeting there Wednesday.Normally a celebration of record-breaking visitor numbers, this year leaders of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau skipped the celebration and discussed the next steps in the hospitality industry’s effort to recover from the worst economic downturn it has ever weathered — the COVID-19 pandemic.Business and hotel closures since March have resulted in $1.3 billion in direct revenue loss for hotels and $742 million in loss for restaurants...
New program to help Black-owned online businesses
ATLANTA — Many Black entrepreneurs struggle to get bank loans and professional help to launch new businesses. A new program aims to remove those stumbling blocks.An Atlanta nonprofit and another business have committed $150 million to the 1 Million Black Businesses effort, which will make loans and provide financial and business advice to Black-owned startups and established small businesses. Atlanta-based nonprofit Operation Hope, which helps consumers improve credit scores, is kicking in $20 million, and Shopify, the online e-commerce is adding another $130 million for the loans and website-...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ministry is making sure people can vote by mail — even if they have no address
PHILADELPHIA — When she got to the spot on the voter-registration form that asked for her Social Security number, Yvonne Stratton shook her head emphatically.“I’m not putting my Social on there!” said Stratton, 58, lamenting a recent battle with identity theft. “I guess I’m not voting!”Then, Brian Hughes approached. In calm tones, the voter-registration worker for Broad Street Ministries assured her that her state ID number would suffice. Stratton, who normally doesn’t vote, said she’d go ahead and give it a try‚ even though she’s been disgusted by the campaigns’ political mud-slinging. (“I th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Amazon employee group seeks paid day off to vote, threatens to organize brief blockade
The employee activists that pressured Amazon to take more action on climate change have recently called for the company to grant all employees a paid day off to vote.The group, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ), on Thursday escalated their campaign, which had garnered more than 6,500 employee signatures on an internal petition, with a call for a protest action on Halloween.In an online post, AECJ asked supporters — though not Amazon warehouse workers themselves — to temporarily block truck and van exits from the company’s fulfillment centers “whether with cars or bodies” for at least...
The Seattle Times
'He is no socialist': Well-known Cuban-American writer defends Biden in new political ad
MIAMI — A well-known Cuban exile journalist and writer is the star of a new Spanish-language political ad refuting accusations that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is a socialist.The award-winning Cuban-born newspaper columnist, Carlos Alberto Montaner, appears in the radio and television ad, financed by former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, that will begin airing Tuesday on several Spanish-language stations in South Florida.“Sometimes I vote with the Republicans and sometimes with the Democrats. I have dedicated my life and I have written several books against socialists and commu...
Minneapolis teen to receive award for video of George Floyd under officer's knee
MINNEAPOLIS — A leading literary and human rights organization said Tuesday that it is bestowing its annual Courage Award to the Minneapolis teenager whose video of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police was viewed by millions and inspired global outrage.Darnella Frazier will receive the Benenson Courage Award from PEN America during a virtual gala celebration on Dec. 8.“With nothing more than a cellphone and sheer guts, Darnella changed the course of history in this country, sparking a bold movement demanding an end to systemic anti-Black racism and violence at the hands of police,” PEN...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Tough fire season takes toll on firefighters' mental health
Josh Baker just got home from a 50-day deployment to three California wildfires. Although his job wasn’t dangerous — he worked on a support team, making calls to track down equipment such as port-a-potties and bulldozers — the hours were long, the stakes were high and the work was exhausting.He’s still feeling tense. “I’m anxious, nerves are kind of frayed, things that would normally not be a big deal — kind of water off a duck’s back — hit a little harder,” said Baker, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) fire captain who spoke to Stateline as a member of the age...
On Philanthropy: Start planning your year-end giving now
In 2019, U.S. giving to charity totaled nearly $450 billion. Historically, nearly one-third of that amount takes place in December, with 12% of all giving occurring in the last three days of the year!December and last-minute giving is often rushed, not well-planned, nor strategic. In order to maximize the impact of your giving, whether personal or in your business, start planning your approach to year-end donations now. There are a number of steps you can take to ensure your donations have a lasting and significant impact.—Engage your family members in conversations about what issues and cause...
Tribune News Service
Thousands of mail-in ballots have been initially rejected in Florida. But there's still time to fix them
ORLANDO, Fla. — Thousands of mail-in ballots sent in by Florida residents have been initially rejected for signature errors and other mistakes, but election experts say there is still plenty of time to make those votes count.The problem is that millions of Floridians are voting by mail for the first time because of concerns about the coronavirus and election security in general.In a state where the margins for victory have been razor-thin for decades, rejected ballots could easily add up and be decisive in the race between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.“(With) the histori...