America Ferrera Joins 200+ in Penning Letter in Solidarity with the U.S. Latino Community in the Trump Era

America Ferrerais speaking up…

The 35-year-old Honduran American actress and former Ugly Betty star is among the A-list celebrities who’ve signed a letter to support the Latino community in light of recent deadly attacks and political targeting.

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Ferrera is among 200 actors, musicians, artists, activists, and labor and civil rights leaders that have signed the letter, which has been published in newspapers including The New York TimesEl Nuevo HeraldLa Opinión and El Diario.

Other top names include Eva LongoriaDiane Guerrero, Alex Martinez Kondracke, Mónica Ramírez and Olga Segura, along with Jennifer LopezGina RodriguezLin-Manuel MirandaCarmen PerezAnthony D. RomeroWilmer ValderramaZoe SaldanaSalma Hayek PinaultRicky MartinRosario DawsonDiego Luna, Dolores Huertaand Sandra Cisneros.

This comes amid a raft of incidents including the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that left 22 individuals dead and injured 24 others, the sweeping ICE raids that took 680 individuals into custody in Mississippi, the continued separation of families, and the inhumane living conditions of those detained.



“As a Latina, my heart breaks with every attack on our dignity, humanity and lives. And as an American, I fear for the future of my country when our culture and policies lack a basic decency and respect for human life,” said Ferrera. “We all have a responsibility to show up in this moment and demand decency for one another and for our country.”

“We’re facing a moral crisis in our country, and we chose to use this moment to raise our voices, and speak up,” said Longoria. “Integrity starts with looking in the mirror and this letter calls on everyone, not just our community, to choose humanity and decency over hate and violence.”

“This piece is to remind us of our shared humanity,” added Orange Is The New Black star Guerrero. 

“We don’t have to look far to see what family separation and hateful rhetoric is doing to the people in our country. If we do not act, we will be complicit in one of history’s greatest tragedies.”

Becky G to Take Part in Latinx Activism Panel at the Billboard Latin Music Conference

Becky G is ready to motivate the next generation of activists…

The 20-year-old Mexican American singer/actress, who recently made her big screen debut in the Power Rangers, will take center stage at the “Latinx Activism: Giving Voice To a New Social Rising” panel discussion at the annual Billboard Latin Music Conference.

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Becky G will be joined on the panel by Orange Is the New Black’s Jackie Cruz and civil rights activist and co-founder of the Women’s March Carmen Perez

The discussion, with Billboard‘s deputy editor Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker as moderator, will take place on April 26 joining other star-studded panels taking place throughout the week.

Becky G is up for hot Latin songs artist of the year, female at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards taking place April 27 at the University of Miami‘s Watsco Center.

The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, taking place April 24-27 at the Ritz Carlton Miami Beach.

Ferrera Lends Her Voice to Lena Dunham’s Short Film About Planned Parenthood

America Ferrera is showing her support for Planned Parenthood

Lena Dunham premiered 100 Years, an animated short film about Planned Parenthood she co-directed, via her Lenny Letter and Now This Her, with the 32-year-old Honduran-American actress lending her voice as a narrator.

America Ferrera

“We’ve been working on the film for over a year in an attempt to shed light on Planned Parenthood’s remarkable history and ongoing battle to keep serving the people who show up to their health centers every day of the year,” said Dunham. “I really think it’s the best cartoon about the history of reproductive freedom ever made, but it may also be the only cartoon about the history of reproductive freedom ever made.”

In addition to Ferrera, Meryl Streep, Hari Nef, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence and Constance Wu also collaborated on the film, lending their voices as narrators.

The film tells the history of Planned Parenthood, from when Margaret Sanger started the organization to when the birth control pill was created, and discusses abortion-related legislation like Roe v. Wade and the Hyde Amendment.

“The spirit behind this video will hopefully take us into the Women’s March on Washington this weekend, where we will be showing our new president that we’re not going to allow a hundred years of progress to disappear overnight,” said Dunham, referring to the Women’s March that thousands of women are expected to attend January 21.

Dunham shared that she plans to lobby against the defunding of Planned Parenthood in Sacramento on Tuesday. She also designed a boxing glove T-shirt to benefit Planned Parenthood.

In Lenny Letter, writer and activist Janet Mock interviewed the women organizing the Women’s March, touching on the initial problems the march had with intersectionality.

“Unity feels like a utopian, almost mythical goal in these United States of America,” writes Mock. “It is difficult, backbreaking work to build and organize among varying identities, experiences, and urgencies — even under the umbrella of womanhood.”

Mock explained how the founders of the march recruited more diverse leaders with experience organizing, steering the march “toward a more intersectional and inclusive lens.”

Carmen Perez, in her interview with Mock, explained that starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, speakers will talk about different issues and there will be performances; the march itself will begin at 1:00 pm, once the programming has concluded.

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