November 29, 2020

Vlad Guerrero Makes It to the Hall

While he fell short his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot. He would not be denied the second time. In July, Vlad Guerrero would make history in baseball and the Dominican Republic, by becoming the first position player from the DR to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He is also only one of just three Dominican-born players to be inducted into the Hall, joining former teammate Pedro Martinez and the great Juan Marichal. His speech was short and sweet, just like his swing.

Ana Maria Archila

In September, U.S. Senate hearings for then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh captivated the nation. Already a contentious nomination process, eleventh hour sexual assault allegations by Christine Blasey Ford a former high school classmate of Kavanaugh, brought the plight of victims of sexual assault the forefront and put the nomination was in jeopardy. Many attended the hearings and protested outside the halls of Congress. Among them was, Ana María Archila, the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, a progressive organization, Archila famously confronted Republican Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator.

“We demand to know what you’re thinking,” Archila said. “Do you stand with these women? Do you stand with this nation, who deserves due process?” The Senator was silent and could not look her in the eye. The incident would captured on video and would go viral. After the video went viral, the Senator would call for a F.B.I. investigation into Ford’s allegations.

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