Raquel Reichard Politics & Culture Editor

Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor at Latina, writing on all things social justice, cultura and politics. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.

Women on the U.S.-Mexico Border Express Solidarity Through Hair-Braiding During Trump's Inauguration
Women on the U.S.-Mexico Border Express Solidarity Through Hair-Braiding During Trump's Inauguration

Two thousand miles away from the U.S. Capitol, where Donald Trump was sworn into office on Friday, 50 women gathered at the Texas-Mexico border to braid their hair together as sign of solidarity during the anti-immigrant’s looming presidency.


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TK Badass Latina Feminist Signs from the Women’s March
21 Badass Latina Feminist Signs from the Women’s March

The Women’s March on Washington, and those that popped up across the country and the world, made Saturday, January 21 historic. In Washington, D.C., the crowd was more than twice the size of that for Donald Trump’s inauguration. Collectively, the nationwide demonstrations have made the women’s march one of the largest in U.S. history.


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#MexicoCityPolicy: Donald Trump Reinstates Anti-Abortion Rule on Foreign Aid
#MexicoCityPolicy: Donald Trump Reinstates Anti-Abortion Rule on Foreign Aid

Just days into his new position as president, Donald Trump has reinstated a federal ban on U.S. funding for international health groups that offer family planning counsel that includes abortion.

MORE: Here’s What Actually Happens During an Abortion


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What?! Republican Legislators Propose Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protests
What?! Republican Legislators Propose Bills to Criminalize Peaceful Protests

Following the Women’s March on Washington, where millions of people in cities across the country demonstrated against President Donald Trump, news broke that republican legislators have proposed a series of bills to criminalize peaceful protests.

MORE: You Won't Believe How Donald Trump Responded to the Women's March


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You Won't Believe How Donald Trump Responded to the Women's March
You Won't Believe How Donald Trump Responded to the Women's March

Like the rest of the country, Donald Trump could not escape the news that millions of people in major cities marched for the rights of women and against the new president's sexist, racist, xenophobic, ableist and islamophobic proposals and rhetoric. And in true Trump fashion, the former reality TV star took to Twitter to respond.

MORE: Here's Why the White House Website Changed So Fast


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Here's Why the White House Website Changed So Fast
Here's Why the White House Website Changed So Fast

Just moments after Donald Trump was inaugurated on Friday, the people of the Internet noticed some major absences on the White House website: issues like LGBT and climate change were removed and replaced with "standing up for our law enforcement" and "making our military strong again."

MORE: Donald Trump Sworn in as President of the United States of America


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Latinas Are Playing a Major Role in the Women’s March on Washington
Latinas Are Playing a Major Role in the Women’s March on Washington

The day following Donald Trump's inauguration, an estimated 200,000 people will take to the streets to join the Women's March on Washington, a demonstration that aims to be inclusive of the various issues and identities under threat during Trump’s quickly approaching presidency.


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Watch This Star-Studded Planned Parenthood Animated Film Narrated by America Ferrera and More
Watch This Star-Studded Planned Parenthood Animated Film Narrated by America Ferrera and More

It's Planned Parenthood's 100th anniversary, and America Ferrera is celebrating by narrating an animated short film about the reproductive health organization.

MORE: America Ferrera Will Chair the Women's March in Washington


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President Barack Obama Pardons Oscar López Rivera After 36 Years in Prisons
President Barack Obama Commutes Oscar López Rivera's Sentence

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article stated that López Rivera had been pardoned. His sentence was actually commuted.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama shortened sentences for 209 people and pardoned 64. Among them: Oscar López Rivera.


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