Raquel Reichard Politics & Culture Editor

Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor at Latina.com and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. 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.

WATCH: Selena Gomez, Eva Longoria & More "Lean In" for Women in New Campaign
WATCH: Selena Gomez, Eva Longoria & More "Lean In" for Women in New Campaign

When women stick together, magic can happen. That’s the message Selena GomezEva LongoriaKerry Washington and more want you to remember.


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Orlando's Pulse Club Holds Latin Night Block Party Fundraiser for Survivors
Orlando's Pulse Club Holds Latin Night Block Party Fundraiser for Survivors

Workers of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, which was attacked June 12 in a mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people and injured 53 more, came together on Thursday for a block party fundraiser to help support the gay club’s employees, who haven’t been able to work since the tragedy.

MORE: #OrlandoMassacre: Majority of Victims Were Latino


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Archivists Find Files Proving NYPD Spied on the Young Lords
Archivists Find Files Proving NYPD Spied on the Young Lords

Last week, archivists found 520 boxes of files proving that the New York Police Department had been spying on Puerto Rican revolutionary group the Young Lords, as well as the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam, despite the force insisting that no such documents existed.

MORE: 5 Things the Young Lords Helped Change


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Donald Trump Supporter Tells Mexicans to "Make My Tortilla" in Racist Rant
Donald Trump Supporter Tells Mexicans to "Make My Tortilla" in Racist Rant

It’s no surprise to find racism at a Donald Trump rally – after all, supporters are cheering on a presumptive Republican nominee who has built his campaign on xenophobia and anti-Latino hate, among other forms of bigotry.


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Bernie Sanders Says "It Doesn't Appear" He'll be the Democratic Nominee
Bernie Sanders Says "It Doesn't Appear" He'll be the Democratic Nominee

On Wednesday, Bernie Sanders acknowledged that he likely won’t be the Democratic presidential nominee.

"It doesn't appear that I'm going to be the nominee, so I'm not going to be determining the scope of the convention," Sanders said for the first time in an exclusive interview with C-SPAN.


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Latina Karate Teacher Arrested for Sending Nude Photos to 11-Year-Old Student
Latina Karate Teacher Arrested for Sending Nude Photos to 11-Year-Old Student

A 21-year-old karate teacher was arrested last week in Orlando, Fla. for allegedly sending naked photos of herself to an 11-year-old student in her Next-Gen Xtreme Martial Arts class, Complex reports.

MORE: Utah Man Allegedly Kills Father and Hides Body in Freezer


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Broadway Stars Release Song to Benefit Orlando LGBT Community
Broadway Stars Release Song to Benefit Orlando LGBT Community

Several of Broadway’s biggest stars came together to record a version of “What the World Needs Now is Love” to benefit the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando.


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Orlando Shooter's Alleged Lover Says He Sought Revenge Against Puerto Ricans
Orlando Shooter's Alleged Lover Says He Sought Revenge Against Puerto Ricans

A man who claims he was the lover of Orlando mass murderer Omar Mateen says the killer attacked the gay nightclub Pulse out of revenge because he “hated” Puerto Ricans.

MORE: Mom Who Saved Son's Life During #OrlandoShooting Put to Rest

According to the lover, who is going by the name Miguel, Mateen was furious after hooking up with a Puerto Rican man who he later discovered was HIV-positive.


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STUDY: More Latinas Plan to Vote in 2016 Election Than 2014
Survey: More Latinas Plan to Vote in 2016 Election Than 2014

Latinas are expected to play an important role in the 2016 Presidential Election. According to a new survey, the group is more enthusiastic about voting this year than they were in 2014, an interest sparked in no small part by their hostile views toward presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

PLUS: Tips for Talking Politics With Your Latino Family


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Mom Who Saved Son’s Life During #OrlandoShooting Put to Rest
Mom Who Saved Son’s Life During #OrlandoShooting Put to Rest

Brenda Marquez McCool, the mother who died saving her son’s life in last week’s Orlando massacre at Pulse, was laid to rest on Monday.

MORE: Wilson Cruz Speaks Out About Losing Family Member in Orlando Shooting

During the service at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando, Isaiah Henderson, who witnessed his mother’s fatal shooting, had difficulty speaking through the sobs.


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