There are 27 million Latinos eligible to vote in the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8, 2016. That's a lot of people.

Basically, it means that Latino voters could very well be the deciding factor for whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will run the show for the next four years.

Given the divisive nature of this election cycle (Donald Trump calling Mexicans rapists and criminals, anyone?), the Latino community is doing just about everything it can to motivate, educate, and register as many people as possible. We're not just getting riled up — we're actually casting our votes in November, too.


That's where this powerful PSA starring leaders of Latino organizations comes in.

Voto Latino released this PSA to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which this year coincides with many states' voter registration deadlines.

I believe that in the Latino community, voting is extra-important because some of our family members, children, brothers, and sisters can't vote. But this is our American dream, and the future of this country is in our hands.

So listen to these nine incredible leaders explain why they are voting, and why you should too:

This is the year Latinos can really make a difference and make our voices heard.

As one leader says so eloquently in the PSA: "We will show pride in our culture with the power of our vote."

So let's not miss out on this huge and incredibly important opportunity. Who are you showing up for?

True
Firefox

This slideshow shows how you can protect your information.

View Slideshow

Most women, at one point or another, have felt some wariness or fear over a strange man in public. Sometimes it's overt, sometimes it's subtle, but when your instincts tell you something isn't right and you're potentially in danger, you listen.

It's an unfortunate reality, but reality nonetheless.

A Twitter thread starting with some advice on helping women out is highlighting how real this is for many of us. User @mxrixm_nk wrote: "If a girl suddenly acts as if she knows you in public and acts like you're friends, go along w[ith] it. She could be in danger."

Other women chimed in with their own personal stories of either being the girl approaching a stranger or being the stranger approached by a girl to fend off a situation with a creepy dude.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo from Dole
True

As you sit down to eat your breakfast in the morning or grab an afternoon snack, take a minute to consider your food, how it was made, and how it got to your plate.

The fruit on your plate were grown and picked on farms, then processed, packaged and sent to the grocery store where you bought them.

Sounds simple, right?

The truth is, that process is anything but simple and at every step in the journey to your plate, harm can be caused to the people who grow it, the communities that need it, and the planet we all call home.

For example, thousands of kids live in food deserts and areas where access to affordable and nutritious food is limited. Around the world, one in three children suffer from some form of malnutrition, and yet, up to 40% of food in the United States is never eaten.

Keep Reading Show less

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a badass in the movies, but he's increasingly building a reputation as a heroic "action star" in real life. Only, instead of dropping ungodly amounts of fake bullets into his enemies, Schwarzenegger has been dropping rhetorical bombs against his political opponents while building intellectual and emotional bridges to those who disagree with him but still have open hearts and minds.

The most recent example found Arnold responding to a comment someone made on Facebook. On the surface, that may sound like just about the least unique or original jumping off point for a story.




Keep Reading Show less

LEGO recently unveiled plans to roll out a set of bricks for use by the visually impaired. Using each LEGO brick's 3-by-2 grid of raised dots, the educational toy includes bricks imprinted with every letter, number, and mathematical symbol in the braille alphabet.

Why LEGOs? Well, the American Printing House for the Blind recently found that only 8.4 percent of visually impaired children read Braille, as opposed to 50 percent in 1960. With the advent of audio books and voice-to-text technology, reading and writing are becoming lost arts for the visually impaired, often for lack of resources or time — modern braille education methods include expensive "Braille writers" or a slate and stylus, both of which create text that is difficult for students to edit or erase. LEGO bricks are not only swappable, but children are already familiar with their mechanics!

Keep Reading Show less