'No Love, No Tacos' Sparks Get Effort
"Claudia, I need to let you know I've just developed nolovenotacos.org," said Alfonso Medina, Marshalltown 's La Carreta director, during a recent phone call.
Around two months ago, I was happy to write around Alfonso and the hate letters he got after he wanted to show his restaurant a famous social justice symbol.
"No Love, No Tacos: A Marshalltown Man's Struggle for Justice" was a very famous story, having the result he was aiming for — it produced dialog.
Alfonso has agreed to market No Passion, No Tacos slogan t-shirts bought worldwide, including California , Florida, New York, Arizona, Hawaii, and even Mexico. More than 450 t-shirts have been sold, raising funds for grants to help students pay for school fees.
He's also introduced a viral message-centered organization.
I must admit I was surprised when Alfonso posted this news. Organization No Love, No Tacos?
"Election Day should be one of our country's most critical days — one day, four years for our democracy," Alfonso said. "We think companies should close on Election Day and let their workers go and vote."
The website commitment reads: "Join us as we do our best to help our staff, friends and family make the 2020 election equal."
It comes with models to use at home, company, or on social media to promise to take off Nov. 3 to get out and vote. Besides being promised in English and Spanish, it also allows people to volunteer at their nearest voting center.
Alfonso added: "An election like the one we have should be a fair and equitable chance to go out and vote, so we want to ease the process."
And for those companies who may fear they're losing money, they've made models to place business owners on their front doors and social media, calling for donations when they're closed.
2020 was a tough and wild year, from COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter to the Iowa legislation and the presidential campaign that never fails to surprise this administration. Yet we also see how we, as a society, came up with new ways to conquer adversity. We've seen the brightest from where we least foresee it.
Just before the upcoming election, in the midst of the pandemic, when it is chaotic, I can see some light at the tunnel 's end. I see a modern revolution born from people's hate, ignorance, and discord.
Since talking of this new trend and thinking on what moves Alfonso to do what he does, all I can think of is the Mexican proverb saying, "They tried to bury us. They didn't know we're plants.
This campaign was born because some people wanted to relax and threaten Alfonso, but they didn't realize that those letters would awaken the sleeping giant. I know we'll hear Alfonso Medina again one day. I wouldn't wonder whether Marshalltown's next mayor done.