With elections right around the corner, it is essential that everyone with the power to vote get educated on who the candidates are and what they stand for in order to determine who aligns most closely with personal views. This prepares individuals to take their voice to the polls and vote.
Latin@s have serious political power–we’re able to have an impact on who gets elected. That’s why a number of groups with anti-immigrant, anti-woman agendas don’t want us to vote. Last week, an ad campaign was launched by Latinos for Reform, an organization founded by Republican Robert De Posada, that told Latinos not to vote.
Univision has refused to air any of the ads associated with the campaign, which was launched in Nevada, one of the states where votes from the Hispanic community could make or break an election.
Voto Latino has issued a statement in opposition to the “Don’t Vote” campaign. They write:
Voting, no matter your political party or which candidate you support, is the most important civic tool that American Latinos have to be heard and understood by decision makers nationwide.
Voting gives individuals a voice. For politicians to work for the change we want, they must first hear our voices. Data shows that the voice of the Latino population has grown in strength. Let’s take advantage of that.
Get out and vote next Tuesday!
By Rosario Quiroz, Community Mobilization Intern