The 2016 Elections
We are in the midst of the most anti-immigrant presidential campaign in memory. Some candidates running for president are trying to outdo each other by “getting tough” on immigration. Building a wall? Tracking people like FedEx packages? Deporting millions of people? “Anchor babies?
These are the radical, cruel and out of the mainstream ideas we are fighting against today.
But it doesn’t stop with immigration. Racial and economic justice are vitally important issues that candidates for all offices must address. Without recognizing that people of color face systemic, deep rooted discrimination in almost every aspect of their lives, politicians can’t propose solutions. We need elected officials who understand the problems facing communities of color, including police brutality, mass incarceration and lack of economic opportunities.
Undoubtedly, theThis next election will be a turning point for us all and for the issues that impact our families. Our voices must be heard and votes must be counted.
Support candidates who:
- Will show compassion towards the immigrant community and vow to take firm action to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship..
- Advocate for raising the minimum wage for all workers to $15 an hour – locally, statewide or at the federal level.
- Believe that racial injustice is one of the most important issues facing our society - whether w in law enforcement or the prison-industrial complex and mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenses that are taking millions of African American and Latino men away from their families and communities.
- Believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege and seek to make affordable, accessible healthcare a reality for all Americans.
- Understand that our education system must be reformed to serve all children equally, especially in low-income and minority communities.
- Make creating more jobs in minority communities a priority.
More than 11.2 million Latinos voted in the 2012 Presidential presidential election, but an even greater number—12.1 million—chose did not to vote, even though they were eligible to do so.
Some candidates care so little about our community that they believe they will get our vote despite their obvious disdain or hate for our community. Others believe they will win our vote without putting forward any real policies to benefit our families. Saying “hola” at political events will never be good enough. We won’t stand for superficial pandering.
Your vote and voice MUST be heard.