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Voto Latino, Mi Familia Vota, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Victory Project, Cosmo Latina, and more than 50 other Partners Launch Robust National Voter Registration Drive

15 Sep

#PowerOfOurVote Hispanic Heritage Month of Action campaign to deliver record Latino turnout
for 2014 Midterm Elections.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 15, 2014 – Today, more than 50 partners are launching an online
voter registration campaign in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Our collective voice will
ensure elected officials no longer ignore us or the issues that impact the Latino community.
The campaign kick-off urges Latinos to register to vote and then take their families, neighbors,
and friends to the ballot box on Election Day, November 4. Only by exercising the power of their
vote, can the Latino community influence real policy changes.
The campaign will launch a national “Hispanic Heritage Month of Action” and will have three
main voter registration pushes: today (September 15), September 23 (National Voter
Registration Day), and October 15 (the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month). The initiative is
the first of its kind to mobilize Latinos during Hispanic Heritage Month and brings together
partners across all industries to put the needs of the Latino community above individual politics.
Hispanic Heritage Month of Action relies heavily on digital and social media assets, along with
ground components in key states, including outreach to young Latinos who have reached voting
age. The initiative is led online by Voto Latino, on the ground by Mi Familia Vota in key Latino
states, and nationally with partners, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, ImpreMedia, Entravision, Liberman Broadcasting,
Cosmo Latina, Being Latino, Alliance for Citizenship, Latino Victory Project and others.*
Voto Latino Chairwoman Rosario Dawson, Voto Latino Artist Coalition co-Chairs America
Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama, and Latino Victory Project co-founder Eva Longoria are also
lending their voices to the campaign, which runs through October 15, the last day of Hispanic
Heritage Month.
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“We are calling American Latinos to rise above our political differences and to unite as a
community this November,” said María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino. “Today
and for the next month, we will show that Latinos stand tall because we have pride in our
culture, and we recognize the power of our vote.”
Ben Monterroso, Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota, said the Latino community will not remain
silent after the political stalemate in Washington over immigration reform, because, “Latinos
understand that the only real way to impact our future is with a strong showing of our voting
power. We began the immigration debate with our record turnout in the 2012 election, and we
will continue fighting for our community and for immigration reform by voting.”
“Pride in our Latino culture includes pride in our Nation. As Americans, we are proud to exercise
our right to vote and elect officials who reflect the values of our communities. We stand with our
partners to mobilize our communities, register our family and friends, and ensure a path to
reach the polls on Election Day,” said Cristóbal Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project.
“Exercising our right to vote builds power in the Latino community so that the faces and voices
of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country
forward.”
More than 7.8 million Latinos are expected to vote this November, up from 6.6 million Latinos
who voted in the last midterm election in 2010, according to projections by National Association
of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). The record Latino voter turnout in 2012
propelled immigration to the top of the policy agenda. Latino voters must be heard again to
create the political climate to find solutions for immigration, the economy, and other issues
important to the Latino community.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month of Action, visit http://www.latinos2014.com or
find the voter registration toolkit at http://www.latinos2014.com/

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Civil rights suit filed against U.S. officials: Young mother murdered in Mexico after wrongful deportation

7 Jun

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – June 5, 2013 – A civil rights lawsuit against agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been filed on behalf of three minor children. Their mother, “Laura S.” was brutally murdered in Mexico after she was wrongfully deported by the Defendants. The attorneys and concerned members of the community will discuss the case and the serious issues it raises at the June 6, 2013 press conference, and a moment of silence will be held in memory of Laura S. and all victims of U.S. immigration abuse.

Laura S. was twenty-two years old and the mother of three small children when she was stopped for a minor traffic violation and turned over to a Border Patrol agent in 2009. For many years she had been severely battered by her abusive boyfriend, “Sergio H.” and she had recently obtained the protection of the local police and courts of law. Enraged, Sergio had returned to Mexico, threatening to kill her.

According to the complaint, Laura S. begged ICE and/or CBP officials not to return her to Mexico. She explained that she would be killed by her violent ex-boyfriend, that she had protective orders from the courts, and that she had three small children at home. Although she was eligible for relief from the immigration courts, she was given no hearing. Instead, the agents forced her back into Mexico within hours. She continued to weep and plead all the way to the bridge.

Within days Sergio H. found Laura S. in Reynosa and attacked her, nearly biting off her ear. He then abducted and strangled her, leaving her body in a burning car.

“This tragedy represents a grave and growing problem for our community in the border area. Immigration and Border Patrol officers have long been reported to take improper ‘short cuts’ in processing locals. In the era of the drug war, this can have fatal results,” said TRLA lead counsel Jennifer Harbury.

“We hope that this case will prove a catalyst for needed change in the conduct of Border Patrol officers and compensation for the three children left motherless and traumatized by this incident,” said Joseph Martin, attorney for STCRP.

The lawsuit was filed by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) and the South Texas Civil Rights Project (STCRP).

Established in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income and disadvantaged clients in a 68-county service area. TRLA’s mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety and stability of low-income Texas residents by providing high-quality civil legal assistance and related educational services. For more information, visitwww.trla.org.

For over 30 years the South Texas Civil Rights Project has provided free legal services to lowincome persons in the Rio Grande Valley. The mission of the South Texas Civil Rights Project is to promote racial, social and economic justice through education and litigation.

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Tell your senators to support immigration reform.

28 Jan

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The following is from an email:

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Have you heard the news?

Today, a bipartisan group of Senators just released their principles for an immigration reform plan to create a roadmap to citizenship for Americans without papers. [1] And tomorrow, President Obama will outline his vision for immigration reform.

For the first time in years, politicians from BOTH parties are working together on serious immigration reform plans.

Anti-immigrant extremists are in a panic and have begun flooding Congress with messages to try to kill this momentum. We can’t let this loud, anti-immigrant fringe shape the debate.

Please tell your Members of Congress: the time is NOW to create a roadmap to citizenship for all 11 million Americans without papers. Our community demands that they don’t stop until immigration reform is signed into law.

It is critical that we keep the momentum going and remind leaders that our community demands action now.

The Senate principles include a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. without papers – this core element would protect this community from deportation and lead to full equality.

The fight is far from over. It’s up to us to keep fighting for every family, pushing for an end to the excessive and senseless enforcement practices and making sure that this roadmap to citizenship is clear, direct, and straightforward. Any proposal that makes citizenship nearly impossible or requires waiting in a generations-long line will be a non-starter.

Please tell Congress: the time for a straightforward roadmap to citizenship is now — and we demand that you deliver.

Thanks for all you do,

Adam Luna
America’s Voice Education Fund

—- Footnotes —-

[1]: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/us/politics/senators-agree-on-blueprint-for-immigration.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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3rd annual MLK day of service at Cine El Rey

20 Jan

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/483861001657386/?ref=2

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‎The Historic Cine El Rey Theatre Foundation presents The 3rd Annual “MLK DAT AT CINE EL REY” MONDAY Jan 21st 4pm FREE Admission, Food & Entertainment.

Join us and other non-profit organizations for this National Community Day of Service.

Regional ARTISTS will offer their talents in special performances that will cover just about every ART form: poetry, dance, visual ART, choir ensemble, vocal soloist & acting.

There will also be the annual “MLK WALK” in honoring MLK. “With each step we take, it is a symbolic reminder that only working together will we be able to keep the dream alive.” ~ The Cine El Rey Group

La Raza Car Show

17 Jan

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Cosecha Voices & Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity will be hosting “La Raza Car Show #2″ this upcoming Spring Semester. 
 
Profit made in last years car show, was donated  for the creation of a mural in San Juan, Texas  that honored Braceros and Migrant Farm workers.
 
This years cause is to donate money for scholarships for migrant students!
 

Date:  January 19, 2013
Time: 12:00pm- 5:00pm
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