This is what worries José, the butcher-taco maker-warehouse caretaker-cook
AL DÍA surveyed the Hispanic Joe the plumbers in Philadelphia to learn about their needs and concerns regarding the new US President elect.
Joe Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe, the Plumber, became famous after the second presidential debate when the former Republican presidential candidate John McCain made numerous references to how the savings plans of the now President elect, Barack Obama, would affect the working class, reflected in the image of the plumber. Wurzelbacher met Obama for the first time when he was campaigning in Toledo, Ohio and it was there that he told the Democrat that his economic plan would make it impossible for him to buy the business he longed for. This was a battle weapon during the before mentioned debate among the two then candidates for the White House.
Pablo, the butcher.
Pablo Días is the owner and has been running his butcher shop on the Golden Block for 35 years now.
I really like Mr. Obama because, as he states, we need a change to obtain better benefits from the business that are currently at their lowest level. An immigration reform is also important for all of those who are here, working hard, because we need them”.
María, the pharmacist
María Toledo is a pharmaceutical technician and works on 5th Street.
I hope the person I will vote for does the best he can for High School students. My son doesn’t even like to use the bathroom at his school because he says a lot of bad things happen there, and I hope the new president can improve this. They say they are going to do their best in terms of education but they always say that and I hope they fulfill their promises”.
Carlos, the warehouse caretaker
Carlos Bautista has worked as a warehouse caretaker for 6 years, on the corner of Summerset and Reese.
As a businessman I worry about the cost of products; they don’t have a steady price. I voted (Tuesday) this morning for Barck Obama because though I don’t think that he will be able to precisely solve the economic situation, I believe that he is a candidate that can provide opportunities to Latinos.”
Héctor, the Cook
Héctor Rodríguez has been a cook for two and a half years at a restaurant located on 5th and Summerset streets.
I left my house at 7:30 to vote at the polls, my vote is Democrat and what I want is for wages to improve a bit, that the situation of employees be better respected. That’s what we are expecting, we citizens deserve a change”.
Carlos, el Mecánico
Carlos Torres has been working as a mechanic for 20 years and works at a repair shop on 5th and Norris streets
I’m not going to vote because previously I have voted and they always say “I’m going to help you, or I’m going to help the people” and we never see any help and I consider it a waste of time.”
Guadalupe, the horticulturist
Guadelupe has been in Philadelphia for two years, working as a flower grower.
I like the fact that he is fighting for the immigrants because we have come here to make ends meet for our families and not as criminals; we came here to work hard. Though I am unable to vote, my candidate is Obama; as we see things, his proposals are going to help and we hope that he implements them”.
Orlando, the Delivery man
Orlando has been in Philadelphia for 18 years and works delivering food for restaurants in the city
I can’t vote because I do not have my documents in order but the elections matter to me because tow of my sons live here. I hope the economy improves. If I were here legally, I would vote for Obama, he has spoken of an immigration reform and I think that would help the country”.
David, the Restaurant Owner
David Suro owns the Restaurant “Tequilas” in downtown Philadelphia
I was so glad that the Hispanic community understood the significance of this electoral process. If I could vote, I would have voted for the Democrat. Our need is the same for all: Immigration. The new President must propose a project that makes sense humanly, socially and economically.”
Omar, the Manager
Omar Morales manages a pizza place in downtown Philadelphia.
Obama is going to help Hispanics more than McCain. Now they will help us so that all those that are undocumented will be able to find good jobs. There are many raids and I would ask that those whom come here to work are able to leave their homes without having to worry that they might not return.
Silvestre, the Taco Maker
Silvestre Torres has been the owner of a Taco place in Southern Philadelphia for three years now.
I hope that things will improve with Barack Obama; he seems to have good plans to fix the economy, solve immigration issues and put an end to the war in Iraq”.