Realities and myths: The Latino Voter Town Hall
It was journalist Dante Chinni who said "elections reduce Americans to stereotypes" and for the Latino voter that translates nationally into "low turnout."
“Latino registered voters participate at high rates in presidential general elections. On average 80 percent of Latino registered voters cast votes — this has been true for 40 years!” Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute
Much has been said of the coveted Latino vote and what it might mean in the November 2016 elections. But rarely do Latinos have the platform to discuss the myths, realities and the potential of the Latino vote.
A few weeks from the primary elections in Philadelphia, AL DÍA News, along with Philadelphia Magazine, is hosting a Latino Vote Town Hall in which Latino elected officials and leaders will talk about the vote — as insiders — and will answer questions from both the journalist-moderators and the audience.
“With more than 13.1 million Latinos expected to head to the polls to make their voices heard, no candidate or political party can afford to take our support for granted if they want to win the race for the White House in 2016" Arturo Vargas National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund executive director
The Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 pm at the Hub at Commerce Square's Apollo Theater.
AL DÍA News Executive Editor Sabrina Vourvoulias and Philadelphia Magazine's Citified Editor & Deputy News Director Holly Otterbein will lead the conversation with the following guest panelists:
Daniel Restrepo, CNN Español Political Contributor and Former Special Assistant to President Obama, and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs
Leslie Acosta, PA House of Representatives
María Quiñones-Sánchez, Philadelphia City Council
Farah Jimenez, Commissioner, Philadelphia School Reform Commission
Ángel Cruz, PA House of Representatives
Registration is required to attend this event. There will be registration and networking from 5:30 p.m-6 p.m. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m., followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m.