"We are more than a stereotype": The final campaign for the Latino Vote
Voto Latino has mobilized hundreds of people in the final straight for the midterm elections, reminding Hispanics and the entire nation "we are more than a number.”
If there’s something we should thank Donald Trump's government for, it’s the awakening of the slumbering consciences of millions of Latinos around the country who, tired of his rhetoric and his constant attacks, have decided to say "Ya Basta!" in the only way that counts: with votes.
Over the last few months, hundreds of campaigns and candidates have organized to obtain the support of the Hispanic community in the United States, finally recognizing the decisive power that the more than 50 million residents of Latino origin could have in the country.
One of the most powerful voices is that of the Voto Latino organization, co-founded in 2004 by the renowned actress Rosario Dawson. It has been established as one of the most important projects when it comes to "giving young Latinos tools to create the future of their choosing.”
Voto Latino is described as a "pioneer organization" on its website, highlighting its mission to "transform the United States by recognizing the innate leadership of Latinos."
During this electoral cycle, and taking into account the critical situation that the country and the immigrant community, in particular, are experiencing, public figures like Gina Rodriguez, America Ferrera, Zoe Saldana and Eva Longoria have joined Dawson with boots on the ground, mobilizing voters, knocking on doors and speaking to everyone who wants to listen about the importance of going to vote this Tuesday.
"We are more than stereotypes, we are more than the hatred directed at us. We are more than pawns for political parties, more than those who oppose us. We are more," the activists say in one of their videos.
More than stereotypes.
More than the hatred directed at us.
More than pawns for political parties.
More than those who oppose us.#SomosMas
to @HereIsGina @AmericaFerrera @rosariodawson @zoesaldana and @EvaLongoria pic.twitter.com/RWdaQbUZRP
— Voto Latino (@votolatino) November 6, 2018
“By just showing up, marching to the polls, we have an opportunity to really make them notice that our numbers are not just numbers or just potential statistics, but they are people power,” explained Dawson. “That is our strongest weapon. That is our most powerful tool: to show up and vote.”