National Latino Leaders Announce Florida Voter Turnout & Assistance Campaign for Presidential Election


Bilingual:On Tuesday, October 23rd, national Latino leaders representing Movimiento Hispano- coordinated by LULAC, LCLAA, and Hispanic Federation announced efforts aimed at turning out Florida's Hispanic voters for the upcoming Presidential Electio

Altamonte Springs, FL (I-Newswire) October 23, 2012 - National Latino leaders representing Movimiento Hispano - coordinated by Hispanic Federation, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) - announced efforts aimed at turning out Florida's Hispanic voters for the upcoming Presidential Election.

As it has in most recent elections, Florida will be decisive in electing the next President of the United States. And more than ever, the state's Hispanic community is central in determining the outcome. Movimiento Hispano, a joint voter registration and mobilization project led by three leading national Latino organizations, has invested significant time and resources in Florida's Hispanic communities to seize upon the untapped voter potential in this key state.

"With so much at stake, from jobs to health care to immigration reform, it is critically important that Latino voters turn out to vote in this year's Presidential and Congressional elections," said Hispanic Federation President Jose Calderon. "Hispanic Federation along with local and national partners has mounted a multi-state voter registration and get-out-the-vote operation to make certain every eligible Latino voter does their part to elect leaders who will preserve our social safety net and provide a real path to economic growth for our community."

To maximize voter turnout of Latinos across Florida, two public service announcements will be running on Spanish-language television through November 6th. Speakers also discussed voter protection plans including a bilingual voter assistance hotline.

"The Latino community is positioned to play a decisive role in key battleground states, including Florida. Registered voters hold a great potential to shape the future trajectory of the country," said LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes. "The only way to activate the electoral power of the Hispanic community is to get out and vote. LULAC's efforts through Movimiento Hispano are pledging to register and raise Latino voter turnout so that we elect representatives that care about the same issues that we do."

"The recent spate of voter suppression laws shows that if politicians cannot win on issues they will instead attempt to win by disenfranchising millions of eligible voters," said Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) Executive Director Hector Sanchez. "To combat this, LCLAA, along with its partner organizations, is conducting an unprecedented voter turnout and assistance campaign which will serve to protect the voice of the Latino community and once again demonstrate that the backbone of Democracy is civic engagement. Voting is a fundamental right that must be exercised in order to bring about positive change in our communities and this November, the Latino community will flex its electoral muscle."

"For far too long, the Hispanic community has been disenfranchised and discounted," said Florida State Voices Executive Director Denise Velasquez. "Our job is to engage more Hispanics into the democratic process, to assure them that their voices are valuable and that the ideas they have about how to face our challenges are heard through the power of their vote."

"Voter protection and voter education are at the heart of civic engagement," said Hispanic Health Initiatives Executive Director Josephine Mercado. "It is one of the most important leadership roles we can play to help preserve democracy in the United States. I believe that this election is one of the most important elections in the history of our country. It is up to 'We the People' to be vigilant and to make sure that things are done correctly at the polling places. The world is watching!"

Lƒ?DERES LATINOS NACIONALES ANUNCIAN CAMPAƒ'A DE AGLUTINAMIENTO DE VOTANTES Y ASISTENCIA ELECTORAL PARA LA ELECCIƒ"N PRESIDENCIAL EN LA FLORIDA
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MOVIMIENTO HISPANO PRESENTA DOS ANUNCIOS DE SERVICIO PƒšBLICO Y UN NƒšMERO TELEFƒ"NICO DE ASISTENCIA PARA VOTANTES


Altamonte Springs, FL - El martes, 23 de octubre, lƒ­deres latinos nacionales representando al Movimiento Hispano - coordinado por la Federaciƒ³n Hispana, la Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC), y el Consejo Laboral para el Avance de los Latinoamericanos (LCLAA) - anunciaron sus esfuerzos dirigidos a conseguir y aglutinar los votantes hispanos en la Florida para las elecciones presidenciales.

Como ocurriƒ³ en las elecciones mƒ¡s recientes, la Florida serƒ¡ decisiva en eligiendo el prƒ³ximo Presidente de los Estados Unidos. Ahora mƒ¡s que nunca la condiciƒ³n de la comunidad hispana es crucial en determinar el desenlace de la elecciƒ³n. Movimiento Hispano, un proyecto unido de las tres mƒ¡s prestigiosas organizaciones latinas para inscripciƒ³n y movilizaciƒ³n de votantes hispanos, ha invertido tiempo y recursos significantes en las comunidades latinas de la Florida para utilizar el potencial electoral en este estado clave.

"Con tanto en juego, desde empleos a acceso al cuidado de la salud a reforma inmigratoria, es crƒ­tico que votantes latinos salgan a votar en las elecciones del congreso y del presidente," dijo el Presidente de la Federaciƒ³n Hispana Jose Calderƒ³n. "La Federaciƒ³n Hispana con socios nacionales y locales han montado una misiƒ³n de inscripciƒ³n y movilizaciƒ³n para asegurar que cada elegible votante latino haga su parte para elegir a lƒ­deres que mantengan a nuestros programas de protecciƒ³n social y que provean un camino al crecimiento econƒ³mico comprensivo para nuestra comunidad."

Para aumentar el nƒºmero de votantes latinos en la Florida, se presentarƒ¡n dos anuncios de servicio pƒºblico en la televisiƒ³n de lengua espaƒ±ola hasta el 6 de noviembre. Los oradores hablaron de los planes de protecciƒ³n electoral, que incluye un nƒºmero telefƒ³nico para asistencia bilingue al votante.

"La comunidad latina estƒ¡ posicionada para tener un papel decisivo en estados claves para el resultado de las elecciones, que incluye a la Florida. Votantes inscritos tienen un gran potencial para manejar la trayectoria del paƒ­s," dijo el Director Ejecutivo de LULAC Brent Wilkes. "La ƒºnica manera de activar el poder electoral de la comunidad hispana es saliendo y votando. Los esfuerzos de LULAC con el Movimiento Hispano son parte de un compromiso para inscribir y aumentar el nƒºmero de votantes hispanos para que podamos elegir a representantes con los mismos intereses que nos importa."

"El voto es un derecho integral que es compartido con todos de los ciudadanos estadounidenses independiente del estatus socioeconƒ³mico, la creencia, o la etnicidad," declarƒ³ la Presidenta Nacional de LULAC Margaret Moran. "El labor que presentamos hoy como una coaliciƒ³n unida de liderazgo latina asegura que este paƒ­s mantenga la integridad de la Democracia tal como el derecho constitucional de poder votar para todos los ciudadanos elegibles."

"La serie reciente de legislaciones de supresiƒ³n de votantes demuestra que si los polƒ­ticos no pueden ganar en los asuntos ellos en cambio trataran de ganar privando el derecho de votar de millones de votantes elegibles," dijo Hector Sanchez el Director Ejecutivo de Consejo Laboral para el Avance de los Latinoamericanos. "Para combatir esto, LCLAA, con la colaboraciƒ³n de estas organizaciones, estƒ¡ manejando una campaƒ±a de inscripciƒ³n y movilizaciƒ³n sin precedentes que servirƒ¡ para proteger la voz de la comunidad latina y, otra vez, demostrar que la fundaciƒ³n de la Democracia es la participaciƒ³n cƒ­vica. Votar es un derecho fundamental que debe ser ejercitado como para incitar cambio positivo en nuestras comunidades y este noviembre, la comunidad hispana exhibirƒ¡ su fuerza electoral."

"Por demasiado tiempo, la comunidad hispana ha sido privada del derecho de representaciƒ³n y por eso ha sido descartada," dijo Denise Velƒ¡squez la Directora Ejecutiva de Florida State Voices. "Nuestro trabajo es captar mƒ¡s hispanos al proceso electoral, asegurarlos que sus voces son valiosas, y que las ideas que tienen de como sobresalir de los retos se escuchen a traves del poder de su voto."

"La protecciƒ³n electoral y la educaciƒ³n del votante estƒ¡n al corazƒ³n de la participaciƒ³n cƒ­vica," dijo la Directora Ejecutiva Josephine de Hispanic Health Initiatives. "Esto es uno de los papeles mƒ¡s importantes que podemos abarcar para preservar la democracia en los Estados Unidos. Creo que esta elecciƒ³n es una de las mƒ¡s importantes en la historia de nuestro paƒ­s. Es la responsabilidad de "We the People [Nosotros el Pueblo]" para seguir sido vigilantes y para asegurar que las cosas se desarrollen correctamente en las urnas. ¡El mundo estƒ¡ mirando!"






About The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Movimiento Hispano (Hispanic Movement) is a project of Latinos for Democracy (LFD) aimed at increasi   More..ng Latino civic engagement and voter turnout through grassroots mobilization and multimedia outreach. LFD is a coalition comprised of the Hispanic Federation (HF), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). For more information, go to http://www.movimientohispano.org/Less..

Contact Information

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Jossie Sapunar
1133 19th Street
Suite 1000
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Phone : 202-833-6130

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