Latinos are the future there is no doubt about that and today we pave the way for that future. With over 50 million Latinos in the U.S. we make up the largest minority in this country. That’s big people! With a population like that comes issues that affect us and those near and dear. Immigration, unemployment, healthcare, education these are hot topic issues that affect millions of Latinos in different ways. With approximately 11 million undocumented people in the U.S. most of which are Latino, our government has a bridge to gap.
My Abuela is from Mexico, she found her way here on a whim. An idea her brother and 4 sisters had to remove themselves from the poverty and violence they were living in. At age 15 she ended up in Texas. She told me that her life in Mexico where rape was not a crime and drugs where the norm was not an option for her and her siblings. She is defined as an illegal immigrant, but to me she is my Abuela a strong, brave and beautiful women who is labeled an illegal because she was fighting a fight to save herself.
The We Decide Latino town hall special will be premiering this Sunday on nuvoTV on Aug. 19 at 8PM. I highly encourage you all to join me and hear about our Presidential Candidates and their stance on issues specific to Latinos. As a Latina born and raised in America I look forward to hearing about how our Presidential Candidates believe my fellow Latinos fit in to the American equation.
The show is being produced in conjunction with NBC News and will be moderated by award-winning journalist Natalie Morales. Not to forget the panel of high-profile experts who will be engaging with a live audience and participants connecting through social media platforms. Set your DVR’s Amiga’s, it’s time we make a difference and have Latinos become the deciding vote.
I am very optimistic that bringing these topics to the forefront will encourage each of us to make a difference in our lives.
Latino Poverty Rate
2006 – 20.6%
2010 – 26.6%
Greater increase than any other ethnic group
* Pew Hispanic Center
Children Living in Poverty
African American – 4.4 million
White – 5.0 million
Latino – 6.1 million
* Pew Hispanic Research
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Adults 20 or older
White – 14%
Asian – 15%
African American – 23%
Latino – 41%
* Pew Research
2008 Presidential Election
Eligible Whites who votes – 66%
Eligible African Americans who voted – 65%
Eligible Latinos who voted – 50%
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and nuvoTV. I was compensated for my thoughts.