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MFV Joins Womens March in Celebration of Latina Leadership

01.20.2019

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2018
Contact: Karina Martínez | karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858/752-1262

 

MFV Joins Womens March in Celebration of Latina Leadership

Latinas in government and leadership positions are on the rise

Washington, D.C. — Mi Familia Vota, a national civic engagement organization working to build Latino political power is supporting the #WomensWave at several locations across the nation.

Mi Familia Vota released the following statement:

“The Women’s March began as a collective civic action against Trump administration attacks – Trumpadas – against women, the Latino community, and people of color generally. MFV stands in solidarity with all women to support their rights for equal pay and justice under the law. We stand in resistance to the ongoing attacks on the Latinx community globally, and against the border wall.

“During the Trump administration’s second year in the presidency we watched in horror as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented family separation policies at the border – the actual numbers of which remain unclear. We also witnessed the mass confinement of the separated immigrant children in “hieleras” – so named because of the freezing cold temperatures of the detention facilities and “perreras” – so called because of the resemblance to dog cages. Voters made it clear they would not support these inhumane actions and resoundingly rejected candidates who endorsed the president’s anti-immigrant policies. Our collective goal was to restore balance to our political system.  The 2018 midterm elections also showed that women meant business: never before in the history of our country have so many women – and specifically Latina women – registered as candidates for elected office. And many of them won! This is our moment of change – this is why we march.

“We are proud to use our voices to raise the Latinx community’s visibility in this Women’s Wave. The energy that was built this past election cycle must be harnessed to fulfill objectives that benefit the Latinos/Latinas across the nation; the Women’s March is one way that Latinas are leading the way to accomplish this.”

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.