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Latino Youth and Leaders Join for Latino Advocacy Day in Colorado

03.10.2019

03.10.2019

For Immediate Release
March 10, 2019

Contact: Karina Martinez Karinam@mifamiliavota.org

Latino Youth and Leaders Join for Latino Advocacy Day in Colorado

The 13th annual convening will be addressing Latino Representation

Denver, Colorado – Mi Familia Vota will participate in the 13th annual Latino Advocacy Day (LAD), a convening of over 300 policy advocates at the Colorado capitol.

At Mi Familia Vota, LAD is especially important to us because it allows us to discuss and unify strategies on the issues that are important to Latinos in Colorado. This year’s theme “Representation Matters” will be centerfold during policy issue briefings and event activities.

LAD will kick-off with opening remarks from Senator Jessie Ulibarri, Colorado State Senate President Leroy Garcia, and Governor Jared Polis. Hundreds of attendees, including over 50 students from Lincoln High School in Denver, will gather for policy session briefs before marching to the Capitol for a press conference and rally.

Colorado state director for Mi Familia Vota, Salvador Hernandez made note of the significance of youth and government leaders coming together for the community, “Latino voter turnout was higher than expected at the midterm elections – about a quarter of Latinos cast their vote for the first time in 2018. Colorado was one of the nine U.S. House districts in which Latinos make up at least 10% of eligible voters where voters decided for a party change. Our community is more engaged and we are working to make civic participation more inclusive for all, including our youth. The changes that we need require continuous investment in our community and we are proud that the elected officials attending LAD have committed to addressing Latinos and youth on the issues that we care about.”

Topics that will be addressed in the advocacy training and policy sessions include:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Economic Justice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Immigrant Justice

Students and attendees will be available to speak to media at the rally at the Capitol, “Colorado Latinos in 2019 and Beyond,” which starts at 12:00pm. Representatives Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (Co-Chair of the Colorado Latino Caucus) and Representative Rochelle Galindo will be speaking at the rally along with Latino community leaders.

Following these events, LAD attendees will attend a closed door meeting with legislators.

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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