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Joint Statement of Mi Familia Vota and OCA Regarding City Council Member Dwight Boykins’ Visit to Our Youth Advocacy Summit

06.29.2019

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2019

Contact: Karina Martínez at 858-752-1262 or karinam@mifamiliavota.org

Joint Statement of Mi Familia Vota and OCA

Mi Familia Vota and OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates place the safety and respect of students as our first priority.  Yesterday, June 28, 2019, Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins was invited to respond to questions regarding issues important to the students at our high school Youth Advocacy Summit.  To our great concern and disappointment, Boykins diverged from the program purpose and instead made statements and engaged in conduct that was wholly unacceptable.

After an initial investigation, we took immediate action of notifying the appropriate authorities. Our organizations have pledged full and open cooperation with the authorities. In addition, we have notified and had discussions with parents and guardians of the students and will continue to communicate with them as circumstances dictate.

We do not and will not tolerate inappropriate behavior at our events regardless of whom the perpetrator might be. The safety and well-being of our young advocates are our paramount concern.

We fully support and are proud of these brave youth advocates who recognized the behavior was unacceptable and are speaking out about it. These young people are an outstanding example of leadership, mutual support, and advocacy in action.

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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.