Latino Families Join Members of Congress on Capitol Hill as Part of Sweeping Movement for Climate Solutions


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


Latino Families Join Members of Congress on Capitol Hill as Part of Sweeping Movement for Climate Solutions

Mi Familia Vota families partner with Moms Clean Air Force for a DC “Play-In” Demanding Lawmakers Solve our Climate Crisis


(Washington, D.C.) – On Thursday, July 11th, Latino families from Mi Familia Vota will join more than 500 members from over 25 states to gather at the U.S. Capitol for the sixth Moms Clean Air Force “Play-In” for Climate Action and live-streamed press conference. This annual event will showcase visionary leaders including members of the Global Climate Strikes who will join moms and Members of Congress on stage to demand action on climate. Speakers of all generations will be calling on political leadership at all levels to advance solutions to protect our families from the climate crisis.

Following the Play-In, Latino families will head to the Capitol with families from across the nation to meet with their members of Congress and to share their personal stories urging their representatives to take action on climate to protect their children’s health and future.

Media is invited to schedule interviews with our MFV Families


  • Salvador Hernandez lives in Denver and is the Colorado State Director for Mi Familia Vota. With his track record of political organizing, running voter registration drives, Get-Out-The-Vote campaigns and citizenship drives, Salvador wants to ensure that Latinos voters look for candidates with strong climate action plans. 
  • Karla Chavez and Antonio Serrano live in Aurora, Colorado with their three year old daughter, Layla, who motivates them to fight for environmental justice and actively engage with the Ecomadres program. As parents, Karla and Antonio are concerned about the quality of the air and the environment in which their daughter will grow.  
  • Columba Sainz lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family. As the field organizer for Moms Clean Air Force in Arizona, Columba mobilizes Latina moms through the Ecomadres program. As a mother of three, Columba is deeply concerned about the kind of earth her children will inherit if we don’t reduce our carbon pollution. Columba’s husband, Eduardo Sainz, is the Arizona state director for MFV and he also tackles environmental issues through civic engagement.

We also invite media to watch our Play-In press conference live at approximately 10:00 AM ET on July 11th here where it will be live-streamed on our national Facebook page. 

Play-In Speakers include:  

Keynote speaker Alexandria Villaseñor  is a 14-year-old climate justice activist and leading organizer for the ongoing global Fridays for Future Climate Strikes.
Emcee Vanessa Hauc is a Telemundo Network Emmy award-winning journalist
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE At-large)
Senator Tom Carper(D-DE) Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL 7) Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell(D-MI 12)
Congresswoman Deb Haaland(D-NM 1)
Congressman Donald McEachin(D-VA 4)
Congresswoman Kim Schrier(D-WA 8)
Great Grandmother Mary Lyons is a Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe member in Minnesota, UN Indigenous Observer and Author
Rev Michael Malcom, MDiv MBAis the Executive Director of Alabama Interfaith Power and Light
Dominique Browning is Moms Clean Air Force’s Co-Founder and Senior Director
Heather McTeer Toney is Moms Clean Air Force’s National Field Director 

An updated list of speakers can be found here

Where: The National Mall at Madison Drive NW and 3rd Street NW, Washington D.C. or follow the press conference online here

When: Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 9:30-11:00 AM (press conference begins at 10:00 AM)

NOTE: B-roll footage and photos of Play-In available upon request. 


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.