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MFV Applauds Support of Bold Climate Action Legislation

05.02.2019

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2019
Contact: Karina Martínez | karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858/752-1262

   

MFV Applauds Support of Bold Climate Action Legislation

H.R. 9 will strongly benefit the Latino community

Mi Familia Vota applauds members of the House who voted to pass the first climate legislation this year, H.R.9. Our country is in urgent need of environmental action: climate change is impacting our health, livelihoods, and overall wellbeing. The effects of climate change are especially wounding for Latinos as our populations tend to work and live in conditions with increased levels of environmental risks. Additionally, more than half of Latinos (55%) live in three states (California, Texas, and Florida) with extreme challenges and natural disasters that are intensifying as climate change increases.

Elected officials and prospective candidates must include and fight for green initiatives in their policy agendas; 81% of Latinos in key states and battleground races want Congress to act assertively on climate change. H.R. 9 recognizes the urgency to adopt environmental policies that will help mitigate, prepare, and prevent serious ramifications related to climate change.

H.R. 9, smart and bold legislation, will bring positive transformation to our communities and we thank those who have voted to protect our environment and to support the health of our children and families. We urge members of both parties to continue to act on climate.

MFV Latino Leaders from the following states are available for interviews (in-person, phone or skype):

Arizona: Eduardo Sainz
California: Samuel Molina
Colorado: Salvador Hernandez
Florida: Nancy Batista
Nevada: Cecia Alvarado
Texas: Carlos Duarte

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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.