November 12, 2018
MFV Board mourns passing of Antonio Gonzalez, president of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) and William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI)
Latino community loses visionary advocate
Los Angeles, CA – Mi Familia Vota joins national Latino leaders in mourning the loss of civic engagement trailblazer and lifelong Latino advocate, Antonio Gonzalez.
Antonio Gonzalez was a central figure in the evolution of Latino political power. The strength and efficacy of his voter registration and civic engagement campaigns reflect his respect and service to the Latino community. Today we draw inspiration from his legacy.
Gonzalez was a visionary for the Latino community, working to change political and policy norms to be more inclusive of our community by creating pathways for civic engagement that previously did not exist. His strategy accounted for all Latinos: In 2005 when he was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the United States by Time Magazine, Antonio was quoted as saying that we have to come up with solutions to raise our people from the bottom of the ladder. His was a true champion for Latinos at every level of society and government.
We are saddened by this tremendous loss but will continue to work with the underserved and underrepresented in his honor. Our inheritance is a stronger Latino community, better integrated into the political sphere, and eager to take on leadership positions in our country. We are grateful for this and will remember him fondly as we continue to build Latino political power.
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.