For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kristian Ramos, Kristian@mifamiliavota.com
Mi Familia Vota Asks Senator Warren Questions About Latinos Not Asked At Dem Debate
MFV is asking the questions that media outlets ignored in Nevada
Washington D.C. – Today Mi Familia Vota releases the next conversation in our Prioridades2020 accountability campaign, where we discuss Latino Priorities with 2020 Presidential Candidates.
Mi Familia Vota was disappointed when issues like Puerto Rico, Latino representation, and comprehensive immigration reform were barely mentioned during last night’s Democratic debate — in a state where the Latino vote is decisive. In our town hall conversation with Senator Elizabeth Warren, we heard specific commitments, for example; we are excited to highlight that Senator Warren agreed to have a cabinet and staff composed of many Latinos and Latinas, should she become President. She also discussed the need to allow Puerto Rico to declare bankruptcy to help alleviate the pain of their debt. Senator Warren also agreed to release comprehensive immigration reform legislation and to change the Senate filibuster to pass the legislation.
We also respectfully heard the Senator apologize for the pain caused to the six women of color who departed her Nevada campaign office. Structural exclusion from positions of power is a recurring issue for Latinos. Politico recently wrote a story of the six women of color who departed Senator Warren’s Nevada campaign in the run-up to the state’s caucuses due to complaints of a toxic work environment in which minorities felt tokenized and senior leadership was at loggerheads. During our town hall, Senator Warren took responsibility for that and apologized on behalf of her campaign. We also discussed issues of importance to Latinos such as climate change, workers’ rights, healthcare, immigration, Puerto Rico, and other critical priorities.
A full video of our conversation can be found here, and excerpts are below:
Senator Warren on issues of importance to the Latino Community:
On Politico Story: “Let me start by saying in this situation here, I take full responsibility. I believe these women, and without reservation, and I am sorry that they had an unhappy experience in a campaign. I do everything I can to make sure that our workplaces are welcoming and that we get to bring our whole self to the workplace every day. But I also recognize that generations of racism and oppression still have an impact and that it requires that all of us to be vigilant. “
On whether a Warren administration would have four Latino Cabinet positions: “I love this! Are you only going to limit me to four? But I love the notion, no, that is exactly right. I understand why you pressed this, and you are right to press this. If you don’t have a seat at the table then policies are made about you, not with you. And huge mistakes are made over and over and the people at the table are going things are going just great. So I want to have a cabinet, I am not sure what the number is but I guarantee you that this is going to be a cabinet that has Latinas and Latinos in it. “
On whether Senator Warren would introduce comprehensive immigration reform in the first one hundred days of her administration: “Yes, let’s start with a statement of values because I think this is important. Immigration does not make our country weaker immigration makes our country stronger and we need a president who says that every day. I will do the things that a president can do all by herself. Including closing for-profit detention centers, reuniting families, not taking children away from their families. I will move forward on every front. “
On the issue of Puerto Rico: “I have been fighting for Puerto Rico since long before the hurricanes. I got involved in the issue of debt and how Wall Street was treating Puerto Rico like a cash cow, they traded in vulture funds then went to the island and squeezed more and more money out of Puerto Rico. They squeezed money out when it meant closing schools, they squeezed money out when it meant closing hospitals, they squeezed and squeezed and continue to squeeze. If Puerto Rico was a city it could declare bankruptcy, and deal with its debt and be done. If Puerto Rico was a giant corporation it could declare chapter 11, pay something on its debts and be done and cancel the rest. If Puerto Rico were an independent country it could go to the IMF and people wouldn’t call it bankruptcy, but it’s effectively the same thing. But because of Puerto Rico’s status, there is no resolution for this debt. I have fought for Puerto Rico to have the opportunity if it chooses, to be able to declare bankruptcy, to be able to end this debt. “
On Voter Suppression: “We need a constitutional amendment to protect the right of every American citizen vote, to get that vote and to get that vote counted. Let’s put some muscle behind it. It is time to pass a federal law to roll back every racist voter suppression law in America. “
We want to keep all the presidential candidates accountable and have clarity and specific commitments on the issues that are critical for all our families. This effort is connected to the work that MFV is doing every day in local neighborhoods by strengthening civic engagement with voter registration, GOTV, voter education, citizenship, and census participation
Priorities 2020 is part of MFV’s larger strategy to ensure Latinos play a critical role in influencing the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. All interviews will be released on MFV’s website, social media platforms, and sent to MFV’s database. Our interviews are not an endorsement, we are giving all candidates an opportunity to discuss their platforms.
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.