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Mi Familia Vota Urges Congress To Pass HR1 To Uphold Our Democracy

01.04.2019

For Immediate Release
January 4, 2018
Contact: Stefanie De Leon Tzic at stefanied@mifamiliavota.org

Mi Familia Vota Urges Congress To Pass HR1 To Uphold Our Democracy

WASHINGTON, DC — Mi Familia Vota (MFV), whose mission is dedicated to growing Latino civic engagement, strongly urges Congress to enact HR1, which would strengthen the nation’s voting, campaign finance and ethics laws. The bill was introduced in the House on Thursday, the first day of the new session of Congress.

MFV Executive Director Ben Monterroso issued the following statement on HR1:

“MFV works year-round to engage the Latino community in the civic and political process. That includes voter registrations, voting in elections at all levels of government, and our holding elected officials accountable.

“For too long, communities of color, including Latinos, have faced attacks regarding their voting rights and gerrymandered political districts have been drawn up by lawmakers controlled by special interests so that their priorities, like tax breaks for the rich at the expense of the middle-class, drive the political agendas. Meanwhile, our priorities for better health care, a clean and safe environment, and commonsense immigration reform have been brushed aside. That is wrong and that has to change.

“HR1 would restore the Voting Rights Act, improve Automatic Voter Registration, and improve campaign finance laws so that elections are fair, accessible and not controlled by wealthy special interests.

“We are encouraged that this is a top priority for the House, and we call on the Senate to do its job and make our democracy accessible to all who are eligible to vote, regardless of the color of their skin or income level.”

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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.