The Latino vote has a potential impact and importance in this presidential election. Often referred to as the sleeping giant, 27 million of Latinos are eligible to vote making us 12 percent of the country’s eligible voting population. This has led both political parties to recognize that capturing the Latino vote may be crucial to make it to the White House.
The economic importance Latinos play in the American society is another reason of why we are emerging as a powerful force. We are entrepreneurs and play important economic contributions through job creation and economic development. According to the 2013 Multicultural Report from the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia, Latinos purchasing power has grown 70 percent faster than Americans as a whole since the 1980s.
Over the course of this campaign, Latino voters have shown that in addition to areas where Latinos are known to care about such as immigration and civil and labor rights, we are also concerned to other critical issues, including education, health care, environment and economic growth.
Let’s discuss the different ways in which Latinos can make sure we turn out in record numbers to the polls. Join us this coming Thursday, November 3 at our weekly #LATISM Twitter Chat where we will address the impact and importance of Latino vote.
LATISM Civil Engagement Chat
Thursday, November 3, 2016
9 p.m. EST – 10 p.m. EST
Hashtags to follow: #LATISM #AVotar
Hosts: @LATISM @hispanic_mama
Guests: @momsrising @eliana_murillo @NataschaOS
Moms Rising combines the best of American innovation and ingenuity. We are a transformative on-the-ground and online multicultural organization of more than a million members and over a hundred aligned organizations working to increase family economic security, to end discrimination against women and mothers, and to build a nation where both businesses and families can thrive.
Mamás Con Poder is Moms Rising Spanish language community working on lifting the voices of Latinas and their families.
Eliana Murillo is a digital sociologist and purveyor of cultural innovation. Her work at Google as the head of multicultural marketing transcends industries through the incubation of digital ideation and cultural resonance at the grassroots level. At Google, Eliana focuses on developing strategies across products with cultural sensibilities that engage multicultural users, small business owners, and large brands. She founded the multicultural marketing team at Google, as well as the US Hispanic business development and community outreach team. She has spearheaded programs that support diversity in entrepreneurship, education, civic engagement, and content creation with the use of technology.
#QueVoteMiGente is a coalition of civic organizations working in Florida and nationally to build the political power of Puerto Rican voters ahead of the 2016 election and beyond through voter education, mobilization and strategic storytelling. #QueVoteMiGente tells the stories of real Puerto Rican and Latino voters building political power through their vote, highlighting their motivation and inspiration this election season.