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Washington, D.C.—Latino Victory Project and Mexican recording artist and icon Vicente Fernández joined forces to announce the artist’s support for Hillary Clinton for president. Latino Victory launched the announcement with a video featuring a corrido (ballad) in which Fernández expresses his support for Clinton and issues a call to action asking the Latino community to vote and to make its voice heard.

“We are overjoyed to partner with one of the most prolific and talented recording artists in Latin America and the United States,” said Martín Diego García, Latino Victory Project director of campaigns. “Vicente Fernández is a true legend who has earned the respect and admiration of the Latino community in the United States through a special mutual bond forged by his captivating music. He has inspired generations of Latinos with his music, and now he has stepped in to inspire us to vote in November and make our voices heard in this election. Vicente’s call to action is a powerful reminder that Secretary Clinton is the only candidate who will respect and work with the Latino community, and he is proud to stand with her.”

(Please find the video HERE.)

About Vicente Fernández 

Fernández’s iconic career in the music and film industry in Latin America and the United States spans more than 40 years, and he is an influential figure in the Latino community. He is the most recognized recording artist in his genre, ranchera music or regional Mexican music as it is known in the United States. Throughout his stellar career, Fernández has recorded 100 albums, sold nearly 70 million copies, and has won 8 Latin Grammys, 2 Grammys and 14 Premios lo Nuestro, among many others. He was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Generations of Latinos in the United States have embraced Fernández’s profound and melancholic songs, and he is considered a living legend and icon.

 

 

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I grew up in Chelsea, MA in a proud Latino household. I am the daughter of a single mother who emigrated from Honduras to work in a factory making hot dogs. Her hard work allowed me to become the first in my family to go to college.

Growing up in Chelsea, Mass., I played in an empty lot littered with used syringes and trash.

My friends and I called it ‘War Zone.’ It was not an ideal playground, but it was better than the city’s parks, which were ruled by gangs. At an early age, I wondered why we had no access to small things like parks.

That wonder grew into a passion for community service, culminating in my recent election to Chelsea’s City Council, representing the Fifth District. I am the first millennial elected to the Council.

With almost zero political experience, I became the top vote-getter in the city’s primary; unseated the incumbent; and won the general election with 60 percent of the vote.

It was a historic election, with Latinos taking six of the 11 council seats, balancing what had historically been a mostly non-Latino council in a predominantly Latino city.

I made the decision to run for office because our local democracy was not representative of the people it served.  As a millennial and a Latina, I empathized with the struggles of my community. I wanted to represent their diverse voices.  

My candidacy was not about me, it was about embracing the vision and experiences of my constituents to improve local government.

I see city council as the frontlines of our democracy.  We make decisions that have an impact on people’s daily lives. We have the power to shape the effectiveness of the city, but that can only be achieved if we create a government that is inclusive.

I hope my first story inspires other Latinx millennials to get involved in local government and politics. We need young leaders to bring their ideas to the table, to be bold and dare to lead!

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He’s dressed in an elegant black tuxedo, projecting the refined charisma expected of a Hollywood leading man. Underneath the glamour, one can still discern the picaresque smile of his other self, the one that millions in Mexico and Latin America have come to know so well; the everyday man of the pueblo; the underdog who at the end of the story prevails over the powerful; the fast-talking pelado who could talk his way out of any kerfuffle by saying a lot without saying anything: Cantinflas.

As this nostalgic video clip of the 1956 “Around the World in 80 Days” premiere attests, Cantinflas shone among Hollywood’s top stars in a luxurious soirée fit for a film that became a box-office hit and received eight Academy Awards. If you’re a Mexican Golden Age film connoisseur, you will immediately spot Fortino Mario Moreno Reyes in two or three shots. These seconds of film captured more than a  historic moment. They captured a powerful statement quietly made by the movie star on behalf of the Mexican-American community, one that resonates today.

Billed as one of the top actors in the all-star “Around the World” ensemble that included David Niven and Marlene Dietrich (and a spectacular cameo by Frank Sinatra), Cantinflas stepped back into the spotlight at the 1957 Golden Globe Awards. Of note, the Mexico City native nabbed the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy. Loved by millions of fans in Mexico and Latin America who loved him for iconic films such as “Ahí está el detalle” and the political satire “Si yo fuera diputado,” Cantinflas became the first Mexican to win a Golden Globe years before the Del Toros, Iñárritus and Hayeks graced Hollywood with their talent. His victory was a significant step that carved a pathway for generations of Latino film and television artists in Hollywood.

If we broaden the scope of his accomplishment to include the historical context during which it happened, his victory is transformed from a milestone into a powerful symbol of pride for a community that suffered civil rights violations for decades. The Mexican-American community was also under direct attack in 1954 by politicians who decided to execute the infamous ‘Operation Wetback’ to deport millions of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. During his big night at the 1957 Golden Globe Awards, Cantinflas, the activist, the philanthropist, the satirist, and defender of the downtrodden, outwitted those who sought to oppress his people. Those who erroneously believed that Mexicans and Hispanics were second-class citizens who did not deserve to stay in this country, scapegoats for imagined fears, likely witnessed Fortino Mario Moreno Reyes, who was born and raised in Mexico City, receive a top Hollywood award for his talent and genius.

Cantinflas’ triumph in the United States is an inspiration that transcends time. We are still fighting against anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rhetoric and against policies that oust us from a nation to which we have contributed our work, our talent, and our dreams. The beauty of this historical parallel is that we are all Cantinflas. Every day with our hard work we outsmart those who seek to marginalize us. ¿Cómo la ven desde ahi?

Washington DC — Earlier this week, Koch-funded LIBRE Initiative launched English and Spanish language TV ads to help boost Sen. Marco Rubio’s re-election bid in Florida. The ads tout Rubio as someone who ‘stands up for “hardworking Floridians.’

But in May 2014, Marco Rubio told ABC News: “You don’t run for president with some eject button in the cockpit that allows you to go on an exit ramp if it doesn’t work out.” Turns out Marco is taking the exit ramp with help from the LIBRE Initiative.

Below is a statement from César J. Blanco, interim director of Latino Victory Fund:

“Marco Rubio is an opportunistic politician who adopts whatever positions are politically convenient at the time. He has the worst attendance record in the Senate, and when he actually showed up, it was to cast votes in favor of his extremist views. He voted against the Violence Against Women Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act. He opposes a women’s right to choose even in cases of rape, incest, or Zika, and is a proven flip flopper on immigration. He also opposed bankruptcy for Puerto Rico and is a know climate change denier. Shame on LIBRE for playing politics and not looking out for the best interest of Floridians or the Latino community.”

A columnist for the Tampa Bay Times once described Rubio as someone “who has spent more time in office writing self-promotional books than sponsoring legislation.” Here’s a look at what he did when he actually showed up:

  • Rubio introduced a regressive tax planthat would give the top one percent of earners tax cuts that were more than 103 times larger than the poorest 20 percent of workers.
  • Rubio voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act and called legislation requiring equal pay for equal work a “waste of time.”
  • Rubio voted against the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Rubio opposes a women’s right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest.
  • Rubio supports defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • Rubio supports discriminatory RFRA laws that allow businesses to refuse to serve LGBT people.
  • Rubio voted to cut Pell grants.
  • Rubio saidSocial Security and Medicare “weakened us as a people,” wants to raise the retirement age and partially privatize Medicare.
  • Rubio opposes President Obama’s immigration relief programs for families (DACA and DAPA.)
  • Rubio opposed bankruptcy for Puerto Rico.
  • Rubio denies the science behind human-caused climate change.

 

Here are 9 times Senator Marco Rubio described how much he dislikes being a Senator:

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“You know, public service is what I do. It isn’t who I am.”

 “I worked in the Senate for four years, but I’m not a product — I’m not of the Senate. I work in the Senate.”

 “We’re not going to fix America with senators and congressmen.”

 “I went to the U.S. Senate because I didn’t like the direction of this country and I didn’t think either party was doing a good job in that regard,” he continued. “And that’s the same reason why I’m not running for re-election.”

 “I’m not running for re-election, and I’m running for president because I know this: unless we have the right president, we cannot make America fulfill its potential, but with the right person in office, the 21st century can be the greatest era that our nation has ever known.”

 “If I decide the best place for me to serve America is to run for president, that’s what I’m going to do,” he told South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel in February 2015.

“And I’m not going to have an exit strategy premised on the idea that I’m going to pivot back to a Senate race. We have quality candidates in the state on the Republican side who could run and make great senators.”

 

h/t CNN Politics: http://cnn.it/28QFHC8

 

Washington DC – Priorities USA is releasing its first Spanish-language television ad of the campaign today called “What We Stand For” which shows how Donald Trump’s divisive and dangerous agenda stands in stark contrast to the values we hold dear. Instead of freedom, respect, and the belief that we are all stronger together, Donald Trump talks about building a wall around America, calls Hispanic Americans criminals and rapists, and brags about his plan to tear families apart with a deportation force.

“What We Stand For” will run in Nevada, Colorado & Florida, and is the first spot in a previously announced partnership with The Latino Victory Project in Nevada and El Super Pac Voto Latino in Florida.

Watch “What We Stand For” below:

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“Hispanic Americans know this country is built on freedom, respect, and the shared belief that everyone is stronger together, not the hatred of Donald Trump’s divisive and dangerous agenda,” said Anne Caprara, Executive Director at Priorities USA. “Donald Trump wants to build a wall around our country, tear families apart with a deportation force and kicked off his campaign by calling Hispanics criminals and rapists. That’s not what America stands for, and that’s why it’s so important to get out and vote so Donald Trump never becomes our president.”

“Our communities are stronger together when we empower one another to be our best selves — not when we pander to the interests of those who want to build walls to keep us apart, said César J. Blanco, Latino Victory Fund interim director. “Trump does not have our priorities in mind, and he’s shown no interest whatsoever in working to uplift our community of business owners, DREAMers and mixed status families, as well as the millions of Latinos who contribute positively to our great nation. We are proud to work with Priorities USA to mobilize Latinos in Nevada, Colorado, and Florida to cast their ballot in November. There is too much at stake to sit this one out.”