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Washington, DC – Today, in an unprecedented joint announcement, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Latino Victory Fund both endorsed state Representative Brady Piñero Walkinshaw in his bid to represent Washington’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The announcement underscores the appeal of Walkinshaw’s message to diverse constituencies in Seattle and the central Puget Sound, and the growing support for the Latino LGBT leader.

Walkinshaw represents a new generation of progressive and pragmatic leaders that reflect the values of the Pacific Northwest District. He has been a champion for college affordability, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, criminal justice reform and addressing gun violence. As a state legislator, Walkinshaw championed affordable housing and homelessness, gender pay equity, and public health legislation with a focus on mental health services.

“Brady’s commitment to smart public policy that addresses the real concerns of constituents makes him the best candidate not only for LGBT people and Latinos, but for all residents,” said Victory President & CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills. “His positive agenda has inspired his community and our organizations, and we are committed to supporting his candidacy through November.”

If elected, Walkinshaw would become the first openly LGBT Latino Congress member, the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Washington state, and the first Latino Democrat from Washington to be elected to a federal office. The joint endorsement marks the beginning of a sustained effort by the Victory Fund and Latino Victory Fund to unite in supporting outstanding leaders from the LGBT and Latino communities.

“We are proud to endorse an experienced candidate who has worked diligently for his constituents in Washington,” said César Blanco, Latino Victory interim director. “Brady is a dedicated rising star with progressive values that will help move our country forward, and we know he will be a strong leader in Congress. Latino Victory is excited to work with the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund throughout November to ensure Brady is elected and as such, help increase Latino and LGBT representation in government.”

Walkinshaw has been endorsed by more than 30 colleagues from the state legislature, and dozens of community members and advocates.

Learn more about Brady Piñero Walkinshaw and his campaign at bradywalkinshaw.com.

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Republican National Committee nominated Donald Trump for the presidency of the Unite States at the Republic National Convention. Pili Tobar, Latino Victory Fund advocacy and communications director, released the following statement:

“Today, the Republican Party officially turned its back on the Latino community and on the values that make our nation the land of inclusion and opportunity. We knew this day would come, yet we are still disheartened to see that the same nation that gave rise to titans of hope and tolerance such as Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt and César Chávez is the same nation where a racist, intolerant bigot can be nominated for president. Trump is a danger to the Latino community and to the values of equality and tolerance that this nation represents.

“By nominating Trump, the Republican Party has once again scarred its relationship with one of the most powerful voting blocks in this country and begun its demise. The numbers don’t lie; A total of 79 percent of Latinos surveyed on the first night of the Republican convention said they have an unfavorable view of Trump, while 88 percent said they do not love him – as he claims -, 83 percent view him as racist and 79% view him as unstable. Latino Victory Fund will work tirelessly to ensure that his anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, anti-Muslim, and anti-women ideas remain in his head and out of the White House. Latino voters will hold Trump and the rest of the Republican Party accountable in November.”

Washington— Latino Victory Fund, Latino Decisions, and Fusion have partnered to conduct nightly polls to assess Latinos’ attitudes towards the Republican nominee and the Republican Party, throughout the week of the Republican National Convention. The polls will highlight Latinos’ sentiments and attitudes towards Trump, and the effect these sentiments have on their view of the Republican Party and down-ballot candidates who are either supporting Trump or who have denounced him.

View results of first night’s poll, here.

“The future of our families, our community, and the values that make our country great are at stake in the 2016 elections, that is why Latino Victory Fund is working actively to empower Latinos and ensure they participate in November. We are proud to partner with Latino Decisions and Fusion to ensure that our community’s voice and opinions are heard loud and clear,” said Pili Tobar, Advocacy and Communications Director. “This data is critical because it provides an almost real time snapshot of Latinos’ changing attitudes, and in the end a substantial, timely insight on how the Latino community will vote in November. Latinos are watching the Republican National Convention closely and listening to what is being said, and we plan to be on the ground every day to ensure that the Republican Party and the nation know that Latinos are present and paying attention.”

“Issues that are core to the identity of the communities we serve– race, social justice, diversity, immigration–are now front and center in this election cycle,” said Daniel Eilemberg, President and Chief Content Officer for Fusion. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Latino Victory Fund to see how the rhetoric and policy proposals put forth during the convention will impact the opinions of Latinos as we head into the general election this fall.”

Sylvia Manzano, Principal at Latino Decisions said, “The data say all we need to know about where the Republican Party and Donald Trump stand with the Latino electorate today.”

Highlights from last night’s poll:

  • 74% of respondents say they are watching or following the Republican National Convention on TV or online.
  • Over the last year Donald Trump has said, “The Hispanics love me. Latinos love Trump, and I love them.” When asked if respondents love Donald Trump, 88% said no.

Latinos’ opinion of Trump:

  • 79% of respondents have an unfavorable opinion of Donald trump
  • 83% of respondents describe Donald Trump as racist
  • 82% of respondents describe Donald Trump as foolish
  • 79% of respondents describe Donald Trump as dangerous
  • 79% of respondents describe Donald Trump as unstable

Latinos’ opinion of the Republican Party:

  • 77% of respondents describe the Republican Party as old
  • 76% of respondents describe the Republican Party as anti-immigrant
  • 73% of respondents describe the Republican Party as angry

Latinos’ opinion of Trump’s rallies and events:

  • 78% of respondents describe Trump rallies and events as dangerous
  • 79% of respondents describe Trump rallies and events as hateful
  • 70% of respondents describe Trump rallies and events as scary

 

Washington DC – During a disappointing interview with Jorge Ramos on Univision’s show Al Punto, Helen Aguirre – Hispanic Media Director for the Republican National Committee – defended Trump and his anti-Latino and anti-immigrant comments. Helen went as far as to say that Trump “is not racist.”

Besides being the main Latina spokesperson for the RNC, Helen is also on the board of trustees for Miami Dade College – one of the country’s largest and most diverse community colleges with a large DREAMer population. Helen has come under fire from local dreamers who are asking for her resignation from the board, arguing that Helen cannot represent them while also working to elect Donald Trump.

“It is maddening and sad to see someone like Helen lie to our community and work to defend and elect a racist bigot like Donald Trump. Just a few months ago, Helen was one of Trump’s biggest critics, but now that she’s on the RNC’s payroll she is his biggest supporter and is lying to our community about his actions and what he represents,” said Pili Tobar, Advocacy and Communications Director for Latino Victory Fund. “Trump isn’t trying a new approach to appeal to Latinos, he’s only interested in demonizing us and attacking us; he can’t even treat us with the dignity and respect that we deserve. Latinos have no doubt that Trump is a hypocritical, opportunistic, racist and that a Trump presidency would be devastating for our community. Shame on Helen for standing with Trump ahead of the Latino community and of the diverse MDC student body that she purportedly represents. Helen has to pick between defending Trump and what he stands for, or the values promoted at MDC, she can’t have it both ways. Latinos are listening and in November we will hold accountable Trump and anyone who supports him.”

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Latino Victory is packing its pop-up banners and posters and driving to Philadelphia to partake in the Democratic National Convention. While the majority of our time is spent working hard to ensure that Latinos are elected to office and to empower the Latino community, we also take time to host and attend events designed to offer a space for open dialogue and networking.

When we convene in Philadelphia—chilling out, maxing, relaxing, all cool*—Latino Victory will join giant Google, the German Marshall Fund and Latinos Unidos, an all-star list of Latino organizations, to host a variety of star-studded panels, receptions and a concert. We are equally excited about all of the Latino events that will be showcased at the convention, and we would like to share with you a detailed list so that you can participate and make the most of this historic convention.

Of note, we want to highlight the Latinos Unidos Celebration, which is a large-scale event organized by top Latino organizations and promises a spectacular night of unity lead by Los Lobos and appearances by special guests. We hope you will gather along with us on this night to uplift the Latino community and ensure that Latino issues are showcased in this Convention.

Please be on the lookout on Latino Victory’s Facebook and Twitter posts, as we plan to update this events list as soon as we find the next amazing event. Also, if you are hosting an event, please send us the details and we will run it on our weekly social media updates.

¡Hasta pronto!

*Credit: Will Smith/DJ Jazzy Jeff

DNC Unplugged Latino Style Party-of-the-Year

Hosts: Al Día in Partnership with The Philadelphia History Museum

Why bother: Ticket proceeds will go to a great cause—the Al Día Foundation, which promotes advancements in journalism and multicultural communities. Also, open bar, unlimited food, and the opportunity to learn about Philadelphia’s riveting history.

Date: July 23, 2016

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Philadelphia History Museum  15 South 7th Street

Philadelphia, PA, 19106

*Information here.

DNC Hispanic Caucus  

Host: DNC

Why bother: This is a valuable opportunity to hear from the DNC Hispanic Caucus have a conversation about the issues Hispanics care about in this election.

Date: July 25, 2016

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Philadelphia Convention Center

Hill Latino: Latino Leaders on Energy

Host: The Hill, The Latino Coalition and CHLI

Why bother: Environment and energy are two top Latino voter priority issues. Join The Hill Latino and The Latino Coalition for a conversation on how energy and environment issues will shape the Latino vote and the economy. Featured speakers include U.S. Rep. Henry Cuéllar (D-TX) and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson.

Date: July 25, 2016

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: The Hill’s Hub at City View

30 S. 17th Street

Philadelphia, PA

Latino Victory Project and The German Marshall Fund

Date: July 25, 2016

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Why bother: Senator Chris Murphy will lead a conversation about top issues of transatlantic importance, and you can meet and mingle with the panelists and guests at a reception following the discussion. Also, we suspect an array of scrumptious Latino canapés will be served.

Location: 2035 Delancey Street

Philadelphia, PA

UnCONVENTIONal: The Evolving Electorate: How Technology Empowers Today’s Voters 

Hosts: Latino Victory Project, Google and Cornell Belcher

Why bother: You’ll get to hear from top Latino political and tech leaders in a panel, and then party with them and with other all-stars at the post-panel reception. The panel will highlight fresh battleground state polling on the the changing nature of the electorate and the technological tools that are enabling voters to make informed decisions in the 2016 election. Also, it’s one of Latino Victory’s sponsored events, we rock and it’s free.

Date: July 26, 2016

Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm

People Powered by Politics Policy Forum

Host: Voto Latino

Why bother: It’s a conversation sponsored by Voto Latino. We know they’ll have outstanding featured speakers headlining an engaging program.

Date: July 26, 2016

Time: 2:30pm-5:00pm

Location: University of the Arts Terra Hall

211 South Broad St.

Philadelphia, PA

Latinos Unidos Celebration

Hosts: Democratic National Committee, National Council of La Raza, Mexican-American League of Defense and Educational Fund, Latino Victory Fund, League of United Latin American Citizens, LCLAA, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, CHCI, Hispanic Federation and others.

Why bother: Reception? Yes. Live music?  Celebrities? Yes.  You? Don’t be late.

Date: July 26, 2016

Time: 10:00pm-1:00am

Location: Philadelphia Marriott

1201 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA

Ticket Information: http://www.latinosunited.org

National Hispanic Leadership Agenda Latino Priorities

Host: National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

Why bother: This is a great opportunity to hear from the premier coalition of Latino organizations, NHLA, and learn more about how they are working to elevate and and advance Latino priorities.

Date: July 27, 2016

Time: 8:30am-10:30am

Location: The Raben Respite

1218 Arch St.

Philadelphia, PA

DNC Hispanic Caucus  

Host: DNC

Why bother: This is a valuable opportunity to hear from the DNC Hispanic Caucus have a conversation about the issues Hispanics care about in this election.

Date: July 27, 2016

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Philadelphia Convention Center

Latino Victory Project Polling Data Release

Hosts: Latino Victory Project, The Hill and Latino Decisions

Why bother: Latino Victory is conducting a poll through Latino Decisions in 12 battleground states to determine how the campaign rhetoric is affecting Latino voter behavior. Our panel of pollsters and advocacy leaders will discuss the data in light of priority issues followed by a discussion on how these issues are being represented by the campaigns.

Date: July 27, 2015

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: The Hill’s Hub at City View

30 S 17th St, 14th Floor

Philadelphia, PA

PODER PAC Reception: Honoring Latinas of the Clinton Campaign and Presenting Grace Ann Garcia Leadership Award

 Host: PODER PAC & Host Committee

Why bother: Eva Longoria Baston will headline this Latina powerhouse reception. This is also the first Grace Ann Garcia Leadership Award presentation and it will be awarded to another Latina all-star, Amanda Rentería, Hillary for America’s national political director. Special guests feature more Latina leaders including Rep. Linda Sánchez, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rep. Grace Napolitano, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Norma Torres and Rep. Nydia Velazquez. Get your tickets before they’re sold out!

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Time: 2:00pm

Location: 1200 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA

Ticket information: http://bit.ly/29EolEJ

The Democratic National Committee Heritage Festival 

Hosts: Democratic National Committee Heritage Council & The National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council

Why bother:  Festivals that celebrate ethnic diversity and promote unity and harmony are just what this nation needs right now. The festival features VIP speakers, world cuisine, music and dance performances as well as family-friendly games. Sign us up, por favor.

Date: July 27, 2016

Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm

Location: 1800 Block of East Passynuk Avenue

Philadelphia, PA

*Find more information here.

BRAVE by Voto Latino

Host: Voto Latino

Why bother: This is part of an inspiration campaign that empowers and uplifts the Latino community. The future belongs to the brave.

Date: July 27, 2016

Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm

Location: Theater of Living Arts

334 South Street

Philadelphia, PA