Category: Press Release

Released Feb. 16, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Cristóbal J. Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project, issued the following statement responding to President Trump’s nomination of R. Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary:

“We won’t simply celebrate Trump for doing the bare minimum by nominating one Latino to his cabinet — especially on the day when our communities and allies are marching in the streets and boycotting Trump’s anti-Latino policies. We urge the Senate to fully vet Acosta on the issues that matter most to our community: promoting paid family leave insurance, securing equal pay for equal work – including for Latinas, higher minimum wages, workplace protections, and protecting affordable health care access for women and families.

“The American people will be watching carefully and we will continue to show up to town halls, and calling our Senators incessantly to make sure that the pro-worker, pro-union policies and vision guide whomever the next Labor Secretary. Latino Victory will continue following in the footsteps of Latino labor leaders before us and be an ally in the streets, online, and to progressive elected officials who stand with us in building Latino political power.”


Washington, D.C. – Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory Fund, issued the following statement after the historic election of the first Latino Chair of the Democratic Party in its nearly 200 years of existence, Tom Perez:

“Today’s historic election marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Democratic Party. Latino Victory Fund is proud to have backed Tom’s bid since the beginning of his historic run. Tom knows that we need to get back to the American values that the Democratic Party stands for, which include economic opportunity, good paying jobs, equality and justice. Tom will unify the party, strengthen state parties and fight for all of us. Trump launched his presidential campaign by attacking Latinos. Today, the Democratic Party elected a Latino to defeat Trump. Latino Victory Fund has only one word to describe what we feel: orgullo, or pride.”

On the same day as Trump’s first joint address to Congress, a few blocks away top Latino political leaders will gather to develop a strategy to fight back against Trump’s policies

Washington, D.C. – Cristóbal J. Alex, President of the Latino Victory Fund, announced that on February 28, the same day that Donald Trump will hold his first joint address to Congress, Latino Victory will host the first major political strategy meeting of the nation’s top Latino leaders and political experts in Washington, D.C. since Trump has taken office. The goal of the Latino Political Power Summit is to develop a progressive Latino political strategy to oppose Trump’s radical anti-immigrant and anti-Latino agenda and to grow Latino political power.

“Together as Latino leaders, we can and must exchange ideas to fight back against the Trump Administration’s backward policies that threaten our nation’s progress and traditions. Hardworking immigrants who helped build our country – like my mom, a clerical worker, and my dad, a construction worker – need to know we have their back. I’m looking forward to the Latino Political Power Summit, which marks an opportunity to develop a strategy not just around defending common-sense immigrant rights, but protecting affordable healthcare, education, and much more,” said Xavier Becerra, California’s Attorney General.

“Election Day sent a clear signal that we must listen, learn and organize for the future,” said Senator Cortez Masto (D-NV). “I’m seeing it already in Nevada. It is time for our communities to mobilize for the fights ahead. It is time to inspire a generation of leaders that match the diversity of our state, and our country. Summits like this one will help us bring people together and exchange ideas for a future worthy of all of our families in Nevada and America.”

“On the same day that Trump will be sharing his plans with Congress to hurt the American economy by intimidating and bullying the Hispanic community, Latino leaders throughout the country will be gathering to create and share the best ways to fight his hurtful agenda,” said Representative Tony Cardenas (D-CA). “We must continue to fight against Trump’s efforts to attack our neighbors and entrepreneurs. We will join together to make sure all Americans have access to education, affordable healthcare, and feel secure in their homes, schools and work places.”

“We have to push back against Trump’s policies in every way we can. We’re going to make sure the immigrant communities that have helped build my state and our nation know that we respect them, we understand their anxieties and that we will defend them,” said Representative Nanette Barragán (D-CA). “I’m honored to join with the nation’s top Latino leaders and political experts at the Latino Political Power Summit. Together, I’m certain we will develop a political strategy that builds Latino power and influence as we push back against Trump’s divisive policy agenda.”

“I co-founded the Latino Victory Fund as an effort to build political power within the Latino community and to ensure the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our nation forward. The Latino community just faced one of the most tumultuous elections in recent history. Attacking Latinos was central to Trump’s campaign. We have to organize, mobilize, and empower our community to be ready for the battles ahead,” said Henry Muñoz III, co-founder of the Latino Victory Fund. “Latino Victory’s Political Power Summit will provide us with a roadmap for the next 2-4 years. There is no doubt that our community and our power will continue to grow, and if we are united, we can secure our shared prosperity along with that growth.”

“Donald Trump launched his campaign by attacking Latinos, and he has followed through on many of his promises, terrorizing and threatening our community. But at the same time, we have even more confidence that the Latino electorate is mobilized. As a result of this past election, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus is the largest it’s ever been; we elected the first ever Latina Senator, the first Dominican-American member of Congress, the first Latino elected in Nebraska State Legislature and the first Speaker of the House in Colorado, among many others. Let’s remember that an overwhelming majority -79 percent- of the over 13 million Latinos who voted in the 2016 Presidential Election opposed Mr. Trump, and the proportion was even higher among women, at 86 percent,” said Cristóbal J. Alex President of Latino Victory Fund.

The summit will be attended by local, state and federal leaders and several of the nation’s leading political strategists. The vision for the meeting is two-fold: laying the groundwork for a coordinated local and national strategy to build a bench of progressive Latino candidates and equipping our current and future leaders to successfully defend pro-Latino policies. A successful strategy for Latino political power will guide our work to recruit candidates across the nation and empower voters.

Washington, D.C. – Cristóbal J. Alex, presidente del Latino Victory Fund anunció que el 28 de febrero – el mismo día que Donald Trump dará su primer discurso ante el Congreso – Latino Victory organizará en Washington D.C. la primera cumbre de líderes y estrategas políticos latinos del país desde que Trump tomó posesión. El objetivo de la cumbre sobre el poder político latino es desarrollar una estrategia política para luchar en contra de la agenda anti-inmigrante y anti-latina de Trump y como incrementar el poder político de los latinos.

“Uniendo a líderes latinos, podemos intercambiar ideas para luchar en contra de las políticas extremistas de la administración de Trump que van en contra de nuestras tradiciones y nuestro progreso.  Inmigrantes trabajadores – como mi mamá quién trabajo como trabajadora administrativa y mi papá quién trabajo en la construcción – necesitan saber que vamos a luchar por ellos. La Cumbre sobre el Poder Político Latino será un excelente lugar para desarrollar estrategias para no solo defender los derechos de los inmigrantes pero también para proteger el acceso al seguro de salud asequible, la educación y mucho más,” dijo Xavier Becerra, Procurador General de California.

“El día de las elecciones nos envió un mensaje muy claro, debemos escuchar, aprender y organizarnos para el futuro”, dijo la Senadora Cortez Masto (D-NV). “Ya lo estoy empezando a ver en Nevada.  Ya es hora de que nuestras comunidades se empiecen a movilizar para las batallas que tenemos por delante. Es hora de inspirar a una generación de líderes que representen la diversidad de nuestro estado y nuestro país. Cumbres como ésta ayudarán a reunir a líderes para intercambiar ideas para crear un futuro digno de todas nuestras familias en Nevada y América”.

“El mismo día en el que Trump compartirá con el Congreso sus planes para perjudicar a la economía estadounidense atacando e intimidando a la comunidad hispana, líderes latinos de todo el país se reunirán para crear y compartir las mejores maneras de luchar contra su perjudicial agenda”, dijo el Representante Tony Cárdenas (D-CA). “Debemos seguir luchando contra los esfuerzos de Trump de atacar a nuestros vecinos y empresarios. Nos uniremos para asegurarnos de que todos los estadounidenses tengan acceso a educación, asistencia médica asequible y que se sientan seguros en sus casas, escuelas y lugares de trabajo”.

“Tenemos que luchar en contra de las políticas de Trump en todas formas que podamos. Nos vamos a asegurar que las comunidades de inmigrantes que han ayudado a construir mi estado y nuestra nación sepan que los respetamos, que entendemos sus miedos y que los vamos a defender”, dijo la Representante Nanette Barragán (D-CA). “Estoy honrada de unirme a los líderes y expertos políticos latinos en la Cumbre sobre el Poder Político Latino y estoy segura de que juntos desarrollaremos una estrategia política que fortalezca el poder y la influencia de los latinos a medida de que luchamos en contra de las políticas extremistas de Trump”.

“Yo co-fundé el Latino Victory Fund como un esfuerzo para construir el poder político de la comunidad latina y asegurar que las voces de los latinos se reflejen en todos los niveles de gobierno y en las políticas que impulsan a nuestra nación hacia adelante. La comunidad latina se enfrentó a una de las elecciones más desastrosas de la historia. El ataque contra los latinos fue fundamental para la campaña de Trump. Tenemos que organizar, movilizar y capacitar a nuestra comunidad para estar listos para las batallas que tenemos por delante”, dijo Henry Muñoz III, cofundador del Latino Victory Fund.  “La Cumbre sobre el Poder Político Latino nos proporcionará un plan para los próximos 2 a 4 años. No hay duda de que nuestra comunidad y nuestro poder seguirán creciendo, y si estamos unidos, podemos asegurar que nuestra prosperidad crezca al igual que nuestro poder”.

“Donald Trump lanzó su campaña atacando a los latinos, y ha cumplido con muchas de sus promesas, aterrorizando y amenazando a nuestra comunidad. Pero al mismo tiempo, tenemos confianza en que el electorado latino se continuará movilizando. Como resultado de estas elecciones pasadas, el Caucus Hispano del Congreso es el más grande que haya habido; Elegimos a la primera senadora latina, a el primer dominicano en el Congreso, al primer latino en la legislatura estatal de Nebraska y al primer presidente de la Cámara de Representantes en Colorado, entre muchos otros. Recordemos que una abrumadora mayoría -79 por ciento- de los más de 13 millones de latinos que votaron en las elecciones presidenciales de 2016 se opusieron al Sr. Trump, y la proporción fue aún mayor entre las mujeres, con 86 por ciento”, dijo Cristóbal J. Alex, presidente de Latino Victory Fund.

La cumbre contará con la presencia de líderes locales, estatales y federales, así como varios de los principales estrategas políticos de la nación. La misión de la reunión es doble: sentar las bases para una estrategia local y nacional coordinada para construir un banco de candidatos latinos progresistas y equipar a nuestros líderes actuales y futuros para defender con éxito las políticas pro-latinas. Una estrategia exitosa para el poder político latino guiará nuestro trabajo para reclutar candidatos en todo el país y dará poder político a los votantes.

Washington, D.C. – Cristóbal J. Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project, issued the following statement congratulating New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on a powerful final policy address in her role as Speaker:

“Today, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito laid out a clear and powerful roadmap to push back against the onslaught of threats from the Trump administration. These times call for ambitious and bold policy initiatives to address the needs of all Americans, and Speaker Mark-Viverito continues to show up for our community. Thanks to her leadership and vision, New York City stands as a progressive leader and as an example in the fight to protect immigrants.”