Monday, November 20, 2017 | Updated at 9:31 PM ET

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Maria Teresa Kumar

Following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Latino civic and politically-engaged groups have come out to grieve with victims of the LGBTQ community.

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A coalition of Latino civil rights groups is taking aim at SiriusXM for removing a majority of Latin music stations from its lineup.

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A coalition of national Latino civic engagement organizations have united to further engage Latinos to vote.

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Republican presidential candidates have questioned the 14th Amendment, which allows U.S.-born children the automatic right to citizenship, but prominent Latinos and Latino-based organizations are criticizing calls to change the law.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for the "mandatory return," or deportation, of all undocumented immigrants from the U.S, and it’s a stance that was reiterated during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The price tag to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, however, could be an obstacle for pro-Trump supporters.

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The White House Correspondents Dinner weekend has concluded but not after Voto Latino hosted its seventh annual Diversity in Media reception gathering celebrities, newsmakers and members of the media in one room.

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The midterm and general elections have seen notable disparities with the Latino voter turnout rate. While efforts were made to engage the Latino electorate for the last midterm election, especially during the immigration reform debate, the numbers are reportedly lower than the 2010 midterms. Voto Latino President and CEO spoke with Latin Post about comparing the midterm and presidential election cycles and on mobilizing the Latino voter bloc.

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With the 2014 midterm elections over, statistics on U.S. Latinos' voter turnout have slowly surfaced to show lower than expected attendance. Latin Post talks with Voto Latino President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar and Latino celebrities Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama about the need for Latino millennials' engagement ahead of the 2016 election season.

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Although Voto Latino is in its 11th year, the nonprofit celebrated its 10-year anniversary Wednesday and showcased Latino innovators in technology.

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Ahead of his immigration town hall meeting, President Barack Obama met Wednesday with immigrant rights advocates for a private meeting about the immigration executive actions.

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About 2.6 million Latinos have gained healthcare coverage since the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA; Obamacare) was first unrolled, translating to an 8 percent drop in uninsured Latinos. That said, 25 percent of Latinos remain uninsured.

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Ethnicity and ethics are intertwined, particularly in a society where race affects socioeconomic status, education, careers, housing discrimination, health care, technology, class wealth and experiences of racism — both covert and overt.

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Voto Latino has changed many lives since its inception 10 years ago, but there is one person in particular who was so inspired by its movement that she continued on to make it her life's mission to empower other Latino Millenials to have their voice heard -- and vote counted.

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Richard Montañez, who's been christened "the godfather of Hispanic branding," is a best-selling author, the inventor of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, the CEO and owner of Adelante Public Affairs & Communications, a former janitor, and an acclaimed motivational speaker. He stepped onto the stage with gusto, putting hundreds of millennials to shame with his unbridled energy at the early hour. Montañez, author of A Boy, A Burrito, and A Cookie, took to the stage, and applause rang for a long while before he spoke. He praised previous speakers before he dove into his own personal story, which began in a Southern Californian town called Gausti.

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Voto Latino celebrated its 10-year anniversary with the Voto Latino Power Summit 2014 held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City on April 11-12. It will expand to a four-city national tour where Latino Millennials will participate in leadership, advocacy, and media and technology workshops with community activists, grassroots organizers, elected officials, celebrities, and business leaders. They can also participate in the VL Innovators Challenge, the organization's tech competition where Latino Millennials can design and use technology for change.

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Wilmer Valderrama, actor/producer, political activist and Voto Latino's Artist Coalition Co-Chair, may have the political chops to run for office, but will he consider it? In art and in life, Wilmer Valderrama wears many hats. His TV gigs include Fez, the awkwardly funny foreign exchange student on "That '70s Show," MTV series "Yo Momma," the voice for the animated character Manny in the children's show "Handy Manny" and now a crime lord named Don Carlos in Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" on El Rey Network.

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