Coalition of 50 Hispanic Groups, Celebrities Pushing for Large Voter Turnout
A coalition of 50 Hispanic groups have joined to push for the Latino votes in this year's elections.
The timing of the group's push alongside Hispanic Heritage Month, which began Monday, is no coincidence, the Huffington Post reported.
On the website, latinos2014.com, the group says, " Our collective voice will ensure elected officials no longer ignore us or the issues that impact our community."
One of those top issues has been immigration reform, which has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Congress over the past two years.
The New York Times reported last year that about 52 percent of the 11.7 million illegal immigrants in the country are Mexican.
The group is being led by Voto Latino and Mi Familia Vota, both nonpartisan groups, and they have said that the delayed deportation issue, which was supposed to be dealt with this month but was postponed by President Barack Obama, has angered many Latinos.
"This campaign is needed in our community. A lot of people were frustrated after that announcement, and it's OK to be frustrated, but instead of just stewing we need to do something about it," said the Voto Latino communications manager, Yándary Zavala.
While the Latino votes helped Obama in 2012, less than half of eligible voters turned out for that election.
Pew Hispanic Trends reported only 48 percent of Hispanic voters turned out, compared to 66.6 percent of black voters and 64.1 percent of white voters, according to the Huffington Post.
Celebrities are on board with the coalition's mission, including filmmaker Diego Bernal, Latino Victory Project co-founder Eva Longoria and Voto Latino Chairwoman Rosario Dawson, Huffington Post reported.
The list of organizations also involved are Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the blog Being Latino and the National Council of La Raza, among others.
"We are calling [on] American Latinos to rise above our political differences and to unite as a community this November. Today and for the next month, we will show that Latinos stand tall because we have pride in our culture, and we recognize the power of our vote," Voto Latino President and CEO María Teresa Kumar said.
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