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Latinos Registering Voters (Obama for America)

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Hi are you registered to vote? Man it’s not easy. In this country, change does not come from the top down. Change comes from the bottom up. Hello, buenos días. Make no mistake about it, the Latino community holds this election in its hands. Wait, a dog. I’m here to do the footwork as a mother, not just for my own children, but for my friends who don’t think that it’s important to make a change, and I’m here to hopefully inspire them and other people... as a daughter of an immigrant who has achieved the American dream. And I don’t want to lose sight of that, but …oh I’m going to get all choked up. Now we are getting back to the base, back to bringing new people into the system, back to bringing new voices that have been historically left out. In some cases these folks have never voted before... into the system and that is a great day for me. I think...I finally... a light bulb went on and I realized that I was a voice and that my vote actually counted. It took me years to get that. Are you registered to vote? It is important to have a voice on how the country is going, and to matter. I couldn’t complain about it and I started complaining, but I wasn’t voting so I had to step up. I’m not taking a single Latino vote for granted in this campaign. We are meeting with Latino leaders across the country. We are reaching out to Latino organizations to get input on my policy proposals. We’ve got a nationwide Hispanic media strategy. We’re recruiting and training Latino organizers. We are holding Latino voter registration drives across America. Latinos are very good, and they are very practical voters. I think Latinos understand what their economic interest are and who aligns more clearly with them. Todo el mundo tiene que salir a votar por Barack Obama este 4 de noviembre. It starts when you send leaders to Washington who are committed to taking this country in a new direction and who hear the voices of everyone, not just the wealthy and the powerful, but those young people in the barrios, those young people in the inner cities, those young people in rural communities who feel as if they’ve been left behind. I think what we are going to see is more and more Latinos identifying with... Obama’s message. I feel a connection this time. I do, I really do. I think a lot of people do. We walked together on the streets of Chicago. We walked together when I was a civil rights lawyer registering Hispanic voters and giving Hispanics a greater voice in city hall. We walked together in those marches for immigration reform. And if we get to the polls this November then we will walk together through those White House doors and we are going to shake things up. We are going to walk into a new future for this country that we all love. That’s how we are going to make the system work for everyone!

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Duration: 3 minutes and 22 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: OFA
Director: New Media
Views: 133
Posted by: rpena on Oct 15, 2008

Latinos Registering Voters (Obama for America)

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