This midterm, the Latinx vote matters. While previous trends have shown that Latinx turnout to the poles is often less than stellar, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that after enduring half of a presidential term rife with attacks on our community that the 27.3 million Latinxs eligible to vote this year will make a difference. Some of the most influential Latinas in the entertainment industry feel the same way. Earlier this week on Sunday, politically minded actresses such as America Ferrera, Gina Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana, Rosario Dawson, and Eva Longoria banded together in Miami to inspire voter turnout within the American Latinx community.
Wearing matching “Phenomenally Latina” t-shirts, one by one, the phenomenal women took the stage to speak about the importance of participating in democracy.
The event, called “A Rally to the Polls,” was sponsored by the organization Voto Latino. The group which was co-founded by actress and activist Rosario Dawson doubled as a rally for Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, whom the Latina stars encouraged the crowd to vote for. Speaking to a captive audience about the constant state of fear many Latino communities live in during the prevailing divided political climate Gina Rodriguez explained that the current mood of the country has her and others understandably feeling fearful and, at times, slightly defeated. “I stand up here with shaking hands just thinking, man, I get it. It’s scary. I get it, it feels helpless. I get it, it feels like a lot. And when you feel that way, know that when you vote, you smash all of that fear”.
In contrast, Eva Longoria got real about the anger she feels as a Latina in Trump’s America.
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So grateful to all the folks canvassing, phonebanking, galvanizing the #vote! We need you. Without you democracy can not be realized. Thank you to each and every one of you for individually choosing to give face to the movement of hope and change. For creating community with civility, grace, passion and love. I am only one vote, but together we are many…! #SomosMas #GoTeam #GOTV #midtermsmatter @zoesaldana @evalongoria @americaferrera @hereisgina
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From the stage, she stated: “I want to tell you all: we’re under attack. Latinos are under attack” and then explained that through voting, Latinos “have the power to end Trump’s agenda against the Latino community”. Later, in a statement that echoes the thoughts of millions of Latinas across the US, Longoria stated, “We’re Mexican, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, but we have way more similarities than we do differences…It’s about finding that common ground, and not just with Latinos, but Americans”.
After rallying for votes in Kissimmee, Florida, the self-entitled “Badass Banda” traveled down to Miami where they attended a Latinas Stand Up rally that took place in Little Havana. It was here that Saldana took to the stage and got real about what the average Latino family looks like, regardless of prevailing stereotypes: “We are decent people that work. We take care of our elderly. We take care of our children. We take care of our communities, and we love America”.
The star-power of these influential Latinas is especially important in a year where mid-terms are neck-and-neck in many areas. With Latinos making up 12.8% of all eligible voters this election, the Latino vote is considered to be extremely important in key races come November 6th. This means that mobilized Latina voters could change the outcome of certain campaigns, virtually guaranteeing our voices are heard for years to come on important issues such as reproductive rights, immigrant rights, and economic equality.
Like America, Zoe, Gina, Rosario, and Eva, said before, we repeat”: Vote. Every mujer has the power to change the future, including you.
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