Voto Latino to March on Washington
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, August 23, 2013, 04:26 PM EDT
Maria Teresa Kumar, Voto Latino’s President and CEO, will deliver remarks at the Lincoln Memorial calling on country’s leaders to expand Latinos’ Voto Latino announced that its President and CEO, Maria Teresa Kumar, will address a crowd of thousands this Saturday, August 24, at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Kumar will join civil rights leaders calling on the nation to tackle issues that when addressed will strengthen our communities and move a united country forward economically.
“I am honored to join the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, Tom Joyner, Janet Murguia, Ben Jealous and so many others, to not only commemorate a landmark event that happened 50 years ago, but to also give voice to the opportunities our nation can build on if it were to only tap the full potential of American Latinos,” said Kumar.
For the United States to capitalize on the talents of the Latino community, Kumar will argue that Hispanics must be treated equally by having an unrestrained ability to vote and a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Kumar added: “Fifty years ago the March on Washington galvanized a nation and a Congress to pass the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law that expanded democracy in America, but which the Supreme Court gutted earlier this summer. Today, millions of Americans’ ability to vote is at stake, including that of Latinos. It’s up to us to own this moment and do what was done in 1963: Galvanize a nation, united in the belief that every American regardless of their age or race must have equal, unrestricted access to the polls.”
Additionally, Kumar plans to mention that 11 million aspiring Americans who are undocumented lack an opportunity to become citizens. Failing to tap into that creative potential inhibits our nation’s growth, something our nation’s leaders, including the House of Representatives, fail to realize.
Voto Latino supporters will also be in the crowd sharing information about the issues and solutions Kumar will address.
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About Voto Latino
Voto Latino is a dynamic organization whose civic engagement campaigns have reached an estimated 55 million Latino households nationwide. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices into the political process by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change. To learn more, visit www.votolatino.org . Find Voto Latino on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VotoLatino and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VotoLatino .