Recent Federal Court Decisions Found Texas Attempted to stifle the Latino Vote
HOUSTON, TX – In response to the Federal Court rulings which found that Texas conservatives violated civil rights laws in an attempt to dilute Latino congressional representation and prevent minorities and the poor from voting, national Hispanic leaders will hold a briefing in Houston, Texas to address the critical role of Latinos in the November election and call on the Hispanic community to vote.
Recently, a Federal Court found Texas’ redistricting maps were drawn with “discriminatory purpose,” after the 2010 U.S. Census showed that Texas had seen a surge in the growth of the Hispanic population. In a separate decision, a Federal Court found that the Voter ID law would have placed an unburden on low-income and a largely minority population’s ability to vote, and thus, invalidated that law.
Not surprisingly, Latino voters are expected to play a decisive role in the upcoming 2012 elections, with a record 12 million expected to vote in November. Hosted by LULAC, Latino voter advocacy leaders will be present at the briefing to address the recent court rulings; discuss how Texas is poised to be a political game changer; and provide an update on the progress of voter registration and public education campaigns taking place across the country.*
MC: Baldomero Garza, LULAC, National Vice President of the Southwest
Ben Monterroso, Mi Familia Vota, Executive Director
Sylvia Garcia, NALEO, Board Member
Sonia Troche, NCLR, Texas State Director
Alain Cisneros, TOP, Harris County Field Coordinator
Ivan Sanchez, UofHD, President Student Government
Jesse Fuentes, LCLAA Houston Chapter President
WHAT: 10:00 A.M. Public Briefing on the Hispanic Voter Turnout
11:20 A.M. Voter Registration and Voting Commitments
WHEN: Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at 10:00 A.M.
WHERE: Doneraki Mexican Restaurant, 2903 Woodridge Dr. #300, Houston, Texas
(Take Woodridge exit from 45S/ behind Papa’s BB-Q at Gulfgate mall)
* The tour has traveled through CA, NV, AZ, FL and CO. The national organizations participating in the campaign include Hispanic Federation, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mi Familia Vota (MFV), National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Service Employees International Union (SEIU),Voto Latino. and Center for Community Change (CCC).
Twitter hash-tag is #voto12
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.