On the first day of the Hispanic Heritage Month of Action, Chicago Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), local workers and immigrant advocates launched a Latino-focused voter registration campaign on Tuesday.
In addition to Ramirez-Rosa, those involved with the "on-the-ground and digital voter registration campaign" include SEIU* Local 1 janitors, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana workers and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
The Hispanic Heritage Month of Action is a month aimed at celebrating Latino cultural heritage and encouraging Latinos to register to vote.
Organizations from across the country such as Voto Latino, Mi Familia Vota and iAmerica are involved with the Hispanic Heritage Month of Action.
"As a large, growing demographic group in the United States, Latinos are a potent political force with the power to shape the course of American history," SEIU Local 1 Secretary-Treasurer Laura Garza said in a news release. "However, in order to make their voices heard, Latinos must vote. During Latino Heritage Month of Action, we will run an innovative grassroots campaign to mobilize potential Latino voters. SEIU Local 1 is proud to work with Alderman Ramirez-Rosa, SEIU HCII, the ICIRR, and other partner organizations to help empower Latino families."
SEIU HCII Homecare Worker Irma Alcazar spoke to the issues at stake in the 2016 presidential election.
"From immigration reform to income inequality, our next president will have a huge impact on issues that affect Latino families," she said. "Latino Heritage Month of Action shows how our communities are ready to organize and fight for our rights at the ballot box."
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