LatinaLista — It’s been three years since the “mother” of all immigration marches occurred in 2006. It was before the presidential election and the revelation of just how big a political powerhouse the Latino community could be when we put our minds to it.
Yet, with so many organizations working on behalf of promoting the best interests of Latinos, there still lacked one organization that was able to politically mobilize all Latinos for the greater good of the community â€” until now.
It’s called Presente.org, and in full disclosure, Latina Lista is a founding member of this exciting organization.
As an introduction to Presente.org, the founding organizers of the site have released the following statement that promises to not just promote Latino influence in Washington but also grow it from within and without the community so that the Latino voice becomes and remains an integral part of the national dialogue.
On May 1st, thousands of us will take to the streets to demand an end to immigration policies that marginalize and dehumanize millions of our people. Our presence will be historic and important, but we must not stop there. Latinos have long been a driving force behind the economy of the United States, but we have yet to speak with a unified political voice that forces our government to do right by all of us. We canâ€”and starting today, with your help, we will.
Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re launching Presente.org. Our goal is to create a broad-based online community of Latinos and our allies strong enough to make the United States honor its promises and protect our people. Weâ€™re starting with immigration, but we wonâ€™t stop thereâ€”weâ€™ll provide you with ongoing opportunities to make change on the issues that most affect our communities.
The only thing we need now is you. Our power is in our voices and our numbers. It starts by affirming a simple pledge: to stand up and speak out for the interests of Latino communities. Please join us, and just as important, invite your friends and family to do the same:
President Obama has pledged to push for immigration reform, and other politicians are also with us. For the first time in a generation, we have a real chance to drastically change our countryâ€™s immigration policy, impacting the lives of millions of friends, family members, and coworkers. But we canâ€™t rely on politicians to pass real and just reforms. There are strong forces who stand against us, and theyâ€™ve made it clear that they will fight true reform at every step of the way.
We know that real change will only happen if everyday people speak with a strong, unified voice. Thatâ€™s what Presente.org seeks to make possible. On immigration and beyond, weâ€™ll use the Internet and national media to hold our leaders accountable, making our political presence accurately reflect our importance to this country. Click the link below to stand up and be counted, and show the world how large our movement really is: