OAKLAND, Calif. — As MomsRising Chief Strategy Officer Mary Olivella put it in this Miami Herald piece, Latina moms not only vote, but we bring the whole familia with us!
(Photo: Veronica Grande, a teacher at the Escuela Bilingüe Internacional in Oakland and a native of El Salvador who just became a U.S. citizen, will vote in her first U.S. election today. She used a mobile application by MomsRising to find her polling location.)
That’s exactly what I am seeing here at local precincts in Oakland and Berkeley, at MomsRising, at NBC Latino, at FOX News Latino, at Univision and Telemundo, and all of the blogs. MomsRising contributing blogger Laura Tellado had this to say:
This year, I’ve turned more to social media. Even though I haven’t gone out to do volunteer work, I feel I have learned more about the importance of the Latino vote this year than during any other year.
My phone has been buzzing with texts from family and friends out east who have already voted. My mom and grandma, who live in New Hampshire, just texted to say they have voted. I already voted via absentee ballot, but made sure to bring my five-year-old daughter with me to snap photos of voters for this blog and NBC Latino. This is what I have so far:
(Photos from left to right: U.S. cycling champion “Fast Freddie” Rodriguez drops his son off at preschool before he heads to the polls; Escuela Bilingüe Internacional teacher Alexandra Alquati shows off her “I Voted” sticker.)
(Photo: The eyes of the nation are looking towards California that will decide the fate of Proposition 37, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods.)
(Photo: Not only do we vote, but we run for office, too. Beatriz Leyva-Cutler is a Latina school board member here in Berkeley, California, who is running for re-election.)
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