Yesterday, despite ongoing attacks against our nation’s democratic process, Georgia voters went to the polls to cast their ballot and prove their commitment to civic engagement and to the advancement of their communities. Georgia’s election results have not only accomplished to change the balance of power in the Senate, but they have also resulted in the election of the first African American Senator representing the Peach State.
The victory we celebrate today is significant, as it represents a tangible opportunity to advance the needs and priorities of our communities in our nation’s Senate. It’s estimated that nearly three billion Georgians voted early, among them 79,782 Latinos, and as of Monday some 65% of Latinos who voted early in the general election, had also done so for the runoff.
For the past month, LCLAA alongside Georgia Familias Unidas, Poder Latinx, the LCLAA Si Podemos Fund, unions, community leaders, and our volunteers, have intensively worked towards encouraging voters to register to vote and head to the polls. Our intensive bilingual advocacy program included efforts such as phone banking, canvassing, voter education material, multimedia messaging, and a social media campaign to reach voters of all ages. Our efforts also included the publication of a special edition of our podcast El Desvio, Many Roads one Destination. This episode was to encourage voters in Georgia to be ready to go to the polls and use their vote as an avenue for change at a national level.
The work carried forward has undoubtedly played a role in elevating our community’s voice. Our working sisters and brothers in Georgia have spoken, they have come together in order to decide the future, not only of their state but of our nation.
“Today’s Victory in Georgia is a loud message sent by the Latino, and African American electorate, as well as all voters in a state that longed for change,” said Yanira Merino, LCLAA National President. “The Latino Labor movement stands with Georgia’s working families, as we ensure that the new Senate passes legislation capable of uplifting our communities.”
“I am ecstatic and overwhelmed by what we have witnessed today in Georgia, communities of all backgrounds, colors, and creeds have come together in unity to cast their ballot. These working families are a true example of how loud we can speak when we come together,” said Sonia Vazquez Luna, Si Podemos Fund Chair. “Today was a victory because we have realized the power we hold as voters, we have committed to being civically engaged and forge change in the best way our nation knows: through our democracy. The Si Podemos Fund will remain committed to supporting Democrats, and the incoming Biden-Harris Administration, as they join our fight for justice and equality for all.”
LCLAA will continue mobilizing and advocating for policies and leadership capable of reflecting the needs of workers and their communities.
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions, and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram