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Monday August 15, 2016

From Fusion

This year Latinos should celebrate pride with the power of our vote
By: Lila Downs

As a person who grew up bi-nationally, in both the U.S. and Mexico, I have experienced the profound differences of living in a country where democracy still has a long way to go versus one where it is such a fundamental part of our lives it’s often taken for granted, or not given much thought.

We stand at a very important time in our country’s history. It is a time when the choices we make, and our participation, will count more than ever. In 2016, a record number of Latinos will be eligible to vote, many of them young people and first time voters. They can determine the margin of victory in states like California. Our ability to build political power, both nationally and locally, has never been stronger.

I am proud to be joining with Voto Latino, a civic media organization, to engage this generation of emerging leaders at my concerts in California and throughout Hispanic Heritage Month of Action (HHMA), which launches September 15 and runs through October 15. Our partnership seeks to give these emerging leaders the tools they need to be agents of change this election year and in the future.

There are many ways to change our country. I have invited Voto Latino to register voters at my concerts to help make sure our community is represented at the ballot box in 2016 and beyond. They will be out Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California, and in other cities we’ll be visiting as well.

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