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Who Speaks for Latinos Against Trump


Los Angeles, CA, June 26, 2017

By SVREP President Antonio Gonzalez
 @AGonzalez1217  

I was just reading an article by some knucklehead lamenting the lack of Latino leaders fighting Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. Then I read an article questioning if electing more Latinos in Arizona makes a difference for the community. 

I’m scratching my head wondering what world do the two authors live in? How unaware can they be to have missed the very public defiance of Trump’s anti-s anctuary city policies by CA Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon repeatedly on tional news including through the introduction of a CA sanctuary state bill. Or equally the Gubernatorial campaign of former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa whose signature branding is a mass social media campaign dubbed “Stop the Border Wall.”

The Arizona doubts are particularly vexing since no state boasts Latino leaders and voters that have done more over the last ten years to meet and defeat the challenge of racist exclusion of Latinos and immigrants.

Arizona Latino leaders like State Sens Martin Quezada and Johnny Mendez have led the charge to double Latino voting since the notorious racists Maricopa Sherrif Joe Arpaio and Senator Russell Pierce enacted heinous anti-immigrant policies and laws in 2006 and 2010. Even more so both Arpaio and Pierce were unelected thru atino inspired and led campaigns. And their policies have been reversed.

And even as I write CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla is on national TV denouncing Trump’s voter suppression commission and pledging non-cooperation with same.

During April and May Latino legislators in Austin, TX fought ferociously against the “show me you papers” law to outlaw sanctuary cities and deputize state police as immigration agens. Outnumbered two to one by Republicans the mostly Latino democratic cause filibustered, maneuvered, sat-in, coordinated with outside protestors, in short everything to fight the ultra-right anti-immigrant bills. They lost but they fought led by Mexican American Caucus Chair Rep Rafael Anchia of Dallas.

So to these critics I say check your facts. Latino leaders are spearheading community resistance to Trump’s policies at every level whether in elective office or on the streets through protests held by numerous groups like the Latino Congreso, Hermandad Mexicana, NDLON, United Dreamers, Alianza Americas, Red Mexicana, Border Angels, LUPE, and many, many more.

Does it matter for Latinos to elect Candidates of their choice to office? You bet it does. And we have only just begun. I suppose the question to ask yourselves is whose interest are you critics serving with your doubt-sowing?


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Report: Gerrymandering gave Republicans advantage in House, state elections 

Analysis of 2016 election data found a large GOP advantage from intentional gerrymandering.
Texas state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa looks at maps on display prior to a Senate Redistricting Committee hearing in Austin, Texas, in this May 30, 2013, file photo. CREDIT: Eric Gay/AP

Gerrymandering — the dark art of shaping legislative districts to give one party an electoral edge—gave Republicans an outsized advantage in races for the U.S. House and state legislatures in 2016, according to an analysis by the Associated Press published Sunday.


Republican candidates had other advantages, the AP found, from a larger number of incumbents to a voter base spread over more of the country rather than concentrated in cities. Even taking those into consideration, however, AP’s analysis found that gerrymandering handed the GOP a decisive advantage.


“The outcome was already cooked in, if you will, because of the way the districts were drawn,” John McGlennon, a professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary and a Democratic politician, told the Associated Press.


report earlier this year by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University came to similar conclusions. That analysis looked only at U.S. House races, while the AP analysis also includes state legislative elections.


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