Wednesday, October 20, 2010

March the Vote

“We marched for farm workers rights, we marched for immigration reform. Now we are marching to vote.” (Maria Rayo Treto from El Movimiento del Valle Por Los Derechos Humanos).

The Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network will join the Texas Mi Familia Vota campaign in a march to the polls this coming weekend.

At 5:30pm this Friday afternoon, Oct 22nd, neighbors from Cameron Park and members of Proyecto Juan Diego will march to the Central Cultural as part of the Mi Voto = Mi Voz action.

At 9:30am on Saturday morning, Oct 23rd, marchers in Hidalgo County will gather in four locations to walk to their polling places (Alamo (Duranta and Tower Rd), Alton (201 W. Main St/LUPE Office), Las Milpas (125 Denny Dr/ARISE Office), and Mercedes (Bus 83 and Baseline Rd).

The march is a continuation of various events organized by the Equal Voice Network and its member  organizations. The events have included various community forums, as well as candidate educational sessions.

 “We are inviting the community to come and walk with us to support and get out the vote for all the registered voters that should exercise their right to vote.  We know that this year we will make the difference!  Your vote is your voice!”  said Ramona Casas, ARISE organizer.

The Equal Voice Network has joined with Mi Familia Vota to encourage voter participation in the upcoming elections. The Equal Voice Network is focusing its organizing on the issues of comprehensive and humane immigration reform, health care access for all, jobs and economic stability, affordable housing and increased access to educational opportunities.

For more information, contact José Chapa, Get Out the Vote Coordinator, 534-5109 (joserchapa@gmail.com)