BROWNSVILLE, Texas – One of the nation’s oldest Hispanic Civil Rights groups hosting a protest in downtown Brownsville. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) begins a series of freedom walks here in the Rio Grande Valley.
Sindy M. Benavides, LULAC CEO – Washington, D.C., “We’re sending a message. That it is up to us to really make sure that the elected officials that represent us, who will represent us in Washington, D.C.”
It is one of 14 rallies happening along the country. It started in downtown Brownsville and ends up in Washington, D.C. All with a very powerful message. Your voice, your vote.
Domingo Garcia, LULAC President – Washington, “If we don’t vote, nobody in Austin, Texas hears us. Nobody hears anybody in Brownsville and nobody in Washington. The corrupt politics in Washington finds out about the problems that we’re facing here in Brownsville and the Valley.”
Their goal is to raise awareness to voter registration. Their belief is that the Hispanic vote can decide the future of the 2020 election. They say that whether you vote red or blue, the important part is that you have a say on issues that will affect your family.
“Education, healthcare, immigration at the bridges. These are things that are used as political pinatas, but not decided on because they don’t hear our voice.” says Garcia.
Currently, Cameron County is experiencing an all time high of voter registration, with numbers reaching 95 percent of eligible voters registered. LULAC says that registering is half the job. The other, to show up to the polls during election season.
The group will also be conducting rallies in San Antonio, New Orleans, and 11 other locations. With their final stop at the nation’s capital.