LULAC On The Frontline At Historic Washington, DC March For Justice
Nation’s Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization Speaks Out for Voting Rights Protections
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is present at the March On for Voting Rights March and Rally in our nation’s Capital today in solidarity with civil rights leaders from across the country and Puerto Rico including Martin Luther King III, U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee and the Reverend Al Sharpton. Saturday’s action comes on the 58th anniversary of the March On Washington by the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. In 2021, this action is to push for the Senate to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, also known as HR4 and the For the People Act. As importantly, to eliminate the filibuster that stands in the way of important legislation to protect our voting rights. In recent months, more than 400 separate pieces of proposed legislation have been introduced in statehouses across the country to change voting laws that will disproportionately impact blacks and Hispanics.
Domingo Garcia - LULAC National President
“I am here today with MLK III, Reverend Sharpton, and other great men and women civil rights leaders as it is our duty to demand that justice be done, not tomorrow or the day after, but now! Our Latino community must walk the streets, the avenues, and boulevards, wherever we must be seen and heard. I am willing to break the law to change the law. I am willing to give water to a senior citizen waiting in line seven hours and to be arrested for it. Let me tell Texas Governor Greg Abbott that when he signs the voter suppression law in Texas, LULAC will file a lawsuit!
Also, we need to walk into the polling places and cast our ballots to stop the oppressive actions that are being written and forced through state legislatures despite the Voting Rights Act of 1965. LULAC says Latinos need to stop being ‘nice’ and instead, get angry, determined, and unwilling to stop until our rights are respected so that we, our children, and their children can live in freedom, hope, and justice. Yes, it is hot and uncomfortable to be walking the streets again as we have for decades. Yet, it is worse to be turned away, excluded, hated, discriminated against, and even killed simply for being black or brown in America. We will not be ‘nice and respectful’ anymore if that means giving up our rights. No more!”
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/