LULAC Reminds Us That National Voter Registration Day Is For Our Future
Nation’s Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Today Is a Call to Action to be Involved!
Washington, DC - Sindy Benavides, National Chief Executive Officer of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), has a timely message for community leaders and volunteers across the country and Puerto Rico. It concerns National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), which was created as a day of civic action to engage more Americans in the process of voting. NVRD is especially vital in conversations with those who have never voted, including youths, to see how they can impact what happens to them and their families through civic participation.
"For me, NVRD takes me back to earlier years in my life when I was a community organizer working with great local leaders at the grassroots level throughout the country. In 2012 we asked ourselves, we are out here doing all this great work, but how do we get a movement going that will grow and continue even after going on to other roles and responsibilities? What is most gratifying is to see that more than 4.5 million voters have registered because of NVRD since our beginning to now! That means that millions of Latinos, many first-time voters, got involved and are now the next generation of leaders, advocates, and social justice warriors in the making.
We must not forget that as our political numbers continue to grow, some states are enacting laws to silence our voices and oppress our people. Stopping these actions is why NVRD is so meaningful; we must continue to empower nuestra comunidad through voter information and sharing knowledge about the process. Each of us can do this starting in our own family, church, school, or any organization we belong to and can make a difference. September 28th is the official day to think and talk about voter registration, but any day of the year can be the right time. Let us not forget the critical elections happening this year and that our participation in the midterms next year will impact the makeup of Congress and what gets done.”
For more information on NVRD: www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org
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/