was captured in Chicago by a self-described, “skinny dude
with the funny name.” Before I knew it he was elected to
the U.S. Senate. In 2004, I’m living in Southern Cal watching
the Democratic National Convention and impacted by his speech.
It wasn’t the same old politics – the audacity of
it all. This year he announces that he’s running for President.
Obama and the Como
Se Dice? Como Se Llama? OBAMA! OBAMA! ‘08 outreach campaign
was created to fill a void in media outreach to Latinos. Every
election year, last minute, anemic voter registration drives yield
little success. Media campaigns often consist of TV spots showing
candidates speaking a few words of Spanish in an attempt to win
Latino votes or attack ads about ‘illegal aliens’
to scare non-Latino voters.
We are desperately
seeking a voice that speaks authentically. Race and politics aside,
it’s leadership not sound bites that we need. If you claim
to be compassionate, show it. If you preach unity, help us unify
and heal our great divide. If you want our vote, earn it. Be real.
Barack Obama represents a defining moment for our generation.
We have an opportunity to be agents of change and bring awareness
to the Latino community.
We all have
a unique story. It doesn’t matter that I’m Mexican-American,
born in East LA, raised in Utah, lived in DC and worked on the
South-side of Chicago. What matters is what I’m doing now
and how I’m helping my neighbor, my brother.
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