Latinos for Obama kicks off today, and the President has a special message for the Hispanic community. Watch him talk about what’s at stake in November—and how Latinos embody the American dream.
On Wednesday, April 18th, we’re kicking off Latinos for Obama with house parties across the country.
This election will determine the direction our country takes on a number of issues that affect Latinos—like education, immigration, and health care. That’s why it’s so important we work together to spread the word, talking with our friends and families about the President’s accomplishments and asking them to get involved in growing this campaign.
That’s exactly why we launched Latinos for Obama—I hope you can make it to a house party on Wednesday so that you’re involved from the start.
I’ll be joining you at the kickoff party through a national conference call, along with actor and comedian George Lopez and OFA National Political Director Katherine Archuleta. We’ll talk about what’s at stake in this election and how we can protect the progress we’ve made.
This volunteer-organized event and others like it being organized across the country are a perfect chance to connect with other supporters and volunteers where you live. There’s already a lot going on—and you’ll learn about all the ways to get involved in growing Latinos for Obama on the ground in the months ahead.
Come November, we’re going to be faced with a choice between two very different sets of values:
President Obama has delivered on a number of issues that Latinos care about—from doubling funding for Pell Grants, helping give an additional 150,000 Latino students access to an affordable college education, to making sure that 9 million more Latinos can gain the security of quality health insurance.
The President is working hard to create an economy built to last, where everyone who works hard and does their fair share has a shot at the American dream. There is still work to be done—like fixing our broken immigration system and passing the DREAM Act. People should have the opportunity to earn their citizenship, especially those who have served in our military, or were brought here when they were young.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, our presumptive opponent, is one of the most anti-immigrant nominees in recent history. He would veto the DREAM Act and has called Arizona “a model” for the country when it comes to immigration. In fact, he thinks all undocumented immigrants should “self-deport.” Throw in his plans to repeal Obamacare and gut Social Security benefits, and a Romney presidency could set progress for Latinos back decades.
That’s why you should join Latinos for Obama right now—because there’s simply too much at stake to wait.
So say you’ll help protect the progress we’ve made, and help kick off Latinos for Obama at a launch party on Wednesday.
My support for Barack Obama is personal, and I can trace it back to a defining moment in my life. When my sister with special needs was in high school, someone stole her lettermans jacket, her most prized possession. When she told me, I was furious. I couldn’t believe that someone would take something so precious from her. Angrily I asked, “What kind of person would do something like that?” I will never forget her answer … “Maybe they were cold.”
My sister, through moments like these, truly taught me compassion. She showed me that standing in someone else’s shoes is the only way to understand what they're going through—it’s the only way to treat them fairly. She taught me that living compassionately is the better way to live.
President Obama has my support because he embodies this quality. In him, I see someone who stands in other people’s shoes, understands what they are going through and helps them. I see someone who understands the struggles of hardworking Americans and uses his power to help.You can see it in the President’s accomplishments. He passed historic health care reform that means insurance companies can’t discriminate. His Wall Street reforms are protecting American families and stopping abuses. He prevented credit card companies from charging hidden fees and imposing unfair rate hikes. He made sure women can get equal pay for equal work. He created incentives for companies to hire returning veterans.
I also support the President because he's fighting for the Hispanic community. He knows that the future of America is closely tied to the success of the Hispanic community. He knows that Latinas are helping drive the economic recovery, starting small businesses at a rate of six times the national average. He’s made historic investments to help our small businesses and established programs to help more Hispanics get a college education.
For me, this election is personal. It’s about compassionate, principled leadership—the kind of leadership we need. That's why I’m ready to do my part to make sure President Obama is re-elected. I hope you’ll join me by signing up for Latinos for Obama today.
—President Obama delivered the commencement address at Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee. He told students: “You decided you would not be defined by where you come from but by where you want to go, by what you want to achieve, by the dreams you hope to fulfill.”
—Organizing the organizers: The 2012 campaign in Colorado shares some best practices for scheduling supporter one-on-ones.
—The Space Shuttle Endeavour took off on its final flight at 8:56 a.m. ET this morning. It’s scheduled to dock with the international space station on Wednesday.
—And finally, take a look at our photos from the President’s rally in Austin last week. If you were there, maybe you can see yourself in the crowd.
We’d love to know what you’ve been reading today—share your favorite links in the comments below.
—West Wing Week takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the President's week—from Texas to Indiana, he talked about immigration reform, gas prices, and more.
—President Obama discussed issues affecting the Latino community in an interview with Las Vegas' “Noticias Univision Nevada” news program. (The interview is in Spanish).
—The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants your ideas for how to design a better mortgage declaration form. Thanks to commenter Meta for sharing the link.
—OFA Michigan profiles some of their dedicated volunteers.
—And finally, check out these behind-the-scenes White House photos from April.
This is what we've been finding interesting—what about you? We always enjoy checking out the links you share.