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William Velásquez Fought For You To Vote So Vote

Mexican-American William Velásquez is truly one of the unsung heroes of the Latino civil rights movement. Not only did he work alongside Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez with the United Farm Workers, Velásquez also dedicated much of his short life to ensure that Latinos were politically active and able to vote. As the elections inch closer and closer, it is important to remember not just the man, but his legacy. There is even a new documentary on PBS, “Willie Velásquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice,” telling his story.

William Velásquez dedicated his life to making sure Latinos could participate in the political process.


Velásquez worked tirelessly with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta for farm worker rights before moving on to establish the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (SVREP).  At the time of its founding, Velásquez was fighting against poll taxes, gerrymandering and pure intimidation being used to block Latinos from using their voice in elections.

“Willie Velasquez’s work brought millions of Latinos into the political process, both as voters and as candidates,” filmmaker Hector Galán told KPBS about his documentary on Velásquez. “As we go through this current election cycle, it’s important to look back at how far the Latino electorate has come and how our vote continues to truly be our voice.”

Velásquez is the founder of both the Mexican American Youth Organization (1968) and Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (1974).


He went even further than just starting two organizations to get young Latinos mobilized to vote. Velásquez helped found La Raza Unida Party to further give Latinos a chance to join in the political system to enact change from within. In the 1970s, his activism was taking off. Having just left the UFW, Velásquez became one of the first people to use a computer to electronically collect voter registration information.

In 1988, as his career as a political activist for Latinos was reaching its peak, he died of kidney cancer.


Velásquez’s work was not unnoticed by national politicians. In 1995, Velásquez was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor — by then-President Bill Clinton.

“His name was William C. Velasquez, but everyone knew him as Willie,” President Clinton said at the time, according to KPBS. “Willie was and is now a name synonymous with democracy in America. From the farm fields of California, where he organized workers with Cesar Chavez, to the halls of Harvard, where he taught politics, Willie Velasquez was driven by an unwavering belief that every American should have a role in our democracy and a share in the opportunities of our great nation.”

So, in this political season when you hear some politicians demonize the Latino community, remember your role.

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Do what Rosie Perez says, and millions have fought so hard for, and vote!

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Countless Latinos have fought hard in the past for your right to vote. Don’t squander it by sitting at home this November.


READ: The ‘Alicia Machado Effect’: This Is How Former Miss Universe Impacted Voter Registration

Register to vote today by downloading the Latinos Vote app for iOS and Android. Our voice matters. #WeAreAmerica

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

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Federal Investigators Executed A Search Warrant On Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y.C. Home And This Is Just The Beginning

Months of investigations on Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani officially came to a head Wednesday morning.

The former New York City mayor’s dealings with Ukraine officials in 2019 have been under scrutiny for months by authorities who have been investigating allegations Giuliani lobbied for powerful Ukrainian interests. The investigations have also looked into claims that Giuliani also solicited the Ukrainian government for damaging information on President Joe Biden when he was running against Trump in the 2020 election.

There is also the matter of allegations that Giuliani attempted to find information on Biden’s son Hunter, who was part of the board of an energy company in Ukraine.

Federal investigators executed a search warrant on Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home on Wednesday morning.

The search was part of a criminal investigation into Giuliani‘s activities with Ukraine. According to The New York Times, “Prosecutors obtained the search warrants as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Giuliani broke lobbying laws as President Trump’s personal lawyer.”

Federal agents seized cellphones and other electronic devices as part of the investigation. The search warrant took place around 6 a.m. at Mr. Giuliani’s apartment on Madison Avenue and his Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

The execution of a search warrant against the former president’s lawyer is particularly shocking.

The warrant comes as a major development in the investigation that has been ongoing for some time and examines the former- mayor’s conduct during Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.

“It was also a remarkable moment in Mr. Giuliani’s long arc as a public figure,” noted New York Times. “As mayor, Mr. Giuliani won national recognition for steering New York through the dark days after the Sept. 11 attacks, and earlier in his career, he led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is investigating him now, earning a reputation as a hard-charging prosecutor who took on organized crime and corrupt politicians.”

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