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UnidosUS Is Hosting A Free, Online Convention Discussing Issues Facing Latinos

The pandemic is forcing everything to go online and that includes the UnidosUS 2020 Annual Conference. The conference is happening from July 27-28 and will include panels for politicians, activists, and journalists. The Virtual Marketplace will follow July 29-30 to replace the National Latino Family Expo.

The UnidosUS conference is happening and you can take part for free.

Latino leaders will be joining various panels to talk about the things that matter to Latinos. The conference is free and open to anyone with an Internet connection who wants to listen in on the discussions that are touching on subjects and discussion pertinent to the Latino community.

“We did not come to this decision lightly, but it has become clear that, in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make this difficult decision to transition our Annual Conference into a virtual event,” UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía said in a statement when the virtual conference was announced. “Our experience in the past few weeks shows that our community is still looking for an opportunity to connect, even if it is online, and we are confident that this virtual event will allow more people the opportunity to access the largest national convening of Latinos in the country.”

The conference is covering a lot of topics that are pressing for community members.

The conference is bringing together Latino minds and voices to speak on things ranging from the economy to health care to candidates fighting for our community. During two days, the Latino community will have a chance to hear how those leading the community are ready to get things done.

One of the first events is a conversation with Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The U.S. is facing a long road to economic recovery. COVID-19 has been devastating and the financial injuries to the Latino community are big. It is going to take a lot of action and bold leadership to lead that recovery.

Continuing that conversation is “The State of Latinx America.”

Each state has had a different response for COVID-19 because the federal government never developed a national plan. Now, Latinos in different states are facing different consequences. However, one thing is for sure, COVID-19 has done truly devastated us. Latinos are the most impacted population and we have the furthest to go in recovering.

And, of course, some phenomenal Latinas are coming together to show the fierce mujeres out there.

Trailblazers in their field will discuss the road to success. Being Latina comes with the largest pay gap and it is important to know how we can overcome. Let’s teach you how to make things work for you.

READ: A Woman Battled COVID-19 Then Gave Birth On A Ventilator And Died

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Joe Biden Campaign Taps César Chavez’s Granddaughter To Run Latino Outreach

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Joe Biden Campaign Taps César Chavez’s Granddaughter To Run Latino Outreach

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has tapped Julie Chávez Rodriguez to head up his campaign’s Latino outreach attempts. Latinos are a key voting demographic in the 2020 elections and both parties are fighting for the important vote.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is expanding his campaign’s Latino outreach with a key hire.

The Biden campaign’s hire is an investment into the Latino vote the campaign hopes will pay off. Julie Chávez Rodriguez is the granddaughter of important civil rights figure César Chávez. César was one of the leaders of the Farmworkers Movement fighting for fair pay and working conditions for farmworkers. The movement began in California where undocumented people were being exploited on farms across the state.

Some people are very excited to see Julie work on the Biden campaign.

The Biden campaign has a lot of work to do to secure the Latino vote. A Latinos Decision poll from April showed that Latinos leaned towards his candidacy with 59 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, 22 percent of Latinos are ready to support President Donald Trump in 2020.

Part of Biden’s problem with the Latino vote stems from his time in the Obama administration. The immigration record for the Obama administration is something that haunts President Barack Obama and Biden. More people were deported under President Obama’s administration than any administration in history.

Chávez Rodriguez might serve as a bridge into the Latino vote.

Biden was running a low-budget campaign at the beginnings of the race and the lack of outreach shows. Biden trailed Sanders with young Latino voters in Texas and California by healthy margins. The exit polling from those states on primary night illustrated the clear lack of enthusiasm for Biden in the Latino community.

According to a report from Reuters, Puerto Ricans on the mainland want more from Biden. The community, who have been devastated by hurricanes, earthquakes, financial scandals, and, now, a health pandemic. The report shows that the Puerto Rican people want a stronger and bolder plan to fight for the island and the Americans living there.

Chávez Rodriguez worked for the Senator Kamala Harris campaign so she has experiencing work a presidential campaign.

Before serving as Sen. Harris’s co-national political director, Chávez Rodriguez also served as Sen. Harris’s California state director. Chávez Rodriguez also spent time working with the Obama administration before working for Sen. Harris. Chávez Rodriguez worked with the Obama administration working on engagement with LGBTQ, Latino, veteran, youth, education, labor, and progressive leaders.

Chávez Rodriguez joins former Latino Victory Funds President Cristóbal Alex who currently serves as senior advisor for issues impacting Latino voters. Chávez Rodriguez will also be joined on the campaign by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC is part of a unity task force put together by the Biden campaign to bring Senator Bernie Sanders supporters into the campaign.

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Latino Voters Deliver Bernie Sanders Major Victory In California Primary

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Latino Voters Deliver Bernie Sanders Major Victory In California Primary

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Fourteen states voted on Super Tuesday and Vice President Joe Biden led the pack of Democratic candidates. Bernie Sanders, despite a decisive win in California, now has the second-highest delegate count. Latino voters made their voices heard, especially in California where they delivered Sanders a strong victory.

Sen. Bernie Sanders won the biggest Super Tuesday prize: California.

According to Vox, Latinos in California largely supported Sen. Sanders. Forty-nine percent of Latino voters in the Golden State voted for Sanders with 12 percent voting for Vice President Joe Biden. There was a clear generational divide in support for Sen. Sanders. Seventy-one percent of Latinos 18-29 supported Sen. Sanders while 35 percent of Latinos 45-64 supported the Vermont senator.

Sen. Sanders won more than a million votes in California earning him 135 delegates.

As of noon March 4, 87 percent of precincts were reporting giving Sen. Sanders a commanding 9-point lead over Vice President Biden. Leading up to the election, Sen. Sanders was polling highest among Latino voters and it seems Latinos came out to vote and gave Sen. Sanders the advantage he needed to win California.

However, young voters, Sen. Sanders’s key voters, turned out in smaller numbers during the primary.

The number of young voters in Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina was down compared to the 2016 primary elections. In Alabama, 10 percent of voters were 17-29 this year compared to 14 percent in 2016. Young voters are the key demographic for Sen. Sanders and the lack of voting participation from young voters contributed to Sen. Sanders’s lackluster night.

Vice President Biden pulled off an unexpected and impressive performance.

Vice President Biden won 10 of the 14 states during Super Tuesday, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s home state Massachusetts. Black voters in the southern states came out in huge numbers to cast their ballots for Vice President Biden. Six states are voting in their primaries next week and there are 352 more delegates up for grabs that week. A candidate needs 1,991 candidates to secure the nomination outright before the convention. So far, Vice President Biden leads with 566 delegates and Sen. Sanders is a close second with 501.

READ: Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Candidates In Latino Supporters And Donations

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