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As the Anti-Immigrant Attacks Continue, The Need to Fight Back for Our Community Becomes More Urgent

By Federico Peña

As the Anti-Immigrant Attacks Continue, The Need to Fight Back for Our Community Becomes More Urgent

As anti-immigrant attacks and xenophobic vitriol continue to premediate much of the rhetoric heard on the 2016 campaign trail, the need to fight back and stand up for our community is more pressing now than ever.

That’s why more and more leaders and celebrities are turning their attention towards next week’s “My Country, My Vote” rally at CU Boulder. There, celebrities, faith leaders, DREAMers and public officials alike will join forces with thousands of Latinos, immigrants and allies to call for an end to the latest stream of hate against our community. Speakers including, Katherine Archuleta, Former Director U.S. Office of Personnel Management and 2012 Political Director for Obama for America; Rev. Patrick Demmer, President of Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance; Marco Dorado, a DREAMer and graduate of CU and former Tri Executive CU Student Government; Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia; Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers Union, longtime Civil Rights and Labor Activist, and Board Member of People For the American Way; and actor Esai Morales, who played Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic “La Bamba” and appeared in the Showtime series “Resurrection Blvd,” will lift up the incredible contributions immigrants have made to our country and call on the next President and Congress to make passage of fair and comprehensive immigration reform a priority during the first 100 days of the next presidential term.

“The road to the White House leads right through the Latino community,” as Janet Murguia, President and CEO of NCLR says. One in four children in the U.S. today are Latino, and, approximately 800,000 Latinos turn 18 every year. Ninety-seven percent of them are natural-born U.S. citizens and are eligible to vote. That’s why, as a part of “My Country, My Vote,” we’re launching an unprecedented voter registration campaign to both mobilize our community and ensure we have a voice at the polls—and in Washington—come 2016.

For us , this isn’t just about politics or policy. It’s personal. It’s about our families, our neighborhoods and our day-to-day lives. By raising our voices and standing up for what’s right, we can make a difference in Colorado and beyond. Come join us in this fight.

To learn more about this event, including information on transportation, registration, and sharing with your networks, please visit our campaign website
( as well as our Facebook event page (

Federico Peña
Former Denver Mayor
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation





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