You can’t be what you can’t see
Last week, I traveled a little far from home, visiting with friends and supporters in Australia and New Zealand. I was thrilled to be there, not only because both countries are incredibly beautiful, but because both have elected women to their highest offices, including current Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern.
It was wonderful to hear women across both countries talk about how having a female prime minister not only influenced policy, but made them more likely to be engaged in politics. As the old saying goes, you can’t be what you can’t see.
Our friends at Latino Victory know this, too; they’ve been working for years now to elect Latino candidates across the country and make sure that young Latino people can see themselves reflected in our government. I’m proud to be their partner through Onward Together, and I hope you’ll learn a little bit more about them today.
Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you’re an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: Latino Victory
The organizers: Actress Eva Longoria and businessman-slash-
The mission: To elect progressive Latino candidates in every state, at every level of office
The story: In the months leading up to President Obama’s re-election, Eva and Henry co-founded the Futuro Fund to engage Latino donors. After raising an unprecedented $32 million, they founded Latino Victory to advance the movement past the presidential election. Latino Victory builds political power by recruiting and supporting progressive Latino leaders for office, engaging the Latino electorate, and developing a Latino donor pipeline to make sure the voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government.
The latest: 69% of Latino Victory candidates won their races in 2016, increasing Latino representation in Congress by a dramatic 18%. In 2017, Latino Victory candidates won even more of their races — 80%. They contributed to the first special election win under Trump by supporting Representative Jimmy Gomez, and helped Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzman make history by becoming the first Latinas elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Now, Latino Victory is focusing on winning races across the nation and making history by tripling the number of endorsed candidates, and uplifting the achievements of Latinas in every industry by launching the Year of the Latina campaign. 62% of the candidates Latino Victory has endorsed thus far in 2018 are Latinas — a statistic reflecting the momentum of the modern women’s movement spurred on by the 2016 election.
The next step: Head to latinovictory.us to learn more right now and help Latino Victory flip the House and take back the Senate!