Latino Vote Town Hall
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Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground is a film that centers on the voices and perspectives of community organizers and activists who are working to get out the vote in Latino/x communities, even as they have pivoted to mutual aid efforts during the pandemic. Join us at this Town Hall for a dialogue on how organizers are seeking to build long-term political power in diverse Latino/x communities. ASL interpreters will be present at this virtual event.
- Monica Campbell
Monica Campbell is a senior editor/reporter at The World, focusing on immigration and immigrant life in the United States. She works with a network of journalists based throughout the country and elsewhere in the world to uncover how shifting US demographics are changing everything from culture to politics.
- Bernardo Ruiz
Bernardo Ruiz is a two-time Emmy® Award-nominated documentary filmmaker and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He has directed and produced four feature documentaries and a host of nonfiction programming for a variety of outlets including PBS, HBO, ESPN and Facebook Watch. His feature credits as director include: The Infinite Race (ESPN’s 30 for 30, 2020), Harvest Season (Independent Lens, 2019), Kingdom of Shadows (Participant Media, 2015) and Reportero (POV, 2013).
- Alex Birnel
Alex Birnel is the Advocacy Manager at MOVE Texas. He leads issue-based campaigns affectIng the lives of young people, building power across the state of Texas. Alex helped found MOVE San Antonio during his time studying anthropology and political science at University of Texas at San Antonio and is also an experienced community advocate and organizer.
- Sonja Diaz
Sonja Diaz is the Founding Executive Director of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative. Diaz served as policy counsel to Senator Kamala Harris during her first and second terms as California Attorney General and directed voter protection programs for Democratic candidates in Virginia during the 2016 election. Diaz routinely briefs state legislators and local elected officials from across the U.S. on evidence-based governance and emerging trends in domestic policy.
- Andrea Cristina Mercado
Andrea Cristina Mercado is the Executive Director of New Florida Majority, and the New Florida Majority Education Fund, an organization building independent political power of marginalized communities for racial, economic and climate justice.
- Claudia Ruiz
Claudia Ruiz is a Civil Rights Policy Analyst with UnidosUS, formerly NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Working with intersectional civil rights issues ranging from voting rights to justice reform to tech policy, Claudia advocates for a public policy agenda and civil rights protections that promote equity and inclusion for the Latino community.
- Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero
Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero is the president and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and pastor of The Gathering Place in Orlando, Florida. He was the former director of the Institute of Faith and Public Life and Hispanic Programs at Princeton Theological Seminary.
- Belen Sisa
Belén Sisa was the National Latino Press Secretary for Bernie Sanders. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and arrived in the United States with her family when she was 6 years old. Belén began to become active in the immigrant rights community and in politics when she witnessed the effects it had on her family and personal life as an undocumented student in 2012 after graduating high school in Florence, AZ, home to one of the state’s largest immigrant detention centers.
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