Members of the Latino community in South Florida tell Rick Scott and Charlie Crist to ‘Vote for us’!
What: Watch Party for the Gubernatorial debate with Charlie Crist and Rick Scott
When: Friday, October 10, 2014 6:00pm
Where: 1671 NW 16th Terrace, Miami, FL 33125
Why: Candidates for Governor must vote for us by promising to address the issues that affect our community
Visuals: livewatch party with community members and leaders, projector and screen
Miami, FL – This Friday, community members from the Florida Immigrant Coalition, United Families, 1Miami, and the Miami Workers Center will converge to watch the Gubernatorial debate live in Allapatah at 1671 NW 16th Terrace. If our Candidates for Governor want our vote, the Latino vote, they must also vote for us by promising to address the issues that affect our community.
The Gubernatorial debate will be projected on a screen via Telemundo 51. Community members will focus on four key issues that affect Latino communities every day. We are telling our candidates to vote for our kids’ education, Medicaid expansion, driver’s licenses for all, and raising the minimum wage for all workers in Florida.
As of date, Florida is spending less in education than 4 years ago and Latino students are disproportionately denied access to College scholarships. There are over 1 million Latinos in Florida that do not have health insurance, mainly because the $50 billion Medicaid expansion has not been approved.
“The reason why I fight for Driver’s Licenses for all is because many people I know have been detained or deported for driving without one. And when it comes to Medicaid, my own sister was denied access to Medicaid therefore denying her access to health care. This is a big problem. Our roads are not safe and on top of that our health care system is not accessible to everyone. We want to tell our candidates to vote for us”, said Karla De Anda, a naturalized citizen and voter.
Nearly 1 million Floridians cannot get a driver’s license because of our broken immigration system when all Floridians should be able to drive safe regardless of their immigration status. Over 172,000 Latinos in Florida make currently minimum wage or less, we need to raise the minimum wage from $7.93 to $10.10.
We want to know if our Gubernatorial candidates, Charlie Crist and Rick Scott, will vote for our kids so that they get a quality education, a quality health care, driver’s licenses for all so we can drive safe in Florida, and to raise the salaries of people in our communities.
The Florida Immigrant Coalition is a statewide alliance of over 50 immigrant rights organizations including farm-workers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants. We accomplish our mission through coordination of immigrant organizations and community education, organizing and advocacy.