Latino engagement strategy
The future of the Democratic Party, quite simply, depends on whether it can earn the support of the Latino community. As America’s largest and one of the fastest growing minorities, it is the Democratic Party that must prove itself deserving of Latino support.
And Keith gets it. That’s why, as DNC Chair, he will make it a priority to advance the interests of Hispanic voters everywhere. Interests that don’t only include immigration reform, but also climate change, universal health care, voting rights, good-paying jobs, and a quality public school education.
Keith will also advance Latino leadership, engage Latino millennials, and defend Latinos against abusive politicians like Donald Trump, who kicked off his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “drug-dealers,” and just recently signed an executive order to build a wall along our Southern border. And it goes without saying that we must defend DACA/DAPA tooth and nail, for the lives of more than 700,000 DREAMers are at stake.
Importantly, Keith will follow through on all this. He already has a long track record of standing up for what’s right, of being there for Latinos -- from being arrested in 2013 during the Washington DC immigration rally, to joining a Miami protest just this month against Republican Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who caved into Donald Trump’s demands and decided to strip Miami-Dade of its status as a sanctuary city. And he will be there for them as the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Finally, Keith is not afraid to say that we have a serious turnout issue (in fact, as a New York Times article pointed out “Latinos accounted for 11 percent of the votes cast [in 2016] the same as 2012”) and he’s ready to do something about it.
The Latino community has made extraordinary contributions to our country in the arts, education, business, medicine, and every field of endeavor, and we have a responsibility to make clear that they have a home in the Democratic Party. Because it’s the truth, and in order to be a friend, you have to be a friend.