Every day we see new goods marketed specifically for the Mexican consumer base. Mexicans in the United States are absolutely overrepresented in media consumption. Unfortunately, Mexicans are still underrepresented in perhaps the most important area of American life – the political process.
In this talk Mary Castro offers potential reasons for this gap and explores what can be done to ensure that the voice of the Mexican community is heard by those in Washington.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Marty was the first in his family...
If the 2012 Presidential Elections showed us anything, it is the importance of the Latino vote. Unfortunately, despite their perceived influence, the truth is that only a small portion of the Mexican community is registered to vote, and even less turn out to the polls.
Dr Juan Andrade speaks about the importance of family in forming a cultura electoral and how setting achievable goals is an essential step in realizing full political participation of the Mexican community.
About Dr. Andrade
Dr. Juan Andrade Jr.
Dr. Andrade got his start selling newspapers,...
When Mexican immigrants come to the United States, they struggle with the transition from their old home to the new. This sense of isolation from American society only becomes more entrenched with the lack of connection to the American political process.
Xochitl Bada emphasizes the importance of Hometown Associations in promoting binational civic engagement. Civic engagement, according to Bada, is not limited to the voting booth, but also includes faith-based moral communities, parent-teacher associations, local school councils, and many other types of organizations.
Jorge Valdivia explores parallels between the marriage equality movement and the history of the Mexican immigrant community in the United States--two groups that continue to fight for political and social equality.
Jorge emphasizes the importance of controlling the way our story is told. Whether we achieve this through media portrayal, watchdog groups like GLAD, or the formation of allies from other communities, Jorge maintains that the first step is having the confidence to speak for ourselves.
Latino LGBTQ Activist
A native of Chicago’s...
Political strategists everywhere are looking for ways to increase political participation of Latinos in the United States--the greatest proportion of which are Mexican. Lucky for us, Larry Gonzalez has summed it up in one simple equation:
Information + Invitation = Participation
Gonzalez elaborates on this, as well as other ways of increasing the Mexican vote, and discusses the potential implications if every Mexican voted.
Born and raised in Chicago, Larry’s career in politics has spanned campaign organizing, political...