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Not just a slogan: The future of Latinos in Virginia hangs in the balance in this election
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Not just a slogan: The future of Latinos in Virginia hangs in the balance in this election

Vanessa Cárdenas writes about why we should model what our children are learning today and take part in the democratic process.

Last week, my 3rd grader’s homework was about our form of government and the values that make us Americans. I thought it was an appropriate and timely assignment given the upcoming election. In a few days Virginians will go to the polls to elect the next governor of the commonwealth and in doing so will practice the most cherished and sacred act of a democracy: practicing our right to vote. Much is at stake in this election for the Latino community. The next governor will make choices on many issues that have a direct impact on the quality of our lives including the types of funding our schools gets; local immigration efforts, about our healthcare options, our pocketbooks and a women’s right to choose. Latinos have a lot to think about since Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cucccinelli offer two very different visions for Virginia.

The above excerpt was originally published in La Plaza. Click here to view the full article.

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Vanessa Cárdenas

Vice President, Progress 2050