DALLAS – The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is encouraging the Latino community in North Texas to register to vote and get counted in the 2020 Census. LULAC District III and Council 4782 are hosting a Lowrider Cruise from Grand Prairie to Dallas communities to remind citizens that early voting starts this next Tuesday, October 13, 2020 and that the 2020 Census has been extended to October 30, 2020.
“We need to get out like never before and take action if we want the voices of Juan and Maria to be heard,” says Domingo Garcia, LULAC National President. “We have been the political piñatas long enough. Now it’s time we decide for ourselves how we want to be counted and treated. Latinos have the numbers to show their power but only when we remind our leaders we’re here and when we go vote,” he adds.
The intense get-out-the-vote campaign is being made possible through a micro-grant award that Council 4782 was awarded from LULAC National as an incentive to be creative and get the word out.
The Get-Out-the-Vote & 2020 Census cruise will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2020. A Press Conference will take place at 2602 Beltline Road at the Grand Prairie ISD Parking lot at 12:15PM. Invited VIP guests include: The Mayors of Dallas and Grand Prairie plus City Council Members of both cities. Also invited are the Dallas County Judge and all Dallas County Commissioners.
Organizers said the ride starts immediately afterward and will wind its way through Oak Cliff , West Dallas, Downtown (Klyde Warren Park), Reverchon Park, Love Field and culminate at Bachman Lake, Northwest Highway.
“2020 is a decisive year for Latina empowerment when women in America are the ones deciding the outcome of who is elected for President of the United States,” said Sindy Benavides, LULAC National Chief Executive Officer. “Also, campaigns like this one are where the power of LULAC truly comes from as every council and every member. We actively engage family, friends and neighbors in exercising the greatest freedoms of our democracy by being taken into account in our country,” she adds.
The cruise will only drive along the designated streets (see below) and not make any stops in compliance with Covid-19 safety precautions and local ordinances. “The main objective is to remind citizens to exercise their right to vote and know that in close elections, every vote matters,” says Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner. “What I love about this event is that it emphasizes family, cultural unity and what we can do when we work together. Nothing can stop us,” adds Garcia.
LULAC District III Director, Bryan Parra acknowledges that Latino voters are energized and ready to act. “The issues before us are historic and so is the potential impact we can make,” he says. “We have an opportunity like never before to show Latinos are united and showing our strength at the ballot box,” adds Parra.
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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/