Washington, D.C. – Latino Victory Project announced the making of “The Future is Now”, a virtual community conversation with Vice President Joe Biden and Lin-Manuel Miranda as special guests, and a host of Latino artists and officials elected. The conversation will focus on the need for our country to elect effective leadership and increase Latino representation from the stage to the corridors of government.
As part of the events of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, “The Future is Now” It will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time. NowThis will broadcast the entire event for voters across the country to tune in.
“It is an honor to join Latino Victory during the Democratic National Convention in a conversation with Vice President Joe Biden,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda.
] “As the Latino community becomes the largest minority voting bloc in the United States, we are reaching out to voters in communities across the country. We need a radical departure from the politics of division, insults, and white supremacy that are weakening all of our democratic institutions. We need leadership that restores civility in our social discourse, and enacts the desperately needed economic and social policies based on equality. I am delighted to have chef José Andrés, America Ferrera, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria Bastón and Zoe Saldaña, as we celebrate the next chapter of politics, "said Manuel Miranda.
" Latino Victory is committed to electing strong leaders and compassionate people who care about strengthening communities, "said Luis A, Miranda Jr., president of the Latino Victory board.
Miranda indicated that," We need elected officials with a history of supporting progressive policies, from good jobs paid up to comprehensive immigration reform. We need to make sure that our government expands access to health care, addresses climate change, and ultimately makes it possible for any American to get their college degree without sinking into years of debt. "
" Representation matters. We know that representation matters. Communities of color continue to be largely underrepresented in our government, "said Nathalie Rayes, president and CEO of Latino Victory Project." While Latinos make up 18 percent of the population, only 1 percent of our elected officials they are Latinos. ”
“ Latinos are a powerful electoral bloc and our voter turnout can be the margin of victory that decides contests across the ballot in key states on the battlefield. ready to increase the momentum of Latinos, to mobilize the vote and elect more Latinos to represent us in governments, from city councils until Congress. "
“ The Future is Now ”aims to raise the voice of the Latino community at the Democratic National Convention. Vice President Biden and actor, songwriter and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda will lead a powerful and interesting conversation about choosing effective leaders in the 2020 elections and the work that must be done to build a better nation. They will also discuss the importance of Latino representation in every component of our society, from the performance stages to the government halls.
The Future is Now will also feature the participation of Chef José Andrés and artists América Ferrera, Eva Longoria Bastón (co-founder of Latino Victory Project), Jennifer Lopez, Zoe Saldaña, and interviews with special guests by María Elena Salinas, freelance journalist and contributor to CBS News. The list of interviews includes Ben Ray Luján (Assistant Speaker in the United States House of Representatives), Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (District 26, Florida), and State Representative Ana Maria Ramos (Texas HD 102).