FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee
Contact: Javier Guerrero
HISPANIC VOTERS MAY SWING FLORIDA VOTE IN NOVEMBER
They are Organizing to IMPACT the 2020 Historic Election
Tampa, FL July 26, 2020: Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Chair Ione Townsend is pleased to announce that on August 15, Tampa’s Hispanic voters will unite to address the unprecedented and disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 on the local Hispanic population. The online town hall, “Hazte Contar – Foro Hispano,” organized by the Hillsborough County Democratic Party, will be held at 3:00 pm.
“Hispanic Democrats are ready to turn up the volume. The voice of this neglected community must be heard,” said Townsend. “We will never be a country of equal opportunity until each underrepresented population has a voice in the decision-making process.”
“Hispanics have been marginalized and ignored for too long,” says activist and organizer Rob Cordova. “Together, we make up nearly 20 percent of all voters in our county. Historically, many of us don’t vote. This fall, we’re going to change that. We won’t sit on the sidelines anymore. Nuestro voto es nuestra voz. We are working hard to promote voter registration and mail-in voting.”
The Town Hall comes in the midst of a national crisis in which chaotic leadership from the White House has failed to contain the rampant virus. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, in a press conference in Tallahassee, blamed “overwhelmingly Hispanic” day laborers and agriculture workers for leading Florida’s surge in COVID cases. His accusation followed a letter signed by more than 50 Florida groups and organizations which warned DeSantis of the impending disaster. The Governor failed to respond to the letter.
The Hispanic community bears a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 cases, often as a result of insufficient access to health care. According to some polls, up to 20% of Hispanic workers have been laid off since the pandemic began. Hispanics are also disproportionately essential workers, who are on the front lines of the crisis.
The Hispanic community bears a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 cases, often as a result of insufficient access to health care. According a Pew Research Center poll, up to 49% of Hispanic workers have been laid off or suffered pay cuts since the start of the pandemic. Hispanics are also disproportionately essential workers, who are in the front lines of the crisis. According to the CDC the incidence of COVID-19 is four times higher among Hispanics.
“Si no votamos, no contamos,” says customer service professional Eva Sanz. If we don’t vote, we don’t count. A strong Hispanic turn out in November has the potential to turn Florida blue, something that hasn’t happened in 24 years.
To participate in the online Town hall, follow this link: https://mblz.io/FMSHzo
The Hispanic Task Force is a committee of the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee. For more information, please contact Javier Guerrero, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-732-8381.