BUILDING LATINO ENGAGEMENT AND SUSTAINED ACTIVISM By Alma

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BUILDING LATINO ENGAGEMENT AND SUSTAINED ACTIVISM By Alma Rosa Alvarez

BUILDING LATINO ENGAGEMENT AND SUSTAINED ACTIVISM By Alma Rosa Alvarez

Latinos—not a monolithic group

Latinos—not a monolithic group

Familialism ◦ Can resonate with “family values” ◦ Can often manifest in anti-abortion positions

Familialism ◦ Can resonate with “family values” ◦ Can often manifest in anti-abortion positions ◦ Interesting shifts: “Familia es Familia” and the LGBTQ+ community ◦ Immigration ◦ Working class issues/economy ◦

Latest Latino Voting Patterns ◦ 27. 3 million Latinos were eligible to vote in

Latest Latino Voting Patterns ◦ 27. 3 million Latinos were eligible to vote in 2016, up 4 million from four years ago ◦ 2016: 11% ◦ 2012: 10% ◦ 2008: 9%

Obstacles to Latino Engagement • Lack of citizenship • Lack of intrinsic motivation •

Obstacles to Latino Engagement • Lack of citizenship • Lack of intrinsic motivation • Lack of familiarity with political process • Overwhelmed by political process • The feeling by young people that voting does not matter

Opportunities for Latino Engagement ◦ Latino cultural citizenship ◦ Academies on political positions/processes ◦

Opportunities for Latino Engagement ◦ Latino cultural citizenship ◦ Academies on political positions/processes ◦ Power of collectivism: house sessions, voting together ◦ Connections to earlier movements of collectivism ◦ ◦ Voto Latino: http: //votolatino. org/what-we-do/ ◦

Opportunities continued ◦ Not using academic language or legal jargon ◦ Making things concrete:

Opportunities continued ◦ Not using academic language or legal jargon ◦ Making things concrete: ◦ English Only ◦ Driver’s license ◦ Use of humor ◦ Creating credibility: participation

Opportunities ◦ Connecting with local organizations doing the work: ◦ Unite Oregon ◦ Unete

Opportunities ◦ Connecting with local organizations doing the work: ◦ Unite Oregon ◦ Unete ◦ Northwest Seasonal Workers Association ◦ Northwest Forest Worker Center ◦ Migrant Education/Clinica

Current opportunity ◦ Prior to election: three naturalization applications per month ◦ Currently: one

Current opportunity ◦ Prior to election: three naturalization applications per month ◦ Currently: one naturalization application a day Next steps?