Women for Biden and Todos con Biden hosted an event to launch Comadre a Comadre on Wednesday, September 23rd. The nationwide initiative encourages Latinas to engage in politics and mobilize the vote for the 2020 election.
This event featured Congresswomen Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Sylvia Garcia, who guided a conversation on the importance of the Latinx vote in battleground states like Florida. They were joined by Floridian community leaders Sonia Succar Ferré and Daniela Ferrera–two Latinas who are ready to get Biden and Harris elected.
“We know that the pathway to the White House is through the Latino community, and we know Latinas are the heart of our communities,” said Rep García. “It’s important that all of us–whether it’s our tía, our abuela, our comadre, our friend, our sister, our girlfriend–tell each other why this race is so important.”
Comadres love the chisme, and this time, the chisme is political. Throughout the hour-long conversation, they touched on some of the issues that disproportionately affect Latinx communities.
When asked about her hopes for Florida’s future, Sonia mentioned her concern about the mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis and the disregard for climate change. “Climate is something that we recognize is at our doorstep…we are a coastal community surrounded by water at all sides, and I want a leader and an administration that takes science, health data, and information seriously.”
Like other Puerto Ricans, Sonia’s family migrated to the United States and have lived in Florida for many years. She cares deeply about Puerto Ricans on the island and the 1.1 million Puerto Ricans who currently resides in her state.
“I want to help mobilize my fellow Puerto Ricans to realize that our future, our children’s future, and our environment are dependent on what we can do and how we can help deliver a win for Vice president Biden and Senator Harris,” shared Sonia.
The pandemic has brought challenges to activists who want to organize in their communities, just like Sonia and Daniela. However, Daniela was able to confidently assure the comadres that healthcare is one of the top issues in the minds of Latinx people.
“We need real leadership — a leader who will actually promote policies that will mitigate the virus, specifically addressing the disparities when it comes to healthcare and when it comes to the local economies of the Latino and African American communities,” insisted Daniela.
As a Cuban-American, Daniela also shared her thoughts on the ways in which the Trump administration and Republicans have tried to rally the Cuban-American vote, while “it is actually folks like Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell who have advocated to reestablish the Cuban Family Reunification [Parole] Program that Donald Trump allowed to expire.”
“Trump and the people around him are just basically exploiting the trauma of the Cuban-American community, the Venezuelan-American community, and the nicaragüenses for votes–and what have we gotten in return?” explained Daniela.
Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell also jumped in on the matter, highlighting that “not one Republican showed up to the Senate” when Democratic Senators asked to bring TPS for Venezuelans back to the floor.
Rep. Mucarsel-Powell was one of the Democratic representatives who first pushed for the bill’s passage in the House.
They closed the event by inviting all the comadres to join a phone bank event in Spanish with Rep. Cindy Polo and Sen. Janet Cruz.
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