The 2020 elections have stimulated all social platforms to mobilize American participation in the November elections.
The cultural scene, in particular, has been very present in recent months.
For the Global Citizen movement, the goal has been to raise voter awareness of the importance of defeating Donald Trump in the elections and celebrate democracy through participation.
At a special event last Thursday, the movement invited Latinx celebrities to share important issues and their pride in voting.
Under the title, Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy, actors Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Wilmer Valderrama, and Salma Hayek joined other Latinx to share a message about the importance of the vote.
The digital event was conceived as a tribute and celebration of voting through cultural manifestations such as music, dance, art, and dialogue. It invited artists, musicians, performers, and community leaders to raise the power of civic action and “celebrate the value of every single citizen’s right to vote.”
Knowing that in this election Latinos in the United States are expected to represent the nation’s largest demographic minority in a presidential election for the first time — some 32 million Latinos are eligible to vote — the event directed its attention to these voters.
Salma Hayek, a Mexican-American, expressed her excitement at being part of these numbers.
“I voted because I believe in democracy,” she said. “I voted because I care for the future of our children. I voted because I am proud, and I support my community.”
Maria Hinojosa, the host of NPR Latino USA, highlighted the impact these 32 million voters can have on the election and told viewers that “democracy is not a noun; it’s a verb.”
For her part, Jennifer Lopez, who is Puerto Rican American, agreed on the importance of participation.
“I especially want the Latino community to understand their power, and to make their voices heard, to get loud,” she said.
With information from Global Citizen.