Recap: On G+ Hangout, Immigration Leaders Call on Latinos to Get Involved, GOTV

Eliseo Medina

Labor, Immigration and Civic Rights Leader Eliseo Medina

Tweet: This is about what this country is going to look like and what it’s going to stand for in the future. ~ @SEIU_Eliseo on #immigration

Every movement has its own web and flow, and during last night’s hangout about immigration reform, my guests Eliseo Medina, Pramila Jayapal, Gaby Pacheco and Susana Sandoval made it very clear that the immigration movement is no exception.

The reasons? Despite the media’s dominant narrative, the scope, reach and diversity within the movement continues to grow, a reflection of the larger shifts in population, public opinion and acceptance of immigrants across the country. Yet, they agree, immigration continues to be a heated political issue, and the cause of a real human rights crisis in this country. In the very animated conversation you can watch below, they reflect on where the movement has been and where it’s going, vow to continue fighting for the millions of people whose lives are currently affected by the inaction of politicians, and call on all of us, beyond Latinos, to continue fighting for what is right. A conversation you must watch, discuss and take to heart. Here are a few of my favorite quotes for you to share:

Tweet: If politics is the art of the possible, it’s our job as organizers to push the limits of what’s seen as possible. ~@pramilaj on #immigration

Tweet: It is their job. It is the Congress and the Senate’s job to do something. ~@GabyPacheco1 on #Immigration

Tweet: What we do in the next 3-5 years will define what will happen to our country in the next 20-25 years. ~@S_Sandoval71 on #Immigration

Tweet: We encourage women across the country to see this as one of the key women’s rights issues in our country today. ~@Pramilaj on #immigration

Tweet: Participate + donate to all of these diff. orgs that are doing this work. That’s the only way we can do it. ~@GabyPacheco1 on #immigration

Tweet: This is an opportunity for people across party lines to understand what it’s like to be an American. ~@S_Sandoval71 on #Immigration

Tweet: One of the things we have learned in this movement is that united, nothing is impossible. ~@SEIU_Eliseo on #Immigration

Enjoy and share the video, and most importantly, DON’T FORGET TO GET INVOLVED AND GET OUT THE VOTE!


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