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Latino groups aim to turnout 100,000

By Nikita Biryukov, March 16 2021 10:02 am

After a staggering number of COVID-19 deaths among Latino men in the Garden State, a series of non-profit Latino advocacy groups will join forces to convince 100,000 non-white residents to vote.

“The past year has devastated Latino communities across New Jersey. Though Latinos represent much of our essential workforce, many still cannot access income replacement, vaccines, or quality health care,” said LUPE PAC President Laura Matos. “Our state cannot survive unless everyone is provided access to relief and life-saving health care.”

The move was spurred by widespread COVID-19 deaths among the state’s Latino population. Despite accounting for roughly one-ninth of the state’s population, Latino men represented a disproportionate death toll in the fight against the virus.

By convincing 100,000 of the men to vote, the organization hopes it can push lawmakers to advance policies guarding the Latino community against the virus.

“COVID-19 has highlighted the harmful conditions Black and Brown people are disproportionately exposed to and show us that the family you were born into, where you live, and where you work determines your survival in New Jersey,” Latino Action Network President Christian Estevez said. “Elected officials have left our communities behind for too long. As our state legislature and Governor are up for re-election we are urging them to take immediate action to provide COVID relief to our communities.”

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