For Immediate Release // Please Excuse Cross Posting
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Contact: Viridiana Vidal, 702-206-2110 // Vvidal@ndlon.org
Los Angeles, CA – Radio Jornalera (Day Laborer Radio) was born from the idea to give a voice to immigrant, working communities, and during this election the future for those communities is at stake. This is why Radio Jornalera partnered with Los Jornaleros del Norte and the National TPS Alliance to launch “Tu Voz, Tu Voto” a song aimed to mobilize Latinos to vote against hate nationwide, and specially in battleground states.
“A song that encourages historically marginalized communities of color to exercise their right to vote will never be suppressed by white supremacy,” said Pablo Alvarado, NDLON Co-Executive Director and member of the day laborer band. “Let’s share it everywhere and let’s turn November Third into a real fiesta popular. The struggle for political equality is not just a fight, it must also be a celebration. Democracy sounds better with music. No te quedes en casa el 3 de noviembre si eres elegible para votar.”
“In this election, what is at stake is the well-being of our Latino families and all immigrants, and frankly many of the protections we have won in previous years,” said Lorena Zepeda, a TPS beneficiary, member and community leader of the National TPS Alliance participating in the national cross-country journey Road to Justice. “While we cross the country on our Road to Justice, we are sending a message to all Latino families, for all immigrant and refugee families in this country!”
Radio Jornalera, a project of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), has partnered with other independent, Spanish-speaking radio stations to play “Tu Voz,Tu Voto.” Given the multiple crises that are impacting immigrant working families in the US – the economic crisis, the crisis of racial injustice, and the global pandemic – the members of NDLON view the upcoming election as one of vital importance for Latinos and all immigrant communities.
According to one recent study, Latino workers earn 2% less than their white colleagues in Arizona working comparable jobs and with the same level of education, 4.8% less in Florida, 1.6% less in Nevada and 5.3% less in Texas (see the UCLA Report). Latinos also represent a disproportionate number of those continuing to work essential jobs, getting sick, and dying in the pandemic. And yet, an enormous segment of the Latino community, millions of families without legal status, are excluded from pandemic relief.
NDLON improves the lives of day laborers, migrants, and low-wage workers. We build leadership and power among those facing injustice so they can challenge inequality and expand labor, civil and political rights for all.