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Photo: Latino Vote 2012
We complain about drugs and crime in the streets.
We complain about police brutality and racial profiling.
We complain about the condition of our streets.
We complain about our schools and the quality of our teachers.
Mostly we complain because no one listens.
It is time to stop complaining and begin taking positive action. No one listens because we do not exercise the full power of our voice. No one cares because we show that we do not care. “They” do not provide services because we did not place them in their positions of power, nor, because of our apathy, can we remove them. Even though there are millions of registered Latino voters only a fraction of those take the time to vote. It is not required for all to vote for the same candidate and not even for the winning candidate. The vote itself is most important. If we show up en masse on Election Day win or lose, “they” will take notice that we have awakened from our apathetic slumber and are ready to be heard.
Be assured that next election, the candidates will be listening to the complaints. The promises and assurances will come as surely as the candidates will be visiting our neighborhoods. Our complaints will no longer fall on deaf ears and we will be taking the first steps to determining our own future.
The power of a combined voice will allow us to stop complaining and start demanding. Our demands will be backed by the power to remove or replace our share of candidates. We will stop being pawns of the system and begin controlling the condition of our neighborhoods, the state of our schools and the future of our children.
The beauty of this scenario is that it will not take generations to develop; we can have near immediate results starting with the November election. Let us display our position of power by helping the candidates that have shown an interest in our situation and electing those heeding our signal.
The problems we face are enormous and solutions are not simple. We as a people have to start taking responsibility for some of the conditions around us. Many of our problems can be solved politically but unfortunately our political position is not very sturdy. We can do little by remaining on the “outside”. Changes are initiated from the inside. We must therefore, get those that are “in” to listen to us or replace them with those that will. The only way to do that is to vote in large numbers. Is it so difficult to understand that we can be a force to be reckoned with, if we exercise that simple right?