Helping Young Latinos Vote

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Here is info on an important effort to raise voter awareness among young Latinos that I am involved in:

What: Vote4Respect Concert, featuring Grammy Nominee Toby Love, Hot97’s DJ Cipha Sounds, and local artist Baby J to convey civic engagement message to youth and register voters.
When: Friday, October 5th, 2012, 7pm
Where: Central Islip Senior High School, 85 Wheeler Road, Central Islip

On the evening of Friday, October 5th, the Long Island Civic Engagement Table (LICET), a non-partisan coalition to increase civic participation among working-class communities of color, will host its “Vote4Respect” Concert in Central Islip.  This event will feature Latin Grammy-nominated Bachata artist Toby Love, Hot97’s star DJ, Cipha Sounds, and Long Island’s own Baby J.
With young people, particularly those of color, less likely to be registered to vote and cast their ballots, this concert will engage them through popular culture.  LICET, which has already registered over 3,000 voters this summer, will register young voters and recruit volunteers to participate in its non-partisan Get Out the Vote efforts, which will reach nearly 20,000 voters this year.
To make the event as accessible as possible to young people, tickets will cost only five dollars.  Concert tickets are available at: http://vote4respect.eventbrite.com/.

The Long Island Civic Engagement Table (LICET) seeks to transform the culture of civic participation and government accountability on Long Island.  LICET does this by nurturing grassroots participation and leadership in working-class communities of color.  LICET, led by Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, the Long Island Immigrant Alliance, and CARECEN, seeks to work with these communities to turn the tide of anti-working class and anti-immigrant politics and build a common platform for low-income people.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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