The popular actresses América Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Gina Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson and Zoe Saldana today made a passionate defense of immigrants in the United States and called on Hispanic women to make "the difference by voting" in the upcoming midterm elections.
During an event held in the Ball & Chain room, in the heart of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, the actresses proudly alluded to their Latin roots to display an ignited call to vote and demonstrate that Hispanics are no more "that giant asleep ", as América Ferrera pointed out, in reference to the usual low voter turnout of Latinos.
"We play a lot in this election and there are several reasons to go out and vote," exclaimed the actress, before dozens of attendees, mostly women, who responded with applause and effusion.
In turn, Eva Longoria said it is urgent to have politicians in Washington who care about immigrants and highlighted the "record number" of women participating in the elections as candidates, something that is not "coincidence."
"Women are tired and tired of what happens in our country, and when women vote we won," said the actress and activist, of Mexican descent and who warned that Hispanic Floridians will have to go out to vote to be represented in the state capitol in Tallahassee.
"We can not allow Trump's followers" to win, "we can not allow 'Ron Disaster' (in reference to the Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis) to become the next Trump in Florida," Longoria said.
Zoe Saldana said that participating in the elections on Tuesday means demonstrating that Hispanics "love this country" and will give an answer to this government that "calls animals and criminals" to immigrants.
"We are hardworking people, united, happy and dedicated," defended the actress, of Dominican origin, to then highlight the contributions of immigrants to the economy and hence the need to "make a difference by voting" next Tuesday.
"Take your grandfather, your grandmother, and remind them of the importance of preserving their legacy," invoked the interpreter of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" saga.
Gina Rodríguez and Rosario Dawson alluded to the scarce federal aid given to Puerto Rico after the onslaught of Hurricane Maria, and argued that immigrants "are valuable as Americans."
"My mother always told me something that stuck with me: 'I speak with an accent, but I do not think with an accent,'" said Dawson.
After shouting in unison "Si se puede", the actresses led a short walk through Miami's iconic Calle Ocho, to the surprise of passersby and tourists, and then join a campaign event offered by the Democratic candidate for governor, Andrew Gillum, in a park in Miami.
The group of interpreters headed in Florida locations such as Kissimmee, in central Florida and where a large community of Puerto Ricans settled, other acts to mobilize the vote among Hispanics.
"It is a critical moment to defend democracy," said Andrea Cristina Mercado, executive director of the New Majority of Florida, coordinators of the event in Miami "Latinas en Marcha", and who highlighted that Tuesday's elections are a "opportunity to elect senators and congressmen who challenge Trump's agenda".
Mercado highlighted that the "attacks" of the current administration in the White House, "not only the immigrant community but the LGBT community," has mobilized many people who "have never gone out to vote", alluding to the high rates of early voting that have been registered in Florida.
He added that in Florida the elections will be decided by "1 percent, which is equivalent to about 60,000 votes", and that is why each ballot paper "counts".
In Shenandoah Park, in Miami, and before a hundred attendees, the group of actresses culminated in Florida their day of mobilization to the stand next to Gillum, who next Tuesday could become the first African-American governor of this state.