Ongoing protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin moved the needle towards creating worldwide awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement. But, hold up…wait a minute – the battle does not end here.
The involvement of the Latino community as a whole in supporting the Black and Afro-Latinx community must stay strong through November 2020 at the polls and far beyond that, whether COVID-19 and quarantine are still active or not. We have already discussed talking to our families about racism and educating ourselves to help build conversation surrounding these issues, but what else can we do?
We reached out to Colombian-born political activist Sylvia Salazar, the founder of Tono Latino, who’s becoming a strong voice among Latinx voters. Sylvia gave us the rundown on what positive changes have been made after people have taken their words to the streets, and what more can be done to support the BLM movement.
So without further ado, here are six actionable steps you can take to keep raising your voice and make sure it’s being heard…
1. Sign petitions and make your own: Be like Kellen Sims, a 15-year-old girl who started a petition on Change.org in the name of George Floyd. Her petition has collected more than 17 Million signatures and it’s now the most-signed petition in the site’s history. Be sure to sign as many as you can, and even make your own if you know of an issue that isn’t being addressed.
2. Contact your Legislators: Besides signing petitions, you can take action by calling your elected officials and put pressure on them to pass bills and laws that will ensure the safety of civilians.
3. Donate: Find organizations and local initiatives and put your money where your mouth is!
4. Learn: Read about it, Google it, YouTube it, podcast it, however you want to do it – the information is available to us 24/7.
5. Protest: The support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the call for justice for George Floyd has resonated with people from all walks of life in all 50 states in the U.S. – and add three continents to that!
6. Vote: Keep the momentum going by voting. Most of the 23 million immigrants in the U.S. are eligible to vote in the 2020 election, according to the Pew Research Center.
Check out this video to get the full 411 from Sylvia:
Sylvia is a Colombian immigrant and a computer engineer turned political activist. Her passion is helping other people understand what is going on in the world of politics and encouraging them to become more politically involved. She is determined to change Latino representation in politics as well as in the media.
At LATV, we’re taking matters into our own hands. As a minority-owned company, we stand strongly with those out there on the streets protesting peacefully against systemic racism and unjust brutality from our police force. Click through our website to see more ways in which you can get involved!