Join KLRU, the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), and UT LULAC on November 28 at 5:30 p.m. in GWB 2.206 on the UT Campus for a screening of “Willie Velásquez: Your Voice is Your Vote.”
Today there are over 27 million eligible Latino voters registered to vote in the United States. One man – Willie Velásquez helped pave the way for the continually increasing power of Latinos at the polls when he founded the Southwest Voters Registrations and education project in the 1970s.
With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velásquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote in America. This is the story of how a young boy growing up in the poor barrio of San Antonio Texas, questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city government, grew up to be a student activist leader in the center of the Civil Rights Movement for Latinos, and then became a young Latino statesman, leading one of the most important efforts in the history of Latino empowerment in America. The film looks at Latino millennials and how their future vote will affect the American political landscape and at contemporary issues facing Latinos today and how that translates to the ballot box.