LISTEN: Election Day Gets an Anthem

R-E-S-P-E-C-T means a lot to multi-culti band Ozomatli, so much so that the U.S. cultural ambassadors released a bilingual song titled “Respeto” encouraging Latinos to stand up and get to the polls during November’s midterm elections. The track is part of the National Council of La Raza’s Vote for Respect campaign, a call-to-action spurred on by the economic crisis and the anti-immigrant and anti-Latino climate plaguing the United States.

“We need to stand up to those who allow our community to come under attack,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía in a statement. “We need to tell our lawmakers to work toward real solutions to our nation’s problems.”

Ozomatli frontman Raul Pacheco is all for it. “The simple act of voting has proven to be an important tool in the shaping of my surroundings,” he said. “As a modern American Latino, it is a meaningful step to counter the specifically hateful and hurtful rhetoric that has been aimed at Latinos throughout this country. Voting demonstrates self-respect.”

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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