Voto Latino to March on Washington

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Voto Latino will join civil rights leaders on Saturday, August 24 at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to call for leaders to expand Latinos' access to the polls and a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans.

Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino, will address a crowd of thousands at the Lincoln Memorial.

“I am honored to join the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, Tom Joyner, Janet Murguia, Ben Jealous and so many others, to not only commemorate a landmark event that happened 50 years ago, but to also give voice to the opportunities our nation can build on if it were to only tap the full potential of American Latinos,” said Kumar in a release.

Kumar's speech will promote an unrestrained ability to vote for all Hispanics, and a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. Voto Latino supporters will be in the crowd to share information about the issues.

“Fifty years ago the March on Washington galvanized a nation and a Congress to pass the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law that expanded democracy in America, but which the Supreme Court gutted earlier this summer," said Kumar. "Today, millions of Americans’ ability to vote is at stake, including that of Latinos. It’s up to us to own this moment and do what was done in 1963: Galvanize a nation, united in the belief that every American regardless of their age or race must have equal, unrestricted access to the polls.”

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