On November 3rd, Sacramento celebrates the Day of the Dead in its Old Town. The event was hosted by Soul Collective. The purpose of this event is for Latinos to celebrate their own culture in Sacramento as well as for others to find value in it.
New research suggests Latino and youth voters have increased in this election compared to 2012. Youth, Latinos, and Asian Americans continue to be underrepresented in elections overall but it seems that the circumstances of the 2016 election may increase the voter turnout. More than one in five voters casting a ballot in the California primary election 2016 were Latino voters.
“Well of course the turnout is higher than before, they’re facing a man that’s totally against them,” said Enrique Ruz, a student studying political science at the Sacramento State University. “It’s a scary thought that all they could do is vote to save themselves from many future troubles.”
Higher turnout in youth voters in the 2016 California Primary election means they compromised around 7.5% of all ballots. That’s more than double seen in the previous primary and the highest in the twelve year period spent examining the study. Latino registered turnout also increased in 2016’s California primary to 38.7%, up to 22 percentage points from the 2012 presidential primary.
“Minorities in general tend not to vote until Election Day,” said Jose Dante Parra, a democratic strategist. “The fact that people are turning out earlier tells you that people are more attuned to the election and everything that’s happening.”
Accesslocal.tv reached out to a first-time voter in California to get his thoughts on the upcoming election on November 8th.
“Since this is my first time voting, I like to think that my vote matters and could change the outcome of the election,” said Giovanni Barajas when asked about how he feels as a first time voter. “I think (the) Latino vote is a lot higher this time around because they’re facing someone who could affect them extremely, especially for someone like myself.”
Since now there is a significant surge in Latino and young voters in the California primary elections,we may very well expect a larger number of Latino and young voters in the Presidential election. Like the rest of the country, we’ll have to wait and see the results on November 8th.
To many, it is no surprise that Latinos are one of the least-likely groups of the population to show up to the voting polls over the past several years. However, a new mobile app created to help engage Latino voters could possibly help make a positive change come the next voting day.
The new app is called Unidos, and its purpose is to guide users through voter registration information and present a bilingual news feed featuring stories relevant to young Latino voters. This app aims to connect young Latino voters with issues that matter to their community, such as immigration. Traditionally millennials don’t vote often in general, and rather unfortunately, Latino’s are the least-likely group to show up to the polls. According to the Pew Research Center, despite an increasing political engagement, Latino communities’ voters are at a lower percentage than both their respective Black and White communities.
“Younger people who come from mixed (immigration) status families tend to not vote,” says Teresa Flores of Sacramento Area Congregations Together. “If the parents can’t vote, than the kids won’t vote.”
Unidos goal for Fall 2016 election is to change the voter turnout by promoting the use of the app for the Latino community. The Sacramento Congregations Area is planning to go door to door on July 25th to encourage mixed status families to still register to vote, even if their parents are not eligible.
“Hopefully this encouragement will help fuel people to want to vote,” says Flores.
The Unidos app presents political information that is straight forward and easy to understand for any user, while also allowing users the option to use it in either Spanish or English. Users can also share content and resources from the app on other social media outlets such as Snap Chat, Twitter, or Facebook.
“When there are topics of issues that concern them, then that’s when people get more involved,” says Jill Lavin from the Sacramento Register of Voters.
Many feel that it is vital that youth are informed of the issues and get involved this voting season. With a new era of youth who can participate in voting, some for the first time this year. The Unidos app equips the latino community with the information they need to make an informed decision.
The Unidos app is free and available for Apple devices in the App Store.
Univision, Sacramento State and Assemblymember Roger Dickinson are proud to present Sacramento’s first annual education fair, “Feria de Educación: Es El Momento,” to provide the Latino community with an opportunity to learn about important educational programs and services.
The purpose of the fair is to promote a college going culture among the Spanish-speaking community; to share information about what it takes to attend college and how to pay for college; and to provide information about many educational community programs and services.
The fair is a FREE, fun, educational event for the whole family!
Come learn about college and university admission requirements; what you can do to prepare your child for college; how to pay for college through many available financial aid programs; and many other important community resources. There will be music, entertainment, food, and a free book giveaway!
For more information, click on this link.
Even though 45 percent of Americans have one or more chronic conditions that require medication, one in three people never fill their prescriptions and three out of four don’t take their medications as directed, costing Americans $290 billion each year and causing life-threatening health problems.
In an effort to help remove barriers to medication adherence and improve health outcomes for multicultural senior citizens, Script Your Future Sacramento and the American Heart Association is conducting Spanish-language educational presentations and free health screenings for Manitos, a Latino senior citizens’ club.
“Heart disease and stroke are our number one and number 3 killers,” said Valerie Scruggs, Health Equity Director for the American Heart Association’s Sacramento Office. “With education and medication adherence people can manage and often even prevent heart attacks and strokes.”
WHO: Script Your Future and the American Heart Association host this week’s Manitos meeting of Latino seniors.
WHAT: Presentations on the importance of taking medicine as directed, as well as preventing cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. The event will be conducted in Spanish. Spanish-speaking spokespersons available.
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, May 16; 9:00am – 12:00pm;
Manitos meeting – E.M. Hart Senior Center (915 27th Street, Sacramento)
California Northstate University College of Pharmacy, Health Net Community Solutions, and Woodland Health Care will provide free medication consultations, blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes screenings, kicking off a series of Script Your Future activities scheduled for this May, which is Older Americans Month. The American Heart Association will also provide a heart-healthy cooking demonstration by Chef Arturo Vargas. The California Office of the Patient Advocate, California Poison Control System, Area 4 Agency on Aging, Community Health Navigators, Novartis, and others will be on hand with information and resources.
“Our priority is education about the importance of taking medication as directed because we know that this is the best way to manage chronic conditions and stay healthy,” said Script Your Future Sacramento Field Organizer Elaine Linn. “We are marking our first anniversary by reaching out to diverse communities and senior citizens – those most at risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory illnesses.”
The event is part of the Script Your Future nationwide campaign led by the National Consumers League and supported by more than 110 private and public partners. Sacramento is one of six cities throughout the U.S. where more than 40 local organizations are partnering to raise awareness about the importance of medication adherence. This event is sponsored by Health Net Community Solutions, PhRMA, Lilly, and Novartis.
The Script Your Future campaign was launched in 2011 by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin in Washington, D.C., and locally by former Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Glennah Trochet. Information about the campaign is available at www.scriptyourfuture.org.
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