Statement by RGV Equal Voice Network
Since the 2008 presidential campaign, the members of the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network have been actively encouraging the civic participation of their constituents from across the Valley.
This participation is not limited to voting or encouraging communities to turn out the vote. Rather, the members of the RGV-EV Network seek to have the residents of Valley play an active role in the decisions that would impact the lives of our families. These decisions take place in Washington, DC, and in Austin, Texas, and we seek to have our representatives understand in a precise way the seriousness of the
challenges to our communities’ well-being.
Decisions that affect our communities are made on a local level as well, and for that reason, during this primary season, the Equal Voice Network membership sponsored a number of candidates’ forums.
During those encounters, we sought to inform candidates on the nature of the issues that our families have decided are most important to the political agenda. These issues included concerns about: immigration reform; decent, affordable housing; access to medical care for all residents of the Valley; well-paying, long lasting jobs; and equitable funding for our schools.
However, voting is a unique and privileged moment in our civic life, and the Network has collaborated in a number of ways to seek to encourage our families to vote. We have registered new voters, trained hundreds of volunteers in the non-partisan promotion of the vote, and taken to print and mass media to get out our message for this season—“Tu Voto es Tu Voz.”
We are particularly grateful to our volunteers, both the youth and the more mature. We look forward to the second part of this election season and will be encouraging the full participation of all citizens in this fall’s election.