It’s been said that this year’s Presidential election will be decided by Latino voters; as much pride and patriotism as that concept may bring, it’s the importance of the act that is key. One campaign that has recognized this is Latinos for Obama, which has brought together supporters of our current Commander in Chief from around the country and all walks of life.
Lending to the campaign efforts are celebrities such as Victor Cruz, Eva Langoria and Rocsi Diaz to name a few. We caught up with Rocsi, who took some time out of her duties as hostess of BET’s 106 & Park, to not only hit the campaign trail, but to speak to us about her American dream and why getting involved in the campaign, and re-electing our president means so much to her.
“Before the ’08 campaign, I didn’t even have the privilege to vote. I was a legal resident, but not a citizen. It wasn’t until a few months before the election that I was able to get sworn in and vote for the very first time, and I truly believed in what Barack Obama was saying. For me personally I would like to see him fulfill all of the things that he started, and be able to accomplish and finish up the foundation he’s been laying out for the future of this country.”
As one of the first Presidents to get elected off of large social media followings, engaging the youth on their level and connecting with them has proven to be an effective tool for gaining in the polls. With the major social media platforms, it has added an additional, yet equally important stage to present across, not only for his honor, but also his devoted supporters.
“Social Media is such a big platform; some of us have more followers than networks do viewers. I’m always spreading the word using #Latinos2012, about how important it is to register to vote, along with that going to different colleges across the country, having just come from Florida. Getting people really excited about voting and participating – not that you have to be a celebrity to do so – but just participating in general where you can.”
Realizing the power of one’s own voice is a life lesson that can define you, and for the Latino community as a whole, nothing speaks louder than a united call to action. Red or Blue state, it’s recognizing the importance of voting that matters most.
“The outcome [of the election] is going to have a long lasting impact on the Hispanic community in general, and that’s why Latinos for Obama is so important. They’ve been doing so many things, campaigning and [engaging] ongoing conversations with Latino voters, letting people know the importance of our voice being heard. Not being able to exercise the right to vote before, some people just don’t realize what they have until it’s gone. I always emphasize that and encourage people to go out and vote, so many of our forefathers have died for that right, and it’s really a shame to not take advantage of that privilege that we have now that so many don’t, so just go out there and vote.”