TEXAS — On Monday, July 6, 2020, Jolt Action announced that it would not require staff to return to its Houston, Austin and Dallas offices until 2021. This decision from the leading progressive Latino organization in Texas comes as COVID-19 cases in Texas skyrocket following reckless, politically motivated decision-making from state leaders amid the global pandemic.
The following is a statement from Antonio Arellano, Interim Executive Director of Jolt Action, a Texas Latino voter organization:
“Our foremost concern when making the decision to continue working remotely at Jolt was the health and safety of our staff members. As we head into one of the most consequential elections in modern history, we will continue to adapt to the ever-changing landscape resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and disastrous response led by Gov. Greg Abbott.
“Jolt has a proven track record of successfully mobilizing young Latinos through digital platforms, and we plan to build on those successes to continue the important work of registering voters in this key demographic and getting them to the polls in November. We will continue to overcome the roadblocks that our own Texas leaders put in place to discourage our community from exercising the fundamental right to vote.
“As the leading Latino civic engagement organization in Texas, we will take every precaution to protect our employees while defending our democracy. Our robust field plans include 100 canvassers equipped with PPE who will reach thousands of voters in Latino-majority neighborhoods in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties. Our teams will engage them while using newly developed social distancing protocols. If conditions in the number of Texas COVID-19 cases continue to rise, we are ready to pivot to a plan that prioritizes digital organizing and leverages the expertise in digital voter mobilization that Jolt is known for. That includes harnessing the richness of our Latino heritage and to develop culturally relevant digital ad campaigns — supported by direct mail and text messaging — to remind Latinos when it’s time to vote and how to find their polling locations.
“We are on track to become the largest ethinic group in the Lone Star State in 2021, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data and Texas’ demographer, and Latinos are ready to bring progressive change to Texas!”
Founded in 2016, Jolt Action is a progressive civic engagement organization focused on building the political power and influence of young Latinos in Texas. Jolt Action’s initiatives are focused on community organizing, leadership development, voter engagement, and multi-issue advocacy. Through these efforts, Jolt Action serves to elevate the community’s collective voice to engage and transform our democracy. Jolt’s high school and university chapters across the state mobilize around issues such as student debt, racial and immigrant justice, healthcare reform, and climate change. To learn more, visit jolttx.org.