TEXAS — This weekend, hundreds of Latino youth from across Texas convened in Pasadena at the Movimiento 2020 Candidate Forum to hold Democratic candidates running for office at the highest U.S. and Texas government levels accountable to the issues that most concern this key voting demographic. These young leaders are the heart and soul of Jolt Action and represent the future of the progressive movement in Texas.
“Latino youth are the future of Texas politics, and the issues important to them are destined to become table stakes for politicians running in the future. The turnout and reception to Movimiento 2020 proved that,” said Jolt Action Interim Executive Director Antonio Arellano. “We’re proud to have hosted this forum in which Latino youth could engage with candidates on the issues that matter most to them. The students and youth representing nearly 30 chapters and cities in Texas, were bold and fearless with their questions, and we’re excited to see this momentum carry into Super Tuesday.”
The following 2020 candidates answered questions from our Jolt student chapter and youth members, our partnering organizations and our interim executive director on key issues, including education, healthcare, student debt, climate change, gun control, racial equity and equal rights:
- Bernie Sanders, Presidential Candidate
- Tom Steyers, Presidential Candidate
- Dr. Roland Garcia on behalf of Amy Klobuchar, Presidential Candidate
- Rep. Victoria Neave on behalf of Joe Biden, Presidential Candidate
- Julieta Garibay on behalf of Elizabeth Warren, Presidential Candidate
- Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, US Senatorial Candidate
- John Biggan, Texas Congressional Candidate
- Mike Siegel, Texas Congressional Candidate
- Ruby Powers, Texas Legislature Candidate
Below are some of the highlights from a day filled with empowerment, boldness, strength and an unrelenting hope and drive for a more progressive Texas in 2020 and beyond. Jolt Action is here to show that Latinos are Brown, Black and Powerful!
“FIRST EVER LATINO-YOUTH LED POLITICAL FORUM! Amazing to have been in the crowd of such a historic moment and getting a glimpse of what Texas, AND the United States, will look like in the future.
“The future has arrived!”
“Proud of @AntonioArellano and @JoltAction for their Movimiento2020 Candidate Forum! Great conversation taking place and raising good issues that should matter in the upcoming election! #BrownBlackVotersMatter” – @AdrianGarciaHTX via Twitter
“Currently sitting in the audience at @JoltAction #Movimiento2020 at San Jacinto College and feeling energized by all these young people with incredible questions. I’m feeling hopeful for #Texas!” – @guadtriana via Twitter
Interim Executive Director Antonio Arellano is available for comment. Please submit media requests to Christine Bolaños at email@example.com.
Jolt Action is the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building political power and growing the influence of young Latinos. Visit jolttx.org for more information.