The following is a statement from Jolt Action’s Interim Executive Director Antonio Arellano, following results showing Joe Biden has been elected 46th President of the United States of America:
“Despite all of the obstacles placed in our way, Americans turned out to the polls in record numbers to overwhelmingly elect new leadership. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were elected to serve by an overwhelming majority of Americans — more than 70 million people, the largest number in American history. This victory is a clear signal that most Americans are done with a racist and xenophobic Trump Administration.
“This victory is a win for every person who has been unfairly targeted by the Trump Administration’s cruel policies: for every immigrant child forced to sleep in a cage, for every person of color targeted because of the color of their skin, and for every transgender member of the military who has discriminated against for being themselves.
“The election also marks a historic win for immigrants across this country, who elected a first-generation immigrant and a woman of color to serve as second-in-command to the highest office of the nation. It’s proof that the American Dream is alive and well, and that immigrants who come to the shores of this great nation can still aspire to dream for the stars, and even better, the White House.
“Congratulations to President-elect Biden. We look forward to having a federal government that will prioritize getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control, and having a leader who is committed to investing in green energy sources and ensuring every American has access to high-quality, affordable healthcare.
“We have much work to do in Texas, but we are optimistic about the future. Today we recommit ourselves to continue working to build a movement of young Latinx voters in the Lone Star State and across the country to continue strengthening our democracy.”
ABOUT JOLT ACTION
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.