Latinx Flint NEWS

2024 Latino Legislative Advocacy Day

By Asa Zuccaro | Latinx Flint Media

Community members from Flint and staff from the Latinx Technology and Community Center pose for a photo with Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II during Latino Legislative Advocacy Day in Lansing, MI.

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On May 9, 2024 the Latinx Technology & Community Center (LTCC) mobilized its community members by organizing a bus full of Genesee County’s Latinx population to advocate for issues affecting their community to culminate what’s referred to as Latino Legislative Advocacy Day. The event was held in Lansing and hosted by the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan and MI Poder. 

The event’s keynote speaker(s) were Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor, Garlin Gilchrist II. Senator John Cherry, Senator Mary Cavanagh, Senator Darrin Camilleri, and Representative Veronica Paiz also made remarks and recognized individual Latinx community members across the state. 

In previous years, Latino Legislative Advocacy Day was utilized as a stage to lift the stories and voices within the Hispanic and Latinx community to their legislators in Lansing. However this year, it pivoted into something much more powerful for its attendees. A message of organizing their community and empowering those voices going into a critical election year for the Latinx community. 

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The Latinx population represents 18.9 percent of the total U.S. population and 5.7 percent of Michigan’s population, totalling nearly 600,000 residents. Despite this, of its 148 legislators of the State of Michigan, there exists only 3 members of Hispanic/Latinx descent representing Michigan’s 10.03 million residents. 

”We need people like you in Lansing” voiced Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II in an auditorium full of multigenerational and multilingual Latinx community members. Encouraging attendees not only to organize their community members, but to step up and become leaders in their communities by running for office, and continue to advocate fiercely.

As Latino Legislative Advocacy Day demonstrates; advocacy and voting go hand in hand. By combining grassroots organizing, community engagement, and political participation, Latinxs can amplify their voices through the commonality of their culture. To get more involved in Latinx advocacy, contact the Latinx Technology & Community Center at (810) 715-5050.