Be a Voice for the Voiceless Undocumented! Vote on February 28th in Arizona Primaries!by Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Feb. 20, 2012, under 2012 Presidential elections, Anybody But Mitt Romney for 2012, Hispanic Latino Vote
Dear Arizona Advocates of Latino and Immigrant Rights:
Please don’t forget to vote on February 28th!
I am the immediate past President of SOMOS REPUBLICANS, now the co-President and Foundress of the National Tequila Party Movement. I stepped down as President of SOMOS REPUBLICANS for a number of reasons not limited to switching my affiliation as a registered Republican voter to an Independent voter. The Associated Press contacted me last week for a story they were covering regarding the Arizona primary elections. I gave them names of Latino Mormon individuals who equate Mitt Romney’s harsh anti-immigrant tone to Russell Pearce’s harsh anti-immigrant stance. As you might already know, we are furious with Romney’s Kris Kobach endorsement and his recent endorsement by Pete Wilson. Kris Kobach is the legal architect behind many of these anti- immigrant laws and he affiliates himself with white nationalist — John Tanton via FAIR or Federation for American Immigration Reform.
I hope to see more Hispanic Mormons denounce Romney’s anti-immigrant views because in my view he is taking our nation backward from efforts we continue to fight for. I am disgusted that Romney will not even support the Utah Compact which is modeled after the Mayflower Compact and could set our nation back on a healthy view towards immigrants. Mitt Romney has been kicking Latinos down during one of the most difficult Latino eras in history. In fact, I believe it was Romney who moved Senator John McCain further to the right in 2007 and in 2008 during the 08 Presidential GOP Primary elections. I have had it with Mr. Romney’s populist approach in demonizing my people for the sake of his political expediency. Enough is enough.
On a different note, the Tequila Party Movement knows the Tea Party Movement is not really asleep. We believe the Tea Party supporters will come out in full scale as soon as the Republican Primaries are finished. The Tequila Party is waiting and fully prepared to counter their anti-immigrant rhetoric. We believe anti-immigrant sentiment is antiquated and we will continue to fight for social justice and humane laws to fellow mankind.
More importantly, we will continue to motivate eligible voting Latinos to get out and vote because we have a responsibility to BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS UNDOCUMENTED! Our voting numbers will be a force to reckon with as we show Washington D.C. that Latinos WILL vote and be a voice for the voiceless.
DeeDee Garcia Blase
From TIME Magazine:
Latino Mormons Speak Out Against Romney
By AP / RUSSELL CONTRERAS Monday, Feb. 20, 2012
(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — When Honduran-born Antonella Cecilia Packard converted to the Mormon Faith 20 years ago, she said it was like “coming home.”
The Catholic-educated Packard, who grew up in “the middle of Mayan ruins,” appreciated the faith’s strong sense of family and conservative values. She also saw her own history in the Book of Mormon with stories of migrations, tragedies and triumphs of a people many Mormons believe are the ancestors of some present-day Latinos.
But two decades after her conversion while a college student at Mississippi State, the 43-year-old Packard finds herself on a new mission: defeating Mitt Romney and any Mormon politician who betrays what she sees as a basic Mormon principle of protecting immigrants.
As Romney continues to seek the Republican presidential nomination while rarely discussing his faith, a growing number of vocal Hispanic Mormons say they intend to use Mormon teachings as a reason to convince others not to vote for him. They have held firesides (equivalent to a tent revival) on immigration, protested outside of Romney campaign events and have traveled across state lines to help defeat other Mormon politicians with similar harsh immigration stances.
“Yes, we are happy that we have a Mormon running for president,” said Packard, a Saratoga Springs, Utah, resident and member of Somos (We are) Republicans. “But a lot of us aren’t supporting him because of his stance against immigrants.”
While stressing the Mormon faith’s historic connection to converting immigrants, Latino Mormons point directly to immigration stories in the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ recent statements against policies targeting immigrants. They also view Romney’s stance against proposals giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship as hypocritical since Romney’s great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, who had five wives and 30 children, sought refuge in Mexico after passage of an 1882 law that barred polygamy.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2107277,00.html#ixzz1mynNG54u