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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

Presente Action: No Somos Rubios

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Our new TV ad exposes GOP Vice Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio and his anti-Latino policies.

 Watch here and chip in $ to air it!

Dear Presente member,

With only four days before the Florida primary, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is emerging as a top choice to be the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate. The GOP is betting that Senator Rubio can “deliver the Latino vote.” But Rubio, a Tea Party favorite, opposes the DREAM Act, opposes immigration reform and supports Arizona’s SB1070.

With Rubio on the national ticket, the GOP would have a Latino spokesperson to drive through anti-Latino policies, dividing our community and weakening our allies.

We can stop this if we can show GOP that adding Rubio won’t “deliver the Latino vote”, because we can see through their scam. So here’s the plan:

We’ve made a hard hitting television ad revealing Senator Rubios anti-Latino record. Later today, Rubio is headlining at the Hispanic Leadership Network, a Republican-led advocacy group designed to “bring in” Latino voters. Presente members and our partners will be protesting outside. This is a golden opportunity to announce our ad to reporters there, who are already preparing stories about Rubio’s effect on Latino voters.

But first we need to raise at least $5,000 dollars this afternoon, so we can guarantee reporters the ad will be hitting the airwaves across Florida.

Please watch “No Somos Rubios” and donate $ right away to help it get on the air.

Until Tuesday’ primary, the national media and the entire GOP political machine is focused on Florida. They’re closely evaluating Rubio’s effect on Latino voters. With 50 million Latinos in the United States, they’re getting desperate to trick us into voting for them, while still appeasing an anti-Latino base. If Rubio plays well in the national spotlight, they’ll decide it’s just the trick they need.

So we must ensure the national spotlight also reveals Rubios anti-latino record, by putting this ad on the air across Florida in the crucial days ahead.

This is our best shot to stop the Rubio scam before it begins. National polls show that most Latinos don’t yet know anything about him. The GOP is desperate to cover up Rubio’s anti-latino record with a blank slate.

Now it’s time to show all politicians that no matter your name, actually standing up for the issues that Latinos care about is the only way to win our votes.

There’s no time to lose. Please chip in to help us raise $5,000 today so we can announce the ad at tonight’s gala event.


Thanks and ¡adelante!

Roberto Lovato on behalf of Presente Action


"Marco Rubio has what Mitt Romney needs in a vice president," Washington Post, 01/03/2011