People For the American Way

Dolores Huerta joins Virginia Organizers to Support Ralph Northam, Kathy Tran, and Other VA Progressive Candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2017

Contact: Courtney Neale atPeople For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 202-467-4999

SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA— Today, civil rights leader and People For the American Way board member Dolores Huerta joined Virginia House of Delegates candidate Kathy Tran, CASA in Action and Latino organizers to kick off a day of canvassing in Northern Virginia urging voters to elect Tran, Ralph Northam, and other candidates who stand for their values. Kathy Tran is endorsed by PFAW’s Next Up Victory Fund program which helps young progressives win state and local elections. PFAW’s Latinos Vote program is a statewide initiative in Virginia and in states across the country designed to engage and mobilize Latino voters.

“We have a lot of work to do to take our country back from Donald Trump and his allies, and that work starts in Virginia,” said Huerta. “We know that when Latinos vote, Democrats win. That’s why I’m so proud to stand up with CASA in Action and People For the America Way’s Latinos Vote program to make sure that our community can make the difference in electing progressives like Ralph Northam and Kathy Tran. Ed Gillespie has spent his entire career getting paid by billionaires and giant corporations to put their agenda ahead of our needs. Now he’s trying to bring that agenda to Virginia. Ed Gillespie wants to privatize Social Security; he wants to cut funding for schools; he opposes an increase in the minimum wage. That would have a devastating impact on Virginia—and on Latinos in particular.”

“Dolores Huerta is an American hero and a legend in our community” said PFAW Political Director Lizet Ocampo. “When she talks about how dangerous Ed Gillespie and the Republicans’ agenda would be for Virginia, people listen. I’m so proud that we were able to partner with Dolores and CASA in Action to help get out the message about why we need to elect candidates like Ralph Northam, Kathy Tran, and Democrats up and down the ballot.”

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

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