CONGRESSWOMAN MCKINNEY URGES THE LATINO COMMUNITY
TO EXERCISE RIGHT TO VOTE
July 2, 1999
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Congresswoman
Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), Member of the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus, says that the Latino community
must be counted and she praised the voting registration
initiative laid out by the Atlanta Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce during a news conference.
"We as Americans are blessed
with the power of the ballot box," says Congresswoman
McKinney. "While we have earned the right
to vote, it is important that we use it judiciously
and with great care. The time is now to
galvanize your collective political power and
ensure that your voice is heard on all levels
During the news conference,
Governor Roy Barnes also mentioned Latino 2000,
an initiative involving Congresswoman Cynthia
McKinney and Governor Barnes. Latino 2000
seeks to strengthen the bonds of Brotherhood and
Sisterhood between Congresswoman McKinney, the
Governor, and the Latino community. The
Congresswoman and the Governor have pledged to
work with leaders of the Latino community to foster
economic development, intensify political participation,
and encourage social cohesion and we head into
the new millennium.
Latino 2000 will address the
following issues: immigration, education,
economic development, political activism, census,
human rights in Latin America, and Latinos in
the U.S. and Georgia.
"It is time to plant the seeds
of change and forge ahead with a closer relationship.
I am committed to ensuring that the Latino community
has a voice and a friend in the U.S. Congress,"
concludes Congresswoman McKinney.