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Madeline Pumariega, President of the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College, speaks at the ACLU of Florida’s Let Me Vote forum

Madeline Pumariega is the president of Wolfson Campus, located in the vibrant and cosmopolitan heart of downtown Miami. She began her career at Miami Dade College in 1992 and has occupied various roles throughout her tenure, including  Dean of Student Services at Wolfson Campus and Dean of Students and Administrative Services at Medical Campus. Pumariega serves on the boards of City Year Miami and Take Stock in Children, and was a national Kellogg Fellow for the League for Innovation’s Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education from Florida Atlantic University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Barry University.
Watch Madeline’s remarks here.
For more information on Miami Dade College, visit http://www.mdc.edu

Gilca Santos, a newly sworn-in U.S. citizen, speaks at ACLU of Florida’s Let Me Vote forum

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Gilca Santos, a newly sworn-in US citizen, spoke about voting at our “Let Me Vote” forum.

“It was one of the happiest days of my life. The day I got married, the day we arrived in the U.S., the days when my three children were born, and the day I became a citizen. […] Now that I am a citizen, I want to exercise my right to vote. I just registered for the first time one month ago and I am very excited. I want to help people from my community, and if I vote I can do it.”

Watch Gilca’s remarks here.

For more information on the Florida Immigrant Coalition, visit http://www.floridaimmigrant.org/

Fanny Rengifo speaks at ACLU of Florida’s Let Me Vote forum

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Fanny Renfigo, a Columbian-born US citizen registering to vote for the first time, spoke at our “Let Me Vote” forum.

Today, I am registering to vote. Despite the fact that I’ve been a citizen for almost 5 years now, I felt alone and without any motivation to vote. But this election I am more motivated than ever. […]Today I have a group of friends that teach me, support and encourage me, and this year I will finally feel the joy of casting my vote to help others achieve their dreams, the way I wanted to achieve my dreams, the way my daughter is achieving her dreams too.”

Watch Fanny’s remarks here.

For more information on the Florida Immigrant Coalition, visit

http://www.floridaimmigrant.org/

Kisha’sha B. Sharp, speaks at ACLU of Florida’s Let Me Vote Forum

Kisha’sha B. Sharp, General Counsel of the NAACP, Miami-Dade Branch, spoke about battling voter suppression at our “Let Me Vote” forum.

“We have answered the assault by registering more voters, and most importantly educating them on the new rules to ensure they have full access at the ballot box and turn out to vote.  We have utilized mobile technology and social media to recruit volunteers and register and educate voters. […]The bottom line is that we will not let any of the tactics be an excuse for anyone to fail to exercise their right to vote.”

Watch Kisha’sha’s remarks here: http://youtu.be/vlN82q2WsFA

For more information on the NAACP, Miami-Dade branch, visit http://miami-dadenaacp.org/

Natalie Carlier speaks at ACLU of Florida’s Let Me Vote event

Natalie Carter, South Florida Regional Field Coordinator for Civic Engagement for the National Council of La Raza, spoke about drawing inspiriation from her family in overcoming barriers to the ballot box.

In 2008 on the morning of election day, my mother rushed into my room at 6am to force me out of bed because we were going to go vote together. […] We stood in line together that day, waiting for the polls to open, and I realized then that my mom had come a long way from Colombia to the U.S. to let her voice be heard. And if it was important enough for her, it was important enough for me.”

Watch Natalie’s’s remarks here.

For more information on the National Council of La Raza, visit http://www.nclr.org/

Maribel Balbin speaks at ACLU of Florida’s Let Me Vote event

Maribel Balbin, President of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, spoke about how the league overcame restrictions on voter registrations to help people vote in this year’s election.

“Discouraging third-party voter registration groups from registering voters has a disproportionate impact on the minority community. Minority voters, such as blacks and Hispanics, are twice as likely to register to vote via a third-party group as non-minority voters. […]The New York Times reported that Florida was down 81,000 in voter registration this year, we at the League are doing everything possible to overcome that.”

Watch Maribel’s remarks here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0NySm3XWyk

For more information on the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County, visit http://www.lwvmiamidade.org/

Jameer Baptiste, Field Director for SAVE Dade, speaks at ACLU of Florida’s Let Me Vote Forum

Jameer Baptiste is a native Floridian born in Hollywood and raised in Pembroke Pines.  While at Florida International University, he dedicated his time to the advancement of the LGBT community as president of the GLBT Advocacy Coalition, vice-president of Stonewall Pride Alliance, and recruitment officer/sergeant-at-arms and proud brother of Delta Lambda Phi Fraternity; Beta Delta Chapter.

Jameer graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Relations. He continues to focus his attention and talents on the advancement of the LGBT community by working with SAVE Dade, volunteering his time to pro-equality activism and working on the board of the GLBT Alliance as youth engagement director.

Jameer’s personal mission is to ensure that the youth LGBT community is politically active and to build synergy within the community.

Watch Jameer’s remarks here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwNIoTsQJoM

For more information on SAVE Dade, visit http://www.savedade.org



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