Latino Community Members Proclaim Support For Pascrell
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 • 8:46am
When our parents came to this country they flocked to the Democratic Party because it was the party of President Kennedy, the Peace Corps, greater relations with Latin America and the embodiment of what we envisioned America to be: fairness, inclusiveness and the collective hope of people seeking the American dream.
Due to political map redistricting New Jersey is now facing a contested election for the newly created 9th district between Democratic candidates Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman.
The purpose of this letter is to clarify some points in this debate as it pertains to the Latino community.
Bill Pascrell’s relationship with the Latino community is not new. We have a history that goes back to before he was Mayor of Paterson. We know him as a strong advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and as one of the original sponsors of the Dream Act.
We know of the work done in his district office, recognized for their exemplary, humane service, where people are treated with dignity, not as a case-number. We know of thousands of success stories and the majority of these are in favor of Latinos.
On the Ways and Means Committee he established himself as one of the leading Congressional voices on protecting Medicare and Social Security and has authored important legislation, signed by the President: Traumatic Brain Injury, the Campus Fire Safety Right to Know Act introduced in the wake of the deadly fire at Seton Hall University. Many of the students affected by this deadly fire were Latinos.
He is fighting to bring jobs back to America and received the endorsement of major unions, including the endorsement of our well-loved President Clinton who considers our Congressman to be, “the fighter we need to support President Obama.”
Let us be on the record. The Democratic Party is our party. We support Bill Pascrell because he’s the man who will best represent us in Washington against the wave of harsh Republican, Tea Party policies. Furthermore, we believe he has the genuine ideal of leaving our cities and in a small way our world a better place for the next generations.
It’s our time to fight for him. We urge everyone on June 5th to come out and vote for Bill Pascrell, the Latino community cannot afford to lose him!
Norberto Curitumai, Immigrant Rights Coalition, President
Edgar Mejia, MD, Kiddy Clinic
Juan Zuniga, Fiesta Club in Passaic
Maritza Davila, Community Leader
Danilo Inoa, Community Leader
Stella Bolano, Colombianos en Accion, Community Leader
Carlos Fernandez, Hijos y Amigos de Colombia, Community Leader
Javier Fernandez, Community Leader
Miguel Diaz, Community Leader
Clarisa Valerio, Community Leader/Businesswoman
Evelyn Sanchez, Community Leader
Luis Velez, Community Leader
Angel Laboy, Principal, Passaic
Jorge Mejia, Tierras Colombianas
Rosa Ortiz, Puerto Rican Council, President, Passaic,
Carlos Garcia, Bussinessman/Community Leader