NCLR has a new campaign that was launched about a week and a half ago urging members of Congress and other elected officials to show a level of respect for the Latino community. This campaign comes in light of recent comments by Kansas state representative Virgil Peck about shooting undocumented immigrants and the continued hysteria about the immigration issue. NCLR has teamed up with the band Ozomotli for this campaign asking members of Congress to sign onto the pledge for respect and more meaningful dialogue. When the campaign was launched on March 10, only seven members of Congress had signed on, and only three of those were members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
Frankly, I think that this campaign launch would have had a bigger impact if all members of the CHC had signed on before issuing a press release. Also, I wonder how much Ozomotli resonates with people. Many reliable Latino voters (meaning those who are older) probably don’t listen to Ozomotli, and even among the younger crowd, I don’t think that the group is as popular as say Pitbull or even Shakira, but I guess there is hipness factor in having a band ask for respect instead of La gran jefa Janet Murguia.
Here’s the youtube announcement. Check it out and let us know what you think:
In some ways, I think that this campaign is too little too late. Why are we only asking for respect now? This could have easily been launched when Arizona Governor Brewer was talking about beheadings last year. But I think that this effort is better than nothing, and I do hope that the campaign has a positive impact. You can ask your member of Congress to sign on here.