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Dare to DREAM in the NorthCoast, elsewhere

Published March 2, 2012

US Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo, District 9) and US Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland, District 10) have both performed admirably well in their respective Congressional districts—Marcy since 1983 and Dennis since 1997. But District 9 has been re-shaped by the 2010 Census and Ohio legislators, into a 100 mile snake-like behemoth, bordering Ohio’s NorthCoast of Lake Erie, connecting portions of Toledo and Cleveland.

It is regrettable that they are pitted against each other, former friends but now foes. 

Dennis Kucinich

With such able representation from Ms. Kaptur and Mr. Kucinich, it is difficult to determine who would best serve the interests of Latinos in this nascent district. Candidate Graham Veysey has conducted a remarkable campaign but he lacks the Congressional experiences of Kaptur and Kucinich and is not being considered for an endorsement at this time, but we urge Mr. Veysey to continue his involvement in the political process.

The deciding factor in La Prensa’s opinion is the DREAM Act and therefore La Prensa urges its readers to vote for Congressman Dennis Kucinich to represent them in the 9th District.

Championing many Latino and minority causes for almost thirty years, La Prensa was shocked when Congresswoman Kaptur voted against the DREAM Act in December of 2010 [Updated version, HR 5281, Development, Relief, Education for Alien Minors Act]. The DREAM Act is all about Education, our Youth, and Immigrants who desire a bite of the “American-Dream” apple.  It is all about diversity, fairness, and due process.

The DREAMers were young children when their parents came to the United States and they should not be punished for their parents’ lack of finesse in either immigrating to the United States or staying without visas. Most left their countries of origin because of the harmful effects of NAFTA [The North American Free Trade Agreement], as ably predicted by Congresswoman Kaptur in 1994.   

But La Prensa takes it to the next level—to vote against any Congressional representative who voted against the DREAM Act.  In Ohio’s NorthCoast areas, La Prensa urges its readers to vote for Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge—who voted for the DREAM Act—in the District 11 Democratic primary. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-District 13) and Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-District 16) –who voted for the DREAM Act—are unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 6, but consideration should be given them in the general election in November.

Latinos and Latino-supporters often complain about over 50 percent of Latino students dropping out of high school and higher education. The provisions of the DREAM Act will help remedy this severe drop-out dilemma and further aid the nation in developing an able, educated work force or military. Our Latino leaders often host seminars and workshops for our Latino Youth and what do they tell los jovenes?—Education is the key to success, get an education, and dare to dream!

A vote for Congressman Dennis Kucinich is a vote for Latino education, our Latino youth, diversity, and the DREAM Act—should we dare to dream, comparable to the dream shared by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and our brothers? The decision is yours!

¡Hasta la Victoria! ¡Adelante con el DREAM Act! ¡Tu Voz es tu Voto!


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