It is a widely held belief by both major political parties that Hispanic voters have the potential to decide who will win the 2012 presidential election in November.
The big question is will the “potential” translate into actual votes at the polls?
Most political observers believe that if Hispanics vote according to the number of potential voters that they represent, then President Obama has a very good chance of winning reelection. The President enjoys a double digit lead with Hispanic voters over Republican Mitt Romney.
But for that to happen, it is the hard work of grassroots organizations that will help to generate excitement and voter participation on November 6.
In Odessa, several organizations are working together to make sure that voters get motivated, and will hold a campaign style event for the reelection of President Obama on August 4.
The event is being organized by Una Voz Unida of Odessa in collaboration with Organizing for America and African Americans for Obama.
It is being billed as a “community picnic” and state Democratic leaders from throughout Texas have been invited. Local Democratic leaders from the Odessa area will also attend.
Art Leal, President of Una Voz Unida told El Editor that, “The Latinos for Obama Community picnic is an opportunity for (the) community to join in solidarity in one united voice in support of our President’s. With Latinos, Chicanos, Hispanos, and Mexican-American’s being once again the deciding voice, our vote matters more than ever. We face many issues as a community like Healthcare, the Economy, and Immigration. Right now, Obama is best fitted for tackling these issues. We must stay united until November and let our voice be heard.”
The event is scheduled for August 4 with a 3PM start at Floyd Gwin Park Pavillion in Odessa with free hamburgers and hot dogs. All persons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Leal is also asking that people confirm their attendance through their Facebook page if possible, or at so that organizers might get a food head count. You can also send and email to or call 432.349.1280
Leal encourages everybody to attend and said that “All are welcome to attend in solidarity”.