Community support for Emanuel grows …

Former CD-14 City Council candidate and former Wilson High School teacher Zeke Quezada posted on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune political blog about the attempts of Gil Cedillo to attack Emanuel’s good name and background.

“I can only imagine that Cedillo is concerned with the fact that a prominent, intelligent and highly respected young professional is mobilizing the people in his community. Pleitez is an example of the talent that is hidden in our neighborhoods, in our inner city schools and in our culture. Don’t knock him, support him. The problem with Cedillo is that he is out of touch and does not understand that a new generation of leaders are emerging. Tell me my kid is going to attend Stanford, tell me my kid is going to work at Goldman, Sachs and then tell me my son will work with an incoming President of the United States. As a father of two young boys, I can only hope for that. That is success, that is the definition of a proper role model for the community. Sit down old man, you are the definition of a politician and the community needs leaders.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

-The Pleitez Team

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Drinking coffee and talking policy

One of the most effective ways of campaigning that we’ve found is simply talking with voters (imagine that), and one of the best ways we’ve been able to do that is through house meetings that our supporters put together for their neighbors and friends. Here, Emanuel talks with voters about anything and everything over a few cups of coffee.

Below, we’ll give you a sneak peek inside these house meetings.

A message from Mom

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we shared a special message from Emanuel’s mom, Isabel Bravo, with our supporters and voters in the District. So far we’ve had a flood of positive feedback from people who’ve watched the touching video. We also sent a special letter to moms in our District, signed by mothers and women leaders in the community who support Emanuel. As a result, we’ve already had a new volunteer come into the office to join our team! Watch Isabel reminisce and explain why she thinks Emanuel should be our next Congressman (it’s not just because she’s his mom).

Emanuel marches for May Day

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Emanuel Pleitez joined thousands to march in the streets of downtown Los Angeles today in support of immigrant rights and in celebration of organized labor and May Day. The air was infused with persistent optimism as marchers rallied around the well known call of “Si se puede!” and the newer chant, “Obama escucha, estamos en la lucha!”

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Emanuel joined the march right after appearing on CNN en Espanol to speak in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for all immigrants. At the march, members of numerous labor groups and immigrant organizations gathered at the Broadway and Olympic Boulevard and kicked off the march with live music and speeches to rally the crowd. Emanuel spoke to numerous participants and members of the media about his personal story as the son of an immigrant who came to the Unites States to give her children a better life.

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Emanuel had the chance to talk with educators and students about the DREAM Act, which would help undocumented young people get a legal status so they can apply for federal aid to go to college. He also had the opportunity to hear from workers about their struggles during the recession.

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When the march got underway, Emanuel lead the way along with immigrant rights activists like Juan Jose Gutierrez, director of Movimientos Latinos USA.

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