Los Angeles Deserves Multi-Lingual Debates

Consider the following –  by time March 5th rolls around we will have seen more than 30 mayoral debates. All of them in English. Not only that, but it is projected that less than 20% of the electorate  will turn out. Does that seem like the type of election one of the most diverse and innovative cities in the country should have?
Emanuel Alberto Pleitez, candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, is asking the city, its people, and all other mayoral candidates to join him in an effort to host the first ever Spanish-dominant debate.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVZc5Vw_hVg&w=640&h=360]
The numbers below explain why the city of Los Angeles and its people are owed a Spanish-speaking debate as a way to open the doors for other multi-lingual forums to take place:
  • 49% are Latino
  • 75% of LAUSD students are Latino
  • 39% are foreign-born
  • Almost 60% speak a language other than English at home
  • Less than 10% speak only English
  • 20% speak an Asian, Pacific Islander, or European languages

Local politics are about serving the community’s needs and meeting people where they are at – but LA’s leadership has not done its job to promote this line of thought. More importantly, language should not prevent someone from receiving proper information about his or her city’s leadership.

Also, every mayoral candidate deserves to have his or her message communicated in a that the people he or she will serve can understand.

In addition to making history in LA’s political landscape, a Spanish-speaking debate will engage voters who traditionally don’t take part in political dialogue and move the voter-turnout dial from the abysmal 20% to a more acceptable number.

Through technology and interpreters, this game-changing event is not only possible but flat out easy to execute.

Take action now: sign the petition asking the city to host Los Angeles’ first ever Spanish language debate and asking City Councilwoman Jan Perry, City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Councilman Eric Garcetti, and conservative radio personality Kevin James to join in.


Vea el video en español en http://youtu.be/GBQ4EtGMxgY

Blog written by staff for the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor 2013 campaign.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is a progressive Los Angeles native, he’s committed to uniting, serving, and inspiring his community. Son of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants, and experienced in the private and public sector, he hopes to re-energize Los Angeles with a grassroots campaign the likes of which the city has never seen before.

Paid for by Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor 2013, 1972 E Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles CA 90033. Additional information is available at ethics.lacity.org.

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