Actresses Natalie Portman and America Ferrera today visited two schools in Phoenix, Arizona (USA), to promote the vote of young people because they consider that they are the ones who “can make a difference in the nation” during the elections of 6 November.
“I want to encourage young Latinos to be light, to use their power and energy in what they are doing to change the direction of the nation, so that (it) has a better path,” said the Israeli-American Portman before dozens of students of North High School, school of a predominantly Latin zone.
For her part, Ferrera, born in Los Angeles, California, of Honduran parents, told her story as the daughter of immigrants and spoke about the challenges she had to face due to this condition.
“When we decided to unite for a cause we created a movement that generates a change, that’s why the importance of voting”, commented the young woman who rose to fame in 2006 for her performance in the US series “Ugly Betty”, inspired by the Colombian ” I am Betty the Ugly one”.
Although this time did not touch political issues, Portman, winner of an Oscar in 2010 for his role in the film “Black Swan”, is recognized for his support of the Democratic Party.
First, he supported the campaign of former President Barack Obama and then Hillary Clinton, encouraging women to register to vote.
“We did not talk about political parties, but about the power of the young people in Arizona to achieve change, they encouraged them to recognize their power and not give up,” said Abril Gallardo, representative of the LUCHA group, which organizes the “We Are More” campaign.
The students also shared their stories with the actresses. Many assured that they will vote for the first time.
“It’s important that these types of celebrities come because they have a very representative platform that they can use to vote in. Young people and fans of these actresses really feel inspired to vote,” added Gallardo.
During the event, María Teresa Kumar, president of the Voto Latino organization, also gave a message about the power of Latino voters and how they can generate an alternation in power.
Through the “Somos Más” campaign, which promotes voting among young people, Voto Latino and LUCHA organizations came together to bring to Arizona personalities that can inspire Hispanics to exercise their suffrage during legislative elections and for governors.
On Tuesday they counted on the presence of activist Dolores Huerta and Senator Bernie Sanders.
Portman also met with Ferrera today at the LUCHA facilities with community leaders who have been working to promote the Latino vote.