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Leave it to the young, and the Latino to create change.

As the country and the Uvalde community struggles to understand the massacre of 19 children and two teachers in one of the nation’s worst mass school shootings, the North Texas Youth Chapter of the Nation’s Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization is sending a message that echoes in Texas, Colorado and across the nation: “Go to the Polls and Help Us Reach Adulthood.”

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is staging a community VIGIL at Dallas City Hall at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The event honors the 21 students and two teachers who lost their lives last week at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The LULAC has set up a donation fund to help the Uvalde families: https://lulac.org/uvaldefund/

They are also soliciting the help of adult voter registrants to help register those in attendance at the Wednesday night vigil, with the goal is to make them eligible to vote in the November 8 election.

The focus is to have an impact on the shaping of gun laws that can help reduce the violence and the devastation of school mass shootings that are taking the lives of children.

After charges by the right-wing that the students were politicizing the shootings, the LULAC State Director Rodolfo Rosales Jr. responded saying, “We are calling for action by our elected leaders to seize this moment and demand reforms in our gun laws in Texas. The time for partisan bickering is over, and the blood of these innocent victims cries out for Texans to come together on this issue. No 18-year-old needs to get their hands on a semi-automatic military-style weapon. That is just plain insane. Texas LULAC favors the minimum age to be at least 21-years-old. Also, universal background checks should be mandatory to sift out people whose history or behavior disqualifies them from purchasing or possessing a firearm.”

“We are not yet eligible to vote, but we can encourage those who can to do so,” said Briana Garcia, Texas LULAC State Director for Youth. “I know we can make a change, and we need adults to help us. This is so that not only I can be safe in school, but so can my siblings, my friends, their brothers and sisters, and your kids too. We are important to our society because we will become active adults in our state when we grow up. As members of LULAC, it is our responsibility to advocate and get the word out to our community. We need to bring attention to issues of gun control and voting.”

“Voting is our right, and we demand elected officials pass laws on the things that affect us and others,” added Garcia, in a statement that echoed the youth leaders from the Parkland, Florida school shooting. “We may be young and not have the right to vote yet, but David was also young in the Bible. Yet, he slew the giant and conquered the enemy. We can prevail too. In our time, these gun issues and these bad politicians are our giants. We will not stop. The youth are the future, and we want change — so we will make it happen. We want the opportunity to grow up to become adults and be productive. Allow us that chance,” added Garcia.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic and Latino civil rights organization, established in 1929 in Texas. Now headquartered in Washington, D.C., it has 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. The LULAC Council 4782 is hosting and supporting these young adults for their vigil.

The LULAC team is traveling in a newly wrapped bus (“Go to the Polls and Help Us Reach Adulthood”), donated by LULAC National President Domingo García. Each weekend, the bus will travel throughout Texas to register new voters up until election day. Most of the shooting victims were of Latino or of Hispanic heritage. To help the Uvalde families, donate here: https://lulac.org/uvaldefund/