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  • Writer's pictureAlex Sánchez

Thank you for a great year

Updated: Dec 20, 2021

Thanks to your support, we are off to a great start putting Voces Unidas Action Fund on the frontlines of preserving and growing Latinos’ influence at the local and state levels in our inaugural year.

Here are some highlights from 2021:

  • Voces Unidas AF released its first legislative scorecard, with Representatives Julie McCluskie and Dylan Roberts and Senator Kerry Donovan being named our 2021 Local Legislative Champions;

  • We joined partner organizations to release the Racial Justice Voter Guide, opposing all three statewide ballot initiatives;

  • Our endorsement and support of three local candidates for school board resulted in two champions winning their seats and beating opponents with extremist ideology;

  • We endorsed and supported a local school district mill levy, which won with unprecedented voter support;

  • Voces Unidas AF leaders also met and endorsed Senator Michael Bennet for reelection in 2022.

  • We added Alex Galeana and other consultants from Strategies 360 to help support and execute our year-round electoral programs in 2021 and 2022; and

  • Last, but not least, we also engaged Tonette Salazar and Emma Bliesener with Strategies 360 as our lobbyists to ensure that our community-informed legislative agenda is carried out at the State Capitol in 2022 and beyond.

With your support, Voces Unidas AF has proven itself as a pioneer and a model for rural Colorado of how to build Latino-led political infrastructure. We are now a family of organizations, from our C3 to the C4 to the additions of Voces Unidas Small Donor Committee and Voces Unidas Victory Fund — all critical to the success we saw in the 2021 and in preparation for 2022, 2024 and beyond. Long-term, this robust infrastructure allows Voces Unidas AF to bring voices from the mountain region to Denver to directly inform and influence policy discussions. It allows us to take the next steps initiated by the important role Voces Unidas played in the redistricting process this year, which led to the development of new political districts in our region. With those new districts now in place, Voces Unidas AF will work tirelessly to ensure Latinos have strong champions in place fighting for the issues that are important to us with a focus on house districts 13, 26 and 57 as well as senate districts 5 and 8. These legislative districts are in either CD3 and CD2, also critical to the larger goal of making Congress work for Latinos in the central mountain region.

Having political power means being able to exercise our voice and agency to lead change in our communities. It is essential to having full access to opportunity. Your support of the Action Fund in 2021 helped us grow our community's political power and influence the civic and political systems that are key to making our valleys more equitable. With gratitude, --Alex Sánchez President and CEO

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