Latino Victory Project is a movement that is helping unite Latinos and getting the conversation started about the issues that affect this community. This upcoming election is very important, especially since Latinos are the biggest minority. Last night, the Latino Victory Project hosted an event called Latino Talks where Eva Longoria, Alex González and Fher Olvera from Maná, and Diane Guerrero from Orange is the New Black, among others talked about their personal experiences.
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The event was streamed on Facebook and Twitter and for most millennial’s, which is the largest group within the Latino community; this is how they receive their news. The average age of Latinos living in the U.S. is 27 years of age and events like these help organize people and talk about the important issues, such as immigration.
Eva Longoria hosted the event and she shared a story about living in Texas and so close to the border. “We used to cross over to Mexico all the time, we would go to lunch, buy medicine, and even a quinceañera dress,” she says. It only cost 35 cents to cross and all you had to do was say that you were an American Citizen. One time she saw a line of people and she asked her dad why all those people couldn’t just say the magic words (American Citizen) and he said because “we’re lucky, we were born on this side of the country.” She didn’t even realize she was different until she made it to the white part of Texas where school lunches consisted of Pop Tarts and not bean tacos, which is what she was accustomed to eating.