ATLANTA — Tania Unzueta, Policy Director of Mijente, the grassroots organizing hub for Stacey Abrams’ outreach to the Latinx community in Georgia, released the following statement about the arrests made at the Georgia Capitol today after a protest to ensure the Board of Elections count every vote. Mijente Support Committee is there on the ground with Black Lives Matter, New Georgia Project, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, and Southerners On New Ground in a protest at the Georgia State Capitol that started at 1pm today and has continued while several people have been arrested.
“Georgia is well-known for some of the worst voter suppression efforts in the country, and today’s arrests of peaceful protestors are a prime example of this extreme intimidation of people of color. Georgia authorities are clearly and aggressively suppressing the community’s right to protest in the people’s own Capitol building. We have been working with 300,000 members of the Latinx community to defend our families from Kemp’s divisive hate speech directed at innocent Georgians, and we will not be silenced as we demand that the Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden and Board of Elections count every vote before certifying the election.
The Georgia Secretary of State and Board of Elections have absolutely no right to deny millions of Georgians their right to vote by declaring victory for Brian Kemp —a man that has dedicated his career as Secretary of State to disenfranchising millions— before every ballot is counted. With each and every racist robocall and attempted smears at Democrats for cyber misconduct, Kemp demonstrates that he is unfit to govern our community, and the Secretary of State and Board of Elections are now proving itself a willing participant in the voter suppression of millions of people.”
Mijente is a political, digital, and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing and movement building. Launched in 2015, Mijente seeks to strengthen and increase the participation of Latina/o people in the broader movements for racial, economic, climate and gender justice. @conmijente @gente4abrams