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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 13, 2006

Contact: Antonio Gonzalez (323) 222-2217

Statement from William C. Velasquez Institute President Antonio González Regarding the Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act

Today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives passing the Reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act is an important step to safeguarding the right to vote for all citizens of these United States . Further, the resounding bipartisan defeat of many divisive amendments that threatened the effectiveness of this historical piece of legislation sends a strong signal that a few obstructionist legislators cannot threaten or diminish a citizen’s Constitutional right to vote.

The William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI) will continue to urge leaders to pass a strong Voting Rights Act as the renewal effort now moves to the United States Senate. Additionally, WCVI will continue to promote strong voter protections and participation by devoting an entire day at the National Latino Congreso, to be held on September 6 th-10 th, 2006 in Los Angeles , California in conjunction with a host of other organizations.

For more information, please visit www.latinocongreso.org

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The William C. Velásquez Institute (WCVI) is a tax-exempt, non-profit, non-partisan organization chartered in 1985. The purpose of WCVI is to conduct research aimed at improving the level of political and economic participation in Latino and other underrepresented communities. Chartered in 1985, the William C. Velasquez Institute is a nonpartisan, non-profit, Latino-oriented research and policy think tank with offices in San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, California .

 

 

 

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