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Latino Voter Registration Drive Announcement, Association of Neighbors Concerned for Latino Advancement (ANCLA) c. 1997

Latino Heritage Month Voter Registration Drive by ANCLA

Latino Heritage Month Voter Registration Drive by ANCLA

Onondaga Historical Association, OHA_B5_307
 
Document Description
Press Release announcing a Voter Registration Drive during Latino Heritage Month, from the Association of Neighbors Concerned for Latino Advancement (ANCLA), ca. 1997.
 
Questions
What event are ANCLA and the SAL sponsoring?
In how many locations is this being offered?  Why do you think there are different locations?
What is canvassing? Why is it important?
What other group will be helping the Latino community?
According to the document, why is it important for Latinos to vote?
 
Historical Challenges
What role did the Latino vote have in the 2004 presidential election? Research this question using some of the Resources listed below, and create a graph showing both the potential political power of Latinos in the U.S. and why presidential candidates should take Latino issues seriously.
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: Compare population statistics with the number of Latino representatives in Congress. If representation existed in proportion to the population, what would be the expected number of Latinos serving in Congress? Create a graph depicting this statistical information.
 
Resources
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/legacies/syrlatino/questionsintro.shtml, New York State Archives Legacies Project, “An Anchor for Latino Grassroots Political Activity in Syracuse.” A document-based activity on the work of the ANCLA organization. Also check this site’s link to the history of Latinos in Syracuse for further information on the organization.
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/reference/hisref.htm, New York State Library. "Selected Hispanic and Latino Websites."
http://www.latinosvote.com, LatinosVote.Com. Check out the “Latinos in Congress” link to find the current number of Latino representatives in Congress.
http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hispanic.html, U.S. Census, “Hispanic Population of the United States”
Jorge Ramos. The Latino Wave: How Hispanics Are Transforming Politics in America. New York: Rayo, 2005.
 

Historical Context
In 1989, the Latino population of Syracuse, New York was growing rapidly. The Spanish Action League (SAL) had been organized in 1969 to help the Spanish-speaking population of the city with social services and assistance in the crucial areas of housing, employment, education, and family services. By the late 1980s, the organization was overwhelmed with direct service needs and had little time to work toward political changes that would help the Latino community move forward. As a result of attending Father Robert Chryst’s Hispanic Forum luncheons and the New York State Assembly Somos Uno conference in 1989, a group of people formed the Association of Neighbors Concerned for Latino Advancement (ANCLA). The grassroots organization has been involved in a number of projects that strengthen and promote the health of the Latino community. Voter registration drives are one of their goals to increase the voice of the community.
 
Essential Question
How do immigrant populations influence politics?
 
Check for Understanding
Identify the purpose of the poster and evaluate the significance of this document in encouraging civic participation by new immigrants.