Dear Latinos, on behalf of the board of the International Association of Latino Nurse Faculty we would like to share our thoughts about our responsibility towards the upcoming election.
LATINOS TAKING CHARGE AND VOTING
This is a message from one Latina to other Latinos. It’s an important time to make decisions about whether or not, we as Latinos, are going to play a major role in this coming election. Voting is not only a privilege but a responsibility. We have the power to place into office those politicians who are sensitive to our needs. If we relinquish our vote, then we lose the ability to express concern for politicians making decisions that we believe are not appropriate. Our right to voice our concerns, views, beliefs are forfeited if we do not take the time to vote.
We are the fastest growing minority population and because of this we have the privilege of making an impact on this election. On November 3, 2020 we have the opportunity to take charge of who become the leaders of our country and states. “Are we going to do that? Yes, of course we will!” We all know that the only way we can make change is by voting. Take someone with you to vote – a friend or relative, or another nurse. Our voices count only if we get to the voting booths. Know which candidates have shown conviction and commitment to the problems that some Latinos face, such as being uninsured, unemployed, and uneducated. Which candidates will help eliminate the health disparities encountered? Who will help our undocumented immigrants? I say, “Let us, as Latinos, show that we are responsible, concerned citizens by voting and making an impact in this year’s election. Let us rise to the occasion and show our country that WE DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.”
Norma Martínez Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN
International Association of Latino Nurse Faculty
At these challenging times, we worry about COVID19 and send our prayers for strength and protection to all the frontline heroes who go to work everyday to care for those who are ill. We pray for the recovery of those infected and that people continue to be cautious to prevent spread. Remember and please remind your family and friends that social distancing is one of the major ways we will survive this pandemic. Tell them to follow the rules. Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, wipe house down as much as possible, and stay home. We mourn and pray for those who lost their loved ones to the battle. The IALNF is praying that this pandemic does not last long with us. We thank God for the news of people winning the fight towards recovery. Juntos Podemos Ganar!!
Pictured below: UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing Yazmin Gamez (left) and Talice Nieto-Melendez (right). They are volunteering at COVID-19 screening station #11 at the Greehey Academic and Research Campus (Greehey CCRI).
Pictured below: UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing Students. Brandy Martinez (left), and Randi Ramirez (right) volunteering at COVID-19 screening station #8 at the UT Health Dental School entrance.