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Latino voices heard on Election Day

To the editor:

Four years ago, when Barack Obama became our president, I wrote my first letter to the Gazette. His victory gave me the courage to voice my opinion about the election and its significance. He inspired me to take risks, to speak my truth and to believe that my voice was important.

On Nov. 6, I was proud of his victory again. This time I was also proud of the role of the Latino voters in his re-election. It was obvious that the Latino participation on Election Day was founded in President Obama’s inclusive approach displayed throughout his political campaign. It was also based on Latinos’ understanding that their voices were as important and powerful as any other voices on this election. Many Latinos saw the results of their own abilities to mobilize, participate and collaborate. They were able to generate, construct and make significant changes to the makeup of our political system. An important lesson was learned about our political structures on Election Day: Latinos can’t be ignored any longer.

For me it was a confirmation that our voices can also speak the truth, take risks and make changes. It is my hope that we can learn from President Obama’s inclusive approach and that other institutions such as schools, hospitals, universities and houses of worships, take notice of the needs and contributions of the many Latinos in our areas.

Ana Encarnacion

Easthampton

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