The 2010 census should be the moment of truth. The Hispanic population in the United States is growing at a fast pace, and Hispanics are now the largest minority group in the US. With such a high population, Hispanics can and should become a very powerful force in this country's political discourse. However, the exact effect seems to be happening. Because Hispanics are so diverse, we are unorganized. As a result, we now have many state and federal politicians openly trashing Hispanics, passing laws to discriminate against us, and generally treating us as second rate citizens. This needs to end now.
Politicano was started to organize and educate the Hispanic community in the United States, in an effort to increase their political discourse and engagement. Whether it be through grass roots efforts, supporting Hispanic friendly politicians (and highlighting anti-Hispanic pols) or requiring the government to focus on the Hispanic community, Politicano believes that an informed and united Hispanic coalition can accomplish any goal that we seek.
We aren't altruistic. We understand that the Hispanics that comprise the United States each have different goals, legal status, and needs. However, as a fractioned unit, Hispanics of different backgrounds are not going to resolve anything; our power can only be exerted if we are able to combine forces and push our combined agenda, vote in unison, and, to put it bluntly, flex our muscles.
The news always refers to Hispanics as the sleeping giant. Despite this perceived power, politicians are still treating us like garbage. The failure of the DREAM Act's passage is just one example. No more- the next election is just around the corner, and we must make an impact.
Politicano aims to promote and highlight news, politics, politicians and proposed legislation, whether on a local or national scale that can have an impact on the lives of Hispanic Americans, both good or bad. Participation and organization is key, so if you can help spread the word and our message, we can accomplish a whole lot more!