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Our jaws hit the floor today when we saw this piece from the Maddow blog:

Pablo Pantoja, up until fairly recently, has served as the state director of Florida Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Committee. Yesterday, he became a Democrat and made a contribution to the ACLU.

It’s worth going to the source to read Pantoja in his own words.  Here’s my favorite part:

When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose in what makes America great and the progress made in society.

More and more I am hearing Latinos speak up about our political responsibility.  And while I think Pantoja has made the best decision – the current incarnation of the GOP is never going to engage Latinos as full participants in American society – I also feel very strongly a thoughtful opposition is a sign of a healthy, functioning democracy.

 

The Florida Nation: RNC FL Hispanic Director is Now a Democrat

Maddow Blog: RNC Outreach Efforts Take Another Step Backwards

 

 

 

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Heidi Hernandez Gatty is the Principal at Small Brown Girl Consulting where her practice focuses on issues of Art & Social Justice, Economic Justice, and Democratic Participation. Through her practice, she helps individuals and communities manifest their visions into tangible realities.

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