Message from SVREP President Antonio Gonzalez

Chef Jorge Chan/El Rocoto wins Premio Cua in 6th Annual de Sabor de las Américas SVREP Latino Vote 40 for 40 Campaign.

July 17th, Los Angeles, CA - The Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), the largest and oldest non-partisan Latino voter participation organization in the United States, hosted its 40th Anniversary Dinner on July 17, 2014 before 250 donors and supporters at the LA River Center in Los Angeles.

Chef Jorge Chan of Rocoto won the Premio Cua for 2014, $2,500, and SVREP’s catering for a year. Chef Chan and his team won for the 2nd year in a row edging out their competitors -finalists “Gloria’s” and “Yoli’s Mexican Kitchen”. The panel of judges and attendees of the benefit were proud to recognize this talented Peruvian Chef.

Taste of the Americas marks the start of the final stretch of SVREPs grassroots mobilization throughout targeted states in a nonpartisan voter registration effort to increase the Latino electoral participation elections. This SVREP campaign is joined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of volunteers who will reach out to Latino voters in Colorado, California, Georgia, Florida, and Texas this summer and fall.

The 40th anniversary benefit was honored by the appearance of the incoming President Pro Tem of the California Senate Kevin De Leon –a historic first, as well as the man who may very well be the first Latino Secretary of State in my then a century Senator Alex Padilla

"As SVREP celebrates its 40th anniversary, we launch the Latino Vote 40-for-40 plan to empower the Latino community," said Antonio González, SVREP President. Over the years SVREP has led the way in growing the Latino vote from 2 million to 14 million, now we redouble our efforts to mobilize Latinos to translate this still-growing power into meaningful change by programming in SVREP 40-for-40 communities thru 2017", Gonzalez continued.

"Through 40-for-40 SVREP will contact 250,000 Latino Voters for the 2014 General Elections in 40 communities across the US. In coming weeks we will announce further campaigns touching other segments of the community. Stay tuned," said Lydia Camarillo, SVREP Vice President.

Hosted by LA Celebrity Raq-C, Host of NUVO-TV’s El Colectivo Sabor de las Americas took place at the magical LA River Center and Gardens nestled in Cypress Park at the LA River Center. The weather was a perfect ally to this outdoors garden-style event of great food, music, and good company. Dozens of Latino Elected Officials including Senator Alex Padilla, Senator Kevin de Leon and Mayor of City of Bell Nestor Valencia, Mayor of Downey Fernando Vasquez, Santa Monica City Council Tony Vasquez, City of Artesia Miguel Canales, City of El Monte Victoria Martinez and School Board Pres Reyna Diaz, and Santa Monica School Board Maria Vasquez, Board Trustee Adam Carranza joined the food tasting