- Eva Longoria Baston, Henry R. Muñoz III, and Rep. Joaquin Castro have announced Momento Latino to help Latino communities.
Eva Longoria Baston is joining the voices of influential Latinos speaking up to erase inequities that have made the impact of COVID-19 more devastating on Hispanics.
“[COVID-19] has disproportionately hurt Latinos in the U.S, affecting our community’s health, wealth, and education. This. Is. Not. Acceptable. It’s time we, as Latinos, stand up, come together, and take action!” shared the actor and philanthropist on social media. “That’s why I’m proud to say I’m joining #MomentoLatino, a movement dedicated to lifting our community’s voice and pushing for meaningful change. It’s up to all of us to help our Latinx brothers and sisters when the nation fails to do so. Now join us in this fight! Together, we can rally the Latino community and make our mighty voices heard.”
Democratic National Committee former finance chairman Henry R. Muñoz III and Rep. Joaquin Castro announced the new organization during a Zoom press conference and are joined by restauranteur José Andrés, and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels stars Jessica Garza and Jonathan Nieves.
Momento Latino will focus on issues affecting the Latino community which includes immigration, education, health care, economy, and voting rights.
Muñoz, who co-founded Latino Victory Project with Baston in 2014, said “Momento Latino is a group, a historic gathering of many of the thought leaders, the advocacy organizations around the country, the people who have been elected from our community to hold office at the local, state and national level, not only to speak truth to power, but to speak to ourselves, to have an opportunity to lead ourselves and create cultural understating. If there is ever a moment in the history of our country where cultural understanding and the healing and the recovery that could come out of cultural understanding, if there’s ever a moment when that is needed, it’s this moment.”
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that California alone, Latinos comprise 39% of the state’s population, but make up 55% of all people infected with COVID-19.