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VOTER REGISTRATION AND GET OUT THE VOTE WITH ANAHUAK YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2005

The City Project worked with Raul Macías and the Anahuak Youth Soccer Association to educate and register voters and conduct Get Out The Vote drives for the May 17, 2005, Los Angeles election.

What do soccer, voter registration, and democracy have in common? Soccer and voter registration are organizing tools to bring people together to create the kind of community where we want to live and raise children. New Latino immigrants in the United States do not organize politically. They first organize soccer leagues, as documented by Juan Gonzalez in his book Harvest of Empire. Using skills learned in bringing people together, they then go on to organize politically. This is what we are doing with Raul Macías and the families and friends of the 1,500 children in the Anahuak Youth Soccer Association. Anahuak builds athletics, academics, and leadership in inner city youth through green fields and soccer teams. We are diversifying democracy from the ground up to seek equal justice and livability for all. We are making real improvements in people’s lives, showing people a sense of their own power, and altering the relations of power.

This voter registration and get out the vote drive extends The City Project’s work with Election Protection in the fall of 2004.