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  • (upbeat music)

  • - Hey guys, I Rocsi Diaz.

  • - And I'm Free Marie.

  • - And I'm Freddie,

  • and welcome to Cocoa Butter's Voting Special.

  • - The purpose of this show is to get each

  • and every one of you informed enough to get ready to vote.

  • - So what we're gonna do is we're gonna touch

  • on some really important issues that affects us both locally

  • and on a national level.

  • But before we get started,

  • what I wanna know is how amped up and ready are you guys

  • for all that we have in store for everybody.

  • - Freddie looks like she start to dance.

  • (laughing)

  • If I see people doing that dance at the voter lines,

  • I'm gonna crack up.

  • I'm super excited to get out and vote.

  • I have a mail-in voter registration,

  • and I can do the other way.

  • So I'm ready to either way,

  • and I think I'm gonna go out and do it.

  • 'Cause I wanna be there with the people

  • and feel the energy.

  • - Absolutely, I'm super excited to vote.

  • I vote every election that comes around.

  • So this is no different

  • but 2020 was a whole different beast.

  • So we all have to get out there

  • and I'm excited to get our audience informed.

  • - Yeah, I am just with you guys.

  • So I will be home filling in my ballot

  • and kind of making it like a pop quiz,

  • Googling everybody and then filling it out at the same time.

  • So that's gonna be my strategy,

  • but we're gonna teach everybody

  • about different strategies and what they could do

  • but first inform them, Free.

  • - That's right, in case you've been living

  • under a rock somewhere and don't know what's going on,

  • it's time for us to inform you.

  • On the Republican side, we have Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

  • Their policies include; clean energy,

  • protecting the right to bear arms,

  • and limiting international interference.

  • - And on the Democratic side is Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

  • Their policies include; universal childcare,

  • closing the racial wealth gap,

  • and more jobs for Americans.

  • We pretty much know what these candidates stand for,

  • but we're really here to get to the bottom

  • of what Black and Brown people need on a micro level.

  • - That's right, because what we're really looking

  • for is better employment, accessible healthcare.

  • And for Latinos especially,

  • we're looking for immigration right.

  • Not just Latinos, but immigrants in this country.

  • And I'm so glad that I have my friend,

  • the founder of She Se Puede and also This is About Humanity.

  • Elsa Collins is joining us right now

  • to talk about Black and Brown communities

  • and immigration rights.

  • I am so excited 'cause this woman is so powerful

  • and so informative.

  • when I heard that we were having this series I was like,

  • Elsa, I need Elsa right now.

  • So thank you so much for joining us, Elsa.

  • - Thank you for having me.

  • - So tell us a little bit about both your organizations.

  • - Yeah, amazing.

  • So I'm one of the co-founders of She Se Puede,

  • which is a new digital lifestyle community founded

  • by 10 amazing Latinas.

  • Including America Ferrera and Eva Longoria, Jess Morales,

  • Monica Ramirez, Stephanie Valencia,

  • Christy Haubegger, Alex Kondracke.

  • There are 10 of us involved and we really came together

  • and started looking around at our community and said.

  • What is out there for us that speaks to our needs,

  • our desires, our wishes,

  • and fully embraces who we can be as a community.

  • So that's really where She Se Puede was born.

  • And we're so excited to be in existence.

  • We're excited for people to be a part of this community,

  • like you Rocsi, thank you so much.

  • And really we're looking to empower Latinas

  • not just in their household,

  • but also in the community and to be civically engaged.

  • - So, can you tell us about this is about humanity

  • and what policy changes

  • that your organization can benefit from?

  • - Yeah, so this is about humanity.

  • I'm one of the co-founders of...

  • We were founded in 2018 in response

  • to the family separation crisis.

  • We were all seeing what everyone was seeing.

  • These children being separated from their parents,

  • hearing the recordings of them crying out for mama, papa.

  • It was a visceral reaction that I think all of us had.

  • I grew up on the border,

  • so I have a personal connection to what's happening.

  • And we just wanted to respond to raise awareness

  • about the issue

  • so that people could feel more comfortable talking about it.

  • A lot of times when people talk

  • about immigration or family separation,

  • they feel like it's complicated.

  • They're not really sure what's going on.

  • And so they don't feel comfortable speaking out

  • or speaking up on the issue.

  • So that's really what This is About Humanity

  • has as its mission.

  • And clearly what we would benefit from

  • is policies and decisions that respect the laws

  • of asylum that have existed in this country for many years.

  • So slowly we have been peeling back the ability

  • to seek asylum which it's a human right to seek asylum.

  • A lot of times people say like,

  • is that really the right way to come into this country?

  • But seeking asylum is one of those ways.

  • And so we wanna make sure

  • that we're respecting asylum laws

  • and that we're protecting individuals

  • who are seeking refuge.

  • - Yes, so we love the work that you all are doing

  • to make sure that people seeking asylum are protected.

  • So like sort of along those lines,

  • I'd love to chat with you to find out like

  • are there voters rights for undocumented residents?

  • - So people who are undocumented in this country

  • unfortunately don't have a right to vote.

  • So I wanna encourage everybody

  • who does have a right to vote,

  • to think about what that really means

  • and to vote for those who can't in this country.

  • So I'm relying on everyone who cares

  • about our undocumented brothers and sisters,

  • our dreamers, our DACA brothers and sisters,

  • to really vote on their behalf.

  • So that we can sure that we're protecting them,

  • and that we are putting people in positions of power

  • who have an idea about how to have a path to citizenship.

  • How to make positive immigration reform in this country.

  • So I think that's the message

  • I want everyone to walk away with.

  • Is if you're sort of on the fence about voting,

  • because you don't think that your life

  • is gonna change either way,

  • know that someone else's life is gonna change in a big way.

  • - And I wanted to follow up with that.

  • I know with She Se Puede and your organizations,

  • we do focus a lot on Latin immigration,

  • but it is all immigration in this country.

  • I always tell the story of how I came to this country

  • as an immigrant and when I did seek my citizenship.

  • When I got sworn In, it wasn't just Latinos.

  • It's Asians, African, Indonesians, Caribbean.

  • So when you think about who you're voting for,

  • and even though you may have the right

  • but that next person doesn't,

  • what kind of things do you like to arm voters with

  • before they go on poll?

  • One of my favorite things that you say is,

  • if you have a take home test,

  • take it home and study it and fill it in

  • while you're voting.

  • - Think about an election as a job performance review.

  • We all get job performance reviews.

  • And when you do well, you get a thumbs up.

  • And when you don't do well,

  • well, some not good things happen.

  • So an election is an opportunity

  • to give a performance review for those that are in power.

  • So we wanna make sure that we're studying

  • and we know the issues,

  • we know how they voted,

  • we know their positions on the things that matter to us.

  • Because we're about to give them a job review.

  • - We love you, we love your organization.

  • And keep on fighting for us, girl power.

  • We love it, thank you.

  • - Every year it's important to vote,

  • but this is one of the most important time to vote

  • in our lifetime.

  • Between the pandemic, the ongoing protests and detentions

  • being at an all time high.

  • The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor

  • and Ahmaud Arbery were clearly a call

  • for immediate police reform.

  • - Absolutely, Free.

  • And our next guest is using his power to enact change.

  • You know him from Amazon's hit show "The Boys."

  • Please welcome Laz Alonso.

  • Laz, thank you so much for being here.

  • - My pleasure, thank you for having me.

  • How y'all doing?

  • - We're good.

  • Freddie, that's Laz.

  • - Hey Laz.

  • (laughing)

  • - Freddie.

  • - There it is, we was waiting for it.

  • - It's a pleasure to meet you Freddie.

  • (laughing)

  • - [Rocsi] Come on Freddie.

  • - Alright, so how are you using your celebrity

  • to help push forward the Afro-Latino agenda?

  • - So I really don't look at it as using celebrity.

  • I feel like it's really about using humanity.

  • I happen to have a platform,

  • I happen to have a group of people

  • that have supported my career from day one.

  • And so now when the tables are turned and they need support

  • because there are injustices happening all around us,

  • it will behove me to do the same that they have done

  • for me for all these years.

  • 'Cause I wouldn't be here if it wasn't

  • for a very loyal fan base

  • that's been there with me through my highs and my lows.

  • So how do I use it to amplify their voices?

  • I'm not on the front lines.

  • There are other people who live

  • this battle every single day.

  • And I feel like as a "celebrity,"

  • it would be disingenuous to try to step on out

  • in the front lines and grab a megaphone

  • and try to act like this is my fight.

  • No, this is our fight.

  • And there are leaders that are doing this morning to night.

  • Who are educated with the day to day battles

  • that they're facing,

  • representing the community and it's activism.

  • And it's up to us to use our platform

  • to amplify their voices,

  • not try to come in and because I'm a celebrity now,

  • let me just come up with something and wing it.

  • It's not how it works.

  • - And there's one thing that I know about you Laz

  • is you're a huge news buff.

  • You're always watching the news,

  • you're always staying up to date

  • with what's going on in the world.

  • And what I'm curious to know,

  • with everything that we see in the news and with COVID,

  • we see so much police brutality.

  • How much do you think that's actually

  • going to affect people going out to the polls and voting

  • and just voting in general,

  • especially our Black and Brown community.