Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles (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.