Latino stars took a stand at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week.
Some familiar faces in the Obama campaign made appearances in support of the President’s re-election bid. Cuban-American talk show host Cristina Saralegui and actress Eva Longoria both addressed the crowd, urging voters to choose Obama in November and criticizing some of Governor Mitt Romney’s policies.
“We face a choice this election,” Longoria told the audience. “President Obama is fighting for changes that grow the economy from the middle out and help all Americans succeed—jobs, education, health reform, the DREAM Act, equal pay for women. He is moving us forward with opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow. Mitt Romney wants to take us back to yesterday”
But not everyone attended to show their support for the Democratic candidate, many Latino celebs came to support Voto Latino with performances and activism. Actress Rosario Dawson, who co-founded the voting engagement organization in 2004, appeared at both Voto Latino’s Purple Carpet Bash event and the UndocuBus movement outside of the convention during the week.
"I'm really hoping and doing as much as possible to make sure that people who want to share their voice, can," Dawson told E! while attending the Democratic National Convention. “That's what I really hope: People show up, across the board. Youth, Latinos, women, elderly. Everyone shows up in spades to let everyone else know that they're paying attention and you can't just buy an election."
What other Latino celebs made the guest list? Check out these stars who made an appearance at the convention and others who have long supported the Obama ticket.
Actress Eva Longoria, who is one of the 35 national co-chairs appointed by the Obama re-election campaign, has been an avid supporter of President Obama. In a video released back in April by the Obama campaign <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/eva-longoria-on-why-she-supports-barack-obama_n_1456355.html" target="_hplink">the Mexican-American actress explained</a> why the President's record on healthcare, education and immigration should earn him the Latino vote in the next election. Despite the fact the president's administration set the record in 2011 for most deportations in one year, Longoria still highlighted the President's record on immigration. In her speech at the Democratic National Convention, the actress told of her past as a struggling young student and how the President understood the financial struggles of the nation. "The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy's flipping burgers -- she needed a tax break," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/eva-longoria-speech-_n_1852696.html?utm_hp_ref=latino-voices&ir=Latino Voices" target="_hplink">Longoria told the crowd at the Democratic National Convention.</a> "But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not."
The actress joined the UndocBus Movement at the Democratic National Convention and participated in Voto Latino's Purple Carpet Bash--an organization the actress co-founded in 2004 to mobilize hispanic voters. In May, Dawson told HuffPost's Latino Voices <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/rosario-dawson-election-2012_n_1469570.html" target="_hplink">she won't endorse a candidate</a> and that her main goal is to go to the polls this November. "So often when you're just looking at the commercials and the hate smear campaigns, it seems so childish," <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/343909/rosario-dawson-talks-voting-sin-city-2-and-eastwooding-i-thought-it-was-really-brave" target="_hplink">Dawson told E! during the Democratic National Convention.</a> "So to be here and hear actual intelligent discourse is remarkable...I hope that the RNC and the DNC is inspiring people to go, 'Let's pay attention!' We need people to be paying attention and engaged." <a href="https://twitter.com/UndocuBus/status/243096519237058562/photo/1" target="_hplink">(Photo Via Twitter)</a>
The actress tweeted several pictures of herself and friends (like actress Alexis Bledel) at the Democratic National Convention. Alba and her her husband, Cash Warren, hosted the convention's closing celebration on Thursday night. "Scrubs" actor Zach Braff tweeted this picture with the actress during the event: <blockquote class="twitter-tweet">Being a Democrathas its perks. With @<a href="https://twitter.com/jessicaalba">jessicaalba</a> <a href="http://t.co/102PmJTl" title="http://twitter.com/zachbraff/status/243506258043342848/photo/1">twitter.com/zachbraff/stat...</a>-- Zach Braff (@zachbraff) <a href="https://twitter.com/zachbraff/status/243506258043342848" data-datetime="2012-09-06T00:29:51+00:00">September 6, 2012</a></blockquote>
In August, the Cuban-American talk show host publicly endorsed Obama in a campaign ad titled "Muchísimo" (Spanish for "a lot"), in which the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/03/cristina-saralegui-endorses-obama_n_1737288.html" target="_hplink"> Latina Oprah defends Obama's record against charges that he has done nothing during his four years in office.</a> At the Democratic National Convention Saralegui was introduced by San Antonio DREAMer Benita Veliz, in her speech the cuban-american criticized Romney's Medicare intended voucher system and urged the audience in a mix of Spanish and English to vote this November. "Mi gente, for the first time in my life, the promise of America is in danger," <a href="http://nbclatino.com/2012/09/05/dnc-features-bill-clinton-cristina-saralegui-and-dreamers-to-woo-latinos/" target="_hplink">said Saralegui. </a> Photo: Spanish-language TV Host Cristina Saralegui speaks during day two of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Earlier this year, the actress partnerned with Voto Latino to launch her <a href="http://www.voxxi.com/america-ferrera-spearheads-campaign-to-mobilize-latino-voters/" target="_hplink">America4America campaign, an organization that intends to mobilize hispanics to vote this November.</a> At the Democratic National Convention, Ferrera participated at the Voto Latino's Purple Carpet Bash event. Through Twitter the star also supported fellow actress Eva Longoria, who addressed the convention on Thursday night. <a href="https://twitter.com/AmericaFerrera/status/243831205978583043" target="_hplink">"@rosariodawson: Excited 2 c @EvaLongoria speak @ #DNC2012 2nite 8:30ET! Who's w me #EvaDNC Get it woman! You rock!" ditto! </a> Photo: America Ferrera attends Voto Latino's Purple Carpet Bash at All American Pub on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ken Charnock/Getty Images)
Marc Anthony is one of the latest Latino celebrities to publicly support President Obama. The Puerto Rican musician recorded a <a href="http://www.5min.com/Video/Marc-Anthony-For-Obama-517411582" target="_hplink">30-second ad urging Latinos to vote for Obama</a>, and outlining the reasons Hispanics should back the President's bid for re-election. Watch Anthony <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2012/08/31/democratic-convention-marc-anthony-to-sing-national-anthem/" target="_hplink">perform the National Anthem at the Democratic Convention.</a>
Taboo from Black Eyed Peas
The artist performed at Voto Latino's Purple Carpet Bash and <a href="https://twitter.com/EvaLongoria/status/243207154360778752" target="_hplink">attended the Latinos Unidos event</a> with alongside actress Eva Longoria. The artist tweeted while at the convention: <a href="https://twitter.com/TabBep/status/243384706777886720" target="_hplink">"Proud to be performing at @votolatino's Purple Carpet Bash tonight at #DNC. #LatinosAdelante pic.twitter.com/q4CzVwRC"</a> Photo: Taboo performs at Voto Latino's Purple Carpet Bash at All American Pub on September 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ken Charnock/Getty Images)
The Mexican-Filipino singer sang Marvin Gaye's "All I Need To Get By" at the Democratic National Convention. The 17 year-old "American Idol" runner-up tweeted her excitement to perform days prior to the convention. <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2012/09/05/democratic-convention-jessica-sanchez-to-perform-cristina-saralegui-to-speak/" target="_hplink">"I might not be old enough to vote, but I'm so honored and excited to perform at @BarackObama's big party in Charlotte next week!#DNC2012!" </a>
Wrapping up the convention alongside Scissor Sisters, Jessica Alba, and Cash Warren, the Miami-born artist was s<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/pitbull-and-jessica-alba-democratic-convention_n_1813984.html" target="_hplink">cheduled to perform at the "Super-O-Rama</a> party on Thursday night.
Colombian-born actor John Leguizamo compared Barack Obama to John F. Kennedy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln <a href="http://tweetwood.com/JohnLeguizamo/tweet/187580945275158528" target="_hplink">on Twitter</a> where he wrote that the president makes him proud to "b #American." In response to criticisms about Obama's presidency, Leguizamo has said "he's doing everything he can, man. The fact that he's running this country gives me so much hope and optimism, more than I ever felt in my life," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-archer/john-leguizamo-on-outsour_b_595484.html" target="_hplink">according to HuffPost blogger Greg Archer.</a> Photo: John Leguizamo attends day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Colombian actress and filmmaker was <a href="http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2012/09/05/democratic-convention-celeb-studded-event-not-so-heavy-on-celebrities/" target="_hplink">spotted at the Democratic National Convention. </a>
Just days after the president declared his support for same-sex marriage, pop-star <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/obama-fundraiser-ricky-martin-lgbt-wall-street_n_1516001.html" target="_hplink">Ricky Martin hosted a fundraiser for Obama in New York. </a> The Puerto Rican singer praised the president's endorsement on same sex marriage and gave his nod of approval to the 2012 president's campaign. Back in April the Puerto Rican singer told Univision's Spanish-language program Primer Impacto, "I am proud to support our president," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/ricky-martin-endorses-president-obama/story?id=16343760#.T99dTitYs3Q" target="_hplink">according to ABC News. </a>
In early May, the Honduran-born and former host of of BET's "106 & Park" appeared in a video from "Latinos for Obama" endorsing President Obama's 2012 campaign. "Latinos are the fastest growing voting bloc in the country. That means that our voice is more important and more powerful than ever before. That's why I'm getting involved in President Obama's campaign and you should too so that Latinos can be heard in 2012 and beyond," <a href="http://electad.com/video/barack-obama-ad-rocsi-diaz-join-latinos-for-obama/" target="_hplink">she said in her supporting ad. </a>
Spanish actor Antonio Bandera and wife Melanie Griffith have been strong supporters of Obama <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/antonio-banderas-melanie-griffith-barack-obama-eva-longoria-247627" target="_hplink">since his candidacy back in 2008. </a> The couple hosted the 2011 Latino fundraiser for President Obama in their private home in Los Angeles. Banderas said the event was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/04/banderas-obama-fundraiser_n_1076939.html" target="_hplink">"like a fairly tale." </a>
Adam Rodriguez best known for his role as agent Eric Delko on CBS' drama, "CSI: Miami," is a long time supporter of President Obama. Rodriguez was part of Obama's 2008 <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY" target="_hplink">"Yes We Can"</a> video. Since then he's also appeared on public campaign events alongside fellow Obama supporter Eva Longoria.
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