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Cristóbal Joshua Alex
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Cristóbal is the President of the Latino Victory Project and the Latino Victory Foundation, an ambitious effort to build Latino political power so that the faces and voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward. Founded by Eva Longoria and Henry Muñoz, the Latino Victory Project engages Latino voters and Latino donors to support candidates and policy campaigns that reflect and advance American values such as immigration, education, healthcare, good jobs, a clean environment, and ultimately opportunity.

Prior to launching the Latino Victory Project, Cristóbal spent more than five years in philanthropy serving at both the Open Society Foundations and the Ford Foundation. During that time Cristóbal led more than $60M in investments designed to increase political participation in communities that have been historically excluded from our democracy. While at the Ford Foundation, Cristóbal managed the Promoting Electoral Reform and Democratic Participation initiative, the second largest initiative within the Foundation, working to increase voter participation through voter registration and mobilization, and by removing structural barriers to political participation through litigation, advocacy and public policy reform. While at George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, Cristóbal managed the civic engagement portfolio and supported a range of strategies to inspire public participation in underrepresented communities.

Previously, Cristóbal served as Director of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights, where he led a coalition of more than 100 organizations to raise awareness of the civil rights rollback and develop strategies to win in the federal courts. He also practiced civil rights law with Seattle-based MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, one of the nation’s leading law firms. During that time he focused his practice on police and governmental misconduct, including important cases dealing with prisoner rights and freedom of speech. Cristóbal’s proudest moment was successfully representing a class of immigrant women that had been racially profiled and harmed by state and federal agencies.

Throughout his career Cristóbal has focused on building political power and advancing rights. He played a key leadership role organizing successful legislative campaigns to give undocumented students access to higher education, and fund an unprecedented $40 million in farmworker housing. He has also led voter engagement efforts, advocated on various rights issues before the United Nations Human Rights Commission and federal and state governmental bodies, and served as the youngest president in the history of the Latina/o Bar Association. He also co-founded and chaired the Latino Political Action Committee, the first political action committee designed to increase Latino representation among executive appointments. Most recently, Cristóbal was named by Washington Life Magazine as one of D.C.’s most influential leaders under 40.

A native of El Paso, Texas, Cristóbal received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, where he served as the student body president.

Entries by Cristóbal Joshua Alex

What Latino Voters Are Listening for in the First Democratic Debate

(9) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Today the Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage in Las Vegas, Nevada for the first Democratic presidential debate, an especially important one for Latinos in America, particularly in the Silver State.

The Latino community in Nevada is active, young and growing. According to the 2014 census 27.8 percent of...

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My Grito: Turn Your Anger into Action

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 2:04 PM

When I hear anti-immigrant slurs from Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates, I get angry.

Reducing first-generation immigrants to "anchor babies" and calling immigrants rapists is wrong. It makes me mad that candidates seriously pursuing the presidency are willing to spread lies, simultaneously ignore the contributions of our...

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Latinos Are Making the Call for Climate Action. Now Leaders Should Listen.

(41) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 6:35 PM

Latinos don't need to be told that climate change is a problem that needs addressing. For many of us, environmental issues aren't abstract or far-off problems; they are realities that have severe impacts on our families and communities each and every day.

Across the United States, Latino communities are feeling...

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Latinos Are Sick of the Constant Threat to Their Right to Health Care

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 2:12 PM

Access to health care is a right and not a privilege. This is what Latinos believe and after a long, partisan battle that reached the Supreme Court for the second time, the justices upheld the subsidies that allow millions of families to maintain access to affordable health care, affirming that...

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Mujeres Líderes: Building Latina Political Power

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 4:02 PM

As we celebrate Women's History Month, we must acknowledge the great strides that women have achieved in politics. But if we are ever going to build Latina political power, Latina leaders need the same political encouragement and support that men oftentimes take for granted. Beyond celebrating the progress Latinas have...

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Stop Playing Politics on Immigration

(23) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 8:47 PM

By attempting to repeal President Obama's executive action through both the courts and the Department of Homeland Security funding bill, Republicans are taking the wrong approach to immigration reform. While these actions have spurred immense political debate, grassroots supporters and detractors and Sunday talk show fodder, it has also fueled...

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The Future of the American Dream

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Growing up in West Texas, my mother taught me that if you worked hard enough, anything was possible. We believed in the American Dream - the idea that success was in reach, you just had to earn it. We felt confident that there was a better tomorrow for the next...

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The Country is Watching, Waiting

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 11:15 AM

If the midterm elections taught me anything, it is that Latino voters want progress on the issues they care about. Also, the Latino voting bloc could be up for grabs in 2016 if Republicans can show that they care about Latino families. With immigration as the first test, we are...

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Take Action and Vote

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 10:23 AM

In a 1944 radio address to our great country, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously extolled, "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."

Seventy years later, this fundamental truth...

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Supporting the Leaders Who Stand Up for Our Community

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 7:57 PM

With Nov. 4, Election Day, only days away, all eyes are on the Latino community, not just because the rallies with our Latino Victory co-founders Eva Longoria and Henry R. Muñoz III are eye-catching and inspiring but because the Latino community is poised to make a potentially historical...

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Raising Our Voices When Others Try to Silence Them

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 4:14 PM

On the heels of a successful and highly-motivating Hispanic Heritage Month of Action, the Latino community was slapped in the face with an unjust and disheartening ruling out of Texas that will suppress the Latino voter turnout in the Lone Star state. On Saturday, the US Supreme Court...

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Ensuring the Voices of Government Reflect the People They Represent

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 1:05 PM

It has been more than a month since the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and the highly militarized and repressive police response to the rallies and demonstrations that came in its wake. The scenes still seem misplaced, as if taken from a history book illustrating the height of the...

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Voting for Solutions, Standing Against Hate

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:21 PM

Flipping through an American history textbook, you will see countless examples dating back to the founding of the country of anti-immigration laws and policies that have gained the support of politicians and legislatures. Since the eighteenth century, these laws targeted newly arrived immigrants and were meant to silence and repress...

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The Latino Agenda: Building a Strong Middle Class

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 4:02 PM

When lawmakers, policy experts and advocates gather this week in Washington for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual policy summit, they will be discussing passing common sense immigration reform, accessing affordable health care, earning a living wage, and living in a clean environment. These are the issues that Latinos care...

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Republican Inaction on Immigration Signals a Strong Line Against Latinos

(4) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:52 PM

By Cristóbal Alex and Ralph Patino

Time and time again, Americans have expressed support for comprehensive immigration reform. Throughout the year, it looked like we might be moving towards a solution, but in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia along with 199 congressional sponsors on both sides of...

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A Cleaner, Safer Future Is Ours

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:37 AM

As President of the Latino Victory Project, I've been fortunate to travel all over the country and meet Latino leaders at every level of government. Whether a city councilman, a state treasurer, or a Member of the United States Congress, these leaders are fueled by the same notion that as...

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Flexing Our Political and Financial Muscle

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 1:11 PM

On May 5, a standing room-only crowd gathered at the National Press Club for the launch of the Latino Victory Project. Its founders, Henry Muñoz III and Eva Longoria, as well as Congressman Joaquin Castro, described the urgent need to begin building the infrastructure to address the under-representation...

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Key Latino Groups Launch Effort to Protect Sotomayor Nomination From Vicious Attacks

(19) Comments | Posted June 8, 2009 | 6:17 PM

As the rhetoric around Judge Sotomayor's nomination heats up, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in partnership with the broad Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary coalition has launched a website, Sotomayor For Justice, to counter the misinformation and backwards logic behind opposition to this historic nomination....

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Time for Progressives to Fight for the Judiciary They Deserve

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2009 | 3:39 PM

Change doesn't come easily to the U.S. Senate, and it's likely that President Obama's judicial picks will run into the same tired antics that continually plague the Senate confirmation process. Progressives need to be prepared to fight back against attempts to block qualified candidates for the judiciary. Two previous nominees...

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Supreme Court Accidentally Protects Voters While Stripping Americans Of Their Rights

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2008 | 4:22 PM

Last week's Supreme Court decision in Brunner v. Ohio Republican Party is a disastrous ruling masquerading as a populist victory. Sure, the Court stopped the Ohio Republican Party from booting almost 200,000 eligible voters off the voting rolls, but in reaching their decision, the Court pointed to two...

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