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Mijente believes that as our movements resist and build alternatives, we must contest power in every arena. Contra el estado, sin el estado, and desde el estado. Our movements are least familiar with contending for power from within the state, but learning how to move within it is necessary if we are to use all means at our disposal to defend and empower our communities and families.
There is great potential for increasing the Latinx progressive vote in Georgia. Part of the demographic shift occurring in the state goes back to the 1996 Olympic games, which brought Latinx migrants to the state to work. There is a generation that is turning 18 whose parents are migrants, who speak Spanish at home, and who went to college, that has great potential for mobilization. Voters under the age of 33 make up 48% of the Georgia Latinx electorate, and it is this group that have shown to be most progressive, consistently, and more likely support a Black progressive candidate like Abrams than their parents. Yet there has been no political campaign targeting this group in the history of Georgia politics.
Abrams is running for the Democratic Party nomination against Stacey Evans, a white, liberal, Democrat. While Abrams is campaigning to reach out to people of color who have been typically left out of the political process, Evans has focused on a white, suburban, liberal, base. The two represent an internal battle within the Democratic party on how to win -- playing it safe by going to the middle on politics and relying on the usual, predominantly white voters, or taking risks by having a progressive platform and making efforts to reach out and include people of color.