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Will Latino loathing of Trump drive a voter movement to swing the election?
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This bloc of Latinos backing GOP candidates really matters.

You can see why when you drill down into individual races. Texas Sen. Latinos make up more than 20 percent of the electorate in Texas , so Cruz could not have won without getting a substantial number of Latino voters to back him.

Yes, Cruz is Cuban. But exit polls suggest Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is white, won an even higher percentage of Latino voters than Cruz in his successful re-election bid. To be sure, the overwhelming majority of Latino voters backed Democrats nationally in and But the percentage of Latinos who backed Republicans in and is at least double the percentage of African-American voters who supported Republican candidates in those elections. Let me examine four potential explanations. I have ordered them from most to least plausible, at least in my opinion.

For the last two decades, according to the Pew Research Center, about 25 percent of Latino voters have said they back the Republican Party, a number that has remained about the same in the Trump era. A significant number of Latinos 30 percent , per Pew say they have conservative political views. That number is more evidence that a solid minority of Latinos is likely to remain aligned with Trump and the Republican Party. About half of Latino voters say they are fairly worried that a family member or close friend might be deported, but the other half is not too worried about such deportations, according to that same survey.

Specifically, most Latinos who were born abroad say they are worried about deportations, but the majority of Latinos who were born in the United States are not. In that Pew survey, when Latino registered voters were asked to rank the issues most important to them, the plurality 19 percent put the economy at the top, as did American voters overall. Maybe Republican politicians are doing a better job wooing Latino voters than is commonly believed, and maybe Democrats are not taking advantage of the opportunity that Trump presents.

That said, Republicans like Texas Gov. Senate seat both did extensive outreach to the Latino communities in their campaigns this year. On the Democratic side, some Democratic strategists criticized gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and Sen. Bill Nelson for not investing enough time or money on Latino outreach in Florida, as Politico reported.

In June, Gallardo will submit a report to the City about her findings and recommendations. Advisory board members include Jose Antonio Aguayo, G. It's happening now because Pastor and Nowakowski are excited about moving the project forward, Browne says. Originally, the City planned to use those funds for a small museum called Museo Chicano, says Browne.

That project fell through in , she says. It's one of several Valley-based organizations and initiatives already focusing on Latino arts and culture. New Times reached out to local creatives and asked them to weigh in.

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In some cases, the artists we contacted hadn't yet heard about the City's outreach on the subject. Taken together, the responses we received offer a glimpse at past efforts to support a diverse and passionate Latino arts community. Whether and how City officials move forward with creating a Latino Cultural Center remains to be seen. Responses have been edited for clarity and length. The programs and services of this cultural center would present and develop an appreciation for Latino culture; art, performance and traditional music, which enhance visibility and sharing. The study and documentation of this community certainly should be engaged as precious historical information has already been lost or destroyed due to the city's growth and development.

In essence, we will share this dynamic culture in a more formal and disciplined manner. The center would rely on components already active and productive in the Latin community and develop new programs answering the continued growth and assets of this culture. A great percentage of this community is young and deserves the attention of developing their understanding of their history and culture.

Talented students of all ages should be able to hone latent skills in the arts through Masters in the Latino community. In essence this center would be a very active asset for Phoenix and enhance the other great centers of culture of which we are so proud. We need more spaces for Latinx public culture in a city that is 40 percent Latinx. We need places that reflect and negotiate the culture that is being produced at this time and place, and that embrace the diversity and complexity in its meaning.

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I believe cultural work is vital to our sense of belonging and participation in the urgent questions of our time. Art and culture are ways of investigating and knowing, of coming together in our differences, and of thrusting the collective imagination forward. I hope this new Latinx cultural space will be a place to test new ideas and construct empowering and liberating narratives for Latinxs in our city. As a playwright who mostly creates Latino and multicultural works, the idea that Phoenix may finally have a space where Latino-themed plays are expected and not out of the norm thrills me.

As a sometime ethnic studies professor, I know well the history and experience of second-class citizenship Latinos have had, despite our presence in this region for more than years. A facility like this is long overdue, especially given the cultural, social, and economic contributions that have been made by Latinos over the course of history.

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Finally, there is strong economic argument to make in favor of a Latino cultural center. A Latino Cultural Center would benefit this thriving community.

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I hope this Center offers greater exposure to Arizona artists, and that it is accessible for all. It is a wonderful idea! The thought is very attractive and compelling. However, the question is, "Why now? So what is different now? Will it be an amazing new place? How much is the City of Phoenix willing to commit beyond this initial investment? How many more millions have to be raised, especially at a time of adversity against Latinos nationwide?

After 40 years of local arts activism in the Chicano community, we learned to be a virtual cultural organization. We have created grassroots arts programs that serve our community by offering culturally relevant programmatic activities to schools, community centers, parks and libraries. We make use of public facilities and take art to the people. Yes, it would be great to have a cultural center where we can gather and share the artistic vibrancy and rich cultural diversity that is the Valley of the Sun. It has the potential to project Phoenix to a higher standard that would serve to recognize and acknowledge the ever-growing demographics.

This is a conversation that needs to continue! What we really need is the funding. I have thought about this issue for a couple of weeks now. At first, I was thrilled.

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Then I remembered the hours and hours of meetings spent downtown ? That failing museum was going to be the location of our new cultural center. It would be a space dedicated to art and music and spoken word and all Latinos would be welcome to use the space for their artistic endeavors. That was exciting.

I was one of the first to write a check for membership dues. Then the first exhibit happened, and someone tried to purchase my work, and I learned there was no one in charge. Yes, there was a director, but no leadership. I distanced myself from the group.