SAN ANTONIO — Actress America Ferrera made an appearance in San Antonio this weekend with local activists and politicians in an effort to get out the Latino vote ahead of the midterm election.
Ferrera, known for her role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, co-founded Poderistas, a digital community built to celebrate Hispanic culture and help Latinas harness their power.
District 5 Councilwoman Teri Castillo and Rosie Castro, local civil rights activist and mother to politicians Julian and Joaquin Castro, joined the party Saturday afternoon.
“I had a great time encouraging our proud Latino community to vote early with all these fantastic young poderosas celebrating their quinces! Grateful for orgs like @JoltAction @iwillharness for embracing our culture and harnessing it for a great cause — casting our ballot,” Castillo wrote on Twitter.
The event featured live music, pizza, food trucks, art, carnival games and more. San Antonio was the final stop on the Poderistas get-out-the-vote tour aimed at encouraging Latinas to vote by providing resources and information. Poderistas hosted events in Miami, Las Vegas and Phoenix.
The festivities began at El Camino Friday evening, where MTV Entertainment co-hosted a party spotlighting Latina-owned food vendor La Elotera.
On Saturday, actress Ferrera joined others, including Castillo, for a community discussion about Latina civic engagement. They also hosted a workshop to provide information about voter registration and voting early. The chat was followed by the “Quince to the Polls” party, which featured young women dressed up for quinceañeras, according to social media posts.
This summer, Poderistas launched the “ Poder Portal ” online to offer an educational voter tool tailored toward Latinas.
This isn’t the first time Ferrera has rallied Latina voters in San Antonio. She traveled to the Alamo City in 2016 to promote the Hispanic vote as part of the campaign of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to Telemundo San Antonio.
“We are so excited to gather with local Latinas in Texas to ensure everyone has a plan in place to cast a ballot in the upcoming midterms, and to underscore the critical importance of the Latina vote,” Mónica Ramírez, co-founder of Poderistas, said in a statement.
Early voting runs through Nov. 4. Election Day is Nov. 8.
Megan Stringer joined the Express-News in October 2021 as the City Hall reporter. She previously reported on workplace issues for the Wichita Eagle in Kansas, where she wrote extensively about local police union contract negotiations and an overwhelmed state unemployment system in the pandemic. While in Kansas, Megan was a corps member with Report for America, a national journalism service organization. She has also covered business and economic development for the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from DePaul University. She grew up in St. Louis.


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