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It W- we need to angle it so that people of color see themselves and hear their stories in how he's policy solutions come out and the pulling the guts have done Says that the issue most important to Latino voters healthcare number one followed by affordable housing and approving wages and income. But part of that is because there's two point nine million uninsured people in California nearly three and five or billion undocumented so when we talk about health care for example interrupted asking your question but when we talk about healthcare New York New York of you. If you believe me I live growing up in a world of constant interruption does really engage your conversation professor. you know when you talk about healthcare and you don't mention the fact that undocumented folks are not eligible for Medicare like it just you know just tune you to now right like what about this. Larger Group of folks who are not just Latinos knows there are those that are undocumented. Well how does it relate to me right. I may not be able to vote but most families that have undocumented family members have people who can and so. I'm just waiting to hear what a candidate is going to say about it. So what did some of the candidates who you're hot off the presses or the responses you got responses from a handful handful of candidates so far and to your questionnaire that went out what has jumped out at you about those without mentioning. Who responded right there in terms of the two who named mentioned undocumented only two of the five respondents talked about healthcare as it relates to undocument- mentioned Medicare right and they mentioned Ah One candidate talked about mental health investing more and mental health which is critical for communities But just getting into the weeds of. How are we going to get to the place? Were all all taxpayers right including undocumented folks have access to do pay taxes to pay taxes. Correct They they didn't even mention that to not not all of them would messages that say again. It's what's immigration right now while it's not happen though it W- top issue for voters right now. It's still on everyone's mind because of the current political context that we're living in right now It's not just about creating a pathway to citizenship. which by all the candidates who responded to this questionnaire said they they they support but is once in the meantime? What are we doing to make sure that folks are have access to health care that they are not living In dire conditions and that those who are working many of them employed in the farm working industry and hospitality and in in domestic work Again who pay taxes yet. Barely make a living right right to support their families like while we figure out the path to citizenship. What are we doing as a country to make sure that the voices and the work that these folks provide is seen supported and part of the policy solutions? That were seen. We'll have more of my conversation with Jacqueline Martinez Carcelle after a short break. Hi I'm Greg Thomas host of the wild West podcast want to know what's going on with the world's top adventures checkout wild west where I recently chatted with photographer. Chris Burkhard who spends his life traveling to the most remote corners of the world Some ways I always like just pulled the wool over everybody's eyes. I've always told him like I'm not good photographer by any means. I've just been the person willing to go to these places. You'll find my conversations with Chris and many more right adventures. Wherever you get your podcasts wild west and now here's more of my conversation with Jacqueline Martinez ourselves? The really disturbing things in some of the survey work. Your organization's done was that it found that. The highpoint is seventy four percent of registered Latino votes registered. Latino voters plan the vote in the March Third California Primary but eight and ten believe white. Supremacist groups pose a threat to the country And and I think we were talking earlier about this. This goes back. This is reflection of Proper any seven here in California in Nineteen Ninety Four. What is what is what's going on? What is what's below those numbers so that you said it perfectly right so the big headline here is close to you? Know seven more closest. Yeah seven out of ten Argon turn out in March Third Latinos across California. We've heard is not just to do the results of the poll but through all the organizations that we find when we host retreats and Inland Empire and Central Valley are living a reality right now that most people are just not aware of We have organizations in Riverside in Kucha that get death threats Their leaders family members because they provide services to undocumented folks and because he also provides citizenship classes right and so there is a rising tide. We know this close to seven seventeen seventeen percent increase in the state of California of hate crimes but those are reported there is a number much higher than that goes unreported that's targeting communities and Latinos and communities in color in general in California That is affecting. There's this real fear right now but that fear is being translated into engagement. Which is what we're thankful for the silver lining in all of this is that people are not just hiding in the shadows but but the midterm elections showed that they're using this opportunity to get out and vote That young people in the Central Valley there was an increase of two hundred and fifty eight percent percent increase in places like Fresno 2018. Midterm election. Shows that while the fear is real and it's based on what is is happening. It is not stopping people from getting civically engaged and to your point twenty five years properly seven right we saw a AH rising tide of people getting involved. Civically voting running for office twenty-five years ago were seeing that trend again now now and we're hopeful that is gonNA ride a longer wave than it did back in ninety four ninety eight ninety four ninety four ninety four yes One more question about you know we're GONNA have to hopefully have this debate this This week we haven't heard a lot about housing which is which is a huge issue that turn up in your survey sixty one percent of Lebanon California face high rental costs according to Your survey only forty two percent of Latinos own homes compared to sixty four percent the White House. What should which the candidates be talking in terms of housing issues in California Seattle? Thank you for asking the question. So when we saw the results for the questionnaire. We're like okay. You know. Four out of five mention Renter control and and and Just capping it and more affordable housing Units being in Bill. But the reality is this isn't just an issue for renters yes. A majority of Latinos are renters. But the real problem here is that we don't have a pathway for the people who rent right now to actually own their homes and that also affects when we look at the economy right so often people talk about economic mobility and and just talk about income right so in our questionnaire the question of economic mobility that they focus on the on the fifteen dollar minimum wage but this is really about wealth assets. That's right so recent study done by the California Latino Economic Institute mentioned that medium Wealth is about sixty four hundred. I'm not quoting these number. But it's in that range for Non Latinos one hundred and forty thousand sixty four year. Your your total wealth of a Elena Person California is asset so everything you have as in terms of your wealth portfolio sixty four hundred dollars out. There was a mistake in the number one they actually published. There must be a zero missing. This and that was the point. Is that the gap between these numbers so enormous and so by just focusing posting on just when we talk about housing and just focusing on renter. We miss the bigger picture. That Latinos have been here in this country for centuries right they've you've been part of the backbone of our economy here in California and across the country yet. The building of wealth has not happened so when we talk about an inclusive economy where where Latinos are prospering owning. Your home is one of the most important assets right that you can have and the candidates need to talk about that and so while we saw their responses we felt like you missed something in all of this right what what more should be talking about when it comes to housing it is about owning it. Not just about renters CAPTERRA. Ah about more affordable housing. We're not gonNA break the poverty cycle by just getting people into more affordable housing. Go thing that you're innovations doing. It's very important next year is the census and I don't know if you saw near time story the other day and I I will give him a big plug on this one because this is a very Frightening Story California. Is Spending one hundred. Eighty seven million dollars to make sure. There's an accurate count in terms of outreach. Getting involved different communities twenty four states including Texas Texas Texas. One of the nation's most of our states is not spending a penny nothing to do that and partisan if you're for those keeping partisan scored home seventeen of those twenty. Four states are led by Republican governors and legislatures including Texas Florida and Ohio. According to New York Times what is the effect of that go not spending. I think California's spending enough. So the effect on it.