AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined community leaders and immigrant voters in Denver on Wednesday to remind workers of the importance of voting in this year’s elections. Gebre, the labor federation’s first immigrant executive officer, visited Colorado as part of an action to encourage immigrant voters and workers to support working family candidates.
Gebre went with immigrant voters to drop off their mail ballots at the Elections Division before leafleting workers at the Denver International Airport and a Veterans Affairs construction site in Aurora. He stressed that Latinos, who make up 14 percent of the eligible voters in the state, were very powerful in determining the outcome of the election. As an immigrant voter himself, Gebre said he knows it is important immigrant communities show up to vote because when he votes, he gives voice to 10 of his neighbors who aren’t citizens or are undocumented.