Dear future President of the United States, Senator @BernieSanders:
Saturday, 4, 2015
First, I would like to congratulate you for your recent strides with the American people. You are a breath of fresh air in a sea of mediocrity. Thank you for always being morally consistent and for putting the American people above all. The great American people recognize the greatness in you and to that I say: We see you.
I would like more than anything to see you become president of this great nation, but that can’t be achieved without the support of the Latino community. I am sure you’re already aware of this. That said, I would like to be part of your campaign management and help you become our next president.
For the last couple of years I’ve dedicated most of my life to serving the community. I’m a strong, vocal, and unapologetic activist with a loyal following and a robust social capital that spans from coast to coast. I have friends from all walks of life: journalists, activists, artists, executives, community servants, organizers, but most importantly, people.
I was recently named one of 40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics:
César Vargas (UPLIFTT): Film and television influence voting patterns, as well as change the way the general population sees Latinos. As Founder and President of United People for Latinos in Film, TV, and Theater, César works to help infuse mass media that affect employment, healthcare, education, housing, and voting, with Latino voices. It’s a huge but essential undertaking to change the way American media culture perceives Latinos from foreign and exotic to distinctly American.
I’ve written about internal and external Latino affairs to several news outlets: The Huffington Post, NBC, Fox News Latino, Voxxi, and my own online magazine—which has a fan base (celebrities, politicians, activists, blue and white collar workers, immigrants, citizens, and many more) of over 23,000 and has reached over a million people—UPLIFTT. I’m familiar with having an active voice that informs, invigorates, and inspires people:
César has the tenacity, wisdom, experience and relationships to bring a much-needed voice to the masses. Now, that voice is not *the* voice – which is refreshing. When most are seeking to align themselves with a socially constructed camp, and thus be their voice, Cesar roams the entire hillside secure in his integrity. He travels among various camps (conventional schools of thought and position) yet is also comfortable in the proverbial “no man’s land”, calling out to the rest of us to embrace a level of understanding, critical thinking and communal awareness that has not been seen since Biblical times. OK, a bit of hyperbole towards the end there-call it artistic license! An artist however, is truly what César is. His wit and sarcasm are dismissed at ones own peril as they reflect one of the most successful mediums through which serious advancement has been achieved. Fundamentally he is a creative and passionate professional, which is what we are all striving for in our own right. Cesar exists within the tension all Latinos experience; highly sought after yet thoroughly dismissed, patronized yet exalted, immigrant yet patriot – he just expresses it better than most. – Joshua Mason Program Manager, ReSET (Contra Costa County) at Bay Area Community Resources
I’ve worked with both corporations and artists as a marketing strategist with a successful track record. As an emotionally intelligent lover and autodidact of human behavior, I live and breathe social media, multiculturalism, people… Like all Latinos, I’m an early adaptor and over-indexer of new technologies, social media, the media, and all things pop. I am familiar with targeted marketing and organic reach.
I was born in the Dominican Republic and came to America two months shy of turning 13. I managed to rise against all odds in a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood in Brooklyn and received a college education. I am an immigrant who became an American Dream.
I don’t want your campaign to have a Latino stand-in, a pandering symbol, like others are doing. People can see through that. I want to be actively engaged in bettering the odds in your favor. In turn, that will help the lives of all Americans and not just those who others might think I call my people because everyone is my people.
Let me help you become the next president of the United States. I believe you have what it takes to govern this great nation.
César Vargas is a producer, writer, director, and diversity activist. He founded UPLIFTT(United People for Latinos in Film TV and Theater) and is president of Burning Ones Productions. You can reach him on Twitter at @CesarVargas365 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/CesarVargas365