Title of Presentation: Latinos Exercised their Power at the Last Elections: Now What?
Date & Time: Sunday, June 2 9:00 am
Presentation Summary: At the last presidential election, and much to the horror of the Republican Party, perhaps for the first time in history, Hispanics greatly influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential elections. Conservatives have now realized what religions have known for decades: if you can win over the Latinos, you have an advantage. With a population over 50 million, Hispanics are a powerful force in American society; we have a small window of opportunity to educate this force about the ideals of Humanism. If we are to win over and grow “El Humanismo Hispano de EEUU,” we must realize that Hispanics are a complex ethnical group that cannot be treated in simple and superficial ways. This short talk explores the realities of American Latino humanism, the factors that are for and against it, its future in the U.S. and how we can help guide Hispanic humanism in the U.S.
Biography: David Tamayo is president and founder of Hispanic American Freethinkers (HAFree), a national nonprofit educational organization with emphasis on serving the Latino community. He is a host of the HAFree Podcast, one of the few skeptical podcasts available in Spanish and enjoys educating in Spanish those who have had limited exposure to the ideas of rational thought, secular humanism, and absolute freedom of conscience. Mr. Tamayo received his BS in Computer Science from George Washington University and his MS in Management/Information Technology from University of Virginia. He serves as VP of Technology for a company in the Washington, DC area.