2012 Election Edition - Issue VIII

Eva Longoria - Chicana Co-Chair
Author: Amanda Arnold

The deeds that one does with their celebrity, says a lot about a person.  Eva Longoria is a shining example of someone who lends their celebrity to matters of importance and that affect others in a positive way.  Eva founded her charity, Eva’s Heroes, in 2006 and always finds time in her busy schedule for it and to serve as a spokesperson for various other charities and organizations.             

In addition to her philanthropy, Eva has been very vocal about a right that many Chicanos take for granted: voting. This election year, not only has Eva stressed the importance of voting, but she has also been very actively involved in President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign and was rightfully designated as one of his reelection co-chairs.

Like President Obama, Eva has come a long way to where she is now, obviously through hard work and dedication.  During her 2012 Democratic National Convention speech, Eva spoke about loans she took out to attend Texas A&M University-Kingsville, “I changed oil in a mechanic shop, flipped burgers at Wendy's, taught aerobics and worked on campus to pay them back.”

Eva not only comprehends, but exemplifies President Obama’s vision and plan to grow the U.S. economy by ditching the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, a category they both fall under.  Eva also said during her 2012 DNC speech, “The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy's flipping burgers—she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets, does not.”