Miami Votes: Hundreds Rally for Early Vote – and Tacos


Media contact: Rebecca Wakefield 305 804-7051 for English, Natalia Jaramillo, 780-3013 for Spanish

WHAT: Early Voting Celebration with Taco Trucks and the Love Bus

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 24, 12p.m.- 1:30p.m.

WHERE: Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1611 NW 12th Ave. (the Alamo Park area in center of campus)

WHO: Hosted by Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill, SEIU Local 1991, AFSCME Local 1363, Florida Immigrant Coalition, FLIC Votes, iAmerica, SEIU Florida, 1199SEIU Florida, hundreds of voters

Visuals: Taco trucks, hundreds of healthcare workers, Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill, The Love Bus, voters telling their personal stories

Miami, FL — All right, folks. This is it. The final countdown to Election Day. With so much at stake in local, state and national races, the healthcare workers at Jackson Memorial Hospital are throwing an early voting celebration on the first day of Early Voting.

Featuring lunch served out of local taco trucks, music and hosted by Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill, the celebration aims to encourage thousands of nurses, doctors, healthcare professionals and the Miami community at large to turn out to vote during the Early Voting period (Oct, 24- Nov. 6).

Voters will board The Love Bus, a colorful school bus that has been touring South Florida to turn out young voters. The bus will take groups of voters to the early voting site at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center to exercise their civic duty and then return to Jackson.

A wide variety of voters will be taking to the stage during the event to talk about the issues that are motivating them to go to the polls this year. Healthcare workers from Jackson and University of Miami Hospital, retirees, immigrants, first time voters, minimum wage activists, millennials and many more will share their stories on stage and are available for individual interviews upon request.

Maria Cabello, 27, is a pediatric bone marrow transplant nurse at Jackson. The issues moving her this election season are equal rights for all and immigration reform. She moved to Miami from Chile as a young child, but it took 20 years to achieve citizenship, something other members of her family are still working on. As a millennial voter, she’s put off by the reality television quality of this year’s election.

“This election is being treated like a reality show and it’s really sad,” she said. “We’re not even getting to talk about the real issues that are going on. I want our generation to grow up and have as many rights as we can for everyone. My mom brought me here for a better life and that’s what I believe we all deserve.”