ITHACA, N.Y. — While it’s not the same as having a taco truck on every corner (Darn!), two Guac the Vote events — drives registering people to vote — are happening in Ithaca soon.
The national movement was launched after the founder of Latinos for Trump, Marco Gutierrez, warned on national television, “My culture is a very dominant culture, and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.”
In response, the phrase “taco trucks on every corner” swept the internet with memes and videos created to welcome this country’s supposed taco truck overlords.
Bouncing on the momentum of that movement, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce started Guac the Vote, which encourages Latino food truck owners to register voters on-site, The Washington Post reports.
In Ithaca, Bici-Cocina owners Sam Bosco and Carolina Osorio Gil have taken up the mantel for getting the movement started in Ithaca.
“I immediately was like, ‘Oh my gosh. I want to do that here.’” said Osorio Gil, who is also the director of Cultura Ithaca and board member at the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County.
She said that the climate around Latinos and immigration during this election has been difficult and offensive to her. In Ithaca, she said, it seems like people forget how hostile the national climate can be toward those marginalized groups.
“Definitely for along time, I tried to just avoid even reading about Donald Trump or saying the word and giving it any energy,” Osorio Gil said.
But outside of “the little bubble we think we live in,” she said racism and classism is just below the surface in many communities.
“I hear the rhetoric similar to Donald Trump,” she said.
That’s the reason she and Bosco decided to start the movement in Ithaca, with help from Cultura, Cornell students and community volunteers.
The first event is happening from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 during Streets Alive at the Southside Community Center at 305 S. Plain St.
The second registration is happening from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Oct. 1 during the First People’s Festival in Dewitt Park, located near the intersection of East Buffalo and North Cayuga streets.
For more information about the registration event or to volunteer, Osorio Gil said people can reach out to organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org