ITHACA, N.Y. — If you missed your chance to Guac the Vote at Streets Alive! this weekend, don’t worry. There’s another chance to nab some free guacamole, make sure you’re up-to-date with your voter information, and register to vote.
The food bike Bici-Cocina — owned by Sam Bosco and Carolina Osario Gil — will be at The First People’s Festival in Dewitt Park on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Guac the Vote is a national movement 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.”
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce started the campaign, which encourages Latino food truck owners to register voters on-site, The Washington Post reports.
At Bici-Cocina’s first Guac the Vote event Sunday at the Southside Community Center, 14 people registered to vote and 65 people brought proof that they were either already registered to vote or needed to change information on their voter registration. All of them were able to receive free chips and guacamole.
Volunteer Sarah Palmer said the nonpartisan voter registration tables are meant to get as many people signed up to vote as possible.
“We’re trying to be responsive, just getting people involved,” she said.
Palmer is part of a group of Cornellians who helped volunteer at the table. What does she hope the Guac the Vote movement gives the community?
Palmer said, “Nothing is given. That we need to vote…Don’t be complacent.”
Featured image: A voter registration table is set up next to Bici-Cocina at the Southside Community Center Sunday during Streets Alive! (Photo by Jolene Almendarez/ The Ithaca Voice)