Meet Toño

Human rights advocate, proud son, brother and uncle

Antonio Arellano was born in Michoacan, Mexico, and migrated to the United States at the age of three. He was raised with a strong sense of determination, perseverance, and hard work ethic. Due to economic hardship, the lack of healthcare access, and educational opportunities, Antonio’s parents made the difficult decision to leave their home country for a chance at a better life in the United States. Thanks to the tremendous sacrifices his parents made, Antonio’s upbringing was drastically different from theirs in Mexico, yet still filled with endless obstacles.

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As the leader of Jolt, the largest progressive Latino organization in Texas, Antonio taps into his life experiences to innovate politics. His immigrant upbringing exposed him to the discrimination and racism communities of color have to endure. These injustices sparked his life long passion to win disadvantaged communities the respect and representation they deserve. Antonio recognizes that his dreams of an equitable and inclusive nation are not his alone, but rather the shared dreams of our ancestors and over 11 million undocumented immigrants that call this country home.

 

Dedicated to our democracy, His work has resulted in the engagement and mobilization of thousands of young Latino voters in Texas. Antonio represents a new era of bold and fearless leadership, emerging from a political climate that is actively demanding fresh perspectives on key issues. His innovative use of digital media and unique storytelling have quickly catapulted Antonio into one of the leading Latino social media influencers in the United States. Antonio's social media accounts reach a combined 100 thousand millennial voters. He uses his voice and platforms to encourage young Latinos to make systemic change on racial, immigration, economic, environmental and gender justice issues through leadership development and advocacy.

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