Interviewing East Los High’s Tracy Perez

Crashing the DNC

By Arlene Santana

The most important thing I learned from my experience “crashing” the Democratic National Convention is that we are in dire need of truth.

As a society we are in need of facts. With so much information at our fingertips, the truth can sometimes be hidden underneath a lot of noise. But because of social media, that’s become the world we live in.

So where do we go for actual news? Where do we go for the facts? Where do we go for the truth? Even the most respected news outlets fill their shows with guests and commentators giving opinions.

Where are the facts? It is the responsibility of news outlets and reporters to provide us, the news consumers, with context and information so that we may make decisions that will affect our communities and our country, such as voting for the next President of the United States.

I’ve learned that you will have to do most of the work. You will have to research both sides and you will have to pay attention. My goal while reporting from the ground was to provide you the context that you need to make decisions for yourself.

There is so much at stake in this election and because of that, it is your duty to do the work. We need to listen up and not allow others to manipulate our vote by overwhelming us with misinformation.

I am so grateful to Voto Latino and Fuse, who promoted experiencing the DNC in a non-partisan perspective so that we may give you, the viewer, a real sense of what was happening on the ground.

Thank you to VL and Fuse for one of the most incredible experiences of my life and muchas gracias to everyone who helped make this possible.

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