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Get the latest updates from every stop on LIBRE’s True Cost of Washington Tour

Get the latest updates from every stop on LIBRE’s True Cost of Washington Tour

Updated August 5, 2022

In the Hispanic community, like in all communities across our nation, we are all trying to live out our unique version of the American Dream. 

For some, it may mean owning a house, a car, or even starting their own business. 

But as Heidi Hernández in Woodbridge, Virginia told us at our inaugural LIBRE True Cost of Washington Tour event on May 14:

This year has been incredibly tough on my family and I and it’s getting harder and harder to remain optimistic.  

The True Cost of Washington is making it harder for our community to live out the American Dream! 

A shopper at TODOS Supermarket in Woodbridge, Virginia speaks to LIBRE about how rising inflation is contributing to his high cost of living in 2022 and making it harder to afford groceries for his family.

May 14 – Woodbridge, VA: A shopper speaks to LIBRE about how rising inflation is affecting his family budget.

Historically high inflation rates are costing the average American household over $430 more a month   that’s over $5,200 this year.

But there are solutions we can advocate that will help lower the cost of living for the Hispanic community and all Americans:

  1. Invest in affordable energy solutions 
  2. Government needs to stop picking winners and losers 
  3. Cut red tape and regulations
  4. Stop unnecessary government spending 
  5. Embrace flexible work 

We’re presenting these solutions at each stop of our True Cost of Washington Tour.

June 26 + 30: Charlotte and Wilmington, North Carolina

LIBRE-NC Grassroots Engagement Director Jeffrey Baldwin speaks to a customer at LIBRE's True Cost of Washington event in Charlotte. LIBRE was on hand to provide relief from rising inflation and explain why Washington's failed policies are causing historic inflation.

Charlotte, North Carolina – June 26, 2022: Jeffrey Baldwin, LIBRE-North Carolina’s grassroots engagement director, speaks with an attendee at LIBRE’s True Cost of Washington event. LIBRE was on hand to provide relief from historic inflation driven by Washington’s failed policies.

On June 26, The LIBRE Initiative’s True Cost of Washington Tour made a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina to talk to Hispanic residents in the Central Avenue community about the impact the higher cost of goods is having on their families.

The grassroots event — to bring awareness to harmful federal policies driving up inflation — was hosted at SAV/WAY Foods, a locally owned Latin supermarket located in the heart of the Charlotte Hispanic community.

Charlotte residents and LIBRE volunteers applauded the organization’s commitment to engage and empower the Hispanic community with information to effectively control inflation.

LIBRE gave out ‘inflation gift vouchers’ to the first 150 attendees that were redeemable at SAV/WAY for a value of $28.67, the average cost of inflation for two days.

LIBRE's gift vouchers are being handed out at events across the country to provide relief from rising inflation caused by Washington's failed policies.

A gift voucher from LIBRE’s True Cost of Washington Tour event in Charlotte, North Carolina. The vouchers provided relief equivalent to two day’s worth of increased grocery costs caused by inflation.

The event attendees were very appreciative of the financial relief LIBRE provided that day. Some were overcome with emotion by the stress of inflation and the gratitude of LIBRE’s assistance.

Many shared stories about how they are paying more but are getting less at the checkout counter. In North Carolina, the cost of inflation is higher than the national average, costing families 12.1% more — the equivalent of $566 more monthly and $6,789 annually.

The second stop of the tour was in Wilmington, North Carolina. This time, LIBRE partnered with Los Portales Supermarket.

Despite being 200 miles from Charlotte, the stories from event attendees were similar: they are paying more but getting less. It’s undeniable that the Hispanic community is being negatively affected by Washington’s policies.

Much the Hispanic community in the United States has experienced inflation. Many immigrants have left their home countries because of the lack of economic opportunities.

LIBRE-NC Grassroots Engagement Director with volunteer Jonathan Uzcategui and another unnamed volunteer. They were on hand to provide Wilmington residents with relief from rising inflation caused by Washington's failed policies.

Wilmington, North Carolina – June 30, 2022: LIBRE-North Carolina Grassroots Engagement Director Jeffrey Baldwin with Jonathan Uzcategui and another volunteer at LIBRE’s True Cost of Washington stop in Wilmington. Uzcategui immigrated from Venezuela to escape runaway inflation and seek better economic opportunities in the U.S.

One of the immigrants is Jonathan Uzcategui, who immigrated from Venezuela, a country that has seen hyperinflation.

The lack of real solutions to address inflation in the United States is driving the Hispanic community to get involved in public policy, and that is why Uzcategui volunteers with LIBRE.

May 14: Woodbridge, VA

Just a few miles from Washington, LIBRE held an event at TODOS Supermarket, to educate customers and the general public about the true cost of Washington on every day Americans  – and how rising inflation means that we are paying more for every day goods and services, but getting less in return. 

Shoppers line up outside of TODOS Supermarket in Woodbridge, Virginia to receive gifts cards from The LIBRE Initiative. LIBRE was giving out gift cards in the amount of two days' worth of inflation to help cover the high cost of living for shoppers.

May 14 – Woodbridge: Shoppers line up outside LIBRE’s True Cost of Washington event at Todos Supermarket.

To help folks during this stressful and economically challenging times, we were happy to extend a gift card to folks with an amount of $28.67– the approximate cost of inflation for two days’ worth of spending. 

LIBRE-Virginia Coalitions Director Michael Monrroy spoke to Univision at the event:

In June, LIBRE will host events in Arizona and Nevada with more dates still to come! Stay tuned. 

Learn more about how rising inflation is hurting the Hispanic community and five effective solutions for controlling it.

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