Alex Berrios, Co-Founder of Mi Vecino, Mobilizes Hispanic Men to Support Reproductive Freedom Movement

Miami, Florida – Alex Berrios, co-founder of Mi Vecino, is spearheading a field program to rally support for reproductive rights within the Hispanic community, focusing on engaging Hispanic men through face-to-face conversations on the ground. Berrios, a Puerto Rican and Cuban boxer, is running a successful program that connects traditional Hispanic masculinity and values to support for reproductive freedom. The program has already posted big numbers, with over 2,000 Hispanic men signing the petition to put reproductive rights on the 2024 ballot in Florida.

Like many Latino voters, Berrios champions personal autonomy and freedom. His Mi Vecino program helps male voters draw parallels between life decisions they were able to make and the lack of freedom for women to do the same for their lives and health under extreme abortion bans. 

In his field training for the Mi Vecino team, Berrios places a strong emphasis on championing empathy and understanding over difference of opinion. He notes, “As a young man, I chose to chase my dreams in the ring. It was a dangerous and impactful choice and was one of the very few options I had, but it was a choice that was mine alone to make. I can’t imagine that life-defining decision being influenced by somebody else’s opinion on that choice. Women deserve that same freedom and more.”

The program has uncovered that Hispanic men are much more likely than Hispanic women to cite limiting government overreach as the reason for their support of the Florida abortion ballot initiative petition. “These aren’t decisions that should be made by the government,” Antonio, an older Hispanic voter in Polk County, told the Mi Vecino team. 
Similarly, Hernandez, a Hispanic man from Puerto Rico who has lived in Florida for decades, told Mi Vecino, “Abortion is a hard and complicated issue, but that doesn’t give us as men or the government the right to decide for women.”

One of the key takeaways from the program so far is that Latino men strongly oppose political interference into their personal lives and family decisions. Berrios notes that this corroborates what he knows personally about traditional Hispanic masculinity, “As Hispanic men, we often view our most important job as protecting the ones we love. This program is helping male voters view that role as including the defense of the autonomy and decisions of the women in our lives.”

Berrios sits on the Floridians Protecting Freedom Advisory Committee and is working to raise the funds needed to further scale the Mi Vecino reproductive freedom program focused on Hispanic male voters.


Devon Murphy-Anderson

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