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Group Targets New Wave of Minority Voters

Washington D.C. – The Reform Immigration FOR America campaign and its colleague organizations have begun a major escalation of its efforts to increase voter participation among Latino, Asian and immigrant voters. Throughout this weekend and until the midterm elections, volunteers across the country will be encouraging immigration reform supporters that are eligible to vote, to register and march to the polls on Election Day.

 

Immigrant and Latino voters are an important and growing share of the American electorate and political candidates who fail to recognize the growing importance of winning their vote will undermine their campaigns. According to a recent report by the Immigration Policy Center, as of 2008, one in ten of all registered voters in the country are “New Americans”, naturalized U.S. citizens and the children born to immigrants in the U.S. since 1965.

 

Events scheduled for this weekend include phone banking, canvassing, candidate forums, press conferences and a debate featuring business magnate Bill Gates.

 

Listing of Events:

 

Arizona:

Promise Arizona

Sunday, October 16: Signing people up at churches for the permanent early vote list and launching evening canvasses

 

Arkansas:

Arkansas Reform Immigration FOR America with Arkansas LULAC

October 16: Phone banking and training for 300 volunteers in Fayetteville and Little Rock

 

California:

CHIRLA and NAKASEC

Friday, October 15: Voter registration drive and voter education at Mariachi Plaza in Los Angeles

Friday, October 15: GOTV press conferences in San Diego and Santa Barbara

 

CHIRLA Action Fund (sister organization of CHIRLA)

Saturday, October 16: Press Conference and Door knocking in Santa Barbara, CA

 

CHIRLA

October 15 & 16: Voter forum and canvassing targeting new citizens and Latino voters, Van Nuys

Friday, October 15: GOTV press conference in San Francisco

 

San Francisco Bay Coalition for Immigration Reform

Friday, October 15: Press Conference

 

Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CISCO) and PICO

Saturday, October 16: Voter registration

Contact: Polo Morales apolonio@ccisco.org

 

Colorado:

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC)

October 15-17: Canvassing four Colorado counties as part of a three-month effort to mobilize more than 65,000 voters

 

Illinois:

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Saturday, October 16: Immigrant Democracy Day: Illinois gubernatorial and senatorial candidate forum and voter march

Sunday, October 17: Waukegan Candidates Forum

 

Maine:

Maine People’s Alliance

Canvassing, social media push for a new online ballot request form on the secretary of state’s website, ride to the polls program for early voting at city hall

 

Maryland:

CASA in Action (sister organization of CASA de Maryland)

October 15, 16 and 17: Canvassing and phone banking

 

Nevada:

PLAN

Saturday, October 16: Early voting day rally and phone banking

Reno, Las Vegas

 

Poder San Francisco

Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17: Volunteer canvassing

Contact: Mario DelaRosa- mdelarosa@planevada.org

 

New York:

Immigrants Vote! Campaign (coordinated by the New York Immigration Coalition)

Friday, October 15: Voter registration and voting machine demonstration, Jackson Heights

Saturday, October 16: Voter registration and voting machine demonstration, Long Island

Monday, October 17: Voter registration at the Federal Courthouse, Central Islip

Monday, October 17: Press conference for Immigrants Vote! Campaign, New York

Monday, October 17: Voting machine demonstration by the NYC Board of Elections, Brooklyn

 

North Carolina:

Latin American Coalition

Saturday, October 16: volunteer training on phone banking and canvassing and phone banking

4938 Central Ave. Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28205

Contact: Ruben Campillo- rcampillo@latinamericancoalition.org

 

Ohio:

Ohio Organizing Collaborative- Mahoning Valley

Saturday, October 15: Canvassing and Phone banking in Cincinnati

 

Oregon:

CAUSA Oregon

Friday, October 15: Mailing GOTV postcards to 7,000 registered Latino voters

 

Pennsylvania:

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC)

Friday, October 15: Phone Banking

2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Contact: Molly Harrar at piccadmin@paimmigrant.org

 

Tennessee:

Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition

October 16, 23, 30 and November 2: Canvassing

 

Washington:

OneAmerica

Executive Director Pramila Jayapal will appear with Bill Gates, Sr. at an event in support of I-1098, a statewide initiative for public health and education funding. The event’s goal is to inform and inspire ethnic communities to vote in the general election.

4:30 to 7 p.m. PT

5023 Rainier Avenue South

Seattle WA 98118

October 15 and 17: Intensive canvassing targeting immigrant voters in Seattle, Vancouver, Yakima, Kennewick, Pasco, Tacoma and Walla Walla.

Wisconsin:

Voces de la Frontera Action

Saturday, October 16: Canvassing and phone banking

 


STORY TAGS: HISPANIC , LATINO , MEXICAN , MINORITY , CIVIL RIGHTS , DISCRIMINATION , RACISM , DIVERSITY , LATINA , RACIAL EQUALITY , BIAS , EQUALITY

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