From Mobilize the Immigrant Vote!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 31, 2008 CONTACT:
NoCal: Claudia Gómez-Arteaga 415.821.4808 ext 103 M-F 10-6pm
Central/SoCal: Anike Tourse 213.210.6735
Korean: Dae Joong Yoon 323.937.3718
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) 2008 California Campaign steps up its Get-Out-the-Vote efforts in the final weekend prior to the election.
California – Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV), the multi-ethnic coalition of organizations across the state registering, educating, and mobilizing immigrant communities for electoral participation, engages in its final Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) efforts this weekend. Over one hundred organizations in rural, suburban and urban California have united to educate immigrant voters and mobilize them to the polls November 4th. Over 100,000 immigrant voters are expected to use the multi-lingual MIV materials to ensure that immigrant voters are informed on statewide ballot measures and reminded of their rights as voters. Organizations will use creative new strategies and old fashioned door-knocking to contact over 40,000 immigrant voters this GOTV weekend as well as the state of the art web-based Voter Activation Network (VAN) to track their work.
“MIV community partner organizations have not only outreached to potential voters this election season, but have done the necessary and often difficult work of building relationships and engaging immigrant voters. Many of the measures on this year’s ballot pit one group against another, instead of lifting us all up. Whether it’s saying no to discrimination, protecting young women’s health, or thinking out of the box when it comes to youth and crime; our communities will not only be voting on the statewide propositions this Tuesday, but voting with positions that protect our fundamental rights,” says Claudia Gómez-Arteaga of Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action (PILA) in San Francisco.
“Experts predict a record Latino voter turnout of 9.2 million in the country including 2.6 million Latinos voting for the first-time,” says Xiomara Corpeño of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). “Here in Los Angeles, CHIRLA is continuing to focus our turnout efforts on new and low propensity voters in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys.”
MIV is a non-partisan coalition coordinated by the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition (BAIRC), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), California Partnerships (CAP), Korean Resource Center (KRC), Partnership for Immigrant Leadership & Action (PILA) and Services, and Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN). MIV is a partner in the greater immigrant and voter mobilization movement, and is a member organization of the We Are America Alliance.
Please find a list of press contacts attached. For MIV Voter Guides and voter rights information please visit www.mivcalifornia.org.
GOTV Weekend Local Press Contacts and Events
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) Anike Tourse, firstname.lastname@example.org, (213) 210-6735
Chris Durazo (Eng), 415-748-1570, Angelica Cabande (Tagalog/Filipino), 415-574-9840
Get-out-the-vote outreach from Oct 30 to Nov 3. CCDC will be doing phone banking at 1525 Grant Ave, San Francisco (weekdays 6-9pm; weekend 9am-12pm) and tabling mornings on Stockton St in Chinatown (at Pacific Street) Jess Liu, Community Organizer, 415-984-2730
Dolores Street Community Services/ Mission SRO Collaborative
Get-out-the-vote Outreach and SRO Tenant Get-to-the Polls Support on Election Day.
General Contact: The Mission SRO Collaborative, Jorge Portillo, Coordinator (Eng/Span), 415-671-5089
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)
Precinct Walking: Saturday 11/1, 10am-2pm (San Jose’s Seven Trees area) Phone Banking: Monday 11/3, 5-8pm (SIREN-1425 Koll Circle, Suite 103, San Jose) Election Night Phone Banking/Election Watch Party: Tuesday 11/4, 3-8pm (SIREN) Contacts: Francisco Alvarado, 408-813-0581, Basil Robledo, 408-453-3003 ext. 107 or (cell) 650-714-0852
In the Mayfair/95116 area (East San Jose) Precinct Walking and Phone Banking throughout the day on Saturday 11/1 (11am-7pm) and Sunday 11/2 (12-8pm) Contacts: Jaime Alvarado, Executive Director 408 204-9901 (cell)
Evangelina Nevarez, Civic Action Program Director 408 413-8859 (cell)
Chinese Progressive Association
Get-out-the-vote phone banking at CPA Chinatown office at 1042 Grant Ave. 5th Floor, San Francisco, from 3-6pm Friday 10/31 ; 2:30pm -5pm on Saturday 11/1 media contact Alex Tom, Co-director (Eng/Chinese) 510-449-1172. Door knocking in Portola from 10:30am until 5pm. Starting out at Portola Palega Park Center – 500 Felton Street at 10:30am Saturday 11/1. General Contact: Emily Jie-Ming Lee, Organizer (Eng/Chinese), 415-391-6986
People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights
Phone banking and door knocking. Contact: Antonio Diaz, Executive Director 510-882-2829
Coleman Advocates for Youth and Children – Alvaro Sanchez, 415-239-0161
Monica Rocha de Leyva-(619)269-7778 (Spanish Only) or Annel Navarro -(619) 283-9624, Latinos y Latinas en accion
Norma Chavez-Peterson. Justice Overcoming Boundaries (JOB)-(619)572-7286
Bobbi Jo Echeverría, ACORN-(909) 248-5245
Ramon Vera-(951) 347-0569 (Spanish Only) & Father Patricio Guillen-(909) 855-4277, Librería del PUEBLO
José Leonel Flores, Union de Ex-Braceros y Inmigrantes-(559) 341-4556