Last week, we officially launched our Don’t Look Away voter engagement campaign, which centers migrant justice during an electoral cycle that ignores the human rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. In just one week, over 160 volunteers reached 70,000 voters in the state of Texas. These elections are crucial for the people we serve. The results will determine who advocates for this community at every level of government in the upcoming years.
As RAICES, we will promote full participation of the Latinx and the immigrant community in November. We will remind voters how important it is to get involved, stay involved, and make their voices heard to the extent possible. The campaign’s goals will rely heavily on volunteer support from our national organizing program. Hundreds of highly trained digital canvassers will utilize peer to peer texting and a digital dialer to engage voters.
“Immigrants and the Latinx community have been a consistent political target for decades at both state and national levels. But the support we build for Migrant Justice during the 2020 elections will become a powerful base for advocacy between election cycles. As RAICES, we are doing We must all do our part to build that support,” said Nancy Meza, National Organizing Director for RAICES.
“The underrepresentation of Latinxs and immigrants in elections have had a tremendous impact in policy. The health and wellness of Latinx communities have been ignored and disproportionately impacted by Covid-19,” said Erika Andiola, Chief Advocacy Officer at RAICES. “Immigrant families who have been ravaged by the disease, have suffered both emotional and economic losses, and we’re reminding our community members and allies to not look away.”
The Migrant Justice Platform has the power to change the lives of millions of children, families and individuals who are seeking home and safety in the United States – including families who are already here and those who will be arriving. But we can’t achieve this without building electoral power in our underserved and underrepresented communities. The U.S. can be a better place for all of us if we fight for migrant justice together. In the streets, at the halls of congress and this year, at the polls.