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June 25, 2014 650-464-1545
NEW REPORT: How Latino Voters are Impacting Colorado Elections and Immigration Politics
Experts Discuss Data Released in New Report, Results of Gubernatorial Primary, and Role of Immigration as Mobilizing Factor for Latino Voters in Colorado
Denver, CO – Home to one of the fastest growing Latino electorates in the country, Colorado is set to steal the national spotlight in House, Senate and Gubernatorial races this November with immigration playing a key role. How candidates on both sides of the aisle address this issue will have a huge impact on turnout and preferences of the state’s Latino voter population and, ultimately, the outcome in key races.
Today, in the wake of Colorado’s Gubernatorial primary, experts in immigration politics, Latino issues and civic engagement analyzed last night’s primary results and discussed opportunities and challenges for both parties heading into November and beyond.
Speakers also released a new report, conducted by Latino Decisions and commissioned by America’s Voice, that illustrates how the current immigration debate is influencing the state’s surging Latino electorate and how both parties have an opportunity to mobilize this key voting bloc.
According to Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, Director of Research, Latino Decisions and Associate Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico, “The growth of the Latino electorate in Colorado has made the state one of the most electorally competitive in the nation, and the continued growth of Latino population will increase their influence on election outcomes well into the future. Our polling in Colorado has found that immigration policy has become a major factor driving Latino voting behavior, which helps explain the surge in Democratic support among this key segment of the electorate.”
The report highlights a multitude of ways in which Colorado’s surging Latino population in shaping politics in the state. Among some of key findings:
· Latinos comprise 21% of Colorado’s population and 14% of the eligible electorate. By 2040, Latinos are estimated to constitute 34% of the eligible voting population.
· Turnout rates amongst Colorado’s registered Latinos trend higher than those in similar western states at 91%, but only 57% of the Latino electorate is actually registered to vote, with approximately 213,000 Latinos not yet incorporated in the Colorado electorate.
· Latinos have all but abandoned the Colorado GOP. Over the past two decades, Democrats have carried over 60% of the Latino vote in presidential elections, while Latino support for the Republican Party has been trending downwards since 2004.
· Latino voters care deeply about immigration on a personal level—63% have friends or family members that are undocumented. In 2012, it was the second most important issue amongst Latino voters, after Economy/Jobs.
· Lastly, 24% of Colorado Latino voters indicated they would be more inclined to support future Republican candidates if the Party advanced comprehensive immigration reform including a pathway to citizenship. That 24-point margin is enough to determine the outcome in some of the state’s most competitive races, including Colorado’s Senate and House CD-06 races.
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May 21, 2014
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MI FAMILIA VOTA ANNOUNCES NEW COLORADO LEADERSHIP
Carla Castedo Named Mi Familia Vota's Colorado State Director
Denver, CO – Mi Familia Vota (MFV) – a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing Latino civic engagement – announced that it hired Carla Castedo as its Colorado State Director.
“Our national search for the best possible candidate took us all across the country and found the perfect fit from within our own familia,” said Ben Monterroso, MFV's Executive Director. “Her experience and talent will certainly contribute to the ongoing growth of our Colorado programs as we work toward common-sense immigration reform and continue to ensure the full integration of Latinos in the political process.”
Castedo will be responsible for leading Mi Familia Vota's Colorado efforts to move common-sense immigration reform and develop strategic partnerships throughout the state to move civic engagement efforts forward.
Prior to taking on the new role, Castedo served as Mi Familia Vota’s Northern Nevada Coordinator where she helped elevate the Latino community within Nevada’s political landscape, helping lead and implement MFV’s successful Latino voter mobilization efforts.
“I am excited to lead Mi Familia Vota's efforts in Colorado. Having been a DREAmer myself, when I came to the U.S. from Bolivia at the age of 12, I understand the struggles of our community and am deeply committed to moving the needle of Latino civic engagement. For many years I volunteered registering and turning out Latino voters even though I could not vote. I feel honored to now have the opportunity to make a difference in Colorado, my new home."
Castedo served as one of the founding members of the Latino Leaders Table in Nevada and represented Mi Familia Vota in key state civic engagement and immigration coalitions. Additionally, Castedo was a part of the MFV team that registered more than 19,000 Latino voters in Nevada, earning Mi Familia Vota the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award in 2013.
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May 16, 2014
Contact: Carla Castedo, (775) 342-7612, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Rep. Coffman, Stop Counting Campaign Dollars and Start Counting Votes on Immigration Reform”
Immigrant Rights Leaders and Community Gathered to Protest Coffman-Boehner-Cantor Fundraiser for their Inaction on Immigration Reform
DENVER, CO—As Representative Coffman headed to a campaign fundraiser Friday morning, dozens of community members assembled to host a demonstration at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver in an effort to call out Rep. Coffman’s inactions on commonsense immigration reform. Congressman Coffman was accompanied by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, who have both done nothing to move immigration reform.
The group that gathered outside of the event wanted to deliver a message to Congressman Coffman – Coloradans are paying close attention to this debate and our community will know the true difference between real solutions and political posturing.
Representative Coffman (CO,6) has stated his support for immigration reform, now we need him to act. We know there are enough votes in the House to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship. We urge Republican leadership to schedule a vote now, failure to act will deny Rep. Coffman and his allies the support of Latino voters in future elections and the campaign cash raised today will not go far in the Latino and immigrant community.
“Rep. Coffman continues to voice his support for immigration reform, but when asked to join co-sponsorship of H.R.15 or to demand a vote on immigration reform from his colleagues in Congress, he has failed to translate his support into action. Instead he has voted to defund the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that allows DREAMers to stay and work in the country legally” said Carla Castedo, Mi Familia Vota’s Colorado State Director.
“Polls show that 74 percent of 2014 likely voters support immigration reform with an earned citizenship. This includes the 71 percent of Republican registered voters in Rep. Coffman’s District. Americans want reform, Coloradons want reform, and our community needs reform. House leadership needs to generate a legislative proposal that addresses the over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the shadows and ensured an earned path to citizenship” Castedo added.
For Immediate Release
April 28, 2014
Mi Familia Vota Supports Enactment of Family Leave Bill in Colorado
This kind of program would help workers take care of themselves or family facing health issues without losing pay
DENVER, CO -- A bill pending in the state Legislature that would give workers and their families financial security when they need it the most, during a health care crisis, needs to be passed quickly, said Carla Castedo, state director of Mi Familia Vota in Colorado.
The Family and Medical leave Insurance (FAMLI) Act would provide partial wage replacement for workers who have worked at least 680 hours at their job in the previous year and need to help care for a family member or themselves due to a serious illness. The insurance fund proposed under the FAMLI Act, S.B. No. 14-196, would come from small contributions from workers, not employers, and let workers get 66% to 95% of their wages for up to 12 weeks.
“Sooner or later, all of us may face a health crisis in our families and we worry about how we will manage. How can we care for ourselves or a family member when we cannot afford to take time off without pay? Colorado needs to help families find solutions and reduce the burdens that come from health emergencies,” Castedo said.
“This is a critical issue for the community that Mi Familia Vota Colorado works with. Latino Coloradans are less likely to have paid sick days or parental leave from their employers,” Castedo added. “Moms should not have to worry about losing pay that goes to food and rent when the first priority should be the care of a sick child.”
Right now, federal family leave law requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide unpaid, job-protected leave for employees to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, a seriously ill family member or themselves, if they suffer from serious health conditions. In Colorado, 3 out of 5 workers do not have access to the federal program and 88% of Coloradans have no access to paid family and medical leave.
“The federal unpaid family leave act is helpful because it guarantees job security during the time of leave, but it is not enough, families need to continue to put food on the table and a roof over their head during that time regardless of income, that is why we need Colorado to act now,” Castedo said.
Job Opportunity: Colorado State Director
Job Scope: The State Director must be committed to driving forward the organizational mission and strategic direction and will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for MFV/MFVEF staff, programs, expansion, and execution of mission within the state of Colorado. State Director responsibilities include:
Developing deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and organizational and regional workplans;
Managing program coordinators and other program staff in strategic regions of the state, serving as liaison to MFV’s/MFVEF’s partners; taking a leadership role in building and cultivating C3 civic participation tables at the state and municipal level;
Developing and leading MFV/MFVEF Advisory Board, keeping them abreast of programmatic strategies, and seeking input on challenges and identifying opportunities;
Developing and maintaining partnerships with local media, community organizations, business and faith based organizations, and other strategic alliances;
Developing, implementing, and managing the operational aspects of the annual budget;
Develop relationships with public and private funders independently and through state tables and identify additional local funding opportunities.
State Director will report directly to the Regional Field Director.
Leadership & Management:
Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation and metrics, quality control of financial and administrative oversight, successful implementation of fundraising and communications strategies.
Identify key strategic goals and resources needed to accomplish goals.
Instill a culture of financial accountability among direct reports by ensuring tight financial oversight of operational budget.
Develop, maintain, and support a strong Advisory Board; serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations and national vision.
Attract, lead, develop, coach, and retain quality staff; empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control and performance.
Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth.
Ensure effective tracking and reporting mechanisms to track progress and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
Planning & New Operations:
Develop plan for program expansion to key urban centers within the state; engage in strategic planning process for program expansion into targeted areas.
Build partnerships in regions of planned expansion; establishing relationships with the funders and political and community leaders at each new site.
Serve as local anchor to national conversations and utilize local best practices and lessons learned to replication in other regions.
Management, Community Relations & Communications:
Prepare and submit annual operational budget, manage effectively within this budget, and report accurately on progress made and challenges encountered.
Ensure the continued financial viability of MFV’s/MFVEF’s operational units through sound fiscal management.
Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities, including seeking opportunities for in-kind support, to help sustain existing program operations and regional expansion.
Work closely with the National Director of Development & Communications to deepen and refine all aspects of communications efforts; from exploration of effective use of new media and digital media to strengthening partnerships with traditional media, particularly Spanish language media to both create a stronger brand and promote MFV’s/MFVEF’s civic participation agenda.
Serve as MFV/MFVEF regional spokesperson both with media and external constituency groups, including community, governmental, and private organizations.
Qualifications: The State director must be committed to MFV’s/MFVEF’s mission and core values. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
Bachelors degree in Political Science, Ethnic Studies, Communications, or related area of study preferred but not required;
Must be fluent in both English and Spanish (read, write, speak fluent Spanish);
At least 3 years of management experience, including strategic planning processes, resource allocation, basic HR principles, leadership development, and coordination of people and resources;
Knowledgeable on principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, training, maintenance, and retention;
Knowledgeable of both local and national Latino political landscape, including basic demographic, geographic, and electoral trends;
Track record of effectively leading a performance and outcomes based organization;
Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth;
Commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation;
Experience in organizational management with the ability to coach staff and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget;
Experience with board recruitment, assessment, and relationship development;
Strong organizing, public relations, and fundraising skills with the ability to engage a wide and diverse range of stakeholders;
Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills;
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people;
Candidate must possess a positive attitude, be mission-driven, fast learner, works well independently and self-directed;
Experience with curriculum and training design and development.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates must send cover letter, resume and references to LeoM@MiFamiliaVota.org
What Latino Civic Participation and Immigration Reform Mean for Colorado
By: Celia Reyes-Martínez
Colorado State Director for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund
Latinos clearly made their voices heard at the ballot box on November 6, 2012. A CNN exit poll showed that Latinos represented 14 percent of the electorate in Colorado. By the 2016 Presidential election, Latino voter eligibility is expected to increase by 35.9 percent, according to the Center for American Progress.
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFV EF) is steadfast in our civic engagement plans by doubling our efforts on motivating thousands legal permanent residents to become U.S. citizens so that they can be part of the group that will exercise their right to vote in 2014 – the year we will hold those elected officials accountable for supporting or preventing commonsense immigration reform.
We will be at citizenship ceremonies across the state once those immigrants become citizens to register each and every one to vote. We will also engage hundreds of Hispanic youth that turn 18 every month by reaching them at schools, through youth groups, churches and other areas in their communities so that they too, register to vote and become part of the growing Latino electorate.
America deserves a fair immigration system that benefits our nation and state, reflects our values and makes sense for our economy and our families. After all, immigrants have shaped the American identity and contribute as taxpayers, costumers, entrepreneurs, and job creators.
We are asking Congress to do the right thing and pass a commonsense immigration reform that reflects our commitment to the values that define us as Americans and includes a roadmap to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring citizens living in the U.S. Let’s face it, voters want real solutions, not just political talk.
Legalizing immigrant workers in Colorado and increasing their spending power would add 20,000 jobs to the state’s economy and grow tax revenues by $297 million, according to an economic study by the Center for American Progress. If all new Americans were expelled from Colorado, the state would lose more than $1.3 billion in state revenues.
Through our outreach, education and resources, MFV EF is helping pave the way to ensure high levels of electoral involvement among the Latino community in 2014, and beyond. Showing our presence at the ballot box and electing pro-Latino officials that will represent our interests will show candidates the political influence we can have when we vote.
Now let’s work together to making possible a commonsense immigration reform in 2013 and continue to create a engaged Latino voting bloc that continues to influence top issues of concern for the Latino community.
You can take action today by calling your member of Congress, Senator Mark Udall or Senator Michael Bennet, at 1-877-848-8289 and ask for support on a commonsense immigration reform that provides a timely roadmap to citizenship. To receive more information, text NOW to 90975.
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