Mi Familia Vota is a national organization working to unite the Latino community and its allies to ensure social and economic justice through increased civic participation
Digital Media Associate
(Riverside, CA or Las Vegas, NV)
Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund is one of the premiere Latino civic engagement organizations in the country with a trained and skilled staff dedicated to the empowerment and civic participation of the Latino community. MFVEF develops, coordinates, and implements sophisticated non-partisan field programs and strategies including citizenship promotion and assistance, voter registration, and voter education and mobilization. Established in 2008, MFVEF is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors comprised of renowned labor leaders, LGBT rights leaders, and leaders in the corporate and philanthropic sectors. MFVEF is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, maintaining operations in Riverside & Modesto, California; Denver & Pueblo, Colorado; Orlando & Tampa, Florida; Reno & Las Vegas, Nevada; and Houston, Texas with an annual operating budget of $2.5 million. Our staff members are leaders from the very communities we serve, reflecting the diversity of their constituency. Our national and local leadership bring with them many years of experience in a vast array of sectors including civic engagement and community organizing.
The Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund is seeking motivated, energetic, dedicated, and hard working individuals looking to gain first hand knowledge and experience in the area of communications and new media. This position will allow qualified candidate to participate in national communications efforts alongside leading immigrant rights, Latino, civic participation, and civil rights coalitions and national organizations. This position may either be housed out of our Riverside office in California or Las Vegas office in Nevada.
PLEASE SEND A LETTER OF INTEREST AND RESUME TO:
Lizette Escobedo, National Director of Development & Communications
Tel: (858) 583-5014 or LizetteE@mifamiliavota.org
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are evaluated on the basis of job qualifications and not race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship or authorized alien status, or veteran status.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2014
“Fast for Families Across America” Unites with Texas Leaders to Call for Commonsense Immigration Reform
Clergy, Labor & Immigrant Rights leaders will Urge U.S Congressional Delegation from TX to Protect Families & Fix Broken Immigration System in 2014
HOUSTON, TX - From Wednesday, March 5 through Tuesday, March 11, the “Fast for Families Across America” tour will join with Texas constituents and leaders as advocates continue their drive across America for commonsense immigration reform. With press events, prayer vigils and community meetings, the bus will join with prominent local leaders to mobilize constituents to act, fast and pray for reform and urge the Texas delegates in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Reps. Farenthold (TX-27), Olson (TX-22), Poe (TX-2), Weber (TX-14), Carter (TX-31), Flores (TX-17), Barton (TX-6) and Johnson (TX-3), to pass commonsense immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship this year.
Joining with local leaders in each community, “Fast for Families” leaders Eliseo Medina, former Secretary- Treasurer of SEIU, and Christian Avila of Mi Familia Vota, will join with constituents in Corpus Christi, Houston, Galveston, Arlington, Waco and Plano. Following the stops in Texas, the bus will continue through the heart of the south, visiting communities across the United States, until arriving in Washington, D.C. on April 9 to bring the message of reform to the steps of the U.S Capitol.
“Fast for Families” reignited the immigration debate last November when Medina, Avila DJ Yoon of NAKASEC, Rudy Lopez of Center for Community Change, and more, abstained from all food for 22 days on the National Mall. Joined by faith, labor and immigrant rights leaders and thousands across the country who fasted in solidarity, the movement drew national attention, including both Republican and Democratic members of Congress – many of whom fasted – and national civil rights leaders.
***MEDIA ADVISORY – TEXAS SCHEDULE***
MARCH 5, WEDNESDAY
11 AM – Press Event, followed by delegation visit to Rep. Farenthold’s office
LULAC Council 1 Hall
3516 Holly Road, Corpus Christi, TX
MARCH 6, THURSDAY
10:30 AM – Press Event with Leaders and Members of Congress at Houston City Hall
(Note: Prior to press event, a delegation will make a lobby visit to Rep. Ted Poe at 9 AM; location: 710 N. Post Oak, Suite 510, Houston, TX)
Houston City Hall - 901 Bagby Rd., Houston, TX
MARCH 7, FRIDAY
10:30 AM – Lobby Visit and Press Event
Rep. Randy Weber’s Office
174 Calder Road, League City, TX
March 10, MONDAY
9:30 AM - Lobby visit and Press Event (Temple, TX)
Rep. John Carter’s Office
6544 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple, TX
11:00 AM – Community Meeting
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Family Center
707 S Sixth Street, Temple, TX
3:00PM - Lobby visit and Press Event (Waco, TX)
Rep. Bill Flores’ Office
400 Austin Avenue Suite 302, Waco, TX
6:00PM - Community Meeting/Church Service
First Spanish Assembly of God
3301 Clay Ave, Waco, TX 76711
March 11, TUESDAY
10:15AM – Press Event & Rally
(Note: Prior to press event, a delegation will meet with Rep. Joe Barton at 9:30 AM)
St. Matthew Catholic Church
2021 New York Ave, Arlington, TX 76010
3:00PM – Delegation of constituents to meet with Rep. Sam Johnson
1255 W 15th Street, Suite 170, Plano, Texas 75075
7:00PM – Community Meeting
Auditorium of Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church
801 E. Mayfield Road, Arlington, TX
Mi Familia Vota Statement on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Action on Voter Suppression Law
PHOENIX, AZ --Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a law repealing the anti-voting rights law, HB2305, instead of letting voters decide the issue in the November election. Protect Your Right To Vote Committee collected 146,000 signatures to place the 2013 voter suppression law on the November ballot. However, state leaders are reportedly aiming to pass new anti-voting rights legislation with the goal of avoiding the referendum.
HB2305 made citizen initiatives and third party candidacies more difficult, paved the way to drop people off of the early voter rolls, and made it a felony for volunteer groups to help elderly, homebound, disabled and economically disadvantaged voters get their early voting ballots to the polls.
Mi Familia Vota, which works to engage the Latino community in the civic process, strongly rejects the legislative moves. The following is a statement by Mi Familia Vota Executive Director Ben Monterroso:
“Democracy works best when more people participate, not less. It is always our hope that Arizona will invite more people to practice this democracy rather than exclude some, based on age, economic status, the color of our skin or our country of origin.
“The actions of state leaders require all of us to remain vigilante to protect our rights as voters and as participants of the civic live in our communities.
“Mi Familia Vota will continue to vigorously fight any effort that would get in the way of the rights of individuals to vote, cast early voting ballots and have those votes counted. As Americans, we honor the democratic process, even if the state Legislature does not.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2014
CONTACT: Carla Castedo, (775) 342-7612, firstname.lastname@example.org
TODAY, Feb. 28 at 11:00 AM
Press Conference at St. Therese-Little Flower Church
“FAST FOR FAMILIES,” RENO COUNCILMEMBER, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO CALL ON REP. AMODEI TO URGE HOUSE COLLEAGUES TO BACK COMMONSENSE IMMIGRATION REFORM
“Fast for Families” Leaders Rudy Lopez (FIRM), DJ Yoon (NAKASEC), Reno City Councilman Delgado, People of Faith, Labor, and Reno Community to Carry Torch for Reform Across America
RENO, NV – The national “Fast for Families Across America” campaign for commonsense immigration reform arrives in Reno on Friday and will press local Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV2) to back the Latino and immigrant communities by calling for a House vote on immigration reform this year.
Last November, “Fast for Families” reignited the debate on immigration reform as Rudy Lopez (FIRM) and DJ Yoon (NAKASEC) along with Eliseo Medina (SEIU) and Cristian Avila (Mi Familia Vota) —immigrant rights leaders—fasted for 22 days at the doorsteps of the U.S. Capitol. Friday’s action is one of many in the “Fast for Families” campaign that is set to tour more than 75 congressional districts to empower constituents to call on Republican and Democratic U.S. House members to vote and enact immigration reform with a path to citizenship this year.
“Our friends, family members and neighbors who have been torn apart by America’s broken immigration system can no longer afford to wait,” said Cory Hernandez of Northern Nevada Latino Alliance.
The tour kicked off on Monday in Los Angeles. The national bus tour will cross 18 states. Reno will be their fifth stop for the “Fast for Families” bus tour going on the northern route.
PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY at 11:00 AM
What: “Fast for Families” core fasters and local immigrant rights advocates call on Rep. Mark Amodei to champion immigration reform.
Where: St. Therese Little Flower Church– 875 E. Plumb Ln., Reno, NV
When: Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:00 AM
Who: “Fast for Families” core fasters - Rudy Lopez (FIRM) and Dae Joon Yoong (NAKASEC), Rep. Amodei’s district constituents, Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado, Mi Familia Vota, Justice for Immigrants, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Nevada Latino Student Advisory board, Northern Nevada Latino Alliance, Nevada Alliance of Retired Americans and labor and immigrant rights leaders.
See full Reno bus tour schedule here.
On Twitter: @Fast4Families #TimeisNow
Mi Familia Vota Statement on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s Veto of Anti-Gay Legislation
PHOENIX, AZ -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has decided today to veto SB 1062, a discriminatory bill passed by the state Legislature that would have legalized discrimination against the LGBT community. Mi Familia Vota works against discriminatory bills who legislate bias against members of our society who are wrongly judged based on the color of their skin, the country in which they were born, or their sexual orientation.
Mi Familia Vota’s Executive Director Ben Monterroso issued the following statement:
"Gov. Brewer has vetoed SB 1062 but she cannot undo the politics of hate that she and the state Legislature have practiced in recent years.
"The 2010 anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, was mostly thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court, but it has served as a rallying cry for Latino voices to be heard in the political process. SB 1062, while not signed into law, has united all communities who seek liberty and justice for all.
“We applaud the business community. They have united to strongly and publicly oppose this bill, warning of the dire economic consequences that would result from signing SB 1062 into law. We are encouraged by their unity and willingness to continue to publicly denounce legislation that marginalizes our communities.
“Our commitment is stronger than ever to ensure that Arizona's climate of mean spirited actions ends now.
"The justice we seek will not be found in those who hold office today, but in those we elect tomorrow."
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2014
Contact: Marisol Montoya-Herrera, 702.325.9509, MarisolM@MiFamiliaVota.net
Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:00 AM
“Fast for Families” Action
18 S Water St Henderson NV 89015
“Fast for Families” and Constituents to Call on Congressman Joe Heck on Immigration Reform
Nevada Teachers Fast as “Fast for Families” and Immigrant Rights Leaders Urge Rep. Heck to Act on Immigration Reform and Henderson Community Gathers in Support
Las Vegas, NV – On Friday, March 1st, “Fast for Families Across America” will join Nevada teachers boldly fasting for immigration reform, constituents and local immigrant rights leaders to call on Congressman Joe Heck to champion immigration reform and lead his colleagues in Congress to pass immigration reform this year.
With a growing Latino and Asian American population, Rep. Heck’s district is a prime example of a changing demographic that continues to vocalize its overwhelming demand for immigration reform. On Friday, Las Vegas teachers will start a 24-hour fast as they welcome “Fast for Families Across America” in its fourth district stop in the national tour.
Last November, “Fast for Families” reignited the debate on immigration reform as Eliseo Medina—a labor and civil rights leader—and DREAMER Cristian Avila fasted for 22 days at the doorsteps of the U.S. Capitol. Friday’s action is one of many in the “Fast for Families” campaign that is set to tour more than a hundred congressional districts to empower constituents to call on Republican and Democratic U.S. House members to vote and enact immigration reform with a path to citizenship this year.
FRIDAY at 11:00 AM
What: “Fast for Families” and local immigrant rights advocates will call on Congressman Joe Heck at the Las Vegas ICE detention Center.
Where: ICE Detention Center – 18 S Water St Henderson NV 89015
When: Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:00 AM
Who: “Fast for Families” leader Cristian Avila, constituents, labor and immigrant rights leaders.
Note: A Community Meeting will follow in the evening at Kona Ice located at 2700 E Patrick Ln Las Vegas NV 89120 starting at 5:30 PM. Las Vegas immigration reform supporters will also tour the bus taking fasters across the country to continue the call for reform and citizenship. For more information, please contact Marisol Montoya-Herrera702.325.9509 or Rudy Zamora 702.724.5386
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CONTACT: Elena Carrasco, email@example.com, 909-810-3867
Martha Figueroa, firstname.lastname@example.org, 323-893-0024
Wendy Carrillo, email@example.com, 213-321-7085
Thursday, Feb.27, 2014 at 10:00 AM (PST)
Rep. Gary Miller’s Constituents Welcome “Fast for Families” Bus Tour
195 N. Arrowhead Ave, San Bernardino, CA
"Fast for Families" & San Bernardino Leaders to Call on Retiring Rep. Gary Miller to Support Commonsense Immigration Reform
Hundreds to Fast at "Non-Breakfast" and Call on Congressman Miller to Leave Behind a Legacy on Immigration Reform that Reflects Will of Constituents
SAN BERNARDINO, CA – On Thursday morning, Feb. 27, “Fast for Families” makes its next stop on the southern route to join hundreds of constituents and business, faith and labor leaders who will be hosting a “Fasting in Solidarity Non-Breakfast” in Congressman Gary Miller’s (CA-31) district, where the exiting U.S. House member has been invited to attend and address his constituents on immigration reform.
With Congressman Miller retiring from office and not seeking re-election, pro-immigration reform advocates are calling on the veteran House member to “do the right thing” by his constituents and fulfill his moral obligation to champion commonsense immigration reform with a path to citizenship. Attendees will also be writing their pledges to act and fast for immigration reform on empty plates as a symbol of the urgent need to pass reform this year.
“Fast for Families” reignited the immigration debate last November when Eliseo Medina (SEIU), Dae Joong Yoon (NAKASEC), Rudy Lopez (FIRM) and Cristian Avila (Mi Familia Vota) —abstained from all food, except water—for 22 days on the National Mall. Joined by faith, labor and immigrant rights leaders and thousands across the country who fasted in solidarity, the movement drew national attention, including the support of President Obama, members of Congress – several of whom fasted – and national civil rights leaders.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 – FASTING IN SOLIDARITY NON-BREAKFAST
WHAT: “Fast for Families Across America” stops in Congressman Gary Miller’s district, joining hundreds of constituents and faith, labor and business leaders to call on Rep. Miller to leave a legacy that reflects the will of his district by championing commonsense immigration reform.
WHEN: Thursday, February 27 @ 10 AM (PST)
WHERE: SEIU-ULTCW, 195 S. Arrowhead Ave, San Bernardino, CA
VISUALS: Hundreds of supporters. Bus with pictures of families. Rows of tables with empty plates for solidarity fasters.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2014
“Fast for Families Across America” Kicks Off Tour in Key California Congressional Districts to Call for Immigration Reform
Clergy, Labor & Immigrant Rights leaders to cover more than 950 miles and seven key Congressional districts in California during national 14,212 miles, 75+ districts tour
LOS ANGELES - On Monday, Feb. 24 at 10am, “Fast for Families Across America” will kick off a national bus tour for immigration reform from Los Angeles to more than 75 congressional districts throughout the United States. As the nationwide campaign kicks off and meets with communities and congressional offices throughout California, the two-bus tour will stop in seven key districts and hold daily press events, prayer vigils, and community meetings to mobilize constituents and underscore the urgency for Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform this year.
Joining local leaders in each community, “Fast for Families” leaders Eliseo Medina (SEIU) and Cristian Avila (Mi Familia Vota) will travel on a southern route with stops in Brea, Vista and San Bernardino. Leaders Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon (NAKASEC) and Rudy Lopez (FIRM) will head north to Santa Clarita, Bakersfield and San Francisco. Each stop will target key congressional representatives and mobilize advocates from across the political spectrum.
Following the stops in California, each bus will continue through the heart of the west and deserts of the South, continuing to visit in communities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia and stops in between, until arriving in Washington, D.C. on April 9 to bring the message of reform to the steps of the U.S Capitol.
“Fast for Families” reignited the immigration debate last November when Medina, Yoon, Lopez, and Avila fasted—abstaining from all food, except for water—for 22 days on the National Mall. Joined by faith, labor and immigrant rights leaders and thousands across the country who fasted in solidarity, the movement drew national attention, including the support of President Obama, members of Congress – many of whom fasted – and national civil rights leaders.
***MEDIA ADVISORY - CALIFORNIA SCHEDULE***
MONDAY – Feb. 24
Los Angeles: 10 a.m. – Bus Tour Launch
Location: City Hall, 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
“Fast for Families Across America” bus tour kicks off at City Hall. Hundreds will gather to call for action on immigration reform and send off “Fast for Families” leaders.
TUESDAY – Feb. 25
Santa Clarita (Rep. Buck McKeon): 10:30 a.m. – Press Conference and Congressional Office Visit
Location: In front of Rep. Buck McKeon’s Office – 26650 The Old Road, Suite #203, Santa Clarita, CA
1-3pm – Media Availability – Fast for Families Leaders Rudy Lopez & Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon
Brea (Rep. Ed Royce): 10:30 a.m. – Vigil, Procession, Media Event at Congressional Office
Location: In front of Rep. Ed Royce’s Office - 210 West Birch St, Brea, CA
Speakers include local elected leaders as well as representatives from the labor, immigrant rights, Asian American, and faith communities.
3-4:30pm – Media Availability – Fast for Families Leaders Eliseo Medina & Cristian Avila
WEDNESDAY – Feb. 26
Bakersfield (Rep. Kevin McCarthy): 10:30 a.m. – Procession, Press Conference and Congressional Visit
Location: Yokuts Park, Empire Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93309
Speakers include Dolores Huerta of DH Foundation, Arturo Rodriguez of United Farmworkers, along with faith and labor leaders.
3-4:30pm – Media Availability – Fast for Families Leaders Rudy Lopez & Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon
Vista (Rep. Darrell Issa): 9:30 a.m. – Press Conference and Congressional Visit
Location: In front of Rep. Darrell Issa’s Office – 1800 Thibodo Road, #310, Vista, CA 92801
Speakers include local elected, labor, immigrant rights and faith leaders.
10-11am, 3-4:30pm – Media Availability – Fast for Families Leaders Eliseo Medina & Cristian Avila
THURSDAY – Feb. 27
San Francisco (Rep. Nancy Pelosi): 12:00 p.m. – Media Event
Location: 90 7th Street, Ste. 2-800, San Francisco, CA 94103
Speakers include local elected leaders and representatives from faith, labor, and Asian American communities
Afternoon - Media Availability – Fast for Families Leaders Rudy Lopez & Dae Joong (DJ) Yoon
San Bernardino (Rep. Gary Miller): 10 a.m. – Prayer Vigil and Press Conference
Location: 195 North Arrowhead Ave, San Bernardino, CA
Speakers include local elected leaders and representatives from PICO, Mi Familia Vota, SEIU, Chirla, and faith groups.
11 a.m. – Visit to Rep. Gary Miller’s Office
8300 Utica Ave, Suite 105, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
3-5pm – Media Availability – Fast for Families Leaders Eliseo Medina & Cristian Avila
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
Pro-Immigration Reform Floridians Welcome Speaker Boehner to Sarasota
SATURDAY - FEB 15 – 4:30 PM
LOCATION: Sarasota Bayfront Park (corner of Island Park Drive)
Immigration Activists Tell Speaker Boehner:
Stop Counting Campaign Cash and Start Counting House Votes for Immigration Reform
Boehner fails to lead on immigration but follows $$$ back to Sarasota where Latino advocates demand House vote NOW
Sarasota, FL – Immigration reform activists and advocates will hold a “welcome” party for House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, this Saturday, outside of a private high-donor fundraiser for the the speaker’s political action committee. NRCC Chairman Walden, US Rep. from Oregon, and Sarasota GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan will also join Speaker Boehner.
Last week, Speaker Boehner backpedaled from letting the full House vote on immigration reform legislation, giving weak excuses for stalling reform. On Saturday, the congressional delegation will be greeted with a message from the Florida advocates: “There are enough votes in the House to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship today. Schedule a vote now, as failure to act will deny Speaker Boehner 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 communities.”
WHO: Mi Familia Vota, OFA-FL, Young American Dreamers, FLIC, LULAC, Unidos Now, MIRA USA, PICO, CIR Now
WHEN: 4:30PM, Saturday, February 15, 2014
WHERE: Sarasota Bayfront Park, One Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236
On Twitter: @MiFamiliaVota @MiFamiliaVotaFL #TimeisNow
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2014
ADVISORY UPDATE FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW
“Fast For Families” and Dream Defender’s Phillip Agnew to Visit Florida Congressman Ross to Call for Commonsense Immigration Reform
“Fast for Families” Advocate and Dream Defender’s Executive Director, Phillip Agnew, to Join Solidarity Fasters and Advocates in Florida to Call for Commonsense Immigration Reform
TAMPA, FL – On Wednesday, February 19th “Fast for Families” advocate and Dream Defender’s Phillip Agnew and local immigrant rights activists will visit Republican Congressman Dennis Ross (FL-15, R) at his Lakeland office to call for commonsense immigration reform.
The evening before the visit to Ross’s office, Tuesday, Feb. 18, local leaders and activists will participate at Rep. Ross’s community townhall and urge the Congressman to support commonsense immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship that will help our nation’s economy, keep families together, and ensure equality for all.
The activities on Wednesday will be marked by a day-long fast, as faith, labor, civil rights and immigrant rights leaders gather to pray, share stories and visit with Members of Congress.
Last November, Agnew joined "Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship" and fasted on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Agnew is also the Executive Director for Dream Defenders, a human rights organization led by Black and Brown youth who believe that every member in our society should have the opportunity to realize their "dream" away from the shadows of fear from deportation and into the light of equality.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH SCHEDULE
Visit to Congressman Dennis Ross Lakeland Office
WHEN: Wednesday, February 19 at 10:00 am
WHERE: 179 Fitzgerald Rd, Lakeland, FL
WHEN: Wednesday, February 19 at 12 noon
WHERE: Dennis Ross Lakeland Office
179 Fitzgerald Rd, Lakeland, FL
WHO: Mi Familia Vota, Dream Defenders, Young American Dreamers, Florida Immigrant Coalition, ACLU-FL, PICO, LULAC, Voz y Accion de Puerto Rico, OFA, Hillsborough Hispanic Coalition, Hispanic Services Council, Students Working for Equal Rights
Lunch with “Fast for Families” advocate and Dream Defender’s Phillip Agnew (open to media)
WHEN: Wednesday, February 19 at 1:30 pm
WHERE: El Mega Mercado, 2009 George Jenkins Blvd, Lakeland, FL
Student Immigration Forum (open to media)
WHEN: Wednesday, February 19 at 7 pm
WHERE: Public Library- City of Lakeland
100 Lake Morton Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801
On Twitter: @Fast4Families
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