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  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 16, 2014 11:40 AM

MFV Florida Partners with Orange Rising for Vote Local Campaign

MFV Florida Partners with Orange Rising for Vote Local Campaign

In an effort to encourage greater voter participation in local elections, Mi Familia Vota Florida partnered with Orange Rising- a coalition of more than 20 organizations behind the Vote Local campaign

Vote Local is currently mounting a public information campaign to ensure Orange County citizens can and will vote confidently in the upcoming August 26 and November 4 local elections and beyond. The primary goals of Vote Local reflects the mission of Mi Familia Vota

"We all know the Latino vote is the vote that changes the political landscape in Central Florida. We also know that historically, Latinos don't turn out the vote in mid-term elections. Mi Familia Vota Florida has joined the Vote Local campaign because we recognize that if Latinos can directly connect the issues that affect their every day lives with the local politics, where the real action takes place, Latinos won't sit this election out and in turn, we will make history," said Ana De La Rosa, Florida state director of Mi Familia Vota. 

For more information about Vote Local and Orange Rising, visit here

  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 15, 2014 5:20 PM

Mi Familia Vota Agrees with Mayor Castro and Says “Enough!” to Patrick’s Divisive Immigrant Bashing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 15, 2014

Contact: Mario Salinas, (713) 828-4512, Marios@mifamiliavota.org

 

Mi Familia Vota Agrees with Mayor Castro and Says “Enough!” to Patrick’s Divisive Immigrant Bashing 

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- The best and the worst of Texas politics were on national display today when esteemed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro challenged the anti-immigrant rhetoric of state Sen. Dan Patrick. 

In a debate hosted by the Texas Tribune to be aired on Univision Spanish language stations in Texas, Sen. Patrick was forced to defend his hardline stance against immigrants that includes a frequent claim of an “invasion of immigrants coming across the Texas border.”

Mayor Castro, meanwhile, noted that Texas has prospered when state leaders from both political parties have taken a reasonable approach to immigration. The state’s labor force is 21.1% foreign-born and were behind 21% of the economic output in Houston metropolitan area in 2009. Providing a pathway to earned citizenship and expanding high and low-skilled visa programs would increase total personal income for Texas families by $15.2 billion in 2020, according to Regional Economic Models, Inc. The state’s housing, technology, agriculture, tourism and trade industries -- key to the economy -- would greatly benefit from immigration reform.

The following is a statement by Ben Monterroso, Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota: 

“According to local news sources, this debate came about because Mayor Castro had the courage to stand up to Sen. Patrick’s harmful and divisive comments and took to social media to say, ‘Enough!’ This debate could not be more timely in Texas, where the narrative around immigrants has never been more negative. We must ensure that our political leaders understand that this is not a political issue for our community and the country, it is a human issue and in many cases it is a personal issue. The moral values of our nation are being tested when the decision of whether are families stay together or are torn apart are left in the hands of politicians.

“The danger of politicians like Sen. Patrick is that they say outrageous things to whip up votes among the anti-immigrant voters in Texas, without paying any attention to the facts and the contributions that immigrants make to this state and the country.

 “Immigration reform is too important to the state’s economy and its people to be batted around for political sport, like Sen. Patrick who is willing to score cheap political points for expediency instead of doing what is the right and moral thing to do. Texas will be stronger when it is led by people who do not practice the politics of hatred and division.

“We see this debate as a prime example of what we need more of in Texas - elected officials standing up when the rhetoric crosses the line. The more backbone elected officials’ show, and the more meaningful conversations Texans can witness, the richer and more engaging the civic empowerment landscape will be for our state.

“We at Mi Familia Vota look forward to continue to increase Latino participation in Texas to ensure that we can elect leaders that not only respect our community but can lead on important issues like the economy, jobs, affordable healthcare, education, and most importantly, immigration reform. After all, civic engagement is not about any particular politician, it is about the future of our state and our country.”

  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 09, 2014 2:54 PM

Mi Familia Vota Nevada to Congress: America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform

For Immediate Release

April 9, 2014 

Contact: Benjamin Challinor, 702-812-1419benc@mifamiliavtota.com  

Mi Familia Vota Nevada to Congress: America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform

The Time Is Now to End Excuses and Move a Bill to House Floor 

RENO, NV -- Mi Familia Vota (MFV) and local immigration advocates today called on members of Congress to stop making excuses for inaction and do their jobs by passing immigration reform with path to citizenship.

During a press conference today, faith, labor and community leaders gathered in solidarity with the Fast for Families Across America campaign at Mi Familia Vota's Reno office coinciding with a rally in Washington, D.C. where the national caravan for justice ended its journey. While the tour and a 48-hour fast by the We Belong Together campaigns end this phase of the fight for immigration reform, MFV and Latino community groups have pledged to hold members of Congress who stand in the way of urgently needed reform accountable.

“We are letting Rep. Mark Amodei know that we are watching what he and Congress do. They can stand with us or against us, and in either case, we will make sure the Latino community knows the score” said Rosa Molina, Citizenship Program Director of Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

“House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH, has said he wants to bring commonsense immigration reform to the floor but has not acted. Other House Republicans have also said that the House needs to act -- enough to indicate that if a vote were held, a bipartisan majority would pass immigration reform. The majority party in the House must stand up and show leadership and do what is right for the country’s economy and families” added Benjamin Challinor, Northern Nevada Coordinator of Mi Familia Vota.

Members of Congress can get on the right side of this issue by signing a House "Discharge Petition" that would force a floor vote on HR 15, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, or offer a commonsense solution.

The Fast for Families campaign and the We Belong Together 48-hour fast were part of a national effort to shine a light on the moral and economic crisis created by our broken immigration system and to urge Congress to act this year to pass commonsense immigration reform.

The “Fast For Families Across America” tour traveled across more than 30 states, including Nevada, and to more than 100 congressional districts, engaging people from broad sectors of society including people of faith, business, law enforcement, immigrants, workers and community members in support of immigration reform.

The immigrants’ rights community transitions to a new stage in the fight for immigration reform, reminding Congress that the battle to keep families together, protect workers, and grow our economy is not over. The Latino community will keep speaking out for a fair and just immigration reform system until Congress does what’s right.

 

  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 08, 2014 5:19 PM

Pueblo Local Faith, Labor and Community Leaders Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 8, 2014

Contact: Gabriela Morales, 719-334-0115

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Local Faith, Labor and Community Leaders Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform 

Local advocates and leaders to hold solidarity event with “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally in Washington, D.C.

Pueblo, CO – In solidarity with the “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” rally in Washington, D.C., Pueblo faith, labor and community leaders will hold a solidarity event calling on Rep. Scott Tipton to urge a vote on commonsense immigration reform.  

The “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally marks the transition to the next phase of the immigration reform campaign following the Fast for Families Across America Tour and the We Belong Together 48-hour fast. The goals of these two campaigns has been to shine a light on the moral and economic crisis created by our broken immigration system and to urge Congress to act this year to pass commonsense immigration reform.

The Fast For Families Across America tour traveled across more than 30 states, including Pueblo, Coloradoand to more than 100 congressional districts, engaging people from broad sectors of society including people of faith, business, law enforcement, immigrants, workers and community members in support of immigration reform. 

The fight for immigration reform is not over. The Latino community will hold our local members of Congress, including Scott Tipton accountable for inaction. They can get on the right side of this issue by signing a House "Discharge Petition" that would force a floor vote on HR 15, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, or offer a commonsense solution.

What:              Closing Vigil for Fast For Families Tour

When:             April 9th  at 8:15 pm    

Where:           Our lady of Mount Carmel Church. 421 E Clark St. Pueblo, CO 81003

Who:               MFV, CIRC, UVAS, Faith Group leaders from Mt. Carmel

 

 

  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 08, 2014 3:20 PM

Phoenix Faith, Labor and Community Leaders Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 7, 2014                      

Contact: Raquel Teran 602-326-5854

                Tony Navarette 602-791-5907

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Local Faith, Labor and Community Leaders Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform 

Local advocates and leaders to hold solidarity event with “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally in Washington, D.C. 

Phoenix, Arizona – In solidarity with the “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” rally in Washington, D.C., Phoenix faith, labor and community leaders will hold a solidarity event calling on Representative Trent Franks and Matt Salomon to urge a vote on commonsense immigration reform.  

The “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally marks the transition to the next phase of the immigration reform campaign following the Fast for Families Across America Tour and the We Belong Together 48-hour fast. The goals of these two campaigns has been to shine a light on the moral and economic crisis created by our broken immigration system and to urge Congress to act this year to pass commonsense immigration reform.

The Fast For Families Across America tour traveled across more than 30 states, including Phoenix, Arizona and to more than 100 congressional districts, engaging people from broad sectors of society including people of faith, business, law enforcement, immigrants, workers and community members in support of immigration reform.

The fight for immigration reform is not over. The Latino community will hold our local members of Congress, including Matt Salmon and Trent Franks accountable for inaction. They can get on the right side of this issue by signing a House "Discharge Petition" that would force a floor vote on HR 15, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, or offer a commonsense solution.

What: Press Conference 

When: April 9th, 2014

Where: Primera Iglesia Metodista Santuary 701 S 1st Street, Phoenix, AZ 

Who: Mi Familia Vota, Promise Arizona, Service Employee International Union

 

 

  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 08, 2014 3:12 PM

Denver Faith, Labor and Community Leaders Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 8, 2014

Contact: Derick Ruiz, 303-882-8343

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** 

Local Faith, Labor and Community Leaders Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform 

Local advocates and leaders to hold solidarity event with “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally in Washington, D.C.

DENVER, CO – In solidarity with the “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” rally in Washington, D.C., Aurora faith, labor and community leaders will hold a solidarity event calling on Rep. Mike Coffman to urge a vote on commonsense immigration reform.  

The “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally marks the transition to the next phase of the immigration reform campaign following the Fast for Families Across America Tour and the We Belong Together 48-hour fast. The goals of these two campaigns has been to shine a light on the moral and economic crisis created by our broken immigration system and to urge Congress to act this year to pass commonsense immigration reform.

The Fast For Families Across America tour traveled across more than 30 states, including Aurora, CO and to more than 100 congressional districts, engaging people from broad sectors of society including people of faith, business, law enforcement, immigrants, workers and community members in support of immigration reform.

The fight for immigration reform is not over. The Latino community will hold our local members of Congress, including Rep. Mike Coffman accountable for inaction. They can get on the right side of this issue by signing a House "Discharge Petition" that would force a floor vote on HR 15, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, or offer a commonsense solution

When: April 9th, 2014, 10:30 AM

Where: El Centro Humanitario

            2260 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Who: Mi Familia Vota, Together Colorado, Centro Humanitario

  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 08, 2014 2:11 PM

Houston Faith, Labor, Community Leaders, and Artists Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 8, 2014

Contact: Mario Salinas, (713) 828-4512, marios@mifamiliavota.org

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

Local Faith, Labor, Community Leaders, and Artists Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform 

Local advocates and leaders to hold solidarity event with “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally in Washington, D.C. 

Houston, Texas – In solidarity with the “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” rally in Washington, D.C., Houston faith, labor, community leaders and local artists will hold a solidarity event calling on Representatives Culberson, Poe, Olson, and McCaul, to urge a vote on commonsense immigration reform.   

The “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally marks the transition to the next phase of the immigration reform campaign following the Fast for Families Across America Tour and the We Belong Together 48-hour fast. The goals of these two campaigns has been to shine a light on the moral and economic crisis created by our broken immigration system and to urge Congress to act this year to pass commonsense immigration reform. 

The Fast For Families Across America tour traveled across more than 30 states, including Texas and to more than 100 congressional districts, engaging people from broad sectors of society including people of faith, business, law enforcement, immigrants, workers and community members in support of immigration reform.

The fight for immigration reform is not over. The Latino community will hold our local members of Congress, including Rep. John Culberson (TX-District 7), Rep. Ted Poe (TX-District 2), Rep. Pete Olson (TX-District 22), and Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-District 10), accountable for inaction. They can get on the right side of this issue by signing a House "Discharge Petition" that would force a floor vote on HR 15, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, or offer a commonsense solution. 

What: Press Conference in Solidarity with “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally in Washington D.C., and to urge local Congressmen for a vote on immigration reform.

When: April 9, 2014 Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Dominican Sisters of Houston 6501 Almeda Rd., Houston, TX 77021 

Who: Local faith, labor, community leaders, artists, and supporters

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  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 08, 2014 12:54 PM

Northern Nevada Faith, Labor and Community Leaders Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 Local Faith, Labor and Community Leaders Hold “Fast for Families” Solidarity Event, Urge Vote on Immigration Reform

Local advocates and leaders to hold solidarity event with “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally in Washington, D.C.

RENO, NV – In solidarity with the “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” rally in Washington, D.C., Northern Nevada faith, labor and community leaders will hold a solidarity event calling on Rep. Amodei to urge a vote on commonsense immigration reform.    

The “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform” Rally marks the transition to the next phase of the immigration reform campaign following the Fast for Families Across America Tour and the We Belong Together 48-hour fast. The goals of these two campaigns has been to shine a light on the moral and economic crisis created by our broken immigration system and to urge Congress to act this year to pass commonsense immigration reform.

The Fast For Families Across America tour traveled across more than 30 states, including Nevada and to more than 100 congressional districts, engaging people from broad sectors of society including people of faith, business, law enforcement, immigrants, workers and community members in support of immigration reform.

The fight for immigration reform is not over. The Latino community will hold our local members of Congress, including Rep. Amodei accountable for inaction. They can get on the right side of this issue by signing a House "Discharge Petition" that would force a floor vote on HR 15, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, or offer a commonsense solution.

What: Press Conference

When: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 11:00 am

Where: Mi Familia Vota, 164 Hubbard Way, Ste. B, Reno, NV 89502

Who: Community Leaders and Immigration Advocates

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  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 08, 2014 12:00 PM

Ayuno por las Families Finaliza Recorrido en DC el 9 de Abril

***AVISO A LOS MEDIOS***

Miércoles 9 de abril a las 10:00 AM

“Ayuno por las Familias” Llega al National Mall 

“AYUNO POR LAS FAMILIAS A TRAVES DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS” Finaliza Recorrido en DC el 9 de Abril

Los Autobuses Llegaran al National Mall para el Mitin y Terminar el Ayuno con We Belong Together

WASHINGTON, DC – Después de siete semanas, más de 15,000 millas y más de 80 distritos del congreso, los autobuses de “Ayuno por las Familias A Través de los Estados Unidos”  concluirán su viaje en el National Mall este miércoles 9 de abril. Los autobuses serán recibidos por un grupo de partidarios de las comunidades de fe, de negocios, laborales y de los derechos de los inmigrantes, continuando con el llamado de “Los Estados Unidos Merecen una Votación sobre la Reforma Migratoria.”

El mitin unirá a líderes de “Ayuno por las Familias” y a We Belong Together – Women For Commonsense Immigration Reform quienes han ayunado por 48 horas en el Mall. Estas dos campañas han traído a la luz la crisis moral y económica creada por nuestros sistema migratorio disfuncional y han instado a los miembros de la Cámara Baja a que actúen este año para aprobar una reforma migratoria con sentido común.

Finalizando el mitin, una procesión se dirigirá al Capitolio en donde líderes de Ayuno por las Familias y We Belong Together entregaran una carta al Portavoz John Boehner solicitando una votación sobre una reforma migratoria con sentido común y para reunirse con el Líder de la Mayoría en el Senado, Harry Reid.

QUIÉN:            

Rabino David Saperstein, RAC

Rev. Anthony Suarez, NHCLC

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, NALeC

Rev. John McCullough, Church World Service

Rev. Sharon Stanley, Discípulos de Cristo

Norma Mendoza Chavez, We Belong Together

Eliseo Medina, Ayuno por las Familias

DJ Yoon, Ayuno por las Familias & NAKASEC

Cristian Avila, Mi Familia Vota & Ayuno por las Familias

Henry Cisneros, Ex Secretario de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de los Estados Unidos

Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners

Rudy Lopez, Ayuno por las Familias & FIRM

Rev. Eunsung Lee, United Methodist Church & NAKASEC

QUÉ:                “Ayuno por las Familias A Través de los Estados Unidos” recorrido nacional por autobús termina su viaje en el National Mall. Mitin de cierre, procesión al Capitolio, disponibilidad para los medios

DÓNDE:           4ta Calle entre Jefferson y Madison

                        Washington DC 20024

CUÁNDO:        Miércoles 9 de abril

10:00 AM         Autobús de “Ayuno por las Familias A Través de los Estados Unidos” llega al mitin en la 4ta Calle

10:15 AM         Inicia el programa de oradores del mitin en el National Mall

11:15 AM         Mitin concluye

11:20 AM         Delegación procede al Capitolio para reunirse con miembros, entregar una carta al Portavoz Boehner, reunirse con el Senador Reid 

1:15 PM           Delegación lleva a cabo sesión de disponibilidad para los medios con el Líder de la Mayoría del Senado, Reid

                                                Clock Corridor de Ohio

                                                Capitolio de los E.U

Todo reportero que no se encuentre acreditado necesitará ponerse en contacto con la galería de medios apropiada para obtener acreditación para poder asistir a este evento:

Prensa Escrita favor de ponerse en contacto con la Galería de Prensa al 202.224.0241

Medios de Radio-TV favor de contactar a la Galería de Radio-TV al 202.224.6421

Prensa Fotográfica favor de ponerse en contacto con la Galería de Prensa Fotográfica al 202.224.6548

Publicaciones Periódicas favor de contactar a la Galería de Publicaciones Periódicas al 202.224.0265

 

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  • Sigourney Nuñez
  • Apr 08, 2014 10:25 AM

“Fast for Families Across America” to Finish Tour in DC April 9

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

April 9, Wednesday at 10:00 AM

“Fast for Families” Arrives at National Mall 

“Fast for Families Across America” to Finish Tour in DC April 9

Buses to Arrive at National Mall for Rally, Breaking of Fast with We Belong Together

WASHINGTON, DC – After seven weeks, more than 15,000 miles and 80+ congressional districts, the “Fast for Families Across America” buses are completing their journey on the National Mall this Wednesday, April 9. The buses will be greeted by a rally of supporters from the faith, business, labor and immigrant rights communities, continuing the call that “America Deserves a Vote on Immigration Reform.” 

The rally will bring together the “Fast for Families” leaders and the We Belong Together – Women For Commonsense Immigration Reform 48 hour fast being held on the Mall. These two campaigns have been shining a light on the moral and economic crisis created by our broken immigration system and urging members of the House to act this year to pass commonsense immigration reform. 

The concluding rally will be followed by a procession to the Capitol where Fast for Families and We Belong Together leaders will deliver a letter to Speaker John Boehner asking for a vote on commonsense immigration reform and meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

WHO:             

Rabbi David Saperstein, RAC

Rev. Anthony Suarez, NHCLC

Rev. Gabriel Salguero, NALeC

Rev. John McCullough, Church World Service

Rev. Sharon Stanley, Disciples of Christ

Norma Mendoza Chavez, We Belong Together

Eliseo Medina, Fast for Families

DJ Yoon, Fast for Families & NAKASEC

Cristian Avila, Mi Familia Vota 

Henry Cisneros, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners

Rudy Lopez, Fast for Families & FIRM

Rev. Eunsung Lee, United Methodist Church & NAKASEC

 

WHAT:           “Fast for Families Across America” national bus tour completes journey at the National Mall. Closing rally, procession to Capitol, media availability

WHERE:         4th Street between Jefferson & Madison

Washington DC 20024

WHEN:           Wednesday, April 9

10:00 AM        “Fast for Families Across America” buses arrive at 4th Street rally

10:15 AM        Rally speaking program begins on National Mall

11:15 AM        Rally concludes

11:20 AM        Delegation proceeds to Capitol Hill for meetings with members, deliver letter to Speaker Boehner, meet with Senator Reid 

1:15 PM          Delegation holds media availability with Senate Majority Leader Reid

                      Ohio Clock Corridor U.S. Capitol

Any non-credentialed press will need to contact the appropriate media gallery to obtain a credential for attending this event:

Print Press please contact the Print Gallery at 202.224.0241

Radio-TV Press please contact the Radio-TV Gallery at 202.224.6421

Photography Press please contact the Press Photographer’s Gallery at202.224.6548

Periodical press please contact the Periodicals Gallery at 202.224.0265

                       

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