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October 3-5 Last Weekend to Register to Vote

Monday, October 6th is the last day to register to vote in Texas! 

Find us at an event near you this weekend & we'll help you out! See ya there! 

 

Houston: Voter registration canvassing at Chicano Fest and at Tour de Northside (cycling race)

        October 3: Chicano Fest, Miller Outdoor Theater; 6000 Hermann Park Dr.; 7:00 p.m-11:00 p.m.

        October 4: Tour de North Side (cycling race); VR table at post-race gathering at Leonel Castillo

                         Community Center; 2101 South Street; 10:00 a.m.

        October 4: Chicano Fest, Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Dr; 7:00 p.m-11:00 pm.

 

San Antonio

  o October 4:

  • AARP member resource fair 

           9am – 2pm

           Traders Village Marketplace, 9333 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78242

  • San Anto Cultural Arts 5K Run/Walk

         6:30am – 8:00 a.m.

         Leon Creek South Greenway, 4700 Old Pearsall Rd, San Antonio, TX 78242

  • San Anto Cultural Arts Huevos Rancheros Gala

         9:00am – 12:00pm

         Plaza Guadalupe, 1314 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207

     ▪ UTSA Football Tailgating Party

       10:30am – 2:00pm

       UTSA, 6900 N. Loop 1604 W.

 

 o October 5:

 

 

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AS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH GETS UNDERWAY, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS RAMP UP EFFORTS TO BOOST LATINO VOTER PARTICPATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                            Contact: Carlos Duarte, MFV

September 15, 2014                                                                           (832) 746-1108

                                                                                                         Camila Gallardo, NCLR

                                                                                                         cgallardo@nclr.org

                                                                                                          (305) 215-4259

 

PRESS CONFERENCE

AS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH GETS UNDERWAY, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS RAMP UP EFFORTS TO BOOST LATINO VOTER PARTICPATION

Civic groups to announce city-wide campaign at morning press conference

 

SAN ANTONIO, TX—This Thursday, September 18th, marking the first week of Hispanic Heritage Month, national and local civic organizations will gather at a morning press conference in San Antonio, TX to launch a city-wide voter engagement campaign aimed at increasing voter registration and turnout in the community.  The campaign will target non-voting and low-propensity Latino voters in San Antonio ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. 

Despite the fact that Texas is home to the nation’s second largest Latino population (Hispanics in the state comprise 38% of the population), their influence on the electoral landscape in Texas has been limited due to lack of voter engagement.  A study published last year by the firm Latino Decisions demonstrated that there are approximately 3 million Hispanic Texans that are eligible to vote but have not yet registered or are not participating.  According to their figures, approximately 61% of the state’s eligible voters stayed home last election. 

The groups’ efforts, aimed at boosting voter registration and engagement, will include a series of registration drives scheduled to take place the week of September 22-26, a civic engagement-focused townhall on October 9th, and an early voting rally and march to the polls scheduled for October 20th.  ¡Vota San Antonio! media partner, Univision, will regularly air calendar of events to keep community members informed of campaign activities and opportunities relating to voter education, voter registration and voter turnout. 

Media wishing to attend the press conference should contact: Carlos Duarte, carlosd@mifamiliavota.org; (832) 746-1108. 

MEDIA ADVISORY 

WHAT:           ¡Vota San Antonio! Press Conference

WHO:             Ben Monterroso, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund

                       Shirley Gonzales, Councilwoman, District 5

                       Sonia Troche, Texas Regional Director, NCLR

                       (additional speakers to be announced) 

WHEN:           Thursday, September 18 at 10:00 am

WHERE:         Main Plaza, 115 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78205

Organizations partnering in the voter engagement effort include: Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVED), Texas Organizing Project (TOP), National Council for La Raza (NCLR), National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), League of Women Voters (LWV), Mobilize Organize Vote Empower (MOVE) San Antonio, Cesar Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund is a national non-profit organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation by promoting citizenship, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota is one of the premiere Latino civic engagement organizations in the country.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.  For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

#VotaSanAnto  #PowerOfOurVote  #MFVTX  #HispanicHeritageMonth

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Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Voto Latino, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Victory Project and 50-plus groups Launch Robust National Voter Registration Drive

For Immediate Release

September 15, 2014

Contact: Melissa Miranda - (281) 979-0790 - melissam@mifamiliavota.org

 

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, Voto Latino, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Victory Project and 50-plus groups Launch Robust National Voter Registration Drive 

 MFVEF TX takes #PowerOfOurVote campaign to college campuses to help deliver record Latino turnout in 2014 Midterm Elections

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 15, 2014 – Today, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF), Voto Latino and more than 50 partners are launching an online and grassroots voter registration campaign in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Our collective voice will ensure elected officials no longer ignore us or the issues that impact the Latino community.

The campaign kickoff urges Latinos to register to vote and then take their families, neighbors, and friends to the ballot box on Election Day, November 4. Only by exercising the power of their vote, can the Latino community influence real policy changes.

The campaign will have three main voter registration pushes: today (September 15), September 23 (National Voter Registration Day), and October 15 (the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month). The initiative is the first of its kind to mobilize Latinos during Hispanic Heritage Month and brings together partners across all industries to put the needs of the Latino community above individual politics.

Hispanic Heritage Month of Action relies heavily on digital and social media assets, along with ground components in key states like Texas, including focused outreach by MFVEF Texas to young Latinos who have reached voting age as well as Latinos who are eligible to vote but have not yet registered.

In Texas, MFVEF is helping students register to vote at Dallas ISD and Aldine ISD campuses, as well as college campuses in North Texas, Houston and San Antonio, including: Texas Woman's University, University of North Texas (Denton and Dallas campuses), University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas, Mountain View Community College, Eastfield Community College and El Centro Community College,  Lone Star Community College, Tarrant Community College, Collin County Community College, University of Houston (main and downtown campuses), Houston Community College, University of Texas San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake University, Northwest Vista Community College, San Antonio College, St. Phillips College and Palo Alto College.

Ben Monterroso, executive director of MFVEF, said the Latino community will not remain silent after the political stalemate in Washington over immigration reform.

“Latinos understand that the only real way to impact our future is with a strong showing of our voting power. We began the immigration debate with our record turnout in the 2012 Election, and we will continue fighting for our community and for immigration reform by voting,” Monterroso said.

The initiative is led online by Voto Latino, on the ground by Mi Familia Vota in key Latino states, and nationally with partners, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, ImpreMedia, Entravision, Liberman Broadcasting, Cosmo Latina, Being Latino, Alliance for Citizenship, Latino Victory Project and others.* Voto Latino Chairwoman Rosario Dawson, Voto Latino Artist Coalition co-Chairs America Ferrera and Wilmer Valderrama, and Latino Victory Project co-founder Eva Longoria are also lending their voices to the campaign, which runs through October 15, the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month.

“We are calling American Latinos to rise above our political differences and to unite as a community this November,” said María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino. “Today and for the next month, we will show that Latinos stand tall because we have pride in our culture, and we recognize the power of our vote.”

“Pride in our Latino culture includes pride in our Nation. As Americans, we are proud to exercise our right to vote and elect officials who reflect the values of our communities. We stand with our partners to mobilize our communities, register our family and friends, and ensure a path to reach the polls on Election Day,” said Cristóbal Alex, President of the Latino Victory Project. “Exercising our right to vote builds power in the Latino community so that the faces and voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward.”

More than 7.8 million Latinos are expected to vote this November, up from 6.6 million Latinos who voted in the last midterm election in 2010, according to projections by National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). The record Latino voter turnout in 2012 propelled immigration to the top of the policy agenda. Latino voters must be heard again to create the political climate to find solutions for immigration, the economy, and other issues important to the Latino community.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month of Action, visit www.latinos2014.com or find out more about Mi Familia Vota Texas at  https://www.facebook.com/MFVTX

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* List of Partner Orgs:

Voto Latino, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Citizenship, America’s Voice, Being Latino, Brown Beauty Productions, Casa de Esperanza, Center for Community Change, Colorado Immigration Voter Accountability Project, Cosmo Latina, D&P Creative Strategies, Entravision Communications, Familia Es Familia, Fox News Latino, Friends of the American Latino Museum, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, Hispanic Federation, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Hispanic National Bar Association, Hispanic Technology and Communications Partnership, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, ImpreMedia, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Latino List, Latino Victory Project, League of United Latin American Citizens, Liberman Broadcasting Inc, Media Matters, Nacional Records, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, National Council of La Raza, National Hispana Leadership Institute, National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, New America Alliance, Poder PAC, SEIU, SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc., The Adelante Movement, The Latino Coalition, U.S.-Mexico Foundation, Diego Bernal, Rosario Dawson, Fernando Espuelas, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Wilmer Valderrama

 

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Mi Familia Vota Mobilizes In Houston On August 23 At Binglewood Park

For Immediate Release

August, 21, 2014

Contact: Melissa Miranda, (281) 979-0790

Twitter: #Register4Immigration 

National Latino, Immigrant, Progressive Groups Launch Voter Outreach Campaigns

Mi Familia Vota mobilizes in Houston, Texas on Saturday

at 3 p.m. at Binglewood Park.

 -- The national march to the November, 2014 polls by Latino and immigrant voters begins in Houston, Texas on Saturday with a community canvass. The weekend canvassing in Houston neighborhoods follows the official launch of the multi-state voter mobilization campaign held today in Denver, CO, one of the most competitive electoral states in this November’s election.

In Denver, groups kicked off of the Colorado Immigration Voter Accountability Project, a campaign designed to mobilize tens of thousands of Latino and Asian American voters in that state this year.

Nationally, Latino voter advocacy groups, including Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, (MFVEF) expect to register at least 300,000 Latino voters. They also will help bring to the 2014 November Election a total 7.8 million Latino voters, up from 6.6 million Latino voters in the last mid-term election in 2010, according to projections by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

Across the U.S., the message is clear: voters must hold the Republicans accountable for obstructing immigration reform. The GOP-led House is particularly at fault for directly rejecting commonsense immigration reform, and instead adopting the “deportation only” agenda of nativists in the House. By contrast, a bipartisan immigration reform bill passed the Senate by a solid majority in June 2013.

“This weekend’s voter canvassing in key Latino voter states is the earliest start for any recent election year,” said Leo Murrieta, National Field Director for Mi Familia Vota. “The Latino vote has grown in every mid-term and presidential election year since the turn of the Century, resulting in historic gains. That is why year-round, civic engagement is important to the Latino community, and why 2014 is a building block toward another historic Latino voter turnout in 2016. Our time is now,” Murrieta added.

Besides MFVEF, the Latino civic engagement campaign includes Center for Community Change Action, League of United Latin American Citizens, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, National Council of La Raza Action Fund and Voto Latino. The national campaign will team up with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in coming days and weeks.

Volunteers are invited to join MFVEF this Saturday for the community canvass at 3pm at Binglewood Park, 9034 Pitner Road, Houston TX 77080. Follow the action on Twitter using the hashtag #Register4Immigration and #TimeIsNow. 

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In The News : Pro-Immigration Groups Continuing Push for Reform (News 92 FM, Houston)

Pro-immigration groups say they will continue to urge and push the Republican Party to pass immigration reform.

House Speaker John Boehner says one of the reasons they have delayed action on immigration is that they can’t trust President Obama to enforce the law.

Melissa Miranda, a spokesperson for Mi Familia Vota – “My Family Votes” – said that, if that is truly the case, then that’s all the more reason Republicans should get out in front on this issue.

“If they don’t trust President Obama, then that should be even more the reason why should pass some kind of immigration reform,” she said.

Miranda said the Republican Party is hurting itself politically by not dealing with immigration.

To read more, click here.

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Civic Engagement In Action: Registering Voters at the University of Houston-Downtown

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Earlier this week, our team visited the University of Houston-Downtown where we helped and encouraged more people to register to vote. 

Here are some more photos: 

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Event Alert: DACA Seminar on July 9

Want to Learn More about DACA?

Mark your calendars for our Upcoming DACA Seminar with Lonestar Immigration Services! Wednesday, July 9th at 5 p.m.! 

For questions call (832) 559-0303 or send an email to Erika at lonestarimmigration@gmail.com. 

DACA Seminar-Texas

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Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund, Immigration Advocates Host Citizenship Workshop in Houston

For Immediate Release

DATE: April 23, 2014

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

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** 

MI FAMILIA VOTA ED FUND AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO HOST CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP IN HOUSTON TO HELP ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS APPLY FOR U.S. CITIZENSHIP

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund promotes citizenship to grow Latino civic participation in TX

WHAT:        Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund partners with the Office of International Communities with the City of Houston; Neighborhood Centers Inc.; NALEO Ed Fund; American Immigration Lawyers Association; and, Own the Dream, to hosts citizenship workshop in Houston to encourage eligible lawful permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship and earn the right to vote this November. There are an estimated 930,000 legal permanent residents in Texas eligible to naturalize.

This is part of MFVEF’s long-term civic engagement campaign that includes building the Latino electorate. The workshops will offer eligible immigrants assistance with the naturalization process, such as application review, consultation with qualified immigration legal experts, and study materials for the naturalization exam.

“More than ever, the Latino community is recognizing the importance of participating in the civic affairs of their communities and of holding politicians accountable to their promises to represent everyone in their districts. The greatest way to do that is by becoming a citizen and earning the right to vote. The vote is the great equalizer in our democracy,” said Mario Salinas, Mi Familia Vota Texas Deputy Director.

WHEN:       April 26, 2014 -- 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE:    Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center

                   6402 Market Street, Houston, TX

WHO:         Mi Familia Vota Ed Fund, Office of International Communities with the City of

                  Houston, Neighborhood Centers Inc., NALEO Ed Fund, AILA, Own The Dream

On Twitter: @MFVTX #HazteCiudadano

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What Latino Civic Participation and Immigration Reform Mean for Texas

What Latino Civic Participation and Immigration Reform Mean for Texas

 

By: Carlos Duarte

Texas State Director for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund

 Latinos clearly made their voices heard at the ballot box on November 6, 2012. In Texas, Latinos came out in huge numbers to exercise their most basic rights. By the 2016 Presidential election, Latino voter eligibility is expected to increase by 58.1 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 Texas and increasing their spending power will add 193,000 jobs to the state’s economy and grow tax revenues by $4.1 billion, according to an economic study by the Center for American Progress. If all new Americans were expelled from Texas, the state would lose more than $14.5 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 John Cornyn or Senator Ted Cruz, 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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