Community Organizations to Host Candidates Forum with Aurora City Council Candidates

*Seguido en Español

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              

October 19, 2015

Contact: Carla Castedo, (775) 342-7612,    


Community Organizations to Host Candidates Forum with Aurora City Council Candidates 

AURORA, CO — Rights For All People, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, The Arc – Aurora, SEIU Local 105, FRESC Good Jobs – Strong Communities and the Drug Policy Alliance will host a forum in Aurora where six Aurora seats are up for election this fall, including five of 10 city council seats as well as the mayor's seat.

The forum will cover topics of interest such as education, transportation, housing, employment, immigration reform, disability support and much more. Panelists will include five Aurora City Council candidates. Interested participants may register HERE.

Special event guests include Vanessa Bernal, Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, as the moderator.


WHAT:           Aurora Candidates Forum

WHEN:           Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

TIME:             6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM)

WHERE:         Aurora Welcome Center

                     1085 Peoria St, Conference Room C

                     Aurora, CO 80011

WHO:           Charlie Richardson, Ward IV

                    PK Kaiser, Ward VI

                    Debi Hunter Holen, At large

                     Bob LeGare, At large

                    Maya Wheeler, At large 

Other candidates, including Aurora City Mayor Stephen Hogan have been invited for a meet-and-greet following forum’s conclusion.

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19 de octubre 2015

Contacto: Carla Castedo, (775) 342-7612, 


 Organizaciones Comunitarias de Hospedaje de candidatos Foro con candidatos Ayuntamiento de Aurora 

AURORA, CO - Derechos para todos, el Fondo Educativo de Mi Familia Vota, El Arco - Aurora, SEIU Local 105, FRESC Buenos Trabajos - Comunidades Fuertes y la Alianza de Póliza de Droga patrocinaran un foro en Aurora, donde seis asientos para la consejería municipal de Aurora están disponibles para la elección este otoño, incluyendo cinco de los diez asientos del municipio y la sede de la alcaldía. 

El foro tendrá temas de interés como la educación, el transporte, la vivienda, el empleo, la reforma migratoria, apoyo para personas discapacitadas y mucho más. Los panelistas incluyen cinco candidatos del Concejo Municipal de Aurora. Las persona interesadas ​​en participar pueden inscribirse AQUÍ.

Invitados especiales al evento incluyen Vanessa Bernal, ganadora del Premio Emmy y periodista, como moderadora.

QUE:               Foro de Candidatos De Aurora

CUANDO:       Jueves, 22de octubre de 2015

HORA:            6:00 PM (Las puertas se abren a las 5:30 PM)

DONDE:          Aurora Welcome Center

                     1085 Peoria St, Conference Room C,

                      Aurora, CO 80011

QUIEN:          Charlie Richardson, Ward IV

                     PK Kaiser, Ward VI

                     Debi Hunter Holen, At large

                     Bob LeGare, At large

                     Maya Wheeler, At large

Otros candidatos, entre ellos el Alcalde de la ciudad de Aurora, Stephen Hogan, han sido invitados para conocer y saludar a participantes después de la finalización del foro. 

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Fiesta to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of National Voting Rights Day

For Immediate Release
August 14, 2015
Adriana Magaña
720-337-3335 office

Media Advisory

Fiesta to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of National Voting Rights Day

Denver, CO - Join us for a Fiesta to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of National Voting Rights Day! ACCESO, the Spanish Language Advisory Board to the Denver Elections Division, and Mi Familia Vota Colorado will be hosting a fun filled event to commemorate the anniversary. Voter rights organizations will be providing information and elected officials are invited to mingle throughout the event. Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson will address the crowd thanking organizations for their dedicated effort in continuing the work to preserve the right to vote. Hot dogs and soda will also be provided. 

What: Fiesta Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Voting Rights Day!


        Mi Familia Vota Colorado

        Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson (speaking at 12:15pm)

When: Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Where: Justice for All Center (2525 W. Alameda Ave.) 



Have you ever wanted to join our team? Now is your chance! We're hiring!

Community Organizer
Job Description

The Community Organizer will provide essential infrastructure and organization to MFV and MFV EF programming in the State and in all related and associated activities in regards to his/her job as described and contained in this job description. The duties and responsibilities in this job description are considered descriptive but not limited to this document. 

The position will provide on the ground guidance to planning and strategy for MFV and MFV EF numerous civic engagement activities. The position will also engage in creating innovative partnerships with individuals, organizations, elected officials, media, and others. 

The Community Organizer position will report primarily to the State Director and subsequently to any other management position within MFV and MFV EF. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with MFV and MFV EF staff to plan, organize, and implement civic engagement activities in his/her State.
  • Create and maintain partnerships with a variety of individuals, organizations, media, and other entities
  • Assist State Director with the development of civic engagement events such as voter registration drives, voter education forums, and GOTV events
  • Lead the programs as directed by State Director and coordinate activities with other staff members, election/campaign activities in the state and elsewhere in case is requested. 
  • Serve as one communication liaison in his/her State, to identify opportunities for MFV and MFV EF, in case required and after having the approval from State Director to comment and work with media to identify partnerships. 
  • Act as a representative of MFV and MFV EF in coalition C3 and C4 groups as needed and request by State Director. 
  • Assisting with fundraising efforts for MFV and MFV EF under the supervision of management. 
  • Work on additional tasks and opportunities that may come up during the year. 
  • Prepared and turn in reports of his/her job activities on daily, weekly or monthly basis as directed by the State Director. 
  • Prepare and follow up on administrative matters like the completion of forms, such as but not limited to HR, payroll, accounting, and other type of reports required under the discretion of MFV and MFV EF management. 
  • Work with media, only after receiving approval from State Director. 
  • Provide input and content for MFV and MFV EF for social and web media formats in the State. 


  • Proven record of success in setting and achieving goals. 
  • Demonstrated experience building, nurturing, and maintaining diverse and effective alliances and collaborations; proven ability to work collaboratively and foster collaboration, trust and partnership in the high-pressure environment of campaign
  • Excellent organizational skills and communication (written and oral) skills as well as cultural competence and the ability to communicate effectively with people representing diverse interests, styles and backgrounds;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Power Point. Experience in utilizing VAN or other online voter file tools and online networking and collaborative tools a plus.
  • Ability to be flexible and understanding with changes
  • Reliable transportation

Interested candidates to send a cover letter, resume and references to: 

You can also apply here 

*MFV is an equal opportunity employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment or other types of harassment directed to an employee based on  race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability ,or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, local or any other applicable law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal skill and merit.



*Seguido en Español

February 25, 2015 
Contact: Carla Castedo (775) 342-7612    




DENVER,CO -- With Congress threatening to block funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a Texas federal district court judge blocking relief for millions of immigrant families, Mi Familia Vota EF, immigration advocates and families will hold a press conference Thursday to call for an end to destructive anti-immigration politics.

The DHS funding runs out on Friday, and the administration is appealing the Texas court’s decision to temporarily block the expansion of the successful DACA program and the new DAPA program for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs)

Children of potential DAPA recipients, veteran of the Armed Forces, pro-immigrant rights advocates and faith leaders will be available to discuss how the delays are affecting their families and their communities. 

While the politically-inspired lawsuit and the congressional debates go on, immigration advocates are continuing to prepare would-be applicants for DACA expansion and DAPA, urging possible applicants to get their documents ready, in order to apply when the programs eventually get underway.


WHO: Mi Familia Vota, SEIU Local 105, Together Colorado, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), 9to5, a DAPA Recipient, U.S Armed Forces veteran Ricardo Martinez, a faith leader. Also available for interviews are U.S. citizens whose parents could benefit from DAPA: Frank Melendez, 19; Samantha Fierro, 11; Cynthia Ricalday, 14.

WHEN: Thursday February 26, at 3pm.

WHERE: The Justice for All center, 2525 E. Alameda Ave. Denver CO 80219

For more information go to Follow us on @MiFamiliaVota and @MifamiliavotaCO


Febrero 25, 2015 
Contacto: Carla Castedo (775) 342-7612




DENVER, CO - Con un Congreso que amenaza con bloquear los fondos para el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) y el juez federal de Texas que ha bloqueado el alivio para millones de familias inmigrantes, Mi Familia Vota EF, defensores de los inmigrantes y sus familias, darán una conferencia de prensa este Jueves para pedir fin a la política que separa a las familias inmigrantes.

La financiación del departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) se agotara el viernes, y el gobierno está apelando la decisión de la corte de Texas para bloquear temporalmente la expansión del programa ya exitoso de DACA y el nuevo programa DAPA para padres de ciudadanos estadounidenses y residentes permanentes legales (LPR por sus cifras en Ingles).

Los hijos de los potenciales beneficiarios de DAPA, un veterano de las Fuerzas Armadas, defensores de derechos a favor de los inmigrantes y líderes religiosos estarán disponibles para discutir cómo los retrasos están afectando a sus familias y sus comunidades.

Mientras que la demanda y los debates en el Congreso continúan, defensores de los inmigrantes siguen preparando a los posibles solicitantes de expansión DACA y DAPA, alentando a que la comunidad tenga sus documentos listos, con el fin de aplicar cuando los programas consigan finalmente estar en marcha.

QUÉ: Disponibilidad para medios de comunicación 

QUIEN: Mi Familia Vota, SEIU Local 105, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), 9to5, Together Colorado, un beneficiario de DAPA, un veterano de las fuerzas Armadas de América Ricardo Martínez, un líder religioso. También habrá disponibilidad para entrevistar a ciudadanos estadounidenses cuyos padres podrían beneficiarse del DAPA: Frank Meléndez, 19; Samantha Fierro, 11; Cynthia Ricalday, 14.

CUÁNDO: Jueves, 26 de febrero, a las 3PM.

DÓNDE: Justice for All Center, 2525 E. Alameda Ave. Denver CO 80219

Para obtener más información, vaya a Síguenos en  @MiFamiliaVota @MiFamiliaVotaCO



Mi Familia Vota Thanks U.S. Mayors for Joining Legal Defense of President Obama’s Immigration Initiatives

For Immediate Release

Jan. 28, 2015

Contact: Felipe Benitez 202-215-9664


Mi Familia Vota Thanks U.S. Mayors for Joining Legal Defense of President Obama’s Immigration Initiatives 

WASHINGTON, DC -- Mayors of 33 U.S. cities, including the five largest, the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors submitted to a federal court in Texas today a legal brief outlining why President Obama’s administrative relief on immigration should be allowed to proceed.

The amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief, highlights how the executive action initiatives are good for their cities’ economies, keep families together for the well-being of the communities, and help law enforcement’s public safety efforts.

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

“Mi Familia Vota thanks the mayors for courageously stepping forward in this important legal fight to protect their communities, their immigrant constituents, and the president’s immigration initiatives.

“Mayors deal every day with issues that directly affect their constituents, including protecting the economy and keeping their communities safe. We can trust their judgment on what’s best for their cities and their growing immigrant populations.

“The conservative states that have filed the lawsuit in Texas to block the executive action on immigration are playing the worst, divisive politics. We believe that at the end of the day, the lawsuit will be shown to be without merit and we will win this latest attack against immigrants.

“In the meantime, we urge our community to learn more about the programs and sign up if you might qualify for deferred action on deportation. We also encourage you to call City Hall, if your city signed on to the court filing, and congratulate your mayor for showing real leadership in immigration.”

Denver Mayor Hancock is among the 28 mayors signing the amicus brief. “We are thrilled to see that Mayor Hancock has added his support to the President’s recent executive action on immigration. The city of Denver acknowledges its diversity and the fact that this administrative relief will benefit the community economically and will help families prosper. Mayors across Colorado ought to follow on Mayor Hancock’s leadership and also sign on this amicus brief,” said Carla Castedo, Colorado State Director for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund.

For more information on the DAPA and DACA or to find an informational event near you please visit



Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Helps Grow Voter Momentum in Final Week Before Nov. 4 Election

For Immediate Release

October 27, 2014

Contact: Carla Castedo,, (775) 342-7612


Mi Familia Vota Education Fund Helps Grow Voter Momentum in Final Week Before Nov. 4 Election

Latino Voters Can Influence Outcome of Key Races When They Vote 

Denver -- Latino voters across Colorado are being reminded to return their ballots before Election Day, with Latinos poised to influence the outcomes of key races in the state, said Carla Castedo, the Colorado state director for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF).

“With paid media ads by the candidates in full force, we are reminding Latino voters to mail in their ballots and prove the power of the Latino vote in Colorado,” Castedo said. “We have knocked on tens of thousands of doors through our voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns in our state, and we are counting on those personal contacts to drive up the Latino voter turnout.”

Leading up to the last week before Election Day, MFVEF canvassers will be knocking on hundreds of doors and have meaningful one-on-one conversations with Latino voters about what is at stake for the community. Along with door knocking, volunteers will join phone banks to call Latino voters and encourage them to turn in their ballots. MFVEF also is taking its message to the media to ensure voters have all the resources and information necessary to cast a ballot.

The national news media has camped out in Colorado because it recognizes what Colorado vote advocates already know: the ground game is what matters.

“In a state where polls show tight races, the Latino community has gotten the message that voting really does matter, and that only by voting, can we voice what is important for our families, our community and our future,” Castedo added.

For more information, go to Follow us on Twitter: @MiFamiliaVotaCO



Job Alert: Voter Engagement Canvass Lead in Colorado

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF) is a national non-profit organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation. We do this by:

  • Expanding the electorate through direct, sustainable citizenship, voter registration, census education, GOTV and issue organizing in key states
  • Forming and supporting key alliances at national, state and local levels to increase civic engagement; providing technical assistance and support to other organizations
  • Increasing public support for full civic participation in the Latino Communities.

Canvass Lead Job Description:

Responsible for managing daily canvassing operations in communities with a team of 4

canvassers or more with the goal of encouraging Latinos to register to vote, participate in the 2012 elections and encourage family members to vote. You will be expected to recruit, train and motivate your canvass team and provide the proper reporting to the State Director or its designee.


•    Direct and supervise canvass team during the performance of their daily responsibilities, as far as but not limited to: 

  • Canvass Latino communities in the County.
  • Engage community members and voters around Voter Registration, Voter Education, Vote by Mail and Get Out To Vote.
  • Identify likely voters for the November 2012 elections.
  • Increase Latino voter turnout through Get-Out-The-Vote tactics.
  • Review canvassing report and enter results into a database. 

•   Cutting turf for daily door-to-door activities for their team (4 canvassers or more).

•   Submitting nightly reports of doors knocked; contacts and commitment cards.

•   Confirming Staff Daily.

•   Finish Tally Reports from previous night (weekly report updates).

•   Welcome staffers and office set-up prior to staff arrival.

•   Debrief with individual canvassers on daily basis.

•   Organize literature and clipboards.



•   Some Campaign Field Experience.

•   Experience using VAN.

•   Knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel.

•   Bilingual – Conversational in both English and Spanish.

•   Legible penmanship.

•   Complying with the required reporting process to be submitted to State Director.

•   Reliable transportation.



•   $500 per week.

•   $300 per month (Gas expenses)

•   $40 per month (Cellphone)

Contact: Civic Engagement Coordinator, Salvador Hernandez at or by phone at (702) 353-8979 


*MFV is and equal opportunity employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment or other types of harassment directed to an employee based on  race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability ,or any other characteristic protected under federal, state, local or any other applicable law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal skill and merit.


Job Alert: Voter Engagement Canvasser in Colorado

Canvasser Job Description: 

Responsible for going to targeted doors with the goal of encouraging 

Hispanics to register to vote, participate in the 2012 elections and increase engagement in the Hispanic community. You will be expected to build a relationship with the voters that you will be speaking with. Requirements include legible penmanship, able to communicate with English and Spanish speaking voters and complying with the required reporting process to be submitted to their respective Team Leaders. Compensation is $12/hour for a total of 21 hours per week. 


Project Schedule for Canvassing 

June 1 - November 4 


Who do you represent? Who do you work for? 

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, is a National 501 (C) 3 not for profit organization established in 2002, proposes to implement and coordinate a 2014 Hispanic voter registration, voter education, and voter mobilization project in Colorado. 


Tentative Schedule – 18 - 21 Hours Per Week 

Monday – Wednesday 2:00 – 6:00 pm 

Saturday 10:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm 



Current Registered Voter / Eligible to Register to Vote 

Bilingual – Conversational in both English and Spanish 


Payroll Cycle 

Weekly – Sunday – Saturday 

Payday – Friday 


Application Contact Information 

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund – (702) 353-8979 

Email: Salvador Hernandez – Coordinator – 


Mi Familia Vota Colorado Is Hiring!

We're hiring! 

Think you have what it takes to be a canvasser? 

Send your resume to Salvador Hernandez at or apply here:



NEW REPORT: How Latino Voters are Impacting Colorado Elections and Immigration Politics

America's Voice







For Immediate Release:                                                                            Contact: Katy Green
June 25, 2014                                                                                              


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.