July 8, 2015

Contact: Daniel Meza, 832-887-0994, dannym@mifamiliavota.net 





July 10: Latino and Immigrant Organizations Converge to Escalate Pressure Outside 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Hearing Blocking Expanded DACA and DAPA 

Mi Familia Vota, Texas Organizing Project, FIEL and SEIU among other groups across the country travel to New Orleans to rally on a united front as part of a national day of action

Houston, Texas – On July 10, as the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on the lawsuit blocking the deferred action initiatives (DAPA and expanded DACA), Mi Familia Vota, along with other local organizations, will be sending a delegation of 50 community members to New Orleans as part of a National Day of Action to continue the fight for immigration reform.  Five volunteers from Mi Familia Vota will join organizations, community members and advocates from all across the country on Friday morning outside the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to pressure the court to lift the hold on the president’s executive action on immigration.

The bus of 50 Houstonians will leave Houston Thursday night and arrive early Friday morning in New Orleans just in time for the hearing. Groups from Dallas and San Antonio will also be uniting with the Houston group in New Orleans to represent the Texas immigrant community and our state’s need for expanded DACA and DAPA.

WHAT: Bus Departure to New Orleans

WHEN: Thursday, July 9 at 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: 2404 Caroline St. Houston, TX 770044

CONTACT: Daniel Meza, 832-887-0994, dannym@mifamiliavota.net

Mi Familia Vota 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, increasing voter registration, and increasing voter participation. Mi Familia Vota is one of the premiere Latino civic engagement organizations in the country with operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. For more information visit www.mifamiliavota.org

Twitter: #ImmigrationAction #iDecide2016



For Immediate Release

April 1, 2015

Contact: Carlos Duarte, (832) 746-1108, carlosd@mifamiliavota.org 





SATURDAY – April 4

Rice University Brockman Hall for Physics, Room 101  

Houston, TX-- Mi Familia Vota Houston and Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership will host 42 local Latino high school and college students at a summit that begins an 8-month fellowship program for these students. The Emerging Latino Leaders (ELL) Fellowship is a collaboration between Rice University and Mi Familia Vota Houston, with the mission of educating and empowering future Latino leaders and to providing them with the support and skills necessary to take active roles in their community’s development.

The 42 young fellows representing 13 different schools were nominated by a teacher or staff from their high school, college, or university, based on their leadership skills and community involvement.

Throughout the summit, the students will be introduced to the fellowship, participate in workshops on leadership development and community mobilization, and plan their very own service projects. Small cohorts of fellows working collectively will lead these projects, focused on encouraging civic engagement. Also, various experts will provide the fellows with perspectives on the current state of Latinos in Houston and in Texas, on issues such as civic engagement and voter participation, health care, education, and legislation.

“Widespread civic engagement is the lifeblood of any well-functioning democratic society. Unfortunately, many groups, such as our Latino community, are not equally involved in public life,” said Daniel Cortez, Rice University Senior and Fellowship founder. “This is especially troubling in a city like Houston where Latinos are the single largest ethnic group. We seek to promote awareness of the issues facing local Latinos while also encouraging electoral participation to ensure their voices are heard at all levels of government.”

To learn more about the ELL Fellowship, the fellows, and summit presenters, please visit the website: www.ellfellowship.org

WHAT: Emerging Latino Leadership Youth Fellowship Summit

WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Rice University’s Brockman Hall for Physics, Room 101 Houston, TX 77005

WHO:  42 students; Guest Speakers include but are not limited to: Mayor Pro Tempore Ed Gonzalez, HISD Trustee Juliet Stipeche, Dr. Stephen Klineberg-Professor of Sociology at Rice University and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Royd Hernandez- Treasurer, Hispanic Health Coalition, and Eliseo Medina-Mexican American union activist and leader, former Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU, and Mi Familia Vota Board President




Texas Immigrant Families and Community Leaders Stand in Support of President’s Immigration Action to Keep Families Together

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Contact: Mary Moreno, mmoreno@organizetexas.org, (832) 829-4174

             Paloma Martinez, pmartinez@seiutx.org, (832) 493-4839

             Melissa Miranda, melissam@mifamiliavota.org, (218) 979-0790 


Texas Immigrant Families and Community Leaders Stand in Support of President’s Immigration Action to Keep Families Together

 Cynical attempt to block administrative relief hurts families, hurts our economy and wastes taxpayer resources


A day before the first court hearing on the lawsuit filed by Gov.-Elect Greg Abbott against President Barack Obama’s executive action, immigrants, and community, business and labor groups will stand in support of the president’s action to keep millions of families together and allow them to work and live more freely in the U.S.

The leaders at the press conference will ask Abbott to drop the lawsuit and outline why this makes financial and moral sense for Texas.

“We needed and still need comprehensive immigration reform,” said Melissa Miranda, Houston Coordinator of Mi Familia Vota. “But until Congress can get its act together, we need to support the President’s action to keep families together, to protect workers from exploitation, to let all Texans live freely, without fear. The President’s action makes Texas and the country stronger.”


** Press Conference in Support of Administrative Relief for Immigrant Families**

When: 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Where: Bob Casey Federal Courthouse, 515 Rusk Avenue, Houston

Who: Immigrant families affected by the President’s action, Houston Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez, community and labor leaders


Participating organizations include: Mi Familia Vota, Texas Organizing Project, SEIU-TX and other supporting community organizations.



For Immediate Release

November 20, 2014

Contact: Carlos Duarte, 832.746.1108, CarlosD@MiFamiliaVota.org



FRIDAY, NOV. 21, 2014, 2:30pm


MFV Continues Fight for Congress to Bring Relief and Solutions Through Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Talento Bilingüe de Houston

333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003 

Houston, Texas -- Following President Obama’s historic announcement to provide relief from deportation to almost 5 million immigrants, Mi Familia Vota Texas (MFV-TX), Service, Employees International Union Texas (SEIU-TX) & other community allies will hold a news conference to discuss what this means for Latino and immigrant communities.

Immigration allies laud the Executive Action that will help immigrants, while vowing to continue fighting for the millions more who will not be covered by the administrative action.

As MFV Executive Director Ben Monterroso said in Washington, D.C., as the president prepared to make the announcement, “If we want a permanent solution so that our immigration system gets fixed, then Congress needs to act. We will continue fighting with all our might in the halls of Congress and at the election polls until we get a Congress that will fight for us.”

Please join us to discuss this historic first step on the path to immigration reform, and the continuing fight to hold Congress accountable until it passes commonsense immigration reform.

What:      Watch Party for the President’s Speech on Permanent immigration Reform with Press Conference to follow

Who:         Mi Familia Vota Texas, SEIU Texas & other community allies.

When:       Friday, November 21, 2014, 2:30pm

Where:      Talento Bilingüe de Houston, 333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003


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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:





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                            Contact: Carlos Duarte, MFV

September 15, 2014                                                                           (832) 746-1108

                                                                                                         Camila Gallardo, NCLR


                                                                                                          (305) 215-4259




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. 


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



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


* 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



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. 







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.

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