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Mi Familia Vota Urges Legal Permanent Residents to Become U.S. Citizens in President’s Day Week of Action

02.17.2017

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES

February 17, 2017

 

Contact:

Anna Castro | annac@mifamiliavota.org | 619.228.5332

Mi Familia Vota Urges Legal Permanent Residents to Become U.S. Citizens in President’s Day Week of Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In light of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions targeting the immigrant community, Mi Familia Vota (MFV) is issuing a call to action to legal permanent residents to become U.S. citizens. In taking this critical step, MFV encourages Latinos to see how civic engagement can lead to policies that ensure a life of dignity and respect for all.

MFV’s Week of Action will launch the weekend before President’s Day and continue until February 25. The week will include citizenship informational sessions and workshops, congressional recess actions, and a social media platform for mixed-status families to ask the questions that concern them most in this tense climate. While the day-to-day focus for the organization has been on providing know your rights information, MFV is using President’s Day as a rallying point for community members who are looking for a way to critically engage with what is happening politically. The underlying message of the week of action is that in order to see leadership that reflects the values of our community, all eligible voters must participate.

“Mi Familia Vota empowers Latinos every day to determine the future of their community by advocating for equity and justice in the United States,” said Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota. “Around the country there are cities, counties, and schools that are using the power given to them by voters to create inclusive policies that create safer communities for all. While the Presidential Election only happens every four years, there are elections happening locally that do have a huge impact on the well-being of our communities. We must use every tool at our disposal, including naturalization and voter registration, to exert our power as a community every day.”

We have staff and community spokespeople available to give interviews in English and Spanish to discuss the current political climate for immigrants, the importance of citizenship as both protection against deportation and a way to build power, and to give information about upcoming events. Please contact Anna Castro at 619-228-5332 with any questions.

 

Arizona

  • Phoenix
  • Action: Citizenship Workshop
  • Date: February, 25, 2017
  • Location: Iglesia La Luz Del Mundo, 1206 N Laurel Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007
  • Time: Appointment Only
  • Partners: Univision, Mexican Consulate
  • Contact Person: Eduardo Sainz, eduardos@mifamiliavota.org

 

  • Tucson
  • Action: Citizenship Workshop
  • Date: February, 25, 2017
  • Location: Mexican Consulate, 3915 E Broadway Blvd.,Tucson, AZ 85711
  • Time: 8AM – 6PM
  • Partners: Keep Tucson Together, Mexican Consulate
  • Contact Person: Sandy Ochoa, sandyo@mifamiliavota.org

 

Colorado

  • Denver
    • Action: Citizenship Information Session
    • Date: February 18, 2017
    • Location: Iglesia Nueva Vida, 6308 E 72nd Ave., Commerce City, CO 80022
    • Time: 11AM – 1PM
    • Contact Person: Salvador Hernandez, salvadorh@mifamiliavota.org

 

  • Action: Citizenship Workshop
  • Date: February 25, 2017
  • Location: Justice for All Center, 2525 W. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO 80219
  • Time: 10AM – 1PM (Appointment Required)
  • Contact Person: Salvador Hernandez, salvadorh@mifamiliavota.org

Florida

  • Orlando
    • Action: Citizenship Information Session
    • Date: February 18, 2017
    • Location: MFV Orlando Office, 5449 S Semoran Blvd., Suite 19A, Orlando, FL 32822
    • Time: 10AM – 12PM
    • Partners: AILA Colorado Chapter & iAmerica
    • Contact Person: Soraya Marquez, sorayam@mifamiliavota.org

 

  • Action: Citizenship Workshop
  • Date: February 25, 2017
  • Location: MFV Orlando Office, 5449 S Semoran Blvd., Suite 19A, Orlando, FL 32822
  • Time: 10AM – 4PM
  • Partners: AILA Colorado Chapter & iAmerica
  • Contact Person: Soraya Marquez, sorayam@mifamiliavota.org

 

  • Tampa
    • Action: Citizenship Information Session
    • Date: February 18, 2017
    • Location: 4505 N Rome Ave., Tampa, FL 33603, USA
    • Time: 10AM – 12:30PM
    • Partners: American Now and Gulfcoast Legal Services
    • Contact Person: Michelle Prieto, michellep@mifamiliavota.org

 

Nevada

  • Las Vegas
  • Action: Citizenship Information Session
  • Date: February 25, 2017
  • Location: MFV Las Vegas Office, 531 S 7th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
  • Time: 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM
  • Partners: Univision Radio, El Tiempo Newspaper, Mexican Consulate
  • Contact Person: Mishael Tarin Torres, MishaelT@mifamiliavota.org

 

Texas

  • Houston
  • Action: Citizenship Information Session
  • Date: February 18, 2017
  • Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7843 Park Place Blvd., Houston, TX 77087
  • Time: 10AM – 12PM
  • Contact Person: Carlos Zamora, carlosz@mifamiliavota.org

 

  • Dallas
  • Action: Citizenship Information Session
  • Date: February 18, 2017
  • Location: 202 S MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75060
  • Time: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Partners: NTIET Table, Catholic Charities of Dallas, and Mexican Consulate
  • Contact Person: Melissa Hernandez, melissah@mifamiliavota.org

 

  • Action: Citizenship Workshop
  • Date: February 25, 2017
  • Location: Mexican Consulate, 1210 River Bend Dr., Dallas, TX 75247
  • Time: 8:30AM – 3PM
  • Partners: NTIET Table, Catholic Charities of Dallas, and Mexican Consulate
  • Contact Person: Melissa Hernandez, melissah@mifamiliavota.org

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