For Immediate Release
October 2, 2018
Contact: Karina Martínez | Karinam@mifamiliavota.org
Gutierrez and Castor join MFV’s efforts to spur Latino vote
Five weeks ahead of the midterm election, Mi Familia Vota (MFV) is ramping up voter registration and disseminating vote-by-mail information and other information to stress the importance of civic engagement in the Latino community.
As part of that effort, MFV will be working with Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez who is hosting community forums and tables in several states before the November 6 election. His first stop this week will be in Orlando, FL, where he will discuss voter outreach efforts with MFV and the local community.
“Congressman Gutierrez has been a strong defender of the Latino community speaking on everything from the urgent need for immigration reform to advocating for the needs of the Puerto Rican community and we look forward to meeting with him,” noted Nancy Batista, Florida state director.
Today, Florida Congresswoman Kathy Castor and MFV jointly announced that vote-by-mail ballots are being delivered. In a key Hispanic voting area, Hillsborough County, more 200,000 vote by mail ballots are being dispatched.
National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 25th, culminated with 986 new voter registrations from MFV fieldwork across the country, and teams will continue to register voters nationally as deadlines approach for the November election.
MFV voter activities between now and the election also include phone banking, canvassing, and additional community forums.
The field work is being complemented by digital efforts from the USA Tu Poder Campaign. This week, Maria Elena Salinas released another TV ad – airing on national Spanish TV networks -in which she reminds Latinos, “No podemos dejar que otros decidan por nosotros” translating as ‘we cannot allow others to make decisions for us’. In addition, Diane Guerrero has added an environmental video aimed at spurring millennials to protect the health of our communities saying, “this current administration has prioritized corporate gains and big polluters over our health.”
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.