For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kristian Ramos Kristianr@mifamiliavota.com
MFV Responds To Challenge Of Civic Engagement In Face Of CoronaVirus
Washington D.C. – Mi Familia Vota, the nation’s leading Latino civic engagement organization with field offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas, is addressing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on-field operations including 2020 Census, voter registration, voter education, GOTV, and citizenship.
Héctor Sánchez Barba, Executive Director and CEO of Mi Familia Vota said:
“In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the safety of our field organizers and staff comes first. We fully acknowledge that this outbreak will have a large impact on our field operations for the 2020 Census, voter registration, voter education, GOTV, citizenship, all of our training and any other events that have an in person element. Yet, our work must continue for our country and communities to prosper. We are taking the necessary steps to ensure that we are meeting our goals and addressing the challenges this moment is presenting. As such we will be expanding our field organizing online in order to ensure that Latinos are heard this election cycle. We will continue to roll out more innovations as future problems arise.”
MFV Plan To Ensure Latino Voice Heard In 2020
Establishing New Safety Protocols: We have established internal, CDC recommended, hygiene protocols to keep our staff and community safe. Our civic engagement coordinating tables have already recommended we stop voter registration for the next two weeks in Arizona, one week in Nevada, and Census field outreach in Texas.
Utilizing Our Existing Infrastructure: Our organization coordinates a holistic approach to organizing, and our outreach to our communities is not limited to our on the ground operations but extends to virtual outreach via email, text, and phone as well as through all of our social media outlets. We are moving to digital engagement in a multi-state pilot program that will provide a baseline and useful data to maximize impact.
Enhanced Digital Voter Registration Capacity: This is a crucial opportunity to better integrate and expand our field and digital programs. Mi Familia Vota’s unique “7 patas’ model has allowed us to build substantial partnerships in key sectors including schools, labor, businesses, churches, community organizations, sending countries groups, and the media. We will be able to continue integrating our fieldwork in these crucial community institutions to our expanded digital capacity to register our community online
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.