PRESS RELEASES

CASA in Action Embraces Joe Biden’s Agenda for the Latino Community

August 04, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

CONTACT: Diana Castaneda, dcastaneda@casainaction.org, (240) 515-5561

August 4, 2020, Hyattsville, MD – CASA in Action President Gustavo Torres issued the following statement after presidential candidate Joe Biden announced his main agenda for the Latino community in advance of the November 3rd election. 

“This is the most important election of our lifetime, and our nation looks to Joe Biden to serve as our champion in the White House, prioritizing policies that protect working families, offering protection to millions of undocumented immigrants, and making America’s immigration system more humane and fair. Biden’s commitment to treat migrants with dignity and respect is important, protecting their legal right to seek asylum, providing legal representation and access to due process, and immediate relief for all DACA and TPS holders, not just some. 

“Latinos have the power to shape the future of this nation, and CASA in Action is doing everything to ensure Biden gets elected. CASA in Action has already begun engaging voters and registering hundreds of thousands of Latino, Black, and other voters of color through targeted data-driven electoral programs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.”

 

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With more than 100,000 lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant and Latino rights in the Mid-Atlantic region.  For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us at @CASAinAction.

Pro-Immigrant Electoral Organization CASA in Action Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

December 09, 2019

In Pennsylvania, More Latinos Join Elective Office

May 22, 2019

For Immediate Release

May 22, 2018

Contact: CASA in Action Natali@MateaGroup.com 202.787.1813

 

In Pennsylvania, More Latinos Join Elective Office

CASA in Action Primary Candidates Win Big; Lancaster City is Heading to Be Majority Latino this November

 

York, PA - With the results of the 2019 primary municipal elections, Latinos are poised to be the majority in Lancaster City Council and also having representation in the York City Council, affirming the growing number and influence of this constituency in these areas. Election results in Lancaster City Council will bring a total of four Latinos, including a Latina, to elective office.  While in York City Council there is now a Latino nominee headed to the General Election. These new candidates joined two additional progressive women in changing the political landscape of key South Central PA cities. With these primary victories, both City Councils take a strong step towards becoming truly representative of the city demographics with majorities of people of color.

According to the U.S. Census, Latinos represent over 30 percent of the population in York City and nearly 40 percent in Lancaster City.

 

“The municipal primary election winners tonight demonstrated that change starts now and it starts right here in South Central PA,” expressed Elizabeth Alex, Pennsylvania Director for CASA in Action, the region’s largest immigrant rights electoral organization. “We urged voters to elect leaders who would fight for welcoming communities, advocate for living wages, and join the Puerto Rican diaspora to find solutions for climate change. We are thrilled that all our candidates won: Jaime Arroyo, Amanda Bakay, Xavier Garcia-Molina,Lou Rivera, and Edquina Washington will be representing our communities on the Lancaster and York City Councils.”

Congratulations to all CASA in Action nominees headed to the General Election on November 5, 2019:

 

Jaime Arroyo, Lancaster City Council

Amanda Bakay, Lancaster City Council

Xavier Garcia-Molina, Lancaster City Council

Lou Rivera, York City Council

Edquina Washington, York City Council

 

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With nearly 100,000+ lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us @CASAinAction

2019 Virginia Senate Endorsements

May 20, 2019

For Immediate Release

May 20, 2019

CASA in Action Natali@MateaGroup.com 202.787.1813

 

CASA in Action Releases Endorsements for

Virginia Senate Elections in Districts 10 and 16

 

Virginia 2019 Endorsements: https://www.casainaction.org/virginia

 

Falls Church, VA - CASA in Action, the region’s largest immigrant rights electoral organization, is excited to release the endorsements of two pro-immigrant candidates for the Virginia Senate primary elections to occur on June 11, 2019.

 

CASA in Action Endorsements in the Virginia Senate:

 

Re-Elect Senator Rosalyn Dance, Virginia Senate District 16

Senator Rosalyn Dance has been a champion for immigrants and low-income communities. Her strong advocacy to protect the rights of immigrants, giving access to quality health care to all, and increasing the minimum wage are among the issues that make CASA in Action extremely proud of endorsing her.

 

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi, Virginia Senate District 10

An educator and social justice advocate, Ghazala immigrated to the U.S. from India 50 years ago. She understands the importance of community building and fostering dialogue to bridge cultural and socioeconomic divisions. If elected, Ghazala Hashmi would be the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the Virginia State Senate.


 

“Senator Dance and Dr. Hashmi are two strong community advocates for the Virginia Senate who believe in immigrant justice, great schools for all and the living wage for all,” stated Luis Aguilar, Virginia Director for CASA in Action. “Having them in the Senate will reinforce our values for a welcoming and inclusive community for all.”


 

With nearly 100,000+ lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us @CASAinAction

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In Fairfax, Electing Leaders that will Fight for Living wages, Workers’ Rights, Affordable Housing and Healthcare, Great Schools for All, and Immigrant Justice

May 15, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2019

CASA in Action: Natali@MateaGroup.com 202.787.1813

 

Community and Union Leaders Urge Voters to Take Part of Historic Political Transformation in Fairfax County by

Electing Leaders that will Fight for

Living wages, Workers’ Rights, Affordable Housing and Healthcare, Great Schools for All, and Immigrant Justice

 

WHAT: Press conference urging voters to take part of historic political transformation in Fairfax County

WHEN: Wednesday May 15 at 10am EST

WHERE: SEIU 32BJ, 8618 Westwood Center DR, Suite 308, Vienna, VA 22182

WHO: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors candidate for Chair Jeffrey McKay, Take Action Virginia partners: CASA In Action, SEIU 32BJ, SEIU Virginia 512, UNITE HERE Local 25, Baltimore-Washington Laborers’ District Council (BWLDC), UFCW 400, the Keystone Mountain Lakes Carpenters, IBEW and Firefighters, IAFF Local 2068.

 

Falls Church, VA -  Local community and labor advocates, along with candidate for Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Jeffrey McKay, will hold a press conference this Wednesday at 10am urging voters to cast their ballots for candidates who will fight for livable wages, affordable housing and healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrant justice and quality schools for all children.

 

With over 1 million people, Fairfax county is headed this year towards a political transformation, with five of 10 seats open on the Board of Supervisors. The primary election takes place on June 11, 2019.

 

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to elect a new government that will fight for our families to earn a living wage, so they can afford their homes and all their basic needs to strive,” expressed Luis Aguilar, Virginia Director for CASA in Action. “Whether we are talking about immigrant justice for all our neighbors or quality of schools for all our kids, we must use our voting power this June 11 to elect strong community leaders.”

 

“The residents of Fairfax County have the chance to reshape the Board of Supervisors and elect leaders who will put the issues of working people front and center on their agenda,” said Victoria Leonard, Political Director for the BWLDC. “We at the BWLDC are excited to be part of that change.”  

 

"Frontline Fairfax County nurses, social workers, librarians and others work hard every day to make this county a wonderful place. We're proud to support champions for working people, like Jeff McKay, who will fight for good union jobs for all people, with living wages, quality health care, retirement security and rights on the job,” stated Tammie Wondong, Fairfax Chapter President of SEIU Virginia 512, and 30-year county employee.

 

“With Amazon and a host of new developments headed to Northern Virginia, hospitality workers deserve champions on the board of supervisors who will join them in their fight for fair wages, strong benefits, and dignity on the job,” said Sam Epps, UNITE HERE Local 25’s Political Director.  

 

“The thousands of men and women who clean and take care of Northern Virginia office buildings and the airports deserve a board of supervisors who are looking out for working people. On June 11, Fairfax County can become a place where working families can thrive,” said Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU Vice President.

 

“Fairfax County has the opportunity to elect a Board that prioritizes eliminating wage theft and tax fraud in the construction industry. We need to promote responsible  workforce development as part of the County’s process of inclusive growth. That means that construction in Fairfax County includes state-approved apprenticeship programs, local hiring, and family-sustaining wages,” stated Ian Heinz, Political Director for the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters.

 

For more information, please contact 202.787.1813 or Natali@MateaGroup.com.


 

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Endorsements for York City and Lancaster City Council Elections

April 17, 2019

For Immediate Release

April 17, 2019

CASA in Action Natali@MateaGroup.com 202.787.1813

 

CASA in Action Endorsements for York City and Lancaster City Council Elections

 

York, PA - CASA in Action is pleased to release the following endorsements for Lancaster City and York City Council Races.

 

“It is critical to have strong community leaders in local government,” expressed Yaheiry Mora, Senior Director for CASA in Action, the region’s largest immigrant rights electoral organization. “Whether we are fighting for affordable housing, increasing the minimum wage, access to health care, or joining our brothers and sisters from the Puerto Rican diaspora, we are endorsing these candidates because they understand these issues and are ready to work with us to find solutions.”

 

CASA in Action Endorsements for Lancaster City Council and York City Council:

 

Jaime Arroyo, Lancaster City Council

Amanda Bakay, Lancaster City Council

Xavier Garcia-Molina, Lancaster City Council

Lou Rivera, York City Council

Edquina Washington, York City Council

 

Primary elections will take place on May 21, 2019.

 

With nearly 100,000+ lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us @CASAinAction

 

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Endorsements for NOVA Elections on Board of Supervisors

April 15, 2019

For Immediate Release

April 15, 2019

CASA in Action Natali@MateaGroup.com 202.787.1813

CASA in Action Endorsements for NOVA Elections on Board of Supervisors

Falls Church, VA - CASA in Action is pleased to release the following endorsements for Board of Supervisors in Fairfax and Prince William Counties.

“With daily attacks against immigrants coming from Washington, it is critical that our members have extraordinary local officials who will stand up for their rights,” expressed Gustavo Torres, President of CASA in Action, the region’s largest immigrant rights electoral organization. “Whether we are fighting for affordable housing or police accountability, we need legislators who understand the struggles of immigrants and people of color and the contributions we make in building vibrant communities.  Irma, Dalie, Kenny, Margaret, and Raheel are the visionary leaders our communities deserve.”

CASA in Action Endorsements for Fairfax County and Prince William County Board of Supervisors:

Irma Corado, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Braddock District

Irma Corado: As a formerly undocumented person and a member of a mixed status family, Irma understands the urgent and real needs our community members. She is committed to bringing an inclusive way of decision-making to the county board. Irma also worked for CASA in Action during the 2017 elections to turn Virginia blue in Fairfax.

Dalia Palchik, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Providence District

Dalia Palchik: As a School Board member now running for Providence District Supervisor, Dalia knows the need to modernize schools, find new and creative ways

to increase quality affordable housing, and ensure we are a welcoming and inclusive community for all residents, regardless of immigration status.

Kenny Boddye, Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Occoquan District

Kenny Boddye: A long-time advocate for the rights of immigrants and people of color, Kenny is deeply committed to exposing the racism and xenophobia of our County's past and work to achieve equity for all residents in Prince William County.

Margaret Franklin, Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Woodbridge District

Margaret Franklin: Margaret is committed to provide equal opportunities for all residents by focusing on economic growth on the Rt. 1 Corridor in Woodbridge, increasing local transportation efficiency in and around Prince William County, providing resources to reduce overcrowding of our school system and increasing affordable housing options for all residents.

Raheel Sheikh, Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Coles District

Raheel Sheikh: As a first-generation Muslim immigrant, Raheel wants to protect everyone's rights and help make Prince William County more inclusive where persons of all backgrounds are welcome. He has worked with CASA in Action against 287g, Muslim Ban and racial profiling in Prince William County.

Primary elections will take place on June 11, 2019.

With nearly 100,000+ lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us @CASAinAction

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Endorsements for the Virginia House of Delegates Elections in Districts 50, 87, and 38

April 11, 2019

For Immediate Release

April 11, 2019

CASA in Action Natali@MateaGroup.com 202.787.1813

 

CASA in Action Releases Endorsements for the

Virginia House of Delegates Elections in Districts 50, 87, and 38

 

Falls Church, VA - CASA in Action, the region’s largest immigrant rights electoral organization, is excited to release the endorsements of three pro-immigrant candidates for the Virginia General Assembly primary elections to occur on June 11, 2019.

 

CASA in Action Endorsements in the Virginia House of Delegates:

 

Hassan Ahmad, Virginia State Delegate District 87

Hassan Ahmad: An immigration lawyer, Hassan has a lifetime of fighting for the rights of aspiring Americans and people escaping persecution from around the world. He will battle for living salaries for working families and an educational system that serves all our residents.

 

Lee Carter, Virginia State Delegate District 50

Lee Carter: Lee is strongly committed in fighting for both economic and racial justice by strengthening the power of working people in politics and in the workplace. He understands the importance of combating right-wing fear-mongering around issues of race.

 

Andres Jimenez, Virginia State Delegate District 38

Andres Jimenez: An immigrant from Colombia, Andres has spent his life in public service advocating for immigrant communities and addressing climate change. He will be a progressive leader that will eradicate the disconnect between elected officials and local residents.

“CASA in Action members have made incredible headway in electing pro-immigrant candidates by engaging voters of color,” stated Luis Aguilar, Virginia Director for CASA in Action. “With our members, we will knock on thousands of doors to ensure these leaders who embrace our values - Ahmad, Carter and Jimenez - get elected in this June’s primaries.”

With nearly 100,000+ lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us @CASAinAction

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CASA in Action Releases Key NOVA Criminal Justice Endorsements

April 09, 2019

For Immediate Release

April 9, 2019

CASA in Action Natali@MateaGroup.com 202.787.1813

 

CASA in Action Releases Key NOVA Criminal Justice Endorsements

 

Falls Church, VA - For the first time since its launch in 2010, CASA in Action is taking a stand to make sure that its members are served by prosecutors and sheriffs that are embracing the very best policy responses to the racist excesses of the criminal justice system. CASA in Action endorses the following 5 individuals who will ensure people receive equal treatment while keeping our communities safe.

 

Endorsements for Key Public Safety Positions:

 

Arlington & Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney: Parisa Dehghani-Tafti

Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney: Steve Descano

Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney: Buta Biberaj

Prince William County Sheriff: Josh King

Prince William County & City of Manassas Commonwealth’s Attorney: Amy Ashworth

“CASA in Action believes these individuals reflect our core values of equality, fairness, and accountability,” stated Gustavo Torres, President of CASA in Action, the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. “Tafti, Descano, Biberaj, King, and Ashworth understand that our justice system must be aligned with our community values.”

From traffic stops to street searches, drug arrests to over-prosecution; black and brown residents of Northern Virginia are communities beset by the excesses of a criminal (in)justice system.  Today’s courts and prisons cost Virginia taxpayers tens of millions, treat addiction as a crime rather than an illness, and waste countless lives. For immigrants ensnared in its grasp, even petty criminal charges construct a passageway to permanent banishment from family and community.

 

The best policy solutions emerging from around the country – Marilyn Mosby’s implementation of a discretion policy with immigrant defendants and refusal to prosecute marijuana possession; Kim Ogg supporting the elimination of cash bail; Eric Gonzalez’s jail as a last resort policies; and more – belong in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William County.  And for the first time in a long time, change makers are running in these counties that understand that the criminal justice system is the most exciting forum to implement a progressive vision. CASA in Action is in these races because our members live these crises.

 

Primary election will take place on June 11, 2019.

 

With nearly 100,000+ lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us @CASAinAction

 

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Endorsements for Fairfax County School Board

April 08, 2019

For Immediate Release

April 8, 2019

CASA in Action Natali@MateaGroup.com 202.787.1813

 

CASA in Action Releases Endorsements for

Fairfax County School Board


 

Falls Church, VA - We are excited to release CASA in Action’s endorsements for Fairfax County School Board. These leaders embrace the enormous diversity in our schools and support the investments necessary to ensure immigrant families have the tools they need to succeed:

 

Fairfax County School Board Endorsements:

 

Ricardy Anderson, Mason

Laura Jane Cohen, Springfield

Karl Frisch, Providence

Abrar Omeish, At-Large

Rachna Sizemore, At-Large

 

Luis Aguilar, Virginia State Director for CASA in Action, the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region, stated:

 

“We are confident that our endorsed candidates - Ricardy Anderson, an immigrant from Haiti and awarded school administrator; Laura Jane Cohen, a former school teacher focused on trauma-informed education; Karl Frisch, a national progressive activist and child of immigrants; Abrar Omeish, the daughter of immigrants driven to serve all children; and Rachna Sizemore, a child of immigrants and a professor who has advocated for inclusion for all students - will ensure that all Fairfax County public schools can be institutions that embrace equity and inclusion for every child to succeed.”

 

The members of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee will meet this year to endorse candidates for the School Board in April (Local districts) and May (At-Large).

 

With nearly 100,000+ lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us @CASAinAction

 

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CASA in Action, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the foremost Latino and immigrant organization in the Mid-Atlantic region and a national leader in supporting immigrant families and ensuring that all individuals have the core supports necessary for full participation in society. CASA in Action and CASA in Action PAC endorse candidates that advance its membership’s priorities and facilitates greater engagement of Latinos and voters of color in elections. With nearly 100,000 members, CASA in Action is an individual membership organization of low-income immigrants.  Donations to CASA in Action are not tax-deductible.

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