Media Contacts

Lizette Olmos lolmos@casainaction.org

Diana Castaneda dcastaneda@casainaction.org

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 6, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night, Virginia voters swept out Republican control of the General Assembly and Democratic reformers also swept key local races. These results were the work of countless activists and organizations dedicated to living in a world that embraces key principles including that immigrants have rights, the criminal (in)justice system must be reformed, and workers deserve a living wage.

“Being that both of my parents are immigrants and knowing their struggles, I have put over 2000 miles on my car to talk to voters about the importance of electing pro-immigrant candidates,” said Sasha Campana, a Lead Canvassers on CASA in Action’s Chesterfield team. “I’m proud to say that CASA in Action is the reason I am voting for the first time ever.”

Sasha and her team helped power forward the election of Ghazala Hashmi, who will serve as the first Muslim in the Virginia Senate and whose election was one of the victories that flipped the Senate blue. Other CASA in Action activists worked to successfully defend several Democrats – Hala Ayala, Lee Carter, Elizabeth Guzman, and Danica Roem - first elected in 2017 who were targeted for removal by the GOP. But they were also on the ground to flip seats over to incoming Democrats Josh Cole and Shelly Simonds; some of the victories that produced a House Democratic majority.

Altogether, CASA in Action deployed 75 activists and 4 canvass managers to Chesterfield and Fairfax, Stafford and Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Spotsylvania, Newport News and Prince William. Together, they knocked on more than 109,000 doors and engaged more than 2000 of their friends to vote through calls and texts. The organization also sent digital ads to Latino voters in its targeted districts over 1.1 million times with personal messages in English and Spanish urging people to vote.

While the statewide victories grabbed most headlines, amazing wins were also achieved on a local level. In NOVA, we first spent a primary season ensuring the election of Democrats we could be proud of, then made sure they got elected in the general election. Particularly poignant for CASA in Action members is the Democratic majority in Prince William County, where Democratic Board Chair-Elect Ann Wheeler will replace Corey Stewart; the main architect of the 287g program which transformed county public safety officials into quasi ICE agents. She will be supported by majority Democratic Board with leaders – Victor Angry, Andrea Bailey, Kenny Boddye, and Margaret Angela Franklin – who will each be the first African-Americans in history elected to a full term. In a County where the former Board Chair celebrated the confederacy, a super majority of the Board is now people of color, including the first Latina in history.

CASA in Action also supported the progressive takeover of Fairfax County, where Democrats swept the entire school board and left one mere Republican – barely - on the Board of Supervisors. Fairfax County joined a string of major criminal justice victories by electing Steve Descano Commonwealth Attorney. Steve joins other CASA in Action supported prosecutors Buta Biberaj in Loudoun and Amy Ashworth in Prince William who swept elections last night by promising big commitments to reducing incarceration, supporting drug treatment, and more.

“We may be taking a day or two to celebrate, but we are soon turning to the real work ahead of transforming these electoral victories into legislative victories,” said Luis Angel Aguilar, CASA in Action Virginia Director. “After years spent lobbying a Republican controlled legislature that cared nothing about the priorities of immigrant families, I am hungry to get to work creating real justice for our members.”

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With over 100,000 lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Over 100 Activists for Immigrant Workers - Driven by Crisis Facing TPS Holders - to Hit the Streets in Support of Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Worker Virginia Candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, September 27, 2019

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

Prince William County, VA - On Saturday, September 28, over 100 community leaders and union members will canvass in Prince William County neighborhoods to mobilize working families to support candidates who will demand that Congress resolve the crisis facing people with TPS and DED. 

Latino voters and immigrant families will urge these progressive candidates to be courageous and fight for solutions that offer TPS and DED holders a stable future in the country they call home and the place to which they contribute so much with their hard work.

Over 400,000 TPS holders have lived in the United States for more than 15 years and many of them have U.S. citizen children.  Virginia hosts one of the largest per capita TPS populations in the nation.

“This is the time for voters in Virginia to cast their ballots, raise their voices, and elect legislators—state and local—who share our values. These candidates are committed to fighting for our working families and immigrant community,” said Luis Aguilar, Virginia Director of CASA in Action.

Volunteers will rally with Delegate Hala Ayala, Presidential Candidate Cory Booker, and more before they hit the streets. CASA in Action members have been knocking on doors, making phone calls, and holding worksite actions across the state in support of progressive candidates. 

Community leaders, immigrant voters, and candidates will be available for media shadowing opportunities as they head out into the neighborhoods educating Virginians about the upcoming elections on November 5.

What: Immigrant Workers Canvass for TPS Relief 
Who: Immigrant leaders, union members, community volunteers, and local candidates
Where: 5557 Mapledale Plz, Woodbridge, VA 22193-4527
When: Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 3:00pm

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With more than 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
 

 

CASA in Action Endorses Local and State Candidates in Virginia 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, August 16, 2019

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

Falls Church, VA -  CASA in Action, the region’s largest pro-immigrant electoral organization, is pleased to announce its endorsement of twenty-seven candidates for the Virginia general election on November 5, 2019. CASA in Action board interviewed and voted in favor of candidates that support a pro-immigrant agenda that benefits working families.

“This is the time for voters in Virginia to cast our ballots, raise our voices, and elect legislators - state and local - that share our values. These candidates are champions committed to fight for our working families and immigrant community,” said Luis Aguilar, Virginia Director of CASA in Action.

Among the many candidates that inspired CASA in Action members to get involved:

- A champion for workers’ rights, Neri Canahui served as President of his Carpenters Local Union and on the Executive Board of the Northern Virginia Labor Federation. Neri has fought to raise the minimum wage and expand collective bargaining rights.

- A member of the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative Board, Ann Wheeler decided to turn the Prince William Board of Supervisors blue this November and fight for progressive policies.

- As a first-generation Muslim immigrant, Raheel Sheikh advocated to end the Muslim Ban and racial profiling in Prince William County. His goal is to make Prince William County more inclusive where people of all backgrounds and beliefs are welcome.

- Hala Ayala, is a single mother of two and the founder and former president of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women. Hala has fought for raising the minimum wage and equal pay.

- A fierce advocate who has dedicated his life to social justice, Joshua Cole is a progressive activist who will fight against the misapplication of justice in our diverse community. He champions a reform to our criminal justice system.

- As an attorney who represents children, Karen Keys Gamarra is determined to remove the barriers in our educational system that disparately impact students of color.

- Endorsed by our members for his successful primary win, Josh King will work to end the discriminatory 287(g) program in Prince William County that deputizes local law enforcement officers to act as agents of ICE.

“This Fall, we are not only going to sweep the Virginia General Assembly, we are also going to bring historic wins through our amazing local candidates,” said Mr. Aguilar.  “Imagine what Prince William County finally post-Corey Stewart will become. Our communities of color, working together, have built a transformation in Virginia!"

CASA in Action’s Board of Directors are elected leaders representing our regional councils across CASA in Action’s three states.  The Board’s endorsement decisions are supported by our Leadership Council - composed of two leaders elected from each of our organizing committees. 

 

Together these community members interview candidates, review their records, and finalize recommendations and decisions in favor of candidates who support a progressive and pro-immigrant agenda.

“Now more than ever these coming elections are important for our immigrant community. This year we will fight to elect candidates that will provide social and economic opportunities to help all Virginians,” said Delia Escobar, member of CASA in Action’s Board of Directors representing Prince William County. “The candidates we endorsed have a longstanding history of activism and are fearless champions in the fight for equity and justice.”

 

Together with candidates previously endorsed because of primary challenges, CASA in Action Endorsements in Virginia:

 

For Fairfax County 

Steve Descano for Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Jeffrey McKay for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Chair

James Walkinshaw for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Braddock District

John Foust for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Dranesville District 

Walter Alcorn for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Hunter Mill District 

Rodney Lusk for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Lee District 

Penny Gross for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Mason District 

Dalia Palchik for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Providence District

Linda Sperling for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Springfield District 

Karen Keys Gamarra for Fairfax County Schoolboard 

Abrar Omeish for Fairfax County Schoolboard 

Rachna Sizemore for Fairfax County Schoolboard 

Karl Frisch for Providence District Schoolboard 

Laura Jane Cohen for Springfield District Schoolboard 

Melanie Meren for Hunter Mill District Schoolboard 

Ricardy Anderson for Mason District Schoolboard 

For Prince William County

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

Josh King for Prince William County Sheriff

Ann Wheeler for Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Chair

Maggie Hansford for Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Brentsville District 

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

Danny Dudenfrank for Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Gainesville District 

Victor Angry for Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Neabsco District

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

Andrea Bailey for Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Potomac District 

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

Lisa Zargarpur for Prince William County Schoolboard 

 

For Loudoun County 

Buta Biberaj for Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney

Justin Hannah for Loudoun County Sheriff 

Phyllis Randall for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Chair

Juli Briskman for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Algonkian District 

Koran Saines for Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Sterling District

 

For Arlington & Falls Church

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

 

House of Delegates and State Senate

Ghazala Hashmi for Senate Delegate District 10

John Bell for Senate Delegate District 13

Qasim Rashid for Senate Delegate District 28

Jennifer Foy Carroll for House Delegate District 2

Danica Roem for House Delegate District 13

Josh Cole for House Delegate District 28

Elizabeth Guzman for House Delegate District 31

Dan Helmer for House Delegate District 40

Kathy Tran for House Delegate District 42

Lee Carter for House Delegate District 50

Hala Ayala for House Delegate District 51

Luke Torian for House Delegate District 52

Neri Canahui for House Delegate District 54

Karrie Delaney for House Delegate District 67

Suhas Subramanyam for House Delegate District 87

Jess Foster for House Delegate District 88

 

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With more than 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

 

 

 

 

CASA en acción da su respaldo a candidatos locales y estatales en Virginia 


 

 

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA:

Viernes, Agosto 16, 2019

CONTACTE: Diana Castaneda, dcastaneda@wearecasa.org, (240) 515-5561

 

 

 

Falls Church, VA - CASA in Action, la organización electoral pro inmigrante más grande de la región, se complace en anunciar su respaldo a veintisiete candidatos para las elecciones generales de Virginia el 5 de noviembre de 2019. La junta de CASA in Action entrevistó y votó a favor de candidatos que apoyan una agenda pro inmigrante que beneficia a las familias trabajadoras.

“Este es el momento para que los votantes en Virginia acudan a las urnas, eleven sus voces y elijan legisladores estatales y locales que compartan nuestros valores. Estos candidatos son campeones comprometidos a luchar por nuestras familias trabajadoras y la comunidad inmigrante”, dijo Luis Aguilar, Director de CASA in Action Virginia.

Este es el perfil de algunos de los candidatos entre muchos, que inspiraron a los miembros de CASA in Action a movilizarse:

- Defensor de los derechos de los trabajadores, Neri Canahui se desempeñó como Presidente de su Sindicato Local de Carpinteros y de la Junta Ejecutiva de la Federación Laboral del Norte de Virginia. Neri ha luchado para aumentar el salario mínimo y ampliar los derechos de negociación colectiva.

- Miembro de la Junta Cooperativa Eléctrica del Norte de Virginia, Ann Wheeler está decidida a luchar por políticas progresistas y transformar en azul demócrata  la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Prince William, el próximo noviembre.

- Como inmigrante de primera generación y musulmán, Raheel Sheikh abogó por poner fin a la prohibición de viaje a musulmanes y el perfil racial en el condado de Prince William. Su objetivo es hacer que el Condado de Prince William sea más inclusivo, donde personas de todos los orígenes y creencias sean bienvenidas.

- Hala Ayala, es madre soltera de dos hijos, fundadora y ex presidenta del capítulo del Condado de Prince William para la Organización Nacional para la Mujer. Hala ha luchado por el incremento e igualdad salarial.

- Un encarnizado defensor que ha dedicado su vida a la justicia social, Joshua Cole es un activista progresista que luchará contra la aplicación indebida de la justicia en nuestra diversa comunidad. Él defiende una reforma a nuestro sistema de justicia penal.

- Como abogada que defiende a los niños, Karen Keys Gamarra está decidida a eliminar las barreras en nuestro sistema educativo que impactan de manera considerable a los estudiantes de color.

- Respaldado por nuestros miembros debido a su exitosa victoria primaria, Josh King trabajará para terminar con el discriminatorio programa 287 (g) en el Condado de Prince William, el cual permite a los agentes locales actuar como agentes con funciones migratorias.

"Este otoño, no sólo vamos a barrer la Asamblea General de Virginia, también vamos a lograr victorias históricas a través de nuestros increíbles candidatos locales", dijo Luis Aguilar. “Imaginemos en lo que finalmente se convertirá el Condado de Prince William después de Corey Stewart. ¡Nuestras comunidades de color trabajando juntas, han construido una transformación en Virginia!”.

La Junta Directiva de CASA in Action está compuesta por líderes electos que representan a nuestros consejos regionales en los tres estados de CASA in Action. Las decisiones de la Junta están respaldadas por nuestro Consejo de Liderazgo, compuesto por dos líderes elegidos en cada uno de nuestros comités organizadores.

 

Estos miembros de la comunidad entrevistan a los candidatos, revisan sus registros y finalizan las recomendaciones y decisiones a favor de los candidatos, que apoyan una agenda progresista y pro inmigrante.

“Ahora más que nunca estas próximas elecciones son importantes para nuestra comunidad inmigrante. Este año lucharemos para elegir candidatos que brinden oportunidades sociales y económicas para ayudar a todos los residentes de Virginia", dijo Delia Escobar, miembro de la Junta Directiva de CASA in Action que representa al condado de Prince William. "Los candidatos que respaldamos tienen una larga historia de activismo y son líderes valientes en la lucha por la equidad y la justicia".

 

Estos son los candidatos respaldados por CASA in Action, junto con quienes ya habían recibido previamente el apoyo durante las elecciones primarias:

 

Por el condado de Fairfax

Steve Descano para Fiscal de la Mancomunidad del Condado de Fairfax

Jeffrey McKay para Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Fairfax

James Walkinshaw para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Fairfax, Distrito de Braddock

John Foust para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Fairfax, Distrito de Dranesville

Walter Alcorn para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Fairfax, Distrito Hunter Mill

Rodney Lusk para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Fairfax, Distrito de Lee

Penny Gross para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Fairfax, Distrito de Mason

Dalia Palchik para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Fairfax, Distrito de Providence

Linda Sperling para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Fairfax, Distrito de Springfield

Karen Keys Gamarra para la Junta Escolar del Condado de Fairfax

Abrar Omeish para la Junta Escolar del Condado de Fairfax

Rachna Sizemore para la Junta Escolar del Condado de Fairfax

Karl Frisch para la Junta Escolar del Distrito de Providence

Laura Jane Cohen para la Junta Escolar del Distrito de Springfield

Melanie Meren para la Junta Escolar del Distrito Hunter Mill

Ricardy Anderson para la Junta Escolar del Distrito Mason

 

Para el condado de Prince William

Amy Ashworth para Fiscal de la Mancomunidad del Condado de Prince William y la Ciudad de Manassas 

Josh King para Alguacil del Condado de Prince William

Ann Wheeler para Presidenta de la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Prince William

Maggie Hansford para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Prince William, Distrito de Brentsville

Raheel Sheikh para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Prince William, Distrito de Coles

Danny Dudenfrank para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Prince William, Distrito de Gainesville

Victor Angry para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Prince William, Distrito de Neabsco

Kenny Boddye para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Prince William, Distrito Occoquan

Andrea Bailey para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Prince William, Distrito de Potomac

Margaret Franklin para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Prince William, Distrito de Woodbridge

Lisa Zargarpur para la Junta Escolar del Condado de Prince William

 

Para el condado de Loudoun

Buta Biberaj para Fiscal de la Mancomunidad del Condado de Loudoun

Justin Hannah para Alguacil del Condado de Loudoun

Phyllis Randall para Presidenta de la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Loudoun

Juli Briskman para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Loudoun, Distrito Algonkian

Koran Saines para la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Loudoun, Distrito Sterling

 

Para Arlington & Falls Church

Parisa Dehghani-Tafti para Fiscal de la Mancomunidad de Arlington & Falls Church

 

Cámara de Delegados y Senado Estatal

 

Ghazala Hashmi para Delegada del Senado, Distrito 10

John Bell para Delegado del Senado, Distrito 13

Qasim Rashid para Delegado del Senado, Distrito 28

Jennifer Foy Carroll para Delegada de la Cámara, Distrito 2

Danica Roem para Delegada de la Cámara, Distrito 13

Josh Cole para Delegado de la Cámara, Distrito 28

Elizabeth Guzman para Delegada de la Cámara, Distrito 31

Dan Helmer para Delegado de la Cámara, Distrito 40

Kathy Tran para Delegada de la Cámara, Distrito 42

Lee Carter para Delegado de la Cámara, Distrito 50

Hala Ayala para Delegada de la Cámara, Distrito 51

Luke Torian para el Delegado de la Cámara, Distrito 52

Neri Canahui para el Delegado de la Cámara, Distrito 54

Karrie Delaney para Delegada de la Cámara, Distrito 67

Suhas Subramanyam para el Delegado de la Cámara, Distrito 87

Jess Foster para Delegada de la Cámara, Distrito 88

 

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Decisive Victories Across Commonwealth
Virginians Voted for Immigrants and Working Families

 

 

CASA in Action Heralds the Legacy of Speaker Busch

As Maryland adapts to news of the passing of the man who oversaw the Maryland House for the longest period in history, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the legacy of Speaker Busch.

Mike Busch took over the helm of the Maryland House just two short years after 9-11, an era when the mourning of a country was hijacked by xenophobes capitalizing on the public’s grief by passing laws across the country to villainize immigrant communities. In the first decade of Speaker Busch’s leadership, the House of Delegates rejected dozens and dozens of proposals that would have banished immigrant neighbors from our lives.  Rather than embracing the worst of our American heritage, the House of Delegates, under Speaker Busch’s leadership, passed remarkable reforms from immigrant access to drivers licenses to ensuring that immigrant youth had a fighting chance to attend college to many other reforms in between.  Just this Session, the House of Delegates once again passed remarkable reforms to protect immigrants from state/ICE collaboration despite its predictable demise in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

 

We are an institution dedicated to the election of leaders of color and other progressives who will fight for our members; almost 100,000 primarily low-income Latino and West African immigrants. We particularly appreciate that Speaker Busch met the challenge of a diversifying House by providing mentorship and opportunity to trailblazing Delegates and staff to rise up to positions of power. Speaker Busch was a leader who realized that his power was enhanced by widening the table. 

 

We pause to celebrate Speaker Busch’s legacy and look forward to welcoming a progressive champion to fill the deep vacuum left by his death. Thank you, Speaker Busch, for all the changes that you led for our members and our community.

By end of Election Day, CASA in Action will Knock more than 156K doors in three states to elect Pro-Immigrant Warriors

November 05, 2018

Stretching from Chesterfield County, VA to Chester County, PA, one of the nation’s largest grassroots immigrant rights electoral organizations put hundreds of people on doors across three states - Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia - to elect pro-immigrant legislators from the county council to congress.  

Relying largely on door-to-door contact, a talented and committed team of new immigrants from three continents, Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria, civil rights activists, and staunch progressives fanned across the deepest People of Color precincts in their communities to carry the vote for candidates who will fight for families when they take office.

In Virginia, CASA in Action focused in on three critical districts that help make the math work on the red to blue march to take the House.  Virginia’s 10th congressional district has the second highest number of people with Temporary Protected Status of Republican-represented districts in the Country.  With Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock refusing to meet with TPS holders, canvassers knocked doors to make sure she sees her final days in Congress.  Similarly, in Virginia’s 7th congressional district, CASA in Action canvassers focused in on Chesterfield and Henrico Counties for an opportunity to both take out Dave Brat – one of Congress’ toughest hard-liners on immigration – and introduce themselves to voters who they will return to next year when the area may determine the balance of power in the Virginia Senate.  While Latino voters are not yet the juggernaut they will grow to be in Virginia’s 5th district, each one was contacted multiple times in a race that is too close to call.

In Pennsylvania, CASA in Action activists held down the vote from agricultural Kennett Square to the state capitol in Harrisburg crisscrossing Lancaster, York and surrounding communities in between.  Focusing once again on the congressional map, tens of thousands of doors were knocked in the districts of Chrissy Houlahan in Pennsylvania’s 6th congressional district and George Scott in Pennsylvania’s 10th district and Jess King in Pennsylvania’s 11th district, while making sure that voters remembered to return Tom Wolf and Bob Casey to office.  This election was particularly critical for the thousands who have moved into South-Central PA from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Boricuas, together with immigrants and native Pennsylvanians, have talked to neighbors since Labor Day to remind them not once or twice but multiple times that their lives depend on voting on Tuesday.

In Maryland, CASA in Action made major investments in the primary season to carry some great candidates in true-blue Maryland over the finish line.  For the general election, we focused in on lifting up the most progressive gubernatorial candidate in our lifetime in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard Counties where we could also talk to voters about Calvin Ball, Steuart Pittman, and Johnny Olszewski, Jr.  for County Executive.

 

Looking at the numbers, conservatively, CASA in Action expects to hit 156,239 doors by the time polls close on Tuesday.  That program has been augmented by a robust digital program that has resulted in over 5 million impressions with Spanish and English ads featuring regular voters inspired to cast their ballots as well as videos letting voters know that the incumbent in their district is bad for immigrants, bad for families, bad for communities.  Although we focused most deeply on door-to-door contact, CASA in Action experimented with texting to immigrant voters in Virginia’s 10th district where we produced 15,677 texts to Latino and Asian American Pacific Islander voters in less than 2 hours with a mighty team of volunteers.  Latino voters in Virginia’s 5th congressional district and Baltimore County will have received more than 3 reminder calls per household before the end of Monday evening.  And from Harrisburg to Sterling, CASA in Action activists hammered Republican incumbents with nine direct actions designed to educate ordinary voters about their toxic voting records.

The men and women that led this effort are exemplar leaders who represent the very communities they are mobilizing to create a new American democracy.  

Yaheiry Mora, CASA in Action’s Director, is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Her everyday work is about building electoral power for voters of color because she believes it is the key to achieving true systemic change that would create a better future for her son Diego.  Luis Angel Aguilar, a DACA-mented Virginian originally from Mexico, supervised three state programs and William Renderos, son of Salvadoran immigrants, made sure that extraordinary canvass managers were provided the support they needed to be successful.

Jennifer Romero, a DREAMer from Mexico, grew up in Stafford County, VA.  Her mom Hilda is a member of CASA in Action’s Leadership Council, our elected leadership that makes recommendations to our board on elections and campaigns.  This is Jennifer's 4th year working with CASAinAction and she has grown from volunteer to paid canvasser to lead to now a Canvass Manager.  As the stakes tightened in Virginia-07, Jennifer headed south and built a team from scratch while still supervising a team in NoVA delivering victory for Jennifer Wexton.

 

Similarly, Jonathan Hernandez has now worked multiple election cycles for CASA in Action growing in responsibility from volunteer to Canvass Manager.  An elected member of our board of directors, Jonathan took a leave of absence from his board membership to work to elect the first African-American County Executive in Howard County history.

 

Our work to elect the County Executive and Governor who will fight for immigrant justice is led in Anne Arundel by Lydia Walther-Rodriguez, an Afro-Latina immigrant from Panama who first came to CASA in Action as a student activist leading the DREAM committee at Morgan State University since 2010.  A fulltime Regional Lead Organizer for CASA in Action, she recruited an entire team of young people - DREAMers, first generation citizen children of our undocumented members, and new citizens– who are proving that youth are paving the future. 
 

Our Pennsylvania Dream Team is led by three extraordinary women who put their lives on hold to change Congress.  Nayely Lopez, our York Canvass manager, is a DREAMer originally from Mexico who moved temporarily from Virginia to Pennsylvania to move South-Central PA to the polls. Nancy Lopez Sosa returned to her home town of Kennett Square to get out the vote in a red to blue priority district with a canvass team staffed by the children of farmworkers who, like her dad, moved to Pennsylvania to build the agricultural industry.  Allison Pendrak, Pennsylvania born and raised, returned to Lancaster and Harrisburg to prove that the majority that voted in Trump in 2016 has been swept away by a PA Blue Wave.  This trio of powerhouse women are mobilizing both immigrant voters and Puerto Ricans who fled the Island after the government’s mismanagement of the Hurricane Response.  

 

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

Communities of Color and Activists Come Together to Urge Immigrant Voters to Reject Rep. Barbara Comstock through Innovative Text-a-Thon

October 23, 2018

Communities of Color and Activists Come Together to Urge Immigrant Voters to Reject Rep. Barbara Comstock through Innovative Text-a-Thon

 

Community Advocates Unite the Vote on November 6 against Hate

 

WHAT: Advocates gather to urge voters - using the latest in peer to peer text messaging -  to cast their ballots in support of immigrants, no to Barbara Comstock.

WHEN: Tuesday October 23, 2018, at 6:30pm

WHERE: 4536-B John Marr Drive, Annandale, Virginia

 

Annandale, VA –  Community advocates from CASA in Action, Asian American and Pacific Islanders Victory Fund, and For Our Future Virginia will hold a massive Text-a-Thon - using the latest in peer to peer technology - on Tuesday at 6pm in Annandale to urge 10th District constituents to vote Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) out of office in November.   They will be texting AAPI and Latino voters in the 10th district to remind them to vote out Barbara Comstock.

 

The one-on-one conversations with thousands of voters via text-messaging will be led by immigrants with TPS, people of color and labor rights advocates who are working together encouraging voters to unite the vote against Comstock’s hate and divisiveness.

 

Last year’s victory of Governor Northam demonstrated an outright rejection of the Trump/Gillespie playbook of xenophobic and racist campaign tactics. This is exactly the type of race-baiting and fear mongering that Rep. Barbara Comstock is using in her campaign. Furthermore, while Comstock’s District is home to the nation’s second largest Republican-represented population of people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Comstock has refused to meet with any of the thousands of immigrants who’ve lived and worked in her district legally for as long as decades.

 

“Virginia will not tolerate the hate and divisiveness that Comstock is using in her campaign. This November, we urge voters to unite the vote to make a better future for us all, no matter what we look like, how long we've been here, or what's in our wallets. This Tuesday, we will be texting thousands of voters urging them to protect our diverse community through their vote,” stated Luis Aguilar from CASA in Action.

 

"The AAPI Victory Fund in partnership with For our Future is pleased to join CASA in Action this Tuesday to reach minority voters in Virginia.  Races across the state of Virginia hang in the balance and turnout from minority communities can make the difference on Election Day. We look forward to seeing everyone there to make sure the BlueWave happens with representation from all communities in Virginia," stated AAPI Victory Fund.

 

For Our Future Virginia State Director Antwaun Griffin offered, "Barbara Comstock 's record makes clear exactly who she supports. By opposing workers' rights and communities of color, she is actively working to tip the scales even more in favor of the one percent. It is imperative that we get out the vote for Jennifer Wexton on November 6th to ensure we have a Congress that works for all of us."

 

TPS status for all workers will expire in 2019 and Congress has yet to take action to avert the disaster of un-legalizing as many as a million people.

 

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

 

The AAPI Victory Fund – the first Super PAC of its kind – is focused on mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) eligible voters and moving them to the ballot box.  The Victory Fund’s mission is to partner with local and national community- based organizations to build sustained support for progressive voting blocs within the AAPI community.

 

For Our Future Virginia For Our Future and For Our Future Action Fund (FOF & FOFAF) were founded in 2016 and organize both electoral and issue campaigns through a Super PAC and 501(c)(4) organization, respectively, partnering with community-based organizations to build permanent progressive power on the ground.


 

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CASA in Action Congratulates All Our Candidates

June 26, 2018

CASA in Action's Work Has Led to Victories Throughout Maryland.

CASA in Action Asks Voters to Reject Deportation Pipeline Candidate

June 26, 2018

Montgomery County Deserves Better Than David Blair

CASA in Action Endorses Passionate, Pro-Immigrant Aruna Miller for Congress

May 29, 2018

Immigrant electoral powerhouse CASA in Action announced its endorsement of engineer and current Maryland State Delegate Aruna Miller for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District.

Civic Engagement Champion Tom Steyer to be Awarded 2018 Justice Award

May 15, 2018

CASA and its sister organization CASA in Action will bestow their highest honor the 2018 Justice Award to Tom Steyer, President and Founder of NextGen America, during its 6th Annual Justice Awards Night on June 6, 2018. 

Parents to Discuss Lack of Accountability and Funding Losses in Prince George’s County School System with Donna Edwards

May 14, 2018

Concerned for their children after recent controversies with educators and administrators, Prince George’s County parents will meet with Donna Edwards to discuss the setbacks, struggles and the future of low-income and immigrant students.

Padres tratarán falta de responsabilidad y pérdidas de fondos en el sistema escolar del Condado de Prince George con Donna Edwards

May 14, 2018

Preocupados por sus hijos después de recientes controversias con educadores y administradores, los padres del Condado de Prince George se reunirán con Donna Edwards para hablar sobre las dificultades, fallas y el futuro de los estudiantes de bajos recursos e inmigrantes de las escuelas públicas.

With Death of Kevin Kamenetz, Maryland has Lost a Fierce Fighter for Immigrant Justice

May 10, 2018

CASA, CASA in Action, and members are mourning the unexpected passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, relentless immigrant advocate and public servant.

CASA in Action and Allies Celebrate Workers' Day with Rally Highlighting Working Families

May 01, 2018

CASA in Action, UFCW Local 400, UNITE HERE! Local 25, and the LiUNA Baltimore Washington District Council, will hold a rally for workers’ justice to highlight the important issues at stake during this year’s elections in Prince George’s County and throughout the state.

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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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