On Election Day 2019, CASA in Action – the Mid Atlantic’s largest immigrant electoral organization - will have 75 activists and 4 canvass managers across 5 jurisdictions having their final conversations with voters.  Seeking to elect changemakers committed to raising the minimum wage, delivering drivers licenses for immigrants, and achieving criminal justice reform, these warriors have been on the ground since August inspiring voters in Chesterfield and Fairfax, Stafford and Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Spotsylvania, Newport News and Prince William.  By the end of today, they will have knocked on more than 109,000 doors and engaged more than 2,000 of their friends to vote through calls and texts. 

“Right now with low wages, a single woman with children can’t survive,” said Joyce Mathis, a veteran and lead canvasser from Newport News. “So knocking on doors is uplifting, it gives you the feeling that we are close to changing the mindset of politicians in Virginia.”  
 
Starting the morning in our Prince William location, our team chanted, “Who are we? CASA in Action.  What do we do?  We get this!”  Vida Agyeiwaah, a student at James Madison University who grew up in the County described, “I believe that us going out and educating people about voting is important in the system we live in today. I was able to explain to people that I am an immigrant and voting has given me a voice. It inspired immigrant voters that we can make change.” 

Fairfax County hosted a mother/son team – Tanya Maldonado and Theo Restrepo - that worked first to elect the best Democrats during the primary, then finished the job to deliver a blue sweep for Fairfax.  According to Theo, “This was important to us because there are a lot of issues – from county level to country level – and this was really important to shining a light on these problems and get them resolved in a way that everyone’s rights are respected.”

Azaria Geraldo, a high school student from Virginia Beach, recruited her friends to canvass and text.  "I am here because I care about affordable health care, women's rights, education and you should too!"  Her coworker David Waff celebrated the birth of his child De’Mari during the work, one of two election babies born to the Virginia Beach team.  “This election was important to me because as an African-American male and a former felon, I never before saw myself trying to make a change in the community I live in.  Getting out and knocking the doors I did really made me feel like I’m doing my part to see better days in my community.”

Sasha Campana served the electorate as a Lead Canvasser on our Chesterfield team. "Being that both of my parents are immigrants and knowing their struggles, I have put over 2,000 miles on my car to talk to voters about the importance of electing pro-immigrant candidates. I didn’t know before that local elections were that important. I’m proud to say that CASA in Action is the reason I am voting for the first time ever and in a local election."

 


 

 

 

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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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CASA in Action, the region’s largest pro-immigrant electoral organization, is pleased to announce its endorsement of fifty-nine 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.

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

On Election Day 2019, CASA in Action Heralds Team of Activists Dedicated to Turning Virginia Blue
- Bellwether Election Will Cement Rejection of Republican Attacks on Communities of Color -

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 

Kathy Smith for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Sully 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

Amanda Pohl for Senate Delegate District 11

Debra Rodman for Senate Delegate District 12

​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

Lindsey Dougherty for House Delegate District 62

Sheila Bynum-Coleman for House Delegate District 66

​Karrie Delaney for House Delegate District 67

Gayle Johnson for House Delegate District 82

Nancy Guy for House Delegate District 83

Karen Mallard for House Delegate District 84

​Suhas Subramanyam for House Delegate District 87

​Jess Foster for House Delegate District 88

Shelly Simonds for House Delegate District 94

Phil Hernandez for House Delegate District 100

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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