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Source: Make the Road New York
Subject: Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Grassrooots Voter Campaigns Pave the Road for Historic Presidential Election

This week, Make the Road New York celebrates a historic election driven by the energy, hope, and determination of ordinary people acting together for justice and opportunity.

November 4th, an unprecedented number of young people, men and women
from communities of color, and new immigrant citizens went to the polls
to elect the 44th President of the United States of America.
With their votes they made history, not only by electing of the first
African-American President, and the son of an immigrant, but also by
revitalizing the roots of our democracy with their activism.

Across the country, thousands of people worked to engage their families and neighbors in the political process.

New York City, Make the Road New York’s members led an ambitious
door-to-door, non-partisan, grassroots campaign that captured the
energy and enthusiasm of people in low-income communities across
Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens: Over 180 community members, many of
them first-time immigrant voters, came together to educate and mobilize
23,000 immigrant voters. Our campaign represented the largest
community-led immigrant voter mobilization effort in New York City!

The stories of these powerful community leaders were featured in television and print media from around the country, including the New York Daily News, CNN, Univison, Telemundo, Staten Island Advance, El Diario la Prensa, and Hoy. You can check out the video coverage at Columbia Journalist and NY1.

work was only possible thanks to our partners, including the New York
Immigration Coalition, Jobs with Justice, the Arab-American Association
of New York, and the Center for Community Change.