FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1st, 2008
With New York’s Presidential Primaries few days away, Latino immigrants lead the effort to mobilize low-income communities to the polls on Super Tuesday
WHAT: Press conference new immigrant voters will share their stories as they prepare to vote for the first time on Super Tuesday, and head out to visit thousands of low-income voters who have pledged to participate in the presidential primaries representing the voices of immigrant communities’ on Election Day.
WHEN: Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 12 noon
WHERE: Make the Road New York- Woodside, 49-06 Skillman Ave., Woodside NY 11377
WHO: Latino immigrant voters and community residents leading a Get-Out-the-Immigrant-Vote campaign.
WHY: In the eve of one of the most contested primary elections in American history, millions of new voters including Latinos, new citizens, and low-income people of color will make history in their neighborhoods and at the voting booths. Their votes will mark a new era in American politics and elevate the issues that matter to low-income workers and families: fair immigration policies, educational opportunities, dignity at work, access to health care and affordable housing.
In contrast to professional political campaigns, immigrant New Yorkers are making history by offering a new way of revitalizing democracy beyond election day: Latino immigrants are leading a sophisticated non-partisan community-based voter education and mobilization campaign that has reached more than 5,000 voters in low-income neighborhoods across Queens and Brooklyn.
On Sunday, February 3rd, members of Make the Road New York will share their stories as they prepare to vote for the first time on Super Tuesday, and head out to visit thousands of voters who have made a commitment to represent their communities’ interests on Election Day.
Make the Road New York, a 3,500 member-strong grass-roots organization, works to promote equity, opportunity and democracy for low-income workers and families in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.