New Americans Democracy Program 2018
The November midterm elections were a pivotal moment to our democracy, as immigrant voters across the nation rose to send a strong message rejecting Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda and demand change in Illinois. Collectively through our membership, we registered 30,170 new immigrant voters, made 119,292 voter contacts leading up to Election Day, and knocked on 61,204 doors! Our efforts helped create the highest midterm turnout in Illinois since 1990. Our communities didn't ride the wave of voters--our communities organized and created it!
We want to recognize the following organizations for their leadership and tireless work in getting out the immigrant vote in their communities through our Our Vote, Our Future campaign: Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment, Arab American Family Services, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Cicero Berwyn Community, Communities United, Enlace, Hana Center, Indo-American Center, Mano-A-Mano Family Resource Center, PASO, Mosque Foundation, South Suburban Immigrant Project, and Southwest Organizing Project.
We'd also like to thank the following organizations who supported in our Get Out the Vote efforts: Access Living, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Centro Romero, Jewish Council of Urban Affairs, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, and Project Irene.After the numbers are released in December we will share a deeper analysis but for now, the key take away is that our communities didn't ride the wave of voters...Our communities organized and created it! We must also remember that voting is a tactic to show our power. Now with the elections behind us, we shift our efforts towards collectively holding those in office accountable to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the country, and for Illinois to stand up to Trump's anti-immigrant and xenophobic agenda.
Through our collective work, we activated direct voter contacts operations in Chicago neighborhoods including West Rogers Park, Belmont Cragin, Little Village, Chicago Lawn, and Brighton Park as well as suburbs including Bolingbrook, Grayslake, Palos Township, Elgin, West Chicago, Melrose Park, Waukegan, Cicero, Bridgeview and more! Our preliminary analysis shows an increase in voter turnout when compared to the last midterms by up to 10% in our targeted areas.
Our communities didn't ride the wave of voters--our communities organized and created it! Voting is a tactic to show our power, and now with the elections behind us, we shift our efforts towards collectively holding those in office accountable to make Illinois the most welcoming state in the country, and for our national representatives to stand up to Trump's anti-immigrant and xenophobic agenda.