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Latino Organizations Announce Historic Georgia Latino Voter Mobilization Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2020
Contact: Lillian Rodriguez Lopez | 973-699-8767 | lillianrodriguezlopez@gmail.com

Latino Organizations Announce Historic Georgia Latino Voter Mobilization Campaign

Engaging and Empowering Latinos in U.S. Senate Runoff Election

The Latino Community Fund of Georgia (LCF Georgia), GALEO, Hispanic Federation and Mi Familia Vota, announced a historic mobilization campaign in Georgia to engage Latino voters in the upcoming Senate run-off races. Through the collaboration, the four partners will leverage their collective expertise, resources, and field operations to maximize Latino voter participation across the state for the run-offs and for future elections including the 2022 Gubernatorial race.

As statewide organizations, LCF Georgia and GALEO have spearheaded initiatives to build Latino civic and voter participation in the state. Their efforts helped fuel an unprecedented Latino voter turnout in Georgia during the November 3rd general elections. For decades, the Hispanic Federation and Mi Familia Vota have coordinated national, nonpartisan Latino voter mobilization campaigns to engage Latino and immigrant communities in local, state, and federal elections.

The four partners will work collaboratively on a comprehensive multi-media, grassroots campaign to bolster Latino voter turnout during the election process. The Senate run-off efforts will reach and engage over 400,000 Latino and multicultural voters through strategies such as phone and text banking, canvassing, mailers, billboards and digital ads, radio spots and election protection measures.

Gigi Pedraza, Executive Director of LCF Georgia stated, “Our team is excited and determined to continue educating, registering, mobilizing, and protecting the civic participation of the Latinx community in Georgia. We welcome the collaboration of the Hispanic Federation and Mi Familia Vota during the run-off efforts. Our community is growing, is increasingly influential and is here to stay. It is time for elected and appointed officials to champion policies that create opportunities for our families, workers, students, and entrepreneurs. This is about our lives.”

Jerry González, CEO of GALEO noted, “Georgia Latinos are ready for this moment in history to have their voices heard and respected in the runoff elections. Our partnerships will ensure we collaborate and strategically work together to ensure the highest Latinx voter participation rate our state has seen. Issues like immigration reform, a permanent fix to DACA, access to affordable healthcare and COVD19 economic relief hang in the balance and Latino voters in Georgia care deeply about these issues and are motivated to vote.”

Frankie Miranda, President of the Hispanic Federation stated, “We are excited about deepening our work and partnership with LCF Georgia, GALEO and Mi Familia Vota to advance the social, economic and political interests of our growing community in Georgia. Latino voters in Georgia continue to have a critical impact on elections, and we want to ensure that the knowledge and tools for engaging in the run-off elections are available to them. The continued growth of the Latino electorate in Georgia will empower Latinos all across the country and advance the values of democracy, transparency and equity for all people residing in the US.”

Hector Sanchez Barba, President of Mi Familia Vota affirmed, “Our policy priorities must be at the center of our national agenda after 4 years of attacks. To achieve these goals, we are excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia), GALEO and the Hispanic Federation to make sure Latino voters voices are heard and to implement a strategic collaboration and coordination in Georgia. We know that when Latinos are engaged, they vote, that is why we will be texting, calling, and on the doors educating our community about what is at stake in this special  election.” The campaign will run from November 17 until January 5, 2021, the date of the Senate run-off elections.

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The mission of the Hispanic Federation is to empower and advance the Hispanic community. Hispanic Federation provides grants and services to a broad network of Latino non-profit agencies serving the most vulnerable members of the Hispanic community and advocates nationally on vital issues of education, health, immigration, civil rights, economic empowerment, civic engagement, and the environment.

Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.

Latino Community Fund of Georgia supports Latino-serving nonprofit organizations in Georgia with advocacy, program development, technical assistance and grant making. Our mission is to be a catalyst for investment, collaborative work, and positive narrative with and within the Latinx/Hispanic Community in Georgia.

GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia. GALEO strives for a better Georgia where the Latino community is engaged civically and its contributions and concerns are recognized.