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Pro-Immigrant groups mobilize Latino, Haitian and African-American voters for Election Day

Black Votes matterCanvassers have knocked on nearly 40,000 doors in Miami-Dade and Polk Counties; ramping up efforts for Election Day

Miami, FL – Tomorrow, Tuesday November 4th, canvassers will be hitting the pavement in Miami-Dade and Polk counties to drive Black and Latino voters to the polls on Election Day.

Since August, the Florida Immigrant Coalition began a voter engagement campaign in an effort to increase turnout of immigrant and low-income voters for the mid-term elections. WeCount!, Young American Dreamers, FANM-Haitian Women of Miami, and the Miami Workers Center have knocked on close to 40,000 doors and talked to nearly 10,000 voters in Homestead, Florida City, Lakeland, Auburndale, Little Havana, Little Haiti, North Miami and North Miami Beach, to encourage Black and Latino voters to go to the polls.

“Many think our communities are not going to vote this election, so we are putting all boots on the ground to make sure our voices are heard on Election Day,” says Francesca Menes, Voter Engagement Coordinator for the Florida Immigrant Coalition.

In the community, canvassers asked voters about the issues that matter the most for them. including fixing our broken immigration system, raising the minimum wage and granting driver’s licenses for all qualified drivers in an effort to increase road safety, among other local issues.

“Our work doesn’t stop at the polls,” continues Menes. “As we approach the 2015 legislative session, we will continue engaging all voters we have identified in this election cycle to advocate for the issues our communities care about and make sure we hold our politicians accountable in Tallahassee.

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The Florida Immigrant Coalition is a statewide alliance of over 50 immigrant rights organizations including farmworkers, students, service providers, grassroots organizations and legal advocates, who come together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants. We accomplish our mission through coordination of immigrant organizations and community education, organizing and advocacy.