Lancaster, CA – On Saturday, March 29, 2014, community leaders gathered together for a movement building training to develop their skills and share their personal stories in preparation for the upcoming election. As the primary draws near, these community leaders will be phone banking and knocking on doors to ensure the immigrant community in Lancaster and Palmdale will be adequately represented at the ballot box.
Over the course of the next two months, the CHIRLA Action Fund will train hundreds of immigrant leaders to educate low propensity voters on exercising their right to vote during the primary election. The shift in pro-immigrant policies at the state level have resulted because of a strong immigrant vote that grows exponentially year after year. Whether it is Driver Licenses or the TRUST Act, immigrant voters are shaping the future of California where everyone can achieve their true potential.
The training will consist of door-to-door canvassing, phone banking strategies and education on the importance of the 2014 primary election. In 2010, a mere 2,120 Latino voters in Palmdale voted in the Primary Election. In Lancaster, the number of Latino voters was 806 who reached the polls in the Primary Election. With hard work and dedication, we can triple the turnout on June 3, 2014. The CHIRLA Action Fund believes that when our immigrant communities vote, the issues that impact their lives will truly be addressed in changes in policy.