By CHIRLA Action Fund
More than 30 volunteers from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) Action Fund gathered at Poncitlan Square in Palmdale Saturday [May 10] to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend by reaching out to voters and informing them of the upcoming primary election on June 3.
As part of the “Respeto” Campaign, which translated in English means “Respect”, the CHIRLA Action Fund kicked off a voter engagement effort that will reach thousands of low propensity immigrant voters in the Antelope Valley.
“I’m a mother with a beautiful immigrant family here in Palmdale and we are active here in the community working to pass immigration reform,” said Josefina de la Cruz, “We have only seen promises from our elected officials. We want immigration reform, we want results.”
Lee Rogers, candidate for Congress in California’s 25th Congressional District, received an official endorsement from the CHIRLA Action Fund at Saturday’s event.
“We deserve candidates that respect our immigrant community and give us the attention that we deserve,” said Angelica Salas, Board Chair of the CHIRLA Action Fund, “It is with great pride and pleasure that we endorse candidate Lee Rogers for Congress.”
Candidate Lee Rogers addressed the audience and encouraged the Latino community in the Antelope Valley to have their voices heard in the upcoming election.
“The House could be standing up for immigrant communities, instead they have voted to repeal your health care 50 times,” said Lee Rogers, “We know that mothers are being taken away from their children, we know that businesses will be better when we accept immigrants into our community.”
At the conclusion of the endorsement, volunteer canvassers got their maps and walking lists and headed out into the neighborhoods in Palmdale to encourage the community to get out and vote in the upcoming election.
Within hours they knocked on 550 doors. They plan to continue knocking on doors every weekend until the June 3 primary election.
To find more on how to get involved in this effort, visit http://chirlafund.org/. To find out more about the June 3 election, visit http://www.smartvoter.org/ca/la/.
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