MUA Mobilizes the Latinx Vote
by Lourdes Martinez, Political Director
MUA is working hard to mobilize the Latinx vote in California! Since mid August, our members have participated in phone-banking every Wednesday and multiple Saturdays in partnership with San Francisco Rising Action and Oakland Rising Action. We are specifically promoting Yes on Proposition 15, the Schools and Communities First initiative, which will raise $12 billion annually in public funds for education and other public services by closing commercial property tax loopholes that benefit the world’s wealthiest corporations here in California. Over 60 MUA members and staff have participated so far in our phone banking campaign, and we are still going strong.
As immigrants in a country where millions of us are disenfranchised for being undocumented, it is important that we understand the history of the right to vote in this country, and that we see our role in a fight that is far from over. That is why we launched our very own Get Out the Vote campaign. We held online workshops about the electoral process and organized a Fill-Out Your Ballot party in Spanish with Oakland Rising Action, to offer our community a place to ask questions about how and where to vote this election season.
“Many of us immigrant women do not have the privilege of the vote, but we do have a voice. Therefore, we have organized these phone banks at MUA in order to reach those in our Spanish-speaking communities who can vote and to motivate them to exercise their rights and participate in the electoral process. As immigrant workers, we do the work that makes it possible for this society to function. Our communities deserve to have the resources to improve our lives and the education to ensure our children have better opportunities and a more equitable society. That is why it is important to get engaged in the civic life of this country.” — Sylvia Lopez, MUA Organizer