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Civic Engagement

CHIRLA believes in active and educated voters. In 2004, our Civic Engagement department reached out to 1,200 low-propensity, new American voters through a coordinated phone bank and canvassing operation. Today, our phone bankers and volunteers reach out to thousands of voters in general and primary election cycles. Our effort has resulted in creating higher propensity voters who vote their values and their family needs at the ballot box. 

CHIRLA's Inmigrantes en Accion / Immigrants in Action campaign engages registered voters in six different regions in California: San Joaquin Valley, Central Valley, Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, and the Inland Empire. CHIRLA trains volunteer teams in these regions to increase voter contact through door to door canvassing with a pro-immigrant message. Our 22 phone banking stations call voters statewide while working side by side with the canvassing effort to contact voters multiple times to educate them on ballot initiatives and get them out to vote on Election Day. 

As we continue to expand across the state, our civic engagement work will expand to meet the needs of low-propensity, new American voters to encourage them to participate in our democracy.

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On April 4, 2017, more than 20 candidates seeking to replace former Congressman Xavier Becerra in Congressional District 34 will be vying for your vote. Nearly a month ago, CHIRLA hosted 17 of the candidates at our Los Angeles Downtown office.



Los Angeles, CA - As part an organized Mobilize the Immigrant Vote effort, CHIRLA phone bankers generated thousands of calls to voters across the state to garner support for both the California Property Tax Reform and the DACA Expansion and DAPA programs. With an informed electorate and an ongoing voter engagement througout the year, CHIRLA is helping to increase the voter turnout of immigrant voters who are expected to make a splash in 2016.