Building Relationships & Community

This electoral project, a joint initiative of CHIRLA and the CHIRLA Action Fund, targets new citizens, Latinos, and English learners to build a voter base from scratch, with enough power to sway state politics.

We reach out to these community members to build relationships, speaking with them in their language between four and seven times before election day about diverse issues--from their access to state safety-net programs to registering for the census.

Teams of paid/volunteer canvassers/phone bankers, ranging in status from undocumented to legal permanent residents, work to build a constant culture of voting among these voters, their neighbors, and impress upon them that immigrants must participate in EVERY election, not just the presidential cycle. These contacts also become teaching sessions about the political landscape, electoral strategy, and even volunteering.

The IPPP staff, too, is five immigrant women of color who come from this community and understand its challenges.

Thanks to that outreach, these prospective voters trust us as sources of reliable information on issues that affect them. When we come to them regarding a legislative initiative, a candidate, or voter registration, they listen and participate.

This is a brand-new voter base, not built from borrowed lists but engineered from our own efforts. Candidates often overlook these voters because they are harder to reach or because they may not know they exist. In that sense, this electoral program is made to order for immigrants, by immigrants.

Timeline

  • Aug 5, 2020

    2018

    CHIRLA officially founds the Immigrant Political Power Project

  • Aug 5, 2020

    2018

    The IPPP reaches 240,000 voters in 43 California counties and three other states 

  • Aug 5, 2020

    2020

    CHIRLA launches a permanent, not campaign-based, 32-station call center

  • Aug 5, 2020

    2020

    The IPPP reaches more than 90,000 voters for the March 2020 primaries

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Immigrant Political Power Project Campaigns

Yes on Proposition 15

On the November 2020 ballot, this initiative grew out of Schools and Communities First, a campaign to reform Proposition 13, the initiative that in 1978 privileged commercial and industrial property tax valuations, taking away millions of dollars from local communities and schools. This reform levels the playing field to make big business pay its fair share of property taxes.

Yes on Proposition 10

On the November 2018 ballot, an affordable housing campaign to restore local communities’ ability to protect families from skyrocketing rents by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

Yes on Proposition 56

On the November 2016 ballot, a tax initiative to fund better access to healthcare and save lives by adding a $2 a pack tax on tobacco products.

Yes on Proposition 57

On the November 2016 ballot, a voter initiative to reconfigure sentences for nonviolent offenders by allowing them the chance for reduced time (granted by a parole board) once they completed their primary sentence and participated in education/rehab programs.