RGV Equal Voice Network Mi Voto Mi Voz Campaign
“I hope that more people join us to win the changes that we want. We have to keep looking for ways to win them. When one door closes, we have to look for another open one.”-Marcela Quezada, Colonia Muniz
The Equal Voice Network’s Mi Voto Mi Voz GOTV Campaign is an ongoing effort to get out the low income vote in South Texas. The campaign involves hundreds of hardworking Valley residents, many of them getting involved in the political process for the first time. After hundreds of collective hours over the past three years, our neighborhoods are show increases in the voting rate. In 2011 those rates increased by 3.51% in precinct 88 in Alton, 2.69% in 43 (San Juan) and 14.11% 46 (Mercedes).
Holding Elected Officials Accountable
While the Mi Voto Mi Voz Campaign ends each election day, GOTV is only the first step in the civic engagement process necessary to create the lasting change that we desire in our communities. After election day, Equal Voice Network partners like us shift our efforts toward holding elected officials accountable to their campaign promises and educating them on their responsibilities to Valley families. Elected officials have the responsibility to address the needs of Valley residents no matter to what party or political ideology they pertain.
Advocating for Proactive State and Federal Legislation
Equally important is fighting the bad bills filed by anti-immigrant politicians in the Texas Legislative Session, happening every two years. In the 2011 session, Tomball Republican Debbie Riddle filed an Arizona-style bill that would have been a disaster for Texas and the Rio Grande Valley had a broad coalition not formed to to fight these bills and stop them from passing into law.
Likewise, in 2013, LUPE members and other Equal Voice Network partners traveled with the Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance to Washington, DC to advocate for immigration reform that respects the rights and liberties of border community members.
Read more news from the Civic Engagement Campaign on the LUPE blog.