Votamos, We Vote Coalition

Who we are

Under the backdrop of a historic presidential election and the global pandemic, advocacy groups across Delaware formed the Votamos We Vote coalition.

The mission of the coalition is to engage Latinx voters in the First State and build their political power.

Delaware's Latinx community is growing significantly, particularly in the rural southern part of the state where immigrants have relocated to work in poultry factories, farms, and nurseries. With growing immigrant communities, the need for effective and collaborative advocacy on issues ranging from access to healthcare, law enforcement, and access to government services has increased exponentially. In 2020, the impact of COVID-19 was particularly hard for Latinx people. Six months into the pandemic, over 1000 poultry workers had been diagnosed with seven deaths reported. Latinx children accounted for between 47-60% of all juvenile COVID-19 infections in the state, despite only accounting for 13% of the state's population.

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Our work

Delaware's state government has a Democratic-controlled trifecta, but achieving progressive immigration wins in the legislature has been a challenge. While the COVID-19 pandemic exposed many of the disparities felt by the Latinx community, those injustices far predated the virus.

There was little civic engagement directed towards these communities prior to 2020 and the formation of the VOTAMOS We Vote coalition. Given the significant challenges facing Latinx people in Delaware, the coalition wished to increase their political power and seed the ground for future advocacy on critical civil liberties issues.

As part of our work in 2020, the VOTAMOS Coalition accomplished the following:

  • Texted over 10,000 Latinx registered voters encouraging them to make a plan to vote, and represent their community at the ballot box.
  • Canvassed community events, registered clients to vote at social service agencies, and provided literature on the importance of the 2020 elections.
  • Hosted multiple virtual community and media events, where members of the coalition spoke on the importance of voting and its impact on immigration.
  • Launched a weekly radio show on Spanish-speaking radio in southern Delaware, where our coalition featured the voices of undocumented immigrants to speak about the issues on the ballot that most impacted them.

Entre Nosotr@s Radio Programa

ENTRE NOSOTR@S is the radio voice of the Delaware Hispanic population featuring the undocumented community. The program, funded by ACLU-DE, is an initiative of Votamos We Vote, a coalition of 12 organizations spearheaded by the Delaware Hispanic Commission.

ENTRE NOSOTR@S's call to action is to be the rare medium in which the Delaware undocumented community can speak authentically so the social, economic, and political context that creates "undocumentation" can be named.

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Resources

Delaware Department of Elections

The DOE administers elections for the state of Delaware and provides information to voters needing assistance in casting their ballot.

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Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.

CLASI provides free legal assistance for people with disabilities, tenants experiencing housing issues, elder law, and poverty law.

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American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware

The ACLU of Delaware (ACLU-DE) is a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance to people whose rights or liberties have been violated by the government.

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La Esperanza

La Esperanza is based in Sussex County and provides free culturally and linguistically appropriate programs and services in the areas of family development, immigration, victim services, and education for Hispanic adults, children, and families.

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Delaware Hispanic Commission

The DHC is committed to enriching the lives of the Hispanic community by improving the delivery of services; raising awareness of issues at state agencies; suggesting solutions to state leaders and agencies, and keeping the Hispanic community informed of state assistance available for all Delaware residents.

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The Latin American Community Center

LACC provides critical services to residents of Delaware, including family support services, adult education, health prevention, and advocacy, financial empowerment, and after-school programs for youth.

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