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Community Organizing Pushes Doug Jones Over Finish Line, Is Elected to Senate

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2017                                                              

Community Organizing Pushes Doug Jones Over Finish Line, Is Elected to Senate

(WASHINGTON)— Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Sarai Portillo, executive director of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ), and Mireya Reith, executive director of Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC), issued the statement below after Democrat Doug Jones was elected to the Senate:

Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM): “Last night’s election results in Alabama represent the strength and dynamic organizing power of community groups on the ground. Congratulation to the voters who turned out and cast their vote. The resistance is real, it’s vibrant and it’s ready for 2018. Republicans who endorse hate, or sit silently in the background, will be met with our collective community actions.”

Sarai Portillo, executive director of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ): “Having a Democratic Senator to represent the state of Alabama is a victory we fought arduously for. The people of Alabama voted in record numbers thanks to the grassroots efforts of activists and volunteers who have made thousands of door knocks and phone calls, registered thousands of voters, and provided support such as education and rides to the polls. We consistently targeted communities of color—even though the candidates did not—to reach the low-propensity voters that made this victory possible. Thanks to them we will now have a Senator we can work with and keep accountable to the immigrant community.”

Mireya Reith, executive director of the Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC): “What happened in Alabama last night could have happened in Arkansas, or any other state in the Deep South. We hope our Southern Republicans heard loud and clear that being step in line with President Trump will no longer be enough to win them elections. As immigrant rights activists, we have one message to our Southern Congressmen: your constituents are ready for new leadership and you can step up by passing a clean Dream Act as part of the ongoing budget conversations.”

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