Immigrant Ballot Power

From Alternet :

“Our Vote is Power… Our Vote is Power,” chant the hundreds of immigrants, elected officials, and leaders in the fight for immigration reform who gathered to celebrate the national “New Americans Democracy Day” ( this past Saturday. In a sweaty auditorium on Chicago’s Northwest side, an audience of over 300 listens as Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky speak about their efforts to pass immigration reform. Elected officials from both parties and community leaders share the stage and the excitement.

The diverse crowd fans themselves between cheers with posters that bear several dozens of logos- a reminder of the many non-partisan, community organizations that will be working around-the-clock to turn out the immigrant vote this fall. In a nearby classroom, dozens of South Asian, South American, and Eastern European immigrants fill out the final paperwork to become citizens. Local Spanish and Polish TV and bus ads around the city ask the simple question, “What are you waiting for?”

The message has never been clearer: Become a citizen and vote… before it’s too late.

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