HISTORY

MIV lifts the voice and influence of our communities, engages voters, and delivers electoral wins

 
 

In 2004, six trailblazing women Executive Directors in the immigrant rights movement, Maria Rogers Pascual, Patricia Diaz, Angelica Salas, Sheila Chung Hagen, Cathi Tactaquin, and Rebecca Vilkomerson, founded Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) with the explicit goals to close the participation gap of immigrant and refugee communities of color in civic life and to advance broader community and systems change. As the only immigrant and refugee specific California statewide civic engagement network convener, MIV lifts the voice and influence of our communities, engages voters, and delivers electoral wins.

Through repeated touches via coordinated statewide non-partisan voter and civic engagement activities, we mobilize hard-to-reach constituents to vote. By voting, our communities are able participate in key decision-making processes that impact the fundamental rights of all: to be with our families, quality public services, access to good jobs and a living wage, health care and public benefits, affordable housing, healthy environments, and dignity for all people. Rooted in culture strategy, MIV works with communities in our native languages and cultural contexts to surface collective values, using art and culture to insert these values and stories into key equity campaigns and efforts.

 
 

                         Aparna Shah
                         Executive Director

MIV was the first ever statewide, multi-ethnic coalition of community-based immigrant organizations working to increase their communities’ participation in elections and advance broader community and systems change. 

Our partner SIREN phone banking in October 2017 for a #CleanDREAMact

Our Northern California 2017 Organizer Bootcamp class