We envision a just and democratic California, country, and world in which all people, regardless of migration status, are full and equal citizens
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote convenes multi-racial, intergenerational networks to build the voting power of low-income immigrants, refugees, and young people of color in California. We use a three-pronged approach to achieve our goals: lead with culture, build capacity and develop leaders, and run coordinated voter engagement campaigns.
Leading with Culture
We work with culturally intact communities whose members often speak primary languages other than English and are new or occasional voters. Collaborating with our community based partners, we create culturally appropriate campaigns and narratives in our own languages. This helps highlight the voices, surface shared values, and identify priorities of our communities.
In 2014 MIV shifted to utilizing cultural strategy - integrating, art, culture and advocacy - to shift public attitudes and behaviors toward a more just and equitable society.
Capacity Building & Leadership Development
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote's community based partners have different experience levels in electoral organizing. We provide them with focused one-on-one capacity and skills building benefits, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and technical assistance.
In 2016, recognizing limited investment in the civic engagement of young people of color - many of whom are the children of immigrants and refugees - MIV co-launched YVote, a youth focused civic engagement project, anchored at Movement Strategy Center. In summer 2017 we co-launched the New Majority Fellowship to train young people to build power and create lasting change in their communities through electoral organizing.
Since 2014 a key component of our capacity building work is our signature annual Movement Building Electoral Organizing Boot Camp. Our Boot Camp helps to close the skills gap that our MIV Alliance members and Yvote partners in electoral organizing face and is an opportunity for participants to build relationships in preparation for coordinated statewide campaigns.
Reflections from Boot Camp participants.
It was very impactful to come together with organizers of color from across the state to collaborate, learn, and share ideas. I feel like I am a part of a larger movement and have the necessary support to engage young people of color in civic activism. - Niq Toliver, Community Coalition
This is the best training that I have participated in since 2007. The MBEO Boot Camp grounded us in culture and history as an inspirational framework to dive into electoral organizing, which is often isolating, exhausting, and lacks representation from our communities. I was deeply moved that facilitators not only shared their skills and knowledge but also challenges they face in the work. It was important to acknowledge shared struggle in this work and lift nourishment from our cultures and communities. Boot Camp was well organized, nuanced, and comprehensive. It was the heart that the staff put into the trainings that shone through and was so inspiring. I feel grateful to have participated in this space. - Beatriz Herrera, San Francisco Rising
Working with our MIV Alliance members and YVote partners, MIV carries out annual multi-pronged field campaigns during both election and off election years. Campaign focus areas vary from year to year, but always have the end goal of improving the daily lives of our communities, building long term community infrastructure and capacity, and connecting electoral work with ongoing organizing and advocacy work.
Campaign strategies include canvassing, phonebanking, and strategic communications work. Within these various methods of voter engagement, we lead with values and culture to maximize impact.
Our work in numbers
Since 2010, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote has:
- Completed 10 annual statewide civic engagement campaigns in California, involving over 200 community-based organizations across the state
- Reached over 670,000 immigrants, refugees, and young people of color through strategic communications, 1:1 live voter contact, and voter education.