New Website Launched to Engage Latinx/Hispanic Voters | New
The Votamos, We Vote Coalition, Delaware’s first statewide coalition of advocates working to advance Latino Hispanic communities, has launched a public education website aimed at civic and voter engagement in the Latino-Hispanic communities of the first state. The website encourages new voters and the non-voting immigrant community to engage in democracy.
“Latin Hispanic communities in Delaware are growing significantly — especially in the rural southern part of the state where immigrants have moved to work in poultry factories, farms and nurseries,” officials said. . “With the growth of immigrant communities, the need for effective and collaborative advocacy on issues ranging from access to health care, law enforcement and access to government services has increased by exponentially.”
The Votamos, We Vote Coalition, which launched in 2020, has a mission to “mobilize Latino/Hispanic voters in the first state and build their political power through civic engagement on community issues. The Coalition invites voters to be the voice of the voiceless through their vote, and immigrants who do not have the right to vote to use their power to motivate their relatives and friends to be the voice they do not have in our elections.
To help aid their mission, the coalition has created a website, VotamosDE.org. The website’s goal is to educate Latinx/Hispanic Delawareans on how, where, when, and why to vote, how to get involved through volunteer opportunities, and how to access helpful resources. The website is available in Spanish by default and has a button to translate to English.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed many of the disparities felt by the Latino/Hispanic community. These injustices predate the virus, but the resources and political will to address them are scarce,” said Charito Calvachi-Mateyko, founder of the Votamos, We Vote Coalition. “Given the significant challenges faced by Latinx/Hispanics in Delaware, our coalition wishes to increase their political power and lay the foundation for future advocacy on critical civil liberties issues.”
Members of the Votamos, We Vote coalition include ACLU of Delaware, DE Civil Rights Coalition, DelACA, Department of Elections Commissioner, Immigrant Justice from the News Castle Presbyterian Church, Latin American Community Center, League of Women Voters-DE, Network Delaware, Office of the Governor of Delaware Ltd., Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network, Wilmington-NAACP, YWCA Delaware and Common Cause Delaware.
The website project was funded and coordinated by the ACLU of Delaware.
To learn more about the Votamos, We Vote Coalition, or to view the new website, visit VotamosDE.org.