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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Message to Community about election results

After Tuesday’s elections, the nation's direction changed. Like so many of you, we are hurting thinking about the impact this will have on families and communities.

Causa’s mission is to improve the lives of Latino immigrants and their families, and while our work has never been easy, it just got a lot harder. Since 1995, Causa has stood with our immigrant families for their safety, protection, and recognition in this country and we will continue to do so.

Over the last year, we’ve seen a culture of xenophobia growing in America and in our own state. We saw it earlier this year when local efforts attempted to qualify three anti-immigrant ballot measures. Causa and a coalition of 57 organizations stopped those efforts in their tracks. Once more, we are ready to fight against unjust new immigration laws and policies at every turn.

During this last election season, Latinos and immigrants came out in force to send a clear message of unity and equality for all. We are thankful to the Causa volunteers that contacted more than 15,000 Latino voters and registered over 3,000 new voters to participate in this year’s election.

Immigrants are a part of this country, and are here to stay. Immigrants are courageous, smart, resourceful, and resilient people who come to this country ready to work hard and make it even stronger. As a staff that is deeply rooted in the community, we understand this at a personal level.

The call for this work is louder than ever. We will continue the momentum we built in Oregon to ensure that our state is a welcoming place for all. We call on our elected leaders, allies, and community members to join us. In the coming weeks, we’ll plan and provide more information about our next steps, please stay tuned.

We’ve also been deeply moved and grateful for the Causa supporters who have reached out over the last 24 hours to donate or ask how they can support. If you want to join us in building power by volunteering or making a donation, we welcome your support.

Thank you for standing up for the rights of immigrant families in the face of fear and hate.

La lucha sigue,

The Causa Team:
Andrea, Lorena, Delia, Yanely, Cristina C., Carmen, and Cristina M


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