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Getting Out the Vote in the Rio Grande Valley

Equal Voice Network members who partnered in a spirited campaign to get out the vote over the past couple of months are celebrating their success this week and sharing their expectations for the coming fall election season.

The vast Equal Voice Network in the Texas Rio Grande Valley collaborated to produce several candidates’ forums held across the Valley recently, designed to bring the voices of our families to the front.

Network families have expressed a particular interest in immigration reform, affordable housing, accessible health care – particularly for women ‒ colonia infrastructure, job creation through the use of the Section Three requirements of HUD, and equitable funding for our schools.

For the past month, the network collaborated in a campaign to reach out to the more than 35,000 constituents that our organizations represent, bringing home the message “Your Vote is Your Voice.” The infectious enthusiasm, the hard work, and the creative intelligence of community leaders has made this effort a success—and foreshadows more good work to come.

The RGV Equal Voice Network was formed after a series of town halls meetings held during the 2008 presidential campaign. More than 35,000 residents of the area, served by the ten member organizations, form the heart of our work. The network seeks to bring the voices of the Valley’s working families to the attention of those who create the policies that have such profound effect upon our lives.

Organizations working together in the Equal Voice Network in the Rio Grande Valley include Proyecto Azteca, LUPE, Brownsville Community Health Clinic South Texas Adult Resource and Training Center (The START Center) A Resource in Serving Equality (ARISE), Proyecto Juan Diego, Texas Organizing Project (TOP), Proyecto Libertad and Movimiento del Valle Para los Derechos Humanos, and the South Texas Civil Rights’ Project (San Juan). 

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