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05/2/2014 | Building an Immigrant Justice Initiative

Making Change in the Keystone State

Last month, CPD, with our partner Make the Road New York, concluded a successful Affordable Care Act outreach and education campaign in Pennsylvania, with the goal of reaching out to underserved Latino, African-American, and low-income communities in Allentown, PA.

Our organizers and canvasses on the ground, worked to educate people about the ACA deadline and to identify people who will fall in the Medicaid gap, who will be hurt by the governor’s refusal to accept the Federal Medicaid expansion funding.

This work is part of a larger plan to build new organizing infrastructure in the Lehigh Valley, PA, among the growing Latino and African American communities.

MRNY and CPD have seeded the ground for a strong and permanent community base among Latinos and African-Americans in Allentown by exploring work in the Lehigh Valley over the last two years, including a 2012 Voter Registration campaign, and a grass-tops outreach survey program and immigration reform campaign in 2013.

Also in April, we participated in the Fast 4 Families bus tour campaign, calling on political leaders to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

The Fast 4 Families tour generated significant momentum for immigration reform. See the following news clips:

Activists fast for immigration reform (WFMZ-69) - article

Activists fast for immigration reform (WFMZ-69) - 2 min. video http://www.wfmz.com/news/activists-fast-for-immigration-reform/19149481

NBC10: http://www.criticalmention.com/ctv4/playerpage/player?text_id=4326646950&timestamp=20140401215000

Learn more about Fast 4 Families here: www.fast4families.org