By Jose Ibarra, Field Organizer and Capacity-Building Strategist, NCLR
In late October, I had the opportunity to attend Southwest Key Program’s “Rock the Ballot Box” early voting block party in East Austin, Texas. As an NCLR Affiliate, Southwest Key Programs has shined in our Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project (LEAP), registering nearly 650 new voters—250 more than their initial goal—and executing several “get out the vote” tactics, including phone banking, canvassing, direct mailings, and displaying posters and billboards throughout their neighborhood.
But Southwest Key Programs didn’t stop there. Additionally, they signed up to serve as a mobile early-voting site for three hours on the afternoon of October 26, as well as threw a block party to celebrate civic engagement within the community. Children sang the praises of our nation’s democracy, there were myriad posters encouraging the right to vote, and an amazing poetry slam on the history of voting by students and numerous professional poets was held. We were touched by the community’s pride in coming together to perform their civic duty. It was an event we will never forget.
This blog post from Southwest Key Programs describes in greater detail their civic engagement efforts:
The East Austin community gathered at the Southwest Key El Centro De Familia for food, family fun, and early voting. Despite stiff winds and a 20 degree temperature drop, people came out to the Southwest Key El Centro De Familia to Rock the Ballot Box! Continue reading