Delaware's state government has a Democrat majority, but achieving progressive immigration wins in the legislature has been a challenge. While the COVID-19 pandemic exposed many of the disparities felt by the Latinx community, those injustices far predated the virus.
There was little civic engagement directed towards these communities prior to 2020 and the formation of the VOTAMOS We Vote coalition. Given the significant challenges facing Latinx people in Delaware, the coalition wished to increase their political power and seed the ground for future advocacy on critical civil liberties issues. As part of our work in 2020, the VOTAMOS Coalition accomplished the following:
These efforts were largely successful...
with voter turnout achieving record totals in Delaware, and the results of state elections advantageous for progressive reforms. Several incumbent moderate Democrats were defeated in primary elections by more progressive candidates, and the Democrats achieved a supermajority in both the state House and Senate. The current Democratic caucus represents the most progressive and diverse array of legislators in a generation, with multiple new legislators expressing support for pro-immigrant policies.
Given this shift...
in the political landscape and the tremendous needs of Delaware's immigrant community, it is critical that our coalition capitalize on our successes in 2020 and chart a path forward.
In order to succeed in this work, we will need to have the support of our coalition partners who agree to devote their time and capacity to supporting and implementing the work of the consultant. After the 2020 election, members of the VOTAMOS We Vote coalition debriefed and committed to continuing the work in the future, and this consultancy is a natural outgrowth of it. Thanks to a grant from the ACLU's Immigrants Rights Project, the ACLU of Delaware worked with these partners to engage with communications consultants to build a Votamos, We Vote brand and website, and to grow our voice with messaging guidance and spokesperson training.