We at Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE) are proud to reflect on this year as a turning point in our growth as an organization. Starting from our base in the labor movement, we have trained young service workers to lead the fight for working people to have a voice in their government. It is these leaders that embody the work CASE has accomplished.
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In Phoenix, Partnership affiliate Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE) has been dedicated to ensuring that the democratic process is fair and available to all this election season. With hundreds of thousands of votes not counted in the days after the November 6 election, community members gathered outside the Maricopa County Elections Office to ensure that the vote of the under-represented Latino community was counted too.
At 7:00am on Election Day Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE) began receiving a constant barrage of calls: “Can you help me find my polling place?” “How do I know if I’m registered?” “I didn’t register, can I still vote?” “I heard you guys were giving rides to the polls….” (Yes we were!)
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund continues to play a leading role in Milwaukee’s non-partisan voter mobilization work. In the November 2012 election, Milwaukee voter turnout reached 87.2%, far surpassing the 80.3% turnout in 2008 (that was considered a high benchmark).
Thanks to extensive community mobilization by Partnership affiliate Community Labor United (CLU) and ally organizations, voter turnout in Boston this year rose 7% above 2008’s already high levels. These three profiles of CLU member groups explain why voter engagement grew—and why it may keep growing.
On October 13, Partnership affiliate FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities partnered with 9to5 Colorado to host a non-partisan public forum for the candidates running for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors for District M, which encompasses parts of Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Golden. District M also includes segments of two FasTracks corridors - the West and Gold lines.
In 2012, Citizen Action of Wisconsin Fund is building a deeper civic engagement program out of our economic justice program. The project focuses first and foremost on the economic depression that has gripped Milwaukee’s people of color communities for the last three decades.
If poor peole voted in higher numbers we might be hearing candidates talk about poverty. Instead it remains this election’s invisible issue.
Connecticut Center for a New Economy's 2012 Community Voter Project (CVP) set out to change that fact – one neighborhood, one door, at a time. Our 10-week summer CVP project encouraged hundreds of disengaged Hartford residents to become active community voters –recognizing that they have a stake in local, state, and national elections.