A little bit of context
San Diego has a rich and unique history when it comes to refugees. With over 82,000 people resettled here since 1975, and families growing and reunifying in San Diego, we have vibrant neighborhoods and landmarks like Little Saigon and Little Mogadishu that enrich San Diego's communities and economy.
We have an opportunity
Despite these large numbers, San Diego politics leaves refugees out, and while some refugees vote every election, most have never voted or even registered to vote, though they are likely eligible.
Our community and our country depends on an inclusive democracy— We all benefit when local priorities include the voices of our New American refugee communities.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) lifts up refugee voices and leadership. We envision a San Diego that leads by example for the rest of the world, at a time when leadership is so necessary.
That's why we're investing in refugee community leaders to get out the vote this June in San Diego's primary. It's a big push, because ballots are not translated into the languages most refugees speak, polling stations are often inaccessible, and similar names and birthdays that result from resettlement often cause confusion at the polls.
You can join us
We've run get-out-the-vote campaigns before and have worked in refugee communities for years. We have campaign plan that we know can bring 500 refugee voters out to the polls on election day, and many of them will be new voters.
We've already received $10,000 from partners who believe in this work, and we need $5000 more in donations from people who care. Your tax-deductible donation goes to support:
• translation of election information
• in-language voter registration and outreach
• training and mentoring volunteers
A final thought
Most elections, you can make a difference by casting your vote. In this election year, share the gift of voting with your refugee neighbors and multiply your impact.