Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Saturday, Oct. 9 1:00 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Saturday, Oct. 9 2:00 PM (Eastern)
On average, 860,000 new citizens are sworn in every year and many of them live in battleground states. In 2020, immigrant voters made up 10% of the electorate and voted overwhelmingly Democratic. Despite barriers, voter turnout grew exponentially among immigrant voters in 2020, outpacing native-born voters. We’ll discuss the strategic importance of immigrant voters, their voting patterns, and how to improve outreach with a focus on overcoming language barriers.
Lauren Windsor is the executive director of American Family Voices and the executive producer of the political web-show “The Undercurrent,” which focuses on money-in-politics corruption, Wall Street reform, and climate change. She is a contributor to Huffington Post, DailyKos, and The Nation, and runs her own blog, Lady Libertine. Her investigative reporting on the Koch brothers’ summer donor retreat in 2014, which broke several hours of audio from key Senate candidates and Koch political operatives, was one of the biggest political stories of the year, leading to hundreds of press hits in online and print publications, and local, national, and cable news television.
Most recently, the Koch audio was featured prominently in Jane Mayer’s best-selling book on the Koch brothers, Dark Money. Lauren’s videos have appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, All In with Chris Hayes, The Ed Show, The Lead with Jake Tapper, RT, and The Young Turks.
Born of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, Dalila Reynoso is an activist in Tyler, Texas. Her powerful advocacy work has been featured in local and national media. She currently works at the Texas Jail Project as an organizer helping families navigate the justice and mental health systems.
Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood is the Executive Director of the Asian American
Advocacy Fund. Aisha is native to the South and has worked in the
progressive community in Georgia for the last seven years. She graduated
with a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Georgia with
a focus on local government and public policy. Aisha developed a strong
passion for immigrant rights and civic engagement as she founded the
Georgia Muslim Voter Project and worked as the Policy Director for Asian
Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. These experiences have
strengthened her desire to fight for justice for all marginalized people,
including Muslims, immigrants, and refugees.