Californians for Humane Immigrant Rights Leadership (CHIRLA) Action Fund, ACCE Action PAC Highlight Effort to Build Support in Latino, African American Communities


Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action PAC

3655 S. Grand Ave., Suite 250

Los Angeles, CA 90007

LOS ANGELES, CA – Thursday at 12 noon two major community organizations, Californians for Humane Immigrant Rights Leadership (CHIRLA) Action Fund and Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action PAC, will hold a press conference and rally to announce their support for Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti. Both CHIRLA and ACCE have a strong and deep base in working class communities of Los Angeles and have a strong track-record of mobilizing community residents to vote.

WHO: Major Community and Immigrant Rights Organizations
WHAT: Announcement of Endorsement and Get Out the Vote Effort
WHERE: Office of ACCE Action PAC, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Suite 250 LA 90007
WHEN: Thursday, May 9 at 12 p.m.

Leaders of Thursday’s event are calling Garcetti the right candidate for South LA and for working families. The groups will cite the Councilmember’s strong track record of support for immigrant rights, quality affordable housing, foreclosure prevention, and other critical community issues as reasons for their decision to work toward his election. They will announce a large-scale field campaign, already underway, to increase voter participation and support in South LA and other low-income areas of the city. The groups are coordinating their outreach efforts with the Independent Expenditure campaign Lots of People Supporting Eric Garcetti for Mayor.

Community leaders will cite a long list of collaborative accomplishments with Eric resulting in concrete improvements in quality of life in low-income and working-class LA communities. Eric carried out this work in his capacities as Councilmember and Council President over the past twelve years:

•co-author of the motion establishing the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars spent on new and rehabbed affordable housing and over 10,000 new/rehabbed housing units

•to protect tenants and immigrants from unjustified evictions, passed a motion prohibiting changes to the terms of long-term tenancies such as requiring social security numbers, after the apartment has already been rented

Foreclosure Registry Ordinance – requiring banks to register vacant foreclosed properties and implementing fines for failure to provide adequate upkeep

“It’s an outrage that vacant bank-owned properties are degrading our neighborhoods and bringing down our property values,” said 40-year South LA resident Betty Steele. “Eric Garcetti stepped up and forced the banks to take some responsibility and now many of these houses are getting cleaned up.”

Leaders of Thursday’s event will describe large-scale efforts already underway to contact thousands of African American and Latino voters in South LA and other areas of the city.

Media is invited to interview organizational supporters and accompany volunteers for precinct walking and phonebanking activity.

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