The Inland Valley is the fastest-growing region in the state, with over 4.5 million residents in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Only 1.5 million of these residents are registered to vote. The region is heavily working-class, with an average income of $36,924 in 2006 and low educational attainment – 17.7% of Inland Valley adults do not have a high school diploma. The conservative power structure retains power due to low voter turnout and gerrymandered district. It is not often that we have a clear opportunity to change the political demographics to match the region’s transformation.
Get Out The Vote (GOTV)
Our work involves grassroots organizing, civic, voter education and orientation to expand political participation on local issues. Our goal is to build a strong voting block of people of color and working class families to push the issues and policies that will enhance our lives, create good jobs, build political power and create thriving communities. Our program is based on the belief that people are influenced by those they know – their neighbors, friends and family – we developed our program using local neighborhood leaders. Our approach is to merge our organizing efforts with our voter mobilization efforts in order to optimize both the programs and merge them into one. The key to voter turnout is in understanding the relevance between the conditions in which people live and the votes they cast at the polls.
Citizenship Info Sessions
CCAEJ has partnered with many of our local elected officials (e.g. Senator Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, Congressman Mark Takano, Senator Richard Roth) to register permanent residents to help them start the process of United States Citizenship.
Sample Past Flyers
“We must work towards policies that help our immigrant communities become citizens, not policies that criminalize them. Providing these services for our residents is an important step towards the process of becoming a United States Citizen.” --Assemblymember Eloise Reyes