Pennsylvania Civil Rights, Immigrant Rights Organizations Showcase Voter Guides in More Than 10 Languages

PHILADELPHIA  All Voting Is Local, in collaboration with Citizens for Language Access, a group of voting and immigrant rights organizations representing over 15 language minority communities in Philadelphia, will showcase non-partisan user-friendly voter guides available in more than 10 languages on Thursday, September 17th from 10:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. ET via Facebook Live and Zoom. The resources were designed by the City of Philadelphia after months of collaboration between the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Citizens for Language Access partner organizations. 

Co-hosted by 13 organizations committed to expanding language access for citizens limited in English proficiency, the group has been working with the Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to ensure that language is not a barrier for any citizen to exercise their fundamental right to vote. This event will also provide a forum for state and local election officials to continue to collaborate with immigrant communities on expanding language access, in addition to highlighting the positive role multilingual poll workers can have if they serve on Election Day.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17 | 10:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. EST

WHERE: All Voting is Local Facebook Live: Facebook.com/AllVotingIsLocal 

MEDIA RSVP to Ayele@allvotingislocal.org for Zoom information

VOTER GUIDES: https://www.phila.gov/vote-by-mail available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, French, Haitian (Creole), Arabic, Korean, Cambodian, Indonesian, and Portuguese.

Panelists:

  • Will Gonzalez, executive director, Ceiba (Moderator)
  • Orlando Almonte, language access program manager for the Office of Immigrant Affairs, City of Philadelphia
  • Tiffany Chang Lawson, director, Bureau of Campaign Finance & Civic Engagement, Pennsylvania Department of State
  • Michelle Montalvo, language access coordinator, Philadelphia City Commissioners
  • Sundrop Carter, Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition 
  • John Chin, chair, Mayor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, and executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
  • Andy Toy, communications and community development director, SEAMAAC
  • Al-Sharif Nassef, Pennsylvania campaign manager, All Voting Is Local

Event Digital Co-Hosts

  • Africom 
  • Arab-American Community Development Corporation
  • Asian Americans United
  • CAIR – Philadelphia
  • Ceiba Philadelphia
  • Committee of Seventy 
  • Korean Americans for Civic Participation
  • Pennsylvania Voice
  • Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
  • Philadelphia Immigration & Citizenship Coalition (PICC)
  • SEAMAAC
  • Woori Center
  • Vietlead