She used to work in immigration legal cases and describes the high level of panic and fear. “I would get calls and text messages constantly: ‘What’s going to happen to me? What’s going to happen with my case.’ I thought to myself, that under the current administration, it was going to be really difficult to organize within immigration. I needed a different strategy.” She found that in voter registration.
“In 2019, our coalition supported an assembly bill to restore the automatic voting rights to formerly incarcerated folks with a felony conviction. We helped to get this bill passed,” said Zamora.
But the work didn’t stop there. SSV then had to go to the thousands of people affected and educate them on the restoration of their voting rights. Education isn’t enough, said Zamora: “It’s also building trust with people that they can register to vote, that they can participate and have trust in the system.”
With Joe Biden poised to move into the White House, these women are now holding him accountable to serve the people that got him elected, rather than big industry and corporations.
Back in Pennsylvania, Strange explains what she and many others want to see from the president-elect. “He needs to step up to green alternatives, taking a giant step away from the fossil fuel industry,” she said.
“He needs to be held accountable for immigration. He really needs to step up and take responsibility and end a lot of the terror that’s been happening not just at the border, but right here in Pennsylvania, where the Berks County Detention Center has locked up mothers with children as young as nine months old. We need health care that is going to be accessible and available to everyone.”
Ousting Trump from office was only half the battle. The people are demanding real change and now they see how powerful their voices really are.