Department of Politics, Communications, and Community Development Initiatives
CASA’s Department of Politics, Communications and Community Development tackles problems faced by our members by executing grassroots advocacy campaigns. CASA’s advocacy campaigns are multi-prong that includes political, policy, communications, legal, organizing and coalition strategies.
The political and government relations team strongly advocates for regulatory and legislative changes on the local, state, regional and national levels and ensures that anti-immigrant legislation and regulatory changes are defeated. CASA is a critical player on immigrant rights issues, particularly immigration, employment, housing, domestic workers, education, and community development. CASA has been victorious on countless occasions in passing pro-immigrant legislation and defeated hundreds of discriminatory anti-immigrant bills. In recent years, we have successfully passed Maryland’s DREAM Act and Maryland’s Driver’s License giving access to higher education and to driver’s license to undocumented immigrants. Also, we have effectively been a key organization moving Comprehensive Immigration Reform resulting in President Obama’s Executive Orders to establish DACA and DAPA, which will benefit millions of undocumented immigrants in the US.
The communications team develops and executes strategic campaigns employing traditional and not-traditional media; event planning, such as rallies and press conferences; public relations and marketing. CASA has been featured on local, regional and national media outlets, such as, NY Times, The Washington Post, LA Times, Huffington Post , Tierra la Reforma, CNN, MSNBC, Univision- local and national, Telemundo- local and national, TeleSur, Caracol, NPR and many more.
The community development team spearheads SOMOS Langley Park, a promise neighborhood initiative integrating place-based and people-placed strategies to improve Langley Park, MD and other immigrant communities in Maryland; the Fair Development Coalition, a grassroots advocacy coalition working together to advocate for equitable development that promotes fair and affordable housing and a local economy with local jobs; and CASA’s housing development working to improve the quality and quantity of affordable housing in Maryland.
All of CASA’s advocacy efforts and campaigns are aimed at strengthening immigrant families and communities by addressing, on a systemic level, their unique conditions of economic and social inequality