Mi Vecino Celebrates 10,000 Petitions Collected from Hispanic Voters to put Reproductive Freedom on the Florida Ballot

Kissimmee, Florida – As Florida seeks to become the next state to protect abortion access via citizen initiative, Mi Vecino celebrates a major milestone: collecting 10,000 petitions from Hispanic voters for Florida’s initiative to limit government interference with abortion.

Mi Vecino’s petition collection program was born from the organization’s deep-rooted connection with the community formed through their year-round voter contact programs. Through daily conversations with voters, Mi Vecino realized that there was a critical need for a culturally competent nonpartisan effort to engage and educate Hispanic voters on reproductive freedom.

“Without Hispanic voter support, the path to passing this amendment with 60% of votes cast is tough,” noted Devon Murphy-Anderson, one of the co-founders of Mi Vecino. “We’re investing in having face-to-face conversations with voters whose views on abortion span a broad spectrum, in order to put their votes on the table.”

Hector, an Osceola County voter who came to Florida 21 years ago from Venezuela, is an example of the thousands of voters who signed the petition with Mi Vecino despite not supporting abortion in most cases. “I don’t believe in abortion unless the mother’s life is at risk,” he told a Mi Vecino organizer. “But, those conversations belong within families, not within our government.”

Mi Vecino made the argument to its supporters that consistent investment in talking to Hispanic voters like Hector about reproductive freedom in the off-year will translate to votes cast for the amendment in 2024.

“Shifting voter sentiment takes time,” commented Alex Berrios, co-founder of Mi Vecino. “And, for so long we’ve heard the narratives about how Hispanic voters are anti-abortion. Despite personal beliefs, many Hispanic voters, including myself, oppose abortion bans. Mi Vecino’s success stems from effectively discussing reproductive health care as a matter of freedom, a core value for Hispanic families who came to America seeking liberty.”

Mi Vecino’s strategy of centering freedom in conversations with voters is a foundational element of Floridians Protecting Freedom’s campaign strategy. 

“Mi Vecino’s success with Hispanic voters is a testament to what Floridians Protecting Freedom knew from the start: we have a ballot measure that the vast majority of Floridians support, a winning message and an effective coalition that can make history in Florida,” said Lauren Brenzel, Campaign Director of Floridians Protecting Freedom. “When we talk to voters about freedom and limiting government overreach into our personal medical decisions, they respond positively.”

Mi Vecino is continuing their petition-collection program in the coming months, while simultaneously launching a door program focused on deep-canvassing Hispanic voters across the political spectrum on reproductive freedom and the 2024 elections.

For press inquiries, please contact: devon@mivecinoflorida.com or damien@progressflorida.org

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