Protect Immigrant Families. Defend Our Values.
Turn The Tide In Tennessee.
TIRRC Votes strengthens and expands our democracy by building power in immigrant and refugee communities and advocating for equitable and inclusive public policy.
Affiliated with the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).
In response to the unrelenting assault on immigrant families and our fundamental American values, a new wave of electoral engagement among immigrants, refugees, their children, and pro-immigrant progressives is forming in Tennessee.
In August 2018, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) launched an affiliated 501(c)(4) social welfare organization - TIRRC Votes - to build political power for immigrant and refugee communities and to create a pro-immigrant majority in the state.
After the 2018 elections, TIRRC Votes has emerged as the leading organization in Tennessee capable of building a new electorate, effectively mobilizing the state’s progressive base voters, and creating a model for effective, immigrant-led political organizations in the Southeast.
TIRRC Votes demonstrated the ability to lead large-scale voter engagement campaigns, reaching nearly 170,000 voters statewide in 2018 through a team of skilled staff and 93 paid canvassers, from nearly 20 countries, using a robust set of strategies including field, direct mail, and digital ads. Using a model of electoral campaigning rooted in community organizing and leadership development, TIRRC Votes is building the electoral infrastructure and a political talent pipeline within Tennessee’s most diverse communities.
Enough is enough.
Following the massive immigration raid in East Tennessee, passage of one of the country’s most extreme mass deportation laws, state legislators suing the federal government to keep refugees out, and another cruel defeat of Tuition Equality legislation, Tennessee is at risk of becoming one of the most hostile and unwelcoming states in the nation. This is a crisis for immigrant families and our democracy.
To counter the rising tide of nationalism and hate sweeping across our state and country, we must invest in long-term strategies to build real political power, support equitable and inclusive public policy, defeat anti-immigrant candidates, and elect real champions for immigrant families and progressive values. That’s why we launched TIRRC Votes.
In this moment of crisis, immigrant families need new tools and greater political organization to fight back. And we need your support.