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.
Pledge to be a pro-immigrant voter.
A New Vision.
To effectively counter the rising tide of nationalism and hate sweeping the U.S., we must invest in long-term strategies to both build real political power and reduce the political space for anti-immigrant populists, especially in the South.
We believe that an investment in the organization and mobilization of immigrants, refugees, their U.S. born-children and progressive, pro-immigrant allies can powerfully impact elections today and help cement a new progressive political future for Tennessee. With our trusted name and proven track record, TIRRC Votes is uniquely positioned to harness grassroots progressive energy of this moment and turn it into electoral victories in key races across the state and long-term political power building.
As the Trump administration and the Tennessee state legislature continue to advance extreme and harmful proposals, the role of cities has become increasingly important in safeguarding the rights of immigrants and advancing a new vision of belonging in our communities. We believe that the way to transform Tennessee and the south is by investing in municipal campaigns that build power from the ground up, capable of transforming state legislatures and congressional delegations.