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.