Karma Organizing?

As we watched it go around last Fall with the driver’s license pile on, it may come around this Fall. There’s activity in anticipation of tomorrow’s primary: 

Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director of Make the Road New York, handed out packets to her crew of volunteers. “We do it because our community needs to build power,” she said.

Almost a third of all New York City voters are foreign born, according to John Mollenkopf, director of the Center for Urban Research at the City University of New York. About 250,000 to 300,000 immigrants will vote on Tuesday, he estimated.

“It’s a very interesting election for immigrants in New York City, because Barack Obama is the child of an immigrant and Hillary Clinton has worked on immigrant issues,” Mollenkopf said.

Archila claims that her organization has increased voter turnout by 25 percent in the communities where it has been active.

The group has been out in the community every day since the first week of January. Its members hope to have knocked on at least 5,000 doors before Tuesday’s primary voting.

As we recall all too well, Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco made a national name for himself identifying undocumented sojourners with Islamic terrorists. More importantly, he dragged almost every Republican along with him. I’d be angry about the driver’s license brouhaha if I had recently been an immigrant myself.

And 250,000 to 300,000 voters is quite a block to get angry.

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