MLOV is a leading player in the immigrant rights and justice movement in DC and regularly builds partnerships and coalitions with wide-ranging stakeholders. MLOV works with government officials, agencies, businesses, and worker groups to advance power-building of immigrant communities in DC.
Since 2010, MLOV has supported a variety of member-led advocacy campaigns focusing on street vendor protections, small businesses development, language access, and education. We see advocacy as an opportunity to empower our members to be at the forefront of changing the existing inequities they face on a day to day basis. We support our members’ leadership and amplify the voice of our most vulnerable members to find solutions to the systemic inequities that impact their lives.
For over a decade, we have supported youth-led campaigns focused on accessibility for English Language Learners (ELL), food justice, and other issues impacted immigrant youth. From 2013 to 2014, the youth team (then known as the Student Multiethnic Action Research Team - S.M.A.R.T.) successfully campaigned for the introduction of summer classes for ELL students in order to facilitate on-time graduation. In 2019, our youth launched a food justice campaign to promote culturally appropriate and healthy meals in DC Public Schools, conducting participatory research and collecting over 200 surveys from their peers. The team then began to organize a campaign to raise awareness about these issues in their schools.
Since our inception in 2010, MLOV has been the of the DC Language Access Coalition, providing facilitation and logistical support during the meetings. In coalition with more than forty organizations that are part of DCLAC, MLOV works to accomplish its advocacy goals to eradicate language access barriers in DC. Our current efforts are focused on an amendment in the Language Access Act which would create a fine structure for government agencies in violation with the law.
In the summer of 2019, an MLOV street vendors coalition known as Vendedores Unidos/Vendors United formed in response to an assault on a vendor. Through their advocacy work, they were successful in decriminalizing street vending in DC and amending DC’s restrictive licensing regime. Ultimately, the group advocated for the “Sidewalk Vending Zones” which prevented street vendors from harassment by the local police.
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Current MLOV Advocacy Priorities:
- Through our leadership of the DC Language Access Coalition, promote Language Justice in DC, specifically by advocating for a new amendment to the DC Language Access Act of 2004
- Highlight and share community stories from those directly impacted by inequities
- Update and include MLOV members, supporters, and stakeholders in any new advocacy efforts
- Provide leadership opportunities for directly impacted members to be at the forefront of advocacy campaigns
- Empower MLOV members to speak with their local representatives to educate them about the issues they face and the solutions to build a better community
Want to learn more and join in our advocacy efforts? Email us! Nancy Leon, Director of Advocacy: firstname.lastname@example.org