Programs

Civic Engagement

CASE’s civic participation work began in the summer of 2010, when we responded to the passage of the infamous anti-immigrant law SB1070 by helping to form the One Arizona Latino Voter Engagement Roundtable, which has knocked on over 1,000,000 doors in our ongoing efforts to engage low-propensity Latino and youth voters in the voting process.
Each year since 2010, CASE’s volunteers and field organizers knock on tens of thousands of doors in Phoenix’s low-income neighborhoods. Our work has transformed Latino voting in Phoenix and helped to create a more representative government in the country’s fifth largest city, which is also home to.
To participate in CASE’s ongoing civic participation work, contact is at info@case-az.org
To become a civic participation donor and help create a new generation of Arizona voters click here.


Policy

A key part of improving futures for Arizona working families is moving progressive policy, especially at the municipal level. Since 2008, CASE has prided itself on helping to create policies that increase job security, protect pay and benefits, and enhance access to services for working families in Phoenix. Some of CASE’s policy wins include:

  • A 2009 “Worker Retention” requirement that protected the jobs of 1,200 food service workers when the City of Phoenix reissued the $100,000,000 food service concessions for Sky Harbor Airport’s Terminal. Today, this same worker retention language is the standard for all contracts issued by the City of Phoenix
  • A 2012 “Best Value Bidding” process for the Sky Harbor Airport Terminal 4 custodial contracts, which guaranteed paid sick and vacation days, as well as a higher minimum wage for 200 mostly immigrant and refugee custodians at Sky Harbor Airport.
  • A 2015 ballot initiative in the City of Phoenix that authorized a $31.5 billion expansion of public transportation and public safety personnel into the low-income areas of south and west Phoenix.
  • A contribution to 2016 effort to pass the Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, also known as Proposition 206, which will raise the state’s minimum wage to $12.00 per hour by 2020. It also provides five days of paid sick leave per year.
  • Led the charge in 2019 to defeat Phoenix Propositions 105 and 106, which would have killed light rail expansion to Phoenix’s low income neighborhoods and placed a permanent cap on City spending.

Immigration Center

CASE’s Immigration Center was inaugurated in 2015 to help immigrants and refugees participate more fully in the economic and social life of our community. Programs offered by the Center have included:

  • Assistance applying for health insurance and expanded Medicaid offered through the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Assistance applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Naturalization services, including application assistance, help securing fee waivers and no-interest loans to pay the application fee, and civics and ESL classes to aid aspiring citizens in preparing for the Citizenship exam.

We look forward to expanding the number of working families served by these programs, and to expanding the Center’s offerings in coming years.

For more information about the CASE Immigration and Worker Center, or to join the center as a volunteer, email us at info@case-az.org.


Refugee Organizing

CASE houses the We Are All Arizona Refugee Organizing Table.  We Are All America works to uphold and strengthen our nation’s commitment to welcome and protect those seeking freedom, safety and refuge in the United States. We organize people across religious and cultural differences to build inclusive communities where we all belong.


Youth Leadership Development

We at CASE believe that young people are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today.  Our commitment to developing those leaders began in 2012, when CASE organizers formed part of a team that recruited 4,000 high school students into 25 school-based teams that collected more than 34,000 new voter registration applications in largely-Latino neighborhoods across Maricopa County.  Since then, our independent teams of young people have:

  • Knocked on over 600,000 doors in an effort to raise voter participation in Phoenix municipal elections, to pass a $31.5 billion expansion of public transportation to low-income neighborhoods in South and West Phoenix; and to educate voters in Mesa and Scottsdale, Arizona about the importance of non-discrimination ordinances to protect the rights of LGBT community members at work and in public facilities.
  • Demonstrated against education cuts at the state capital.
  • Rallied in support of immigrant housekeepers, fast-food workers, supermarket workers, and airport food-service workers engaged in fights for dignity and respect in their workplace.
  • Conducted outreach and application assistance to encourage immigrant service workers throughout Maricopa county to become U.S. Citizens and/or to take advantage of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Today, high-school and college-age leaders drive many of CASE’s programs as workplace outreach interns, community canvassers, canvass field directors, youth organizers, and neighborhood team leaders.

To join our team of youth leaders, contact us at info@case-az.org.

To sponsor one of our youth leaders click here.


Workers Rights

Every day, immigrant workers across Arizona’s fast growing service industries make the brave decision to stand up and demand respect from their employers. Whether they be hotel housekeepers; restaurant workers and fast-food workers; cleaners and custodians; or retail, supermarket and food-processing workers, CASE staff and volunteers stand with them as they fight for fair pay and benefits, safer working conditions, and relief from discrimination in the workplace.

To join us in creating a movement to protect the rights of immigrant workers in Arizona, contact us at info@case-az.org