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NGP VAN Makes Canvassing More Efficient With New Apps

One of the most important ways to get the vote out is canvassing. For those who don’t know, canvassing is going door to door to persuade people to vote for your candidate but, oftentimes, it can be quite vexing and require a lot of paper. However, NGP VAN has recently released a video showing how you can perform canvassing while not using any paper at all. Katie Crowell is the community manager at NGP VAN and, in the video, she shows users how to use their new app to perform paperless canvassing. She mentions that canvassing typically requires a lot paper, countless hours of data entry and lacks the accountability necessary to be an efficient and effective system. However, the whole landscape of canvassing is now changing thanks to the two newest apps by NGP VAN known as Minivan and Minivan Manager.

These new apps are integrated with Van and enable you to organize your list of constituents. You can then send this list to any smartphone, which will provide you with a virtual map of every house on your route so you know exactly where to go and who to speak with. The app even provides you with a script of what to say and enables you to record people’s responses on the app so you don’t have to worry about losing your valuable information. The app even provides up to the minute updates such as the number of doors knocked on and the total number of canvassers.

It also provides you with the number of constituents your canvassers have contacted and which houses you went to. Thanks to this new app, NGP VAN is making it easier and more efficient than ever to effectively canvass your local neighborhoods and get out the vote to your local area. To find out more or to schedule a consultation with one of the staffers at NGP VAN, you can go to ngpvan.com/minivan. So next time you use the app and are able to effectively perform all the canvassing you’ve set out to accomplish, you can thank NGP VAN for these efficient new apps.

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What Frontera Fund is doing to support DACA

The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program has lately come under a string of attacks from President Donald Trump and the Republicans, who have shown every willingness to disband or water down the program. According to Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, the program was ostensibly established to offer undocumented youths the opportunity to live, work and school in the US. Besides getting a reprieve from deportation, beneficiaries of the program receive social security number, and a chance to work. In some states, DACA recipients receive access to college tuition and the opportunity to apply for a driver’s license. It is slightly over 5 years since the program came into being, and its benefits have been far reaching for both dreamers and the host communities.

 

Statistics indicate that as much 95% of all DACA beneficiaries study, work or do both. The contributions made by the recipients towards the US University and college education system run into millions of dollars. The same effects are felt in the areas the beneficiaries reside, since many have established new businesses that never existed and purchased homes and cars. The latest push to admonish DACA began when Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney General wrote a letter to the Trump administration requesting that DACA be rescinded. In his plea, Ken threatened more actions if the request is not approved by September 5, 2017. In his support, one governor and 9 States Attorney Generals in Republican appended their signatures. News of the plans to imperil DACA send chills all across the nation.

 

In its response, an influential Hispanic group called Hispanic Caucus held a closed door meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly to lament over the decision, which if implemented would jeopardize the lives of over 800,000 DACA recipients. For those who hope to apply for the program, an elaborate application appears on the UCLA Berkeley website. The list of documents needed for initial application are School ID, birth certificate, Consular ID and Passport. The beneficiaries must also conform whether they were physically present in the US as of July 2th, 2012. Several organizations and funds have been established to assist immigrant family’s lead better lives in the US. The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is one such program.

 

The fund was established to support civil rights groups vouching for the rights of immigrants living in Arizona. The founders of the fund are two seasoned newsmen and former co-owners of the New Phoenix Times, Mr. Jim Larkin and Mr. Michael Lacey. The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund also regularly cover news reports concerning DACA, immigrant welfare, state and national government policy directives on immigrants and other trending issues. Making its latest pronouncement on DACA, the Supreme Court denied Trump administration officials the opportunity to challenge DACA. The move left an earlier decision made by the lower Courts to stand, albeit temporarily. In a recent DACA installation published on August 2, 2017 the Frontera Fund website discusses the critical processes and guidelines for DACA consideration.