PAZ en Acción blog Let's show Maricopa County that the eyes of the nation are watching them! <p align="center"><a href=""><img src="/assets/pages/273/counteveryvote.jpg" height="300" alt="counteveryvote.jpg" width="300" /></a></p> <p>Take a picture with a sign that reads “The Eyes of [insert state/city/college/etc.] are watching you Maricopa County”<br /><br />email the image with the following hashtag: #CountEveryVote" &amp; mention @PromiseAZAction to <a href=""></a></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:40:00 -0700 Dominique Medina Join Us! VOTING RIGHTS RALLY today at 4pm <p>I was one of thousands of voters who were given a provisional ballot on Election day, even though I had my voter ID card and my Driver License in hand. I got to the polling location and they told me I was not on the list.</p> <p><a href="" title="Voting Rights Rally"><img src="/assets/pages/269/_counteveryvote.jpg" alt="Voting Rights Rally" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></a>I was shocked. There I was, holding my registration card, issued only last year. They forced me to vote with a provisional ballot. My vote could be one of hundreds of thousands still waiting to be counted.</p> <p>Apparently, records of my registration were somehow dropped from their system. Had I not kept my card, been persistent, and patient, my vote would never have been counted. Thanks to the work we are all doing together, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office is feeling the heat. Through daily rallies, a 24/7 prayer vigil, thousands of petition signatures and continuous local and national media coverage (<a href=";src=v5%3ashare%3afacebook%3a" target="_blank">check out the latest Rachel Maddow episode dedicated to this issue!</a>), we’re demanding their respect. But we won’t give them a break until they count every vote.</p> <p><a href="">Will you join me TODAY at 4PM in front of the Maricopa County Recorders Office at time</a>? 111 S. 3rd Ave. Phoenix AZ (3rd Ave and Jefferson St.)<br /><br />Hundreds will join us to tell Maricopa County: We demand a fair election system!</p> <p>Remember, this isn’t about who won the election. It’s about the right of each voter to a <strong>fair election</strong>. Let’s make sure this inexcusable mess never happens again.</p> <p><strong id="internal-source-marker_0.8554057125002146"><a href=""><span>See you at the rally</span></a><span>,</span></strong></p> <p>Dan Becerra<br />Maricopa County Voter</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:04:00 -0700 Dan Becerra It's not over yet: 300,000 votes not yet counted <p>The President won tonight on the strength of the Latino vote; nationally Latino voter turnout was 26% higher than in 2008; Latinos in Arizona came out in record numbers. We were the most enthusiastic group of Latino voters in the country. Yet in neighborhood after neighborhood, voters were forced to use provisional ballots in Arizona. <strong>What this means is that the race isn’t over yet.</strong></p> <p>The County Recorder will begin counting over 150,000 provisional ballots and over 150,000 early ballots at 8am tomorrow, Wednesday, November 7, 2012.</p> <p><strong>And we’re going to be there. Promise Arizona in Action and the Adios Arpaio Campaign will be sending observers to make sure EVERY provisional ballot is counted.</strong></p> <p> <img src="/assets/pages/246/NOTGOINGANYWHERE.jpg" height="367" alt="" width="651" /></p> <p>We might not know for hours, or even for days just who won the Sheriff’s race or the Senate race, which were both only separated by 90,000 votes.</p> <p><strong>If you were one of the hundreds of thousands of voters who were forced to use provisional ballots or encountered problems at the polls, let us know.</strong> Tell us what happened by emailing <a href=""></a>. Please include your phone number.</p> <p>Be proud of your work. We ran one of the most aggressive Latino voter registration and turnout campaigns in the country, and we did it through the power of thousands of dedicated volunteers.</p> <p>Now let’s roll up our sleeves. We have work yet to do.</p> <p><span>Petra Falcón</span><br /><a href=";utm_source=promiseazaction&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=not_over_az&amp;n=1"><br /></a></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:03:00 -0700 Ahlam Said Join Us! Tonight to Celebrate Record Turnout of Latino Voters <p><img src="/assets/pages/244/pARTY-TONIGHT.jpg" height="297" alt="There's a Party Tonight!" width="396" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></p> <p>Please join the Adios Arpaio campaign as we celebrate our volunteers and their work to register and engage Arizona's Latino community in today's historic election.  Together with our partners in the Campaign for Arizona's Future and Unite Here, we registered over 34,000 people, knocked on 85,000 doors and contacted 200,000 voters.<br /><br />Promise Arizona in Action is happy to invite you to celebrate with our friends and our counterparts from the Campaign for Arizona’s Future.</p> <p><span><strong>What:</strong> </span><span>Election Night Community Celebration</span></p> <p><span><strong>Where:</strong> </span><span>Rosson House, 115 North 6</span><span>th</span><span> St, Phoenix, AZ 85004</span></p> <p><strong>When:</strong><span> Tuesday, Nov 6</span><span>th</span><span>, 2012, 7:30 pm</span></p> <p><strong>Who:</strong><span> Hundreds of youth volunteers, community leaders, elected officials</span></p> <p>See you there!</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:30:00 -0700 Dominique Medina Happy Election Day <p><span>Happy Election Day! We'll be driving to a street near you! See you at the polls!</span><br /><br />Any last second questions? Need help with your ballot? Want to volunteer? <br />Call (602) 910-2527</p> <h5 align="center"><span><img src="/assets/pages/241/petraFloat.jpg" alt="Happy Election Day! We'll be driving to a street near you! See you at the polls! And yes. That is our Virgin-Mary-Vote-Float." style="vertical-align: baseline;" /><br />And yes. That is our Virgin-Mary-Vote-Float.</span></h5> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:27:15 -0700 Dominique Medina Monsters in Our Community <p><img src="/assets/pages/217/trick0rvote.jpg" height="385" alt="trick0rvote.jpg" width="469" /><br />We all know who the real monsters in our community are!<br /><span>And we have the power to stop them.</span><br /><span>There're 6 days left to vote them out.</span></p> <p><a href="" title="6 days left to vote out the monsters in our community " target="_self"><span>Come trick or vote with us</span></a></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:48:58 -0700 Dominique Medina 'Trick or Vote' Halloween 2012 <h6 align="center"> <img src="/assets/pages/212/carving.JPG" height="278" alt="carving.JPG" width="430" /><br />Monday night 50 of our volunteers had an event where we decorated pumpkins for Halloween.</h6> <p><span>“I’m in a Halloween costume, but the voters know that the real monster in our community is Arpaio." Ricardo</span><br /><br /><span>Like many others in our community, we will be knocking on our neighbors doors, but we will be asking for votes instead of candy.</span></p> <p><a href="" title="\"Trick or Vote\" GOTV Canvass" target="_self">Come 'Trick or Vote' with us today at 4pm</a></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:38:00 -0700 Dominique Medina Advocacy groups looking to early ballots to boost Latino votes | Arizona Capitol Times <p><img src="" height="180" alt="Ignacio Menchaca, a 66-year-old truck driver, who registered to vote on Tuesday said he’ll cast an early ballot because it’s less of a hassle than going to the polls. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Natasha Khan)" width="269" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></p> <p>Groups out to boost voting by Latinos in Arizona are combining classic get-out-the-vote tactics with a push for casting early ballots.</p> <p>“We are definitely stressing people to register for the early ballot because that increases their chances of coming out,” said Dulce Matuz, president of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, a youth-led group that fights for educational and immigrant rights.</p> <p>It’s part of larger efforts that groups say have registered the most Latinos voters ever in Arizona. Leaders say they hope to tap into dissatisfaction over Arizona’s restrictive laws on illegal immigration.</p> <p>With Arizona’s registration deadline falling Tuesday, the next step in addressing traditionally low voter turnout among Latinos, leaders say, is getting people to cast ballots.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:25:00 -0700 Dominique Medina Petra disappointed that the “papers please” component of SB 1070 has become reality in AZ <p>With the upholding and implementationn of the “show me your papers” section of SB 1070, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton has allowed this segment to become a reality for our community.</p> <p>Executive Director of Promise Arizona in Action, Petra Falcon said this will not only lead to racial profiling and the division of hardworking families, but will also add to the costs of the economy and taxpayers during future court cases.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen src=";fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> <p>“This fight is not over,” Falcon said. “We will continue to organize our community, teach people their rights, and support the inevitable future court challenges. Arizonans are ready to move on, and focus on the real issues that confront all residents of our state.”</p> <p>Make sure you make a difference and take action. Register to vote and turn out on Election Day. Also, make sure to call and report if you have been racially profiled. If you believe you were detained because of your race, the color of your skin or your accent, call 1855-RESPETO (1855-737-7386). Racial profiling is illegal and you are protected from being racially profiled by the U.S. Constitution.</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 07:04:00 -0700 Dominique Medina 4 Days left to make a difference <p>There are only 4 days left of voter registration, and we need to let Arpaio know that we are not stopping until we have the power to defeat him! This means registering the people in our community to vote.<br /><br /><a href="" title="Volunteer to say 'Adios Arpaio'" target="_blank"><strong><img src="/assets/pages/100/Junnyor_Martinez_e.jpg" height="200" alt="Volunteer to say Adios Arpaio" width="200" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" />Join us today to say ‘Adios Arpaio’ by registering your neighbors, friends and family to vote</strong></a>.<br /><br />Our young people are leading the way.  Promise Arizona in Action (PAZ) has over 100 volunteers registering voters on the streets every day. Junnyor Martinez, a 16-year-old aspiring pediatrician who attends Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, is just one example. Last year, his brother was detained for two months because he is undocumented and was driving without a license.  “Those were the hardest two months of my life,” he said, “and motivated me to join Promise Arizona in Action.”<br /><br />But we are less than a week from the voter registration deadline and Junnyor can’t do it alone. <a href="" title="Volunteer to say 'Adios Arpaio'" target="_blank"><strong>With so little time left, we need everyone to come out to register voters at least once before Oct. 9th</strong></a>.<br /><br />“I want to be the change that I want to see, and it’s going to happen,” Junnyor said. “I want justice for everybody, and I want to help organize our community to elect politicians who truly represent us.”<br /><br />We believe that Junnyor and others like him will transform our state from an outpost of fear and hatred to a beacon of hope for all families in the future.</p> <p><a href="" title="Latino Vote Fiesta" target="_blank">Hope to see you at our Latino Vote Fiesta at AZ’s State Capitol on Oct. 9th</a> and <a href="" title="Arizona volunteers rally to increase Latino voting power" target="_blank">read the recent Arizona Capitol Times article profiling our work</a>.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:25:00 -0700 Dominique Medina Show us your papers <p>Sadly, the “show me your papers” provision of SB 1070 has now become a reality in Arizona.  But the only papers that we will be showing right now are the over 14,000 voter registration forms we’ve collected from Latino voters who are fired up, and will change the future of our state.  Promise Arizona in Action is committed to registering thousands of new voters to stand up and speak out against laws like SB 1070 that hurt our communities.</p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Please contribute $5 or $10 today to pay for food and gas for our volunteers so we can register 15,000 more voters before the voter registration deadline on October 9th" target="_blank"><img src="/assets/pages/99/canvassPic1.jpg" height="192" alt="canvassPic1.jpg" width="192" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" />Please contribute $5 or $10 today to pay for food and gas for our volunteers so we can register 6,775 more voters before the voter registration deadline on October 9<sup>th</sup></a>.</strong></p> <p>While politicians like Jan Brewer, Russell Pearce, and Joe Arpaio have been preoccupied with passing and enforcing laws that are intended to trample on our human rights, Promise Arizona in Action has been steadily building the power of our community.  Since SB 1070 passed in 2010, Promise Arizona in Action and our sister organization, Promise Arizona, have registered over 30,000 new and motivated Latino voters.</p> <p> </p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 07:35:21 -0700 Dominique Medina Promise Arizona in Action: Maxima's Story (video) <p>Max is one of the many DREAMers in Promise Arizona in Action who has long been involved in the movement. Although she is ineligible to vote, Max continues to mobilize our communities by spreading the message on the power of the Latino vote.</p> <p>Max said, “Educating the Hispanics in this area is the most crucial part of empowering and changing the statutes of our community.”</p> <p>October 9th is the last day to register voters for this years elections.</p> <p><a href="" title="Latino Voter Fiesta" target="_blank">Join Maxima now by coming to the Latino Voter Fiesta at the AZ State Capitol on Oct. 9th</a>.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen src=";fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 19:39:00 -0700 Register in September, make it count in November <p><img src="/assets/pages/82/NVRD.jpg" height="150" alt="NVRD.jpg" width="150" style="float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" />Promise Arizona in Action is proud to join more than 700 groups in all 50 states working online and on the ground for National Voter Registration Day. We have submitted more than 12,000 voter registrations this year alone, and we aren't stopping until the last seconds of October 9th.</p> <p>September 25th has become a new holiday, tens of thousands of voters will celebrate the inauguration of NVRD in a massive effort to register voters in all 50 states before Election Day. The theme for National Voter Registration Day is simple: Register in September, make it count in November.</p> <p>Need to register to vote? <a href="" title="contact us" target="_blank">Contact us</a> or <a href="" title="Register to vote" target="_blank">visit our online voter registration page</a>.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:30:00 -0700 Dominique Medina Arpaio doesn't want you to know this <p>Sheriff Arpaio doesn’t want people like me or other Latinos in Maricopa County to know how important it is that we register and vote. He knows if we do, his career will be over and he will have to take his final ride off into the sunset.</p> <p>Unfortunately for him, we have registered over 11,000 voters already!  But we need to register 9,000 more before the registration deadline on Tuesday, October 9th. This is going to be a close race and the voters that we register will make the difference between four more years of fear and corruption and saying Adios Arpaio.</p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Join us!" target="_blank">Volunteer with us in the next 3 weeks and help us say Adios Arpaio in November</a>.</strong></p> <p><a href="" title="Join us!" target="_blank"><img src="/assets/pages/80/Joel_v2.jpg" height="300" alt="Joel, volunteer with Promise Arizona in Action" width="300" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" /></a>“Hitting over 11,000 voter registrations means that my nephew may get to live his life with his dad here in the United States,” said Joel, a team leader with Promise AZ in Action. “It also means that the sacrifice that I made, volunteering all summer in the heat, was for a good reason.” </p> <p><strong><a href="" title="Join us!" target="_blank">We need more volunteers like Joel! Sign up now to register your share of the next 9,000 voters</a>.</strong></p> <p>Paul Penzone, who is running against Sheriff Arpaio, only trails him <a href="" title="News article on Sheriff's election poll" target="_blank">by 6%</a> in the polls. Join us now to register the voters who will carry Sheriff Penzone to victory.</p> <p>~Petra Falc<span>ó</span>n</p> <p>P.S.: <a href="" title="Join us!" target="_blank">If you live outside of Maricopa County, you can still help end Sheriff Arpaio's ride. Contact me and you can stay on my couch for a weekend</a>.<br /><br /><img src="/assets/pages/80/paidforby.jpg" height="50" alt="paidforby.jpg" width="300" style="vertical-align: middle;" /></p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:49:14 -0700 Dominique Medina PROMISE ARIZONA IN ACTION CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AND LAUNCHES THE CAMPAIGN “MEET OUR LEADERS: THE FACES OF OUR MOVEMENT” <p><span><img src="/assets/pages/76/HHM.jpg" height="157" alt="HHM.jpg" width="425" /></span></p> <p><span>We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting the commitment and the contributions of our great volunteers. From September 15<sup>th</sup> to October 15<sup>th</sup>, the United States celebrates the contributions of the Hispanic community and we want to be a part of this important month through the campaign “Meet our leaders:  The faces of our movement”.</span></p> <p><span>We want to present young Hispanic leaders who are proud of their roots and commit themselves every day to making a difference in their communities.  This week we want to introduce you to Laura García.</span></p> <p><span><img src="/assets/pages/76/Laura-Garcia.jpg" height="220" alt="Laura-Garcia.jpg" width="211" style="float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" />Laura was born in Nogales, Sonora, México, 17 years ago and arrived in the United States at the age of 12 years old.   She didn’t speak English and had to learn the language and the culture, but in less than a year she was recognized as one of the fastest English learners in her class. She is currently a senior at North High School.</span></p> <p><span>She gets good grades and has exceeded the expectations of her teachers, her family, and even herself. But her family situation and her passion to make a difference motivated her to get involved in our movement to bring justice to immigrant families. She is proud of being Hispanic but she also loves her new country and wants to make a positive contribution to improving it. </span></p> <p><span> That´s why she began volunteering for Promise Arizona in Action last summer and has dedicated countless hours helping to register new Latino voters.</span></p> <p><span>“When I started volunteering with Promise Arizona in Action it made me feel like I counted, even though I cannot vote right now.  Every time I get someone else to register, it makes me feel like I'm doing something for my community,” Laura said.</span></p> <p><span>Laura is an example of dedication, perseverance, and hard work. She spends hours giving back to her community and that’s why she is our leader of the week.</span></p> <p> </p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:31:00 -0700 Dominique Medina Enabling others to achieve common purpose in the face of uncertainty, Beatriz <p class="p1"><span class="s1">This afternoon, the enthusiasm</span><span class="s4"> of PAZ in Action volunteers </span><span class="s1">was obvious. We had a great volunteer turnout, all thanks to Beatriz. We're driving, and she's navigating, excited about what the possibility of today brings.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Beatriz’s canvassing routine starts out a lot more hectic than others. Her turf targets the large amount of potential Hispanic voters in Mesa.  Every afternoon she awaits her team and makes the freeway commute from Phoenix. Long canvass shifts, usually means late nights at work.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">That doesn't stop any volunteers for giving their share back to the community.</span></p> <p class="p1"><iframe allowfullscreen src=";fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> <p class="p1">This year, Beatriz hopes to continue the past success of Promise Arizona in Action in the Russell Pearce recall. After dropping off all of her volunteers at their areas, I join her on the afternoon’s round of canvassing. She does not hesitate to try to register any person walking by, or knocking on a door after roaming through an apartment complex.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:03:00 -0700 AZ Central: Hispanics will change Arizona's voting patterns <p>When will Latinos finally flex their muscle at the ballot box?</p> <p>That question is asked in virtually every election cycle and usually is quickly followed by the declaration, "This will be the year" -- and then followed by an underwhelming voter turnout among Latinos.</p> <p>Predictably, we're hearing the same question during the 2012 election season, but this time, the same answer carries a bit more confidence for a good many reasons:</p> <p>SB 1070 has been a galvanizing force for the Latino community, which largely views such anti-immigration measures and resulting rhetoric as also being anti-Latino.</p> <p><span><br />Read more: <a href=""></a></span></p> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 19:01:00 -0700 Dominique Medina The only thing between my Tio Will and his vote <p><span>This weekend, I got a call from my Tio Will – he asked for help filling out his early voting ballot. He was eager to vote but had no idea how to properly fill out the paperwork. He told me that one of our volunteers, Yolanda, had visited him during a canvassing session and inspired him to get involved. She told him why being a part of this campaign was so important to her, and why she believed that it was so important to elect people that represented her and her community’s values. For Tio Will, filling out the ballot was the only thing between him and his vote.</span><br /><a href=";utm_campaign=textballot&amp;n=2&amp;e=b3c900b93c8a81a58664d29e7da33a8119a0f327&amp;utm_source=promiseazaction&amp;utm_medium=email" title="Maricopa County Voter? Text BALLOT to (602) 910-2527, if youwant us to pick up your ballot!" target="_blank"><img src="" height="230" alt="Milca-MEME.jpg" width="230" style="float: right; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;" /></a><br /><br /><span>Over the past few months, we’ve led voter registration drives, held voter education sessions and talked to as many people as we can about why it's so important to show up on Election Day. We’re knocking on doors, calling our friends and family and talking to members in our community about why getting involved is critical to this election. But getting out the word isn’t enough – we need to make sure we’re providing support at all levels.</span><br /><br /><strong>Take the first step -- <a href="volunteer">Sign up to Volunteer</a>!</strong><br /><br /><span>I organize because I believe in lifting barriers and creating access for everyone in the community – helping folks like my Tio Will become an active participant in the voting process is just one step towards making our community stronger.</span></p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:20:00 -0700 Dominique Medina Michael Nazario being interviewed by ABC15 about Deferred Action <p>“This is such a good opportunity for us DREAMers. It will open so many doors and give us a chance to prove to our country that we are here to do good,” said Michael Nazario, Regional Field Director, Promise Arizona in Action</p> <p>[<a href="20120814_abc15" title="Michael Nazario ABC 15 interview">watch video here</a>]</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:48:00 -0700 Dominique Medina Join Us! Video on June 25, SB1070 Decision <p><strong id="internal-source-marker_0.4496180859860033"><span>On June 25th the Supreme Court struck down most provisions of SB 1070. Questions remain on how the community will be affected by the “papers, please” policy upheld by the Supreme Court. </span></strong></p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen src=";fs=1&amp;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" height="338" width="600"></iframe></p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 18:42:00 -0700 Michel Contreras