November 15, 2012
Contact: Dora Luna
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Press Release: Latino Voters Energized, Ready to Push for Immigration Reform

Promise Arizona in Action and UNITE HERE! Deliver Letter to Secretary of State Bennett

Phoenix, AZ – Today, local community organizations that worked to register over 40 thousand voters gathered at a large rally with supporters from as far away as Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Petra Falcon, Executive Director of Promise Arizona in Action,  hand-delivered a letter to the Office of Secretary of State Ken Bennett, calling for public accountability and reform of Arizona’s electoral system as over six hundred supporters gathered at the County Recorder’s Office to deliver petitions and joined a procession to the Maricopa County Tabulation Election Center to hear stirring testimony by volunteers, voters, and leaders, including City Council members Danny Valenzuela and Michael Nowakowski.

Jacquelyn Garcia, a 15 year-old local high school student addressed the large crowd. She had been volunteering with Promise Arizona in Action for months, knocking on doors to register, engage, and energize Latino families to vote. Jacquelyn and her 13 year-old brother Luis were being raised by their grandparents. Jacqueline and Luis became committed to engaging Latino voters in their community because her grandfather, the sole breadwinner of the family was deported, leaving Jacquelyn to support her brother and her infirm grandmother.

Jacqueline stated, “My brother and I walked door to door all summer in the heat, and worked hard all these months to get my community to vote because our community needs change. My grandfather who was working so hard to raise me and my brother, was deported. All he was doing was supporting our family. I don’t want other families to have to go through what my family is going through.”

Petra Falcon, Executive Director of Promise Arizona and Promise AZ in Action stated, “While Arizona still waits to find out which candidates won, we already know for certain that Latino voters in Arizona won a great victory. Our votes are our voices. Latino voters are now seeing that our votes had impact. Our votes are being counted and our voices are resonating, from Capitol Hill in Washington to the State Capitol here in Phoenix. We urge Senator McCain to sit down with Latino voters here in Arizona, and champion once again, a fair and humane immigration reform that paves a road to citizenship for all the immigrant Arizona families who aspire to be citizens.”

PDF of letter to the Office of Secretary of State Ken Bennett

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Promise Arizona in Action is dedicated to expanding civic participation in Arizona, particularly among Latinos and youth. Promise Arizona in Action is an organization driven by values. We value civic participation, community engagement and leadership development, particularly among the growing youth and Latino population in the state.

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