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Promise Arizona Kicks Off Final Voter Registration Weekend at Arizona State Capitol

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Contact:          Nicole Torres, nicole@promiseaz.org, (602) 456-1153

Promise Arizona Kicks Off Final Voter Registration Weekend at Arizona State Capitol
Community Unites to Register Thousands of New Voters

Phoenix– On Friday, October 1st, as the last day to register to vote rapidly approaches, students, community leaders, and volunteers will gather to hold a kick-off rally to ensure the Latino community registers to vote.  Promise Arizona is leading the history making effort, which will kick the weekend off with a rally to mobilize volunteers across the state, in order to encourage civic engagement for first time voters. Local students are representing their schools and participating in an unprecedented competition to register new voters.  Promise Arizona and volunteers have registered 9,520  new voters in total and will exceed that number above 10,000 by the October 4th deadline.

Below is a full schedule of events:

Friday Oct 1st

WHAT: Rally for Volunteers

WHEN: 4:00-5:00pmLive The Promise” Rally for High School VR Competition

5:00-8:00pm    Evening Voter Registration Shift

9:00pm            Teams will convene and report new registered voters for the day, Prayer vigil will commence afterwards (9:30)

WHERE: Arizona State capitol, Voter registration actions will take place all over the state – Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma

VISUALS: Team chants with high school students, volunteers breaking through “Taking Arizona Back, One Vote at a Time” paper banner, altar with vigil community in prayer.

Saturday Oct 2nd

WHAT: One Nation” AZ Solidarity Prayer- coinciding with rally in DC, Voter registration, Volunteers at Capitol tallying voters

WHEN: 8:00am              Voter Registration Tent opens

9:00am             “One Nation” AZ Solidarity Prayer with Pastor Ian Danley

Morning Voter Registration shift at local staging locations

1:00 pm           Afternoon Voter Registration shift

9:00pm            Teams will convene and report new registered voters for the day, Vigil will commence after (9:30)

WHERE: Arizona State capitol, Voter registration actions will take place all over the state

VISUALS: New voters registering, tally of days registered voters, vigil community praying and directing volunteers.

Sunday Oct 3rd

WHAT: Voter registration by volunteers as 2 days remain

WHEN: 8:00am             Voter registration tent opens

12:00pm          Lunch and prayer for volunteers

7:00pm            Monthly community vigil lead by local clergy

9:00pm            Teams will convene and report new registered voters for the day.

WHERE: Arizona State capitol, Voter registration actions will take place all over the state – Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma

VISUALS: New voters registering, tally of days registered voters, vigil community praying and directing volunteers.

Monday Oct 4th – THE FINAL DAY

WHAT: Voter registration teams will continue actions in three shifts.  Community and volunteers will watch ticker of voter registration tally. After final tally, procession will march to the Secretary of State’s office for delivery.

WHEN: 7:00am              Voter registration tent opens

Morning prayer and breakfast for volunteer teams

12:00pm          Lunch

8:00pm            Vigil, celebration, voter registrations delivered to Secretary of State

12:00 am         Voter registration deadline- Team volunteers and individuals will deliver last batches of voter registration forms.

WHERE: Arizona State capitol, Voter registration actions will take place all over the state – Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma

VISUALS: Procession carrying signs and delivering voter registration forms to the Secretary of State, diverse volunteers celebrating final voter registration count, faith leaders leading prayer by altar.

Anyone interested in registering to vote or volunteering can contact Promise AZ through a free hotline: 1-888-511-7136, or by visiting www.promiseaz.org.  Promise Arizona will also be at the Arizona State Capitol all weekend registering new voters.

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“We’re not gonna run no more”

Dear Friends,

This is it.

We have 7 days until the voter registration ends on Monday, October 4th.  We need every person who can vote registered to help us win real change for Arizona, but we can’t do this without you. People like 18-year-old Ricardo depend on you.

Will you join us this weekend to register voters and make change in Arizona?


“We’re not gonna run no more”

Despite being fearful of the implications of SB1070, 18-year-old Ricardo was considering moving out of state when the news first hit. Soon after he realized that Arizona depended on people like him to fight for our rights.

“I told myself It starts with me,  if I’m gonna give up or not. Me and my family, we’re not gonna run no more.”

Will you join Ricardo this weekend to register voters for change?

From Friday, October 1- Monday, October 4, join us on the lawn of the State Capitol where Promise Arizona was born. We will be organizing teams to hit the streets for our last push of voter registration.

Join us. Help us make the final push for lasting change in Arizona.

Click here to volunteer to register voters.

We can’t do this without you,

Petra Falcon
Executive Director
Promise Arizona

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East Valley Tribune: Promise Arizona group registers thousands of Hispanic voters

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

With only seven days remaining for citizens to register to vote in Arizona before the upcoming elections, hundreds of volunteers from Promise Arizona are working to get Hispanic Americans to register, according to a news release. On Sunday, volunteers registered over 200 voters; on Monday, they registered 553.

Since June, volunteers have registered 7,105 new Hispanic voters in Arizona, and over 1,000 people are working as volunteers in the registration drive.

Anyone interested in registering to vote can contact Promise AZ by calling 1-888-511-7136 or by visiting www.promiseaz.org.

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/arizona/politics/article_3f96e80e-cb4f-11df-87d4-001cc4c002e0.html