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“If you don’t try, you will never succeed,” Luis

Luis is in the 7th grade. He was just honored for academic excellence at the national junior honor society induction ceremony for the Murphy School District. Which he almost missed because his father is about to be deported, his mother is sick and no one in his home could take him to the school. He finds little reason to celebrate these days.

And today, his thirteenth birthday, we are honored to have helped him witness his own success at this ceremony. One of our young leaders, José Luis, made sure that he not only made it to the school but that he looked sharp.

José Luis has been helping kids like Luis from his neighborhood his whole life.

LuisIn an essay Luis presented he said,”If you don’t try, you will never succeed.” Even though he faces the hardships of living in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Phoenix and his family is torn apart by our broken immigration system, he manages to look at the world with hope and fights along side José Luis to build a better future for his community.

He is proud to be a rising leader at Promise Arizona.

Kids like Luis struggle through these experiences everyday in Arizona and across the U.S.

We need more people like José Luis to step forward and make a real difference in the lives of our young people.

The vigil of Promise Arizona returns to the Capitol until there is a resolution

After more than 100 days at the Arizona State Capitol in 2010 and taking their prayers to Washington, D.C., the vigil of Promise Arizona unites in prayer to put pressure against SB 1070 and anti-immigrant laws.

Every Sunday, starting May 6, until the Supreme Court Justices of the United States reach a resolution, members of the vigil will meet at the State Capitol from 3:00 to 8:00 pm to continue the fight against anti-immigrant laws in the same place where the “Arizona Law” was born.

Petra Falcon, Executive Director of Promise Arizona:

SB 1070 has done great harm to our community, it has separated many families and caused fear… our goal is to put an end to the damage done to our community and to avoid new anti-immigrant laws in the Arizona Legislature and the United States.

We believe in the power of prayer, because we believe that faith moves mountains and through prayer we can change the hearts of our politicians… But we don´t leave everything to the divine intersection, we are doing our part to take action, get out the vote of minorities and to inform people of what is happening in their community.