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AZ immigrants’ rights groups backing local and national campaigns in support of federal immigration reform

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 26, 2013

CONTACTS:

 

•             Promise Arizona Director Petra Falcon,  petra@promiseaz.org

•             Mi Familia Vota Statewide Director Raquel Teran, raquelt@mifamiliavota.org

•             Communications Coordinator James E. Garcia, jgcvm1@gmail.com

 

State Capitol Press Conf., 11:30 a.m., Jan. 28:

AZ immigrants’ rights groups backing local and national campaigns in support of federal immigration reform

•             Groups say final pan must include a ‘path to citizenship’

•             Congressman Raul Grijalva scheduled to appear

 

PHOENIX, AZ (JAN. 26)  A diverse array of Arizona-based organizations committed to federal immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States hold a press conference today, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m., on the State Capitol Senate lawn.

The immigrants’ advocacy groups will announce a concerted local, state and national campaign that highlights the impact of federal immigration policy on immigrants and their family.

“Our focus is on family unity,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona. “The laws and policies in place today are ripping families apart. Lives are being destroyed. Tens of thousands of children are being separated from their parents, who came to the United States not to harm America but to help build America. It’s time the United States government and its people lived up to our democratic ideals and justice.”

Today’s press conference comes 24 hours before a highly-anticipated announcement by President Obama in Las Vegas where he will outline his stance on immigration reform. At the same time, a contingent of key leaders in the U.S. Senate, including Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, have been engaged in closed-door, bi-partisan talks on immigration reform. The senators have indicated they may release their broad plan by the end of the week.

“The tide is turning in Arizona and across the country in favor of treating immigrants humanely, even as we acknowledge how valuable they are to our country’s future, socially, political and economically,” said Raquel Teran, state director for Mi Famlia Vota. “We’ve spent years inviting immigrants to come to the United States often to work in jobs most Americans won’t take, and now the polls show a majority supports a path to citizenship. Congress and President Obama need to listen to the voters, including the growing Latino voting base, and pass humane comprehensive immigration reform now.”

The Arizona organizations’ effort is part of an unprecedented local, state and national push on immigration that includes a wide range of grassroots organizations and nonprofits, individual supporters, public officials, and some of the country’s most influential immigrants’ rights groups.

On Monday, immigrants’ rights groups across the country under the umbrella of Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) and Alliance for Citizenship will announce a massive, national initiative in support of comprehensive immigration reform that emphasizes the impact the country’s immigration debate will have on the immigrants and their families.

Arizona immigrants’ rights group also are emphasizing the need to immigrants and their families together, as well as the growing political clout of Latino voters and other communities of color.

Among the organizations scheduled to be represented at Monday’s news conference in Phoenix: Promise Arizona, Mi Familia Vota, Congressman Raul Grijalva, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Somos America, Black-Brown Coalition of Arizona, PUENTE, ACLU, Central Arizonans for a Sustainable Economy (CASE)/Unite Here, New Organizing Institute, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT/AFL-CIO), United We Dream, Neighborhood Ministries, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition, and the Unitarian Universalist Church.

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Tomorrow: Honoring Courageous Leaders

Celebrating Arizona’s Agents of Change
Past, Present & Future

Tomorrow, Tuesday June 7th 2011
5:30PM Reception, 6:00PM Program

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral: Olney Room  Gallery
100 W. Roosevelt St. at Central Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85003

RSVP Here

Join us tomorrow as we celebrate the following courageous leaders who helped pave the road to justice.

Carolinan ‘Curly’ Rosales de Hernandez

Curly devoted her life to advancing social change in Arizona, and we mourn her passage last July. She fought side-by-side with Cesar Chavez to establish the United Farm Workers in Arizona, helped build Chicanos Por La devoted 22 years of service to the Head Start program at Catholic Charities. She is sorely missed

Monsignor Antonio Sotelo

Msgr. Sotelo is a long-time advocate for the rights of immigrants and the poor and served as a vicar for Spanish-speaking Catholics for the Phoenix Catholic Diocese. Before retiring in 1999, he spent three years as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish and 14 years as pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. He still offers weekly masses and works daily in prison ministry offering sacraments and spiritual counseling.

Dr. Warren Stewart Sr.

Dr. Stewart is the Senior Pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix. He is a true solider for justice and equality, having led the fight for Arizona’s recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a paid state holiday. Dr. Stewart is a champion for the rights of all people, including immigrants, in our state. He is a founding board member of Promise Arizona.

Neighborhood Ministries

Neighborhood Ministries is a 30-year-old faith-based organization committed to seeing God’s justice in our community and lifting up the voices of those who are silenced. They offer pre-school classes, a health clinic, college scholarships, and youth leadership development. Neighborhood Ministries is the first institutional member of Promise Arizona and was a leader in our 2010 “Faith, Hope, Vote” voter drive.

Host Committee

Olga Aros
Jan and Ed Booth
Joya Kizer Clarke
Petra Falcon
Jerri Pastor, Chair
Hilda Ortega Rosales
Ray Rosales
Billy Shields
Guadalupe Sosa Valencia

Celebrating Arizona’s Agents of Change

Past, Present & Future

Tuesday, June 7th 2011
5:30 PM Reception, 6:00 PM Program

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral  (Olney Room Gallery)
100 West Roosevelt Street at Central Avenue  Phoenix, Arizona 85003

Will you honor us with your presence for our first fundraiser?

Yes, I will attend

No,  I cannot attend, but please count me in as a 2011 Founding Donor of Promise Arizona

Since its founding in June of 2010, Promise Arizona has trained over 500 leaders, including many youth, and built a base of over 1,500 volunteers to build a better Arizona for all.   Together we:

  • Opposed SB1070 through a 103-day prayer vigil at the Arizona State Capitol and sent a delegation to Washington DC to meet with the U.S. Justice Department.
  • Registered 13,040 voters in 2010, more than any other nonprofit organization in the state, and boosted Latino voter turnout in the November, 2010 election.
  • Helped to defeat anti-immigrant legislation in the 2011 Arizona legislative session that threatened to further divide our communities and distract attention from the real challenges facing Arizonans.

Join us as we honor the following agents of change:

Carolina ‘Curly’ Rosales de Hernandez

Curly devoted her life to advancing social change in Arizona, and we mourn her passage last July.  She fought side-by-side with Cesar Chavez to establish the United Farm Workers in Arizona, helped build Chicanos Por La Causa, was elected to the El Mirage City Council, and devoted 22 years of service to the Head Start program at Catholic Charities.   She is sorely missed.

Monsignor Antonio Sotelo

Msgr. Sotelo is a long-time advocate for the rights of immigrants and the poor and served as vicar for Spanish-speaking Catholics for the Phoenix Catholic Diocese.  Before retiring in 1999, he spent three years as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish and 14 years as pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.  He still offers weekly masses and works daily in prison ministry offering sacraments and spiritual counseling.

Dr. Warren Stewart Sr.

Dr. Stewart is the Senior Pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix. He is a true soldier for justice and equality, having led the fight for Arizona’s recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a paid state holiday. Dr. Stewart is a champion for the rights of all people, including immigrants, in our state. He is a founding board member of Promise Arizona.

Neighborhood Ministries

Neighborhood Ministries is a 30-year-old faith-based organization committed to seeing God’s justice in our community and lifting up the voices of those who are silenced.  They offer pre-school classes, a health clinic, college scholarships, and youth leadership development. Neighborhood Ministries is the first institutional member of Promise Arizona and a leader in our 2010 “Faith, Hope, Vote” voter drive.

Thirty Volunteers Receive GOTV Training from Promise Arizona

(Phoenix, Ariz., Aug. 13) — Nearly 30 volunteers learned the ins and outs of getting registered voters to cast their ballots during a day-long training session Aug. 13, coordinated and presented by Promise Arizona.

The training covered all aspects of running an effective Get Out the Vote campaign, including door-knocking strategies to engage voters, the importance of volunteers sharing their own personal stories, roles and timelines leading to Election Day and running an effective GOTV.

“The skills the volunteers learned here today are the ones they’ll be able to use throughout their lives,” said Raquel Teran, Deputy Director for Promise Arizona.

Many of the volunteers were high school students who live in the areas where more than 1,055 voter registrations were collected this summer. Volunteers came from Carl Hayden, Trevor Browne, North and Maryvale high schools.

Now the second phase of the project will be to ensure those voters cast their ballots, whether its in an early mail ballot or by going to a poll.

The GOTV campaign is part of a project to register voters for the upcoming City of Phoenix elections for Mayor and Council. Promise Arizona, which collected nearly 13,000 voter registrations last year for the mid-term federal elections, initiated this voter project to get involved in the local elections and impact the budget decisions made by the city.

“We’ve seen too many library hours cut, afterschool programs decimated and parks go without proper maintenance,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona. “We need to make sure the interests of working families and those not in the upper income brackets get their fair share of city services.”