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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

Hundreds in Arizona gather to celebrate partial victory & demand justice for the "real winners" of this year's elections — Arizona’s powerful bloc of new Latino voters

Presente delivers 40,000 signatures to Maricopa County Recorder & Arizona Secretary of State

Nov. 15, 2012

Press Advisory: Thursday, November 15, 2012

For questions please contact: Rafael Noboa y Rivera, (202) 455-4673, raf@fitzgibbonmedia.com

WHAT: Rally demanding that all votes be counted in Arizona.

WHO: Hundreds of election volunteers and members of UNITE HERE, Campaign for Arizona’s Future, Promise Arizona in Action, One Arizona coalition, Citizens for a Better Arizona, MoveOn, Presente, and City Council members.

WHERE: Recorder’s Office, 111 S. 3rd Ave (at Jefferson St.), Phoenix

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 5:00 pm

VISUALS: Banners, signs: “We are the New Arizona,” “We are voting,” “We are changing Arizona,” “We are watching”

WHY: Arizona has been ground zero for the war on the Latino community in the U.S. In spite of the anti-immigrant attacks here, a coalition of Latino and voter advocacy groups have come together to register 48,000 new voters, a majority of whom are Latino. In the election last week, Latino voting by mail more than doubled in Arizona, from 90,000 to 220,000. Latinos are projected to be 35% of the Arizona population by 2030, and 25% of registered voters. This election marks the beginning of a new Arizona.

That is why hundreds are gathering on Thursday to celebrate a partial victory and to continue demanding justice for the "real winners" of this year's elections: Arizona's Latino and immigrant voters, who have been subject to widespread voter suppression and intimidation over the past year.

High‐school volunteers have been at the center of the surge in Latino electoral participation, leading calls for political 
accountability. Thursday’s action is the largest escalation to date in daily protests led by high school students and concerned voters, who have been a constant presence outside the Elections Office since Election Day.

Presente and their allies have been on the forefront of protests concerning voter suppression in Arizona, both before last Tuesday's election and since then, as more evidence of irregularities has come to light. Nearly 40,000 have signed a petition demanding that Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell count all the votes cast. That petition will be delivered electronically today to the Maricopa County Recorder and the Arizona Secretary of State.

In addition, Presente has recorded a video featuring the stories of Arizonans affected. You can see the petition here: act.presente.org/sign/azvote/. The video can be seen here: Video

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For more information, visit: AdiosArpaio.org. Volunteers and voters available for interview.