FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2014
Contact: Ruben Reyes, Immigration Lawyer / Activist (602) 358-9845
Votantes Independientes, Miembros de la Comunidad Latino/Chicano Protestan Sobre la Idea de Huelga el Voto – Es un Idea Anti-Americano
Conferencia de Prensa
Día: 17 de Octubre 2014
Tiempo: 10:30 AM
Local: The OfficePile, 2501 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phoenix, AZ -- Nosotros como votantes independientes de partido condenamos en los más fuertes modos posibles la idea que se ha dado entre nuestra comunidad de poner huelga al voto este noviembre 4.
Queremos aclarar y declarar que las personas responsables por este mensaje son totalmente irresponsables y sin entendimiento del que es ser Ciudadano Estadunidense. La idea de dar huelga al voto es ilógico, sin merito, y un desastre para nuestra comunidad.
El derecho de votar se pagó con sangre y sacrifico por los millones de hombres y mujeres que pelearon y murieron para asegurar que nuestro voto no se puede negar por raza o sexo. A dar huelga al voto nunca es buena opción.
Nuestro vota a cambiado el camino de la historia, hemos negado a políticos la mayoría que necesitan para imponer reglas más duros en contra de nuestras familias y nuestro comunidad. Nuestro voto ha cambiado quien logro servir en las oficinas de representantes locales, estatales y nacionales.
La estrategia de corto plazo y siego de las consecuencias de darle huelga al voto no da el respeto al poder del voto a lograr nuestros necesidades políticamente y destruyen nuestro credibilidad al proceso político de nuestro país. Tenemos la obligación de pelear no nomas por nuestros deseos pero también para el futuro de nuestros hijos.
Su voto es sagrado. El derecho de votar es sagrado.
Parece que nuestra voz siempre se ignora. Este elección votantes independientes de cualquier partido vamos a dar poder y luz a nuestro voz con el hecho de votar.
Declaramos en términos ciertos que es necesario que Latinos votan. Que todos nosotros, ciudadanos estadunidense votamos.
Por no votar en Arizona Jan Brewer es nuestra gobernadora, Tom Horne sirvió como el abogado del estado, SB 1070 paso, el aguacil Joe Arpaio sigue como sigue, el gobierno de Arizona parece como si estuvo en guerra en contra de nuestras comunidades y nuestras familias, los jóvenes con acción deferida no les han dado licencias, y ahora ay grupos con influencia que sugieren que no votamos?
Están mal. Están equivocados. Están hablando babosadas.
Queremos que todos voten. Queremos que ayudemos a nuestros vecinos a votar. Queremos que si uno no puede votar pero algún familiar o amigo o amistad puede que se da el recuerdo de votar este 4 de noviembre. Si sabes que alguien quiere ir a votar y no tienen en que ir, ofréceles el viaje. Somos buena gente, buenos vecinos, buenos ciudadanos y más poderosos cuando votamos. Somos orgullosamente independiente de cualquier partido y declaramos que todos nosotros, ciudadanos estadunidense de todos raíces debemos de votar este 4 de noviembre!
(Above) Erika Andiola, co-founder of Arizona Dream Act Coalition facebook post.
Swing Independent Voters, Members of Latino / Chicano Community Speak Against Vote Boycott -- Call Idea unAmerican
DATE: Friday, October 17, 2014
TIME: 10:30 am
LOCATION: The OfficePile, 2501 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Time: 10:30 am
Phoenix, AZ -- We as independent voters strongly disagree with the voices within the community who are calling for a boycott of the November 4, 2014 elections. We would like to call out those individuals and groups who are calling for a Chicano and Latino boycott of this year’s elections. The franchise is a right paid for in blood and sacrifice by the many men and women who fought and died for this right. The short sided strategy severely underestimates what the vote means to local, state, and national elections and can never be an option. Our vote is one that can change the outcome of several senate races. Our vote twice, tipped the scale for Obama and various democrats in local, state and national elections. Our vote has meant a more independent California and a soon to be purple Texas.
Your vote is sacred. Our right to vote is sacred. Our voice is often ignored. This election, independent voters of all stripes and affiliations will make their voices heard at the ballot box and we would like to encourage Latino’s everywhere to denounce the boycotters and speak with their vote this election day. Because we did not vote: SB 1070 happened; Jan Brewer was elected Governor; Sheriff Joe is still sheriff; Arizona state government is hostile to Latino communities; Deferred Action recipients are not allowed to obtain driver’s licenses. We encourage everyone who is able to vote to vote. We encourage everyone who cannot vote but knows someone who can, to encourage them to vote. We encourage people to offer a ride to their neighbor. Independent and proud!
Speakers and individual members of the Maricopa County, Arizona, community:
- Ruben Reyes, Immigration Lawyer
- Reverend Jarrett Maupin, Jr., Civil Rights Leader
- Viva Samuel Ramirez, Chicano Activist / Former State Director for Voto Latino
- Gail Mokry Shultes, Immigration Activist
- Alma Montes de Oca, Immigration Lawyer
- Francisco Xavier Aguirre, Business Owner
- Rosie Valdez, Millennial Voter / Activist
DeeDee Garcia Blase, Co-founder of Somos Independents – Independent registered voter group.
(Above) Erika Andiola, co-founder of Arizona Dream Act Coalition facebook post.
Why is Democratic Representative Lydia Hernandez working in concert with two of Arizona's biggest vendidos in our time? Both Rep. Steve Montenegro and Rey Torres supported SB 1070 anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican laws. More importantly, Rey Torres also supported JD Hayworth's campaign even though Hayworth referred to Mexicans as terrorists.
I am relieved Ms. Hernandez is no longer a representative in our State of Arizona. I don't see how anyone can work with Rey Torres who is proud to have worked for the JD Hayworth campaign even though Hayworth referred to Mexicans as terrorists.
Chicano / Latino voters know that the redistricting issues is the next big fight...just in from the AP:
The Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider a challenge by Arizona Republicans to the state's congressional districting map.
Arizona voters created an independent redistricting commission in 2000 in an effort to take politics out of the process.
But the GOP-led state legislature complained in a lawsuit that the Constitution exclusively gives power to draw maps for congressional districts to elected state lawmakers.
A divided panel of federal judges dismissed the lawsuit, but justices said they will review the lower court ruling.
In a brief order, the justices said they would consider whether the commission is allowed either under the Constitution or federal law. The court also will consider whether Arizona lawmakers even have the right to bring their lawsuit.
California, which also uses an independent commission, could be affected by the high court's decision, the Republicans suggested in their legal brief.
The commission was given the power previously held by the Legislature to draw federal congressional maps and state legislative district maps.
The 2000 constitutional amendment required the commission to draw equal-population districts and take into account goals that included communities of interest, compactness and competitiveness — whether individual districts could realistically be won by both major parties' candidates. The commission adopted maps in 2002 and again 10 years later.
Democrats sued over the 2002 map and eventually lost. Republican lawmakers filed their challenge after the 2012 map was released.
The three most competitive districts were won by Democrats in 2012, and are being hotly contested again this year.
The court will hear argument during the winter.
The case is Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, 13-1314.
Governing rated the upcoming general election race between major party nominees Doug Ducey (R) and Fred DuVal (D) as a "Toss-up." That said, Independent registered voters are the largest voting bloc in Arizona and we are the key swing voters who will ultimately decide who will win the Governor's seat.
Our independent voter group (led by women) believes Fred DuVal is the most moderate candidate who should win the Arizona Governor election. Doug Ducey is too extreme and belongs to sexist groups that does not elect women as part of their membership. Extremist Tea Party darling and convicted felon Dinesh D’souza campaigned for Ducey. Ducey also believes that poor people should pay more taxes, and that Social Security is a “ponzi scheme” even though our elderly depends upon it.
Essentially, voting for Ducey would be more of the same with regard to Jan Brewer who destroyed Arizona's economy with her restrictionism and isolationist economic view when her unwaivering hand signed SB 1070. Independent voters watched Doug Ducey's attack ads against immigrants and those of Mexican descent in much the same way Brewer carried out with her hate political ads.
According to the AZ CENTRAL, DuVal, the Democratic nominee, believes Arizona's economy would revive, in time, after he boosts spending on the state's underfunded public-education system. While Ducey's extreme views of eliminating income tax would more than likely help spiral Arizona's economy downward.
Doug Ducey would be more of the same. Independent voters want and seek moderate politicos, and it's time for Arizona to stop being losers in both the GDP department as well as the education department. Vote for Fred DuVal for Arizona Governor.
Chicanos and American Latino Voters will VOTE despite the “Tea” DREAMers who are advocating for a boycott of the vote. These TeaDREAMers have not been transparent when they did not reveal they were working for and with Tea Party Republicans.
Independent voters are the largest voting bloc in Arizona surpassing Republican and Democratic voters. We become independent voters because we are tired of partisanship. That said, we are giving 2 thumbs down with regard to the nearly $10,000.00 salary increase state lawmakers are proposing. Our independent voter group will be hawkish with regard to which of the electors approve this idea considering the educational mess our State of Arizona is under.
More importantly, our neighboring state of New Mexico with similar demographics do not get paid a salary at all. New Mexico legislature is an unpaid volunteer citizens’ legislature, which means that members do not receive a salary for their public service.
Arizona lawmakers do not deserve a raise until we are no longer ranked 46 in the Nation as one of the worst states to be a kid. A short term goal for Arizona is to bring us out of the ranked position of 46 to at least 25 or better in order for independent voters to justify a pay increase with regard to legislative salaries.
Last Friday's Chicano / Latino Get Out The Vote at UNM was so successful, we are doing it again every Friday on campus until election day. We registered new voters and gave out political information with regard to an early vote rally encouraging voters to vote early in New Mexico.
Somos Independents - is a woman led independent registered voter group who encourages coming of age and new millennial voters to vote during the 2014 elections. Recently, we were in San Diego, California, registering brand new voters, and we are focusing on New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona areas in the greater Southwest.
Somos Independents is concentrating their efforts in the southwest leading up to a national campaign via "Cruise To The Polls" that targets Chicano and lowrider owners to remember to vote on November 4, 2014, election day. The campaign will kick off on November 1, 2014. Often times, Tea Party Republicans make the mistake of lumping all brown people together. Chicanos are proud Americans who are not ashamed of Mexican heritage and Cruise To The Polls creatively revives the Chicano movement and lowrider culture while mixing it in with our political responsibility Dr. Hector P. Garcia and "Corky" Gonzales-style. We have a duty to be a voice for our indigenous brothers and sisters who are undocumented and have no voting voice.
We will have a registration booth at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in an Outdoor Space on campus near the SUB Mall (1) South of SUB/Statues Sound/Bus Area.
What makes us different than other "Get Out The Vote" organizations that are out there is we educate and inform our audience who the immigrant friendly politicians are. It's one thing to say, "Go and vote" and another to give guidance to our gente (people) who the anti-immigrant politicians are.
We educate the difference between immigrant-friendly politicians and the bigots so that Chicano / Latino voters are well informed despite the smoke and mirrors politicians create.