Immigrant Youth, Latinx, Black, and Indigenous Communities Propel Arizona’s Flip to Blue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 7th, 2020

Media Contact: Abril Gallardo | press@luchaaz.org | 602–503–7015

Voters Rejected Hate, Xenophobia, and White Supremacy from Trump and Republicans

PHOENIX — It’s official! The nation has flipped from red to blue. And Arizona’s youth and voters of color brought on the most significant victory for progressive elected officials and policies in recent history. In response to the results, Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) has released the following statement:

Co-Directors of LUCHA, Alejandra Gomez and Tomas Robles, Jr.:

“In Arizona and across the country, we have seen our communities show up in record numbers to reject hate, xenophobia, and white supremacy. More than 2.5 million Arizonans voted by mail and hundreds of thousands voted in person. This is the result of decades of work to ensure that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities are represented.

Today, we are witnessing the beginning of a healing process, where voters blatantly rejected Trump’s nativism and racism. Voters decided and they showed up for immigrant youth and their families. They showed up for people with pre-existing conditions. They showed up for our planet and climate change. And they showed up for workers’ and women’s rights. Voters were there for all of our loved ones who left us too early as a result of Trump’s failure during COVID-19.

Now, we turn the page and start a new chapter, knowing that our efforts have gotten us to this victory. We are ready to continue to push for bold, innovative and unapologetic agendas that center the needs of our communities. For the last decade many grassroots organizations with little to no resources built spaces for our communities to participate in and build their political power to achieve this victory. We changed the electorate by continuing to invest in our members who have made sure our community has a voice and seat at the table. From endorsements, to calls and knocks made, our members will continue leading and deciding. This is the Arizona we have built collectively and we will not let the leaders we helped elect forget it. Our eyes are set towards our path forward and winning more victories for our people. ”

Yenni Sanchez, 21-year-old DACA Recipient and LUCHA member :

“For the past decade, young mixed-status voters in Arizona have played a critical role to build the community and electoral power we have right now. Many of us have DACA and are part of immigrant families. I made hundreds of calls and put my health on the line to come out and knock on doors to make sure we elected Joe Biden and Mark Kelly into office and I did it because the lives of my loved ones were on the line. I am ready to continue to be bold and unapologetic about my demands for policies that provide a permanent solution for me, my parents and the rest of Black and Brown immigrants, our planet and working families in this county .”

LUCHA, alongside partners like Mi Familia Vota, Our Voice Our Vote, CASE Action, Chispa Arizona, and Progress Arizona, have been building and leading for this very moment. Together, we founded the MiAZ coalition that knocked on 1.5 million doors for the 2020 campaign cycle. And LUCHA, specifically, has been operating as a statewide organization, with offices in Pima, Coconino and Maricopa Counties, and had incredible milestones this year. For example:

This election season, LUCHA launched the #LUCHABlue Campaign that yielded to knocking on more than 58,000 doors and made over 2.7 million calls to Arizona voters.

LUCHA ran it’s largest digital, radio, TV, billboards and print ads, targeting Latinx voters across the battleground state of Arizona that generated more than 105,000,000 million impressions. These ads included 9 unique Spanish and English radio spots in 16 radio stations, targeting the Latinx community in Maricopa, Pima and Coconino counties.

With almost 2.8 million ballots casted, Arizona participation already broke record from the 2016 election.

Latino voter turnout in Arizona nearly doubled, representing the highest number of Latinx voters in the history of the Grand Canyon State.

This year, LUCHA members also endorsed and supported candidates that are from our communities — candidates that have knocked on doors with us and that have organized and want to co-govern with us. We are proud of to celebrate the following endorsed candidates who won their seats:

Raquel Teraán | AZ House of Representatives LD 30

Charlene Fernandez | AZ House of Representatives LD 4

Martin Quezada | AZ Senate LD 29

Reginald Bolding | AZ House of Representatives LD 27

Diego Rodriguez | AZ House of Representatives LD 27

Juan Mendez | AZ State Senate LD 26

Athena Salman | AZ House of Representatives LD 26

Adelita Grijalva | Pima County Board of Supervisor District 5

Domingo Degrazia | AZ House of Representatives LD 10

Andres Cano | AZ House of Representatives LD 3

Gabriella Cazares-Kelly | Pima County Recorder

Richard Andrade | AZ House of Representatives LD 29

Stephanie Stahl-Hamilton | AZ House of Representatives LD 10

Kirsten Engel | AZ State Senate LD 10

Kelli Butler | AZ House of Representatives LD 28

Victoria Steele | AZ State Senate LD 9

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) is a nonprofit membership-led, grassroots organization that builds power with Arizona’s working families.