Petra Falcon, third from left at table; Raquel Teran, stands in support behind Petra.
When I was an intern for Promise Arizona some of the leaders spent extra time with me, helping me understand what needed to be done. One tireless leader is Raquel Teran, who has worked for immigration reform for years, including with the Reform Immigration For America effort.
Raquel is writing to ask people to donate to a wonderful organization. In the aftermath of the bomb blast of unjust laws, while people were wandering the streets, lost, while they held a vigil at the Capitol, Promise was born. This is a membership organization which sparks the hopes of a generation of young people.
If you have a little extra this year I hope you will think of Promise Arizona as a great place to put the money to work. They manage money very well, so it goes to the effort and not into administration. They have clear goals for immigration reform and have helped a legion of people find power at the polls.
Many people cannot spend the time away from work and family to take on the critical battle for justice in Arizona. What I am asking, what Petra Falcon is asking and what a wonderful mentor named Raquel Teran is asking, if you can’t give your time, would you at least donate a little money?
If you make your donation before the end of the year there may be tax benefits on April 15th. If it is after the first of the year, the funds will be appreciated just as much, with the tax benefits available the following year. Any way you look at it, the funds are a great investment in the future of our great nation.
Thanks to Sue Chinn, Petra Falcon and Raquel Teran for their great work and sacrifices for an immigrant community still reeling from the fallout of SB 1070.
Chris Torres, who was the field director, was a wonderful guide who challenged us to do our very best every day. He has a knack for helping people find the best within themselves, and then using that to better the cause of human rights and reform.
2010 was a challenging year for us here in Arizona. We experienced the passage and signing of SB1070, the most anti-immigrant bill in the country, which suddenly made us the nation’s battlefront for immigrant rights. From that fire arose extraordinary and inspiring leaders. People who were never engaged in civic life suddenly became engaged in actively transforming injustice into power for the immigrant community. Since April 2010, Promise Arizona organizers and leaders achieved remarkable accomplishments as they:
Mobilized over 10,000 people to the Arizona state capitol for a vigil that lasted 103 days to demand an end to SB1070.
Registered 13,040 new voters
Recruited and trained over 1,5000 volunteers
Ran a 3-week nonpartisan "Get Out the Vote" effort during which canvassers knocked on 37,120 doors & contacting 9,877 voters
Your support this past year has enabled a new set of leaders from Arizona with the tools and resources possible to transform the politics of Arizona to one of justice for all people. Thank you.
But we have much more to do and we can’t do it without your continued support in 2011.
Can I please rely on you to make a year-end donation to Promise Arizona today? Its not too late to make a tax-deductible year-end donation. Click here to donate now.
Your online donation directly fuels the courageous efforts at the frontlines of the fight for immigrant rights. With your help, we can support more organizers and volunteers on the ground by providing them with resources and trainings. We can initiate more meetings with members of our state legislators and create the impact we’ll need to win the fight for just and fair immigration reform.
You can support us by giving what you can with a tax-deductible year-end donation to Promise Arizona today.
(Above Promise Arizona leaders receiving MVO award at RootsCamp) Receiving the Most Valuable Campaign at RootsCamp validated our approach and belief that, the people of Arizona have the ability to transform injustice to power through a grassroots approach to organizing.
With only three days left, we are counting on you to help us reach our year-end funding goal. As a Promise Arizona supporter, you understand the significance of this moment for immigrant families across the country, and particularly Arizona.
It's impossible to overstate this truth: the power we build now — today — will have a big impact in this upcoming year.
Thank you for your help in our shared endeavor.
P.S. Please forward this email to a friend and ask them to get involved! Remember; give any amount before December 31st to secure your tax deduction (If you would like to write a check for your donation, please mail it to: 2106 W. Van Buren St. Phoenix, Arizona 85009)
Petra Falcon and the leaders at Promise Arizona are my mentors. They have shown us the way to empowerment in the community. They give of themselves endlessly, and ask nothing in return. Thanks to these hard workers for the cause of immigration reform!
This painting hangs in the Promise facility, and was painted by one of the immigrants who volunteered.
Remember SB 1070 and a vicious congress which sacrificed the immigrant community so they could become famous. They set Arizona up for the loss of millions of dollars, forced 200,000 refugees to flee the state, and have set the state up for years of expensive legal battles. At the end of the day, their solutions did nothing for immigration reform, but they sent a clear anti-Hispanic message to all of us.
I often wonder what happened to my country. As I write this two Viet Nam veterans are facing deportation after being in the country for 50 years! I trust Petra Falcon, Sue Chinn,
Raquel Teran and others to restore the Grand Canyon State to a degree of sanity, but they can’t do it alone! Please help out if you can. It is not about tax breaks, though there may be some. It is about justice! Please make a donation with your heart for those who are working to help the people who have nothing.
Veterans for Promise Arizona