Las Adelitas Arizona Post Election Statement
Tucson, Arizona – We all share in the grief and disappointment that this past election has dealt us. We took our time to process the outcome. These times are uncertain and the futures of so many of our community members seem frightening. But at this historical seeming moment we must remember all the times our people before us took up the cause and pushed for justice and equity. While the presidential election has potential devastating effects on Latino communities, underneath that shadow are important victories including from some of our endorsed candidates.
We have new Latina mayors Anna Tovar and Mila Besich-Lira for the towns of Tolleson and Superior. We have strong leadership and Indigenous representation in the Arizona House and Senate with Wenona Benally and Jamescita Peshlakai. Rebecca Rios and Charlene Fernandez were elected Minority Leader and Minority Whip of the Arizona House of Representatives, respectively, by their peers in the Democratic caucus. Rosanna Gabaldón, Olivia Cajero Bedford, and Lisa Otondo all won re-election to their seats for Legislative districts 2, 3 and 4.
We are also heartened to see the defeat of Maricopa’s Sherriff Joe Arpaio in favor of Paul Penzone in a campaign largely led by Latinx activists. These activists had grown up with fear of Arapio but have now grown to see the efficacy of their political power. This election is a call to action. Now, more than ever, we need to organize. Trump will be held accountable for his actions as president. We need a country that we can be proud of and that represents all of us. Our mission did not change with this election and neither did our commitment to our community. Please visit www.lasadelitasarizona.com for more information about volunteering in our community and about our Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Scholarship which promotes the advancement of Latinas in higher education.
Take your time, gather yourself, ensure the safety of yourself and your family, and when you are ready to organize and fight we are ready to fight alongside with you. Adelante.
Las Adelitas Arizona PAC encourages Latinas in Arizona to participate in the political process and support progressive issues.