Las Adelitas was formed in Tucson, Arizona in the summer of 2001 to support the congressional campaign of U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva. The co-founders of Las Adelitas rallied around his progressive policy platform, and came together in support of his candidacy which was rooted in advocacy for Latina/o community and family issues.
The organization played a role in the success of his campaign, and continued on to organize local Latinas around voter registration and in support of other candidates working on behalf of ourselves and our families.
Las Adelitas later began to host annual speaking panels at local high schools, featuring successful Latina community leaders and training tools to help young minority women achieve success. Las Adelitas also partnered with other women’s organizations to put on educational forums and candidate trainings to encourage young Latinas to run for office.
In 2009, Las Adelitas became Las Adelitas Arizona and established a Political Action Committee in order to help finance candidates working on behalf of Latinas and their families. The shift to Las Adelitas Arizona was intended to lay the groundwork for future expansion to statewide activity, and the organization currently has membership based out of Tucson, Phoenix, Nogales, and Yuma.
Las Adelitas Arizona has continued to advocate for community education and increased engagement of Latinas in the political process. This has included sponsoring candidate trainings for members, volunteering for citizenship workshops, raising funds for organizations and issues important to our membership and community, working for candidates that support us, and educating membership on important issues impacting our families.
In 2012, Las Adelitas Arizona was recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, 501c4, marking a major milestone in the development of the organization.
We continue supporting candidates and issues important to Latinas and their families, and are the only non-profit organization focused on Latina civic engagement in Arizona today. Join us!