Thursday, December 20, 2018

Chavez, Navarrete Elected Latino Caucus Co-Chairs

PHOENIX, State Capitol Senator-elect Tony Navarrete and Representative Cesar Chavez were elected on Wednesday to lead the bi-partisan Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus as co-chairs. Navarrete, of Phoenix, was just elected to the Senate after serving District 30 in the House for two years. Chavez, also of Phoenix, has served District 29 since 2017. Both Navarrete and Chavez are also members of the Arizona LGBTQ Caucus.
Incoming House member Lorenzo Sierra of Avondale in District 19 was elected Caucus Secretary. Sierra was a longtime member of the Avondale City Council before running for the Legislature.
“Latinos comprise more than 31 percent of Arizona’s population, which means that policy should be representative of its community," Chavez said. "As Co-Chair of the Caucus, my promise is to advocate for parity whether it is for employment, education, or healthcare. We need to ensure that the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus is not overlooked when these decisions are being made within the legislature or within the numerous industries that Latinos represent.”  

"The Latino community represents the future of Arizona," Navarrete said. "It is critical that the Governor and Legislature work closely with the Latino Caucus to ensure all Arizona families have an opportunity to live healthy lives and thrive economically. As the newly elected Co- Chair along with Representative Chavez and Secretary Representative-Elect Sierra, we are committed to leading the state's largest legislative caucus with transparency and collaboration." 

Sierra added, "According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, it was found that Latino Americans are more likely than the general U.S. population to believe in the core elements of the mythical American Dream. As legislators from majority Latino districts, Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus co-chairs Senator-elect Tony Navarrete, Representative Cesar Chavez and I see this in the people we are privileged to serve. We intend to work with the entire ALLC to ensure we are doing all we can to ensure Arizona Latinos have a fair shot at achieving the American Dream."

The bipartisan Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus has 27 members from both the state House and Senate. Members hold strategic leadership positions and promote legislation and policies that directly affect Latinos in Arizona. The caucus also encourages Latinos to engage in the political process through public policy and community events.


Friday, December 07, 2018

Arizona Indigenous Peoples Caucus Statements on Murder of Amanda Dakota Webster

PHOENIX, State Capitol Current members and members-elect of the Arizona Legislative Indigenous Peoples Caucus today released the following statements regarding the murder investigation of Amanda Dakota Webster, a 26-year-old mother of three from Cameron on the Navajo Nation. Webster's life was taken Dec. 2 in Kentucky, where she was employed as a welder. A suspect is in custody.

From Senator Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Window Rock
“Amanda Dakota Webster, of the Diné people, child of Towering House and Bitterwater clans, was a daughter, granddaughter, mother and welder working for the American dream. Our country failed her with the nightmare of hardship and violence, but we cannot fail to act for her three children as they begin their journey of life motherless. Public safety, mental healthcare, social justice and political leadership are all equally up for scrutiny, accountability and change.”  

From Senator-elect Victoria Steele, D-Tucson
"We implore the State of Kentucky to fully investigate the death of Amanda Dakota Webster. The lives of Indigenous women are precious and should be honored, not dismissed or disregarded."

From Senator-elect Sally Ann Gonzales, D-Tucson
"We must honor Amanda's life by ensuring that her death is fully investigated, therefore we ask all the Kentucky State authorities to do their jobs to bring justice to Amanda, her three children, her family and community." 

From Representative Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle
"My heart goes out to the family of Amanda Webster, especially her sons, as they grieve during this very difficult time. The outpouring of sentiments expressed by those who knew Amanda show that we lost someone very special. May our Creator be with her soul and all those who begin the long road to healing and recovery. We must deliver justice to the neglected epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and ensure perpetrators are held fully accountable for their actions. We owe it to the many families who've suffered great loss."

From Representative Wenona Benally, D-Window Rock
"The Native community has lost another beautiful life, taken tragically by senseless violence. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and children of Amanda Dakota Webster. We call on the state of Kentucky to join us in seeking justice for Amanda’s loved ones. We must continue to seek justice for her and the countless number of Indigenous women and girls whose lives continue to be stolen from us each day."

From Representative-elect Jennifer Jermaine, D-Chandler
"My heart aches for the family of Amanda Webster and the Diné people. We implore the State of Kentucky to fully investigate her murder." 

From Representative-elect Myron Tsosie, D-Chinle & Representative-elect Arlando Teller, D- Chinle
"Our sincerest condolences to Ms. Amanda Dakota Webster's Family, especially to her three children. We stand in unity to demand the State of Kentucky seek justice. We will address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. As Diné, we are obligated to care for Ms. Webster's three children and keep them close to our hearts.