Your Voice

“Alongside the future dreams of our children are the paths, actions and words of our past” … Olga Aros

 Your voices are heard:

  • On September 30, 2010,  eLatinaVoices was founded by Olga Aros and other active Latinas,  to empower Latinas to take political, social and economic action on behalf of children, women and families.
  • eLatinaVoices took a public position on the 14th Amendment and protecting the citizenship rights for children born on  American soil.
  • eLatinaVoices launches its  website on October 30, 2010 and initiates a membership drive.
  • Together with the Arizona Latino Caucus, eLatinaVoices  held a press conference to let Arizona know we would fight for the citizenship rights of our children.
  • The “We the Children” campaign was launched February 12, 2011 to deliver our message on the rights of children.
  • eLatinaVoices delivered our 14th Amendment position to every state legislator in Arizona.
  • A call  to legislative action by eLatinaVoices members resulted in countless calls and direct contact with legislators, press conferences, attendance at Senate hearings, letter writing campaigns and collaborative actions with other organizations on behalf of children born on American soil.
  • On March 11, 2011,  the birthright citizenship bills were defeated on the Senate floor through a bi-partisan vote of Republicans and Democrats. 
  • A  letter was sent to Senator Ron Gould, sponsor of the birthright citizenship legislative, pointing out the gains made in Arizona by not passing his sponsored bill.
  • A letter was sent by eLatinaVoices asking for a public apology from Senator Lori Klein for her actions during the Senate voting session on immigration and reading an invalidated letter written by a substitute teacher negatively stereotyping all Hispanic students.  
  • eLatinaVoices members were surveyed and as a result we joined the Recall Russell Pearce initiative.
  • eLatinaVoices convened a group of active children’s advocacy and civil rights organizations to collaborate on taking legislative action against  anti-immigration legislation and the birthright citizenship bills.
  • The “We the Children” campaign continues as we celebrate “El Dia de Los Ninos” on April 29 by encouraging children to voice their dreams through “Milagros”.  These will be delivered to President Obama, Governor Jan Brewer, state legislators and public officials to remind them of the importance of children to the future of Arizona.
  • On May 16, 2011, eLatinaVoices addressed the Regional Human Relations Commission, a commission representing  5 cities, and asked for their support of  a resolution supporting the Constitution, 14th Amendment and the right to birthright citizenship for children born on American soil.  Followup will be needed with each Commission of each city to assure a resolution is considered.  Cities include: Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix.  No westside cities were present?
  • On May 26, 2011 – After reviewing reports that Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office had neglected to investigate or address many cases involving the sexual assault on children, eLatinaVoices called on Sheriff Arpaio to resign from office.
  • June 30, 2011 – eLatinaVoices supports the Recall Pearce campaign and with over 10,300 District 18 voters signing onto the recall, a recall election will be announced by Governor Brewer the first week of August, 2011.
  • July 11, 2011 – Citizens for a Better Arizona were informed by the Secretary of State that they have enough valid signatures for the recall of Russell Pearce.  Russell Pearce was delivered a letter asking for his resignation. This is a historical moment when the voice of citizens who want a better Arizona will be heard.  eLatinaVoices supports the recall of Russell Pearce and encourages opponents to step up and challenge Russell Pearce.  Our children’s future is at stake.
  • Governor Jan Brewer sets a Pearce recall election for November 8, 2011 and at the same time sends out a letter of support for Senator Russell Pearce.
  • A citizen from District 18 files a challenge to the recall election.  The court hearing is set for August 8, 2011.
  • Jerry Lewis, a Mesa resident, educator and administrator announces his intent to run against Senator Russell Pearce.
  • July 30, 2011, eLatinaVoices will survey members to assess support for any challengers in District 18 and take action.
  • August 8, 2011, Superior Court judge throws out challenge to the Recall Russell Pearce.
  • September 1, 2011 – eLatinaVoices is invited by Horizonte to tape for upcoming show.  Olga Aros represents eLatinaVoices.
  • September 8, 2011 -eLatinaVoices will support Jerry Lewis, the challenger and frontrunner, running against Russell Pearce.  He is the “children’s candidate”.
  • September 8, 2011 – eLatinaVoices, represented by Olga Aros, is featured on PBS Eight – Horizonte promoting the online community.
  • September 14, 2011 – eLatinaVoices identified 11 elected officials who received the lowest ratings on support of children.  A letter was sent to the 11 legislators requesting an explanation.  Press release was  sent.  Followup with the identified legislators to follow.
  • eLatinaVoices has sent a letter to Olivia Cortes, candidate opposing Pearce and Lewis, asking her to drop out of recall election.  Cortes is considered a candidate working on behalf of Pearce and is not a legitimate independent candidate.
  • eLatinaVoices celebrates one year anniversary on September 30, 2011.  Event is held in District 18 and hosted by Bessie Payan, Wee Care Pediatrics. Invites candidate Jerry Lewis to discuss his candidacy and issues.  eLatinaVoices will support the Lewis campaign.
  • Olivia Cortes, labeled by the media as a “sham” candidate running in District 18 and supporting her opponent Russell Pearce drops out of the LD 18 race.  Name will remain on ballot
  • October 6, Russell Pearce and Jerry Lewis participate in debate.  Little difference on the issues, with the exception of immigration and style.
  • November 8, 2011, the most influential and powerful politician in Arizona, Russell Pearce, loses the recall election to Jerry Lewis.
  • Jerry Lewis is elected as the new Senate representative for District 18.  eLatinaVoices meets with Lewis to congratulate him and introduce eLatinaVoices.  Olga Aros and Bessie Payan represented eLatinaVoices.
  • eLatinaVoices called on the resignation of Sheriff Arpaio on May 26, 2011.  Now, December 9, 2011, we are joined by Representatives Raul Grijalva, Ed Pastor asking for his resignation.  Senators Kyl and McCain have asked for further investigation.  State Senator Steve Gallardo states Sheriff Arpaio has caused Arizona irreparable harm.  eLatinaVoices will continue to respond and support Arpaio’s ouster. 
  • January 4, 2012 – eLatinaVoices focused on the uninvestigated sex crimes by visiting with cities of El Mirage, Gila Bend and Guadalupe to secure facts on sex crimes against women and children. 
  • January 24, 2012 – Meeting with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit was held to discuss the 432 cases and disposition.  Audit was received and reviewed.
  • January 28, 2012 – eLatinaVoices participated in White House Hispanic Community Summit and hosted a discussion on children’s rights.
  • January 30 & 31 – Gave public comments to the Phoenix Human Relations Commission and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on the 432 uninvestigated cases of Sheriff Arpaio and begin meeting with City of Phoenix child sex crime cases (2,500) gone uninvestigated.
  •  On February 13, 2012 – eLatinaVoices met with the City of Phoenix Police Task Force assigned to investigate the 2,500 sex crimes that were mishandled, undocumented or uninvestigated.  We intend to make public comments at the public hearings setup by the Phoenix City Council on the police department’s handling of child sex crimes.
  • February 22, 2012 – eLatinaVoices members, Jana Granillo and Yvonne Faustino, joined other women on Channel 12, “EVB Live” to respond to the Republican Presidential Debate. Issues included health, jobs, economy, foreign policy, strength of Presidency and immigration, among others.
  • On March 7, 2012 – Olga Aros convened a meeting with Senator Linda Lopez, member of Senate Public Safety Committee to discuss the crimes against children and issues related to public trust in law enforcement.
  • On March 20, 2012 – Olga Aros and Jana Granillo made public comments to the City of Phoenix Public Safety Committee regarding the 2,500 sex crimes committed against children and the lack of action by the full City Council on this issue.  Child Sex Crime Unit has been strengthened, changes made in personnel and case management efficiencies.  City Council has a hiring freeze until 2015-16 with no new officer hires.
  • April 3, 2012 – eLatinaVoices members meet with PLEA to discuss concerns about child sex crimes and law enforcement.
  • April 4, 2012 – eLatinaVoices members meet with Senator Linda Lopez to discuss CPS backlog of reported child abuse and neglect cases, state funding and recommendations by CPS Task Force.
  • April 4, 2012 – National Latino Children’s Institute decides to collaborate with eLatinaVoices to host a National Latino Children’s Summit in Arizona in the fall for 200 children’s advocates.
  • April 10, 2012 – Jana Granillo and Olga Aros attend the Phoenix Women’s Commission meeting to address the issue of child sex crimes and the City of Phoenix Police Department.
  • April 18, 2012 – eLatinaVoices members meet with Mayor Greg Stanton to ascertain the level of priority regarding child sex crimes in the City of Phoenix.
  • April 30, 2012 – eLatinaVoices and the National Latino Children’s Institute convene the first meeting of the Latino Children’s Summit to take place on October 19-20, 2012. The Summit hosted at UA Virginia Piper Auditorium in Phoenix will bring 100’s of children’s advocates from all over the nation to Arizona to help set an agenda for Latino children well-being. The Arizona Latino Children’s Summit committee was formed.
  • May 16, 2012 – eLatinaVoices members meet with new Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia to discuss the status of Child Sex Crimes in Phoenix, Maricopa County and the State of Arizona.  The exchange will continue with the Phoenix Police Department until the issue of Child Sex Crimes is given a higher priority within the City of Phoenix.
  • June 11, 2012 – Met with Senator Linda Lopez on the issue of children’s safety and CPS.
  • June 13, 2012 – After review of ACAA Legislative Report card for 2011 Legislative session,  legislators rated 50% or less were notified that we would not be endorsing any legislator rated this low on legislation impacting children.
  • July-September 2012 – National Latino Summit Planning Group meet to plan for the October 19-20, 2012 Summit.  Olga Aros serves as 2012 Summit Chair and Arjelia Gomez, co-chair. Committee chairs January Contreras, Nanda Cordova, Dora Vasquez, Carmela Ramirez, Arjelia Gomez, Maria Jesus Cervantes, Guadalupe Valencia plan for the first Summit in Arizona for Latino children.
  • October 19-20, 2012.  Summit held with 250 attendees. National speakers Tom Saenz, MALDEF, Juan Andrade, NHLI, Sarita Brown, Excelencia, Carlos Arce joined the Summit.
  • October 24, 2012 – eLatinaVoices called press conference to denounce Sheriff Arpaio for nonfeasance in public office related to 432 uninvestigated crimes against women and children.
  • October 29, 2012 – eLatinaVoices issues its first slate of candidate endorsements for the November 6, election. A total of 30 candidates were endorsed and 23 elected to public office.
  • December, 2012 – eLatinaVoices will convene National Latino Children’s Summit in October 2014.  Summit planning committee being organized.
  • April 26, 2013 – eLatinaVoices exhibits at “El Dia de Los Ninos” City of Phoenix event.  Melissa Lopez is the coordinator.
  • April 30, 2013 – First planning meeting for 2014 Latino Children’s Summit.
  • May, 2013 – eLatinaVoices endorses Laura Pastor and Kate Gallegos for Phoenix City Council
  • October 2013 – AZaeyc invites eLatinaVoices to serve on advocacy panel.
  • February 2014 – Presentation to 2014 Latino Caucus on recommendations regarding Child Protective Services and need to address child abuse and neglect cases.
  • April 30, 2014 – Launching first “We the Children” Advocacy Awards and Scholarships with partner Latino Institute.  Held at A.E. England Bldg reception.  Recipients are Past Senator Linda Lopez and Representative Kate Brophy McGee. 12 hosting organizations join eLatinaVoices.

 

Your voices are making a difference in the lives of our children and in Arizona.  Help us continue our work by staying active and getting others to join us.

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