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Arizona voters stand in line at a polling place to cast their ballot during the midterm elections in 2022.

GOP Sen. Anthony Kern wants voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to make it harder for voters in the Grand Canyon State to ever amend the Constitution again, an idea that critics say would erode Arizonans’ rights to direct democracy. Read more»

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema intentionally went into the bathroom at ASU on Oct. 3 to avoid meeting with a group of activists because she believed that recording someone inside a bathroom is a crime - now, one of the protestors could face deportation. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was filmed in a bathroom at Arizona State University on Oct. 6, 2021, by a protester with LUCHA who wanted the senator to hear about the struggles her family faces without immigration reform.

The Arizona State University Police Department has asked county prosecutors to charge four people with misdemeanors after a protest against U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema interrupted a class she was teaching and ended with an activist following her into a bathroom. Read more»

Matthew Marquez, Arizona campaign director for the Working Families Party, speaks to rallygoers urging Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to support President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda. The party describes itself as a multiracial party that fights for 'workers over bosses and people over the powerful.'

Progressives upset with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema took their protests directly to the Arizona Democrat this weekend, ambushing her in public spaces three times to get answers on immigration reform and spending on social programs. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema sits silently as immigration reform advocate Karina Ruiz, right, confronted her on an airplane flying from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4, 2021.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona ignored Karina Ruiz, a local leader who advocates for immigrant communities, when the activist approached her on a flight to Washington, D.C., Monday to urge the senator to commit to passing a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. Read more» 1

People march for immigrant rights in Los Angeles in September 2017.

The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. Read more»

Latinos make up one-quarter of all registered voters in Arizona and their presence had an impact in the 2020 elections as the state shifted blue. One analyst credits early grassroots organizing for keeping Republicans from making inroads with Latino voters, as they did in parts of Florida and Texas.

Democrats looking to win the Latino vote should take their cues from Arizona, which was held up as a “shining example” of how it’s done by the author of an election post-mortem on the Latino vote. Nuestro PAC said months of advance grassroots work by organizations like LUCHA and Mi Familia Vota paved the way for an increase in Latino voting in Arizona, a historically red state where Democrat Joe Biden eked out a presidential victory by less than 11,000 votes. Read more»

Latinos in Arizona helped bend the presidential vote toward Democrat Joe Biden. Mi Familia Vota was among the organizations that worked to get out the vote Tuesday.

Latino voters fueled by the Trump administration’s failures to curb COVID-19 and the lingering impact of the anti-immigration law known as SB 1070 helped turn Arizona blue after decades of entrenched Republican rule, according to organizers who have spent years working toward this moment. Read more»

Members of several grassroots organizations in Arizona stand during hearings for Senate Bill 1032. Opponents say it amounts to voter suppression, while supporters say it gives county recorders more flexibility.

Senate Bill 1032 would throw out a vote if the envelope containing the ballot wasn’t signed as required – that signature confirms the person is registered to vote and voted on the ballot tucked inside. Read more»

Effective Jan. 1, workers who make less than $35,568 a year will have to be paid time and a half for any work over 40 hours a week, an increase from the old threshold of $23,660 that had not been changed in 15 years. But the increase iks far below what was proposed by the Obama administration and will protect millions fewer workers.

As many as 20,000 Arizona workers could be guaranteed overtime pay when they do overtime work under a Labor Department rule that took effect Jan. 1, the first change to the rule since 2004. Read more» 1

Gina Mendez, a community organizer, notes law-enforcement confrontations with riders on public transit elsewhere in the country. 'Within the past month, we’ve seen an increase in police, an increase of security guards, we’ve seen an increase of people being criminalized for poverty,' she says.

On Friday, an immigration advocacy group led a protest of about 30 people at the Valley Metro office downtown, demanding Valley Metro stop working with Phoenix police on fare payment crackdowns. Read more»

Pedestrians line up at the border checkpoint in Calexico, California, in this file photo. The 'public charge' rule has long been a part of U.S. immigration law, but critics say the Trump administration’s expansion of the law will hit low-income migrants and will create confusion and distrust in immigrant communities.

Changes in the “public charge” immigration policy were temporarily blocked by federal judges in three states on Friday, days before they were set to go into effect this week. Read more»

For the first time in more than half a century, Mexicans make up less than half the total undocumented immigrant population in the U.S., the Pew report says.

Undocumented immigration from Mexico has dropped so significantly over a decade that Mexicans no longer make up the majority of those living in the U.S. illegally, according to a Pew Research Center report. Read more»

The Census Bureau reported this week that voter turnout was up across the board in 2018, but a new study of Latino voters in Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Florida said their turnout was up sharply and contributed to Democratic advances in those states.

A new report says Latinos are on track to be the largest minority voting group in 2020, when an estimated 32 million will be eligible to vote. Read more»

Jazmin Nuñez volunteers at the Phoenix LUCHA office and said the fight is not over yet.

Jazmin Nuñez was born in the United States, and therefore is a citizen-but her sister is not. That’s why for the past month, Nuñez has worked hard to help people do what her own sister can’t — renew their DACA status. Read more»

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