Arizona Poor Peoples Campaign: Midterm Election Statement 2018

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Reflecting on the recent election, we want to point out that the process of strategically mobilizing ordinary people proved highly effectual. The selection of the peoples’ candidates in certain cases shows the power of organizing, taking to the streets, collecting signatures, and knocking on doors. There were steps taken toward incremental change on behalf of education and humane policies and we should believe that the power of the people should not stop, but should do it again.

We want to recognize, and give credit, to the movement of the people. However, we can’t celebrate the process of the mobilization of the people, without also putting at the forefront, the populations of people who were held back from voting due to the suppressive political environment.

We demand the immediate full restoration, and expansion, of the Voting Rights Act.

We also demand an end to racist gerrymandering and redistricting, early registration of 17 and 18 year olds, the implementation of automatic registration to vote at the age of 18, early voting in every state, same-day registration, the enactment of Election Day as a holiday, and a verifiable paper record. We demand the right to vote for the formerly incarcerated.

We demand an end to placing persons on the federal bench who have a record of standing against voting rights.

We demand a clear and just immigration system that strengthens our democracy through the broad participation of everyone in this country. This includes providing a timely citizenship process that guarantees the right to vote. It also requires protecting immigrants’ abilities to organize for their rights in the workplace and in their communities without fear of retribution, detention or deportation.

We demand that First Nations, Native Americans and Alaskan Native people retain their tribal recognition as nations, not races, to make substantive claims to their sovereignty, and that voting is accessible for populations on the reservation.

Do not be complacent now that the election is over.

The results of the election amount to affecting the conditions under which we organize — but we must continue to come together and fight for the natural rights for all existence until the days of peace and justice arise.

Before 2020, we want to emphasize, it is the demand of the people to be granted equal access to voting, no matter what.

This election has shown the need for accountability, and ability for individuals, to verify their vote is counted accurately on a local & national level. Poor people and marginalized communities continue to be the target of voter suppression efforts. Arizona Poor Peoples’ Campaign remains dedicated to fighting for democracy by organizing among the people and collaborating with local organizations. We call for Arizona citizens to join in this effort to affect greater community representation to be acted upon by elected officials.

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