Tomas E. Robles, Jr.
Tomas E. Robles, Jr. currently serves as Co- Executive Director of Arizona Center for Empowerment. A member-driven organization that has played a key role the recent movement in Arizona to bring attention to wage inequality and worker rights through various campaigns in the past few years. Tomas became involved in grassroots organizing and activism after Senate Bill 1070, an anti-immigration bill that would have led to racial-profiling in Arizona, passed. Tomas became a community organizer in 2010 helping to promote civic engagement and comprehensive immigration reform. Since then, Tomas has worked with various organizations working various issues such as immigrant and worker rights, Veteran's issues and housing discrimination.
Tomas is the son of Mexican immigrants, born in Tucson, AZ, and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Transborder studies with an emphasis on immigration policy and economy.
Reclaiming Our Victories
Detroit Action was live. November 4 2020.
Battleground: Reclaiming Our Victories.
Organizations that have been organizing and let the Get Out The Vote in different battleground states come together to share about the powerful transformation in their states.
- Becca Guerra - Democracy Alliance
- Alejandra Gomez and Tomas E. Robles, Jr. - LUCHA
- Andrea Mercado, The New Florida Majority
- Art Reyes, We The People Michigan
- Brianna Brown and Michelle Tremillo, Texas Organizing Project
- Nse Ufot, New Georgia Project
- Branden, Detroit Action
Last but not least is Arizona, which Trump won by 91,234 votes in 2016. In this state, Seed the Vote partners with Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), which advocates for the rights of the state’s large Latinx population, and has been wildly successful.
In a 2019 New York Times op-ed, LUCHA founders Alejandra Gomez and Tomas E. Robles, Jr. state that Democrats “have long treated communities of color as instruments of someone else’s power rather than core progressives who should be instruments of their own power.” This is despite the fact that there are 1.2 million eligible Latino voters in Arizona, making them a highly impactful voter base.
In the years since its creation, LUCHA has launched a highly successful reclamation of that power. In the 2020 August primaries, 14 of the 15 legislative and county candidates LUCHA supported were victorious. In the primaries, LUCHA endorsed Sanders. The organization hasn’t openly endorsed Biden, but its work hasn’t stopped, and the mission is clear: kick Trump out of office.
Lucha Arizona people
Lucha Arizona November 10, 2015;
Today, we made history!
Thank you to all the community, organizations, and elected officials, volunteers but above all, thank you to the brave and courageous workers who are standing up for all workers in the country for the #fightfor15 — with Pita J. Samayoa, , Anabel Maldonado, Yosselin Benavides, Xochitl Rayas, Viridiana Hernandez, Natacha Chavez, Anel Luisa Mercado, Patrick Morales, Andrea Adum, Raquel Teran, Ian Danley, Araceli Becerra, Ken Chapman, Esmeralda Garcia, Richard Andrade, Tomas E. Robles, Jr., Cristina Gallardo-Sanidad, Aldo Gonzalez, Chris Fleischman, Antonio Valdovinos and Michael Angulo at LUCHA - Living United for Change in Arizona.
Arizona for Bernie Sanders
Belen Sisa February 23, 2016;
With Dru Talero, Shayna Stevens, Bren Pantilione, Jose Miranda, Tomas E. Robles, Jr., Channel Powe, Dan O'Neal, Jesus Gonzalez Jauregui, Chris Fleischman, Patrick Morales, Aldo Gonzalez and Alejandra Gomez at Our Revolution - Arizona for Bernie Sanders.
One Arizona people
Kirkpatrick for Arizona
Michelle Robertson, May 21, 2016.