Tomas E. Robles, Jr.

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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.[1]

Reclaiming Our Victories

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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.

2020 election

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;

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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;

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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

Ian Danley, center Tomas E. Robles, Jr., second from right

Kirkpatrick for Arizona

Michelle Robertson, May 21, 2016.

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With Cesar Aguilar, Ryan D. Winkle, Athena Salman, Timothy Castro, Juan Mendez, Bill Mundell, Isela Blanc, Joe Downs, Patrick Morales, Adrian Fontes, Paul J. Penzone and Tomas E. Robles, Jr..

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