Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus supports efforts to remove, rename state Confederate monuments

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX- Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus Co-chairs Rep. Diego Espinoza, D-Tolleson (District 19), and Sen. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe (District 26), support removing or renaming the state's six Confederate monuments.  Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-Phoenix (District 27), and other community leaders are championing this effort. Espinoza and Mendez released this joint statement in response:

"The members of the Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus fully support removing or renaming Confederate monuments in our state. We stand with Representative Bolding and all the organizations calling for immediate action on this issue from Governor Ducey and the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names.

"The implications of continued celebration of the Confederacy are shameful, and they affect all people of color. It's past time to put an end to this so we can build an inclusive future."

The bipartisan Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus has 17 members from both the state House and Senate. Members hold strategic leadership positions and promote legislation and policies that directly affect Latinos in Arizona. The caucus also encourages more Latinos to engage in the political process through public policy and community events.