Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Miranda pushes to establish the National Museum for the American Latino in the Smithsonian

Miranda leads National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators in recognizing contributions and achievements of Latino Americans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The National Museum for the American Latino is one step closer to being established within the world-renowned Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, thanks to the leadership of Arizona State Senator Catherine Miranda (LD-27).    
Senator Miranda

Miranda introduced a resolution for consideration at last weekend’s National Convention of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) in Chicago, Illinois. The resolution, which passed unanimously, recognizes the numerous contributions to society and culture that Latino Americans have made since prior to the founding of the United States of America. 

“Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States, and have fought for America in every conflict since its inception. Their contributions have been under-recognized in history books, and in National museums such as the Smithsonian,” said Miranda. A report issued by The Smithsonian in 1994 titled Willful Neglect supports Miranda’s statement, confirming that Latinos are tremendously underrepresented throughout its institution.

The resolution re-affirms NHCSL’s support and endorsement of the passage of two related bills, H.R. 2911 and S. 1364, which establish a National Museum for the American Latino within the Smithsonian Institution in the National Mall. These bills were created in 2011 in response to a bipartisan report by a commission created by then President George W. Bush and Congressional leadership to examine the need and viability of a Latino Museum within the Smithsonian.  

According to the bills, the Museum will be “devoted to the documentation and explication of Latino life, art, history and culture.” 

Miranda, who represents the largely Latino 27th Legislative District, was pleased with the resolution’s passing. “This is a small step in the right direction. This resolution was sent to the President and Hispanic leadership in the Senate, and we’re hoping they will work together to recognize these invaluable contributions to our country’s history.”

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sen. Dalessandro chosen as NCEL State Lead for Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Andrea Dalessandro (LD-2) has been selected as the Arizona State Lead for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). This position recognizes the leadership of Senator Dalessandro both within the Caucus and for promoting smart and effective environmental policy in Arizona. 
Sen. Dalessandro

"I've been a member of the National Caucus of Environments Legislators since I was first elected to the Arizona Legislature in 2013 because I believe that we must take an active role in protecting and conserving our environment. To not do so will have devastating repercussions for our economy and future generations," said Senator Dalessandro. "I'm honored that my colleagues at NCEL have named me the state lead for Arizona and I look forward to leading our efforts here."

The State Lead program was created to help formalize the membership structure within NCEL. In this position, Senator Dalessandro will serve as the main point of contact in the state, coordinating in-state engagements and educating her colleagues about NCEL as a resource. 

Created by and for state legislators, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,000 environmentally-committed state legislators from all 50 states and both parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.

“State leads are a crucial element for a thriving network like NCEL,” said Jeff Mauk, Executive Director of NCEL. “The Caucus is led by legislators, so the Leads provide an active conduit of information and organizing that engage their colleagues across the country." 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Statement on Shooter expulsion

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Leaders of the Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statement on the expulsion of Don Shooter from the House of Representatives:

“We applaud the swift action taken by the House today in expelling Mr. Shooter from office. It's important that the integrity of the Legislature be maintained, but even more important is sending the message that sexual harassment will not be tolerated and anyone who experiences it should feel empowered by today's vote to report. What a shameful and unnecessary day in the history of our state."