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Instituto is an Arizona affiliate of the Movement Voter Project.

Organization Launches As Arizona Becomes a Battleground State

Instituto press release.

Media Contact: Nuvia Enriquez


Organization Launches As Arizona Becomes a Battleground State

PHOENIX - Arizona is a battleground state. The 2020 election is bound to mark the destinies of Arizonans and communities all over the country. To prepare for this important election, Instituto launches to build up established and emerging progressive leaders across the state.

WHAT: Official launch party for Instituto: A New Day

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Co+Hoots, 221 E. Indianola Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012

WHY: Arizona will be a pivotal state in 2020 as the state is considered a battleground. The Grand Canyon state is on track to become a majority-minority state by 2028, outpacing the nation by more than 10 years, and voter participation in the last elections has reached all-time highs. In 2016, Latinos made up nine percent of all voters. By 2012, 27 percent of all votes were cast by Latinos. In 2016, there was an increase of nearly 35 percent from 2012 numbers, and in 2018, these voters participated at a Presidential election level on a midterm election.

“For over a decade, local organizations lead by young people of color have fought against injustice, prejudice and draconian policies,” says Luis Avila, founder of Instituto. “It is time for us to identify and support this talent, scale their work and help individuals build sustainable organizations that advance progressive policies during and after the elections.”[1]


Instituto’s mission is to build sustained political power of voters of color and low-income communities in Arizona.[2]

The 2019 Monzón Fellows

We received over seventy nominations for the first cohort of Instituto’s Monzón Fellowship, so it was no easy task, but ultimately seventeen of Arizona’s most promising emerging leaders were chosen. We want to congratulate every single one of our 2019 Fellows!

Intituto’s 2019 Monzón Fellows (in alphabetical order):