RedforEd March and Rally has huge turnout on Thursday, organizers vow to return on Friday

At the start of the march at 11:00 a.m., Phoenix police in an unofficial estimate said there were roughly 30,000 people at #red4ed walkout march, saying it spans at least 1.5 miles. Police later said they are not releasing official estimates.

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While Phoenix police are not releasing an official count of the crowd size at the march and the Capitol rally, Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego tweeted that police had told her the crowd was at about 50,000.

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The crowd filled the entire Capitol lawn, overflowing into Wesley Bolin Plaza and the surrounding streets.

At 1:30 p.m., organizers announced they would be ending the event early due to the heat, which hit 95 degrees. There were reports of people collapsing from the heat.

Organizers announced they will return to the Capitol at 10 a.m. Friday.

There will be no march tomorrow, just a rally at the Capitol.

Organizers vowed that the crowd would return tomorrow and continue to make its statement.

h/t complied from The Arizona Republic live reports.

 

 

A Sea of Red at the Arizona State Capitol Wanting Better Schools for Children

Red for Ed RallyToday was a great day for business at the Thursday State Capital Farmers Market as new customers in the form of education stakeholders involved with the functioning of our public schools came to the Capitol grounds, rallying for a better education and school climate for children.

With news helicopters hovering over the capital and public safety and state troopers making sure traffic safely proceeded, the education stakeholders (students, parents, support staff, educators, community members, aspiring and current office holders including Senate Pages) started arriving before 10:00 a.m.

They came from schools all over the valley. They were from elementary, middle, and high schools. Universities were there to show support. They traveled in cars. They filled and came in light rail trains. They mostly wore red shirts that featured slogans like “Save our Schools,” “Strong Schools, Strong State,” “Red for Ed,” and “Educators Strike Back.”
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A Pyrrhic Victory in Arizona Congressional District 8 for Republicans

Hiral Tepernini and Debbie Lesko

Dr. Hiral Tepernini got 82,318 votes, or 47.4%, but lost closely to Debbie Lesko, who got 91,390 votes, or 52.6%.

There was only one bit of good news for Republicans in the Arizona Congressional District Eight Election yesterday evening. Their candidate, soon to be Freedom Caucus Member Debbie Lesko, did win. Everything else was bad news for them. The reasons are as follows:

  • President Trump won this district by 21 points. Lesko won by only a little over five. The Democrat, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, and her team ran an excellent race, campaigning on health care, retirement security, and funding public education. She made inroads among Republicans and Independents outperforming how Secretary Clinton did in virtually every precinct.
  • The Democrats put up a fight. Dr. Tipirneni was the first Democrat to fight for this seat in six years. She and her people are smart and should learn how to build on their performance last night just in time for the electoral rematch this  November.
  • Enthusiasm is with the Democrats and Progressives for a variety of reasons ranging from an awakening for progressive solutions and disenchantment/disgust with what the President and his allies on the national and state stage offer.
  • The Republicans spent over a $1,000,000 in a “safe” district. The Democrats are probably hoping they drain their bank accounts on more of these “safe” districts. With her performance, Dr. Tipireni will probably get more attention from the National Party and small donors who see a very “gettable” seat in November.
  • This was the most conservative district in the State. Imagine what other strong Democrats can do, if recruited, in the other Congressional Districts in Arizona.

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Educators and their supporters line up on Baseline Road from Apache Junction to Laveen

In a show of solidarity before the teacher walkout starts today, the community of Maricopa County lined up with educators along Baseline Road from Apache Junction to Laveen from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to show the Governor and the Republican-led State Legislature that the fight to achieve fair compensation for their children’s instructors and support staff,  restore full  funding for their child’s schools, and modernizing their children’s schools has the support of the majority of the people.

Groups of parents, students, and educators from schools across the valley lined up on Baseline Road, mostly wearing red shirts. Some carried signs calling for fully funding our schools which are still funded at below 2008 levels. Walking along the road on McClintock and Baseline and the 101 and Baseline, you can hear the stream of cars honking support to the people lining up on the sidewalks.

Talking with a couple of instructors from a Mesa Elementary School, they relayed that they are willing to keep the walkout going as long as leadership in the Arizona Education Association (A.E.A) and Arizona Educators United (A.E.U.).When asked if they saw this walkout lasting as long as the ones in West Virginia and Oklahoma, they did not know. They said they will continue the fight on Thursday by gathering with fellow educators and supporters at CHASE field at 10:00 a.m. today and then march for a rally to the state capital at 12:00 p.m.

It is important for all sides to meet together and solve this situation for the children of this state who deserve a Twenty-First Education in safe school buildings that are overseen by respected and properly compensated instructors and support staff. Remarks by lawmakers calling for lawsuits against the teachers or accusing the Red for Ed leaders socialists trying to lead a revolution are not helpful. There are ideas on the table that can be negotiated. Instead of trying to make our teachers look like radical insurgents, our Governor should be reaching out to bring all representatives to the table so this can be resolved just in time for students to start class again on Monday.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona-education/2018/04/24/arizona-lawmaker-suggests-lawsuit-over-teacher-walkout-lashes-out-constituent/547694002/

http://tucson.com/news/local/gop-lawmakers-huddle-on-teacher-pay-but-aren-t-talking/article_640b3410-fa4e-5f93-b5e6-734b2d804545.html?id=201408&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2018/04/25/arizona-redfored-movement-socialist-plot-oh-come/550750002/

 

 

Emerge! 17th Annual Mother of the Year Luncheon

When: Friday, April 27, 2018

Where: JW Marriott at Starr Pass
3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85745

Time: Silent Auction begins at 11:00 a.m. and the Mother of the Year program will run from 12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m.

“Event to include a silent auction, Emerge’s 2018 Mother of the Year, and a Keynote Conversation with past Mother of the Year honorees
This year you may purchase an ad in our Mother of the Year program to honor a mother in your life!

Registration is now open! Please visit our registration page to reserve your seat or table. Complete this Table Sponsor form and submit to Shaundra Higgins shaundrah@emergecenter.org.”

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-annual-mother-of-the-year-luncheon-tickets-43184378639

“The Luncheon features our 2018 Mother of the Year, who will share her incredible journey of courage and strength throughout her experience with domestic abuse. In honor of our 10 year merger anniversary, there will be a keynote conversation with previous Mother of the Year honorees who will reflect on their experience of creating a life free from abuse, and attest to the importance of continuing the work to end domestic abuse in our community.”

In support of our hard-working, under paid and under appreciated teachers

The Arizona Daily Star does not do regular editorial opinions like many newspapers, but today the Star editorialized in support of our hard-working, under paid and under appreciated teachers. Star Opinion: We stand with Arizona educators:

The Arizona Legislature has been short-changing and devaluing public school educators and students for at least two decades.

The bill has finally come due. What seems like a whirlwind of public protests has been simmering for years, as educators waited — and waited — for the Legislature’s action to match lawmakers’ campaign rhetoric on supporting education.

They’ve reached a breaking point. And they’re right. Educators are taking a risk by walking out. We respect their fortitude and support their cause.

Thousands of Arizona educators are walking off the job Thursday morning to protest their low pay, untenable working conditions and the state’s long-standing refusal to do what is necessary to adequately fund public schools while offering tax cuts to corporations.

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