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Save Our Schools Town Hall Today

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Are you concerned about funding for public education? Do you want to help protect our schools? Join Sen. Steve Farley, Rep. Dr. Randall Friese and others this Saturday for a panel-style education town hall.

WHERE: St. Francis In The Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 East River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718.

***This will be an interactive event! What do you want to ask our panel? Send those questions to nikkileeaz@gmail.com so we can make sure you have the opportunity to get answers.***

Come talk to your elected officials and speak with education experts from around the state. Discuss the Arizona teacher crisis, the economic impact of defunding public education, and more. Learn about Save Our Schools Arizona, a group of concerned parents and teachers organizing around the clock to stop voucher expansion and demand that our legislators protect public schools. Receive training on how to gather signatures for SOSAZ, check out petitions, get completed petitions notarized, and drop them off to be turned in!

There is limited seating, so please reserve your free ticket to this event today!

 Click Here to Reserve Tickets 

The Big Bad Wolf Food Truck & Nhu Lan Vietnamese Food Truck will be on-site with delicious breakfast and lunch food for purchase. 


Agenda:

9:30 – Check in, mingle, and sign the SOS AZ petition to put SB1431 on the Nov 2018 ballot.

10:00 – 10:45 – Hear from your elected officials, Senator Steve Farley & Rep. Dr. Randy Friese

10:45 – 11:30 – Interact with your elected officials and a panel of education experts and discuss topics like the Arizona teacher crisis, the economic impact of taking more money out of public education, and more!

11:30 – 12:30 – Enjoy some local eats from some great Tucson Food Trucks & come back inside to get training and support on SOS AZ petitions. We will have training, notary, pickup, and drop off services on-site.


Speakers & Panelists:

Steve Farley – Gubernatorial Candidate & State Senator from LD9

Dr. Randall Friese – AZ House of Representatives from LD9

Katie Rogerson – Chief Operating Officer for Tucson Values Teachers

Jen Darland – VP of the Arizona Education Network

Jason Freed – Public School Teacher, President of Tucson Education Association

Moderator: Nikki Lee – Parent & Community Organizer

Rep. Martha McSally ‘chicken bunker’ tele-town hall tonight (Updated)

UPDATE:  Rep. Martha McSally on Wednesday morning announced she has canceled a telephone town hall later today that was set to give constituents a chance to talk to her directly about health-care legislation. Rep. Martha McSally cancels today’s phone-in town hall due to emergency trip:

In a brief statement, McSally’s office said the congresswoman was traveling to Tucson because a man described as a father figure is gravely ill.

“The man who has been a father figure in Rep. McSally’s life for the last twenty (years) took a turn for the worse this morning in his battle against cancer and his health is rapidly deteriorating,” read the statement from her spokeswoman, Kelly Schibi.

“Rep. McSally has to urgently fly back to Tucson this afternoon. She regretfully will have to reschedule the health care telephone town hall for the next available date. Due to this emergency, the Congresswoman will also miss votes on Wednesday and Thursday. Rep. McSally has already informed the Speaker of this unfortunate circumstance. She appreciates her constituents’ understanding during this difficult time.”

The Arizona Daily Star reports, McSally to hold phone-in town hall Wednesday evening:

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally announced she will hold a telephone town hall at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, giving constituents a chance to talk to her directly about health-care legislation.

To participate in the call, dial 877-229-8493 and enter the code 114341.

Our “cowardly lion“ congresswoman Martha McSally is too afraid to meet her constituents face-to-face to explain her votes in a public forum.

The tele-town hall comes nearly three weeks after McSally rallied the GOP troops to “Let’s get this fucking thing done!” in voting in favor of the “Zombie Trumpcare” American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed on a party-line vote.

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According to FiveThirtyEight’s Congressional Tracker (last updated May 18), Rep. McSally stands by her man Donald Trump 100% of the time.

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DNC announces grassroots ‘Resistance Summer’

The Democratic National Committee announced this week its grassroots 50 state party building  “Resistance Summer” program. Press release:

DNC Announces Major Nationwide Resistance Summer Program to Bolster State Parties

DNC and State Democratic Parties Will Collaborate on Local Organizing Efforts Designed to Bolster State Parties, Win Elections Up-And-Down the Ticket

WASHINGTON – Today, the Democratic National Committee announced a major nationwide Resistance Summer program designed to bolster state parties in order to win down-ballot races. The DNC will partner with state parties and external allies to invest in local organizing projects over the summer, which will increase the party’s capacity to elect Democrats up-and-down the ballot in 2017, 2018, and beyond.

The mission of Resistance Summer is to educate, organize, and mobilize grassroots energy from Democrats in all 57 states, territories, and Democrats Abroad to help build our party’s base of political power and resist Trump’s attacks on hardworking families.

The program is a competitive matching grant program, where the DNC will approve and fund programs that will be executed by state parties. Recognizing that a one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective, each grant proposal will be unique to the state’s strategic priorities and organizational capacity. Part of these plans must incorporate, where legally possible, partners and allies.

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A preview of the March for Science

Scientists, and those who just love scientific method, will march on Washington, D.C. (and hundreds of satellite marches around the globe) this Saturday in support of scientific research and scientific-based public policy decision making. The March for Science, explained:

Inspired by the success of the January 21 Women’s March on Washington, the March for Science will celebrate the scientific method and advocate for evidence-based decision-making in all levels of government. Though the event’s website doesn’t explicitly mention Trump, it’s a protest of his administration’s policies, including his proposal to cut billions in funding for scientific research.

The march is likely to draw a lively crowd — and the nerdiest protest signs you can imagine. Here’s what you need to know about it.

What will happen at the March for Science?

On April 22, science-friendly individuals will gather on the National Mall, and in dozens of satellite marches across the United States and even around the globe. The Earth Day Network — the nonprofit that organizes Earth Day events every year — has taken the lead on programming for the march.

The main event will be co-hosted by Questlove (of the Roots and The Tonight Show) and Derek Muller (who runs a popular science YouTube channel). Jon Batiste and Stay Human (the band for Stephen Colbert’s Late Show) will serve as the house band.

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Come Together and Fight Back Tour – Mesa

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RSVP online at my.democrats.org.

Press release:

Sanders and Perez Announce “Come Together and Fight Back” Tour

Senator Bernie Sanders, DNC Chair Tom Perez and other Democratic Party leaders will be traveling to nine “red” and “purple” states starting on April 17th. Along with local activists they are tentatively scheduled to hold rallies in Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Nebraska, Utah, Montana, Arizona and Nevada. More information will be released in the coming days. The purpose of their trip is to begin the process of creating a Democratic Party which is strong and active in all 50 states, and a party which focuses on grassroots activism and the needs of working families.

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Tax March Protests this Saturday

Donald Trump has routinely stated that he cannot reveal his tax returns because they are “under audit,” and that he will release his tax returns when the audit is completed. There is no evidence that his tax returns are actually under audit. Trump has never produced any letter from the IRS indicating that his taxes are under audit, for any year, despite repeated requests from the media.

Moreover, there is no law or IRS regulation that prevents him from disclosing his tax returns even if under an IRS audit. President Richard Nixon disclosed his tax returns while he was under an IRS audit.

And there is one tax return that we know for certain is not under audit –Trump’s current 2016 federal tax return due on April 18. Previous presidents have released their tax returns well in advance of the filing deadline mostly to encourage Americans to file their taxes. Not this year.

An idea that sprung from a law professor’s tweet after President Trump’s inauguration will unfold Saturday on the Mall in Washington, D.C., where thousands of protesters plan to call on Trump to release his personal tax returns. Thousands expected for Tax Day march calling for Trump to release his returns:

The Tax March, which falls on the nation’s traditional April 15 deadline to file taxes, is expected to be one of the most high-profile demonstrations of the Trump era since protesters around the world participated in women’s marches — marches that served as an unprecedented rebuke to Trump’s presidency on his first full day in office. Presidents are not required to release their tax returns but have done so voluntarily dating to the 1970s.

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