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Van Jones Says Democrats and Progressives need to work on Winning and Not Take Anything for Granted.

Van Jones

CNN commentator and author Van Jones said that for Democrats and Progressives to win elections, they cannot just sit and wait for the people to follow them because the masses agree with them on the issues or because most agree that President Trump is unfit to serve. Instead, they need to speak out and make their views known and remain continually persistent and vigilant for the causes they believe in.

He spoke at the Fifth Annual Lecture Series on Delivering Democracy at the Fourteenth Street Pilgrim Rest Baptist church in Phoenix.

Jones said that Democrats and Progressives also can not take any group for granted. The poor white person in Appalachia wants the same life for their kids like the poor black person in the projects. People who believe in God also believe in helping the needy and oppressed. Democrats and Progressives would be wise to reconnect with these groups they have forgotten. If Democrats and Progressives can do all of these things (and it should not be a heavy lift), Progressives and Democrats will have a lot to celebrate after the next few election cycles as long as they remember that they can never stop being proactive and fight to move the country forward.

The lecture was sponsored by the Arizona State University Center for Race and Democracy and hosted by the congregation of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Ministries. Jones is a community and environmental activist, and former White House Aide to President Obama, and he offered his views on bringing different races, classes, and the religious and secular worlds in our country together.

At a packed Church hall, the congregants gathered for the fifth year to hear Van Jones’ views on Race and Democracy. Many still remembered the contributions of their late Pastor, Bishop Alexis Thomas, and progressive (both secular and religious) activists from organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, East Valley NACCP, The Pat Tillman’s Veterans Center, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Red for Ed, and Outlawing Dirty Money (an irony because one of the sponsors of the event is APS)

After an excellent performance by the church choir and music group, the event started with the pivotal question, broadcast on a video “What is Democracy?” Following several varying answers from respondents on the video, the key message is that Democracy is the “responsibility of the people” to maintain.

Dr. Stanlie James, the Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement, echoed this sentiment by relaying the current issues our countries citizens’ face such as the incident with two African American patrons at a Philadelphia Starbucks (Mr. Jones would later ask in his presentation why the police did not arrest the person that made the erroneous/false complaint) or the rising mortality rate of African American Mothers in a “First World Country.” Calling the Center on Race and Democracy “an oasis in the desert” where these issues can be discussed, she cited support from the Obamas as proof that this center is doing good works.

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Tucson Earth Day Festival celebration

Children’s Museum Tucson
200 S 6th Ave
SATURDAY
APRIL 21, 2018
10AM – 2PM
CELEBRATING
23 YEARS

Free public admission to Children’s Museum/ Bike Decorating & free bike valet parking/Exhibitions for living in a Sustainable Environment/Food trucks

http://www.tucsonearthday.org/index.html

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Comedy for Charity presents Laugh Till it Hurts!

“Comedy for Charity is proud to presentLaugh ‘til It Hurts, a two hour event of nonstop entertainment featuring seven comedians, two dance troupes, and even a juggler. The event will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at The Fox Theatre.

This special one night event will raise money for violence awareness and prevention.

“This show will be hilarious, and it’s all for a wonderful cause—to make our community a safer place. The mission is to raise a lot of money to help prevent violence and to spread awareness about the problem of violence. We want people to ‘give ‘til it hurts,” shared Suzie Sexton, executive director of Comedy for Charity.

We are also delighted that Mayor Johnathan Rothschild, Liane Hernandez and Alba Jamarillo are Honorary Chairs of the event.

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Jell-O Wrestling 2018 on 4th Avenue

Saturday, April 21, 2018

On 4th Avenue (522 N. 4th Ave.)

6:00 PM   Gates Open/Pre-Event Games & Festivities

6:30 PM   Wrestling & Live Auction Begins

8:30 PM   Event Ends

“The 31st Annual Reno Gannon Memorial Jell-O Wrestling Extravaganza and Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, on 4th Avenue.

Teams of wrestlers raise funds to wrestle in a pit of Jell-O, often with extraordinary costumes and characters. Between wrestling matches our Drag Diva Hostesses run a live auction featuring a variety of unique items selected to please the crowd.”

Get your tickets here at $25 or $30 : https://jello-wrestling.saaf.org/tickets/

https://www.facebook.com/events/183725532382366/

Carolyn’s note:  I’ve been to this wild extravaganza in the past, with the Divas soliciting for team donations in buckets, in anticipation of the various (and costumed) wrestling matches. We all swallowed a bunch of Jello shots, while watching & cheering  these teams of one or two wrestlers (sometimes famous people) take on one another in the cold, bluish/greenish? jello pit.  It’s a unique fun activity for a Spring Day in the Old Pueblo.  Check it out on 4th Avenue on Saturday April 21. Proceeds go to SAAF – Southern Arizona Aids Foundation

Radio talk show host John C. Scott about Local Politics on KVOI 1030 AM “The Voice”

Long time radio political talk show host John C. Scott is back.  He’s now broadcasting on KVOI 1030 AM on the dial, on Saturdays from 4 to 6 p.m. This past Saturday, April 14 he interviewed our own Blog for Arizona blogger attorney/journalist Larry Bodine. Listen to that show here.

JOHN C. SCOTT SHOW 4/14/2018: COMEY MEMOIR, MUELLER INVESTIGATION AND THE US STRIKE ON SYRIA HR. 1

“My first hour guests included Michelle Urbina, program coordinator at the UWTSA , Jeff Rogers, Tucson Attorney / Contributor, Larry Bodine, Journalist – Blog for Arizona”
His previous shows are archived now online at his website:

http://johncscottshow.com/

John started re-broadcasting on April 7 at this new venue.  Prior to this he was online at Tucson Progressive Media for several months since Nov. 2017, and previously, on various other radio stations, which I have reported on in the past.

If you as a listener want to call in to the show, the phone# is 520-790-2440.

Good luck with your new show John and producer Matt Laos. John’s son Mark Ulm is also helping with the website.

Modern-Day Galileo’s Assemble to March for Science

Science March

Second annual March for Science

For the third time in a month, citizens in the Phoenix’s Valley met and marched for a cause that affects our children and the coming generations. The first two marches dealt with school safety and education funding.

This second annual March for Science dealt with those issues in different ways and more as the assembled crowd of several hundred people at Margaret T. Hance Park (by the Burton Barr Library) gathered to call for an end to ignorance and an embracing of science and analysis for people of all beliefs and ethnicities.

Like Galileo all those centuries ago as he implored the Catholic Church to accept reason and scientific discovery, the speakers and crowd today (which included a collection of high school and college instructors and students, science advocates, and political candidates including both Democrats running for the Superintendent of Public Instruction — Katie Hoffman and David Schapira) made veiled and direct jabs at the current conservative leadership for abandoning reason and fact-based evidence.

science signLike the March for Lives last month at the State Capital, there were many vendors and dignitaries promoting the cause of Scientific Awareness. Virtually every discipline of science ranging from forensics to astronomy to zoology to chemistry was present. There were also vendors representing the Progressive Movement, Save Our Schools, Voter Registration, and “Outlaw Dirty Money” petitioners looking for support against the inflow of dirty money and to fight for alternative energy options in the valley. There were S.T.E.M. camps looking to attract recruits. There were homeschool science advocates.

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