Category Archives: Political Events

Nevada Becomes 36th State to Ratify ERA. Is Arizona Next? (video)

Pamela Powers Hannley on ERA

“Arizona, I’m looking at you” to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, says Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley on the occasion of Nevada’s passage of the ERA.

Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was proposed in eight states in 2017: Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Missouri, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina and Illinois. On March 22, 2017– the 45th anniversary of Congress starting the ratification process in 1972– Nevada became the 36th state in the US to ratify the ERA.

To make the ERA the next amendment to the US Constitution, we need two more states to ratify it and the Congress to extend the deadline, which they have done before.

On the Floor of the Arizona House on Wednesday, when I announced the ERA’s success in Nevada, I said, “Arizona, I’m looking at you.”

Arizona women deserve equality and equal pay for equal work. We won’t get that until we pass the Equal Rights Amendment because the ERA puts teeth in the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

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‘A Day Without a Woman’ general strike

Today is International Women’s Day, which has been observed for decades as a celebration of women’s achievements across the globe and a call for gender equality.

Some of the same folks who brought you the Women’s March on Washington in January are planning a general strike for this Wednesday called “A Day Without a Woman.”

In an op-ed at the New York Times Phoebe Lett writes, Why Women Are On Strike:

On Wednesday, protesters around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day by showing their economies what a day without women’s work, paid or unpaid, is like.

Inspired by two strikes last October — one successfully quashing a Polish parliament bill banning abortion, the other drawing tens of thousands to protest violence against women and girls in Argentina — organizers in more than 50 countries have coordinated a day of global action, including strikes, rallies and other gatherings.

The United States strike will focus on “broadening the definition of violence against women,” says Sarah Leonard, spokesperson for the strike. In addition to protesting domestic, sexual and physical violence against women, Tithi Bhattacharya, a member of the strike’s organizing committee, says the strike on Wednesday focuses on rejecting the “systemic violence of an economic system that is rapidly leaving women behind.”

“This is the day to emphasize the unity between work done in the so-called formal economy and the domestic sphere, the public sphere and the private sphere, and how most working women have to straddle both,” says Ms. Bhattacharya. “Labor is understood to be work only at the point of production, but as women we know that both society and policy makers invisibilize the work that women do.” The strike calls for women to withhold labor, paid or unpaid, from the United States economy to show how important their contributions are.

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Southern Arizona Candidate Academy

The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce facilitates a non-partisan Southern Arizona Candidate Academy open to anyone who is interested in running for local, state or federal office or anyone interested in working on a campaign.

The Academy has been endorsed by the Pima County Democratic and Pima County Republican Parties. The program has graduated over eighty (80) participants since its inception.

The Chamber compiles expert speakers from Democratic, Republican and non-partisan entities to teach the attendees about important issues and details in running for office.

Campaign Staff is also welcome to attend and many of the sessions focus on the administrative duties in a campaign as well as the personal, professional, and financial impacts of running for office.

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Arizona Progressive Candidate Training

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Gain the skills, resources, networks and knowledge to become a strong candidate and run a winning campaign. If you are thinking about or already made up your mind to run for office, this non-partisan, progressive candidate training is for you. Take action and apply today!

Join our alumni who have been re-elected or just sworn into office in 2017.

Re-elected Representatives Randy Fries, Reginald Bolding and Richad Andrade. Newly elected Representatives Tony Navarrete and Mitzi Epstein. Newly elected Mesa City Councilman Ryan Winkle.

Newly elected School Board Members Sam Richard – Osborn Elementary, Ylenia Aguilar – Osborn Elementary, Kiana Sears – Mesa Unified, Monica Trejo – Tempe Elementary, and re-elected School Board Member Lawrence Robinson – Roosevelt Elementary.

Currently serving their terms include Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Avondale City Councilman Lorenzo Sierra, and many School Board Members around Arizona…and more.

To apply, visit the LFC website.

The application deadline is March 3, 2017.

Early acceptances will be made following review of your application and an interview. For more information call Beth Meyer at (602) 253-0119.

Women’s March on Washington – Arizona sister-marches (updated)

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The Arizona Republic today has an updated list of the “sister-marches” in Arizona for the Women’s March on Washington this Saturday. 10 Arizona women’s marches planned for day after Trump inauguration:

The Arizona sister-march locations are Flagstaff, Prescott, Sedona, Jerome, Phoenix, Gold Canyon, Tucson, Green Valley, Yuma and Ajo as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Women’s March on Washington’s official website.

At least 5,000 people are expected to attend the Phoenix march, which will be the biggest in the state and recently secured liability insurance, according to Maya Asher, the statewide coordinator. Tucson is expecting about 2,000 people.

“I’ve grown up in Arizona my whole life and there’s always been a slant towards Arizona being conservative and not supportive of things like this, and this experience has changed my perception of that,” said Asher, 31.

“There’s been so much support and encouragement, especially because we aren’t taking an angle of negativity, of being an anti-Trump march.”

Details on all 10 marches


The 1-mile, family-friendly march will be accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Organizers plan to have a small stage and podium for speakers and musicians, and they expect to allow more than a dozen community groups to set up informational tables.

Details: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 21. Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Click here for the Facebook event. Click here to register on Eventbrite.

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Election Night parties galore

Eight years ago in 2008 we made history by electing a half-African American with an unusual name (born in Hawaii) for US President –Barack Hussein Obama. We are on the eve of perhaps electing the first woman President of the United States of America.  Will it be Democrat Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein of the Green Party? Both women were coincidentally  born in Chicago, Illinois.  Republican Donald Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson are also running.  We bloggers here at Blog for Arizona will be live blogging today & tonight, and reporting General Election 2016 results. So stay tuned.


And if you want to party or show up at a watch viewing event, go to our Calendar link, where I have posted 15…count them 15 events for tonight!…in Flagstaff,  Green Valley, Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson.

The most creative event is probably the Zombie Apocalypse paintball event hosted by the Arizona Libertarian Party in Tempe. There’s a student activist event hosted by The Men’s Project at the UA Women’s Resource Center. And an American Babylon hosted show at Tap & Bottle, advertising it as “Nasty Women vs. Bad Hombres”, indicative of the way this Presidential election has gone.  And it’s also Taco Tuesday at Ermanos on 4th Avenue, but will there be any taco trucks on the corner?

All events at  Or click on the Calendar link on the top of this front page.

Vote wisely today, November 8, 2016. Polls stay open till 7 p.m.