Political Calendar: Week of April 9, 2017

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Political Calendar for the Week of April 9, 2017:

Sunday, April 9, 5:00 p.m.: Congressman Tom O’Halleran Town Hall, at the Municipal Building, 150 N. Pine Street, Globe, AZ.

Monday, April 10, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. Featured speakers are Penelope Jacks and Kelly Griffith on “Strong Start Tucson – sales tax increase to fund preschool.” Next Week:  Taylor Cleland & Nathan Davis on the Pima County Democratic Party Community Action Committee.

Monday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Meet the second Monday of each month. For more information please contact Mike Dayton at teachers12@msn.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.

Tuesday, April 11, Noon: Democratic Women of Rim Country meeting, at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 Arizona Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Tuesday, April 11, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Groth at (520) 385-6686 or check our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Tuesday, April 11, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at dems4prandav@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 11: Passover begins at sundown (for one week).

Wednesday, April 12 – Sunday, April 16: Maricopa County Fair, AZ Exposition & State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.: Pima Area Labor Federation Labor Forum with Rep. Raul Grijalva, at the IBEW Hall, 750 S. Tucson Blvd, Tucson. Congressman Grijalva will bring us up to date on the latest attacks on labor in congress as well as related issues. Followed by discussion and Q & A.

Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 p.m.: Robson Ranch Dems meeting. Regular meeting of residents of Robson Ranch to discuss issues of the day and how to get more involved in the political process within our community. Call Sharon Girard for details (305) 803-1560.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood: 100 Years – Phoenix

Thursday, April 13, Noon: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Luncheon in Phoenix at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Details TBA. Registration opens at 11:15 a.m. Tables of 10 are $1,000, individual tickets are $100 each, additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information please contact John McDonald-O’Lear at jmcdonald-olear@ppaz.org or (602) 263-4215. Find more information and purchase tickets HERE.

Thursday, April 13, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson City Council Candidate Forum. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, April 13, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center (Meals on Wheels Room), 1280 E. Rosser Road, Prescott. $10.00 donation, $5.00 if you bring a dish to share. Meet the second Thursday of each month. Please RSVP to (928)541-0413 or email us at info@yavdem.org.

Thursday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party meeting, at the new Yuma Democratic Party HQ at 290 S. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1, Yuma. Parking is available in back. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact us at yumademocrats@gmail.com.

The Tax March on Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 15: The Tax March on Washington D.C. The Tax March isn’t an organization – it’s a movement – gaining momentum around the country. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump told the American people he would release his tax returns and come clean about his business dealings, as presidential candidates and presidents have done for decades. Despite intense public pressure, President Donald Trump has not yet done so. In refusing to release these tax returns, he is able to hide his business dealings, financial ties, and conflicts of interest. On April 15th, we’re marching on Washington, D.C., and in communities across the country to show that we do care. And that we’re not going away. Tens of thousands of Americans will send a clear message to Donald Trump: The president is accountable to the American people, and he must answer to us. Affiliated local marches are being organized.

Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party PC meeting, at the Federated Church, corner of Aspen and Sitgreaves – enter at door west of sanctuary door. This is our Monthly PC Meeting and will include the formal Quarterly Business Meeting required by the County Party By-Laws. The Executive Committee will report to the full Precinct Committee membership (aka, The Central Committee). We expect this portion of the meeting will take about 40 minutes. We will then move to open PC discussion led by PC Chair, Tom Scholes. We expect the meeting to adjourn by noon so that everyone who wants to will have time to get to the Tax March and Rally in downtown Flagstaff. This event is to demand disclosure of Trump’s tax returns.

Saturday, April 15, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1020 E. 31st Street, Tucson. Meet the third Saturday of each month. The caucus is not exclusively for African-Americans, all are welcome to join. For more information please contact Connie DeLarge at cdelarge@dmyl.com or (520) 241-8408.

Saturday, April 15, 3:00p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Rita Area meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters (upstairs meeting room 203), Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Featured speaker is Dr. Matt Heinz, former candidate for Congress, who will speak on the ACA and what the GOP health care bill means to people in our area. For more
information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

DCSRA Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area hosts a Current Events Discussion Group at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Join us at the weekly meeting of the Democratic Headquarters Current Events Discussion Group. We’ll talk about some of the major events of the previous week, including but not limited to political topics, and try and go behind the news for a deeper understanding. For more information, please contact Jean Vickers jean.vickers@cox.net.

Drinking Liberally

Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally returns to Tucson, at Casa Vicente (375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, casavicente.com) whose gracious and helpful wait staff sets the table(s) for us. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Informal but thoughtful conversation, good wine and beer, and good food. There is no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to Casa Vicente for the use of their patio, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). And the Tapas are wonderful! The patio is almost completely covered, so weather isn’t much of
 a problem, and there’s plenty of free parking.

Sunday, April 16: Easter Sunday.

Monday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, April 18: Tax Day.

Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For reservations, please contact Kathy Marvin, President of the DWSEA through email at kathleencrafts@gmail.com or by telephone at (520) 803-6697. Visit our web page.Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of Northern Gila County meeting, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson. Meet the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 10 meeting at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). There is a social time for all members and guests, beginning at 6 p.m. Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Cecilia Aros Hunter at hunter.cecilia@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party executive committee meeting, at the Florence Library, 778 N. Main Street, Florence. For more information please contact pinaldemocrat@gmail.com.

Thursday, April 20, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Dolores Huerta Celebración de la Mujer: Noche de Resistencia

Thursday, April 20, 6:00 p.m.: The Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition is proud to host our 4th annual Dolores Huerta Award event Dolores Huerta Celebración de la Mujer: Noche de Resistencia, at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson. We honor the lifelong work and commitment to social justice de la mujer who coined our rallying cry, “¡Sí, Se Puede!” We are excited to continue honoring Dolores Huerta’s legacy by recognizing three southern Arizona women who are leaders in social change during this year’s event. Tickets: General Public $25, Student Activists $10. For more information please call (520) 904-8817.

Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 30: Pima County Fair, 11300 S. Houghton Road.

Saturday, April 22: Earth Day 2017.

March for Science

Saturday, April 22: March For Science in Washington, D.C. The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. On April 22, Earth Day, we walk out of the labs and into the streets. Satellite Marches are solidarity events inspired by the March for Science, and organized by volunteers around the world. If you can’t make it to Washington, D.C. then you can join or host a Satellite March near you. There are marches being planned across the United States and internationally. To help us best connect you with local organizers, stay up to date with the latest march information, or offer to volunteer for or start a march in your area, please use the form on our website March For Science. Rally For Science – Tucson is Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. (new location) at El Presidio Plaza Park, 175 W. Alameda Street, downtown Tucson. Rally will include rousing speakers, 20+ engaging science booths, and lively entertainment! This is our time to take a stand, so let’s shake the ground at El Presidio! Some people are taking the initiative to form groups that will march into El Presidio on sidewalks from all directions. We appreciate the many ways you want to demonstrate your support, and we’ll be there to welcome you at El Presidio! See you there! For more information please contact marchforsciencetucson@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.: Northern Cochise County Democratic Club meeting. Meeting locations rotate between Benson and Wilcox. For more information please contact Kathy Suagee at soprano_58@hotmail.com. Visit our web page Northern Cochise County Democrats.

Saturday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Maureen Salz at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, April 23, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.: Comedy for Charity Tucson presents “Thank you for serving,” at the Fox Tucson Theater, 17 W. Congress Street, Tucson. $20 buys you a ticket to experience “Fitz” of laughter with our Emcee David Fitzsimmons and our headliner Tommy Blaze. This year’s show benefits Rally Point, a local veteran’s agency that provide mental health services and other assistance to veterans in our community. Tickets available through the Fox Tucson Theater at http://foxtucson.com/presents/comedy-charity-presents-thank-serving-benefit/.

Monday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting, at HQ, 2910 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Monday, April 24, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). Generally meets the last Tuesday of the month. If you want lunch, you must RSVP by the Thursday before so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $22 – cash only – at the door! (If you RSVP, and then find you can’t make it, PLEASE LET US KNOW, or we’ll have to pay for your uneaten lunch!) For more information please contact bluetuesdayluncheon@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at the Pizza Hut, 240 S. Phelps Drive, Apache Junction. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kathy Guillen at (480) 620-7840 or gataguillen@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, April 26, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott (on the Antelope Hills golf course). Featured speaker is Jean Wilcox, Prescott City Council member. Luncheon reservations are required. A buffet luncheon will be provided. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. RSVP by email: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 848-2753. Contact us ASAP if you make reservations and are unable to attend. The public is welcome, but reservations are required. To join, email the form and pay at the luncheon, or mail with a check to Sandy Baggenstos, DWPA Treasurer, 530 N. Fitzmaurice Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303.

Thursday, April 27, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.: Heritage Highlands/Dove Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, 4949 West Heritage Club Boulevard (Marana). For more information please contact Dick Reddy at (520) 579-9460 Richard.Reddy@fredonia.edu.

Friday, April 28: Workers Memorial Day.

Yuma County Democratic Party’s annual Spring Salute

Friday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party’s annual Spring Salute, aka Spring Fling, at the historic Main Street Post Office, Gowan Company patio, 370 S. Main Street, Yuma. Elena’s Drunken Chicken is the dinner entree; sides, dessert & drinks included. Complimentary wine and beer. Live music from Steve & Susan Dedecker starts at 6:30 p.m.. Guest Speaker: Katie Hobbs, 2018 candidate for AZ Secretary of State. The Spring Salute recognizes those Democrats that have served exceptionally in the election season just past. TICKETS: just $25 per person. Contact Mary at spring@yumademocrats.com. Also available at YCDP HQ during regular hours … and at the Yuma County Fair. Look for us in the Commercial Building.

The People’s Climate Movement March for Climate, Jobs and Justice on Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 29: People’s Climate Movement March for Climate, Jobs and Justice, in Washington, D.C. On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action. Affiliated local marches are being organized. Tucson People’s Climate March is at El Presido Plaza Park, 175 W. Alameda Street, Tucson, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. People’s Climate March – Tucson.

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 10 Town Hall, at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, Tucson. Join Senator David Bradley and Representative Kirsten Engel for a meet and greet and legislative update.

Saturday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.: Arizona Advocacy Newtwork Tucson happy hour, at The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street, Tucson. We’re finally making our way down to Tucson! Join Arizona Advocacy Network from 4PM-5:30PM at The Shanty for our first Tucson event of 2017. AZAN staff will be giving an update on the condition of Arizonans’ access to the ballot and status of voting rights this legislative session. We’ll also be hearing from other Tucson leaders on the importance of protecting Clean Elections and preserving Merit Selection of judges. Suggested (but not required) contribution: $25. Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 1: International Worker’s Day.

“The Majority” Mass Mobilization

Monday, May 1: Activist groups are uniting under a broader coalition they’ve dubbed “The Majority,” more than 50 partners representing black, Latino, the indigenous, LGBTQ, refugees, immigrants, laborers and the poor will collaborate from April 4 through May 1, International Worker’s Day, when they’ll launch massive protests across the country. The idea for Beyond the Moment was derived from the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, in which he spoke out against racism, materialism and militarism — all broader and more-inclusive themes than his earlier anti-Jim Crow campaigns. The coalition said it chose April 4 as the kickoff for political education because that is date that King delivered the speech in 1967 and the date on which he was assassinated a year later. The action will “go beyond moments of outrage, beyond narrow concepts of sanctuary, and beyond barriers between communities that have much at stake and so much in common,” The Majority states on its BeyondtheMoment.org website. The “Beyond the Moment” initiative kicks off April 4 with “serious political education with our bases,” according to the website. In the weeks leading up to the mass mobilizations on May 1, they will hold public teach-ins and workshops nationwide. The desired outcome is a “broad intersectional, cross-sectoral” and influential unity on the left, activists said. We will strike, rally and resist,” said the coalition. For more information see Protest groups to unite as “The Majority” for massive actions across the country on May 1.

Monday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, May 2: National Teacher’s Day.

Wednesday, May 3-Sunday, May 7: Verde Valley Fair at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds – Cottonwood, AZ.

Wednesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.: Democrats for Comedy, at the Tempe Improv, 930 E University Drive, Tempe. For more information please contact alisonporter26@gmail.com.

Friday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo.

DCSRA Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Friday, May 5, 4:30 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Rita Area Cinco de Mayo celebration, at the American Legion Hall on Duval Mine Rd. (west of LaCanada) in Green Valley. Enjoy a fun evening of Mariachi music by the very talented Pueblo Magnet High School Mariachi Band and some good food! Cash bar at 4:30 p.m., Mexican buffet at 5:00 p.m., band performs at 6:00 p.m. Standard price $25, Sponsor price $35. Purchase your tickets secure online at Act Blue. For more information please call Kathy Davisson at (248) 762-1216, or stop in at DCSRA Headquarters – located in the Continental Mall (open M-F from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Saturday, May 6, 11:00 a.m.: 12th Annual Sierra Vista West End Fair on Fry Blvd. from Garden Avenue to North Avenue, Sierra Vista, AZ.

LD 11 Spring Picnic & Fundraiser

Saturday, May 6, 4:00 p.m.: LD 11 Spring Picnic & Fundraiser, at the Sun City Activity Center, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Oro Valley. Doors open at 3:30 PM; Program from 4 to 6 PM. Keynote speaker: Arizona Daily Star’s David Fitzsimmons. Grilled Hamburgers, Brats and Veggie Burgers with all the fixin’s. Delicious salads, side dishes. Scrumptious desserts, drinks, and popcorn provided by all the LD11 Clubs. $30.00 per person, in advance or at the door. Buy tickets online at Act Blue. For more information please contact legdist11dems@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 13: 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive: The National Association of Letter Carriers food drive is held the second Saturday each May and is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. This year’s will be on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. This year marks the 25th anniversary. Nearly 49 million Americans—1 in 6—are unsure where their next meal is coming from. This includes 13 million children as well as about 5 million seniors over age 60—many of whom live on fixed incomes and often are too embarrassed to ask for help. Since 1993, when the national food drive began, letter carriers in every part of the country have worked with family members, friends, other postal co-workers and allies to use the second Saturday in May as a day to give something back to the communities that know and trust us. Last year, the food drive collected a record 80 million pounds of nonperishable food, raising the total amount of donations picked up over the quarter-century history of the drive to more than 1.5 billion pounds.

Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day.

Tuesday, May 16: Tucson Special Election for “Proposition 101 – A proposal to amend the Tucson City Charter referred by Mayor and Council, authorizing a temporary half-cent (0.5%) sales tax to fund street and public safety improvements.”

Saturday, May 20: Armed Forces Day.

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 10 Town Hall, at the Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd Street, Tucson. Join Senator David Bradley and Representative Kirsten Engel for a meet and greet and legislative update.

6th Annual Morris & Stewart Udall Dinner and Spirit of Arizona Awards

Saturday, May 20, 5:30 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party’s 6th Annual Morris & Stewart Udall Dinner and Spirit of Arizona Awards,at the Desert Diamond Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Hwy., Tucson. Keynote speaker is the Hon. Gabrielle Giffords, Americans for Responsible Solutions. Registration at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited. General admission ticket $125, Precinct Committee Persons $100. Table sponsorship levels available. Purchase tickets secure online at Act Blue.

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day.

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