Political Calendar: Week of May 31, 2015

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Political Calendar for the Week of May 31, 2015:

Sunday, May 31, 7:00 p.m.: Laughing Liberally Tucson returns to lampoon the national, state and local political scene. Come out and enjoy Tucson’s best and brightest comics as we try our best to save democracy…one laugh at a time. it’s FUN…it’s FREE…it’s Sky Bar Tucson. Last Sunday every month.

Monday, June 1, 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 speaker is Robert Bulechek, energy consultant on “Energy Efficiency.” Next Week: Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, campaign update.

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

Wednesday, June 3, 5:30 p.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats host Terry Goddard (VPA Arizona) and his “dark money” initiative, at the home of Rep. Randy Friese and Susan Friese. Terry founded VPA Arizona to make the citizen initiative process more viable and to Stop “Dark Money” by requiring full disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures. Please RSVP to (602) 488-9829.

2nd Annual PALF Awards Dinner & Silent Auction

Thursday, June 4, 5:30 p.m.: 2nd Annual PALF Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, at the El Casino Ballroom 437 E 26th Street (Tucson). Sponsorships levels are now available. Individual tickets and raffle prize tickets are available at the PALF office. Raffle tickets are $10 each, or 3 for $25. Please RSVP to awards.palf@gmail.com or call (520) 388-4139 to purchase by credit card.

Saturday, June 6, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting,at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. For more information please contact Tom Prezelski at fusilero@aol.com.

Young Democrats of Arizona Annual Convention

Saturday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.: Young Democrats of Arizona Conference, at the UFCW, 2401 N. Central Avenue # 2 Phoenix, AZ. All officer positions will be voted on during this election: this is the perfect time to get more involved with Young Democrats! This year, YDAZ has worked with the College Democrats of America to establish the College Democrats of Arizona. Along with the YDAZ elections, we will also be hosting CDAZ elections. With CDAZ elections, it is a requirement that all officers be students at a college in Arizona. Positions available include: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. If you are interested in running for a position with either CDAZ or YDAZ, I ask that you please contact me directly stating your intention to run, and for what position you intend to run for to: michaelsheridanaz@gmail.com. At our convention, we will be discussing how to move forward and prepare for 2016, as well as discussing the Young Democrats of America National Convention in Los Angeles in August, and the delegate process associated with YDA-LA. If you are able to attend, please RSVP at: http://tiny.cc/YDAZ2015.

Saturday, June 6, 11:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact ghadc1@yahoo.com.

Stop the TPP Forum

Saturday, June 6, 1:00 p.m.: Stop the TPP Forum panel discussion, with Congressman Raúl Grijalva, at the IBEW Local 570 Hall, 750 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson. Please join Rep. Grijalva and members of the labor, environment, corporate, healthcare and food safety sectors to discuss why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a bad trade deal for America.

Saturday, June 6, 5:00 p.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Happy Hour, at JJ’s Saloon, 444 W. Goodwin Street, Prescott, at the far end of the Park Plaza shopping center. Call (928) 848-2753 if you want us to reserve you a seat!

Special Announcements:

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

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally. Location TBA. An informal, inclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

Monday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). For more information please contact Mike Dayton at teachers12@msn.com or (520) 742-3774, or visit our web site http://www.demsov.org/.

The Lily Shafer Rights Restoration Project

Tuesday, June 9, 3:00 p.m.: The Lily Shafer Rights Restoration Project, at the Pima County Public Defenders office, 33 N. Stone Avenue, 10th Floor, Conference room, Tucson. A free workshop for people with Arizona and Federal Convictions at the Pima County Public Defender’s Office. Event hosted by Pima County Clerk of the Superior Court, the Civil rights Restoration Clinic of the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, the Office of the Pima County Public Defender, Second Chance, Primavera Foundation and the African American Democratic Caucus, Pima. For more information please call (520) 241-8408.

Tuesday, June 9, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). For more information please contact Hollace Lyon at Email Us or visit our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, at Ak-Chin Ultra Star Multi-tainment Center, 16000 Maricopa Road (Maricopa), in the Ten Pins Rock’n Roll Room. For more information please contact jjjudd@live.com or like us on Copa City Dems | Facebook.

Thursday, June 11, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information please contact Ash Silverburg at (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, June 11, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Public Library, 215 E. Goodwin Street, Prescott. Featured speaker is Arizona Democratic Party Chair Alexis Tameron. Please RSVP to (928) 541-0413 or info@yavdem.org.

Saturday, June 13, 11:00 a.m.: The Greater Huachuca Area Branch, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will have its annual Juneteenth celebration at Veterans’ Memorial Park. at the Pavilion, E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista, AZ. Juneteenth Celebration, Sierra Vista | Facebook.

Saturday, June 13, 9:00 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild campaign update. For more information please contact Lucy Messing at (520) 591-7615 or visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, June 13, 9:00 a.m.: Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ “We Are Listening Tour” comes to Flagstaff. This is your opportunity to make your concerns about education heard. For more information please contact the Coconino County Democratic Party at emilyr@ccdem.org.

Saturday, June 13, 9:30 a.m.: San Tan Valley Democrats meeting, at the SRP Service Center, 3735 E. Combs Road (San Tan Valley). For more information please contact Dwight Snyder at dsnider@cox.net or (480) 331-9386, or visit our web site santanvalleydems.org and Like Us on Facebook.

Saturday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. For more information please contact John Viverto at vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page
Mule Mountain Democrats.

Saturday, June 13, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza (second floor meeting room), 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Dan Millis from the Arizona Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club presents “Wild Versus Wall,” how U.S. immigration policies are wreaking havoc on the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. A wine and cheese reception will follow. For more information, please contact Pam Duchaine at pamduchaine@gmail.com

LD 24 Sweet Synergy: Vegas Edition

Saturday, June 13, 7:00 p.m.: LD 24 Democrats Sweet Synergy: Vegas Edition, at Club Palazzo, 710 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Games, Entertainment, Celebrity Guests, and even some SURPRISES. For $25 you will start the night with $250 worth of chips. Use your chips to enter to win some of the fabulous raffle prizes that will be given away throughout the night, or risk all or some of it, for more chances to win. Try your luck at Blackjack, Roulette and Craps, while trying to increase your winnings throughout the night. Run out of chips, no problem. Cashiers will be available all night, offering you additional chances to buy in.Get your tickets now! Don’t miss out, cause you won’t be able to get the details the next day…’cause remember, “What happens in 24, Stays in 24”! Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Sunday, June 14: Flag Day.

Tuesday, June 16, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. 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.

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.: Oracle Democrats meeting, at the Oracle Fire Department, 1475 W. American Avenue (Oracle). For more information please contact Renee Barbaree at reba520@q.com or (520) 896-9054.

Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting will be moving to the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and the new location will be Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 17, 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). Please bring your items for the St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser to the meeting. For more information lease contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Thursday, June 18, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Featured speakers are Kathryn Jim, President of Northern Arizona Pride Association, and Angela LeFevre, Sedona City Councilwoman, on LGBT non-discrimination city ordinances. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8;00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Bisbee Pride Festival 2015

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21: Bisbee Pride Festival 2015. The annual Bisbee Pride Festival is held Father’s Day weekend each year. The Bisbee Pride Parade is Saturday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. Register your contingent in advance online and meet at 6:30pm in the Courthouse parking lot. Parade begins at the Courthouse parking lot and ends at City Park.

45th Annual Juneteenth Festival, Celebrating 150 Years of Juneteenth

Saturday, June 20, 1o:00 a.m.: 45th Annual Tucson Juneteenth Festival, commemorating 150 years of Juneteenth in America, at the Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N 6th Ave. The celebration will being on Friday, June 12, 2015 with a The Gospel Jubilee, at Gideon Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3085 S. Campbell Ave., Play entitled, “Honey and Tea,” Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Catalina High School, Basketball Tournament, June 19-20, 2015, Mulcahy YMCA, and a Black Film Festival at the Dunbar Pavilion, date TBA. Everyone is invited to attend these fun filled community events. For more information, please call (520) 429-1724. You can also like them on Facebook – Tucson Juneteenth Celebration or online: Juneteenth-Tucson.com;

Sunday, June 21: Father’s Day.

Monday, June 22, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking under the library). For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, June 23 Noon: Critical Issues Forum, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Wednesday, June 24, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills). Luncheon reservations are required. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Email requests to DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 458-5689 or (928) 848-2753.

Dia de San Juan Fiesta – Tucson

Wednesday, June 24, 5:00 p.m.: Dia de San Juan Fiesta, at Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Tucson, AZ. A traditional start of Tucson’s summer, Dia de San Juan celebrates the coming monsoon rain season and honors St. John the Baptist (patron saint of water). Highlights include a ceremonial procession and the blessing of an altar–the public is welcome to join in the procession. Activities include a charreada (Mexican rodeo events), performances by mariachi bands and folklorico dancers. Mexican cowboys and trick horse-riders (charros and escaramuzas) perform on horseback. There are games and activities for children and families, and vendors of food and refreshments for sale and free information. Staged at the corner of Congress Street and Avenida del Convento, west of downtown Tucson, at the Mercado San Agustin retail and restaurant plaza. Admission is free For more information please call (520) 861-4504 or Visit Facebook Page.

Thursday, June 25, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Monthly Breakfast, at the Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Highway 89A (Sedona), Breakfast is $12, includes buffet and gratuity. Breakfast at 8:00 program at 8;30 a.m. For more information please contact info@democratsoftheredrocks.org or (928) 203-5858.

Thursday, June 25, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Urgent Care meeting room, 8333 N. Silverbell Road (on the southwest corner of Silverbell Road and Continental Reserve Loop). For more information please contact democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com or call(520)251-8247.

Thursday, June 25, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, June 25, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, June 25, 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.

Pride in The Pines Festival 2015

Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28: 19th Annual Pride in The Pines Festival, at Thorpe Park, 560 N. Thorpe Road, just a few blocks west of historic downtown Flagstaff, AZ. Join the family friendly festival at 7,000 feet where you can beat the heat and enjoy live entertainment, delicious food and a kid’s, craft, play, family & children’s area. Pride in the Pines is so inclusive, even your dogs are welcome! The event will feature a lineup of music and entertainment over two days in celebration of the diversity of our community. And welcoming back the annual Route 66 Volleyball Classic Tournament on Saturday! For more information go to www.FlagstaffPride.org.

Saturday, June 27, 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, June 27, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson (new location!) For more information please contact Jo Holt at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Cochise County Democratic Party Wine Tasting

Sunday, June 28, 2:00 p.m.: Cochise County Democratic Party Wine Tasting, at Coronado Vineyards, 2909 E Country Club Drive, Wilcox. Guest Speaker is Rep. Victoria Steele. Individual tickets are $40, for PCs and Blue Cochise members $35. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

Sunday, June 28, 7:00 p.m.: Laughing Liberally Tucson returns to lampoon the national, state and local political scene. Come out and enjoy Tucson’s best and brightest comics as we try our best to save democracy…one laugh at a time. it’s FUN…it’s FREE…it’s Sky Bar Tucson. Last Sunday every month.

Tuesday, June 30, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). If you want lunch, you must RSVP so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $20 – 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!)

Saturday, July 4: Independence Day.

Saturday, July 4, 11:00 a.m.: Greater Huachuca Area Democrats meeting, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 798 S. Highway 92, Sierra Vista. For more information please contact ghadc1@yahoo.com.

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

Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m.: Mule Mountain Democrats meeting, at the Community Y, 26 Howell Avenue, Old Bisbee. For more information please contact John Viverto at vivertos@aol.com or visit our web page
Mule Mountain Democrats.

Saturday, July 11, 1:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party 2015 Summer Convention, at the UFCW, 2401 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix.

Netroots Nation 2015

Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19: Netroots Nation Convention at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. This is the largest annual gathering of progressives in the Nation. For Netroots Nation 2015, we’re choosing to go to Phoenix and make immigration a central issue to the progressive agenda. We haven’t won on this legislation. We’re mindful that we are about to launch into the 2016 presidential cycle, and it’s time to step up as a movement on this issue. We want everyone aspiring for office in 2016 a from the President to Congress to local offices – to know that if you don’t support taking real action on immigration reform, you won’t win our community’s support. There’s a burgeoning progressive infrastructure in Arizona that could use more support, and there is a lot to discuss from a policy perspective. It’s time to start talking about how militarizing our police forces and borders is problematic, how trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA have created the economic conditions for the migration from Central America, and how this issue ultimately comes down to family. For more information please contact desiree@netrootsnation.org and visit Netrootsnation.org.

Tuesday, July 21, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at the Pueblo del Sol Country Club, on St. Andrews Drive in Sierra Vista. 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, July 22, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills). Luncheon reservations are required. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Email requests to DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 458-5689 or (928) 848-2753.

Saturday, July 25, 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.

Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic

Sunday, July 26, 1:00 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic, at Watson Lake Park, Upper Ramada. Featured speakers are Former State Senator Chad Campbell and AFL-CIO Executive Director Rebekah Friend. Please RSVP to (928) 541-0413 or info@yavdem.org.

Tuesday, July 28 Noon: Critical Issues Forum, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Thursday, July 30, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, August 6: 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it easier for Southern blacks to register to vote. Literacy tests, poll taxes, and other such requirements that were used to restrict black voting are made illegal. In June 2013, the “Felonious Five” of the conservative activist U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, reasoning that it was no longer responsive to current conditions. The very same day, Southern states imposed new restrictions on voters, proving the court wrong.

Saturday, August 15: VJ Day. 70th Anniversary of Victory over Japan, ending WWII.

Wednesday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day.

Monday, September 7: Labor Day.

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