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PDA Tucson endorsements for Arizona primary

TUCSON CHAPTER PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA AND PEOPLE DEMANDING ACTION

People Demanding Action (PDAction) Tucson, a 501 (c) 4 sister organization of Tucson Progressive Democrats of America is proud to announce the endorsements of:

  • Joel Feinman for Pima County Attorney, http://joelfeinman.com/
  • Bill Mundell for Arizona Corporation Commission
  • Tom Chabin for Arizona Corporation Commission, http://www.tomchabin.com/newsroom/2016/6/23/chabin-mundell-outline-a-code-of-ethics-for-the-acc

Progressive Democrats of America-Tucson is proud to announce the endorsement of:

  • Victoria Steele for AZ Congressional District 2, http://www.victoriasteeleforcongress.com/

Each of the candidates completed a questionnaire prepared by PDA Tucson.  The responses were reviewed by PDA members and found to be in strong support of our progressive values. The completed questionnaires are available for review on request to pdatucson@gmail.com

You can find more information about each of the candidates at their websites and you can contact them for information about scheduled house parties and/or candidates forums if you wish to meet them in person and become more familiar with their stance on issues.

Each of them needs our support in volunteer time and/or money. Each of them will move our County, State, and Country in a progressive direction.

An organizational meeting for People Demanding Action Arizona, a statewide organization, will take place on Saturday, July 16, 7:00 pm at Ermanos Craft Beer and Wine Bar, 220 N. 4th Avenue. Everyone is welcome to join the planning to move progressive issues forward in Arizona. The revolution continues.

Jenise Porter was recently chosen by the PDA Tucson Steering Committee to be the new Chapter Coordinator. I will remain an active member of the Steering Committee.

Phil Lopes
http://pda.nationbuilder.com/

John Nichols & The Nation Are Coming to Tucson (video)

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John Nichols fires up progressives at a PDA event.

Author and commentator John Nichols of The Nation will make his annual trek to Tucson for the Festival of Books, but this year, he’s bringing his colleagues. To mark it’s 150th birthday, The Nation is doing a celebration tour that includes several events in Tucson.

A tradition for the past several years, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Tucson will host a special evening with John Nichols on Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the IBEW Hall. (Event here). Nichols is a long-time friend of PDA and the founding Executive Director the late Tim Carpenter. Consequently, when Nichols is in town, he always stops by the union hall to inspire progressive ground troupes. (This event is free, but donations are gladly accepted.)

After the jump, check out the complete list of Tucson events with Nichols and other inspirational speakers from The Nation. There also will be a regional premiere of the documentary Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation at The Loft on Sunday, March 15 (details below).

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Arizona Rednecks Plan Murrieta-Style Ugly American Protest in Oracle, AZ

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Two Oracle facilities may be sheltering unaccompanied migrant children soon– one in midtown Tucson at Oracle and Drachman and one tucked into the Catalina Mountains in Oracle, Arizona.

While liberals in Tucson are welcoming the children and touting the 250 jobs the migrant shelter and processing center will bring to a struggling part of the city, rednecks north of town are planning a Murrieta-style ugly American protest to greet 40 children who could be housed at the Sycamore Canyon Academy on the back side of Mountain Lemmon. (KVOA story here.)

You’ll remember that several days ago Murrieta, California made headlines when the mayor called for citizens to show their outrage against migrants coming to their town, and the citizens did just that– protesting and blocking the road, with the assistance of local police.

Now the ugly Americans want to stage a repeat in sleepy Oracle, Arizona.

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Join PDA’s Declaration of Independence from Corporate Rule

Stop Citizen's United. Get money out of politics.

Stop Citizen’s United. Get money out of politics.

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and allies have been working to overturn Citizens United, the dubious Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates to let special interest money dominate and corrupt our elections.

Senate Joint Resolution 19 (SJ Res 19) seeks to overturn Citizens United by initiating the Constitutional Amendment process. The proposed amendment would restore the ability to regulate money in our elections.

Thursday, July 10, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on whether or not to send SJ Res 19 onward for a vote before the full Senate. This promises to be an historic breakthrough!

There are four things you can do starting today to help this national coalition effort succeed. 

1. Call both of your Senators today at 866-937-7983 and ask them to cosponsor SJ Res 19, if they haven’t already (full details below).

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PDA National Director Tim Carpenter Dies: Progressives Push ‘Forward’

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Tim Carpenter speaking at Progressive Central, outside the DNC in Charlotte, 2012.

The New Progressive Era lost a giant with the passing of Tim Carpenter on Monday, following a protracted battle with cancer.

As co-founder and National Director of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), Tim was a force of nature. His energy and determination were contagious. He lit the room with his larger-than-life personality and his jolly smile. Tim was my friend, my mentor, and my comrade in the fight for economic and social justice in the United States and the world. Along with 1000s of PDA members nationwide, I will miss him.

I first met Tim in February 2011. It was a dark time in Arizona. Democrats were downtrodden following the 2010 “shellacking” the Teapublicans gave us in the midterm election. Arizona Republicans had won control of  our entire state government. Tucson was reeling from the recent shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at a north side Safeway. And the Arizona Democratic Party was controlled by the No Labels Republican-Lite faction.

At the inaugural meeting of PDA Tucson,Tim’s fiery speech about progressive values and the way forward gave us hope.

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John Nichols of ‘The Nation’ Returns to Tucson for Progressive Politics & Book Signing (video)

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John Nichols speaking in Tucson in 2013

Author, historian, and humorist John Nichols of The Nation and MSNBC returns to Tucson on Saturday, March 15, 2014. This is the third year in a row that the PDA Tucson and the Pima Area Labor Federation have hosted an evening with Nichols at the IBEW Hall.

Nichols mixes political commentary with snippets of history and calls for progressive action. Join Progressive Democrats of America’s Tucson Chapter and PALF for an inspiring evening with a national figure. I guarantee that you will come away from this event inspired, informed, and maybe just pissed off enough to fight the forces of greed who are trying to destroy our country. [Video after the jump.]

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