from their website, www.alliance4action.org:
“Who We Are
We are an alliance of progressive individuals in southern Arizona working to ensure a caring and inclusive country. We will act together to protect and strengthen our values, human and civil rights.
The alliance4action (a4a) is a citizens activist group that has become a powerful agent for creating and transmitting responses to current and anticipated actions by our State and National governments.
Based in Green Valley, a4a was created by the leadership of changeishappening! (cih!) and the Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area (DCSRA) in November 2016. About 40 people, including leaders of several local organizations including faith based ones, attended the first meeting. By the end of January 2017, over 500 individuals had subscribed to the a4a email distribution list.
Recognizing that we will be more effective if we target our efforts, we formed action groups on the following immediate issues:
· Heathcare (including ACA, Medicare/Medicaid)
· LGBTQ Rights
· Election of Progressive Candidates”
Carolyn’s note: Uncontested Democratic races for the Primary: Sec. of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Mine Inspector and State Senate & House for LD 2. But there is Republican opposition in the General Election 2018.
Vote wisely on or before 8/28/18.
Posted in Activism, Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Endorsements, Tucson
Tagged Alliance 4 Action, Andrea Dalessandro, Arizona primary endorsements, Bill Mundell, Billy Kovacs, changeishappening, Daniel Hernandez Jr., david schapira, Deedra Abboud, Democratic Club of Santa Rita Area, January Contreras, katie hobbs, Mark Manoil, progressive candidates, Rosanna Galbaldon, sandra kennedy, Steve Farley, William Pierce
There appears to be some confusion created by the judge’s orders in the Ms. L. v. ICE case and the Flores Settlement Agreement, that Trump administration lawyers from the Department of Justice are taking advantage of — some would say abusing, at the expense of innocent children.
Dara Lind at Vox.com explains, A new court ruling officially opens the door for Trump to separate some migrant families again:
Judge Dolly Gee of the Central District of California formally refused the administration’s request to modify the Flores court settlement, which governs the treatment of children in immigration custody. The Flores agreement was the court ruling that the administration had pointed to for its policy of family separation — because it couldn’t keep children detained longer than 20 days, per Flores, it had to split children from their parents while the parents were in detention.
Gee rejected the administration’s request to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep migrant families in detention facilities for as long as it took to process their cases (a process which, for asylum seekers, can take months or longer).
It’s a defeat on the second front of a legal war for the Trump administration and its “zero tolerance” policy at the US-Mexico border. In the Flores case, the administration is fighting for indefinite family detention. In a separate federal case in San Diego, it’s being stopped from resuming family separation and hounded to quickly reunite the nearly 3,000 families separated while the policy was in full effect through mid-June.
But Monday night’s ruling also makes it clear that the administration has the power to start separating some migrant families again.
Posted in AZBlueMeanie, Civil Rights, Constitution, Corruption, Courts, Ethics, GOP War On..., Immigration, International, Justice, Law Enforcement, Mexico Border, Party Politics, President, Racism, Scandals
Tagged court sanctions, immigrant family separation policy, zero tolerance immigration policy
LD 28 Democratic State Senate Candidate and 2016 Teacher of the Year Christine Marsh
While petting a year old German Shepard Mix named Zuzu at the Democratic Party LD 28 office on Shea and 32nd Street, State Senate Christine Marsh relayed her reasons for wanting to replace incumbent Kate Brophy McGee in the Arizona Senate and the legislative goals she would like to pursue after taking office in January 2019.
Partially inspired by a conversation with a student, in her English class at Chaparral High School, on whether children in Arizona were worth as much as children in other states, Ms. Marsh, a 2016 State Teacher of the Year, is running largely on a pro-public education platform in the Purple Arizona District 28 on a ticket with State House Incumbent Kelli Butler and House Challenger Aaron Lieberman. A very attainable Marsh win in LD 28 would help Democrats achieve their realistic goal of gaining control of the State Senate in November’s elections.
Arizona Legislative District 28 is similar in some ways to Arizona Legislative District 18. It is a district that is becoming increasingly blue as evidenced by Kelli Butler’s State House win in 2016 and Kate Brophy McGee’s two-point squeaker over Democrat opponent Eric Meyer in the same election. A district that includes parts of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Glendale, Democrats have a well-organized and energized team led by Field Director Chris Fleischman (the dog parent of Zuzu) and able volunteers like Tyler Kowch, an Arizona resident who found education in Canada a cheaper option.
Posted in Abortion, Activism, Announcement, Arizona State Legislature, Ballot Referendas and Initiatives, Budgets, Campaigns, Charter Schools, Civil Rights, Commentary, Community, Counties, Courts, Crime, David Gordon, Economics, Editorial, Education, Elections, Energy, environment, Gender Equality, Gun Policies, Healthcare, Housing, Immigration, Infrastructure, Justice, Labor, Law Enforcement, Legislation, Maricopa, Mexico Border, Party Politics, Political Calendar, Political Events, Polling, Poverty, Propositions, Science, Taxes, Transportation, Uncategorized, Water
Tagged Aaron Lieberman, Christine marsh, kate brophy-mcgee, Kelli Butler, LD 28