PDA: Envisioning a more progressive Arizona Democratic Party


Taxby Pamela Powers Hannley

Are you one of those Democrats who grumbles about the
Arizona Democratic Party’s (ADP) slide into Republican-lite territory?

 Are you tired of Blue Dog Democratic candidates?

 Are you tired of the party’s weak stances on hot-button

Did you ever wonder why the ADP’s Progressive Caucus has so
little power—despite being the state party’s largest caucus? (Maybe you didn’t
even know that the ADP had a progressive caucus?)

Are you ready for change?

If you said, “Hell, yeah!” to any of the above questions, then
it’s time to stop muttering and start acting. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Tucson
Chapters of Drinking Liberally/Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) are
holding a special meeting  at The Shanty—beginning
at 6 p.m. with FREE pizza. The focus of the meeting will be on envisioning and
brainstorming a more progressive Democratic Party in Arizona. Former Arizona Legislator and PDA
Tucson coordinator Phil Lopes will lead the discussion.

Why should you attend? Read the details after the jump.

County has 339 elected
precinct committee persons (PCs). PCs are the grassroots foot soldiers of the
Democratic Party—the people who walk door to door with campaign literature, the
people who make phone calls and remind you it’s election day, the people who
donate, the people who go to meetings and volunteer for committees, the people
with more than one candidate sign in their yards and more than one bumper sticker
on their cars, the people the Democratic Party depends on—the people who built
the party

In Pima County, 80 of the 339 elected PCs (24%) are on PDA
Tucson’s membership mailing list, and PDA Tucson is only one of six PDA
chapters in Arizona.
This is an opportunity for change.

PDA and Drinking Liberally are extending a special
invitation to all local PCs—and anyone else who wants to work for progressive
change in Arizona—to attend the Nov. 14 meeting to hear about how
we—together—can encourage the Arizona Democratic Party to step back from the
Republican-lite cliff and become more progressive. (Did I mention FREE pizza?)

Every two years—following the November election—the Democratic
and Republican Parties reorganize. Between now and the end of 2012, each
Legislative District (LD) will reorganize. This means that new LD leaders will
be chosen—district chair, vice chair(s), secretary, treasurer, county executive
committee representatives, statewide committee representatives.

Following the districts’ reorganization, the county parties
will reorganize, and lastly the statewide party will reorganize in early 2013. The
ADP’s Statewide Committee and officers—plus the counties’ executive committee—make
policy and set the tone and direction of the party.

So, if you’re one of those grumblers, now is the time to
stop complaining and start acting. The first step is the Nov. 14 meeting. Bring
your ideas and come on down. (Check out Drinking Liberally's event on Facebook, or PDA Tucson's Facebook page.)

The next step is to attend your LD’s reorganizational
meeting and volunteer for change. According to the Pima County Democratic Party
, the LD3 reorganization meeting will be Nov. 26; LD9, Nov. 27; LD10, Nov. 28; LD 2,
Dec. 1. Watch their calendar for future scheduled meetings.