Political Calendar: Week of February 15, 2015

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Political Calendar for the Week of February 15, 2015:

Continuing to Sunday, February 22: Casa Grande Cowboy Days & O’odham Tash. Cowboys and Indians have been part of Casa Grande for over 100 years. Come out and join us as we celebrate our rich heritage. Casa Grande will transform into a colorful festival full of Native American arts/crafts, rodeos, and much more! Don’t miss the parade in Downtown Casa Grande at 10 a.m. on February 21st or the O’odham Tash Rodeo featuring members of the Ak-Chin, Gila River, Salt River Pima, and Tohono O’odham Nations. All events scheduled at Ed Hooper Rodeo Grounds, 2525 N. Pinal Avenue, Casa Grande.

Monday, February 16: President’s Day observed.

Monday, February 16, 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 Cheryl Cage, newly elected Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party on “My vision for Democratic action in Pima County.” Next Week: Monica Schmidt, professor of GMO Food Research, UA College of Agriculture on “Pros and cons of GMO foods.”

9th Annual High Desert Dinner at Cafe Roca

Monday, February 16, 5:30 p.m.: This will be a 5-course, sit-down dinner. A wine reception with musical accompaniment will start the evening. The wonderful and energizing Paula Aboud will be our speaker. We also hope to also have a representative from SV United Way to make a short presentation on community service. Tickets are $60 for PCs, $70 general admission. Please RSVP by February 10 by mailing your check with this Form to Cochise County Democratic Committee, P.O. Box 3233, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636. For more information please contact Sharon Thomas at cochisecodems@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 17: Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras.

Tuesday, February 17, 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, February 17, 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, February 17, 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, February 18 – Friday, February 20: Pitchers and catchers report to Cactus League Baseball. Spring training games begin March 3.

Wednesday, February 18, 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. Our featured speaker will be Terry Goddard on his “dark money” initiative. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 18, 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). For more information lease contact Rob Selby at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Thursday, February 19: Chinese New Year. Year of the Sheep (Goat, or Ram). Gong Xi Fa Ca (Happy New Year).

Thursday, February 19, 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.

Saturday, February 21, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Vail Pride Day at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road (from I-10). A huge community-wide event that involves almost every student in the 10,000-student district as well as teachers, staff, businesses and community organizations. Free, food and drink will be available for purchase from food vendors outside as well as from the many clubs and school groups.

Saturday, February 21, 10:00 a.m.: Cowboy Days and O’odham Tash Parade, staging at Brown Avenue and 5th Street, Casa Grande. Parade Route. Come walk the parade route with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, the Casa Grade and Pinal County Democratic Party. Ann will provide tee-shirts for us to wear. Please contact Ralph Acthue at parfor2@msn.com to let him know you will show up and march with us. We need to be at the parade starting point at 9:30 with the parade starting at 10:00.

Saturday, February 21, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: The Tucson Black Film Club presents the Tucson Black Film Festival — films about Black cowboys in the Southwest, at the Dunbar Cultural Center, 325 W. 2nd Street, Tucson. Films: The Roper (Short 2013); Harlem Rides the Range (1939); Soul of Nigger Charlie (1973); Posse (1993). Expect to see Tucsonans who were extras in the films. We will have door prizes, discussions, guest speakers and free popcorn. Optional $5 suggested donation for all day pass. Arlene’s Food Truck on parking lot (catfish and barbeque). Open to the public. Cosponsored by St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church and Africana Studies at the University of Arizona.

Saturday, February 21, 12:45 p.m.: PC Workshop: Voter Registration and Outreach, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street (one block South of Speedway and West of Swan). 12:45-1:00 registration. 1:00-1:15 Review of 2014 Election Turnout. 1:15-2:15 Brainstorming session for increasing voter turnout. 2;30-3:00 Outreach Brainstorming Session. 3:00-3:30 Framing the message when tabling voter registration. 3:30-3;45 Voter Registration in a Nutshell. 3;45-4;00 Wrap-up. Please RSVP by 5 PM on Thursday, February 19 to Susan Bickel at susanbickel@hotmail.com or 520-559-3904. Participants will receive election results information which will include overall voter turnout, turnout by party and under-voting for many candidates. Maps will show voting trends by precincts and areas.

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 Pam Duchaine at pamduchaine@gmail.com

Drinking Liberally

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

Sunday, February 22: George Washington’s Birthday.

Sunday, February 22, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson (new location!) Election of District Chair. For more information please contact Tom Cuevas at zingue@msn.com or (520) 440-5458. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Monday, February 23, 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, February 24, 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!)

Wednesday, February 25, 11;00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area meeting, at the Stoneridge County Club, 1601 Bluff Top Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ. $15.00 for members, $17.00 non-members, includes lunch. Reservations at DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or (928) 848-2753.

Thursday, February 26 – Sunday, March 1: 51st Annual Lost Dutchman Days, at 1590 Lost Dutchman Blvd. Apache Junction. This event has 3 days of Professional Rodeo action, a Carnival that features 30+ rides, and carnival attractions. The Parade viewing is always a favorite and attracts thousands of spectators. Don’t forget the Rodeo Dance held at the Elks Lodge 2349. Thrown into all this action, entertainment for our spectators continues with two stages of free quality entertainment which provides continuous music daily for your pleasure. Event Center admission is only $2.00 and parking is free.

Thursday, February 26, 9:00 a.m.: 90th Annual Tucson Rodeo Parade. Over 200 non-motorized floats are on display along the one and one-half mile parade route beginning at Park Ave. and Ajo Way, proceeding south on Park to Irvington Rd. Tickets for Grandstand seating at Irvington and South 6th Ave, $10 adults, $5 kids under 13. Call (520) 294-1280 for grandstand tickets. Schedule | Directions – 90th Annual Fiesta De Las Vaqueros.

Thursday, February 26, 3:00 p.m.: Sunflower 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, February 26, 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, February 26, 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.

Saturday, February 28, 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.

Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival

Saturday, February 28, 11:00 a.m.: 2015 Tucson Peace Fair and Music Festival at the Reid park band shell, 900 South Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ. This FREE event is Arizona’s largest gathering of Peace, Justice, and Environmental groups. There will be Live Music, Tables, Food, Entertainment, and Children’s Activities. The 2015 theme is Challenging Poverty. For more info call (520) 730-3609 or email mdecamp@q.com.

Yuma County Democratic Party Annual Diamonds & Denim Dinner

Saturday, February, 28, 6:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party Annual Diamond & Denim Dinner, at the Cocopah Casino, 15318 South Avenue B, Somerton, AZ. Individual tickets $50, Denim Sponsor $800, Diamond Sponsor $1,000. Plan to attend and honor all former Yuma County Democratic Party chairs. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Sarah Lydick at diamonds@yumademocrats.com or Gail Beeler at gail@yumademocrats.com.

Monday, March 2, 6;30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

Tuesday, March 3: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus Day at the Legislature. Tour the State Capital and sit in on the Appropriations Committee meeting in the afternoon. Details TBA. For more information please contact Connie DeLarge at cdelarge@dmyl.com or (520) 241-8408.

Wednesday, March 4: 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address: “With malice toward none; with charity for all…let us strive on to finish the work we are in…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations,” Lincoln says.

2nd Annual Dolores Huerta Luncheon

Wednesday, March 4, 11:30 a.m.: Come celebrate the 2nd Annual Luncheon hosted by the Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition at the YWCA Tucson, 525 Bonita Avenue, Tucson, with honored guest Dolores Huerta. In addition to fellowship with local labor & social justice leaders/activists, there will be a silent auction of beautiful art pieces from Tucson favorites and the coalition will honor three local women with the Dolores Huerta Si Se Puede Legacy, The Mujer En La Lucha, & The Consuelo Aguilar Esperanza Awards. Register today! Seats are limited! Tickets are $40 plus a $3.19 processing fee. Sales end February 25. Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-dolores-huerta-luncheon-tickets-15461202874?ref=ebtn. Visit our new web site at http://azchavez.tk/.

5th Annual Celebration of International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.: CWA Local 7000 hosts the 5th Annual Celebration of International Women’s Day, at Pima Community College Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room, 1255 N. Stone Avenue. We will salute women union leaders past & present from throughout southern Arizona whose activism inspires us to strive for greater advancement in our workplace, union and community. Individual tickets are $50, sponsorship levels are available. Checks should be made payable to: CWA Local 7000, and mail to: 877 S. Alvernon Way, Ste. 100, Tucson, AZ 85711. For more information and to RSVP please contact Linda Hatfield at Linda@cwa7000.org or (520) 323-0700. Proceeds benefit the The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Saturday, March 7: 50th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery in support of voting rights was stopped at the Edmund Pettus Bridge by a police blockade. Fifty marchers are hospitalized after police use tear gas, whips, and clubs against them. The incident is dubbed “Bloody Sunday” by the media. The march is considered the catalyst for pushing through the voting rights act five months later.

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Celebrate Your Vote! voter registration event. To coincide with President Obama’s visit to Selma. Alabama on March 7, the Pima County Democratic Party will be hosting Voter Registration Tables around Pima County. We will be visible at various libraries (to be announced) and community centers. The Voter registration tables will be available at the various locations from 10 am to 1 pm. For more information please email cherylcageAZ@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m.: Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Sam Lena Library, 1607 S. 6th Avenue, South Tucson. For more information please contact Tom Prezelski at fusilero@aol.com.

Saturday, March 7, 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. Visit our web page Greater Huachuca Area Democratic Club.

Arizona List 11th Annual Celebration

Saturday, March 7: Arizona List 11th Annual Celebration, Tucson Luncheon at the Westin La Paloma, Phoenix Happy Hour at the home of Don Bivens and Trish Refo. Keynote Speaker is former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. She currently serves as the co-chair of Priorities USA Action and is the Director of The American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley. After leaving office, Granholm hosted Current TV’s national political analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored the Washington Post political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. Event and VIP tables sponsorships are available. For more information or to RSVP, please contact info@arizonalist.org or (520) 327-0520.

Sunday, March 8: International Women’s Day, 2015 Theme: Make It Happen.

Arizona AFL-CIO Day of Action at the Capitol

Monday, March 9, 7:00 a.m.: Arizona AFL-CIO Day of Action at the Capitol. The AFL-CIO Day of Action is an invitation for all union brothers and sisters as well as progressives and those wanting to learn how the legislative process works. Learn how to lobby or register for the “Request to Speak” system, which allows members of the public to make comments and give their position on bills being considered in Legislative Committees at the House and the Senate. This free event to our state capitol, which includes round-trip transportation, camaraderie and lunch provided by UA Local 469 is open to all who want their voices heard. The bus will leave IBEW 570 parking lot at 7 AM and return at approximately 4:30 PM. One bus will stop at the McDonald’s on Cortaro Road to pick up people as the buses go to Phoenix. You will visit with your legislators, rally with your sisters and brothers on the house lawn, learn how to lobby and sign up for the “Request to Speak” system. There will be voter registration forms or request to be placed on the permanent early voting list. It is not too late to request a personal or vacation day to join us. Bring you families, children and anyone who is interested in how the process works. The Pima Area Labor Federation is providing this event. For more information please contact the Pima Area Labor Federation at (520) 388-4139.

Monday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). Featured speaker is Cheryl Cage, newly elected Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party on “My vision for Democratic action in Pima County.” 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, March 10, 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.

Foothills Forum: Providing a Second Chance

Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.: Foothills Forum presents “Providing a Second Chance,” at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive, Tucson. Join us on Tuesday, March 10, when Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and US Magistrate Judge Charles Pyle will be the featured speakers for a forum presentation discussing the causes behind the growth in the US prison population, the impact incarceration has on human lives, and the crushing burden it imposes on our already strained correctional system and state budgets. Also, how local community programs, such as Second Chance Tucson, are providing mentoring, job training and job placement programs to help ensure these returning citizens are able to live a productive life. Cost: $20.00 per person including cash bar and hot Hors d’oeuvres. Register at Providing A Second Chance – March 10, 2015. For more information please contact us at contact@foothillsforum.org or visit our web site foothillsforum.org.

Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Circle of Friends meeting, at the Cattletrack Art Compound, 6105 N. Cattletrack Road, Scottsdale. Keynote speaker is Congressman Ruben Gallego. For more information please contact Ben at bmwhaley@gmail.com or (480) 577-1752.

Wednesday, March 11, 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, March 12 – Sunday, March 15: La Paz County Fair, 21600 Hillside Drive, Parker, AZ.

DCSRA Fund Raiser with John Nichols of The Nation

Thursday, March 12, 5:00 p.m.: (New Date!) Democrats of the Santa Rita Area Fund Raiser, at the Desert Diamond Casino,1100 W. Pima Mine Road, just off I-19 9exit 80). Featured speaker is John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation. Menu Choices: Picatta Chicken Breast with Lemon Caper Garlic Sauce, Grilled Top Sirloin with Roasted Shallot Borderlaise Sauce, or Grilled Salmon Fillet with a Roasted Shallot Borderlaise Sauce. A cash bar will be available. If you prefer a special diet, please contact Polly Daly at (815) 370-4614.Tickets are Basic- $60, Sponsor- $100, Patron- $200
Special Diet- $60. Purchase tickets at Act Blue or DCSRA Headquarters.

Thursday, March 12, 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.

Tucson Festival of Books

Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 15, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Tucson Festival of Books | 2015 Festival Information. The 2015 Tucson Festival of Books will take place on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 on the University of Arizona campus. Admission is free. The Tucson Festival of Books is located on the University of Arizona Mall – along East University Boulevard, stretching from Old Main to east of Cherry Avenue, and in several nearby buildings. Free public parking is typically available in the University’s surface lots and in six garages: Cherry Avenue, Highland Avenue, Main Gate, Park Avenue, Sixth Street and Tyndall Avenue (the Second Street Parking Garage is not available for the public). Because the University will be on spring break, Festival participants and spectators won’t be competing with students for parking. The Festival offers two full food courts along with snack vendors. Net proceeds from the Festival – from the support of our sponsors, exhibitors, and Friends of the Festival – go to fund amazing literacy programs in Southern Arizona.

Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. (Need to verify). For more information please contact Lucy Messing at (520) 591-7615 or visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, March 14, 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, March 14, 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, March 14, 7:00 p.m.: Progressive Democrats of American, Tucson Chapter, host John Nichols from The Nation. Location TBD. This event is free, but donations are happily accepted to help continue the work of Progressives Democrats of America. see our Facebook page John Nichols of The Nation Returns to Tucson.

Tuesday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day.

Tuesday, March, 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, March 18 – Sunday, March 22: Pinal County Fair, 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road, Casa Grande.

Friday, March 20 – Sunday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue in Tucson. Click here for a map. Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, Main Stage, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, the ever so popular Free Kids hands-on-art Pavilion. There is face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment and tons of other fun activities. This is Tucson’s Largest Arts Venue.

Annual St. Patricks’ Day Fundraiser

St.PatrickSaturday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District’s 9 and 10 host the Annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at the home of George and Margie Cunningham, 630 N. Alamo Avenue, Tucson, AZ. This is the annual political season kick-off event for Democratic candidates in Pima County. Keynote Speaker will be Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. Master of Ceremonies Tucson Vice mayor Paul Cunningham. Tucson’s best corned beef & cabbage with all the fixings and side dishes, bountiful desserts, soft drinks and beer. Tickets are only $20 per adult if purchased in advance. Children 6-12 $10, under the age of 6 free. Order online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/gogreen15. Ticket price goes up to $25 at the door, so purchase your tickets early. A limited number of tickets will be sold. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be on the TV for you basketball fans, so you have no reason to miss this fun event.

Arizona Advocacy Network 4th Annual Dinner Reclaiming Government For The People

Saturday, March 21, 6:00 p.m.: Arizona Advocacy Network hosts its 4th annual Dinner Reclaiming Government For The People, at the Pointe Hilton Resort, 7677 N. 16th Street, phoenix, AZ. Keynote Speaker is Congressman John Sarbanes, sponsor of the Government by The People Act. Individual tickets $100, table ffor ten $1,000. Please contact jon@azadvocacy.org to host a table and for sponsorship opportunities. To purchase tickets online, see 4th Annual Dinner Reclaiming Government for the People With Congressman John Sarbanes.

Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition Youth Conference in Schools

Monday March 23 – Friday, March 27: Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition sponsors Youth Conference in Schools. During the week of March 23rd-27th, members of the Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition alongside volunteers from the Tucson community will visit with different schools from elementary to high school. They will give presentations from power points, videos, to storytelling on the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and farm workers’ movement. If you are interested in presenting please contact Angelica Munoz at angelica.munoz@tusd1.org. The 2015 César E. Chávez Leadership Week Workshop and Presenter Proposal Form can be downloaded at Proposal Form (.pdf). Visit our new web site at http://azchavez.tk/.

26th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference

Friday, March 27, 8:00 a.m.: 26th Annual LULAC Youth Leadership Conference at Pima Community College – West Campus. For the last 25 years the LULAC Youth Leadership Conference has worked to encourage and motivate students to remain in school, set goals and reinforce the value of education. Join us in being part of your students’ future success by exposing your students to an environment that fosters positive relationships among peers, teachers and the community. Education is the key to success! Registration (link above) is free, lunch is included. For more information contact lulacyoungadults@gmail.com or (520) 245-8124.

Saturday, March 28: Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition sponsors the César E. Chávez March and Rally. Details TBA. Visit our new web site at http://azchavez.tk/.

Monday, March 30: Arizona César E. Chávez Holiday Coalition sponsors City of Tucson César E. Chávez Holiday and Day of Service. Details TBA. Visit our new web site at http://azchavez.tk/.

Tuesday, March 31 – Sunday, April 5: Yuma County Fair, 2520 E. 32nd Street, Yuma.

Thursday, April 2, 5:00 p.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Dinner in Flagstaff at the Little America Hotel. Join us for a wonderful dinner, live entertainment from members of Circus Bacchus, and fabulous raffle items from a wide variety of Flagstaff businesses and artisans. Keynote speaker is Katherine Glaser, M.D., physician at Planned Parenthood Arizona’s Flagstaff health center. Tables of 8 are $400, individual tickets are $50 each. Additional sponsorship opportunities and discounts for students and young professionals are available. For information about this event, please contact Ann Beck at annbeck3000@gmail.com or (928) 606-3252. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Friday, April 3 (sundown) – Saturday, April 11: Passover.

Sunday, April 5: Easter Sunday.

Sunday, April 5, 8:00 ET: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs.

Monday, April 6: Opening Day of 2015 Major League Baseball season. San Francisco Giants at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wednesday, April 8 – Sunday, April 12: Maricopa County Fair, AZ Exposition & State Fairgrounds, 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix.

Thursday, April 9: 150th anniversary of Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendering his Confederate Army of Virginia to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia, marking the unofficial end of the American Civil War. Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to Gen. William T. Sherman near Durham, North Carolina on April 18, 1865. Remaining Confederate forces surrender in May.

Thursday, April 9, 11:30 a.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Luncheon in Phoenix at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. This year actress Selenis Leyva will serve as our Mistress of Ceremonies. She is one of the stars in Netflix breakout hit series Orange Is The New Black. Our Keynote Speaker will be Ashley Spillane, the President of Rock the Vote. 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.

Friday, April 10, 11;30 a.m.: I Stand With Planned Parenthood Luncheon in Tucson at the Tucson Convention Center. This year actress Selenis Leyva will serve as our Mistress of Ceremonies. She is one of the stars in Netflix breakout hit series Orange Is The New Black. Our Keynote Speaker will be Ashley Spillane, the President of Rock the Vote. Tables of 10 are $1,000, individual tickets are $100 each. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information lease contact Edna Meza Aguirre at edaguirre@ppaz.org or (520) 784-5810. Find more information and purchase tickets here.

Tuesday, April 14: 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The president dies from his fatal wounds the following morning.

Thursday, April 16: Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Thursday, April 16 – Sunday, April 26:
Pima County Fair, 11300 S. Houghton Road.

Wednesday, April 22: Earth Day 2015.

Wednesday, April 29 – Sunday, May 3: Verde Valley Fair, 800 E. Cherry Street, Cottonwood.

Tuesday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo, and National Teacher Appreciation Day.

Friday, May 8: VE Day. 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe in WWII.

Sunday, May 10: Mother’s Day.

Saturday, May 16: Armed Forces Day.

Monday, May 25: Memorial Day.

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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.

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.

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