Political Calendar: Week of January 15, 2017


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Political Calendar for the Week of January 15, 2017:

Sunday, January 15, Noon: National Day of Action to rally against Tea-Publican plans to end Medicare/Medicaid as we know it, and to repeal the Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare.” Tea-Publican budget items will likely end guaranteed Medicare benefits for older Americans, slash Medicaid, increase prescription drug prices for seniors and those with disabilities, and hike taxes on millions of Americans, while giving a tax cut to the wealthiest Americans. Progressive Democrats of America is sponsoring a rally at Banner University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, at Noon. Please RSVP if you’re planning on attending to Mike Fox at mikefox@pdamerica.org.

Sunday, January 15, 2:00 p.m.: (Special Time) Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Guest speakers are Sierra Yamanaka, Regional Field Director for AZ Democratic Party – Topic: the Democratic vote in Tucson & voter registration & GOTV; and Holly Lyon – State Party update. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Maureen Salz at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Sunday, January 15, 3:00 p.m.: UA Presents Concert to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, at the University of Arizona Centennial Hall. Celebrate Dr. King and his work towards social justice with a free concert organized by UA Presents at Centennial Hall. The stirring program will feature artists from the UA School of Theatre, UA Poetry Center, an MLK Choir arranged by Southwest Soul Circuit and a special opening performance from the children of Ocotillo Early Learning Center. More information at http://uapresents.org/tucson-celebrates-dr-martin-luther-king-jr.

Monday, January 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 are Assistance League of Tucson Board President Johnny Williams and Board member Jannine Mathis. Next Week: Tim Sultan from SolarCity on rooftop solar.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March and Celebration – Tucson

mlk-dayMonday, January 16, 8:30 a.m.: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March and Celebration, starting at the U of A Tech Park on MLK, Jr. Way around 8:30 a.m. and end at Reid Park. Celebration will be from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 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. Meet the third Tuesday of each month. 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, January 18, 6:00 p.m.: Pinal County Democratic Party meeting, at Pinal County Democratic Party HQ, 121 W. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande. For more information lease contact pinaldemocrat@gmail.com or call (480) 678-1756.

Wednesday, January 18, 6:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of Northern Gila County meeting, at the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson. Meet the third Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the 3rd Wednesday of every month, and the new location is Macayo’s on Central Avenue, South of Indian School. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

Wednesday, January 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). There is a social time for all members and guests, beginning at 6 p.m. Meet the third Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact Cecilia Aros Hunter at hunter.cecilia@yahoo.com.

Thursday, January 19, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Old Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Meet the third Thursday of each month. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Friday, January 20: Inauguration Day. Paul Simon’s classic an “American Tune” seems appropriate.

Inauguration Day Teach-in and March in Tucson

Friday, January 20, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Inauguration Day Teach-in on Civic Engagement and Non-violent Protest, on the Mall of the University of Arizona Campus. A March for Unity and Solidarity starts at 5:00 p.m. at Old Main and will proceed to El Presidio Park on Alameda Street downtown. Santa Pachita concert to follow in the park. This march is a public demonstration that the greater Tucson area is a community that is inclusive and respects the rights and dignity of all people regardless of faith, race, gender, ability, citizenship status, or sexual orientation. We want to demonstrate in a peaceful manner that we, as a community, collectively affirm the rights of those who are most vulnerable. We want to affirm in public our solidarity to protect the rights of US citizens who are Muslim, the rights of undocumented students who came to America as children and are currently enrolled at colleges and universities, the reproductive rights of all women protected by law, the rights of individuals in the LBGTQ community, and the rights of African Americans who are victims of police shootings to a fair trial. These events are open to the public and are wheelchair accessible. To request specific disability-related accommodation, please contact the event organizers.”

Friday, January 20, 10:00 a.m.: Inauguration Vigil, Sponsored by Together We Will, Northern Arizona, at the corner of Humphrey’s and Route 66, Flagstaff. This is one of two vigils to be held in Flagstaff on Inauguration Day. Show the country we are watching and we will stand up for Freedom and Social Justice over the next 4 years. A second vigil will be held from 5-6 pm. in the same location.

Friday, January 20, 1:00 p.m.: The Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans press conference at the office of Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, 738 N. 5th Avenue, Tucson, on “Medicare and Social Security Under Attack” with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.

Women’s March on Washington

Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m.: Women’s March on Washington, see Facebook Page. “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.” Solidarity March in Tucson at Armory Park. Facebook Page. Followed by a Solidarity Rally in Tucson at Noon, at 101 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson. Facebook Page. For the Phoenix event, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phoenix-womens-march-tickets-30497883992. For additional march locations check HERE.

Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party African-American Caucus meeting, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 1020 E. 31st Street, Tucson. Meet the third Saturday of each month. The caucus is not exclusively for African-Americans, all are welcome to join. For more information please contact Connie DeLarge at cdelarge@dmyl.com or (520) 241-8408.

Saturday, January 21, 1:00 p.m.: Sedona Peaceful Unity March, meet up at 45 Birch Blvd., W. Sedona, march to uptown Sedona. The march is in solidarity with the national Women’s March on Washington. This is a non-partisan, human rights demonstration to show our elected officals and all concerned citizens that we stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, our families, and our planet.

Saturday, January 21, 2:00 p.m.: March for Love, sponsored by Together We Will, Northern Arizona, in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington and marches taking place throughout the country. The march will start from City Hall at the corner of Humphrey’s and Route 66 in Flagstaff, and proceed through downtown. There will be a reception at Firecreek Coffee House following the march.

Yuma County Democratic Party’s annual Diamonds &Denim fundraiser

Saturday, January 21, 6:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party’s annual Diamonds &Denim fundraiser, at the Cocopah Casino 15268 S. Avenue B, Somerton, AZ. Meet and Greet (no host cocktails) 6:00 p.m., with dinner to follow–prime rib & roast chicken. Live Auction at 8:00 p.m. Silent
Auction during the event. Live & Silent Auctions…live music by Boogie Two Shoes. Sponsorships $1000 (10 tickets), Diamond Sponsor name in program, recognition at event and Ten drink tickets. Sponsorship $ 800 (10 tickets) Denim Sponsor name in program and recognition at event. Individual tickets (presale): $60.  Email for more information is yumademocrats@gmail.com.
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

Third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m.: Drinking Liberally returns to Tucson, at Casa Vicente (375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, casavicente.com) whose gracious and helpful wait staff sets the table(s) for us. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. Next meeting is Wednesday, January 18.  Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Informal but thoughtful conversation, good wine and beer, and good food. There is no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to Casa Vicente for the use of their patio, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise). And the Tapas are wonderful! The patio is almost completely covered, so weather isn’t much of
a problem, and there’s plenty of free parking.
Sunday, January 22: NFC Championship game 1:00 p.m. AFC Championship game 4:40 p.m.

Sunday, January 22, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the home of Ralph Perillo.  For more information please contact Buddy Gill at maranadems@gmail.com or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, January 22, 5:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks Annual Membership Meeting, at St. AndrewsEpiscopal Church meeting hall, 100 Arroyo Pinion, Sedona. Pot luck, please bring a dish. For more information please contact (928) 274-6541 0r email democratsoftheredrocksrsvp@gmail.com.

Monday, January 23, 6:00 p.m.: Legislative District 3 meeting, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress Street. Meet the fourth Monday of each month. For more information please contact Andrés Cano at andres@canoagroup.com or (520) 304-5778.

Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Brian Clymer at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539.

Wednesday, January 25, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive, Prescott (on the Antelope Hills golf course). Luncheon reservations are required. A buffet luncheon will be provided. Featured speaker is Carol Comito, chair of the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women and founder and chair of the AZ Women’s Conference, who will address the group on the changing political climate and the role of women. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. RSVP by email: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 848-2753. Contact us ASAP if you make reservations and are unable to attend. The public is welcome, but reservations are required. To join, email the form and pay at the luncheon, or mail with a check to Sandy Baggenstos, DWPA Treasurer, 530 N. Fitzmaurice Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303.

Thursday, January 26, 11:30 a.m.: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden (Scottsdale). Generally meets the last Tuesday of the month. If you want lunch, you must RSVP by the Thursday before so we can order for you! Email jctillotson@msn.com. $22 – 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!) For more information please contact bluetuesdayluncheon@gmail.com.

Thursday, January 26, 6:00 p.m.: Casa Grande Democrats meeting, at Bedillon’s Restaurant (Adobe Room), 800 N. Park Avenue, Casa Grande. Meet the fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Jack Guthrie at democratsofcasagrande@gmail.com and Like Us on Facebook.

Thursday, January 26, 6:00 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting, at HQ, 2910 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, January 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.

Friday, January 27 – Sunday, January 29: 79th Annual Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo & Fair at the Eugene P. Tashquinth Sr. Livestock Complex located three (3) miles west of Sells, Arizona along State Route 86. Join us as we celebrate our biggest and most attractive event of the year. Bring the entire family and join us in sharing our culture by participating in our social round dancing, a variety of music entertainment will hit the main stage daily including the ever so popular Waila Bands, traditional food sampling along the food court vendors alley, arts & crafts, and exhibit booths for the leisure visitor. And of course the All Indian Rodeo Competition.

Arizona List and Las Adelitas AZ on “What really happened in the election 2016”

Friday, January 27, 5:00 p.m.: Arizona List and Las Adelitas AZ on “What really happened in the election 2016,” at the IBEW 570 Hall, 750 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson.  Featured speaker is Jessica Byrd of Three Point Strategies. she has three decades of election experience, and a deep knowledge of the progressive and social justice eco-systems. As an experience and respected voice on candidate recruitment, electing diverse leaders, and racial, gender and economic justice, she will talk us through the national results of 2016 and where to go next. Please RSVP to (520) 327-0520 or email info@arizonalist.org.

Saturday, January 28: Chinese New Year – year of the rooster.

Saturday, January 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.

Arizona Democratic Party Reorganization

Saturday, January 28, 9:00 a.m.: The meeting will be in Maricopa County (location TBA). The newly elected state committee persons will elect a state Chair, First Vice Chair, Senior Vice Chair, Vice Chairmen (3), Vice Chair women (3), Treasurer, Secretary, Education Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Moderator. The bylaws spell out specific requirements for some of these positions regarding gender and county of residence as described in the bylaws. Registration and caucus meetings 9:00 – Noon. Lunch at Noon. Plenary session at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 29, 4:00 p.m.: 2017 Arizona Legislative Update, at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, 2250 E. Broadway Blvd. We are excited to host an expert panel to discuss the policy issues and legislation to expect here in Arizona when our new government takes office. You won’t want to miss this informative event during such a crucial year for equality! Please RSVP on Facebook if you plan to attend!

Saddlebrooke Democrats Annual Dinner

Sunday, January 29, 5:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats Annual Dinner, at the Mountainview Clubhouse Ballroom. Good friends, good food, and entertainment by Arizona Daily Star award winning cartoonist David Fitzsimmons. 5:30 p.m. social hour with appetizers and cash bar. 6:30 p.m. Dinner and entertainment by David Fitzsimmons. Fill out a reservation form and send it with your check – SBDC 2017 Dinner Reservation Form. For more information please contact Steve Groth at steve.groth42@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 29, 8:00 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… New Location: The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Usually the last Sunday every month.

Sunday, February 5, 4:30 p.m.: Super Bowl LI, from NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. AFC Champion v. NFC Champion.

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

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