Political Calendar: Week of July 12, 2015


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Political Calendar for the Week of July 12, 2015:

Sunday, July 12, 1:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party PC and Volunteer training, at PCDP headquarters, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Please RSVP to Susan Bickel at susanbickel7@gmail.com or (520) 559-3904.

Monday, July 13, 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. (Updated) Featured speaker is LD 9 Senator Steve Farley for legislative and election updates. Next Week: Social Security benefits attorney Brian Clymer on “right-wing attacks on the social security disability program.”

Monday, July 13, 5:30 p.m.: Sustainable Tucson meeting, at the Joel Valdez Main Library, lower level meeting room, 101 N. Stone Avenue (parking in garage off Alameda Street). At this Planning Meeting, we will review the issues, create effective messaging for the rally and for a media campaign leading up to the event, and plan the logistics for the rally.  Our goals are: 1) Force TEP to retract the June 1, 2015 ‘grandfathering’ date for new rooftop solar customers (net metering), and 2) Force TEP to divest their stake in the polluting, out-of-state San Juan coal plant. For more information please contact dan.millis@sierraclub.org or (520) 620-6401, or hello@sustainabletucson.org.

Monday, July 13, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive (SE corner at La Cañada). 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, July 14, 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.

Screening of ‘Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of The Possible’

Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 p.m.: The Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club and LD 9 Democratic Committee invite you to join us for a screening of “Hubert H. Humphrey: The Art of the Possible,” at Northwest Allied Physicians, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson. Hubert Humphrey’s most enduring achievements were in the areas of civil and human rights. Propelled to party prominence during the 1948 Democratic National Convention, the 37-year-old mayor of Minneapolis delivered an historic speech directly challenging the racist leadership of the U.S. Senate. Almost two decades later, Humphrey’s extensive network of church and civil rights leaders helped him to break the longest filibuster in senate history, resulting in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.Tickets are $20 per person. Refreshments available for purchase: beer, wine, sodas, snacks. For more information please contact (520) 609-7641.

Wednesday, July 15, 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. DFA-MC is on the web, Facebook and Twitter. For more information contact DFAofMC@gmail.com.

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.

Friday, July 17 (TBD): Biggs, et al v. Brewer, et al. (CV2013-011699 Maricopa County Superior Court), Judge Karen Mullins, argument of motions for summary judgment in Medicaid (AHCCCS) expansion challenge. (Need to verify date).

“Bernie Sanders 2016” Watch Party of Netroots Nation Presidential Town Hall

Saturday, July 18, 10:00 a.m.: Bernie Sanders 2016 Watch Party, at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Join Bernie Sanders supporters for the livestream of Netroots Nation Presidential Town Hall with Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Martin O’Malley.

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

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

Monday, July 20, 10:00 a.m.: Say No to More Prisons, at the Arizona House of Representatives, 1700 W. Washington Street, Phoenix. We are standing together against the private prison industry. We are telling Governor Ducey and the Department of Corrections that we say NO to another prison.  Join us for a press conference and rally Monday July 20th at 10:00 AM. Please lend your voice! Community leaders, teachers, social workers, young people, and anyone who believes that we must reinvest our tax dollars in something other than Prisons! Lets stand together to say Arizonans deserve better! It is time to take a stand! On Facebook SAY NO TO MORE PRISONS!

Tuesday, July 21, 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, July 21, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 and District 10 joint meeting, at Northwest Medical Center, La Paloma Urgent Care Community Classroom, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive. For more information please contact Brian Clymer (LD 9) at brianclymer@yahoo.com or (520) 297-3539. For more information please contact Rob Selby (LD 10) at r_ybles@hotmail.com or (520) 790-3024.

Tuesday, July 21, 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, July 22, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills). Luncheon reservations are required. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for nonmembers. Email requests to DWPrescottArea@gmail.com or call (928) 458-5689 or (928) 848-2753.

Thursday, July 23, 8:00 a.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks breakfast, at Olde Sedona Family Restaurant Bar & Grill, 1405 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. Admission is $12, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8;00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

Thursday, July 23, 3:00 p.m.: Marana 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, July 23, 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, July 23, 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, July 25, 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.

Saturday, July 25, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson (new location!) For more information please contact Jo Holt at legdist11dems@gmail.com. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic

Sunday, July 26, 1:00 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic, at Watson Lake Park, Upper Ramada. Featured speakers are Former State Senator Chad Campbell and AFL-CIO Executive Director Rebekah Friend. $12 per person, By mail to: P.O. Box 1644, Prescott, AZ 86302, or RSVP by phone to (928) 541-0413 or info@yavdem.org.

Sunday, July 26, 7:00 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…it’s Sky Bar Tucson. Last Sunday every month.

Monday, July 27, 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, July 28, 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!)

Tuesday, July 28 Noon: Critical Issues Forum, at the Cochise County Democratic Party HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Thursday, July 30, 5:30 p.m.: Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

Monday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

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, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area and Legislative District 2 joint meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza (second floor meeting room), 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. Program celebrating the Voting Rights Act of 1965. For more information, please contact Pam Duchaine at pamduchaine@gmail.com

Saturday, August 15: VJ Day. 70th Anniversary of Victory over Japan, ending WWII.

DWSEA “Suffrage And Beyond” English High Tea

Saturday, August 22, 2:00 p.m.: Democratic Women of Southeast Arizona host “Suffrage and Beyond,” an English high tea celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, at Sierra Vista United Methodist Church, 3225 St. Andrews Drive, Sierra Vista AZ. Keynote speaker is former state Senator Paula Aboud. Cost is $25 per person. To RSVP mail payment to: DWSEA, P.O. Box 1674, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 (include name, address, occupation and number attending). Wear your favorite suffragette hat!

Wednesday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day.

Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7: Coconino County Fair at Fort Tuthill County Park, in Flagstaff, AZ.

Sunday, September 6 – Sunday, September 13: 69th Annual Navajo Nation Fair, in Window Rock, AZ. 69th Annual Navajo Nation Fair – arts & crafts, baby contest, free BBQ, exhibits, concerts, horse racing, parade, Pow Wow, Open Indian and junior rodeos, traditional song & dance, fry bread contest, carnival, $2-4, 928-871-6647 or http://www.navajonationfair.com/ or http://www.navajonationparks.org.

Monday, September 7: Labor Day.

Wednesday, September 9 – Saturday, September 12: Apache County Fair, in Saint Johns, AZ.

Friday, September 11: Patriot Day.

Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13: Northern Gila County Fair, at the Payson Event Center, in Payson, AZ.

Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Summer State Committee meeting, at Coconino High School, 2801 Izabel Street, Flagstaff, AZ. Details TBA.

Wednesday, September 16 – Sunday, September 20: Navajo County Fair, at the Navajo County Fairgrounds, in Holbrook, AZ.

Thursday, September 17: Constitution Day | U.S. Constitution.

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20: Gila County Fair, at the Gila County Fairgrounds just north of Globe, AZ on US 60.

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20: Greenlee County Fair at the Greenlee County Fairgrounds, 1248 Fairgrounds Road, Duncan, AZ.

Thursday, September 17 – Sunday, September 20: Mohave County Fair, at 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd., in Kingman, AZ.

Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20: Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo, at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Sonoita, AZ.

Thursday, September 24 – Sunday, September 27: Cochise County Fair, at the Cochise County Fairgrounds on Leslie Canyon Road, just north of Douglas, AZ.

Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4: Yavapai County Fair, at the Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Grounds, in Prescott, AZ.

Thursday, October 8 – Sunday, October 11: Graham County Fair at the Graham County Fairgrounds, 527 E. Armory Road, Safford AZ.

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