Political Calendar: Week of July 26, 2020

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Political Calendar for the Week of July 26, 2020:

Democrats of Greater Tucson logoMonday, July 27, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson ONLINE MEETING July 27 speaker is Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, candidate for Pima County Recorder. Register now for Online Webinar to get easy instructions to attend. You just need an internet connection, and you can listen via phone or computer speaker. Meanwhile, Democrats can follow updates of the brand new website and start a free subscription to get weekly updates about progressive causes. You can also listen to the DGT Podcast to hear great speakers like Richard Elias – Pima County Supervisor Chairman, Rex Scott – Candidate for Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 1, and Dustin Williams – Pima County School Superintendent.

Monday, July 27, 5:30 p.m.: (Canceled) Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, July 27, 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 Eva Dong at ecdong1@gmail.com.

Tuesday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.: Arizona AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers – Arizona Car Caravan to the Capitol to Open Schools SAFELY. Please join us at the Arizona State Capitol on Tuesday, July 28th between 10 AM – 1 PM to let the Governor know that we expect him to access the rainy day funds for our public schools and the SAFE opening of our schools. In person or virtually, we need your support! We will have car window decorating paint available inside the Capitol Parking Lot. For more information, please call AZ AFL-CIO Phone (602) 631-4488, or AFT-AZ Phone (602)595-4021.

Tuesday, July 28, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kim Holoway at kimholaway@gmail.com.

Friday, July 31: Last day for early voting and to return your mail ballot so that it is received by election day (don’t wait, mail it earlier).

Note: The Yavapai County Democratic Party Annual Picnic, at Watson Lake Park, in Prescott traditionally in late July had to be cancelled this year due to safety concerns for the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, August 1 and Monday, August 3: In person emergency voting at County Recorder facilities, See Pima County Locations.

Saturday, August 1, 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.

Special Announcements:

DCSRA Current Events Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.: (Meetings cancelled due to coronavirus concerns) 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 (Suite 420, between the Barber Shop and the restaurant Carne Y Vino). 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 The Shanty, 401 E. 9th Street, Tucson. We need to know by the morning of each meeting approximately how many folks will attend. Please RSVP to tucson@drinkingliberally.org. Informal but thoughtful conversation. As a reminder, The Shanty does not serve food (yes, there is popcorn), so please feel free to bring your own or order in, all allowed at The Shanty. There is no obligation to order anything–but as a thank you to our host, I hope everyone will order at least one drink (alcoholic or otherwise).

Monday, August 3: First day you can request an early mail-in ballot for the November general election.

Monday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party executive committee
meeting.

Tuesday, August 4: Arizona Primary Election.

Tuesday, August 4: The traditional primary election night party and Unity Rally had to be cancelled this year due to safety concerns for the coronavirus pandemic.

Saturday, August 8, 9:30 a.m.: (Special Date) Legislative District 2 meeting, at the Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Gerald Stoops at gfstoops@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 8, 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, August 8, 10:00 a.m.: Coconino County Democratic Party meeting, at Coconino County Democratic Party HQ, 201 E. Birch Avenue, Suite #6, Flagstaff. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (928) 214-0393 or email Kevin Ordean at Kordean@ccdem.org.

Saturday, August 8, 1:00 p.m.: Sun City Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, in the Navajo Room of the Activity Center, 1495 Rancho Vistoso Blvd., Sun City. Meet the second Saturday of each month. For more information lease contact Maureen Salz mosalz@outlook.com.

Saturday, August 8, 3:00 p.m.: Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza, 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley (Room 203 meeting room). For more information please contact (520) 838-0590.

Sunday, August 9, 3:00 p.m.: Join this virtual meeting to hear from Commissioner Sandra Kennedy and the three Democrats running for these seats: Bill Mundell, Shea Stanfield, and Anna Tovar. Event co-hosted by ADP Environmental Council, Coconino County Democrats, Pima Co Democratic Party, Pinal Co Democratic Party, Mojave Co Democratic Party, Gila County Democratic Party, LD18 Democrats, and Arizona LD20 Democrats.” We’ll learn about the importance of this Commission, why it’s so important to gain a majority, and how we can help these candidates get elected. Please register at Facbook web zoom.

Monday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 4 meeting, at Total Wine & More, 1416 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. Meet the second Monday of each month. For more information please visit our Facebook page.

Monday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.: Democrats of Oro Valley meeting, at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro valley. Meet the second Monday of each month. Arrive at 6:15 to socialize a little before the 6:30 pm meeting.

Monday, August 10, 7:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Highlands at Dove Mountain meeting, in the Dove Mountain Clubhouse Catalina Room II, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd., Marana. For more information please contact (520) 661-1919.

Tuesday, August 11: (Rescheduled) Connecticut Primary.

Tuesday, August 11, Noon: Democrats of Rim Country meeting, at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 Arizona Hwy. 260, Payson, AZ. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact paysondems@gmail.com or call (928) 468-9669.

Tuesday, August 11, 3:30 p.m.: Saddlebrooke Democrats meeting, at SaddleBrooke Activities Center, 64518 E. Galveston Lane (Saddlebrooke). Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Groth at (520) 385-6686 or check our web site. SaddleBrookeDemocrats.org.

Tuesday, August 11, 4:00 p.m.: Democrats for Picture Rocks meeting, at Horseshoe BBQ Restaurant, 6575 N. Sandario Road, Tucson. Meet the second Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Catalina Hall at dems4prandav@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.: Graham County Democratic Party meeting, at La Paloma Restaurant,  5183 Clifton Street, Solomon. Meet the second Wednesday of each month. For more information please contact us at grahamcountydemocraticparty@gmail.com or visit our Facebook Page.

Thursday, August 13, 5:30 p.m.: (New Location) Pima County Democratic Party Nucleus Club meeting, at the DoubleTree – Reid Park Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Meet the second Thursday of each month. Non-members will be asked to make a contribution of $20 at the door or in advance. For more information, contact Nucleus Club at Pima County Democratic Headquarters (520) 326-3716.

Thursday, August 13, 5:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Disability Caucus meeting, at Direct Center, 1001 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson. Monthly meeting of the Disability Caucus. Open to the public. For more information please contact Contact Carol Brown (520) 325-9874.

Thursday, August 13, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser Road, Prescott. $10.00 donation, $5.00 if you bring a dish to share. Meet the second Thursday of each month. Please RSVP to (928)541-0413 or email us at info@yavdem.org.

Thursday, August 13, 5:30 p.m.: Greenlee County Democratic Party meeting, at the Clifton Railroad Station, 100 N. Coronado Blvd., Clifton. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information see our Facebook Page.

Thursday, August 13, 7:00 p.m.: Yuma County Democratic Party meeting, at the new Yuma Democratic Party HQ at 290 S. 1st Avenue, Ste. 1, Yuma. Parking is available in back. Meet the second Thursday of each month. For more information please contact us at yumademocrats@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 15, 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.

Monday, August 17 – Thursday, August 20: (Rescheduled) Democratic National Convention from the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Virtual Convention from satellite locations).

Monday, August 17, 5:30 p.m.: (New meeting date and location) Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Ranch Community Center, 8881 N. Coachline Blvd., Tucson. For more information please RSVP to marana.demsandfriends@gmail.com, or see our Facebook page.

Monday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.: Northern Pinal County Democrats meeting, at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 2122 S. Goldfield Road, Apache Junction. Meet the third Monday of each month. For more information please contact David Coward at dbcoward@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 18, 11:00 a.m.: Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona meeting, at Manda Le Bar & Grill, 3455 Canyon De Flores, Sierra Vista, Meet the third Tuesday of each month. The cost of the luncheon is $15.00. For more information please contact Pat Smith at pandw111167@aol.com. Visit our web page. Democratic Women of Southeastern Arizona.

Wednesday, August 19, 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. Cost is $17 for members and $20 for nonmembers.Reserve your spot on Actblue, Email DWPA@DWPAAZ.ORG, or call Jan at (626) 340-7060.RSVPs and credit card payment may be made through Act Blue by clicking on the link above, or at the door for those on the RSVP list by Credit Card, Check (made payable to DWPA), or with Cash. Note: Cancellations for reservations must be received 24 hours in advance! Attendees will be billed if they cancel  on the day of the event.

Wednesday, August 19, 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, August 19, 6:30 p.m.: Democracy for America – Maricopa County (DFA-MC) monthly meeting is the third 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, August 19, 6:30 p.m.:  Legislative District 10 meeting, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Goddard Hall, 4831 E 22nd Street, Tucson.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 Bonnie Heidler at ld10azdems@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 p.m.: Copa City Democrats meeting, location varies. For more information please contact Constance Jackson at jcksconniejean@aol.com.

Thursday, August 20, 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 $15, includes buffet breakfast and gratuity. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Please RSVP to (928) 274-6541.

City of Tucson’s Official 245th Birthday

Thursday, August 20, 5:30 p.m.: City of Tucson’s Official 245th Birthday, at the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, 196 N. Court Avenue, Tucson. Details TBA.  For more information see tucsonpresidio.com.

Saturday, August 22, 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, August 22, 2:00 p.m.: Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Wheeler, Taft, Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, Tucson. Meet the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information please contact Steve Witthoeft at sdwitt77@gmail.com.

Monday, August 24 – Thursday, August 27: Republican National Convention, from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. UPDATE: The convention was moved to Jacksonville Florida, but has since been cancelled. Expect to see an announcement about a virtual convention.

Monday, August 24, 5:30 p.m.: (cancelled) Maricopa County Democratic Party Executive Committee Meeting at HQ, 2914 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Meet and greet (and dinner) begins at 5:30. Meeting begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, August 24, 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 Eva Dong at ecdong1@gmail.com.

Tuesday, August 25, 6:30 p.m.: Legislative District 9 meeting, at the Water of Life Metropolitan Community Church, 3269 N. Mountain Avenue, Tucson. Meet the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information please contact Kim Holoway atkimholaway@gmail.com.

Wednesday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day: Centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving (white) women the right to vote.

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Thursday, August 27, 6:00 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Labor Caucus meeting, at Pima County Democratic Party HQ, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson.

Thursday, August 27, 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.

March on Washington – Get Your Knee Off Our Necks!

Friday, August 28, 11:00 a.m. ET: On the 57th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Rev. Al Sharpton will hold a new March on Washington to restore and recommit to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The march will be a powerful event that will usher in a new era of civil rights — the era of demanding reform of policing and criminal justice.” Register for National Action Network’s March on Washington: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks! Instigated from the protest movement that has risen up since the police killing of George Floyd, the ‘Get Off Our Necks’ March on Washington will be a day of action that will demonstrate our commitment to fighting for policing and criminal justice. March Page. Pre-Program 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Program 11:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.  March at 1:00 p.m. Conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Note: The Coconino County Democratic Party’s annual Monsoon Picnic in Flagstaff, traditionally held in late August, had to be cancelled this year due to safety concerns for the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7: Coconino County Fair, at Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff. (COVID restrictions).

Saturday, September 5 – Monday, September 7: 105th Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo, at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, 3142 AZ-83, Sonoita. Details TBA.

Monday, September 7: Labor Day.

PALF Annual Labor Day Picnic

Monday, September 7, 10:00 a.m.: Pima Area Labor Federation’s 23rd Annual Labor Day Picnic at the Reid Park Bandshell. Join us for free food, drinks, games and our 9th annual union olympics. Details TBA.

Wednesday, September 9 – Saturday, September 12: Apache County Fair, at 825 W. 4th, North Saint Johns (COVID restrictions).

Thursday, September 10 – Saturday, September 12: Northern Gila County Fair, at the Payson Event Center, 1400 Beeline Hwy., Payson (COVID restrictions).

Wednesday, September 9 – Sunday, September 13: Yavapai County Fair, at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Drive, Prescott (COVID restrictions).

National Organization for Women State Conference 2020

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 a.m.: (Rescheduled)National Organization for Women State Conference 2020, at IBEW Local #570 Union Hall, 750 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference begins at 9 a.m. Listen to noted experts speak on the ERA, Immigration, Reproductive Rights, Violence Against Women, Gun Violence, and LBGTQ+ rights. There will also be speeches by NOW-endorsed candidates and tabling by like-minded organizations, and more. Yummy food from local food trucks will be available for purchase for lunch, and we’ll provide snacks and drinks. Early-bird prices are good through February 29, so get your tickets now NOW member $15, Non-member $25. Register and purchase tickets at Eventbrite. For more information please see our Facebook page.

Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting (virtual)

Saturday, September 26, 10:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting (virtual). Details TBA.

Tuesday, September 29, 7:00 pm.: First Presidential Debate from South Bend, Indiana. Details TBA.

9th Annual Udall Dinner & Spirit of Arizona Awards

Saturday, October 3, 6:00 p.m.: (Rescheduled) Pima County Democratic Party 9th Annual Udall Dinner & Spirit of Arizona Awards, at the Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita. This year we turn our focus towards UNITY, by returning to the foundation of this democracy: The U.S. Constitution. To that end, the theme of this year’s celebration is “Building a More Perfect Union.” The evening’s event promises to inspire, rally and motivate the Democratic Party to come together for this crucial election year. Don’t miss out! Our keynote speaker is author and Professor Noah Chomsky. Entertainment by The University of Arizona 20-piece Studio Jazz Ensemble, with special appearances by local Mariachi groups. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., VIP Reception 5-5:45 p.m., program at 6:00 p.m. Precinct Committeemen ticket price $100, individual ticket price $125, sponsorship levels available. For special discounts for students and military please contact us at: (520) 429-5064. Purchase tickets secure online at Actblue.

Monday, October 5: Voter registration deadline for general election.

Wednesday, October 7: Early ballots mailed, General Election early voting begins.

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.: Vice Presidential Debate from Salt Lake City, Utah. Details TBA.

Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.: Second Presidential Debate from Miami, Florida. Details TBA.

Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.: Third Presidential Debate from Nashville, Tennessee. Details TBA.

Friday, October 23: Last day to request an early mail-in ballot.

Friday, October 30 – Sunday, November 1: (Rescheduled) 32nd Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival, at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. Entertainment on the main stage: Friday: 98 Degrees, Saturday: Blues Traveler. Child/Senior Admission $8, Adult Admission $15, VIP Admission $30-$50.

Friday, October 30: Last day for early voting and to return your mail ballot so that it is received by election day.

Saturday, October 31 and Monday, November 2: In person emergency voting at County Recorder facilities (TBA).

Tuesday, November 3: General Election.

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