Political Calendar: Week of May 3, 2015


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Political Calendar for the Week of May 3, 2015:

Legislative Session Wrapup with Sen Andrea Dalessandro

  • Sunday, May 3 2:00 P.M-4:00 P.M. Quail Creek, Madera Club House, Silver Room
  • Tuesday, May 5 9:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M Green Valley Recreation East Center-Abrego & Esperanza
  • Tuesday, May 5 6:00 P.M-8:00 P.M. Quail Creek, Madera Club House, Gold Room

Senator Dalessandro will be discussing the challenges and inner workings of the crAZy, Republican led legislature. She will be giving a brief presentation with ample time for question and answers, to hear your concerns and issues. For more information email her at DalessandroForAZ@gmail.comor call (520) 648-2092 Please leave a message.

Monday, May 4, 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 Terry Goddard on “Dark money in Arizona politics, how we remove it.” Next Week: Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild campaign update.

Monday, May 4, 6:30 p.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting.

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

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

23rd Annual Women Making History Luncheon

Friday, May 8: 11:00 a.m.: The 2015 Women Making History Luncheon sponsored by the Arizona Women’s Political Caucus, at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm Street, Tucson. Honoring former state legislator Marion Pickens with the 2015 Mim Morris Woman Making History Award. Keynote Speaker is Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Registration at 11:00, Luncheon at 11:30. Tickets: $55 , $30 for students. Tables of ten: $550. Click here to purchase your ticket. For more information please contact awpc23@gmail.com by April 24, 2014.

Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting

Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m.: Arizona Democratic Party Spring State Committee Meeting, at Sunnyside High School, 1725 E. Bilby Road, Tucson. Registration 8:00 a.m. Caucus meetings 9:00 a.m.- Noon. Call to order 1:00 p.m. Posted on the Arizona Democratic Party’s website at this link are the proposed resolutions, bylaw changes, minutes of the Jan. 26, 2015 meeting, caucus schedule and proxy form. RSVP Here.

Saturday, May 9, 9:00 a.m.: Tanque Verde Valley Democrats meeting, at Risky Business, 8848 E. Tanque Verde Road. For more information please contact Lucy Messing at (520) 591-7615 or visit our web site. Tanque Verde Valley Democratic Club.

Saturday, May 9, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, 3:00 p.m.: [Note: No meeting, attend the state committee meeting] Democratic Club of the Santa Rita Area meeting, at the DCSRA Headquarters, Continental Shopping Plaza (second floor meeting room), 240 W. Continental Road (exit 63), Green Valley. For more information, please contact Pam Duchaine at pamduchaine@gmail.com

4th Annual Morris and Stewart Udall Dinner

Saturday, May 9, 5:30 p.m.: The Pima County Democratic Party presents the 4th Annual Morris and Stewart Udall Dinner, at the Desert Diamond Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Hiighway, Tucson, Keynote speaker is Drew Weston, nationally renowned author of “The Political Brain.” Spirit of Arizona Honorees: Alice and Bill Roe, and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Precinct Committee Persons $75, General Admission $85. Table sponsorships range from $1000 to $5000. To Purchase Your Tickets Online Visit ActBlue. For more information please contact Shasta McManus at Shasta@PimaDems.org or Office Phone (520) 326-3716, Cell (520) 822-7343.

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, happy-mothers-day-clipart-graphicinclusive progressive social group, and lively discussion. Contact: www.livingliberallytucson.org.

Sunday, May 10: Mother’s Day.

Monday, May 11, 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, May 12, 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.

Wednesday, May 13, 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, May 14, 5:30 p.m.: Yavapai County Democratic Party meeting, at the Prescott Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser Street, Prescott, AZ. Featured speaker is state Sen. Katie Hobbs. $5 if you bring a dish to the pot luck, $10 if you don’t. Please RSVP at yavdem@cableone.net or (928) 541-0413.

Thursday, May 14, 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.

Memorial Services for Governor Raul Castro

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial for Governor Raul Castro on Saturday, May 16th at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol. In addition, there will be memorial masses held in Nogales May 15th at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Tucson May 15th at 2 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Cathedral and in Phoenix May 16th at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Basilica. His ashes will be interred in a private ceremony in Sedona.

Saturday, May 16: Armed Forces Day.

Tuesday, May 19, 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, May 19, 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, May 19, 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, May 20, 6:00 p.m.: Democrats of the Red Rocks “Elections 216,” at the Jewish Community Center of Sedona and the Verde Valley, 100 Meadowlark Drive, Sedona. Featuring a panel of Arizona legislators and election strategists. Each panelist will discuss current legislative challenges and the 2016 elections.Please RSVP to reserve a seat to this free event by calling (928) 274-6541 or go to Special Event RSVP.

Wednesday, May 20, 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.

Wednesday, May 20, 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, May 21, 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,May 23, 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.

Sunday, May 24, 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.

Monday, May 25: Memorial Day.

Monday, May 25, 6:00 p.m.: [No meeting in observance of Memorial Day; attend fundraiser on May 29] 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, May 26, 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, May 27, 10:30 a.m.: Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Luncheon, at the Centennial Center, 1989 Clubhouse Drive (Antelope Hills). RSVP is required: DWPrescottArea@gmail.com.

Thursday, May 28, 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.

Education Town Hall – Tucson

Thursday, May 28, 5:00 p.m.: Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ “Listening Tour” Education Town Hall, at Pima Community College Center for the Arts (West Campus), two miles west of I-10 on St. Mary’s Road. (St. Mary’s turns into Anklam Road.) Parking is free. The Superintendent is on a “listening tour” for public education. Let your voices be heard! This is especially important for classroom teachers: be prepared to share the reality of what is happening in your schools.

Thursday, May 28, 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.

Thursday, May 28, 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, May 28, 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, May 29, 5:30 p.m.: Legislative District 3 fundraiser, at the home of Joel Feinman, 638 S. Main Avenue, Tucson. Details TBA.

Arizona Democratic Party Heritage Dinner – Save the Date!

Friday, May 29, [Time TBD]: Arizona Democratic Party Heritage Dinner in Phoenix. Location details TBA. Keynote Speakers DCCC Chairman Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (NM) and former DCCC Chairman Congressman Steve Israel (NY). Tickets: Dem-AZ and PC Dinner ticket $125, Individual dinner ticket $250, Individual Sponsor $1000 (1 VIP and Dinner Ticket, Listing in the Program), Free Dinner Ticket for CSLC Members (with RSVP). Purchase tickets today to ensure you have a spot! Just follow this link: 2015 Heritage Dinner. For table and dinner sponsorships, contact Herschel Fink at 602-234-6808 or hfink@azdem.org for more information.

Saturday, May 30 [Time TBD]: Cochise County Democratic Party general membership meeting at HQ, 1234 E. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista. For more information please contact cochisecodems@gmail.com or (520) 458-9467.

Sunday, May 31, 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.

2nd Annual PALF Awards Dinner & Silent Auction

Thursday, June 4, 5:30 p.m.: 2nd Annual PALF Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, at the El Casino Ballroom 437 E 26th Street (Tucson). Sponsorships levels are now available. Individual tickets and raffle prize tickets are available at the PALF office. Raffle tickets are $10 each, or 3 for $25. Please RSVP to awards.palf@gmail.com or call (520) 388-4139 to purchase by credit card.

Saturday, June 6: Maricopa County Democratic Party 2015 Summer Convention. Save the Date! Details TBA.

LD 24 Sweet Synergy: Vegas Edition

Saturday, June 13, 7:00 p.m.: LD 24 Democrats Sweet Synergy: Vegas Edition, at Club Palazzo, 710 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Games, Entertainment, Celebrity Guests, and even some SURPRISES. For $25 you will start the night with $250 worth of chips. Use your chips to enter to win some of the fabulous raffle prizes that will be given away throughout the night, or risk all or some of it, for more chances to win. Try your luck at Blackjack, Roulette and Craps, while trying to increase your winnings throughout the night. Run out of chips, no problem. Cashiers will be available all night, offering you additional chances to buy in.Get your tickets now! Don’t miss out, cause you won’t be able to get the details the next day…’cause remember, “What happens in 24, Stays in 24”! Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Sunday, June 14: Flag Day.

Sunday, June 21: Father’s Day.

Wednesday, June 24, 5:00 p.m.: Dia de San Juan Fiesta, at Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento, Tucson, AZ. A traditional start of Tucson’s summer, Dia de San Juan celebrates the coming monsoon rain season and honors St. John the Baptist (patron saint of water). Highlights include a ceremonial procession and the blessing of an altar–the public is welcome to join in the procession. Activities include a charreada (Mexican rodeo events), performances by mariachi bands and folklorico dancers. Mexican cowboys and trick horse-riders (charros and escaramuzas) perform on horseback. There are games and activities for children and families, and vendors of food and refreshments for sale and free information. Staged at the corner of Congress Street and Avenida del Convento, west of downtown Tucson, at the Mercado San Agustin retail and restaurant plaza. Admission is free For more information please call (520) 861-4504 or Visit Facebook Page.

Saturday, July 4: Independence Day.

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.

Wednesday, August 26: Women’s Equality Day.

Monday, September 7: Labor Day.

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