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Disability Caucus Update |Sept 2019

Disability Caucus Update |Sept 2019

By Sue Kroeger, Chair

The Disability Caucus met on August 8 at DIRECT Center for Independence. We discussed the Tucson mayoral candidates’ June presentations to the caucus. The main take-away is that all three candidates support hiring an ADA Coordinator to address access concerns in the city. The caucus will follow up on this commitment to ensure implementation. The caucus continues to work with headquarters to make its  restroom wheelchair accessible. A caucus flyer will be produced for PCDP to distribute at special events.  The next meeting is scheduled for September 12th.

LD, Clubs and Caucus Updates | July 2019

LD, Clubs and Caucus Updates | July 2019

What’s Been Happening in LD10
Bonnie Heidler, Chair

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke about “City Progress and the Challenges that Lie Ahead,” at LD 10’s June meeting, highlighting his administration’s accomplishments. It was especially interesting to hear about the challenges that lie ahead as we approach the city election in November.

Our voter outreach program continues to go well. We’d been talking up the mayor’s appearance while doing outreach, which brought several new people to our meeting. We also held a successful canvass on June 1, before the LD10 Town Hall. Twenty-seven people showed up to canvass. We canvassed again on June 22 with Nikki Lee’s Tucson City Council Ward 4 campaign.

Don’t forget to sign up for our July fundraiser, “Hoppy Hour,” 3 pm-6 pm on July 20, at Hop Street Lounge, 7215 E. 22nd St. Tickets are $20 for three flights of beer or wine; $25 for four flights. There will be food, games, and a silent action. All of the city election candidates, and LD10 “elected,’’ will be there, so you can meet and talk with them in a relaxed social setting. Come join us for an afternoon of fun.

To hear more about everything happening in LD10, come to our general meetings on the third Wednesday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. Social time: 6 pm; business meeting 6:30 pm – 8 pm. We won’t meet in July. Our next general meeting is August 21, during which we will present our LD10 Voter Registration Call to Action plan.

July PCDP Disability Caucus Report
Sue Kroeger

The Democratic Disability Caucus held its monthly meeting at DIRECT Center for Independence on June 13. After a short business meeting, the Caucus hosted a mayoral forum. Randi Dorman, Steve Farley and Regina Romero are running in the Aug. 27 primary. All three candidates appeared and responded to questions from moderator Zach Coble concerning paratransit, accessible housing and playgrounds, ADA compliance, paths of travel – sidewalks and curb cuts – Medicare for All, and disability-awareness training for first responders. Responding to audience questions, the candidates expressed support for increasing accessibility and creating welcoming environments for all disabled people, including people with cognitive, psychiatric, and chronic health conditions. They said that they would like to continue meeting with the disability community to better understand its issues and concerns.

Disability Caucus Update | June 2019

Disability Caucus Update | June 2019

By Sue Kroeger, Disability Caucus member

The Disability Caucus of the Pima County Democratic Party works to strengthen the party by advocating for full access and integration of disabled people in Democratic Party activities, and to raise awareness about disability-related policy issues.

The caucus held its monthly meeting on May 9 at DIRECT Center for Independence. Attendees discussed accessibility issues relative to the recent-party meeting at Rincon High School. The executive committee has drafted an accessibility resolution that will be reviewed and sent to the State Disability Caucus for a vote in September. The resolution asks that an accessibility assessment be conducted prior to site selection for state meetings.  

Zaira Livier talked about the Tucson Families Free and Together initiative – deadline for signatures is July 5, 2019 – and Merrill Eisenberg talked about the Outlaw Dirty Money Initiative – deadline for signatures is July, 2020). 

The caucus is hosting a Tucson mayoral forum at its June 15 meeting, 5:30 PM at DIRECT Center for Independence, 1001 N. Alvernon Way.

Disability Caucus Update | Feb. 2019

Disability Caucus Update | Feb. 2019

by Zach Coble, LD 10, Precinct 94

Zach Coble

Disabled Democrats have formed a caucus within the PCDP: the Disability Caucus, which held its convening meeting on Jan. 9, 2019,  and was officially recognized at the Feb. 4, 2019, Executive Committee meeting.

Our purpose is to strengthen the Democratic Party by advocating for the integration of people with disabilities in the activities of the party, candidates’ campaigns, and the party’s policy agenda. We also hope to offer assistance to our local elected officials in considering how different policy ideas might affect the disability community.

We are currently recruiting new members and soliciting  ideas about making party activities more accessible to disabled members of the community.

The caucus meets at 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at DIRECT, 1001 N. Alvernon Way.

“You’ll meet dedicated, passionate people who are working hard to make the Democratic Party and Arizona a better place,” Chairperson Carol Brown said.

For more information, email Carol at