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.
What’s Been Happening in LD10 Bonnie Heidler, Chair
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
dedicated, passionate people who are working hard to make the Democratic Party
and Arizona a better place,” Chairperson Carol Brown said.