The following statement may be attributed to Alison Jones, Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party
It comes as no surprise that a lawless president would ignore a longstanding agreement to consult with the Tohono O’odham Nation before blasting lands held sacred for 10,000 years.
Nor should anyone be surprised that contractors are bulldozing cacti in Organ Pipe National Park, felling cottonwood trees on the San Pedro River or that the rush to build Trump’s monument to himself is threatening groundwater and disrupting migration patterns. The Sierra Club counts 38 federal environmental protection laws suspended to build the wall.
No one was shocked when the president plundered funds from the military budget to build his wall – five times more than Congress authorized.
And it’s business-as-usual when Trump pressures the Army Corps of Engineers to award Fisher Sand and Gravel Company a $400 million contract after the North Dakota company lobbied for the job on Fox News. The contract for the steel was won by Zekelman Industries, which donated $1.7 million to a pro-Trump super PAC, the Star reported.
Trump’s monument to fear is an example of the chaos and corruption that infests this administration. Instead of the comprehensive and humane immigration policy this nation so sorely needs, this “businessman” opts for a multi-billion-dollar wall that anyone with a homemade ladder can scale. This is one of many reasons why Arizonans are changing their party affiliation to Democrat and will turn Arizona blue in November.
Would you like to run to be a delegate to the July Democratic Convention in Milwaukee, or are you just wondering how delegates are selected? Here is your chance to find out why we have Presidential Preference Elections and what they have to do with being a delegate as well as learn about The Arizona Democratic Party’s commitment to diversity in the delegation.
If you would like to try to be a delegate or if you are just interested in how delegates are chosen, this workshop is for you.
Summer may seem far away, but now is the time to start finding about how delegates are picked and how to be part of the process. Competition for seats on the Arizona delegation is pretty stiff, so the earlier you start planning the better your chances.
The delegate selection plan is complex and involves goals for equal numbers of males and females; as well as goals for groups such as Native Americans, LGBT, young people, disabled, etc. Arizona is committed to diversity.
You are welcome at any of the following places/dates:
Oct. 18. 1:00 p.m. Sierra Vista Democratic HQ, Sierra Vista
On Sunday, September 15, District 3 Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson addressed an audience of 41 people as part of the Civic 2.0 series of talks on local, state and federal government. She shared what the Board of Supervisors does and how it interacts with other county agencies. She also explained the typical tax bill residents receive, what it pays for, how much the county actually gets, and what the money is used for. She encouraged people to get involved with advisory boards.
The next Civics 2.0 event is on Sunday, October 20, Flowing Wells Library, 1730 W Wetmore Rd, 2-3 pm. “Can you hear me now?” What happens when you contact your Member of Congress? Billy Kovacs (Outreach Director for Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick) and Cassandra Becerra (Outreach Director for Congressman Raúl Grijalva) will talk about what happens when you contact the local office of your Member of Congress. How does your comment reach your elected Representative? Register for FREE at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/can-you-hear-me-now-what-happens-when-you-contact-your-member-of-congress-tickets-69812291443
Bring a friend!
Civics 2.0 is a series of free talks, open to and aimed at the general public, offering topics of interest and relevance to Pima County residents. The talks are scheduled for the third Sunday of the month at Pima County Branch Libraries. These are not fund-raising or campaign events. Brought to you by the Pima County Democratic Party. For more info, call PCDP at (520) 326-3716.
The PCDP Education Team was formed to educate Pima County PCs, volunteers and members of the community about the Democratic Party’s values, strategies, methods and organization, and the political process.
We will be holding a series of trainings and educational presentations throughout the county. The first series of trainings for PCs and volunteers will cover Voter Registration, PC Basics, Use of the VAN/Mini VAN, and Voter Outreach and Messaging. The second, a Citizens Education series, open to the public, will address topics including Federal Government Civics, AZ State Government Civics, AZ Corporation Commission, Inner Workings of the Offices of Senators and House Members, and Tucson and Pima County Civics.
We’ll hold PC/Volunteer trainings at least monthly, and topics will repeat every two to three months depending on the subject. We’ll hold the Citizens Education Series monthly, on a rotating basis. We’re working on the presentations’ content, finding instructors, locating venues throughout the county, and marketing the series.
An awesome team of experienced people is joining me: Bonnie Heidler, Greer Warren, Marlene Bluestein, Lori Cinnamond, Carol Quortan, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, and Karen Stiles. We have two main goals: to have the best prepared and informed PCs and volunteers for 2020 to help get Democrats elected in the county, state and nationally. Our second goal is to build the PCDP brand in the community by engaging and informing citizens about how government works, and about the Democratic Party’s values.
We held a Voter Registration training at HQ on May 25 which was well attended and drew positive feedback. Our next training, AZ Civics for PCs and PC Basics, will be on June 29 at HQ, followed by a second Voter Registration training on July 10. Watch for information about future events on social media, in the newsletter and email. Please be sure to register for classes using the registration link provided.
We are hoping to have recordings made of the presentations and have them available for online viewing by the end of the summer.