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Stop Universal School Vouchers

What happened in the legislature

https://sosarizona.org/

As you may already know, HB2853 was signed into law. This universal school voucher expansion program, if it isn’t stopped, will be the first of its kind in the United States and the death knell for public education in Arizona. It will subsidize private school education including elite and religious schools, and there are no constraints on who is eligible, with little accountability or transparency.

The group Save our Schools (SOS) is working to collect 118,823 signatures that will refer HB2853 back to the November ballot for voters to decide on whether to keep or remove this law. Signatures are due to the Secretary of State’s office (turned in all at once) by September 23rd. That means Pima volunteers will have until mid September to help collect signatures.

How you can help

Voters signing petitions back in March. Don’t worry, we are signing indoors right now!

The petition to refer HB2853 to the ballot is now available to sign and circulate at the PCDP office. We will not have regular office notary hours until after the August 2nd primary election, but signatures can be notarized by any notary in Arizona; it doesn’t have to be a volunteer notary with PCDP.

You cannot sign this petition online. It must be signed in person. You must be a registered voter to sign the petition. Any party affiliation can sign.

You must be eligible to be registered to vote in Arizona in order to circulate this petition as a volunteer.

Your signature may appear on a petition you circulate. If you are a notary, you cannot notarize a petition that you have already put your signature on.

The main point of contact for Save Our Schools in Southern Arizona is Christina Vazquez. Please call our office at (520) 326-3716 during our office hours to ask for Christina’s contact information.

The last of the petitions – check back for updates

Thank you for your patience. We have been scrambling over the last 48 hours to get volunteers to help us with staffing the office over the long holiday weekend.

As of 6/30 at 12pm 1:15pm, these are the updated hours and information for PCDP headquarters regarding petitions. Questions should be sent to director@pimadems.org

NEW PCDP Hours

  • OPEN Friday, July 1st 10am to 4pm
    • A notary will be available from 10am to 4pm
  • OPEN Saturday, July 2nd 11am to 1:30pm
    • Notary will be available 11am to 1:30pm
  • OPEN Sunday, July 3rd 12pm to 3pm
    • Notary will be available 12pm to 3pm
  • CLOSED Monday, July 4th
  • OPEN Tuesday, July 5th 10 to 4pm
    • Notary will be available from 10am to 4pm

If you want to sign a petition

You can come in during any of the hours listed above. There are also many signature gathering events happening over the weekend. Click here for a list of locations where petitions will be available to sign: https://azreproductivefreedom.com/?page_id=16714

Make sure to check in on social media for last-minute petition signature events!

If you want to collect signatures

Stop by the PCDP Headquarters to pick up petition sheets. We need all Pima County petitions completed and notarized by Tuesday, July 5th. They will be driven to Phoenix on July 6th. Please try to get your petitions notarized over the weekend BEFORE you bring them in on Tuesday.

We will have a notary available on Tuesday, if you need.

Are you a notary?

Consider volunteering by going to this link: https://www.mobilize.us/pimadems/event/470097/

PCDP Fellowship | Spring 2022

Start Date: January 24th

End Date: May 4th

Hourly rate: $15

Hours per week: 20 (max)

The Pima County Democratic Party is looking for Democrats with a passion for local politics and/or previous political work experience to apply for a paid internship with us this spring. Here at PCDP, our mission is to support and elect local Democratic leaders who will work to enact our platform and will represent the people of Pima County in the state and federal legislatures.

Join us as we set up the stage for the 2022 elections, and see the inner workings of the Pima Democratic Party, local government, and political office first hand!

Each position will require working 20 hours per week. All four positions are paid. If you choose to apply for more than one position, you must submit separate cover letters for each position.

Fundraising Fellowship (2 Available)

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift
  • Assist the Director with planning and recruiting for fundraising events.
  • Minimum 5 hours required every week of fundraising call time.
  • Manage fundraising stewardship (i.e. Thank you cards, checking in with donors, etc).
  • Assist the Director with designing and sending targeted fundraising email series using fundraising database software such as NGP.
  • Assist the Director with the general fundraising plan for the first and second fiscal quarters.
  • Attend any relevant finance committee meetings.

PREFERRED

  • Previous experience with fundraising database software such as NGP.
  • Previous fundraising experience.
  • Local Tucson knowledge.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Registered to vote as a Democrat in Pima County.
    • Exception: Pima residents authorized to work in the US who are not US citizens. Must demonstrate a commitment to the values of the Democratic party.
  • Able to be in the office during shifts.

This is a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

Communications Fellowship

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Attending communications team meetings.
  • Working directly with PCDP Corresponding Secretary to ensure that all communications projects are on track.
  • Assist the Director with planning weekly, biweekly, and monthly newsletters directed at targeted audiences.
    • Also assist with creating email series for first-time subscribers.
    • All emails will be sent using NGP7/NGP8.
  • Assist the Director with general communications planning and strategizing.
  • Periodically updating the PCDP website.
  • Using PCDP Website Manager’s Graphics Guidance to create images that promote various events and campaigns. 

PREFERRED

  • Previous experience with political communications.
  • Previous experience with the NGP data system (either the 7 or 8 version).
  • Local Tucson knowledge.
  • Spanish-speaking

REQUIREMENTS

  • Registered to vote as a Democrat in Pima County.
    • Exception: Pima residents authorized to work in the US who are not US citizens. Must demonstrate a commitment to the values of the Democratic party.
  • Exceptional organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Able to be in the office during shifts.

This is a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

Field Fellowship 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Minimum 10 hours required every week of volunteer recruitment call time.
  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Plan and recruit for events to make calls, register voters, and canvass neighborhoods.
  • Able to train and launch volunteers at events.
  • Use the voter database to schedule and track active volunteer shifts.
  • Alert the Operations Coordinator if more supplies are needed for events.
  • Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP exposure and fieldwork.
  • Assist staff as needed.

PREFERRED

  • Previous experience with political campaigns and/or community outreach projects.
  • Previous experience with the VAN data system.
  • Local Tucson knowledge.
  • Spanish-speaking

REQUIREMENTS

  • Registered to vote as a Democrat in Pima County.
    • Exception: Pima residents authorized to work in the US who are not US citizens. Must demonstrate a commitment to the values of the Democratic party.
  • Exceptional organizational and prioritization skills.
  • Able to be in the office during shifts.

This is a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.


PCDP Internships | Spring 2022

Start Date: January 24th

End Date: May 4th

Not paid

Available for high school or college credit

The Pima Democratic Party is looking for dedicated students with a passion for local politics to intern with us this Spring. Here at PCDP, our mission is to support and elect local Democratic leaders who will work to enact our platform and will represent the people of Pima County in the state and federal legislatures.

Join us as we set up the stage for the 2022 elections, and see the inner workings of the Pima Democratic Party, local government, and political office first hand!

To complete for credit, you must submit the number of hours you will need to complete to the Director. You will be responsible for completing those required hours for your area of study. These are not paid positions. If you choose to apply for all three positions, you must submit separate cover letters.

Operations Intern (minimum 10 hours per week)

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Checking in and out with the Operations Coordinator at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Know all office policies and procedures regarding the office phone, technology, petitions, and visitors to the office.
  • Use knowledge of office policies and procedures to manage volunteers helping in the office.
  • Monitor office supplies and alert the Director about gaps in inventory.
  • Keep the office clean and organized.
  • Organize clean up events to maintain the building (e.g. pulling weeds in the backyard).
  • Assist the Operations Coordinator with volunteer recruitment, scheduling, and confirmation.
  • Use the voter database to schedule and track office volunteer shifts.
  • Assist staff as needed.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
  • If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a Democrat.
  • Genuine interest in local politics and/or volunteer management.
  • Able to be in the office building during volunteer shifts.

This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to opscoordinator@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

Field Intern (minimum 10 hours per week)

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Minimum 5 hours required every week of volunteer recruitment call time
  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Plan and recruit for events to make calls, register voters, and canvass neighborhoods.
  • Able to train and launch volunteers at events.
  • Use the voter database to schedule and track active volunteer shifts.
  • Alert the Operations Coordinator if more supplies are needed for events.
  • Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP exposure and fieldwork.
  • Assist staff as needed.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
  • If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a Democrat.
  • Genuine interest in local politics and/or managing political campaigns.
  • Able to be in the office building at least 5 hours per week.

This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

Social Media Intern (minimum 8 hours per week)

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
  • Create and share content for social media platforms with the PCDP communications team.
  • Attend PCDP communications meetings.
  • Help PCDP communications team plan and launch social media content.
  • Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP social media exposure.
  • Attend PCDP events to take photos for social media.
  • Assist PCDP communications team as needed.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
  • If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a Democrat.
  • Genuine interest in local politics and/or creating social media content for political campaigns.
  • You can complete this internship virtually if needed.

This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

● Able to be in the office building during volunteer shifts.
This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to
opscoordinator@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.
Field Intern (minimum 10 hours per week)
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Minimum 5 hours required every week of volunteer recruitment call time
● Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
● Plan and recruit for events to make calls, register voters, and canvass neighborhoods.
● Able to train and launch volunteers at events.
● Use the voter database to schedule and track active volunteer shifts.
● Alert the Operations Coordinator if more supplies are needed for events.
● Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP exposure and fieldwork.
● Assist staff as needed.
REQUIREMENTS
● Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
● If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a
Democrat.
● Genuine interest in local politics and/or managing political campaigns.
● Able to be in the office building at least 5 hours per week.
This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to
director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.
Social Media Intern (minimum 8 hours per week)
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
● Checking in and out with the Director at the beginning and end of each shift.
● Create and share content for social media platforms with the PCDP communications
team.
● Attend PCDP communications meetings.
● Help PCDP communications team plan and launch social media content.
● Stay up to date on events that provide opportunities for PCDP social media exposure.
● Attend PCDP events to take photos for social media.
● Assist PCDP communications team as needed.
REQUIREMENTS
● Be a student residing in Pima County (you do not need to be a US citizen).
● If you will be 18 on or before the next election, you must be registered to vote as a
Democrat.● Genuine interest in local politics and/or creating social media content for political
campaigns.
● You can complete this internship virtually if needed.
This is not a paid internship. Please submit a resume and cover letter to
director@pimadems.org by Wednesday, January 12th to be considered for the position.

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