This is it. We can’t underscore this enough: in two days we will either have enough signatures to stop the universal ESA vouchers which will decimate our public schools, or we won’t and this destructive expansion will devastate our state.
If you haven’t signed, please get come into our office TODAY 10am-4pm or TOMORROW 10am-12pm. Every single signature matters. A lot. If you need to turn in petitions, please do that NOW. Save Our Schools needs to have a handle on their counts to see if they are going to be successful.
Hecklers have been harassing volunteers collecting signatures for the Stop Voucher Expansion petitions at libraries & business locations. They carry signs that say “Decline to Sign.”
“I never in all the years that we have been working on initiative campaigns have we ever seen a coordinated effort like this. We usually see it in lawsuits after being successful,” said Tamar Rala Kreiswirth of The AZ Ground Game (TAGG). So, who is behind the opposition to the Stop Universal Vouchers initiative?
The Goldwater Institute (which pays for the DeclineToSign.com website) and Betsy Devos’ group, the American Federation for Children (which pays for Power2Parents.org) have organized their harassers to:
Disrupt signature sites.
Call local businesses that have historically welcomed petition circulators.
Contact the Goldwater Institute and the American Federation for Children to provide the location of signature gatherers
Take photos if a petition is left unattended
Take photos of the petitions and to check to see that the petitions have the dates correct, have been checked by the volunteer and have the county names written on the page.
Please, please drive to a petition signing location this weekend to sign the petition. Why must we repeal this bill? The simple reason is that this will decimate our Public School system. How? Click here for more info.
We have until mid-September to sign. If we don’t stop this and the Voucher Expansion becomes law, it is basically the last step to undermining public education in our country. Arizona is the test site for this legislation.
From Save our Schools: “Tucson volunteers are hard at work to Stop Voucher Expansion — let’s help get them over the finish line!”
If you haven’t signed yet, there is no time to waste: we now have just 39 days to turn in 118,823 valid signatures and stop the wholesale dismantling of public education in Arizona.
Volunteers are adding more signing locations every day. Sign and return at the locations below, or find a hub near you at teamsosarizona.com
PCDP would like to congratulate all Democratic candidates who have secured their nomination in the primary thus far. More on that after some very exciting news: we are in escrow to sell our Headquarters building. It was a difficult but necessary decision to put the building up for sale, due to the Headquarters space failing to comply with ADA standards and lacking sufficient parking and lighting at night, a dangerous combination for volunteers and staff.
Our transition timeline will have us moved into a new building by March of 2023. We are very excited about this new chapter in the history of PCDP, and will keep you updated on our progress in finding a new headquarters.
We now (for the most part) have our Democratic nominees for the 2022 general election, and we know who our challengers are.
Many of Trump’s endorsed candidates have won their primaries, and they will be putting every effort into taking Democratic seats in November. We will have to work twice as hard in order to keep and gain candidates who are dedicated to preserving our democracy, which includes the key fundamentals of:
Protecting public school funding
Protecting reproductive rights
Supporting a path to citizenship for immigrants, protecting DACA recipients, and halting constructing of the border wall
Reaffirming the existence of climate change and finding effective, science-based solutions
Creating more gun legislation to protect the lives of Arizonans from yet another mass shooting
Now the work begins. It is our job to get our Democratic candidates over the line. All the LDs are ready to make that happen.
July brought good news for Democrats, including a drop in gas prices and the passage of a historic climate action package which will invest hundreds of billions of dollars into the green energy industry. In retaliation, Republican senators delayed passage of the PACT act which was supposed to allocate funds to support veterans needing care for toxic exposure while fighting our nation’s wars. Eventually PACT passed, but not without heavy criticism thrown at Republican leadership.
Once again, we have a petition to sign here at the office. Learn more about the effort to stop voucher expansion here.
We are also busy organizing our annual Udall dinner.This year will be the first in-person Udall event since 2019. Invitations have gone out, tables are being sold, and tickets are still available! We have an exciting evening planned, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Desert Diamond Casino on September 17 at 6pm. Click here to buy a ticket.
There is an opportunity to turn AZ blue in ‘22 because of radical Republicans running for office. We cannot allow anyone who believes the election was stolen to remain in office, especially in a position like the Secretary of State – which is wholly responsible for the integrity and transparency of our elections process.
We must continue to point out how dangerous it will be for Arizonans if extreme candidates like Mark Finchem are elected to positions of power; he peddles the Big Lie, is an active member of the Oath Keeper militia, supports QAnon, and was present at the violent Capitol insurrection. We have less than 100 days to get this message across. Let’s get to work!
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Since we are rushing to get in signatures for ALL the initiatives we have at the office, starting THIS WEEK Pima Democrats will have extra office hours available this Friday (June 17) and next (June 24). The purpose of these extra hours is to give volunteers extra time to turn in their signatures.
If you need your signatures notarized, we will try to have a notary present ALL day on both Fridays. However, due to COVID we have had several cancellations so far, and CANNOT GUARANTEE that a notary will be there when you come in.
Please call the morning of to determine whether a notary will be there.