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Fight for Democracy | Week of Action

Fight for Democracy | Week of Action

It’s almost been one year since the attacks on our Capitol on January 6, 2021. Join Project 15/30 across the state on Zoom to rally together around our responsibility and desire to unify as Arizonans and Americans to ensure what happened on January 6, 2021 never happens again.

As extremist Republicans like Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar have used the January 6th tragedy as a means to divide us, we will be talking to voters who left the Republican party in search of common sense leaders.

Sign up for a shift to make calls with us HERE

Volunteer Spotlight | Kathleen Edelman

Volunteer Spotlight | Kathleen Edelman

What are some of your favorite parts of volunteering here in the office?

I love interacting with future leaders and getting to talk to the people who come in and call. Every phone call I’ve had has felt important and useful.

How long have you been volunteering here?

Two months.

What inspired you to start volunteering for the Democratic Party?

The Republican Party. Plus, a genuine fear that even after Biden was elected, things are not fine. I felt an urgency.  And I think there are a lot of people my age out there who feel an urgency. I think there’s a lot we can do to help. 

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Kathleen!

Veterans Day 2021

Veterans Day 2021

The Pima County Democratic Party honors all of our veterans, and we are incredibly humbled by the diversity of our nation’s Armed Forces. In fact, many of our very own staff and volunteers are veterans of all military branches and conflicts.

Arizonans of all backgrounds choose to serve our nation for all kinds of reasons, and we are eternally grateful for their service. When our state and nation sends our service members to fight wars far from home and in incredibly dangerous places, they must care for them and their families when they return. Honoring our veterans means making sure our state and nation fulfills this sacred promise. 

Our mission here at PCDP when it comes to Arizona veterans is to ensure that we elect lawmakers who are committed to providing the vital resources necessary to support the mental health, housing, medical, and work-related needs of our veterans and their families. 

We wholeheartedly believe that President Biden’s Build Back Better Act includes absolutely essential legislation that will transform the lives of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have served our nation and state. When we help veterans in their daily life, we help them thrive and continue to serve all of us. 

It is important to remember that the strength of our military is that it’s made up of Americans who directly reflect our society. They are us, we are them, and so caring for them is really caring for all of us. A social safety net, a liveable wage, a healthy planet, paid family leave, safe child care, and universal medical care are things veterans and all Americans desperately need. 

Pima Dems Wall of Honor: 

Catherine Ripley: “Cat” is PCDP’s former Executive Director. She is a retired Naval Commander (CDR). Her Naval service includes: 26 years in Anti-Submarine Warfare, Foreign Area Officer Corps, Defense Attache Service, and Special Operations. #AnchorsAweigh

Brian Bickel: Brian currently volunteers as our Treasurer. Brian is a Marine (there is no such thing as a former Marine). He served in Vietnam from March 1970 to March 1971. After his return to the states, he was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. #SemperFi

William Laray: Bill has volunteered with PCDP for three years as our Facility Operations Manager. He is a 25 year Veteran of the US Navy, Designated as an Aerospace Engineer Duty Officer, he worked in RDT&E of Naval Aircraft and Associated Systems. He retired as a Navy CAPT in 2012. #AnchorsAweigh

Shelly Goode-Burgoyne: Shelly is our Social Media Strategist. She is a former Army Officer who deployed to the Iraq War during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and III. She served as a Transportation Officer, leading re-supply convoys to forward units in Iraq and the surrounding territory. She is married to an active duty Army Officer. #ArmyStrong

Volunteer Spotlight | Sami Hamed

Volunteer Spotlight | Sami Hamed

What are some of your favorite parts of volunteering here in the office?

I enjoy the interaction with the people that want to be Democrats and/or want to get involved in making change in our state and community. The talent and positive energy that our party has harnessed will help us be successful in the general election next year up and down the ballot.

How long have you been volunteering here?

I’ve been volunteering since August of this year; notarizing referendum petitions for ballot referrals next year. However, I’ve volunteered on many campaigns since I was 18, helping candidates in any way I can.

What inspired you to start volunteering for the Democratic Party?

As a PC, when the party puts the call out for help, it’s times like right now and the issues of the day that got me to step up to help protect our voting rights and progress that we are making to improve our education system funding.

Thank you so much for all your hard work, Sami!

New Month, New Yard

New Month, New Yard

Looking for a way to get in some exercise, volunteer work, and conversations with Democrats into your Saturday morning? Then join us as we head out into the PCDP backyard to pull some weeds!

Afterwards, we’ll head over to the Tucson Women’s March!

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What’s Happening at HQ? | Sept 2019

What’s Happening at HQ? | Sept 2019

By Executive Director Cat Ripley

August in Tucson brought the heat – and thankfully, monsoon rains to cool it. It also brought heated Democratic mayoral and city council primaries. Now we’re gearing up to support our candidates in the November general election. Regina Romero is poised to make history as Tucson’s first Latina mayor! We at HQ could not be prouder and more excited. Congratulations to Lane Santa Cruz for running a beautiful campaign in Ward 1, to uncontested candidates Niki Lee, in Ward 4, and Ward 2’s incumbent Paul Cunningham. There’s plenty to do between now and the November 5 general election. Ballots go out on October 10.

A giant shout-out to all our Democratic candidates who worked so hard in the Old Pueblo heat: Randi Dorman, Steve Farley, Sami Hamed, Rob Elias, and Miguel Ortega. Those dedicated candidates and the hundreds of PCs and volunteers who knocked on doors, phone banked, raised and donated money, and attended events. They all contributed to the greater good of informing, motivating, mobilizing, and inspiring Pima County citizens to vote – and equally important, to care. We aren’t even close to being finished.

This fall, HQ becomes the county’s hub for canvassing and phone banking. We have mobilized the Labor Caucus and PCs who have been training and equipping themselves all year for this. Keep an eye on the pimadems.org website calendar for dates, times and places to rally and support your favorite candidates.

Everyone has a particular talent, skill, ability, desire, or interest, and we at HQ are eager to help you find a productive outlet for yours. In addition to election volunteering, you might consider pitching in at HQ, registering folks to vote at libraries and public events, writing for PCDP’s monthly newsletter, educating the public, driving, data entry, providing graphic design skills, shooting photographs and videos, joining a Democratic club or caucus, becoming a Catalina Dem-level donor, attending LD meetings, becoming a Precinct Committeeperson, or simply talking to your families and neighbors about the importance of educating
themselves on issues – and voting! Whatever it is, now is the time to do something big or small.

Our amazing HQ volunteers have spent the last six months educating themselves, recruiting and training new volunteers, organizing our resources, networking with donors, and improving the efficiency of this old but sturdy building. We are staged and ready for VICTORY in 2019 and 2020!

Moving forward: Tucson Pride on September 28; election night party on
November 5, and the Mayoral Inaugural Lunch Gala on December 2. Check the calendar for details.

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