Go Solar Together with Tucson Solar Co-Op Launch

Nonprofit group Solar United Neighbors (SUN) announced today the launch of the 2nd Annual Tucson Solar Co-op to help Tucson area residents go solar. Building on the success of the 2020 group campaign, this year’s co-op hopes to expand access to solar by supporting a limited number of income-qualified installations. “The co-op will enable Tucson homeowners and business owners to join the growing community of people saving money by harnessing solar power,” said Bret Fanshaw, Arizona program director for Solar United Neighbors. “We are also blessed this year to have the support of a local donor to help a few [...]

By |2021-10-16T17:43:03-07:00October 16th, 2021|Environment/Climate Change|

Nathan Davis for LD9 House Focuses on Education, Climate and Abortion.

Former middle school teacher Nathan Davis said he will focus on education, climate change and abortion if elected to the Arizona state House from LD9. He spoke at the October 4, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "I believe we have the best chance that we've had in a while to retake the state legislature," he said. Democrats need to win two more seats in the house and two more in the Senate to have a majority. Meanwhile, "Republicans can do something crazy. They have crazy ideas and even the majority of the Republicans think the ideas are crazy," [...]

VIDEO: Miranda Schubert, Candidate for City Council, Ward 6, Calls for Housing Justice

Miranda Schubert is a candidate for Tucson City Council, Ward 6. She has been an academic advisor in Tucson for the past decade, now at the University of Arizona in the Department of Physiology. She is the chair of her department’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion working group and also a member of the Steering Committee for United Campus Workers of Arizona, Local 7065, a wall-to-wall union that includes workers from both ASU and the UA. Since 2016. The four points of her platform are: Bringing small, local businesses to Tucson. Pursuing community-centered construction. It is a privilege to build a [...]

By |2021-03-31T14:38:12-07:00March 31st, 2021|Environment/Climate Change, Housing, Tucson|

Barbara Warren on Why Tucson is Not Prepared for a Heat Emergency

The Tucson power grid is vulnerable in the event of a climate disaster, according to Barbara Warren, speaking at the Democrats of Greater Tucson on February 1, 2021. At risk are Native Americans and Arizonians housed in trailer parks, as are older Americans in nursing homes who have no place to go, should the power grid crash. Warren spoke about how to prepare for power outages and how to develop extreme heat awareness. An internal medicine physician and community health organizer, Warren is trying to prevent the people in the fastest-warming cities -- Tucson and Phoenix -- from experiencing extreme [...]

By |2021-02-20T21:37:02-07:00February 10th, 2021|Arizona, Environment/Climate Change|

It’s Already Too Late to Stop Climate Change

Joseph Weinberger, a climate activist and second-year UCLA medical student, says it is already too late to stop climate change. Speaking as a member of the progressive Jewish community, he says we are past the time of “Tikkun Olam” (fixing the world), using a Hebrew phrase. Joseph Weinberger says we are past the global climate tipping point. Meanwhile, Biden’s $1.7 trillion climate plan aims to remove carbon from the power grid by 2035. Biden’s recovery act would provide millions of jobs and attempt to save the planet from its sixth mass extinction, the first from human action. Weinberger [...]

By |2020-10-28T17:34:43-07:00October 28th, 2020|Environment/Climate Change|

Donate $5 to Finance Corporation Commission Candidates

Do you have $15? All the Democratic candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission are running under Arizona’s Clean Elections public financing system. This requires them to collect 1,500 valid $5 contributions from voters registered in Arizona.  Most candidates will collect at least 1,800 contributions to have an appropriate “cushion.” In return for collecting the required number of contributions, they will receive $116,016 for the primary and an additional $174,024 for the general election. All of our excellent Democratic candidates are still collecting qualifying contributions. If you have not donated, do so now! If you’re not sure, donate! This race will determine Arizona’s renewable energy future. Surely [...]

By ‘Opening Up for Business,’ Arizona COVID19 Cases Skyrocket

Arizona Representative Pamela Powers Hannley Inhabitants of Earth are nearly six months into the most disruptive year of our lives, thanks to the novel Coronavirus. The United States was slow to react to the pandemic that had already spread across Asia and Europe and killed thousands. Early denial by leaders in multiple countries-- like the US, Brazil, Russia, India, and the UK-- has proven deadly for the general population. As of today, June 14, 2020, there have been 7,767,336 cases and 429,555 deaths worldwide. Although the US has 4.25% of the world's population, we have close to 30% of the [...]

CREDO Mobile: the Phone that Supports Progressive Causes

Every month, CREDO gives $150,000 to the progressive causes you care most about -- including the ACLU, Amnesty International, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Women's March, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Planned Parenthood, Brady: United Against Gun Violence and many more. CREDO Action is a nationwide social change network of 5 million activists, made possible by CREDO Mobile and its customers. The mobile phone service has donated $89 million since 1985 to organizations supporting economic justice, voting rights, climate justice, civil rights, and women's rights. Without CREDO Mobile and its customers, this impact wouldn’t be possible. Democrats should consider switching to the [...]

Councilman Steve Kozachik Saves Glass from Landfills by Grinding it into Sand

Council Member Steve Kozachik with sand made of glass. While attending a Mayor and City Council meeting in support of green infrastructure funding, I caught the tail end of their discussion on what to do about our threatened recycling program. The city is losing $3 million a year. They also discussed the high cost of storing glass bottles until they can find a buyer. It was suggested that they throw that glass in the landfill! I couldn't help but blurt out, "No! Find a use for it!"  There has to be a purpose for that glass! Since we [...]

By |2020-03-21T19:01:31-07:00March 19th, 2020|Environment/Climate Change|
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