Videos of Candidates and Speakers at Democrats of Greater Tucson

Democrats of Greater Tucson meets every Monday at Noon via Zoom. Visit the EVENTS page to see our upcoming speaker. Many thanks to Anne Simmons, our Video Production Editor, for editing the videos. If you are a candidate, elected official, and or community leader, you are invited to contact sandeemb@comcast.net about speaking at DGT. For any other questions, contact DGT President Larry Bodine at Larry@TheDGT.org.  Tim Steller: Too Many People Believe in Alternate Realities, May 3, 2021  Steve Kozachik, Tucson City Councilman on Reid Park, 5G Towers, and Water Pollution, April 27th, 2021  Rural Dems ‘Outnumbered’ But Undaunted, says LD11 [...]

Migrant Families Need a Lawyer in Immigration Court, says Margo Cowan

Did you know that last year in Pima County, 18,000 families went to deportation proceedings alone, without a lawyer? You can guess what happened: 98% of the families were deported. Margo Cowan, a Pima County Public Defender, would like to change that. Today, she is looking for your support of Pima County Justice for All. This is a 2022 county-wide ballot initiative that aims to appoint an attorney for indigent families in Pima County that are going through deportation proceedings. Margo specializes in criminal defense law, where indigent people are entitled to have a lawyer appointed to represent them. Margo also specialized immigration law, and [...]

By |2021-04-15T13:06:31-07:00April 15th, 2021|Arizona, Immigration/Refugees|

Supreme Court Tosses Trump’s Sanctuary City and Election Challenges

Tossing out the last of the election challenges and sanctuary city claims, the US Supreme Court proved that Chief Justice John Roberts’ statement “that there are no Trump Justices, no Obama justices” to be true. Last week, Biden’s Justice Department and New York and San Francisco asked Scott Harris, the Court clerk, to dismiss the three sanctuary city cases in New York City, New York State, and San Francisco. Their Attorneys General refused to cooperate with Federal ICE authorities. The Trump administration had retaliated against the Blue states and cities by blocking approximately $385 million in justice assistance grants. Trump’s ICE [...]

By |2021-03-09T19:41:54-07:00March 9th, 2021|Elections, Immigration/Refugees|

Report on Today’s Hispanic and Labor Councils at the Democratic Convention

This morning, as a National Delegate, I attended the Hispanic and the Labor Councils on Day One the Democratic National Convention on August 17, 2020. The following are my notes on the best comments by the speakers at the meetings. Hispanic Caucus meeting, 9 am Julian Castro, former HUD Director under Obama The Latino community is in "a state of emergency," because of COVID, said Julian Castro, former HUD director under Obama, speaking at the Labor Caucus meeting. Latinos are essential workers -- in the farm fields, meat packing plans, groceries, fast food places, and the hospitality industry. [...]

Progress Report from Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick of CD2 in Tucson. Suffice to say, last week was a challenging one for our community. The tragic, heartless, and unjust murder of George Floyd led to a nationwide outcry — an outcry sadly not unfamiliar to us. There is systemic racism still embedded in our country’s fabric, and more must be done to address it. I released a statement last week in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. I am committed to listening and educating myself on how to be a better ally. On the global pandemic front, case numbers have been rising in Arizona. [...]

By |2020-06-15T19:52:59-07:00June 15th, 2020|Arizona, Commentary, Immigration/Refugees|

Consuelo Hernandez Running for Supervisor of District 5 in Pima County

This article appeared earlier on the Blog for Arizona, https://blogforarizona.net/ The election to succeed the late progressive icon Richard Elias as the next Supervisor of Pima County District Five features candidates from two local political families. Consuelo Hernandez, the sister of State Legislators Alma and Daniel Hernandez is one of them. Ms. Hernandez, a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Global Health Science, has been an education activist as a member of the Sunnyside School Board. Realizing the importance of local government, she will, if elected as the next Supervisor of Pima County District Five, [...]

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 [...]

Border Activists Demand “Stop the Wall” During Pandemic

Leaders from 109 state and national civil rights, immigration, religious and environmental organizations sent a letter to US leaders demanding they halt land possession and construction related to the border wall during the COVID-19 national emergency. In the last week, the federal government has filed new condemnations and a motion for immediate possession, arguing that they need access to landowners’ property urgently, to send surveyors and contractors to their house in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. In eminent domain cases such as these, the government sues the landowner for rights to their land. Efrén Olivares, the Legal Director [...]

By |2020-03-27T09:23:56-07:00March 26th, 2020|Immigration/Refugees, Uncategorized|
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