DGT Radio: If I Were Advising Biden, I’d Tell Him To…

In this episode of the John C. Scott political forum, broadcast on January 22, 2022, DGT President Larry Bodine describes what he would advise Biden to do, now that the Build Back Better agenda has been blocked. You'll also hear how you can activate yourself with Democrats of Greater Tucson. Larry Bodine: If there ever was a time to get active in local politics, it's right now. This is Larry Bodine, President of Democrats of Greater Tucson. I'm calling on you to activate yourself by joining us and helping to elect Democrats. Just Google: Democrats of Greater Tucson, and click [...]

By |2022-01-26T14:35:38-07:00January 25th, 2022|Economics, Joe Biden, Local Activism|

DGT Board Meeting Minutes 12-13-21

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING DATE: December 13, 2021 PRESENT: Larry Bodine (President), Mike Bryan (1st VP), Susie Caroline Anderson (2nd VP), Steve Linder (Treasurer), Christina Early (Secretary), Members at Large: Jeanne Christie, Steve Early, Lee Oler, Kathy Ramage-White ABSENT: Sandee Binyon Who's on the Board? See https://thedgt.org/about/#board CALL TO ORDER: 1:10 pm 1st Meeting with new 2022 Board Members No Agenda MEMBERSHIP REPORT 2021 Total membership 172. Our Goal is 200. 2022 27 members paid currently Motion: Set Goal of 2022 Member total to 500 by Mike/Steve E 2nd   Approved TREASURER REPORT Checking$4,512.22Saving705.63Total$ 5,217.85 Action item: Steve Linder will send [...]

By |2022-01-01T07:40:15-07:00December 16th, 2021|Local Activism|

Massive Crowd Protests “Safe” Republican District in Pima County

A massive crowd of some 300 people swarmed a hotel in Tucson on December 4, 2021, at one of the last public hearings of the Independent Redistricting Commission. One speaker after another railed against the manufactured "safe" Republican district carved out of Democratic Pima County. The roasting hot room had only 165 seats, and people waited for hours for their chance to testify. A busload of Republican MAGA activists pulled up to the hotel, but the riders were not admitted. Because of the huge crowd, attendees were limited to 90 seconds of speaking. Democrats in the room stood up as [...]

By |2021-12-11T08:05:22-07:00December 11th, 2021|Elections, Local Activism|

Protest Trump by Signing 7 Petitions for Voter Rights and Education

Trump will be visiting Phoenix on July 24th, so let’s get together at the Pima County Democratic headquarters and sign seven petitions to show him that we will never stop fighting to protect our democracy. Take action with us this Saturday from 3-5 pm at the PCDP Headquarters at 4639 E 1st St, Tucson, AZ 85711. We will have petitions available to sign and circulate, including 6 referenda to keep the following bills from becoming laws: SB1485 ► Changes the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) to Active Early Voting List (AEVL). Purges AEVL periodically. Notices would be sent to people [...]

By |2021-07-23T13:01:33-07:00July 23rd, 2021|Local Activism, Referendum|

Miranda Lopez: Redistricting is #1 Challenge for Democrats

Redistricting in Arizona is expected to break up Democratic powerhouse LD9, but also to change Republican-held LD11, according to Miranda Lopez, the Director of the Pima County Democratic Party. She spoke at the July 5, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson.   Miranda Lopez started as the new Director for the Pima County Democratic Party in March. She graduated from the UA in Tucson in 2018. Miranda worked in 2018 as a Democratic organizer in Flagstaff, and in 2020 as a regional organizing director.After the election, she returned to the PCDP as the Operations Coordinator and was promoted to [...]

By |2021-07-07T15:36:15-07:00July 6th, 2021|Community Organizing, Local Activism, Voter Suppression|

LD10 Chair Diane Nevill: How to Organize to Elect Democrats

Edited by Anne Simmons. Talking to Democrats with a sporadic voting history in an effective way to turn out the vote, according to Diane Neville, Chair of the LD10 Democrats. "We're convinced," she said. This is the way to go." She spoke at the June 29, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. LD10 volunteers and precinct committee persons targeted 6,479 sporadic voters in 2019, and of those they spoke to, 88% voted Democratic. When a caller had to leave a message, 82% voted. Among voters who could not be reached, only 76% voted. "We are trying to encourage voting [...]

By |2022-03-06T20:52:42-07:00June 30th, 2021|Elections, Local Activism|

DGT Happy Hour Photos – Drinking Democratically

It was a beautiful afternoon when Happy Democrats turned out for the first in-person Democrats of Greater Tucson Happy Hour. We met for "Drinking Democratically" at Agustin Kitchen on May 26, 2021. In front: Sherry Savage. 2nd row: Brian Bickel, Susie Anderson, Naomi Story, Jon Lea Fimbres. LD9 Chair Susan Bickel and DGT President Larry Bodine John Finkelstein and DGT Secretary Christina Early holding his $20 membership fee. Christina Early and Rachel Rulmyr Gertrude Ashe talking to Rita Irwin-Davidson Bam Miller, Ward 3 Council Candidate Kevin Dahl, and Lee [...]

By |2021-05-29T20:17:31-07:00May 29th, 2021|Local Activism|

Act Now: Say No to Culture Wars, PEVL Purge & Anti Sex-Ed Bills

As the session drags on, things are getting weirder at our state legislature. A few examples:  1) On the same day, in what felt like the biggest "I'm not a racist" flex ever, Michelle Udall (R-25) sponsored a surprise amendment to fine teachers $5,000 for discussing "controversial" issues like racism in the classroom, and also bucked her party's leadership to advance in-state tuition for "Dreamers" (undocumented youth).  2) When the PEVL purge bill failed the Senate last month, Kelly Townsend (R-16) said she voted against it because she wouldn't support any voting rights attacks until the Senate's so-called "audit" concluded. [...]

Donate Your Excess Fruit to Fight Hunger

Do you want to be a part of the movement to stop food waste? We can start in our own backyards! Help Iskashitaa Refugee Network harvest fresh, local produce for redistribution right back to our own community including the Interfaith Community Services (ICS) food bank, shelters, schools, and refugee families. We are looking for individuals that can help us coordinate harvests within their neighborhoods where citrus may be going to waste. Talk to your neighbors and advertise through listservs, NextDoor App, What’s App groups, bulletins, or hand out flyers and arrange for Iskashitaa to come harvest multiple properties for a [...]

By |2021-03-30T18:56:52-07:00March 30th, 2021|Local Activism|

Use Request to Speak to Stop Dangerous Bills in the State Legislature

By Deb Bonjouklian. This is your Request to Speak (RTS) “Cheat Sheet” for the week of February 1st, 2021. Melinda Iyer, Editor of AZ Legislature Weekly Update Bills that are in committees of the state Legislature can be commented on via Request To Speak.  The time period to make your RTS is from the moment a bill is assigned to an Agenda plus five days before it actually is heard in Committee.   February 1st is the deadline for new bills to be introduced in the  Senate. Next Monday, February 8th is the deadline for bills introduced in the [...]

By |2021-02-03T10:31:47-07:00February 2nd, 2021|Endorsements, Local Activism|
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