March 2021

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

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

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 [...]

Videos of Candidates and Speakers at Democrats of Greater Tucson

By |2021-04-06T19:17:26-07:00March 31st, 2021|Immigration/Refugees, Labor, Law Enforcement, Local Candidates and Electeds|

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.  Rural Dems ‘Outnumbered’ But Undaunted, says LD11 Chair Catalina Hall, April 5, 2021  VIDEO: Miranda Schubert, Candidate for City Council, Ward 6, Calls for Housing Justice, March 29, 2021  WATCH: Billy Kovacs, Outreach Director, Drives [...]

Donate Your Excess Fruit to Fight Hunger

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

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 [...]

Democratic Legislator Mariano Samaniego Helped Build Early Tucson

By |2021-03-30T19:03:33-07:00March 30th, 2021|Arizona|

This article first appeared on the LD9 Democrats website. In this third installment of Democratic Heroes of Tucson, we focus on pioneer and Tucson developer Mariano Samaniego. He was a proponent of higher education and served as a member of the Board of Regents for the University of Arizona. An active Democrat, he also participated in politics, becoming the first Pima County Assessor and serving in the Territorial Legislature from 1877 to 1899. He was also a member of the Tucson City Council in 1891. From 1890 to 1901, he was a Pima County Supervisor, serving as Board [...]

Will the Pandemic kill off right-wing populism in Western Europe?

By |2021-03-30T18:42:32-07:00March 30th, 2021|Webinar|

A Webinar by Tucson Great Decisions Association Paulette Kurzer is a Professor at the University of Arizona. She is Director the of International Security Studies Program, and an expert in European politics. Virtually all (West) European countries possess a right-wing populist party, defined as a political group that claims to represent the people against the elite and espouses nationalist, anti-immigration, and anti-EU rhetoric. The first part of the talk will explore the reasons that have contributed to the rise of right-wing populism. The second part will examine the impact of the pandemic on populist parties in W. Europe. [...]

Pima Health Director: Tucson is a Vaccine Success Story

By |2021-03-28T13:34:04-07:00March 28th, 2021|Healthcare|

Dr. Theresa Cullen, the Director of the Pima County Health Department said that, despite obstacles, Tucson is a vaccine success story.  Speaking at the March 23, 2021 meeting of LD9 Democrats, she said that 81% of all people over 70 have been vaccinated in Pima County. Cullen said 500,000 vaccinations have been given out. Some people have doubts about the vaccine. On the contrary, Cullen said the Covid vaccines have minimal or weak side effects, and that there was plenty of time to test them for safety. This article first appeared on the LD9 Democrats website. AGE – Anyone [...]

Appeals Court: No 2nd Amendment Right to Carry a Gun in Public

By |2021-03-28T13:22:08-07:00March 28th, 2021|Gun Safety|

Striking a blow for gun safety, the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled that the Second Amendment does not provide a right to carry a gun, concealed or openly, in public. The court reviewed more than 700 years of English and American legal history that gives the government the power to regulate arms in public. "The Second Amendment does not guarantee an unfettered, general right to openly carry arms in public for individual self-defense," the 9th Circuit ruled. "Accordingly, Hawai‘i’s firearms-carry scheme is lawful." The 11-judge court upheld a Hawaii state law that requires a license to carry a [...]

America’s National Menace Kills 18 More Innocent Lives

By |2021-03-24T11:32:08-07:00March 24th, 2021|Gun Safety|

How many of us were surprised about the recent killings of 18 people in Colorado and Georgia? How many thought, “well another mass shooting, but what can I do about it?” How many Arizona citizens remember that this March, the Arizona Senate panel gave the go-ahead for more people to bring loaded weapons into more places.   "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is not to sell the bad guy a gun." One measure approved by the Judiciary Committee would allow more than 390,000 Arizonans with permits to carry a concealed weapon into most public [...]

WATCH: Billy Kovacs, Outreach Director, Drives Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s Priorities

By |2021-03-24T17:40:27-07:00March 23rd, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Since 2019 Billy Kovacs had served as Outreach Director to disseminate crucial information about Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick's work (D-CD2. He spoke at the Democrats of Greater Tucson Meeting on March 22, 2021. Previously, Billy was a candidate for US Congress and the Political Director for David Garcia for Governor. In his current position, Billy reviews opinions, monitors feedback, and relays any concerns voiced by his network. Billy makes recommendations for legislation and policy working with the Congressional staff in Washington DC. Billy headed the weekly COVID-19 task force, and influenced issues including the environment, energy, water, business, infrastructure, and rural [...]

You’re Coming to the Voter Suppression Horror Show, Whether you Like it or Not

By |2021-03-23T12:53:43-07:00March 23rd, 2021|Voter Suppression|

Halloween is over, but you wouldn't know it from the gore that’s coming out of the Arizona Legislature. Each one of these modern-day “Jim Crow” bills is their own horror movie scene. Such ridiculous and obvious voter suppression moves belong only in comic books, NOT in our legislature. The AZGOP will stop at nothing to make voting more difficult than it already is.Help us fight back. Pima County is the second-largest county in Arizona, and as such Democratic candidates rely on our ability to operate professionally, with all the most modern techniques. PCDP is the firewall that the state and national [...]

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