July 2021

Show some love for the Iskashitaa Refugee Network

By |2021-07-07T16:25:56-07:00July 7th, 2021|Immigration/Refugees|

Every year Iskashitaa gleans and redistributes more than 50 tons of produce annually, reducing local food waste and increasing food security. DGT members can nominate Iskashitaa for the Arizona Daily Star’s Reader’s Choice award. Click here to nominate (scroll down to Best Non-Profit). The Iskashitaa Refugee Network is a non-profit dedicated to helping refugees integrate into Southern Arizona. It offers a year-round fruit and vegetable harvest program. Refugees from dozens of different countries work together to collect the food. Refugees can keep what they pick, and the rest is donated to the Tucson community. "Sixty percent of what we harvest, which is about 150,000 pounds, annually of fruits and vegetables goes [...]

Miranda Lopez: Redistricting is #1 Challenge for Democrats

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

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 [...]

Arizonans are Striking Back with Ballot Referenda

By |2021-07-04T14:05:36-07:00July 4th, 2021|Ballot Referenda and Initiatives, Uncategorized|

With the Arizona Legislative Session over, citizen activists, stunned by the regressive taxation and voter suppressing measures passed over the last several months, are readying referendum petitions for Arizonans to sign that will appear on the 2022 ballot. This article first appeared on the Blog for Arizona. Organizations like Stand for Children,  Arizona Deserves Better, and Invest in Arizona (which includes groups involved in the Invest in Education movement, the Children’s Action Alliance, the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, the Arizona Education Association, the Arizona Interfaith Network, and Save Our Schools Arizona) are working to undo: SB1485: The purge of the Permanent [...]

Climate Scientist Exposes Deceptions by Fossil Fuel Industry

By |2021-07-03T17:51:49-07:00July 3rd, 2021|Environment|

Scientist Michael Mann has a four-point battle plan to fight climate change. Today, fossil fuel companies are using disinformation and deceptive tactics to block actions against climate change – and keep their profits flowing – according to a leading climate scientist. They are harnessing the anti-science playbooks of the tobacco and gun industry playbooks. Michael Mann, a Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University, reveals that fossil fuel companies, right-wing partisans, and oil-funded governments have used "an array of powerful Ds: disinformation, deceit, divisiveness, deflection, delay, despair-mongering, and doomism." Meanwhile, "A clean energy revolution and climate [...]

June 2021

LD10 Chair Diane Nevill: How to Organize to Elect Democrats

By |2021-07-01T19:00:13-07:00June 30th, 2021|Elections, Local Activism|

https://youtu.be/tDkAw2-_tVk 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 [...]

Arizona Voter Suppression Unleashed by 2013 Supreme Court Ruling

By |2021-07-01T11:34:01-07:00June 25th, 2021|Elections, Racism|

https://youtu.be/-bgpxthkrQU A notorious 2013 US Supreme Court ruling gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and unleashed the onslaught of voter suppression laws by Republicans that continue to this day, according to Robert J. McWhirter, who addressed the June 22, 2021, meeting of the LD9 Democrats. The Court in Shelby County v. Holder ruled that Arizona -- which has a dark history of suppressing Black, Latino, and Native votes -- no longer had to get pre-clearance of voting laws from the US Department of Justice. "The 15th amendment says Congress shall have the power to enforce appropriate with appropriate legislation. [...]

Marco Lopez, Dem Candidate for Governor, on Education, Jobs, Healthcare, and Guns

By |2021-06-23T20:34:35-07:00June 21st, 2021|Governor, Gun Safety|

Edited by Anne Simmons. Marco Lopez is running for Governor in the Democratic Primary. He spoke at the June 21, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. He is: An international business consultantThe former mayor of Nogales, elected at age 22 right out of collegeFormer director of the Arizona department of Commerce appointed by Gov. Janet NapolitanoChief of US Customs and Border Protection during the Obama administration. In 2011, Marco started his own small business to bring investments to the U.S. His work has brought high-speed internet to low-income families, closing the digital divide. He also started the award-winning Skybridge [...]

Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham Wants to Raise Water Rates on the Suburbs

By |2021-06-16T17:47:33-07:00June 16th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

On his way to a school assembly where he teaches, City Councilman Paul Cunningham of Ward 2 discussed annexation, water, and the downtown Pancho Villa statue at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on June 14, 2021. He reported that Tucson is "in good shape" when it comes to water supply, despite the Megadrought. Lake Mead, which is the city's water source, is at an all-time low. Cunningham strongly supports differential water rates -- raising water rates by $4 to $7 per month for suburban customers who live outside the city limits. He said 42% of water infrastructure is in [...]

A Recap of the Legislature’s Bad Bills

By |2021-06-13T17:13:51-07:00June 13th, 2021|Arizona Democratic Party, Elections|

First let’s start with the just-plain-stupid category of proposed bills such as: a bill passed allowing higher speed limits and lowering the fines; a passed bill designating gun shops as essential; and one that didn’t pass that would remove the mandate to vaccinate pets. Why? Why? Why? Is there any evidence that Arizona roads and drivers can handle higher speeds safely? Guns are essential because the rise in murders and suicides is not yet high enough? And Senator Anti-vax Barto (R-LD15) obviously has not seen a rabid animal. The 11 awful voter suppression bills that passed are disturbing similar. All [...]

Reproductive Rights: The Battles of 2022

By |2021-06-13T13:35:51-07:00June 13th, 2021|Arizona List|

Arizona List will hold an outdoor movie event on Wednesday, June 23 at 8 pm with Rep. Melody Hernandez who will talk about SB1457 the anti-abortion bill that Ducey signed into law this year. It will be followed by a St. Frances a recent comedic drama that deals with reproductive rights issues. RSVP at Arizonalist.org/21movie Arizona List will also present a discussion series this summer to discuss the biggest issues at the legislature this session with legislators, local leaders, and national experts about these issues. Our first panel will be Thursday, June 17 at 7 pm and will focus on [...]

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