Wednesday, May 31, 2017

FYI

an a4a

Pop-Up Meeting

TRAINING ON GETTING PETITIONS SIGNED

Monday June 5 @ 3:30 pm at Casa Community Center

HOW TO GATHER PETITIONS FOR STATEWIDE INITIATIVES

alliance4action is sponsoring training on gathering valid signatures for such Petitions on June 5 at 3:30 pm at Casa Community Services (opposite Posada Java). This session is open to the general public.

Included will be a training video developed by SOS (Save our Schools)

Monday, May 29, 2017

FYI

from the

a4a Progressive Candidates Action Group

Saturday, June 3, 1:30 p.m.

Room # 203 Continental Plaza

 

  POTENTIAL CANDIDATE VISIT

Dr. Mary Matiella


The alliance4action Election of Progressive Candidates Action Group invites you to a meeting to introduce Dr. Mary Matiella who is a potential candidate for the CD2 seat now held by Martha McSally.
  
Dr. Matiella will speak on why she is considering becoming a candidate, her qualifications and how she believes she could win the CD2 seat. There will be time for questions and answers. Other potential candidates will be introduced over the next weeks.


Members of a4a are invited.  We also invite DCSRA members to attend.
  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

!ACTNOW!

from the a4a Immigration Team


House Judiciary Committee Hearing Tuesday - 

H.R. 2431

Davis-Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act


H.R. 2431 would criminalize unlawful presence in the U.S. and require state and local law enforcement to redirect their limited resources toward immigration enforcement, among other provisions.
According to the Cato Institute, “The Michael Davis, Jr. and Danny Oliver in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 2431) purports to empower states and localities to take action against serious criminals who have violated immigration law.  In reality, the bill is a vehicle for a massive expansion of the federal government and of federal power over states and their citizens.

The legislation imposes new mandates on states and uses federal grants to coerce them into following the bidding of federal authorities . . . It authorizes state and local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws without any authorization from their state legislature to do so and without any training.” *
 

CALL MEMBERS OF HOUSE 

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE


Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia)        202-225-5431    Fax 202-225-9681
Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Michigan)    202-225-5126
Member Andy Biggs (R-Arizona)            202-225-2635
Member Trent Franks (R-Arizona)        202-225-4576    Our CD2 Rep in 2003-12   

   Quote above comes from this Cato Institute article:

https://www.cato.org/blog/statement-hr-2431-bill-criminalize-millions-peaceful-people

 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

FYI – Pop Up Meeting

Constitutional Convention

from the

a4a Leadership Team

Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 A.M., BMO/Harris Bank


alliance4action will be offering the occasional  “Pop-Up” meeting, usually for about one hour, on an issue of interest to watch for and keep on the radar for possible future action.  We firmly believe that an educated constituency is vital for a democracy.

An ARTICLE V Constitutional Convention has been proposed by 29 of the 34 states required, and will be further promoted/discussed this summer in Texas.
Except for 1787, when luminaries such as Adams, Hamilton, Madison, Jefferson, et. al. decided to throw out the Articles of Confederation and created our U.S. Constitution, there have been no Constitutional Conventions. Do we have such great minds as these that we trust today to tinker with our Constitution, with the power to throw it out, and re-write the whole document?
The Koch Brothers are promoting this, while the John Birch Society opposes the idea of a Constitutional Convention. Come and find out more.

Presenter: Maureen Brooks, a retired lawyer who specialized in civil litigation and estate planning as a member of the California and New York State Bar Associations, heads up the a4a Writers Group. She was an adjunct professor at Marist College in their ABA accredited Paralegal Program from 1993-2012 when she retired to Green Valley. She has led many OLLI courses and presents at the Live from the Met in HD at our local movie theater.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

FYI

a4a Proposed CD2 Candidate Visit

from 

a4a Election of Progressive Candidates


Jeff Latas, a potential Democratic candidate for the CD2 seat to oppose Martha McSally, will be in Green Valley this Tuesday, May 23, at 2:00 P.M. 


Continental Plaza, 2nd floor Room 203



He will tell us why he is seriously exploring a run for this Congressional Seat and what he has to offer as a candidate. 

You are invited to come meet him and hear him speak.  His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer time.  It will be an opportunity for our community to share our issues and concerns with him. 


 

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

FYI

a4a-FYI Book Discussion

from 

changeishappening!

Book Discussion
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century
Timothy Snyder

Sunday, June 4, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 P.M.
Casa Community Center
780 South Park Centre
LaPosada Campus


Snyder, a Yale historian, warns, “Americans today are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism or Communism in the 20th century.” He offers political advice ranging from straightforward (“Defend institutions”) to insightful (“Be calm when the unthinkable arrives”).

Laurie Jurs will moderate the discussion. It is a short book, only 128 pages. Please read it beforehand for a deeper discussion.
 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

alliance4action FYI--Retreat Summary-100 Days of Resistance and Action



FYI--

a4a FYI Retreat Notes 100 Days Reflection


Celebrating 100 Days of Resistance and Action


The alliance4action (a4a) formed, organically—and quickly—after the November 2016 presidential election and has been active ever since.   On May 3rd, about forty a4a activists met for two hours to consider our first 100 days!

  •   What’s worked;
  •   Explore how to improve; and,
  •   Begin to determine future directions, group and      individual priorities.
Here’s what we heard from many of you. We plan an on-line survey to the broader group later this summer and hope all will participate so we can get more input.

 What’s worked well?
 
  •   Rallies and marches
  •   Facebook and website 
  •   Action Groups 
  •   Pressure on elected officials 
  •   GVNews coverage 
  •   Farmer’s Market exposure
There is general agreement that participants are happy with a4a now, that we should keep up the good work, that we should remain flexible to address concerns as they come up, and keep active and visible in creative ways.

How to improve? 
 
Action Groups: 
  •   Strengthen and fortify current action groups·    
  •   Provide activist training to general members: 
  1. -   How to effectively contact/speak with elected officials/staff 
  2. -   Provide talking points on the web for specific MoC contacts 
  3. -   Educate ourselves more re all sides of issues to clarify thoughts/actions
  4. -   Find ways to tie actions of the President to consequences in our community

Outreach:
  •    Expand our influence (see Future/Priorities, below)
  •    Be welcoming/friendly; get to know one another. Socialize.
  •    Celebrate our successes and congratulate ourselves.
 Communication: (Flash, !ACTNOW!)
  •    Keep a4a postings “clean” (e.g., not re-posts from other groups) 
  •    Reports from Action Teams should be accurate, up-to-date, simple—and limited. (Everyone already has too much information!)
 Future Directions, Ideas and Priorities  
  
    Continue to advocate for:  
  •    Affordable Healthcare
  •    AZ state issues:   Engage public more about Arizona legislation/legislators
    1.   All a4a issues:  Continue to encourage members to contact our MoCs.
    2.   Educate our community. 
    3.   Find new, creative ways to advocate and educate.

  •    Work to elect progressive candidates 
    1.   Teach everyone how to register to vote.
    2.   Engage community with door-to-door canvassing      and other education.
    3.   Support progressive candidates.
    Design speaking opportunities and fundraisers.
  Outreach:
  •    Increase a4a membership 
  1.   Include focus on millennials and Independents.
  2.   Consider high school students, teachers, school board members.
  3.   Engage/ally with other organizations.
  •   Connect and collaborate with other groups (e.g., Indivisible, Sierra Club, etc.) 
  •   Do more formal outreach, marketing and publicity: our goals and successes should be known.
    • Form technology/social media group to support outreach efforts: editorials, public service announcements, raise money with other groups for TV and radio ads.
    • Speakers Bureau (drawn from Action Groups, leadership and general membership). 
    • Tee shirts, tri-fold posters, colorful handouts/FAQ sheets. 
    • Provide training in action groups re: outreach. 
    • Continue to get the word out about Action Group issues to the media to not make the President’s actions seem NORMAL.
  •     Keep snowbirds active and engaged over the summer:  contact MoCs in each home state; get reports from them.

 Other potential issues to address: poverty, peace, voting rights, environment (vs. solely climate), women’s rights  
  •  Consider a Human Rights groups that would include:   Women, LGBTQ, Race and Immigration.
Caveats:
  •  Don’t grow too big too fast:  quality over quantity.
  •  Don’t burn out!  Learn how to sustain our energy and effectiveness: self-care (action groups and a4a in general). 
  •  Support each other.
 Potential Community Service:  Outreach to the Syrian refugee community in Tucson (Kathy Stocker)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

alliance4action Flash


Celebrating 100 Days of Resistance,  May 3:
Approximately 40 a4a’ers met to review our first 100 days. The focus group was facilitated by Anne Towne, a professional from Washington D.C. (a friend of Diane Meyer’s), and we spent time discussing what has gone well and what we need to improve on.  Notes from that meeting will be shared in the next couple of weeks.

Activists’ Buffet, Meeting with cih!, May 7: A full house at Casa heard from State Senator Andrea Dalessandro about the almost complete legislative session in Phoenix.  Then we split up to learn new skills: letter writing, calling, Resistbot, Facebook, and writing postcards.

Outreach: Fred Ginocchio reports that the a4a table complete with banner was a success at the Wednesday Farmer’s Market. The season is over but will resume in the fall.
We have started to reach out to neighboring Indivisible groups including Indivisible – Southern Arizona and Indivisible – Cochise County. If you are interested, we suggest you join their Facebook groups, lots of action and comments there.  There are now 7000 Indivisible groups nationwide and they seem to be gaining steam.

Winter Visitors!
Now that you are at your summer residences we hope you are taking time to breathe, relax and reflect on what happened the past four months in Green Valley! You were, and still are, a critical part of creating and growing the alliance4action (a4a), a truly historic achievement!  As we continue to learn and organize it occurred to us that you are now a terrific new resource.

Since you are scattered all over the U.S. we thought you might want to have some fun and be our summer eyes and ears.  We could learn so much from you and your wanderings.  If you should choose to do so please send us brief observations about political actions in your areas: attractive events, effective actions, unique protests, potential speakers, in general any insights or thoughts which might help us become more effective in our organizing efforts. 

One example is an email we received from Ann and Frank Machek telling us about Christian Picciolini, a former white supremacist, whom they heard speak in Montana.  His message addressed long-term solutions to counter all types of racism and extremism.  “It was an inspirational as well as educational event!  I think it would go over extremely well in GV.”

So send us your emails.  Send them to Fred Ginocchio at fredgin13@gmail.com.  He will collect the news from our “winter friends” and publish them in Flashes this summer.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you with your experiences and insights.

Rally – Show Us Your Taxes! Our April 15 rally at the corner of LaCanada and Esperanza was another success with great press coverage from the Green Valley News. We estimate that 200-250 folks were there.

News from Facebook Team:
 



Tune Us In:
Ann Striker and Laurie Jurs will talk about a4a on Bill Buckmaster’s radio show on KVOI AM 1030 on Monday, May 22 at 12:30.


Reports from Action Team Leaders:

Writers’ Group

Maureen Brooks, foolmetwice2018@gmail.com
This group is designed to assist those wishing to write Letters to the Editor or Opinion pieces. Bring your ideas, rough drafts, etc. and we’ll help with them.
Next meeting: Adjourned until fall. Contact Maureen if you would like feedback.

Education
Polly Daly,
wsuffield@sbcglobal.net

ACTIONS TAKEN   

  • Reviewed the Berliner presentation on April 13. Reviews were great and we had good coverage from the Green Valley News.
  • Developed a plan to work with our two school districts on adopting the Arizona School Board Resolution to oppose further expansion of Student Empowerment Scholarships as defined in HR 1431. We will use the public speaking time at each meeting to urge the board to make that resolution. If both boards adopt, we will send a letter to the paper as well as the Arizona School Board Association in support of their resolutions.  Sahuarita adopted April 27.
  • On May 8 six members of the Education Committee attended the meeting of the Continental school board and gave testimony in support of public education and urged them to adopt the Arizona School Board Association Resolution to oppose ESA expansion. After discussion, the final vote was 1 in favor, 3 opposed, and 1 abstained. After the meeting we tried to understand the rationale of those who were opposed. The only conclusion we could reach was that they really didn't understand the issues. It was discouraging because things had gone so smoothly in Sahuarita. We have a lot of work to do here in Green Valley!
  • Sent postcards (Arizona pictures) to Congresswoman McSally urging opposition to HR610 and HR 899.
ACTIONS PENDING 
  • We will continue to work on the plan for our support of our two school districts as well as the development of position papers  
  • Next Meeting:      Monday May 15 at 4:00 P.M. at Cayley Cakes.
Health Care
Laurie Jurs,
planetjurs@mac.com

Current Goals:     

  • To participate in the U.S. Senate’s effort to replace the Affordable Care   Act (ACA) and modify the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and;
  • To advocate the social and economic benefits of Medicare For All/Single Payer in multiple venues and;
  • To advocate pharmaceutical pricing reform in the U.S. health care system (under discussion).
ACTIONS TAKEN
  • During the April 12th and April 26th meetings, we discussed communication methods being used to contact MoCs, tracking our MoCs, discussed the politics of “Repeal and Replace,” how to track health issues at the AZ Legislature and Planned Parenthood issues
  • We had letters to the editor and columns published and participated in the Tax Day Rally. Four members went to Senator Flake’s Tucson office on April 17th to tele-conference with Helen Heiden, Legislative Staff in Washington D.C.
ACTIONS PENDING    
  • Continue to meet during the summer months; support other resistance groups; daily contact with our MoCs; continuing research on prioritized healthcare issues; continue trainings as requested i.e. Twitter; build capacity regarding the group’s work, actions and commitments. 
  • Next Meeting:  Wednesday, May 10th, at 1:00 P.M. at Cayley’s Cakes. Next meeting will be May 24th
Climate
Connie Aglione,
caglione@gmail.com
 

ACTIONS TAKEN
  • Visit with Senator Flake’s staff.  Voiced objection to his anti-environment votes, lack of support for the Clean Power Plan and undermining of the EPA. Asked that he use his position on Energy Committee to promote alternative energy sources to protect the health and safety of our nation and the planet.
  • Participated in Rally for Science and the People’s Climate March in Tucson.
  • Called MOCs about the “Scientific Integrity Act”, protecting the EPA and proposed rollback of the “Methane Waste Rule on public lands”.  Contacted AZ legislature using “Call to Speak” on environmental legislation in AZ.
 ACTIONS PENDING
  • Will inform alliance members how to make official public comments to EPA re the administration’s plans for deregulation .
  • Send out Call-to-Action Alerts on climate change issues over the summer.
  • Next Meeting:  The Climate Action Group will resume meeting in October.
Immigration
Barb Lemmon,
blemmon@yahoo.com

ACTIONS TAKEN

  • Postcards to MoCs urging NoBootsNoBedsNoWall
  • Discussion of posted position papers
  • Discussion of BRIDGE ACT (HR496) vs RAC Act(HR1468)
  • Assisted at Farmer's Market a4a table
  • LTE volunteer Kathy Stocker re: expansion of detention beds, new prison approved for near Houston.
  • Maureen Brooks informed us of new writer's group to polish LTEs and opinion pieces.
  • News from Tucson Samaritans that:  
  1.      Interim chief of BP has refused to sign an ongoing agreement with the No More Deaths camp in Arivaca (recognized as a Humanitarian Aid station by the International Red Cross).    
  2.       ICE will not honor DACA cards and will pull holders in for criminal checks and possible deportation.
  • Decision to fashion a member survey of the team – location, actions you do or want to do, best meeting times, etc. Susie Sanders will create the survey.

ACTIONS PENDING/NEXT MEETING 
 

  • May 10 – In lieu of meeting – attend the rally at Sen Flake's office at 4-6 P.M. re: S595 which drops the polygraph test for many new BP hires, to speed up hiring of new agents. Bill introduced by Sen Flake. Rally is a Joint action with Indivisible Southern AZ 
  • Sunday, May 27, 9 A.M.-5 P.M. – Nonviolence and Activism Workshop,  YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson. For info, call 520-991-6781
Racial Justice
Cynthia Dean,
cyndeanaz@gmail.com

ACTIONS TAKEN

  • We have drafts for 6 position papers: 
  •  1-- Mass Incarceration 
  •  2-- Black Lives Matter 
  •  3-- Restorative Justice 
  •  4--Prisons in America 
  •  5--Private Prisons 
  •  6--Reparations
  • We discussed where to go with these, and decided to work together carefully to refine them and post on our a4a Racial Justice tab on the website.  This will help us internalize the information and thoughts, so that we will be to speak clearly and confidently about the issues to individuals and groups.  
  • Following Senate Bill 573, which calls for the creation of a National Criminal Justice Commission. It would work for 18 months to review every aspect of the nation's criminal justice system, from policing to prosecution to prisons, and then issue a set of proposed reforms for not only federal but state and tribal systems.
ACTIONS PENDING
  • Discuss and refine two position papers:  Black Lives Matter, and Prisons in America.
  • Determine a logo for Racial Justice group.
  • Hear from one of our members about developing a power point for our position papers.
  • Discuss the idea of a summer book group.
Next Meeting:  Not scheduled


a4a Election of Progressive Candidates Action Group
 Miriam Lindmeier,
mim_lindmeier@yahoo.com
Co-Chairs Sherry Moreau & Miriam Lindmeier

ACTIONS TAKEN

  • Met on April 26 for pre-discussion and meeting with Mary Darling
ACTIONS PENDING
  • Now scheduling Meet n Greets for:  Potential CD2 candidates
Next Meeting:  Not scheduled yet


LGBTQ
Rebecca McElfresh,
mcelf.rebecca@gmail.com


ACTIONS TAKEN
 

  • Postcards were sent regarding the removal of LGBTQ persons from federal surveys.
  • Contacts were made to MoCs promoting pro-LGBTQ bills.  We established a list of organizations to watch for legislative information regarding LGBTQ persons.
  • There was a presentation on LGBTQ advocacy through the arts April 23 at The Good Shepherd Church.
ACTIONS PENDING
  • We will begin to work at the state level on non-discrimination policies.  Group members will work on this during the summer in the location of their summer residence.



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

!ACTNOW!

from the

a4a Climate Change Team



Tell the EPA:

“Don’t roll back regulations protecting our planet.”

Cut and paste or copy these links into your browser to submit comments to the EPA:

 EPA Evaluation of Regulations
 
The comment period ends May 15th.  Send comments early and often.   Below are cut/paste samples or make up your own:

 
•      EPA regulations are intended to protect us and our children.  The new EPA focus is on short-term financial gains for some rather than long-term health and safety benefits for all.  This makes it harder to achieve healthy air for all and is not what our government should be doing.


•      Administrator Scott Pruitt wants states to take over the job of the EPA.  The problem with this is that states can’t confine air and waters to within their own boundaries.  We need national standards and regulation.


•      The American Lung Association “State of the Air 2017” report states that “The Clean Air Act prevents tens of thousands of asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes, and premature deaths each year.” “One-quarter fewer people now live where the air quality hit unhealthy levels compared to the 2016 report, which covered data from 2012-2014. The greatest improvements come from continued progress in reducing pollution from power plants and transportation sources, which contributes to high ozone days and year-round particle pollution.”  We must keep and improve upon the gains of the Clean Air Act.


 (Read some of the many comments already posted by following the link below.  There were 45,000 on Monday.)

Comments on EPA site


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Monday, May 8, 2017

!ACTNOW!

from the

a4a Immigration & Healthcare Action Teams

Demonstration and/or Rally on Wednesday May 10

at

Sen. Flake’s and Rep. McSally’s offices


From the Healthcare Team…
Die-In beginning at 5:00 P.M. at Congresswoman McSally’s office

4400 E. Broadway, Tucson.
These Die-Ins are occurring all across our state. We need to let our MoC’s know we care about the health of our friends and neighbors even if they don’t. Feel free to dress in bandages and bring crutches and canes.
If you want to carpool, come to the East Center at 4:00 P.M. and park at the north end of the parking lot.

From the Immigration Team…
Demonstration from 4:00-6:00 P.M. at Senator Flake's office. 

6840 N. Oracle Drive, Unit 150, Tucson.
The purpose of the demonstration at Sen. Flake’s office is to protest any relaxing of the hiring standards for Border Patrol agents.
We will meet at Cayley Cakes at 2:45 P.M. to carpool.  We will try to stop off at the McSally Die-In on our way back.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

!ACTNOW!

from the

a4a LGBTQ Action Team


On Thursday, May 4th, Trump signed an Executive Order limiting the impact of the Johnson Act of 1954 which prohibits religious and other tax-exempt organizations from participating in political activities.  As a result, religious organizations are freer to engage in political activity, and by implication, it provides particular safety for those who wish to withhold contraception from employees.  


Although this executive order did not go as far as the one leaked earlier in the year that would have allowed federal agencies to discriminate against LGBT persons in their employ, it carves a path for denial of rights based on freedom of religious expression. 
 

Under the LGBTQ tab on the a4a website: alliance4action.org please see a complete list of actions you can take to grow support for equal rights for all.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

!ACTNOW!

Joint meeting of alliance4action (a4a) and changeishappening! (cih!)

AN ACTIVISTS’ BUFFET

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.



•    Brief reports from cih! and a4a

•    Our State Senator, Andrea Dalessandro (LD2), will report on the Arizona
Legislative Session (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)

•    Break-out training sessions (Bring your phones, tablets, laptops)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter. . . create your Twitter account in advance so that you are ready to send a tweet.  We will create a mini-tweet storm together.
  • ResistBot
  • Writing Letters to the Editor
  • Using different telephone methodologies
  • Postcard writing

•    Please bring forkless treats or snacks to share for a social time at the end. 
Drinks will be provided. 


Casa Community Center
780 South Park Centre
LaPosada Campus (Across from Posada Java)


Questions? planetjurs@mac.com

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Monday, May 1, 2017

!Action Alert!

from the

 Immigration Group


HB2086, a bill to prohibit cities and towns from issuing ID cards, has passed the House and Senate GOV Committee and is before the Senate Rules Committee.
Contact the following Senators on the Rules Committee ASAP; ask them to vote "NO" on HB2086!


Bedford      ocajerobedford@azleg.gov         602-926-5835
Griffin         ggriffin@azleg.gov                       602-926-5895
Hobbs         khobbs @azleg.gov                       602-926-5325
Lesko          dlesko@azleg.gov                          602-926-5413
Quezada     mquezada@azleg.gov                   602-926-5911
Yarbrough  syarbrough@azleg.gov                602-926-5863
Yee               kyee@azleg.gov                             602-926-3024

Tell Them:
Citizens who lack driver's licenses or other government ID need these ID's to purchase bus tickets, get a library card and other services.
The penalty is too harsh. It withholds and re-distributes to other towns, cities, counties,water fund and the state general fund ALL tax money that belongs to the violating city.