Monday, March 6, 2017

alliance4action !FLASH!

citizen activists of southern AZ

We are an alliance of progressive individuals in southern Arizona working to ensure a caring and inclusive country. We will act together to protect and strengthen our values, human and civil rights.

Message from Ann

The alliance4action is up and running!  We held our fourth alliance4action group meeting on March 1 at Continental Mall and had 120 people who attended…standing room only.  We now have close to 700 people signed up to receive our bi-weekly Flash and ActNow alerts and 7 action groups focusing on specific issues.  Their reports, goals, priorities and next steps are listed below.  Meeting dates, times and locations are also posted on our Facebook page at alliance4action and on our website found at

There was great participation from a4a at Rep. Martha McSally’s Town Hall event on Feb. 23 in Sahuarita at the Good Shepherd Church.  The event was assembled with McSally’s team, and Dan Shearer, the editor of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun papers, served as moderator.  The a4a put together a video of this event, which drew 800 people.  It can be found on our website and also on YouTube under Rep. Martha McSally, Town Hall-February 2017.  There are a number of good videos available, including the full-length video of the entire meeting.

With the growth and success of a4a, we need HELP with administration.  It can be as simple as organizing or helping with a one-time event (like a postcard writing party for the Ides of Trump ( or helping with Facebook or our website. Please let me know if you can help.
I hope to see all of you at our next alliance4action meeting on April 5 at 1 pm upstairs in room 203 at the Continental Mall.

Table at Farmers Market on Wednesdays:
We need volunteers!  Help make a4a a visible presence in Green Valley.  Sign up for a 2 1/2 hour shift  (9 to 11:30 or 11:30 to 2:00) at our Alliance4 Action table at the Wednesday markets in March.  Email Fred Ginocchio at

********Action Group Reports********

****Health Care Action Group ****

Current Priorities: To resist the repeal and replacement of ACA, using all the consequences as fodder for calls to MoCs and Letters to the Editor.
Actions Taken:  February 18th to March 6th:  Several letters and columns published in the Green Valley News; participation in Congresswoman McSally's Town Hall on February 23rd.
Actions Planned:  Advocacy visits pending with Senators Flake and McCain offices; follow-up underway with Congresswoman McSally.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 8th, at 1:00 pm at Cayley's Cakes on La Canada in the back room; Cayley's is south of the Library Complex with the Green Valley Council and the Salvation Army.
Contact:  Laurie Jurs at

****Immigration Action Group****

Current Priorities: Promote passage of the Bridge Act; develop positions on a manageable number of additional immigration issues; follow developments on the National and State level regarding Immigrants, and take action
Actions Taken:  Copies of the Bridge Act, Indivisible Guide, and 21st Century Immigration Reform document were sent to new members. Jack Mattox received an appreciative email from 84Lumber responding to his email expressing support for their SuperBowl ad. Three draft position papers were circulated to the Group.  The subjects were “Border Security,” “Immigration, NAFTA, and Implications for U.S. Economy,” and “Undocumented Immigrants.”  A list of committee membership and legislative actions for our MoC’s was circulated.

Actions Planned:  Finalize position papers and post to a4a website. Some members are tracking relevant state bills.  Alerts will be sent to Immigration Committee members with the subject line: “a4a Immigration State Action Now.” Information is being gathered about border issues and the Tohono O’odham.
Committee members were asked to display a sign on their property.  The sign reads: “All law enforcement officials: Do not enter without a lawful search warrant.” The signs are being distributed by Keep Tucson Together in hopes that they will be displayed widely on homes housing undocumented immigrants, citizens, and legal residents alike. Businesses are also encouraged to post these signs. Members were encouraged to attend the next Keep Tucson Together meeting on Mar. 2.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 8 at 9:00 am, Green Valley Village Management Office, Suite 13, located at south end of center (close to China View restaurant)

                            ****Education Action Group****

Current Priorities:  To oppose pending legislation at the national and state level that promotes privatization of Public Education. To educate the public about the dangers of alternative education choices.  Specific bills on the radar screen are AZ HB2394, AZHB2465, SB1431 and SB1281. At the Federal level, HR610 eliminates the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965.
Actions Taken:  Telephone calls, letters, and faxes to AZ Legislators to voice our objections and explain why we object. Telephone calls and letters to Congresswoman McSally about our concerns with HR610. We also generated several questions to her about her platform of “School Choice.”
Actions Planned: Several members plan to write letters to the newspaper. We also will be attending a program about school funding so that we can become more knowledgeable about it on March 20. Petition gathering for Strong Start Tucson from now until may. The ½ cent sales tax will provide 8000 scholarships to low income 3-4 year olds in Tucson to attend quality pre-school programs.
Contacts: Poly Daly and Linda Laird, Co-Chairs

****Climate Change Action Group****

Current Goals: 
National: Oppose Repeal of EPA Regulations and Reduction of EPA Budget. Call for US Rep Martha McSally to join BiPartisan Climate Solution Caucus.
Support Solar Energy in Arizona.
Encourage use of reusable water bottles and grocery bags.

Actions Taken:  Weekly phone calls to MOCS - Calling scripts provided. Speaker on Solar and Utility Rate Cases. Attended US Rep McSally Town Hall in Sahuarita

Actions Planned:  Attend Santa Cruz County Board of Sup. Meeting.  Meeting with Rep. McSally Staff on March 9th. March for Science Tucson, EarthDay, April 22, 10am - 4 pm.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 8, 10 am, Tubac Community Center, Bridge Rd.

****Election of Progressive Candidates Group****

Monday, March 13 at 2:00 our Full Committee met.  Approximately 38 attended. Guest speakers were:  Aaron Baumann, Joel Feinman re Lessons Learned from their campaigns and Kitty Kennedy re Labor efforts to network with other groups to select and elect good candidates to office that will take Arizona and the Nation in a better direction.  Kitty Kennedy also spoke to why labor voted against their own self interests according to labor poll taken.  Results indicated two reasons:  jobs and guns. 
Co-chairs Miriam Lindmeier and Sherry Moreau met with Steve Farley, State Senator, to hear from him re Lessons Learned with his successful campaigns over the past 11 years in AZ and to talk to him about his future plans in politics.  He will return and talk to the full Committee when the legislative session is over.

We broke into 4 subcommittee groups:
1) Subcommittee to Protect, Defend, and Promote LD2 incumbents has selected their co-chairs, Carolyn Chaussee and Gerry Stoops.  Next meeting: Friday, March 10 at 2:00 pm at DCSRA HQ
2) Subcommittee to Identify Incumbents to Replace and development of dossiers on the votes and quotes, strengths and weaknesses of the incumbents.  Their first meeting identified 17 Incumbents they will be tracking.  Co-chairs are Janet Connell and Lois Connell.
3) Subcommittee to Network, Interview, Guide, Select Progressive Candidates has identified several candidates who may be interested in entry level positions, and they will be meeting with two strong mid-level potential candidates next week.  Co-chairs are Diane Meyers and Larry Robertshaw.
4) Subcommittee for Candidate Preparation has spent some time brainstorming with their difficult tasks and has assigned tasks to bring to the next meeting.  Co-chairs are Helen Boyd and Penny Pestle.

Next Full Committee Meeting is March 22 or 29 not date reported last month. Working with speakers for one of those dates.  It will be in Room 203.

*****LGBTQ Rights*****

Current Priorities:  Sounding the alarm about the First Amendment Defense Act and /or the rumored executive order that is very similar, maintaining current LGBTQ rights, education of ourselves and the public regarding LGBTQ rights, networking with other LGBTQ advocacy groups.

Actions Taken:  Education - Pat asks that we all read the Indivisible Guide; phone calling - many phone calls have been made, some for advocacy and some to thank Rep McSally for the town meeting;  social M=media - this team asks all to consider getting on Facebook, Twitter and
AZ Request to Speak (for registered voters); writing - writers have had one letter published thus far.  29 “snail mail” and email letters were sent;  speaking - April 23 at 10:15 am Good Shepherd Church - LGBTQ talk; research - working on researching legal issues;  networking - made connection with GLSEN Tucson person.

Actions Planned:   Speakers - will work on April 23rd presentation; writers- chose 6 newspapers.  Each person will write one letter per week, with a rotation for newspaper coverage; callers - will be focusing on Martha McSally regarding her statement about  caring for developing young women.  State-level phone calls will be made regarding anti-demonstration bill as well as bills regarding “Empowered Scholarships”.  Although this is the  a4a Education Team’s task, we are helping with this while waiting for our intense time of calling. 
Next meeting, the callers will bring postcards for us all to fill out at the meeting.  Education - same as Speakers;  Research - team will be gathering information on Wingspan and EON, AZ Dem reps and their LGBTQ positions, LGBTQ Chamber in Tucson, GLSEN report on the safety of students in schools, and info about federal reps.  This team will meet on March 5th. Networking - will meet with GLSEN and call PFLAG. Social Media - will bring back their plan to the next meeting.

Next Meeting,  Monday, March 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

*****Racial Justice*****

Current Goals:  Build understanding/confidence around racial justice by reading/researching issues.   Focus research on issues that group is "passionate" about: reparations, private prisons, restorative justice, voter suppression/voting rights in AZ, local/state issues around racial justice.

Build relationships within our group and reach out to other groups doing this kind of work in the Tucson area: SURJ(Showing Up for Racial Justice), YWCA(Standing Up for Racial Justice), NAACP.

Actions Taken:  Made presentation to group of 27 at The Good Shepherd UCC adult Forum on Feb.26.  Individuals of group assigned themselves ongoing research in their particular focus issue.  Individuals from group attended movie, "I Am Not Your Negro." Established and shared resource list of state and federal contacts to voice our positions and learn positions of legislators.   Readings for ongoing education around issues were suggested.

Actions Planned:  Individuals of group will research and  share results of focus issues to begin to develop a group position, with the goal of eventually writing  position papers on those focus issues.  Ongoing reading/research to better understand the issues.  Presentation to group by Tucson SURJ.  Attend "Nonviolence & Activism" workshop offered by Tucson YWCA.

Next Meeting: Friday, March 10, 12:30 pm at The Good Shepherd UCC Church
17750 S. La Canada Drive in Sahuarita.

Cynthia Dean -
Lois Rose - 

****Resources to Know About****

·       Check out:  This is a Protest Events Calendar for Arizona

·       A site for keeping track & responding to national bills:


· “ A Practical Guide for Making Congress Listen”

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