Thursday, March 23, 2017

#ProtectOurCare Rally at the Capitol

Elected officials, community members and health care advocates gathered at the House of Representatives today to share their concerns about the affects of the #ACARepeal bill. 



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rep. Powers Hannley: Arizona Women Deserve Equality

Rep. Powers Hannley encourages Arizona lawmakers to pass and #EqualRightsAmendment bill. Nevada just passed one - meaning the country only needs two more states to agree to an amend for the Constitution to ensure equal protections for women.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Budget Town Halls: Your State, Your Priorities

ICYMI Democrats will be travelling across the state and holding town halls on community budget priorities. Democrats want to ensure that your voices are heard. We've worked with the community to create policies that reflect our shared values. We will continue to do this through the upcoming budget process.

Our vision for Arizona is inclusive, prosperous and fiscally responsible. We remain committed to investing in policies that will improve our quality of life now, while promoting a stronger, more sustainable future.

These policies start by focusing on education, jobs, health care and building a better future. Arizonans demand that our government invest in people, support families and businesses and establish a framework for Arizona to prosper. These solutions come from the community, and we need the community to continue to fight for our Arizona.

Democrats are looking forward to discussing our shared budget priorities with you at our budget town halls. Join the conversation using the hashtag #BeHeard. Our first town hall will be in Flagstaff.

UPDATED: Flagstaff, Arizona
When:     Saturday, March 25, 2017
               12:30 p.m.
Where:    Flagstaff City Hall Council Chambers
               211 W. Aspen Ave. Flagstaff, AZ 86001
To RSVP click here.





Dates for the rest of the town halls are below. Information will be updated regularly.
Tempe, Arizona
When:     Thursday, March 30, 2017
                5:30 p.m.
Where:   Pyle Adult Recreation Center
                655 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
To RSVP click here.

Yuma, Arizona
When:    Saturday, April 1, 2017
                12:30 p.m.
Where:   Yuma City Council Chambers
               1 City Plz, Yuma, AZ 85364
To RSVP click here.

Phoenix, Arizona 
When:   Wednesday, April 5, 2017                     
              5:30 p.m.
Where:  Pueblo Del Sol (Gymnasium)
              3449 N 39th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85019
*This presentation will be in Spanish *En espaƱol
To RSVP click here.

Tucson, Arizona 
Where:    Saturday, April 8, 2017
                12:30 p.m.
Where:    University of Arizona
The exact location will be announced shortly. 

To RSVP click here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

STATEMENT: Andrade praises AZ Supreme Court's decision on the minimum wage proposition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2017
Contact: C. Murphy Hebert
602-926-5848



STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Richard Andrade, D-Phoenix (District 29), released the following statement regarding the Arizona Supreme Court's decision to deny the challenge to Proposition 206:

"I support the Arizona Supreme Court Justices' unanimous decision to reject the attempt to overturn Proposition 206, which requires an increase in the minimum wage.  Voter-approved citizen initiatives are a vital part of a responsive, community-driven government.  This decision supports the will of the people and the well-being of Arizona families.

"I would like to also recognize the work of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA). This group of dedicated community members brought urgency to this issue by creating a movement in Arizona. Their efforts have made the importance of an increased minimum wage well-known in this state. This is a victory for Arizona families."


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Budget Town Halls: Your State, Your Priorities

Democrats want to ensure that your voices are heard. We've worked with the community to create policies that reflect our shared values. We will continue to do this through the upcoming budget process. We will be travelling across the state and holding town halls on community budget priorities.

Our vision for Arizona is inclusive, prosperous and fiscally responsible. We remain committed to investing in policies that will improve our quality of life now, while promoting a stronger, more sustainable future.

These  policies start by focusing on education, jobs, health care and building a better future. Arizonans demand that our government invest in people, support families and businesses and establish a framework for Arizona to prosper. These solutions come from the community, and we need the community to continue to fight for our Arizona.

Democrats are looking forward to discussing our shared budget priorities with you at our budget town halls. Our first town hall will be in Flagstaff.

UPDATED: Flagstaff, Arizona
When:     Saturday, March 25, 2017

               12:30 p.m.
Where:    Flagstaff City Hall Council Chambers
               211 W. Aspen Ave. Flagstaff, AZ 86001




Dates for the rest of the town halls are below. Information will be updated regularly.

Tempe, Arizona
When:     Thursday, March 30, 2017
                5:30 p.m.
Where:   Pyle Adult Recreation Center
                655 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282

Yuma, Arizona
When:    Saturday, April 1, 2017
                12:30 p.m.
Where:   Yuma City Council Chambers
               1 City Plz, Yuma, AZ 85364

Phoenix, Arizona  
When:   Wednesday, April 5, 2017
              5:30 p.m.
Where:  Pueblo Del Sol 
            3449 N. 39th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85019
*The Presentation will be in Spanish

Tucson, Arizona  
Where:    Saturday, April 8, 2017
                12:30 p.m.
Where:    University of Arizona 
The exact location will be announced shortly. 

Thursday, March 09, 2017

STATEMENT: Indigenous Peoples Caucus stands in solidarity with those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in Washington, D.C. and Arizona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: C. Murphy Hebert
602-926-5848
cmhebert@azleg.gov


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX –  The members of Arizona's Indigenous Peoples Caucus issued this joint statement of support for those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline both in Washington, D.C. and in Arizona.

"We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are bravely opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. There are members of American Indian nations from all over the country who have joined together at the U.S. Capitol for four days of protests. Tomorrow they will march on the White House. Ensuring our voices are heard is critical to protecting our values, our lands and our traditions. We commend those who are doing that work in Washington, as well as those who are working so hard to bring the same attention to these issues here in Arizona. This fight is not over and we must remain united."


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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Promise Arizona hosts 100 Constituents at State Capitol


MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 7, 2017

Contact: petra@promiseaz.org, Petra Falcon, 520-360-6128; or David Ayala, david@promiseaz.org, 503-975-6138 To view original press release please click here


Promise Arizona to host 100 constituents for legislative Capitol visits today
Press conference, 10 a.m., Capitol Rose Garden, followed immediately by legislative visits

(PHOENIX) Promise Arizona will host about 100 constituents from Phoenix Valley and Tucson for the organization’s annual visits with state legislators today.

“Our community’s priorities are no different than those of all Arizonans. We care deeply about education, voting rights, immigration and other major issues. What is different is that whenever those issues go unaddressed, our families often suffer serious consequences,” said Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona.

WHO: Promise Arizona
WHAT: Press conference and legislative visits
WHERE: AZ State Capitol
WHEN: Today, March 7, 2017 / Press conference, 10 a.m.; legislative visits 10:30 to 1 p.m.; lunch meeting with legislators in the Rose Garden at noon.

Press Conference on Muslim Travel Ban at Arizona State Capitol



Media Advisory:
Press Conference on Muslim Ban at Arizona State Capitol on 3/7 at 9:00am
The Council on American Islamic Relations of Arizona (CAIR-AZ) along with local allies, leaders and interfaith partners will be holding a press conference tomorrow morning, addressing the revised Executive Order by the Trump Administration.
SEE ALSO:  Trump Signs New Immigration Executive Order

Who:  
Imraan Siddiqi -  Executive Director, CAIR-AZ
Reverend Erin Tamayo - Executive Director, Arizona Faith Network
Representative Athena Salman
Other local leaders representing the communities impacted by the travel ban will also be speaking at the press conference.

When:  Tuesday, March 7th - 9:00AM

Where:  Arizona State Capitol (Lawn)
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ  85007

About CAIR

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, with regional offices nationwide. CAIR's national headquarters are on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. 

Media Contact:  
Imraan Siddiqi, Executive Director, CAIR-AZ

(480) 415-4652, isiddiqi@cair.com




Monday, March 06, 2017

"Teachers fear they won't get paid after Gov. Ducey rejects funding."


This is another recent headline this month reaffirming the crisis in our classrooms.  Apparently, the governor is refusing to fund the Arizona Department of Education's IT department, which, according to an ADE employee, is the "hub of the entire education system." It handles a host of vital projects, including keeping student attendance and issuing teachers' paychecks.  Some teachers and ADE employees are bracing for the fallout, according to Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas, who criticized the state for failing to fund public education.


Funding the IT department is a real problem that needs a real solution – one that costs an estimated $17 million. This issue only exacerbates the fact that Arizona nationally is dead last in teacher pay.

The governor and his friends are patting themselves on the back for offering teachers an insulting raise that amounts to about $2 a paycheck.  Instead of finding substantive ways to correct this, Republicans have spent years pushing to expand controversial voucher programs that pull money away from public schools and are being recognized nationally as a shell game. This is a crisis that the Republicans have created. House Democrats are focused on creating solutions for Arizona, while Republicans are focused on advancing their political agenda.

House Democrats are committed to finding ways to pay our teachers a wage that reflects their contributions to our state and our kids. Finding the money to do so is a matter of priorities. House Democrats have offered a package of bills that will get teachers the 4 percent raise they are asking for while prioritize solutions for other problems facing our kids' schools.

These solutions come from the community, and we need the community to continue to fight for our kids' classrooms. Call your legislators and tell them you want the budget to reflect your values. We know what the right priorities are for Arizonians and we can do much better for our hardworking teachers and students.  Let us stop being the country's model for shell games that hurt our kids and our future. 

Video Message from your House Democrats

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Rep. Ken Clark's Classroom

Rep. Ken Clark walks us through the legislative process:

Then he goes over the attacks on the Voter Protection Act:


2017 Indigenous Peoples Caucus members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2017
Contact: C. Murphy Hebert
602-926-5848


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The 2017 Indigenous Peoples Caucus announces membership for the 53rd Legislative Session. The contact information for the caucus members is below.

Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales, D- Tucson (District 3)
Arizona House of Representatives, Room 332
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Email: sgonzales@azleg.gov
Phone Number: 602-926-3278

Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron (District 7)
Arizona Senate, Room 314
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Email: jpeshlakai@azleg.gov
Phone Number: 602-926-5160

Rep. Wenona Benally, D-Window Rock (District 7)
Arizona House of Representatives, Room 117
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Email: wbenally@azleg.gov
Phone Number: 602-926-5172

Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle (District 7)
Arizona House of Representatives, Room 323
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Email: edescheenie@azleg.gov
Phone Number: 602-926-4846


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