News from Your County Party
October 17, 2021
We Said We’d Slow Down, but…
We said we’d slow down after the 90-day petition drive, but there is still much to do. Here’s what October brought:
- We registered 40 new, mostly young, new voters at the Women’s March on October 2.
- On the same day, we had great conversations at Oktoberfest with voters who are looking forward to electing more Democrats in 2022 – volunteer recruitment and more voter registrations here as well.
- Tabling at Tuba City and Leupp flea markets where the conversations are focused on concerns about voter suppression and redistricting and how Native voters can make their voices heard in a process that is set up to amplify the voices of people with technological advantages.
- We are sponsoring a rally for President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda — next Saturday, October 23, 11 am – 1 pm at Flagstaff City Hall
- Our Latin American Voter Committee invites you to celebrate Dia de los Muertos at the Murdoch Center on Saturday, October 30 from 1 – 3 pm
At our monthly County Party meeting last Saturday, Congressman O’Halleran spoke about events in Congress including the urgency of passing voting rights legislation and both infrastructure bills which embody the agenda that he and President Biden and so many other Democrats campaigned on last year. He urged Americans to “take to the streets” in support of the Build Back Better economic package, so that’s what we’re doing next Saturday.
Many of our precinct committee members and volunteers continue to follow the Independent Redistricting Commission‘s work closely and several of us spoke at the IRC hearing at High Country Conference Center on October 7. (More on IRC below.)
And, by the way, our Western Region will be doing highway cleanup on the morning of October 23.
The Independent Redistricting Commission held its first two map drawing meetings this past week. These meetings continue this week Monday-Thursday, beginning at 8 am each day, with a scheduled ending time at 4 pm. For political junkies, this is like watching the World Series. What happens in the next few days may well determine the fate of Arizona politics for the next decade. See the agendas and links to tune in here. During the meetings, the public is able to make comments via a Google form linked from that site.
The IRC is expected to formally approve draft maps as early as the end of this week. The Commission is expected to hold public hearings over the month of November. These hearings are critically important and are the last chance anyone will have to address the commission before they approve the final maps. To prepare for these not yet scheduled hearings, the Arizona Democratic Party invites you to join a Zoom session that will cover everything you need to know about your final chance to shape Arizona’s legislative and congressional maps! Sign up for a Training
If you do attend the ADP Training and/or decide you want to attend a public hearing and testify, please contact our County Party Chair, Ann Heitland, or one of our redistricting liaisons, Sharon Edgar or Laura Huenneke, to learn more about our local redistricting issues. You can get in touch by writing to Chair@CoconinoDemocrats.org or calling the office at 928-214-0393
Visit our website for scripts prepared by our Legislative Committee for phone calls and emails to our Senators and Congressman. You’ll find them in the righthand column of the homepage and under the menu “News.”
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