Monthly Meeting Next Saturday
Join us next Saturday for our last Zoom-only Monthly Coconino Democratic Action Meeting. In light of falling COVID numbers and higher vaccination rates, we are hoping our December 11 business meeting will be a hybrid in-person/virtual event. Meanwhile, join us on Zoom next Saturday, November 13 at 10:00.
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Katie Cottrell will present “Using Your Personal Story to Campaign,” an important skill we need to refresh in preparation for our work in 2022. Katie is Regional Organizer with Mission for Arizona.
Redistricting — Ongoing Call to Action
The IRC’s Congressional and Legislative District Draft Maps for Northern Arizona create districts that are so uncompetitive it will be hard to find candidates and hard to motivate voters. Yesterday, we had a great Northern Arizona turnout for the first statewide Draft Map virtual hearing. In spite of the fact that the IRC put the Northern Arizona speakers last during a hearing which lasted 5 hours and 40 minutes, we stuck it out and made our voices heard. We need to keep up this pressure!
Our local, in-person opportunity to speak is WEDNESDAY, November 10 at 6 pm, at High Country Conference Center. Please plan to attend.
Arizona Democratic Party’s Deputy Election’s Director will hold a
Statewide Update TODAY at 4 pm.
Tuesday Noon, we will again offer a Northern Arizona specific Zoom session:
It is vitally important that we continue to turn out at the Draft Map hearings over the next 30 days and to make written comments. Our Coconino County Board of Supervisors has created two maps for proposed Northern Arizona Legislative Districts which will serve our communities AND the entire state so much better than the Draft Maps. Let’s advocate for them! Likewise, the Congressional District proposed by the IRC for Northeastern and North Central Arizona leans strongly Republican and disrespects our Native American population. Instead, we are advocating for the Congressional map submitted by the Navajo Human Rights Commission.
(Note: Districts have been renumbered as part of the redistricting process so these numbers are switched from our current district numbers.)
You can submit your testimony or make written comments about the Draft Maps without oral testimony using the “Comment” links at the listing of public hearings on the Commission’s website. Each hearing date has separate comment links for the Congressional and Legislative Maps. Appearing to speak is the most effective tool we have, but combine it with many written submissions!
Comments can also be emailed to email@example.com.
YOUR COMMENTS AND TESTIMONY SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ON YOUR OWN BEHALF AS A CITIZEN. We can provide you information about the issues and process but your testimony and written comments are your own and not those of the Democratic Party. Be sure they reflect your own beliefs.
Bilingual Discussion of Redistricting
Supervisors Patrice Horstman and Jeronimo Vasquez joined County Party Chair Ann Heitland last Thursday for a bilingual discussion of redistricting. View it here.
Upcoming IRC Hearings
In addition to Wednesday’s 6 pm hearing at High Country Conference Center, here are other hearings we hope you’ll consider attending:
Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, 6:00 pm
Cottonwood Community Club House, 805 N Main St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Friday, November 19th, 2021, Noon — Virtual Town Hall for Northern and Western Arizona
Registration information has not yet been released but save the date!
Saturday, November 20th, 2021, 10:00 am — two locations
Prescott Valley Public Library
7401 Skoog Blvd, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Hopi Veterans Memorial Center
State Hwy 264 Mile Marker 375.5, Kykotsmovi Village, AZ 86039
Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, 6:00 pm
Hondah Casino Conference Center
777 AZ-260, Pinetop, AZ 85935
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021, 6:00 pm — two locations
Mazatzal Hotel & Casino
Highway 87, Mile Marker 251, Payson, AZ 85541
Navajo Nation Training Center
Morgan Blvd. Bldg. #2740, Window Rock, AZ 86515
A full list of Draft Map Hearings can be found on the IRC website. Please consult it to confirm locations and times.
Federal Action Alerts!
We need to pass the voting rights protections at the federal level! Our legislative committee has some scripts for you on this and other issue:
It’s Finally “Infrastructure Week!”
The former guy’s constant hype that huge infrastructure investments were coming turned out to be just that – hype. But on Friday, Democrats delivered and President Biden signed the bill on Saturday, setting the stage for the largest investment in our country’s infrastructure since the 1950s.
One of the most respected economic analytic firms has issued a report supporting the Build Back Better Bill.
Sign Candidate Petitions
You can now sign local candidate petitions online through the Arizona Secretary of State just as you do for statewide candidates!
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