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The Supreme Court has voted to strike down abortion rights. From now on, no right is safe that isn’t “deeply rooted” in “tradition” and “history” — as interpreted by the radical Trump extremists in control of the Court!

Whether or not the exact language quoted above from Justice Alito appears in the final opinion to be released in June, this is the reality.  Americans have relied on the Courts to protect basic human rights since Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954. We can no longer do so: With the Trump judicial appointments, democracy lost the 50-year battle for the courts and now the only option for us is to win elections, and win them big. 

In Arizona, we must win our statewide elections for Governor, Attorney General, and Corporation Commission — because we also lost in redistricting and thus have lost the legislature. We must win our very tough federal elections to retain Tom O’Halleran and Mark Kelly and count on other states to do their part to increase the majority in Congress — the effort in other states will be in vain if we don’t do our part here in AZ. 

We in the Coconino County Democratic Party must expand Democratic voter registration and we must motivate voters to vote. Let’s get to it.

Upcoming Rallies

Rallies bring in new voters and new volunteers. On Tuesday, we partnered with the Arizona Student Association and Kyle Nitschke for LD-7 AZ Senate to bring out 300 people in protest of Alitio’s screed against abortion rights. (300 was the estimate by the Daily Sun.)

This Saturday, we’ve teamed up with ASA, Arizona Rural Action, and Indivisible Northern Arizona for another rally and we will be working with that same coalition and local Women’s March volunteers to sponsor a rally and march on May 14 as part of a nationwide protest. Our volunteers will register voters and circulate information about our work among these crowds.

Help Collect Signatures for the Voter Initiative

We are working with Arizona Deserves Better to collect signatures to put a statewide initiative on the ballot to counter the Republican Legislature’s attempt to limit Arizonans’ ability to vote by mail along with other attacks on our voting rights. At the January State Committee Meeting, the Arizona Democratic Party passed a resolution in support of this important initiative. The initiative campaign needs 65,000 signatures supplied through the county parties to meet it’s statewide goal. 

We have petitions available for you to pick up in the office and our Operations Manager can notarize any that you return during our regular hours (M-F, 8-3). We’ll also set up some after-hours notary times later in May and June. 

There are three things you can do:

  1. Take a petition and get 15 signatures from your friends and neighbors.
  2. Volunteer to table at upcoming events like the Community Market where we will have these petitions.
  3. Canvass in your neighborhoods or elsewhere in town. Contact Marilyn Weissman by phone or text at 928 853-9283 if you can help with canvassing.

In the Community

‘Tis the season to be outdoors in Flagstaff and we are present at the Flagstaff Community Market on Sunday mornings and will be at Hullaballoo on June 4. Meanwhile, we continue to table weekly at the Tuba City Flea Market and our precinct committee people and volunteers are canvassing door-to-door for the voting rights initiative (see below).

Our crew of tabling volunteers has nearly filled the need for Hullaballoo, but we need some more help at the Community Market. Please sign up!

May 14 Action Meeting

Our monthly Democratic Action Meeting is May 14 from 10-noon at the Murdoch Center. Plan to join us to discuss this election year and how you can be involved. Our guest speakers are County Recorder Patty Hansen and Mission for Arizona Voter Protection Deputy Director Mike Fox. Immediately following the meeting, we’ll be joining the coalition rally and march for abortion rights. 

We’ll continue the discussion of messaging that was cut short at our last meeting. In preparation, think about how the American Rescue Plan affected you and those you love. Also, read this: 

It’s Not the Democrats Who Have Lost Touch with Voters

Details and Zoom link for those who cannot attend in person.

May 17 Election

You’ll recall that we enthusiastically endorsed a “Yes” vote in the May 17 Election to support our Coconino Community College. Now is the time to remind your friends and neighbors to return their mail-in ballots.

Ballot Drop Box Locations

Early voting is also available now at these locations

Of course, voters may also vote on election day at polling locations.

First Vice-Chair Aubrey Sonderegger represented us at the legally required Logic & Accuracy Test performed by County Elections officials before this election began. The machines are safe and very secure.

Attention State Committee Members

The Resolutions Committee of the State Committee will meet via Zoom on Monday, May 9 to consider the proposed resolution Resolution to Save Lives and End Title 42.  All State Committee Members are invited to attend.  In our ongoing effort to complete the State Committee Meeting in as efficient a manner as possible, this meeting will be your opportunity to ask questions, suggest revisions, and debate in favor or against the resolution.  While your voices are welcome, only appointed members of the Resolutions Committee are able to make motions and vote to recommend, reject or amend proposed resolutions.  If you would like to become an appointed member of the Resolutions Committee, please reach out to the Committee Chair, Rina Wojcik, at Resolutions@azdem.org.  There are currently have several open spaces on the Resolutions Committee.

The next State Committee Meeting is May 21, beginning at noon via a Zoom connection. If you are a State Committee Member, you will have received a registration link via email. If you haven’t registered and have lost the email, contact ADP at statecommittee@azdem.org. If you need to provide a proxy, it is due by May 18 at 5 p.m.  Proxy Form.  Chair Ann Heitland will not be attending this meeting but First Vice-Chair Aubrey Sonderegger is available to serve as your proxy.

Mission for Arizona will be leading a Morning of Action in advance of the State Committee Meeting. All Democrats are encouraged to participate in the morning of action and to watch the State Committee Meeting.  Please address questions to statecommittee@azdem.org

Rural Action Summit

Yavapai County Democrats are hosting a rural summit on June 11. Unfortunately, this conflicts with our June Quarterly Business and Action Meeting, but we encourage those who want to brush up on canvassing skills to make the trip to Prescott, especially those who live in our rural precincts in the west and southern parts of Coconino County. 

Information and Schedule for the Summit

Sign up!

Notice of Meeting to Elect 2d Vice Chair
During our quarterly business meeting on June 11, we will elect a 2d vice-chair. The vacancy is due to Allan Gerston’s move out of state. John Propster has served on an interim basis pending our June business meeting and has indicated a willingness to be elected to serve out the term, which ends in December. If you are a PC and cannot attend the meeting, please provide a proxy (it needs to be from a voter in your precinct). 

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