NewsletterOctober 4, 2023
Arizona for Abortion Access Ballot Initiative
We have the Arizona for Abortion Access (AAA) ballot initiative in hand and ready for circulation. If you want to circulate the petition, you are required to complete a training. There are Zoom trainings every Tuesday (7PM) & Thursday (9:30AM) throughout October. Check out our calendar & our Mobilize page for all dates.
The Coconino County Dems’ office is your local petition hub. You can stop by on Tuesday & Thursday between 12-3PM to pick up petitions. We will be adding hours shortly, so keep an eye out for additional times.
- Get your petitions notarized at the office on Fridays from 1pm-3pm. We are looking to add locations and hours to notarize petitions. If you are a notary and able to assist, please email us.
Getting this initiative onto the 2024 ballot will be key to turning out the vote and wining all races from re-electing Biden to flipping our legislature. Mark your calendars for the Abortion Access Initiative Event on October 14, following our Monthly Action Meeting (see below for additional info).
October Monthly Action Meeting – 10/14
This month’s Action Meeting on October 14, will be in-person only, from 10-11AM at the Murdoch Center. We are co-hosting hosting the official launch of the Arizona for Abortion Access (AAA) ballot initiative with our local partners.
Students will be marching from NAU’s Health and Learning Center and joining us at 11:15 AM at the Murdoch Community Center for a rally and day of action. We will have an in-person training if you haven’t yet attended one, a notary for you to turn in your petitions and information on how you can get further involved in the movement!
If you are available to volunteer to set-up or help with the event, please sign up here.
Oktoberfest & Drag out the Vote – (THIS WEEKEND), Flagstaff Community Market, The Western Navajo Fair & More!
- Oktoberfest is this weekend! We’ll be busy collecting signatures for the Arizona for Abortion Access petition. You must take the training if you plan to help us circulate the Arizona for Abortion Access (AAA) petition at the event.
- Campus organizers are hosting a Drag Out The Vote show and event on NAU’s campus this Saturday! Join us in supporting these young activists in their efforts towards civically engaging the youth through performance.
- We’re building a team to support a parade float and info booth for the Western Navajo Fair in Tuba City on October 21. Contact the Chair if you’d like to join us.
- The Flagstaff Community Farmer’s Market is in its final weeks of the season. We’ll continue to be there every Sunday, from 8:00 am until noon. We are looking for a few more volunteers to help us gather AAA signatures at the Aspen & Sitgreaves entrance. If you’re interested in helping out the last few weeks of the market, sign up for a shift here.
- We are working on a Día de los Muertos celebration. Click here to get involved.
- Join us in Tuba City for the weekly Outdoor Market. Email Deydrek Scott for more information.
|The City of Flagstaff – Special Election – 11/7|
This is a Ballot-by-Mail ElectionThe Last Day to Register to vote for this election is October 10, 2023A voter information pamphlet has been mailed (Spanish & English versions available)Ballots will be mailed October 11th and must be returned and received by November 7thAdditional Information HERETown Hall on October 25 (see below)
Legislative Report Cards – How are our legislators doing?
by Laura Huenneke
Right now, while we are waiting for the start of this year’s legislative session, is a great time to review the performance of our elected representatives in last year’s state legislature. A couple of groups have made it easy for us to check how well (or how poorly) our legislators did last year in carrying forward our voices and voting to protect our interests. The Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter has released its annual
“report card” reviewing the performance of our state legislators on a host of environmental and democracy issues. As you might expect, our LD 6 and LD 7 representatives and Senators have diametrically opposed grades! The report gives specifics about votes for or against specific bills that came up last session. It’s also a great resource for tracking crucial environmental issues that our legislature really ought to be dealing with – issues we need to push with our elected officials. (Such as…groundwater protection!) Check out our local representatives, and then call or write them. Send them a note of appreciation OR a note to say how disappointed you are in their performance last year – and how carefully you will be tracking them this coming session.
Find the report card at: https://www.sierraclub.org/arizona/blog/2023/01/weekly-updates-2023-az-legislature
Progress Arizona is another group that has released a scorecard showing the performance of individual legislators with respect to the issues of fundamental importance to Arizonans. Having these specifics in
an accessible place really helps prepare us for contacting our state senators and representatives about key issues this time around. Progress Arizona is a great resource also for messaging and for tracking issues. Again, it is fascinating to see the differences between our LD 6 and LD 7 elected representatives – very informative as we enter this next election cycle.
Find the scorecard at: https://www.progressarizona.org/scorecard#/
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