Arizonans understand that their state is the front line in the battle against Donald Trump, Martha McSally, and the conservative agenda, but heroes of reproductive justice are being targeted from inside the Democratic Party as well. Democratic primary challengers from the right are attempting to incapacitate the movement for reproductive health and abortion access in Arizona and voters must rally behind legislators who support our cause. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting our endorsed legislators who face a primary challenge on August 4th, and why it is critical that they have our support. Representative Diego Rodriguez and Melody Hernandez have been fighting for progressive causes and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona is proud to endorse Rodriguez for reelection and Hernandez for election.
There’s already plenty to file under “COVID-19 and Gender.” For months now, the media and academia have examined how patriarchy and public health have been at loggerheads over pandemic safety efforts, from the macho disregard for hand-washing recommendations to the militant, armed response to Michigan’s stay-at-home order in April.
These districts have CRITICAL PRIMARIES that will significantly shape reproductive health, rights, and justice in our state for years to come! Help us #PinkOutAZ by voting early by mail starting July 8th and keep in mind the deadline to request a mail in ballot is 7/24 by 5:00PM!
Lately, a lot of us have had tunnel vision when it comes to infectious diseases. We talk about how long the virus that causes COVID-19 can live on various surfaces, even though other viruses can live on those same surfaces for even longer. We wonder if it can be sexually transmitted, while there are dozens of other bugs out there that are even more easily passed through sexual contact. There are more microbes out there than just the one that causes COVID-19, and we need to be mindful of their risks, too.
The sadness and pain felt by communities all across America - particularly Black communities - in recent weeks is a stark reminder that we need elected leaders committed to making lasting systemic change. Two of our endorsed candidates, House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez and Representative Reginald Bolding, understand that leadership is based on listening, and they have been listening and acting on the needs of Arizonans since 2014. Our state needs them now more than ever.
With Memorial Day behind us, we’ve now got just under two months until the August 4th primary, and less than five months until Election Day! Now is the time to make sure that you know who will be on the ballot, and which candidates will fight for your health and rights in the legislature.
The last few months have been hard for everyone. COVID-19 has brought about the need for social distancing to decrease risk of spreading the disease, and we are witnessing the largest push in our nation’s history for police accountability. For those of us who already feel isolated because of our gender identity or sexuality, the stay-at-home orders can heighten the feelings of anxiety about being LGBTQ. For LGBTQ people of color, anxieties about violence are being exacerbated by recent protests regarding instances of police brutality.
You might have read the headlines earlier this month that the virus that causes COVID-19 has been found in semen. Is that true — and if it is, does that mean COVID-19 can be transmitted sexually?
The short answers to those questions are yes, and we don’t know yet.
It’s hard to believe, but elections are just around the corner, and the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder of how much elections matter - from the top of the ticket to the bottom. Electing legislators that will fight for access to reproductive health care and for all the communities that too often face systemic barriers to care has never been more important. That is why Planned Parent Advocates of Arizona is thrilled to announce our first set of 2020 legislative endorsements.