The adage “all politics is local'' can be easily associated with Arizona. It is local officials who are keeping our society running, even in the midst of this ongoing global pandemic. Dedicated to ensuring that justice prevails in Arizona, attorneys Will Knight, of Maricopa County, and Laura Conover, of Pima County, are incredible public servants. They have been fighting for real criminal justice reform, striving to protect Arizonan’s abortion access, environmental health, and the progressive values we strive for. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona is appreciative of both attorney’s battles for progressive victories and we are proud to endorse both Knight and Conover for election in crowded County AttorneyDemocratic primaries on August 4th.
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!
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.
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.
After a possible exposure to the novel coronavirus in March, Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar tweeted from self-isolation, “Been thinking about life and mortality today. I’d rather die gloriously in battle than from a virus. In a way it doesn’t matter. But it kinda does.”
May 17. The day the world will “break the silence” and remind society the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHO) is here. May 17 is significant because it marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Even though we have made much progress in representation since then, we must still raise our voices to illuminate the violence and discrimination experienced by the LGBTQ community.