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New Name, Same Mission for the 2019 Women's March

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Vote And Work For A Healthy Democracy In Arizona

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By Jan Manolis

During this extraordinary 2018 midterm election season, Democratic candidates throughout Arizona have advocated specific, commonsense remedies to redirect our State and its people on a path toward a stronger and healthier democracy. In the moving words of progressive activist Ady Barkan, “The cure to what ails American democracy is more American democracy.”
We must join together to stop the train going down the track of authoritarianism, racism and kleptocracy. Yes, The People must vote, but The People must also get organized and take action — individual and community action —  in redirecting our future to an Arizona that respects, honors and cares for its lands and all its people, not just a few wealthy elites.
During my campaign for Arizona House, I have joined thousands of good women and men who have chosen to participate in redirecting Arizona away from a diseased, weakened condition to one of recovered and restored good health. What efforts will this recovery require…

Action, Community Are Key To Progress

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by Abby Brill

While I was raised in a household where social justice was valued and those who fought for it were admired, I myself was never particularly politically active apart from voting regularly. I enjoyed a privileged life in a demographic where my rights as a woman were taken for granted. It was simply assumed that I would go to college, marry whom I chose, and be treated always with respect. What I failed to remember as a young person was that many, many others fought and even died for my civil rights.

Like many women, I had a rude awakening in November 2016 and have watched in horror and rising outrage the unfolding of the current administration's agenda. I was part of  a large group that formed in the Prescott area in January 2017 to resist the inhumane, backwards-thinking policies of this administration, which negates the rights that so many of us have thus far taken for granted. I marched with many other kindred spirits in the Women's March, the March for Our Liv…

Want Equality Under The Law? Vote For It.

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By Jo Craycraft, Prescott

My goal is to get the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratified in Arizona, one of thirteen states holding out on this critical safeguard of women’s—and men’s—rights. Only one more state needs to ratify the ERA in order to have it be a constitutional amendment. The Arizona legislature had the opportunity to be that 38th state just last year, but House Republicans denied debate.

Why should this be a Republican or Democratic issue? The ERA guarantees that the rights set forth in the Constitution are meant for all citizens regardless of their sex. Importantly, it would define the meaning of sex discrimination for the courts so that both women and men can be assured of receiving consistent and fair legal adjudication of sex discrimination cases no matter where they live.

One of the most important results of ratification of the ERA would be the guarantee of equal pay for equal work, enabling women to finally achieve salary parity with men. This is not only critical f…

Prescott's Jan Manolis Will Invest in Ed When Elected This Fall

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The Arizona Supreme Court's recent ruling to strike the Invest in Ed proposition from the ballots at the behest of corporate interests is a dire setback to Arizona's teachers, students, and families. This decision is an unforgivable breach of the people's will that we must answer.

With removal of the widely-supported, non-partisan Invest in Ed measure just prior to this election, the Republican-led state government sent a clear message. Radical career politicians who don't represent us have hijacked our state and are keeping a stranglehold on our state's future by choking funding for public education.

Along with so many other Arizonans who support public education as a cornerstone of civic good, I was shocked—though unfortunately not surprised—to hear of the loss of Invest in Ed, a measure borne of the wave of grassroots people power during the #RedForEd movement this year. I support Invest in Ed wholeheartedly: the measure would have increased revenue for our over…

Celebrating Women's Right to Vote, Sunday, August 26, 2018, Prescott Plaza

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It's well known by now that "Did Not Vote" won the last presidential election by a landslide. Women voters outnumbered men both as a proportion of eligible voters and in absolute numbers. The Democratic candidate, a woman, received about 29% of the popular vote. The Republican man who daily disgraces the office of President got there by attracting just over 27% of voters. Over 54% of women who voted voted for Clinton; only 42% did for you-know-who. Assuming that about half of the 44% of eligible voters who didn't vote are women, we can reasonably infer that women comprise around half of the party of "Did Not Vote."

The League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County has just announced that it will soon celebrate the 19th Amendment, which prohibited state and federal officers from denying women the right to vote. With Women's March on Prescott and other co-sponsors, the League is planning a 4 p.m. march and rally on the Prescott Plaza on Sunday August …

Protesting Injustice is Patriotic

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I got some good news yesterday, news about a project I've been working on continuously for almost six years. I'd almost forgotten what it felt like to feel whole again, what with feeling like my values and ideals have been whirled in a Vitamix since November 2016. It's tempting to take the day off to savor my moment. Independence Day. Barbecues. Lawn chairs. TV fireworks, since even the Chamber of Commerce concedes that setting off bombs in bone dry forests can be too costly.
On my morning walk I noticed that most of my neighbors are flying American flags in their yards. What sentiments lie behind these displays? National pride? Respect for the Constitution, the Commander-in-Chief, or the military? Do all these Stars and Stripes convey Love it or Leave it patriotism? How strongly do my countrymen fear what the Joneses will think if the national colors don't fly in their yard on a day meant to celebrate the love of liberty? For some the flags are probably just garden d…