It’s only April 1, but already there is an impressive line-up of progressive events taking shape this month. In addition to these educational events, there are multiple fund-raisers for candidates, parties, and causes in April. The list below is not meant to be all-inclusive. (Check out Facebook and the Pima County Democratic Party calendar or the calendar on Blog for Arizona for other events-- including multiple opportunities to donate.) The Tucson events included here are all free and are related to one or more Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) core policy issues: economic and social justice, universal healthcare, clean elections, ending corporate personhood, clean environment, or ending the wars.
April 2: Community Vision for the Ronstadt Bus Center
The Tucson Bus Riders Union and the Primavera Foundation are sponsoring a community forum to gather Tucsonans’ ideas on what should be done with the Ronstadt Transit Center on Congress Street. For several years, developers have been eyeing the Ronstadt Center for demolition and relocation out of downtown. If you believe that it is important for a sustainable city to have a bus terminal downtown—near restaurants, retail shops, major employers, and the new street car line—come to this meeting at the Rialto Theater, beginning at 5:30. For more information, call 624-0312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/496939023698809/.
April 3: Solar Energy Efficiency vs the Status Quo
The Tucson Chapter of Drinking Liberally is sponsoring a joint presentation by Bruce Plenk, City of Tucson Solar Energy Coordinator, and Russell Lowes, Sierra Club Rincon Group Energy Chair and Research Director forwww.SafeEnergyAnalyst.org. The DL social hour begins at 6 p.m., with the speakers beginning around 7 p.m. on the patio of The Shanty. For more information, check out DL’s Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/104680899727634/.
More events after the jump.
NEW, April 6: Imperialism and Resistance in Central America
Chuck Kaufman, coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice, will present this talk at the Salt of the Earth Labor College (SELC). With years of solidarity work with popular movements in Central America, including recent trips to Honduras, Kaufman is one of the strongest voices for a change in US foreign policy. He has been calling for an end to US policies that leave many Central Americans in poverty. The talk begins at 2 p.m. at SELC, 1902 E. Irene Vista. For more information, check out their website https://saltearthlaborcollege.org/index.php/schedule.
April 7 & 28: Cyclovia Tucson Car-Free Bike Rides
Cyclovia– a community event celebrating cycling and sustainable living– is holding two “car-free” and “care-free” community bike rides this month. On April 7, a downtown loop ride will take participants from downtown through the Armory Park Neighborhood. On April 28, the Cyclovia route will travel through midtown Tucson neighborhoods. Booths, demonstrations, and kids’ activities will dot the routes; both rides will be 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Go to Cyclovia’s websitehttps://www.cycloviatucson.org/ for maps and more information.
April 9: The Privatization of Prisons: History and Effects
Saguaro Eastside Democrats will present Diane Wilson who will discuss the history of prison privatization and the results of this trend in Arizona and nationally. Her information is based on research by the American Friends Service Committee and the PEW Foundation. The meeting will be held at the New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail; socializing begins at 6:30 p.m., formal program at 7 p.m. For more information, go to the Pima Democratic Party’s calendarhttps://www.pimadems.org/event/sed-the-privatization-of-prisons-history-and-effects/.
NEW, April 9: AFSC JusticePalooza
The American Friends Service Committee's JusticePalooza will be held at La Cocina in downtown, beginning at 6 p.m. Please join AFSC and friends for a night of music, entertainment, and good food and drink. There's no cover, but AFSC gets 10% of everything you purchase at La Cocina. For more information, including a list of musical guests, go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/547114365310197/.
April 11: Stop Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Not long after Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio won re-election in November 2012, a recall began. William James Fisher, Recall Arpaio Campaign Chair, will detail how and why Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are working together to recall Sheriff Joe. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Las Cazuelitas Event Center, 1365 W. Grant Road. For more information about the recall, go to Respect Arizona’s website https://www.recallarpaio.com/.
April 15: Can a Local Bank Protect You from a National Recession?
Democrats of Greater Tucson will present a talk on public banking by Jim Hannley, a registered investment advisor and chair of PDA Tucson’s Economic and Social Justice Issue Organizing Team. DGT meets for lunch at noon at the Dragon View Restaurant, 400 N. Bonita. Buffet lunch is $8.50.