DWPA January Newsletter, 1/11/21

Dear DWPA Members and Friends,

At our Wed.,January 27 Monthly Zoom Meeting we will be electing our officers for 2021-2022.
The Nominating Committee submitted the following slate: Judy Stahl, Chair
Nancy Klick, Vice Chair
Nancy Scharff, Secretary
Carla Sparks, Treasurer
After taking any nominations from the floor, meeting and voting on our new officers, Judy Stahl and Donna Michaels will speak about their campaign experiences. Donna was recently elected Yavapai County Supervisor in District 3 and has attended her first official meeting. Her website has her swearing in ceremony and a great deal of other information.
The zoom meeting information will be sent closer to the meeting date.

Thank you all for making the Holiday Auction for the Scholarship Fund such a success. This effort netted us over $6,400 and was our most successful fundraiser since I have been Chair. Many of you said you made it a party–that you got on the website with a few others, looked at the offerings together via zoom or a phone. What a great idea–we will promote this as we approach our next event.

If you are a PC, please register for the ADP Biennial Organizational Meeting to be held on Sat., Jan.23 at  10am.  The public is welcome to attend. In addition to regular business, election of officers will occur. The website with more information.is here.

Please read the article, The American Abyss, written by the historian Timothy Snyder (NYT 1/9/20). It is re fascism and political atrocity on Trump, the mob and what what comes next. He ends with: “Serious attention to the past helps us to see risks but also suggests future possibility. We cannot be a democratic republic if we tell lies about race, big or small. Democracy is not about minimizing the vote nor ignoring it, neither a matter of gaming nor of breaking a system, but of accepting the equality of others, heeding their voices and counting their votes”. 

Sign the petition to recall Gosar and please donate to the Yavapai Co. Democratic Party (not change.org). Recalls cost money! 

Please learn more about the AZ Independent Redistricting Commission--AZ is slated to pick up one more seat. Congressional and legislative district lines are redrawn based on the 2020 census data. Blanche Berkowitz and I attended the session last week. They cover a history of the commission, how our maps are drawn, and how we can engage in this exciting process! The commission will be having many local hearings and we want to be able to show up and lend our voices and potential concerns. View a video re the AZ Redistricting Commission. Additional one-hour sessions will be given on 1/16, 1/21, 1/29, 2/3 and 2/9.  Register here.

A few years ago I was the Phoenix Art Museum and saw an incredible exhibit of Madeleine Albright’s pins. Read this an article on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s favorite collars.

My fav is on the left.
Ginsburg was given this collar in 2016 by the New Mexico Chapter of International Women’s Forum at the New Mexico Supreme Court. She wore it in the 2017 official Court group photo.

The Smithsonian has a great collection of short videos re Eight Women’s Voting History History Stories You May Not Know.  View here.   

These two articles were taken from the AFDW Facebook page. DWPA’s Facebook page is updated frequently by Bev Pettit.  Follow both FB pages!

This is a very exciting (and sometimes exhausting) time to be a Democrat. This week all eyes will be on the House of Representatives as they forge ahead with plans to remove the president from office. We are so fortunate to be able to keep our party viable, to plan and celebrate our future and to keep involved. Until our Jan. 27 meeting, here are a number of events to put on your calendar:
  Thurs., Jan. 14 , 6:30pm
Yavapai County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting
Theme – COVID Now and the Future  

Guest speakers Farshad Fani Marvasti MD, MPH “Dr Shad” – Integrative Medicine Doctor and Andy Flach – LD10 Communications Director will help us understand the data collected during the pandemic, vaccine rollout and the future of COVID response.  
Join meeting on Zoom Link:
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86431342114?pwd=VWRaRFhFT0lIOG1zZS9KZVU2VEl3dz09 New to zoom?  Never fear! 
Watch the tutorial here

Very Important – Sat., Jan. 16 10am
Arizona Federation of Democratic Women Caucus
register to vote for and support Toni Denis.
If you are a member of  DPWA, you are also a member of the AFDW. 
Please join us for the first women’s caucus of 2021. 
It is election day and Toni Denis, the former chair of both DWPA and the YavDems, will be on the ballot as the President, along with 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Chair (appointed position). You must pre-register for the meeting here.
  Can’t Wait?
We’ve been watching our countdown clock for the
U. S. Presidential Inauguration for
Joe Biden & Kamala Harris
Wed., January 20 at 10am (MST)
Local Afterparties:   4pm – Sedona Women’s March Group Celebration   INAUGURATION PARTY ON ZOOM
Join us for a REAL HAPPY HOUR – Music, trivia, prizes and special guests!  Stay tuned for more details.

6:30pm – DWPA/YavDem Joint Inauguration Party   Party details and Zoom link to come

  Friday, January 22 at 4pm

Climate Change: What’s Gender Got to Do With It?
Partners:  No. AZ Climate Change Coalition, Prescott Indivisible and
Yavapai Co. Women March On

Dr. Riemer will explore and discuss the many issues of social justice and gender inequity in a changing climate. This will include examining the higher risks and greater burdens on women from the impacts of climate change and the ways in which unequal participation in decision-making processes and labor markets compound these effects and prevent women from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making, and implementation. 
Dr. Frances Julia Riemer is Professor of Educational Foundations and Associate Faculty, former Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Northern Arizona University. In January, concerned people from around the world have marched in sisterhood and solidarity for the equal rights of women. After this presentation, join us for a Social Hour to share your stories from past Women’s marches and events and tell us why you personally march!
This zoom presentation is open to the public and you need to registerhere to receive the link to join.
Annual Meeting on Sun., Jan. 17, 3 – 5 pm
All members are invited to attend the meeting via zoom.  During the Annual Meeting, members will meet and vote on the slate of DORR Board members. Several political representatives will provide updates on state and national events. A local comedian will join the meeting for an entertaining analysis of the year.  Auction items from DORR’s first online auction will also be previewed.  The auction, scheduled to go live on February 1, is a fundraiser to support the organization.
Sign up for the meeting here.
DORR is an all-volunteer Democratic Club for Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, the Verde Valley, and surrounding communities, that welcomes all independent-minded community members. The DORR office is located at 105 Roadrunner Drive in Sedona.  For more information please call 928-212-1357 or visit https://democratsoftheredrocks.org/index.html.
  Saturday, January 23 10am
ADP Biennial Organizational Meeting
  The public is welcome to attend. In addition to regular business, election of officers will occur. More information.is here.                          PLEASE RENEW YOUR DWPA MEMBERSHIP – If you haven’t yet renewed your membership in DWPA, I urge you to do so. This year we have made great strides and our voice is stronger than ever.
You can renew through our website via ActBlue or mail to DWPA c/o YavDems, 1055 Iron Springs Rd., Suite 1, Prescott, 86302.   

This is a long newsletter and reminders/updates will be sent during the month.   

Stay well, stay safe.  As soon as reliable vaccine info is available, we will let you know. Everyone is waiting!

Maria Lynam
Chair                                                                       Democratic Women of the Prescott Area dwpaaz.org – website
    @dwpa2020  – twitter 
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