Request for first time members to introduce themselves.Devon Sloan, Fred Markussen and Karen Brown are new members.
Eileen Hollowell – Thank you to the Letters to the Editor Group
- Invitation to those who may be interested in joining the group. - 41 letters have been published by the Arizona Daily Star thus far. - More people needed to join as the Star’s policy is that the same individual can bepublished every 30 days.If not interested in writing, you may sign a letter that someone else writes. - If interested, email Eileen a firstname.lastname@example.org.There is one Zoom meeting a month
Jan Counts – Voter Information
-The primary being August 4th it is now too late to mail in your ballot.It must be dropped off at a polling place by 7 p.m.If you have already mailed in your ballot, you can check the status of your ballot at: recorder.pima.gov Enter your personal information and go to the side bar to “Ballot by Mail Status.Your information should appear there.If not, I suggest you contact the office directly.
Dana Offerman – Town Hall AZ Corporation Commission (Public Utilities Commission)
- ITAA is co-sponsoring with several other Indivisible groups across the state a town hall with the 3 democratic candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission to be held on August 12, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.It is a critical function of Arizona State government in terms of regulating utilities and setting rates. There is a chance we can flip the commission towards the Democrats
Margo Nichols – Treasurer’s Report
-$105.24 dollars remain in the “Distributed Funds” account which is the match sponsored by National Indivisible.These funds are guided by federal elections rules which dictate how those funds can be spent.Cannot spend on local or state candidates or coordinate with a political party for a federal candidate.Monies have been spent on purchasing ITAA post cards for $78.12 and postage $267.80 and the monthly Zoom contract for $14.99.Distributed funds will be used to continue to pay for the Zoom contract until those funds are depleted. -$194.00 in petty cash left over from passing the hat.Have not tapped into the petty cash lately and are reserving those funds for future expenses such as the post card projects, Get Out the Vote and to support candidates we have endorsed. Many of our current projects don’t involve expenditures such as phone and text banking with other organizations.For now, we have sufficient cash on hand but may request donations from the membership in the future. Steering committee members and several active members are self- funding a number of Get Out the Vote Projects.
-Read the letter Congressman and civil rights pioneer John Lewis wrote a few days before he died.It was published in the New York Times and several other media outlets.Worth your read.
Misty Atkins – Break-Out Rooms
-Purpose of the break- out is to inform members of what activities Steering Committee members are participating in, to obtain information on what you may already doing and to determine what activities members would like to participate in. -Members reported back what discussions occurred in their particular groups.The break-out volunteer list is included at the end of the minutes.Misty will contact volunteers to make assignments.
Steve Witthoeff – LD 11
-Steve provided an explanation of what Mission for Arizona (who was hired by the Arizona Democratic party) is doing including phone banking and text banking and not just for Mark Kelly and Joe Biden but Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. -LD 11 projects include:For Get Out the Vote, publishing a trifold with the candidate slate and a comparison of Democrat versus Republican values, a voter education campaign called “Pick One” postcard mailing, and literature drops.Steve requested assistance from ITAA in completing the post cards and LD11 will pay for the postage.
Member comments and suggestions.
-Patricia Maisch commented on phone banking experiences and other members added their experiences as well.Phone banking is well worth the time and effort. -Sally Simmons inquired as to where to find information on where your financial support would have the greatest impact.Dana emphasized the importance of how the number of contributions impact a candidate. -Eileen Hollowell informed the group that the O’Halleran campaign is willing to train ITAA members on how to text bank using Out Vote. -Jacolyn Marshall discussed the Get Out the Vote efforts by the Democrats of Oro Valley.Face masks can be purchased at Act Blue.The mask state “Vote Blue No Matter Who”.The website is DemsOv.org which has the link where you can buy many items. -Miriam Black relayed what she is seeing in Portland with federal marshalls. -Joe Alexander suggested a letter to the editor regarding mis-information on how to complete your ballot. -Eileen Hollowell discussed what Indivisible is doing statewide to address mis-information in political advertising.An early response team is being formed and individuals interested in volunteering and participating will be trained on the appropriate response.Information is on the ITAA website.
Rex Scott addressed his candidacy for the Board of Supervisors for District 1.Look at his web page for more information regarding his campaign.Rex thanked everyone for the support and encouragement they have provided.
Misty will meet the postcard group at Riverfront Park at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 7th.You can turn in the post cards you have completed and receive a new batch if desired.
Websites to help you get involved.
www.Mobilize.us/missionforaz.com www.mobilize.us www.866ourvote.org www.2020.Indivisible.org www.demsov.org https://campaigns.outvote.io/tom-o-halleran-for-congressDue to the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting will be September 14th at 3:30
Please note:If you couldn’t attend the meeting and would like to volunteer for any of these efforts, please email Dana at email@example.com.