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VIP Kicks Off Local Organizing Drive in Key Legislative Districts

1506 - VIP - Legislative Planning Assembly - CroppedOver 100 Valley Interfaith Project leaders from 38 institutions, joined by sister organizations from Yuma and Prescott, gathered in Phoenix June 13 to launch strategies for summer and fall organizing.

The assembly reflected upon the importance of organizing within local institutions and reviewed the new Arizona State Budget and 2015 legislative process.  This entailed hearing directly from the leaders involved in VIP’s weekly legislative presence at the Capitol this past spring.  These leaders shared stories from the just-finished legislative session, particularly noting what they experienced during the budget negotiations which were passed with a minimum of citizen input or public deliberation.

Dividing themselves geographically by legislative districts, leaders then studied the shifting demographics, voting patterns, and electoral challenges in their respective legislative districts; the study served as a foundation to the tailoring of non-partisan organizing strategies geared toward fall 2016.  These cluster strategy teams committed to a summer/fall strategy for local organizing efforts around school district override and bond measures, prison reform, workforce development, and quality affordable healthcare access.

Arizona Bishops & AZ Interfaith Target Congressional Delegation with Immigration Reform Ad

1312-AZ-Interfaith-AZ-Speaks-Ad-SnapshotWith almost 400 signatories, faith, business and civic leaders posted a full-page newspaper ad calling on the Arizona Congressional Delegation to act on immigration reform.  The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, with the Arizona Interfaith Network, sponsored its publication in the Arizona Republic.  This letter is the same one signed by Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted with Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares, Rabbi John Linder, and ELCA Bishop Steve Talmage three weeks prior. 

Arizona Speaks: Now Is The Time for Immigration Reform, Arizona Republic