Arizona Day of Action Protest: Progressive Values

Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 9 a.m.

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Over 40 Arizona activist groups will participate in a statewide day of action on Monday called #DontTreadOnAZ.

Maria Esquinca

If you’re an Arizona progressive, it’s time to pull up your protest pants and break out the sign-making materials.

More than 40 Arizona activist groups will participate in a statewide day of action on Monday called #DontTreadOnAZ. Indivisible groups and Resist AZ coordinated protests that will take place in 16 congressional district offices through the state today from 4-6 p.m.

Unlike many protests and marches held by Arizona progressive groups throughout the year, the day of action won’t target one specific issue. Speakers will discuss myriad fundamental problems, from health care to education to the environment, according to Resist AZ spokeswoman Tanya Luken.

“We feel like it’s time to send America forward,” Luken said. “Over the last couple of decades, there’s been a systematic dismantling of our rights. That’s why we’re gathering in a nonviolent way to make sure our voices are heard — to make sure our legislature and congressmen understand we don’t want rights to be tread on.”

Luken said constituents will gather to show support for their positive leadership in districts with liberal representatives, while constituents will gather to show their opposition in districts with conservatives in office.

At the rallies, House Democrats will be encouraged to sign on to eight assorted progressive bills that run the gamut from legislation about Medicare for all to worker’s rights.

Luken says Monday will be a great chance for those who haven’t been politically active in the past to start getting involved.

“I personally feel democracy is a participation event,” Luken said. “People need to show up and participate. They need to make phone calls… This will be a great time for people who’ve never come out to come out.”

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