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I'm going to keep this short, as I want to create an information and resource-sharing space:

Kossacks in Arizona:

1. Could you describe the local, regional and/or statewide organizations, groups and actions you're involved with that you think dailykos members would or should support?

2. What specific resources - money, technical skills, coalition linkages etc etc - would be helpful for your work?

Kossacks not in Arizona

Which of the resources needed, per#1 and #2 above, could you or your organization/group/etc offer or link people up with?

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I don't have any answers. I'm just really hoping for some real and grounded discussion and connection to emerge here.

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Also, a note: This is not a space in which to bash Arizona. It is also not a space in which to seek personal/emotional support given the drama around NN 2015. There are more than enough other diaries in which to do that. Not this one, okay? Thanks.

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  •  Honestly, I have no idea what could help here (3+ / 0-)
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    Mopshell, Michellebird, FarWestGirl

    In 2012, we thought we had solid chances to make real inroads here - everyone thought we were going to start turning AZ purple. We got slaughtered. The local victory we did have was getting 'avowed' progressive Kyrsten Sinema elected as Rep., AZ-09 - basically everything she promised was bullshit, and she's turned out to be one of the worst 'blue dogs' out there; voting an almost straight Republican line, apparently to build up 'cred' with the Teabagger crowd for a possible Senate run.

    After all the hard work and money I've invested since 2009, and gotting nothing in return, I'm exhausted and feeling pretty beat. Especially seeing the utterly vile R political ads which have started to air - as horrible as they are, they're exactly what will appeal to voters here.

    "What could possibly go wrong?" - United States Supreme Court Justices

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 08:45:11 PM PDT

  •  Start early (2+ / 0-)
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    FarWestGirl, Michellebird

    Is there a concerted effort to register young voters?  Ensuring that every high school registers seniors?  Every community college and university registers all students?

    Young Democrats clubs within the institutions may be focal points for this, but it needs to be done.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 10:42:02 PM PDT

    •  Increasing registration and turnout in D+16 AZ-07 (2+ / 0-)
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      FarWestGirl, Michellebird

      Is massively important for Maricopa County, the state, and the nation.

      Ruben Gallego is the right candidate to do that, and keep doing that.

      Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

      by benamery21 on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 02:04:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I think I'm confused about the purpose of NN (2+ / 0-)
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    Michellebird, manyamile

    I thought that Netroots Nation was a political convention in which Democrats, Liberals and Progressives exchanged ideas to inspire involvement for Democratic causes.

    It's my understanding that United We Dream and other Latino Groups, including Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva asked Netroots Nation to come to Phoenix to help Latinos in my state fight against racist bigotry and to motivate and encourage Latinos to get active and vote, and to encourage and motivate other Democrats, Liberals and Progressives to stand against the racist bigotry not only in Arizona but in other states.

    I thought Netroots Nation was an inspirational grassroots organization for Democratic ideals.

    As a resident of Arizona and not that far from Phoenix, I have registered with Netroots Nation and hope to volunteer to help make NN15 a success.
    I hope to assist in registering voters.
    I hope to learn, more in depth, the challenges we as Arizona Democrats face and hope to acquire the knowledge in turning Arizona blue or at the very least purple.
    I hope to meet up with like-minded people in bettering Arizona.
    It will be the first time in my life that I've actually gotten involved and active politically.
    I believe in equal rights for all.

    I'm excited by NN15 coming to Phoenix, Arizona because we need help.

    I respect those who are taking a stand against Phoenix and Arizona by boycotting my state, and I ask that my fellow Democrats, Liberals and Progressives respect my decision to join in the fight against racist bigotry.

    Thank you.

    Looking forward to NN15 in Phoenix! Yes we can!

    by arizonablue on Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 05:22:05 AM PDT

    •  I'm torn about this comment (0+ / 0-)

      On the one hand, I really REALLY don't want another NN15 discussion here. I mean really. Aren't there more than enough other diaries for that discussion?

      On the other hand, if there is something more solid underneath what you actually wrote, then it might fall within the purpose of this diary. But as it stands so far, what you wrote here seems too vague to me.

      So:

      It's my understanding that United We Dream and other Latino Groups, including Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva asked Netroots Nation to come to Phoenix to help Latinos in my state fight against racist bigotry and to motivate and encourage Latinos to get active and vote, and to encourage and motivate other Democrats, Liberals and Progressives to stand against the racist bigotry not only in Arizona but in other states.
      "help Latinos in my state fight against racist bigotry and to motivate and encourage Latinos to get active and vote" - How, exactly, would that occur? Will there be there lots of Latinos/as from AZ who will be coming to NN looking for help from people coming to participate? If so, what kind of assistance will be needed, specifically? I find it hard to believe that the simple presence of progressives is in itself a magical source of support.

      Similarly, how would NN participants "motivate other Democrats, Liberals and Progressives to stand against the racist bigotry"? Again, magical presence is not enough IMO and I've never seen the progressive movement or dkos as a bastion of skill in standing against racism - even on the site itself.

      If there are actual specifics here, I would be interested in knowing them.

      •  Perhaps at the root of this is that here in AZ (0+ / 0-)

        We can be pretty spread out, pretty isolated, those in the rural areas. And for those I urban areas, maybe the positive work gets overshadowed by the crap negative news coming out of our state.
        I think NN pops up because, for the day or so when. We thought a national progressive conference with kos on board was coming to AZ, we were wildly wildly elated.
        I think this points to one of the needs. A lot of us do not get to distant conferences and would dearly love the energy infusion a national conference would bring.
        It is more than just selfishness...we need to get our batteries charged up by such a spark.
         And that can be taken in a general sense rather than an NN specific sense, for the purposes of the thread.

  •  I am rural (0+ / 0-)

    Activists, including simple dem party organizers work with little money and little support. The meetings are sparsely attended, though the core people are amazingly  determined and tireless...but they do get  burned out and not many replacements. I think a  big need is reaching young people and new voters, of all races  and creeds. Out here it is pretty much the old poops, grin, and I do not know how the torch will be passed. I think in urban Latino communities it might be different. I hope so.

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