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PDA’s Phil Lopes to speak at Drinking Liberally

Phil Lopes, former State House Minority Leader, will update lefties of all stripes on local Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) organizing efforts at the Drinking Liberally gathering on Sunday, April 10.

Congressman Raul Grijalva and populist commentator Jim Hightower addressed a standing room only crowd at PDA’s initial organizing meeting back in February.

Since then, PDA has been organizing a local steering committee to run the local group and organizing teams to tackle PDA’s core issues. Several Issue Organizing Teams (IOTs) have held strategy meetings and participated in nationwide conference calls around PDA’s core issues: Accountability/Justice, Climate Change, Clean/Fair Elections, Economic and Social Justice, End the Wars/Redirect the Funds, Health Care for All, and a new IOT– Immigration. More volunteers– including IOT leaders– are needed.

PDA is planning another big event for April 25 at the YWCA on Bonita. The featured speaker will be Congressman Grijalva who will address the federal budget. (Watch for further details in the future.)

Personally, I think PDA is a breath of fresh air in a bleak political landscape. If you’re as disgusted as I am with the corporate-controlled political parties, stop by The Shanty tonight or come to the April 25 meeting to learn more about PDA.

Tonight, kibitzing and drinking– both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages– begins at 6 p.m. Lopes will speak at 7 p.m. Drinking Liberally is a nationwide organization of liberal thinkers who gather regularly to discuss politics. The Tucson group meets every Sunday evening at The Shanty.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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