SAVE Arizona's small businesses - Call to Action

What happened ?

... the PPP loan program for small businesses was funded with $350 billion.

The U.S. has 30.2 million small businesses.

That is an average of $10,769 per small business. It should have been plenty to help close a two month gap.

A loophole in the CARES act allowed national corporations with less than 500 employees *per location* to qualify each individual location as a "small business."

According to the CARES act, the restaurant chain Ruth's Chris steakhouse qualified for a loan.

Last year they made $42 million in profits.

Last year they spent $41 million in stock buybacks.

Last week, they received $20 million in PPP loans - earmarked for small businesses.

It is shameful that a national restaurant chain who used the entirety of their 2019 profits to reward investors then greedily took funding that was earmarked to help 200 other small businesses.

The government created loopholes and left the distribution of loans up to the banks. Banks prioritized their top customers while local small businesses were wait-listed.

On April 16, 2020 small businesses that had submitted a loan request were notified that the program was out of money. In Arizona, 4.7% of small businesses actually received funds totaling only $11,000.00.

Small businesses in Arizona were denied access to funding that was needed to cover payroll. Small businesses such as your local coffee shop or cafe which are listed as essential services were denied adequate funding to support their workers.

 

This is our chance to truly raise our voices and help small businesses in Arizona and all across the nation.

The deadline is May 4, 2020.

The Citizens' Toolbox, a grass roots initiative to empower and enable our fellow citizens to advocate for themselves and for each other. The Citizens' Toolbox serves to amplify our collective voices and project them upward for rapid reaction to existing initiatives with policy-specific conversations.

Our first objective is to enable increased communication with our senators and representatives in order urge them to replenish the SBA/PPP loan fund.

This fund previously held $350B but ran dry only 14 days after opening. A closer look revealed that millions in funds were disbursed to large chain companies, including 50 publicly traded ones, and showed uneven access to loans across our Nation. Congress is in recess till May 4th, a delay we cannot afford.

Friends, the time to act is now and bring this to the forefront. The link below leads to a fillable form, applicable to EVERY state.

Citizens' Toolbox

Once you have been redirected to the Citizens' Toolbox the following questions will display:

1) Input your name

2) Look up your representative, link provided- and enter the name of ONE of your representatives. Be sure to secure their contact information from their official website.

3) Choose your voice: Small Business Owner or Concerned Citizen.

4) Enter your email address and TCT will send you a personalized letter you can then forward or mail to your representative.

After clicking on SUBMIT you will receive the email template that you can then forward to a senator or representative of your choice. Repeat steps 2-4 for each of your representatives. Mail, email, post & tag your elected officials.

Below are links for Senators and House of Representatives. Most have Contact pages on their own websites where you can paste the template letter and send directly to their office.

Contact U.S. Senators

Contact the House of Representatives

 

It is our hope to grow this quickly to serve as additional support to coalitions and platforms in service of the greater good of our local & national communities. Information gathered is secured strictly to facilitate advocacy opportunities. We’re in this together, and we will be successful together.

Friends, we’ve got work to do. It’s time to raise our voices and #SpeakUP.

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Covid 19 - March Updates

As we follow the Covid 19 news, we all are seeking true helpful information. As cities in Arizona post financial assistance for residents we will add them to this page. If you have updates to share from your city or county, please forward to the admin at: info@azgp.org

To read about each of the following updates click on the links and you will be directed to the full article.

Updates

If you need assistance finding food, paying house bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, dial 211, search on the homepage of 211Arizona.com or download the 211 Arizona app.

Utilities, phone companies change policies to help customers amid coronavirus spread. AZ Central reporting on March 15 2020.

City of Mesa, Az link

City of Tempe, Az link

City of Phoenix, Az link

City of Chandler, Az link

 


AZGP Co-Chair appointment 3-06-2020

"It is my honor to appoint Celeste Castorena, long-term AZ Green, as cochair and delegate to GPUS to serve until the election at our May, 2020, statewide mtg in Tucson. She will vacate her position as recorder. Celeste has voting rights/responsibility as a member of the AZGP state committee.

"Celeste's temperament and long affiliation as a member of AZGP make her a tremendous asset as cochair and GPUS delegate. She has maintained the highest standards, all in accordance with the TKV's. Celeste works respectfully and diligently and honestly to build cohesion within AZGP, and she has represented us admirably at ANM's and as a former delegate." - AZGP Co-Chair Haryaksha Knauer

We The Voters Conference 2019

WeTheVoters2019

 

We The Voters 2019 Conference on Saturday, Oct 26, 2019. Hear from the panel of chairs from the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Green Parties. Each party chair explains the beliefs and goals of each of their parties.

https://youtu.be/_MMMVhmCh3Q


Will Arizona Green Party lose ballot access at the end of 2019?

bog post 9-21-2019

The article published on Sept 20, 2019 in AZCENTRAL, by Andrew Oxford iterates the challenges to maintaining Green Party ballot access for 2020 in Arizona.

"Greens in Arizona are scrambling to keep their status as a recognized political party in 2020 after state lawmakers moved up the deadline for them to submit tens of thousands of signatures.

The Greens and any other party aiming for recognized status must now file at least 31,686 signatures by Nov. 28, instead of the previous deadline that was in February — 70 days later.

The new deadline is one of the earliest of its kind in the country, according to Richard Winger, editor of the San Francisco-based newsletter Ballot Access News.

Losing 70 days to gather signatures has been a hardship, said Liana West, secretary of the Arizona Green Party.

"It makes us feel like we are being targeted," West said."

Read the full article here.

Want to help keep democracy alive? Do you want to see Green party candidates on your 2020 ballot? It is easy to volunteer! Click on the Ballot Access 2020 here and download the New Party Petition form (directions included). Ask your friends and neighbors who are registered to vote to sign along with you. Mail the petition forms to the AZGP P.O. Box.

AZGP is offering fair compensation for your time and efforts. Read on to see how that works...

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Green Party of Pima County Victorious in Ballot Access Lawsuit Against City of Tucson


July 1, 2019 GPPC sues the City of Tucson - update

Green Party of Pima County sues city of Tucson

posted at 7:06pm on July 1, 2019

"TUCSON- The city of Tucson is facing a lawsuit from the Pima County Green Party. The lawsuit claims the Green Party of Pima County was illegally removed from the 2019 primary ballot.

On Monday, July 1 a hearing in Superior Court was held. The judge is set to decide in the next few days if the Green Party should be allowed on the 2019 ballot."

Read the whole article and watch the video: 

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Green Party of Pima County goes to court


Presidential candidate Dario Hunter in Phoenix June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019 visit to Phoenix

Dario Hunter, Green Presidential candidate and member of the Youngstown, OH Bd. of Ed., visits Phoenix, AZ to talk about his plan to build a greener and fairer America as well as the strategy to grow the Green Party through the 2020 race and beyond.

(Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored or endorsed by the Phoenix Public Library.)

Biography
Dario Hunter was elected to the Youngstown Board of Education (Youngstown, OH) in 2015. In his time on the board, he has called attention to issues of financial mismanagement, curricular deficiencies, failures in special education and the democratic deficit caused by the state takeover. 

He has also been vocal and active in pushing for anti-fracking measures, speaking out against local corruption and defending the public’s right to know through his public records lawsuits and his local TV public affairs show, The Dario Hunter Show.

He currently serves as a Delegate to the Green Party National Committee and a member of the Green Party’s Peace Action Committee – both on behalf of the Lavender Caucus (the LGBTQIA caucus).

Ordained as a rabbi in 2012 by Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute (JSLI), he serves as the Coordinator for Jewish Life and Intersectional Programming at the College of Wooster (Wooster, OH) and as rabbi at Ohev Tzedek - Shaarei Torah in Boardman, OH. He also serves as a volunteer rabbi at Ohio State Penitentiary. 

Hunter was raised in New Jersey by an African-American Christian mother and an Iranian Muslim father. He has previously practiced law in Canada and in Israel. His diverse background fuels his personal passion for outreach, interfaith dialogue, and increasing religious and cultural understanding.
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