Arizona for Bernie Sanders is a coalition of progressive groups in the Valley, the principal stakeholders of which are the Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). Both organizations have been running independent expenditures to support Bernie’s candidacy, meaning that we have been working independently of the official Bernie Sanders campaign. For ten months now, we have been tirelessly organizing for Bernie’s candidacy, and we’ve decided now to dissolve the coalition, in anticipation of the official Bernie campaign setting up shop in Arizona. We are immensely proud of the independent organizing work we’ve been able to do with our own resources, but we feel now that the time has come for the individuals involved in Arizona for Bernie to volunteer directly for the campaign.
The Arizona for Bernie coalition is done, but the work to win Arizona for Bernie Sanders is just beginning! Thanks to all our volunteers organizers who have made our work possible, and thanks in advance to everyone for keeping the fight going.
Make public universities, colleges, and trade schools tuition-free and end government profiteering off student loans by cutting interest rates to give millions relief from inescapable debt.
Rapidly decarbonize through a Green New Deal, with a unionized job guarantee that ensures everyone who wants one can get a job helping transition to the clean economy we need for a habitable planet.
Reform our criminal justice system by banning for-profit prisons, demilitarizing the police, re-enfranchising those who have paid their debt to society, legalizing marijuana, and putting a stop to the failed War on Drugs.
Fix our broken healthcare system with Medicare for All: a single health insurance system that provides comprehensive coverage for all U.S. residents with no fees at the point of service. No premiums, no deductibles, no copays, and you get to see the doctor of your choice.
Establish an immigration policy that is fair and humane, one that stops the criminalization of communities of color, keeps families together, and creates a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Expand affordable housing by growing the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund, reinvigorating federal housing programs, raising the minimum wage to $15/hr, defending fair housing, promoting home ownership, and giving relief to underwater homeowners.
By making the super rich, Wall Street, and large corporations pay their fair share.
Decades of tax cuts for the billionaire class have made it seem impossible to pay for the transformations we need to renew American society. But it doesn’t have to be this way—not if we have the political will to restore progressive taxation.
By making the wealthy pay their fair share, we can guarantee healthcare to every person in the country. We can make college free for all and relieve crippling student debt. We can have clean water and air, better food, and a habitable planet. And we can all enjoy the dignity of working a well-paid, union supported job.
Arizona for Bernie Sanders is a coalition of progressive groups working to elect Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in 2020, and to elect similar progressives at all levels of government.
Meet Juan Mendez.
Meet Rebecca Garelli.
Meet Becca S.
Meet Ahmad M.
Meet Angel Atoigue.
YDSA Arizona for Bernie Town Hall, 9/9/19
Arizona for Bernie Town Hall, 5/28/19
Senator Juan Mendez
Carlos Garcia, City Council
Rebecca Garelli, Educator, AEU, #RedForEd
State Rep Amish Shah, MD
Tanzil Chowdhury, YDSA ASU
Attend a Canvass:
The best thing you can do to help elect Bernie Sanders is to have high-quality, face-to-face conversations with your neighbors in the Valley about Bernie’s transformative political platform, and for that, there’s nothing better than canvassing! Check our Facebook page for information about upcoming canvasses. And if you want to hold your own door-to-door or street canvass, check out the resources below and contact email@example.com for help setting it up.
The second best thing you can do is to phonebank. We organize in-person phonebanks, and you can find information about these on our Facebook page. But you can also phonebank from the comfort of your own home. Just email Arizona for Bernie at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll set you up.
Mass outreach tactics like canvassing and phonebanking are the most important things we can be doing right now. But if you’d like to get plugged in to the work of the Arizona for Bernie coalition in other ways, just let us know, and we can talk it through: email@example.com.
Here are some of the materials that Arizona for Bernie uses. Feel free to print and use yourself. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about anything.