(by Delilah Friedler, 11/18/2020)
In early March, Jaynie Parrish was living in Washington, DC, managing social media for Emily’s List, a pro-choice political action committee, when she learned that COVID-19 was tearing through her homeland, the Navajo Nation. She “freaked out” hearing that the virus had already killed ten people there; in less than three months, hundreds more would die as the reservation’s case rate surpassed that of any US state. Parrish felt she needed to do something. So when a Navajo leader invited her to spearhead an Indigenous voting project, she quit her job and moved home to Arizona.
As campaign director for the Northeast Arizona Native Democrats, a coalition of Democratic groups from heavily Native counties, Parrish led a grassroots team in running a ground game like none their region had seen. Their goal was to unite Navajo, Apache, Hopi, and other Indigenous voters into a bloc that could help turn the state blue for the first time in 24 years. Native leaders have long argued that Democratic campaigns fail to treat their communities as a group with the voting power to tip the scales in state and national elections. This year, the devastation the pandemic has brought to Arizona’s Native communities, thanks largely to the president’s negligence, was yet another reason to believe reservation voters might not choose Trump. COVID-19 “was in our face day-to-day,” says Parrish, recalling one teammate showing up to canvass three days after losing a relative to the virus.
Their efforts paid off: Navajo precincts went 60 to 90 percent for president-elect Joe Biden, and neighboring tribes voted similarly. Six percent of Arizonans are Indigenous, and the Navajo alone comprise about 67,000 registered voters—six times the number of votes by which Biden won the state. Yet these results were no thanks to the Biden campaign; like the Latinx organizers that pounded the pavement to register and mobilize their own communities, the Navajo and other tribes helped flip Arizona for a party that’s largely taken them for granted.
"It was a constant pull, with us saying, ‘you need to do this.’ They didn’t always listen,” says Parrish of her group’s efforts to get national campaigns involved. The Native coalition would’ve loved to have “Biden money,” or funds from Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly (who also won his race thanks in part to Native voters). But for most of the race, neither campaign chipped in, says Parrish. “Everything was on our own. No one else was going to do it.”
They ended up winning financial support from liberal groups in other states. Parrish and Eric Kramer, a non-Native ally who chairs the Navajo County Democrats, wrote articles for the Daily Kos about how Indigenous voters could flip Arizona; that online community raised $300,000, while supporters of Crooked Media and Swing Left San Francisco helped bring the grand total to $450,000—most of it raised without Democratic establishment support.
The coalition was thus able to hire an army of local Indigenous organizers, many of whom had coordinated mutual aid on reservations in the pandemic’s early days, to reach the Navajo, Hopi, White Mountain Apache, San Carlos Apache, and others. As these reservations lifted lockdown orders, organizers and volunteers went door-to-door registering voters at a distance. They tabled outside of stores and led “car parades,” covering the massive expanse of the northeastern desert by driving through neighborhoods with PA systems, reminding voters of deadlines and promoting Democratic candidates.
Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran, whose constituents include the Navajo, Hopi, and more Indigenous people than any other congressional district in the country, participated in car parades, while Mark Kelly ran radio ads in the Navajo language, which Parrish says helped reach the many older voters who don’t speak English. But besides Dr. Jill Biden visiting Navajo Nation in 2019 and speaking virtually with the reservation’s first lady in August, Parrish can’t recall any surrogates from Biden’s camp coming to the region.
Meanwhile, Navajo, Hopi, and Apache voters struggled to even get Biden-Harris campaign signs. “That was an indicator of the campaign’s need to invest more,” says Parrish, who watched the signs proliferate across other parts of Arizona. Her team bought materials and invited community members to make their own colorful signs, some in Indigenous languages. The campaign finally sent signs, along with money for radio ads, in the final weeks of the race.
Even with limited star power and resources, the Northeast Arizona Native Democrats had massive success in the five counties they canvassed, registering over 21,000 new voters and expanding turnout by about 48,000 votes—a 30 percent increase over 2016. Precinct data from ABC15 Arizona shows that Indigenous communities in other parts of the state also voted solidly blue; the Tohono O’odham Nation, whose lands and sacred sites are being decimated by Trump’s border wall, went over 90 percent for Biden.
As High Country News reported, the trend of Native voters coming out for Biden was nationwide. Biden won by 20,500 votes in Wisconsin, where the 90,000-strong Indigenous population mostly voted Democrat; two heavily Lakota counties in South Dakota went 77 and 88 percent for Biden; and in Montana—where Native voters have helped Democratic Senator Jon Tester narrowly win three terms—the county encompassing Blackfeet Nation chose Biden by 64 percent, while the three counties surrounding it voted almost exactly opposite. Indigenous candidates won House seats in New Mexico and Hawaii, joining the four Native reps re-elected in Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Despite the progress, Parrish sees a lot of missed opportunities. Personal visits could’ve turned Arizona more solidly blue, she says. That kind of strategy paid off for Trump, who won North Carolina after visiting the state 11 times between late July and early November; his last-minute rally in Lumberton helped win Robeson County, where 40 percent of the population belongs to the Lumbee Tribe. Robeson narrowly went for Trump in 2016 after going twice for Obama; this year it chose Trump by a whopping 18 points.
Having worked in DC and on national campaigns, Parrish thinks the main reason Native voters get overlooked (even as their numbers swell) is a lack of non-white representation among decision-makers. Her coalition is thus looking to get Natives elected to Democratic county boards and statewide offices in Arizona. “There’s no reason we can’t have a dozen Native people in our legislature like they have in Montana, or Washington, or New Mexico, places where they’ve built strong turnout programs,” she says.
But grassroots leaders can only do so much from the ground up. Parrish’s team hopes that what happened in Arizona will pique the interest of campaigns, and that national Democrats will start asking Native organizers what they need to engage people in the party year-round, not just during elections. That starts with soliciting communities’ input on policies that affect them. “We’d love for them to catch up with us, especially since we delivered the win,” says Parrish. “But we’re gonna keep doing our work and holding their feet to the fire, because we’ll still be here regardless.”
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The daughter of a Northeast Arizona Native Democrats field organizer holds a campaign sign.
(by Eric Kramer, 10/28/2020)
Huge numbers of Native Americans who have not voted in recent elections are turning out -- even creating a special bus line -- to win Arizona for Biden and end the racist, incompetent and dangerous administration of Donald Trump.
In Kayenta, near Monument Valley and the Utah state line, fully one-third of the early ballots are coming from Navajos who have not voted in many years.
Several hundred miles farther south, in the San Carlos Apache Reservation, a stunning 43% of the early voters have not cast ballots in recent elections.
The 25 paid field organizers of Northeast Arizona Native Democrats have been working to produce this turnout for many months.
Of the first 11,800 early ballots returned in Apache County (Arizona’s far northeast which ironically includes the heart of the Navajo Nation), 7,732 have come from Democrats.
Officials in Gila County refused to put a ballot drop box in the community of Canyon Day – forcing residents to make a three-hour round-trip drive through the winding and hazardous Salt River Canyon to drop off their ballots. The White Mountain Apache Tribe responded by creating a new bus line with twice-daily service between Canyon Day and Globe, the county seat with the nearest drop box for Gila County ballots.
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Overall in Arizona, things are looking, as we are taught to say, “cautiously optimistic.”
Fifty-three percent of Democrats statewide have already voted, topping Republicans who are down at 43%. The turnout reported so far is Democrats 742,876, Republicans 653,331 and Independents 89,545. This doesn’t account for the fact that many county election officials, particularly in Democratic northeast Arizona, are behind in opening their mail.
With many of Natives having already voted, a Republican delegation showed up on Tuesday in the Navajo Nation capital of Window Rock to explain what the Trump administration has done for Natives. The first snowfall on Tuesday marked the eternal change of the seasons with geese flying south and Republicans flying in before election day to pretend they care.
The GOP ambassadors were met with disbelief, protesters, and a tribute to the 574 Navajos who lost their life due to Trump’s mishandling and indifference to the Covid crisis.
Nationally, Pennsylvania is considered the tipping point state. Should Trump unexpectedly win any of the states forecast for an Electoral College victory, Arizona is next in line and will have the honor of casting its 11 Electoral Votes to push him into Losers’ Hell.
Again, thank you for all you have done. Please help us finish the job.
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Navajos remember the 574 tribal members who have died from COVID as Republican officials show up.
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(by Jaynie Parrish, 7/21/2020)
Ahéhee' (Thank you), Daily Kos community! So far, you’ve helped raise $19,819.98 for our Navajo-Hopi-Apache Field Organizer program in Arizona to defeat Trump, flip the Senate, and turn the state legislature blue! These funds will go toward hiring two part-time field organizers. We still have a ways to go, however, in reaching our July fundraising goal of $50,000 to mobilize Native voters in the 2020 elections.
We know Native votes can decide Arizona and win the presidential election. The math has been done. In 2016, Donald Trump won Arizona by less than 5 percent. Native people make up the second largest POC voting group after Latinos— 66.4 percent of Navajo-Hopi citizens voted in 2016. Now is the time for Democratic candidates, the Party, and donors to invest in registering and turning out members of the Navajo Nation, Hopi, White Mountain Apache, and San Carlos Apache Tribes.
Our incredible team of Native organizers are working to turn out 20,000 additional voters across four Arizona counties; Coconino County, Navajo County, Apache County, and Gila County. But, we need to raise a total $250,000 to fully fund these efforts.
We are increasing the number of folks registering to vote, signing up for early ballots/vote by mail, and will be running more Navajo, Hopi, and Tewa language spots in tribal communities across counties. Currently, our program is the only on-the-ground team invested in Navajo, Hopi, and Apache communities in this way.
It will take all of us working together to stand up to Republicans. I hope we can count on your support to win Arizona and defeat Trump.
Thank you very much!
Director of Navajo-Hopi Campaign
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Amanda (Diné/Navajo Nation) received her ballot in the mail and is now signing up to volunteer.
Jaynie Parrish, a citizen of the Navajo Nation with outstanding professional experience on national campaigns, has been appointed to lead the Democratic Campaign for the Navajo and Hopi people.
Ms. Parrish grew up in Kayenta and Window Rock, Arizona. Until 2020, she was a manager at EMILY’s List where she was responsible for the social media messaging to elect pro-choice Democratic women to public offices. She taught American Indian Studies and Women and Gender studies at the University of North Dakota. Most recently she was the Director of Communications and Storytelling for IllumiNative.
From 2009-2011, Ms. Parrish was named a Harvard Administrative Fellow and worked with the Harvard Honoring Nations Program. In the spring of 2011, Ms. Parrish was named a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellows Program and was also awarded the Deborah Carsten’s Grant for her research entitled Navajo Women in a Cultural and Intergenerational Context.
Ms. Parrish was hired by the Navajo County Democratic Committee to run a campaign being coordinated with Apache and Coconino Counties. She will also be working closely with the Arizona Democratic Party on the campaigns of Mark Kelly, Jamesita Peshlakai, Arlando Teller, and Myron Tsosie.
Parrish is an alumna of Arizona State University and Harvard Kennedy School.
Read the full Press Release here: Former EMILY'S List Manager Hired to Lead Navajo-Hopi Campaign
(5/16/2020 by Missa Foy-Jentoft)
Follow this link to the most recent issue of the Navajo/Apache County Democrats Newsletter. It's packed with lots of useful and interesting info.
(May 12, 2020)
APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION UNIQUE URL PILOT PROGRAM
PHOENIX – The Secretary of State’s Office is currently accepting applications for a new program that will help state-recognized political parties and nonpartisan, nonprofit voter outreach groups securely conduct voter registration drives electronically through Service Arizona.
The Online Voter Registration Unique URL Pilot Program will allow approved applicants to receive a secure, unique URL for their organizations. The unique URL will allow users to register to vote online via Service Arizona and link those registration records to the organization to whom the URL was assigned. Each successful transaction will be recorded in real time.
“Our goal is to improve efficiency in voter registration efforts and help ensure that the current public health emergency doesn’t foreclose voter registration opportunities typically available through voter outreach organizations. This program provides a way for approved organizations to conduct voter registration drives electronically and for voters to know that, when they register through these drives, their information is secure and their registration is complete and submitted to elections officials,” Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said. “Not only will this process protect sensitive voter information collected during voter registration drives, it should also increase the number of complete and valid new voter registrations and registration updates.”
Since the organizations will be utilizing the ServiceArizona.com platform, eligibility can be verified immediately through Motor Vehicle Records. Registrants will be notified in real-time if they submit an incomplete form and can correct the issue immediately. Additionally, the unique URL will connect the record to the organization that assisted the voter.
Initially, 13 URLs will be available: three for the recognized state political parties, and ten for nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations. To be eligible to participate in the pilot program and receive a unique URL, an organization must:
● Be a political party qualified for statewide recognition by the Secretary of State’s Office or a 501(c)(3) organization engaged in nonpartisan voter registration activities;
● Plan to facilitate at least 1,000 voter registrations and/or registration updates through the Pilot Program by the voter registration deadline for the November 2020 General Election; and
● Agree to the terms of the Participant Agreement.
There is no fee to apply, and the application period will be open until May 26, 2020. The Secretary of State’s Office will review applications using a standardized evaluation matrix. Submitted applications will be available for the public to review at the conclusion of the selection process. More information on the program, and the application form is available here: https://azsos.gov/elections/uniqueURL In addition, a telephonic information session will be held on May 15, 2020 at 1 p.m.
WHAT: Online Voter Registration Unique URL Pilot Program Information Session
WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1 p.m.
WHERE: 602-609-7472; Conference ID: 879 733 318#
Katie Hobbs, Arizona Secretary of State
The Navajo Nation has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Navajo County Democrats (NCD) are stepping up and responding with time, supplies, and monetary donations.
Thank you to the NCD who generously sewed and dropped off 1,000 face masks to our operations. NCD are also sewing PPE (personal protective equipment/gowns); collecting food and disinfection/hygiene products, and donating money for the relief effort.
This PPE will be split between our stockpile for First Responders and our Isolation and Quarantine Site, and the community. Donations will be distributed to the community during our food distribution event and by other means. Ahiyi’e NCD.
CAN YOU HELP? Contact:
Missa Foy Jentoff, 928/369-6735, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheryl Eaton, 928/368-6226, email@example.com
Missa Foy-Jentoff collects masks and PPE gowns destined for the Navajo Nation.
(5/1/2020 by Missa Foy-Jentoft)
Follow this link to the most recent issue of the Navajo/Apache County Democrats Newsletter. It's packed with lots of useful and interesting info!
(3/25/2020 by Missa Foy-Jentoft)
Under Arizona law, a Precinct Committeeperson can be an elected or an appointed position.
PCs are elected every two years as part of the August primary election process. For every three Elected PCs, the County Party PCs elect one State Committeeperson to represent Coconino County Democrats at the State Party Meetings.
Due to Covid-19, the Navajo County Democratic Party is utilizing the write-in process for PCs this year. This is an easy way for you to become an elected PC without leaving your home. To become an elected PC, all you need to do is print the following form, complete it and send it to the Navajo County Elections office.
Here is the form:
If you have any questions about how to fill out this form, please call Missa at 928.369.6735.
Once completed please send the form to:
Navajo County Elections
P.O. Box 668
Holbrook, AZ 86025
After you have mailed in the form, please send an email to Navajocountydemocrats@gmail.com to let us know that you have completed the paperwork. We can then add you to our contact list and keep you up to date on how you can help.
Appointed PCs are interested Democrats who are recommended by the Navajo County Democratic Party to the County Board of Supervisors, which appoints the individual after verifying voter registration and precinct residency.
Please note that if you want a voice in the party’s election of officers and the formulation of party policy at any time before October 2022, you must act NOW! The deadline for filing the write in PC form and become and Elected PC is May 20, 2020.
Nominating positions for elected PCs must be filed with the County Elections Office between April 7, 2020 and May 20, 2020, for the term 10/1/2020 to 9/30/2022. You can also contact Missa at 928.369.6735 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
(3/05/2020 by Missa Foy-Jentoft)
The most constructive way you can change politics is to become a Precinct Committeeperson (PC) in the Democratic Party. PCs are the grassroots of the party. They represent the party to the public and PCs elect the party’s leaders.
Right now we are engaged in our #BeAPC Campaign: Get Involved. Commit to 2020 and beyond. Be a PC. Call Missa to learn about how to become a PC and change the outcome of the 2020 elections.
The Three Cs of Being a PC
How to Become a PC
Under Arizona law, a Precinct Committeeperson can be an elected or an appointed position.
PCs are elected every two years as part of the August primary election process. Candidates must complete an Affidavit for Nomination and collect signatures (never more than 10) from Democrats in their Precinct. For every three Elected PCs, the County Party PCs elect one State Committeeperson to represent Coconino County Democrats at the State Party Meetings.
Appointed PCs are interested Democrats that are recommended by the Coconino County Democratic Party to the County Board of Supervisors, which appoints the individual after verifying voter registration and Precinct residency.
Please note that if you want a voice in the party’s election of officers and the formulation of party policy at any time before October 2022, you must act NOW! The deadline for filing to be an Elected PC is April 6, 2020. Nominating papers are available on the County Elections Office website or in our office.
Nominating positions for elected PCs must be filed with the County Elections Office between March 9, 2020, and April 6, 2020, for the term 10/1/2020 — 9/30/2022. You can download the necessary forms from the County Elections Office website and we’ll be providing an informational event at our February 8 Action Meeting. You can also contact Missa at 928.369.6735 or email@example.com to ask questions.
The Work Done by PCs
The fundamental jobs of a Precinct Committeeperson are to carry out the mission of the party to elect Democrats to public offices and to communicate to the Democrats in your precinct the activities of the party and information about its candidates after they have been nominated in the primary election (or before that if they are running unopposed in the primaries). Working to “Get Out The Vote” can be done in a variety of ways but every PC should be prepared at a minimum to canvass in person or by phone after being oriented and trained by experienced workers. PCs perform some or all of the following work:
Help Democrats in your precinct vote.
Attend meetings and events held by the Democratic Party and socialize with like-minded people.
Support Democratic candidates and Democratic values.
(2/15/2020 by Missa Foy-Jentoft)
Follow this link to the most recent issue of the Navajo County Democrats Newsletter. It's packed with lots of useful and interesting info!
(1/23/2020 by Eric Kramer)
Navajo and Apache Tribal members are using new technology to systematically canvass their Reservations -- which are the size of West Virginia and Connecticut – to turn out the voters needed to defeat Trump and elect Mark Kelly to the U.S. Senate.
Without Arizona, Trump has no path to victory in the Electoral College.
Field teams on large Western reservations have been handicapped in the past because of a lack of addresses and geo-codes. They are used in off-Reservation areas to produce canvassing maps needed for effective door-to-door voter registration and get-out-the-vote work.
The situation on reservations changed dramatically when Navajos began using Google Plus Codes to identify every home on the Utah portion of their land. They used the fine-grained canvassing technique to win two of the three seats on the San Juan County, Utah, County Commission, and then used the method again to defeat an anti-Native referendum to change the county’s form of government. The successful Utah strategy is now being used in Arizona because its 11 Electoral Votes could determine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Please donate to support the effort here: Navajo County Native Canvassing and Organizing Fund
How Plus Codes Work
If you find your home, or another building, on Google Maps, you can tap the location to drop a pin on the map. The pin will have a code, such as 43FG+44, which can be Googled to find the location. Somewhat similar to telephone area codes, if you are a long ways from the location, you may need an additional identifier, such as Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, in case this same “short code” is used elsewhere in the world.
Teams are working to locate every dwelling on the Navajo and Apache Reservations in Arizona and make sure the residents are registered to vote. Traditional addressing systems miss many Natives for two reasons: (1) The work of rural addressing on tribal lands is moving at a glacial pace and is far from complete; and (2) Many Tribal members live in storage sheds, tents or even traditional brush huts that are denied regular addresses because they do not meet even minimal building code requirements.
On the White Mountain Apache Reservation, we are working with Tribal Ambulance, Fire Department, Police, Community Health Nurses, Tribal Housing and many others to find every inhabited dwelling. Together with the adjacent San Carlos Apache Reservation, the two tribes occupy a land area almost exactly the size of Connecticut: 5,543 square miles. The Apaches vote more than 95% Democratic, so helping them get registered and get to the polls is vitally important. In addition to improving voter registration and turnout, the initiative will also help with their census and improve emergency response.
On the Navajo Reservation, we are working with the Tribal Addressing Authority to identify all the occupied homes, get them located on maps and get everyone registered to vote. The Navajo Nation is almost exactly the size of West Virginia: 24,000 square miles. Most of it is in Arizona, though there are portions in New Mexico and Utah.
On both Reservations, we have Field Organizers in communities such as Window Rock, Kayenta, Tuba City, Whiteriver, Cibecue and will soon be expanding that list to Chinle and Dilkon. By March, we will be adding organizers to San Carlos and Hopi. Also, as many Natives live in the border communities of Flagstaff, Winslow and Holbrook, we will add field organizers to work on voter registration there. We have worked out a system of metrics where we only count things that will help us win the election and have avoided counting busy-work tasks. In Voter Contacts, we measure voter registrations, mail ballot applications, pledge to vote cards and Google Plus Codes collected. Under Organization Building, we measure precinct committee members recruited, volunteers recruited, and volunteer hours. We will begin publishing metrics monthly at the end of January.
We will get this done. We will defeat Trump and we will elect Mark Kelly to the U.S. Senate. Please help. Thanks to all the Daily Kos readers who have helped to get this operation off the ground. We need your continued support: Navajo County Native Canvassing and Organizing Fund
(Article in the DailyKos)
Navajo Democrats Meet at the Kayenta, AZ Chapter House to Work on Plan to Defeat Trump
(11/14/2019 by Eric Kramer)
Thanks to the generous support of 801 Daily Kos supporters you raised $29,294.93 in our recent campaign against the goal of $52,830 for the second quarter of 2020. This will get us a long ways toward turning out the Navajo and Apache vote, delivering Arizona’s 11 Electoral Votes to the Democrats and putting Mark Kelly and a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. We very much appreciate your support. You are the best.
Here is a link to the original item.
Here is the Act Blue link.
Again, thanks so much to all the Daily Kos readers, writers, editors and Markos for the excellent support of this important work to get rid of Trump and turn the U.S. Senate blue.
(Article in the DailyKos)
(11/7/2019 by Eric Kramer)
Native American organizers are spreading out through the sprawling Navajo and Apache Reservations of Arizona to find the votes needed to thwart President Trump’s Electoral College hopes and return the U.S. Senate to Democratic control.
The Navajo Reservation is the size of West Virginia and the two major Apache Reservations have an area the size of Connecticut. Though hard to reach, their population of approximately 200,000 in Arizona can provide the votes needed to swing Arizona’s crucial 11 electoral votes to the Democratic candidate. Trump has no path to victory if he loses Arizona. Also, Mark Kelly, former astronaut and husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, will be elected to the U.S. Senate with a strong Reservation vote.
With the help of 1,900 individual small donors from throughout the U.S., organizers are now on the ground in Tuba City and Window Rock on the Navajo Reservation and Whiteriver and Cibecue in Apache country. Rollouts this year will bring additional Native organizers to the Navajo communities of Chinle and Kayenta.
Early in 2020, organizers will be added to Cameron, Dilkon, Pinon and the Four Corners region on the Navajo Reservation and an additional campaign worker on the San Carlos Apache Reservation.
Participation in U.S. elections is relatively new to Arizona Native Americans. Though the 14th Amendment after the Civil War made everyone born in the U.S. a citizen, Arizona conservatives denied Natives the right to vote by telling them, “You are not people.”
That blatantly racist view was overturned when Natives returning from World War II service sued. Sen. Tom Udall’s grandfather, an Arizona Supreme Court judge, ruled that Natives could vote. But it is often still a struggle for Natives to vote. Some, living on the land as much as 40 miles from a paved road, have no convenient way to register or vote. Others face language barriers and other hurdles to getting their votes counted.
However, Native communities in Arizona vote as much as 98% in favor of Democrats. Could you please help us get this job done? Small contributions are very helpful.
Arizona is widely believed to be trending blue, largely because Maricopa County (Phoenix) is polling Democratic. Pima County (Tucson) has long been a Democratic stronghold. So the work remaining to do is to overcome the Republican advantage in a few rural towns like Prescott and Kingman. The Navajos and Apaches have enough votes to do that, especially if they are registered and organized.
We have raised enough grassroots money to fund the program through March 2020, and are now working on $52,800 to fund the program for April, May and June 2020. Thank you for your help.
In a prelude of what is to come, Navajos won an important election in San Juan County, Utah on Tuesday. After a long struggle put two Navajos on the three-member county commission, the county decided to hold a referendum on a “study” to change the county’s form of government to deny Navajos control.
With the help of the Navajo Nation leadership, Utah Democrats, Arizona Democrats and local Navajo leaders, the measure was defeated with an election night vote total of 1614 Yes, 1735 No. There are votes remaining to be counted, but mostly from Navajo precincts.
This recent experience shows that organized Navajos can win hard-fought elections.
(Article in the DailyKos)
(10/09/2019) by Eric Kramer
After World War II, Native Americans started trying to register to vote in Arizona. County recorders told them they could not vote because “you are not people.”
In those days, the grandfather of New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall was a big judge in Arizona.
Native Veterans went to old judge Udall and said, “We’ve fought those Nazis all over the world, and the Japanese too. We fought with honor and distinction. Many died saving this country. We are entitled to vote.”
Judge Udall hit his hammer on his bench and said, “I agree. Native Americans can vote in Arizona.”
Now, it is 70 years later and the Navajo people must save the world again. The government is corrupt, incompetent and worst of all, full of hate.
Because of the way this Electoral College is balanced, an overwhelming vote by Navajos can win Arizona for the Democrats and Trump will be finished. (The Navajo Nation is the size of West Virginia, so it is a very significant part of the rural Arizona vote, especially with the two urban counties polling solidly Democratic.)
We concluded our message to Navajos by saying, “Make sure everyone in your family is registered to vote, even that nephew who sometimes is not serious about responsibilities. You know who I mean.
“Don’t worry about Phoenix or Tucson. They are taken care of. We just need enough Navajo votes to beat Prescott, Kingman, and Yuma. We can do this.”
Footnote: We spent the last three days traveling the Navajo Reservation with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly. This message was highly effective. If you want to defeat Trump, a good way to do it is to give us (Navajo County Democrats) a few dollars for organizing on the Navajo Reservation. secure.actblue.com/…
We just hired the best organizer on the Navajo Nation for eight hours at $120 a week. Can you help us double her hours? Thank you for your help.
(Article in the DailyKos)
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