Tempe Republican Women Say No to Clean Elections in Tempe

Take ActionAt the August meeting (Monday, August 24), a motion was made and carried by the members of Tempe Republican Women to oppose the Charter Amendment that would allow for the creation of a publicly (i.e. taxpayer) financed election system in Tempe.

The clean elections measure was explained to the members by Political Education Chairman Darryl Jacobson-Barnes. The resolution is currently scheduled to be on the March 16 primary election ballot. To voice your opposition, email the city council and the mayor or leave them a message at 480.350.8110.

Tempe Republican Women was established in 1947 with the mission to Politically educate its members, the community and all voters; Increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through active political participation; and, contribute to our community by supporting civic and charitable activities. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month and are free and open to the public. For more information, visit temperw.org.

Library Town Hall – Sept. 2

City of TempeHelp plan the future of the Tempe Public Library. The library staff is inviting you to share your ideas at the Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

They staff would like to know which library services you use most often; which public programs you value most; what should be added, enhanced, or removed from the array of services and programs already offered?  The Town Hall will be led by a facilitator using rotating small table subject discussions, as well as a general community conversation.

Can’t attend, fill out the online survey.

Why was the civil war fought?

AmericanismAlthough there were a variety of regional differences that caused the Civil War, the most visible was the debate over slaveryWhen Abraham Lincoln won election in 1860 as the first Republican president on a platform pledging to keep slavery out of the territories, seven slave states in the deep South seceded and formed a new nation, the Confederate States of America.

The incoming Lincoln administration and most of the Northern people refused to recognize the legitimacy of secession, fearing it would discredit democracy and create a fatal precedent that would fragment the no-longer United States into several small, squabbling countries. Join us at our August 24th meeting and find out some interesting facts and things you may not know about the Civil War.

TRW Legislative Action Alert

AlertSome of you may have heard that The Tempe City Council is planning to propose placement on the ballot of a Charter Amendment that would allow for the creation of a publicly (i.e. taxpayer) financed election system in Tempe. Discussion by the City Council was on held August 6, and was sent back to the Council working group for community feedback and details. It will come back to the Council for discussion on September 3.

The ballot language itself is vague, just as so many progressive plans are. At the August 6 meeting, supporters noted their intent is to place this on the ballot, then design an ordinance that would get to the details of the system financing, amounts, oversight and other issues. The ordinance then would come to Council for conditional approval and would go into effect if the Charter Amendment was approved by the voters. In other words, the council was asked to place something on the spring 2016 ballot that could have great impact on a number of stakeholders, all without having the details up front.  Continue reading

Mona K. Oshana to speak at Tempe Republican Women’s Club Meeting

Mona K. Oshana, author of Dear Man and Look Beyond the Fire: Daily Life Under Saddam’s Regime and immigrant from Iraq, will participate in a panel about Islam in America at the Tempe Republican Women’s Club monthly meeting on Monday, August 24, 6:30PM at Pyle Recreation Center.

Oshana will speak about the struggle to live and ultimately escape the totalitarian rule of Saddam Hussein. She will share her history with Muslim and the effect of the oppression and war on women in the Islam culture.

Joining Oshana on the panel is Shay Khatiri, a Persian infidel who will address oppression in his home country and his views on freedom in the United States, and Averroes Paracha, a local religious and constitutional scholar, will address when fundamentalism and the U.S.; constitution collide. David Giles, a conservative Republican running for Congress in Arizona’s Ninth District, will moderate the panel.

The meeting is free and open to the public. The Pyle Recreation Center is located at 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. For more information, visit temperw.org.

Message from TRW President, Jessica Merrow

Message from the PresidentWe are back in full swing this month with our first meeting since our summer break. We were not sure it was going to happen, but our 1st VC Darryl Jacobson-Barnes has put together a hot topic issue meeting with three formerly Muslim panelists who will be speaking about their experiences. It was very hard finding people willing to speak on this subject, so we are very happy about being able to present them to you.

The NFRW Convention is next month, and big things are developing. At our September meeting, we will be presenting a full recap of what took place and what it all means for you.

Starting in September, we will be out and walking Tempe neighborhoods again – recruiting new members and getting the word our about our club. Hope to see some of you out there with us!