On Thursday, September 23, a group of civic organizations, including Arizona Town Hall, the Arizona Foundation for Women, Center for the Future of Arizona, Girl Scouts - Arizona Cactus Pine Council, and The OʼConnor House, will hold an all-day event at the Wyndham in Phoenix. The goal of the event is to bring together Arizonans interested in working to improve Arizona through civil discourse and civic engagement.
The day's activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m.
Who Votes? Who Helps? Who Speaks for Arizona? at 7:30 a.m.
The Status of Women in Arizona: A Special Report and Call to Action by the Arizona Foundation for Women at 9:15 a.m.
Arizona Town Hall Fall Luncheon, activities starting at 10:30 a.m., lunch at noon.
It’s Up To Me AZ: The Action Starts Now starting at 1:45 p.m.
Inspiration & Action for AZ, reception and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m.
Sign up and get more info here. Interested folks can sign up for the entire day's slate ($200) or can pick events a la carte (as low as $free).
While I haven't participated in any events put on by any of these particular organizations, I have been part of the last two sessions put together by Project Civil Discourse (a May discussion of the sales tax question that was on the ballot then, and one this month on immigration). The discussions were perceptive and yes, heartening. If only because while we didn't all agree on the issues under discussion, we could *talk* and not *yell.*
After covering the lege for years, that was definitely refreshing. :)
Anyway, it's worth a look.