Civic Engagement Beyond Voting

CEBV
The Arizona Activist
AZ Progressive Group Directory
AZ Legislative Update
Request To Speak System
Directions for AZ Capitol Events
More ways to get involved

Civic Engagement Beyond Voting is a small group of women committed to progressive change in Arizona. Our members seek to promote, assist, advise, and collaborate with other groups with the intention of amplifying their voices and strengthening their impact and effectiveness. We focus on Arizona issues and legislative action, seeking to provide useful, actionable and accurate information that leads to direct action and positive change. CEBV also educates Arizona constituents on how best to effect change in the Arizona legislature using the Request to Speak System (RTS). We register accounts for RTS, educate, support and provide weekly call-to-action updates. To date, we have registered over 1,200 people for RTS.

The Request to Speak system (RTS) is a way for you to weigh in on bills from the comfort of your own home. It's as easy as giving a thumbs up or a thumbs down! More information about the RTS system can be found in the Request To Speak System section

If you'd like to volunteer with us, we need Capitol Runners to enter names into a terminal at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix. You must be able to get to the Capitol (we'll help with directions!), accurately enter names, and confirm when done. Enjoy the satisfaction of amplifying civic involvement with the Arizona Legislature and letting more voices be heard! Click here to sign up


The Arizona Activist

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CEBV realized a need for a weekly news round-up of all the Progressive news in Arizona, so we created The Arizona Activist. This weekly email has interviews, reviews of the new and upcoming activist groups, volunteer opportunities throughout the groups, a summary of the weekly progressive success' news, etc. So far, we've featured several groups: Desert Progressives, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Indivisible Arizona CD6. Click here to sign up for our mailing list!


AZ Progressive Group Directory

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Looking for a progressive group to be a part of? We've set up a directory of Arizona progressive groups so you can search by location or primary issue to find exactly what you're looking for! Click here to look for progressive groups (Spreadsheet version)

Submit your group to the Directory


AZ Legislative Update

Roughly 1,500 bills are introduced in each legislative session. Melinda Merkel Iyer compiles the Weekly AZ Legislative Update, an easy-to-follow overview of the more notable bills that are active in the Legislature for each week. She describes each bill in everyday language and explains where it stands in the lawmaking process that week. Though she does recommend a stance for each bill, she also cites multiple sources and links to news articles so that concerned citizens can make up their own minds. Access the update through our weekly call-to-action email: Sign up here


Request To Speak System

The Request To Speak (RTS) system is an online tool that allows the public to voice their opinions on proposed bills in the Arizona State Legislature. The online RTS system allows you to do this from anywhere that you have internet access! It's as easy as giving a thumbs up or a thumbs down! When the committee is in session, the committee members and the public will see the names of everyone who has registered an opinion (supporting, opposing, or neutral) on each proposed bill, who they are representing (an agency, organization, or just themselves as a private citizen), if they wish to speak (when the bill is in committee), and each person’s comments. This information is also viewable for past committee agendas.

Interested in helping? CEBV is looking for volunteers. If you want to get signed up for RTS, click here and fill out the form, and a volunteer will enter your name into the kiosk for you. You will get an email confirmation, if you have any questions email rtsaz2017@gmail.com

We've made a step-by-step guide to using the RTS system as well as a presentation to use at progressive events. Here's a handy video courtesy of Expect More Arizona on how to use it. Remember: every voice counts!

Kill Bill Flowchart

Kill Bill Flowchart

Want to know how to end or support a bill during the Legislative process? Here's a flowchart we made that outlines everything you need to do. Here's directory of key Arizona budget contacts.

AZ Budget Flowchart

AZ Budget Flowchart

Want to know how the Arizona Budget process works? Well we've made a flowchart that shows how it worked in 2017. Click here to see it!



Directions for AZ Capitol Events

AZ Capitol Map

If you're attending a rally, protest, or event at the Arizona Capitol, click this handy map to see where to park and for directions to the Capitol.





More ways to get involved

  • Arizona Twitter Handles to Follow for new Progressive groups
  • Four Ways To Get Involved in the Arizona Activist Movement
  • AZ Resist Calendar
  • AZ Act Now
  • Text "RESIST" to 602-362-9111 to be notified of local rallies, events, and actions.