These slides were presented at the FCCP 2017 Convening session "So You Want Southern Progress: Building Power + Infrastructure in the Southeast"
In this webinar, we explore the story of Arizona and the lessons we can learn from local leaders about the context of politics and organizing in Arizona, the findings from an evaluation of the One Arizona Voter Engagement Table, and the strategies that were most effective in supporting the work of leaders taking charge of the agenda in their state during the 2016 elections.
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Despite a 2016 election season which saw the rise of xenophobic rhetoric, advocates in Arizona have surprised many by successfully pushing back against anti-immigrant bills in the state legislature, defeating leading anti-immigration figure Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and winning a ballot initiative to increase the state’s minimum wage.
In 2013 and 2014, more than twenty members of the FCCP State Infrastructure Funders Table participated in an experiment to explore how to become a stronger and more aligned funder network. This is some of what they learned.