Why “Don’t Tread On AZ?” “Don’t Tread On Me” applies to every pissed-on, marginalized, disenfranchised, discriminated-against, hyper-policed, underfunded, and under-valued person in this state. If the government isn’t honoring our civil rights, it’s violating our civil rights. With Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling the legislature and soon to be dominating the Supreme Court, we’ve been reduced to what we were at the founding of this country. We are a mash-up of disparate groups and interests without a common language of liberty and equality.

So when healthcare is under attack, what do we do? – Stand Up Fight Back
When public schools are under attack, what do we do? – Stand Up Fight Back
When black Americans are under attack, what do we do? – Stand Up Fight Back
When immigrants are under attack, what do we do? – Stand Up Fight Back
When the environment is under attack, what do we do? – Stand Up Fight Back
When voting rights are under attack, what do we do? – Stand Up Fight Back

Our power is in our collective history. Our power is in our collective story. The corporate-funded far right has been appropriating the iconography of our heritage for years, particularly the American flag & the Gadsden flag. They co-opted the language of the Revolutionary War, white washed it of its liberation context, then used it to validate their bigotry. We let them do it and it worked. We were intimidated & turned off. We tuned out, and the right wing took over.

We let Republicans tread on our Civil Rights. We let Republicans tread on our Voting Rights. “Don’t Tread On AZ” is a slogan in reaction to government overreach. Our 2017 government of old money elitists is the British royalty, bankers & merchants of 1776. When your government tells you whom you can or cannot love, that is government overreach. When your government tells you what you can or cannot do with your body, that is government overreach.

When government tells you who you can love, what do we do? – Stand Up Fight Back
When government tells you about your body, what do we do? – Stand Up Fight Back
When corporations are people too, what do we do? – Stand Up Fight Back

When I say me, you say AZ:
Don’t tread on me! – Don’t Tread on AZ
Don’t tread on me! – Don’t Tread on AZ
Don’t tread on me! – Don’t Tread on AZ

The bedrock of many groundbreaking Civil Rights Supreme Court decisions were based on language inspired by this “liberation iconography.” It’s the iconography and language that entered into the Constitution and gave legal standing for Brown v. Board of Education and Obergefell v. Hodges. It gave legal standing for “Equal Justice Under Law.” “Don’t Tread On Me” MEANS “Equal Justice Under Law.”

Don’t Tread On My Healthcare! – Don’t Tread on AZ
Don’t Tread On My Environment! – Don’t Tread on AZ
Don’t Tread On My Civil Rights! – Don’t Tread on AZ
Don’t Tread On Human Rights! – Don’t Tread on AZ

Don’t tread on me! – Don’t Tread on AZ
Don’t tread on me! – Don’t Tread on AZ
Don’t tread on me! – Don’t Tread on AZ

“Resistance isn’t enough, we must move our country forward with a bold, progressive agenda.” I need you to get out your pens and paper or pull out your phones and start taking notes. We also have a piece of paper here for you to go home with that has this information on it. We are going to go over the 7 pieces of legislation that have been introduced to congress that we need your support for as progressives.

Everyone say it with me H R 6 7 6 – H R 6 7 6
I said H R 6 7 6 – H R 6 7 6
H.R. 676 is the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act and a bill introduced in the US House by Representative John Conyers (D-MI). As of July 17, 2017, it has 115 cosponsors, which amounts to a majority of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives and is the highest level of support the bill has ever received since Conyers began annually introducing it in 2003. The act would establish a universal single-payer health care system in the United States, the rough equivalent of Canada’s Medicare and Taiwan’s Bureau of National Health Insurance, among other examples. Everyone residing in or visiting the US would be covered, literally no one would be left out.

Everyone say this with me H R 18 80 – H R 18 80
I said H R 18 80 – H R 18 80
H.R. 1880 would eliminate tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities for families making up to $125,000 – about 80 percent of the population – and make community college tuition- and fee-free for all.
Public colleges and universities are already tuition-free in many advanced countries including Germany, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Why can’t we have this in the United States of America?

Everyone say this with me H R 1 5 – H R 1 5
I said H R 1 5 – H R 1 5
HR 15 raises the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. Noone in this country should work an honest 40 hour work week be unable to maintain a decent standard of living.

Everyone say this with me H R 7 7 1 – H R 7 7 1
I said H R 7 7 1 – H R 7 7 1
HR 771 bill respects that every woman should be able to make her own decisions about pregnancy. The EACH Woman Act prohibits political interference with decisions of private health insurance companies to offer coverage for women’s healthcare. We have been fighting for the right of women to govern their own bodies for too long!

Everyone say this with me H R 28 40 – H R 28 40
I said H R 28 40 – H R 28 40
HR 2840 will add 50 million new eligible voters to the roles through an automatic voter registration system. Voting is a fundamental right of citizenship and we should be making it easier, not more difficult for every eligible citizen to vote.

Everyone say this with me HR 32 27 – HR 32 27
I said H R 32 27 – H R 32 37
The privitization of our prison system only benefits shareholders and CEO’s, while devastating our communities. The Justice is Not For Sale Act a moratorium on the expansion of private prison and jail contracts for federal agencies and states. It implements increased oversight on correctional systems, ends detention quotas imposed on Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ENDS immigrant family detention.

Everyone say this with me H R 11 44 – HR 11 44
I said H R 11 44 – HR 11 44
HR 1144 imposes a tax on certain trading transactions to invest in our families and communities, improve our infrastructure and our environment, strengthen our financial security, expand opportunity and reduce market volatility. If hedge funds, bond traders and speculators can make millions on the stock market, they can contribute to the rebuilding of america’s infrastructure.