2020 Quarter 1 Campaign Finance Report

By Vote Felicia Chew

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2020 Quarter 1 Campaign Finance Reports were due on April 15, 2020. The Vote Felicia Chew campaign reported raising a total of $90, with $8.01 of expenditures, leaving a balance of $81.99.

Some folks are surprised at such a low amount of funds in a “Campaign Chest.” $81.99? For the Quarter? No. For the entire Campaign season. What? Ludicrous, right? Wrong. Responsible. Creative. Clever.

The Vote Felicia Chew campaign announced previously, that the Campaign is committed to spending as little as possible to elect Felicia Chew for Pima County Supervisor District 3. Why the financial committment?

Felicia is committed to running a low cost campaign because the role of the Supervisor includes making recommendations for the County budget. Felicia believes that there are ways to make change without wasting money (starting with Campaign Financing).

Felicia recognizes that the financial health and wealth of our community affects each of us and all of us — just like COVID-19 affects each of us and all of us.

Bad policies, programs, and a bad budget affect each of us and all of us. This is why we must start doing things differently.

Are you still doubting that someone who has raised ONLY $90 can be effective in the Pima County Supervisor District 3 seat?

Flip the question. How can we NOT afford to elect someone who has only spent $8.01 on a political campaign? $8.01.

Felicia’s choices are not the “typical” way we do business.

Felicia’s choices are not “political” choices.

Typical politics have left too many gaps and loopholes that perpetuate the system that is failing too many people in our community. Felicia is here for people, not politics.

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“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life.  Without each of us, our picture is incomplete. “

4.11.2020 Raw Post #2

By Felicia Chew


(No profanity! Edited for spelling)


It took losing folks I cared about to show me that yes, I have an addiction to fighting. I remember during my 2017 campaign, when we were trying to figure out how to “market me”, we played with a lot of signature lines. One of them was something like “Fighting for each of us”. And I remember one of my friends sending me a private message, expressing concern… that wasn’t the Felicia she knew. And she was absolutely right. The 2017 campaign turned me inside out and upside down. The problem with the 2017 campaign was that I knew what I saw as what the community needed, but I was still suffering from PTSD, and from the desire to please others.

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You see, I am Chinese-American. The youngest of three. The only daughter. My parents immigrated. My dad experienced racism as a young man. My mother experienced the whole “hot Asian chick” stereotype. Basically, my whole family experienced weird stereotypes. And the community around us allowed it and perpetuated it. I was put into all of the advanced math and science classes because I was Asian. I had absolutely no idea what I was supposed to do in those maths and science classes. There were supposed to be cool pictures that the formulae were creating. Mine were nothing close to “cool”. In science classes, all I could see in the microscope was my eyelashes.

I became a teacher. An English teacher. Talk to me without seeing me and you would not know I was Asian. But look at me, and the immediate assumption might be that I would have an accent. I remember running into the attendance office to clear a kid’s absence, and a parent saying to the clerk: “Wow! She speaks perfect English!” (That was in California). I remember being at a Park with my two older kids when they were young, and a group of third grade kids descending on them, making racist remarks. (That was in New Mexico). I remember moving being outside my apartment complex and hearing a man say: “Oh, it’s getting a little nippy out here.” (That was in Arizona.) Dude! I’m Chinese, not Japanese!

And now, here we are. In the year 2020 in the good ol’ U S of A, and our President does not care that folks are ignorant and responding to his words that this “Chinese Virus” is the reason for these troubles. He does not see the connection of the term “Chinese Virus” with the brutality and assaults of Asians around the world.

Dude, would it be so difficult to just call it the Coronavirus like most folks are doing? I get it. We cannot control what others do. But enough already!

#Breathe

In through the nose.
Out through the mouth.
Gently
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Again
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Out
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Yes, I do have to #TakeAMoment, and center and ground. Because I have become accustomed to fighting. Earlier, I said I was addicted to fighting. Addicted. Accustomed. A habiteur of fighting. I have had so much trauma and disruption in my life that I don’t know what it feels like to not have it (some folks call that being at peace).

To me, peace is scary. It feels like I am alone.

#Breathe

The great (and terrible) news is that I am not alone.

Countless others who I have met along my journey in life have expressed similar fears and concerns. Feelings of being lost. And alone. And have turned to Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. Avoidance. Excuses. Long hours at work. Blaming others. Shaming others. Digging their heels in.

Me too.

The great news is that #ThisTooShallPass. We are strong. We are survivors.

The unfortunate truth is that the more we fight one another, the more avoidable deaths are unavoidable. It is time to say #Enough. And as hard as that may be to bend to the will of narcissists… we are graceful and nimble. We have grown hard and stiff. We can dance. We can box. Yes, you dance when boxing. In football, you still need grace and nimbleness. We can rekindle those parts of us that have become recalcitrant. A strong core. With breath. With boundaries. With love. In love.

/Kalamajong
❤ Felicia

http://www.feliciachew.com

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Felicia Chew is a mother, educator, and advocate for those who are vulnerable and unheard.  She is working to end systemic domestic abuse through sharing stories, art, and wisdom.  Find Felicia on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Etsy, and Instagram.  

April 11, 2020 Raw Thoughts

By Felicia Chew


(No profanity! Edited for spelling) 😊 While reading, feel free to play the “Felicia Chew Piano” Playlist on YouTube.


Wisdom reminds us that immaturity is a phase that everyone goes through prior to becoming mature. What does that mean… to be mature? It means understanding that you are important, but the world does not revolve around you. Sure, YOUR world may appear to revolve around you, but wisdom and experience demonstrate that the Kings of the world eventually succumb to the world. Humans are not immortal. Not one living thing is immortal. After all the definition of mortal is the adjectival form of death. Cells decompose. And die. Why would someone want to live an eternity? Death is inevitable. I realize this sounds dark. It is not intended to be dark, but it is truth. We live, we learn, we grow, we die. We make space for that which is new. We shape those beings who are younger than us. Maybe the greatest realization that we are coming to is that we cannot control others or that which surrounds us. This invisible disease — dis – ease. It affects all. Afflicts those who are comfortable through being inconvenienced and guess what? Laws and policies are put into place that hurt the most vulnerable. The fact that Science shows that we are humans who need to be connected, and to tell us, an entire world that we cannot touch one another? To go against the very grain of existence.

Why I am still surprised by the fact that some folks believe things in the world revolve around them? Why am I still amazed that people do not respect boundaries of others? They demand the world submit to them, while they refuse to submit to others.

Music has allowed me over this past week to express myself. What has allowed you to express yourself? Find it. Listen to yourself. Find your truth. Breathe. Take a breath. Enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy the rain. Listen to the sounds around you. Yes, the gunshots. The sirens. The wind. Your breath. Your sadness. Your joy. Your anxious thoughts. Turn off the TV. Center. Ground yourself. Set boundaries on social media. Block those who are disrespectful. Because you, yes you, matter. Your opinions, your thoughts, your ideas, your wonder contribute to our puzzle of life. You are beautiful, intelligent, and amazing.

You who want to (and do) lash out at me. I forgive you. I am sorry for your unrealized fear, your unresolved anger and trauma. I am sorry for the times others mocked you, made you feel small. I am sorry that you were not loved the way you needed to be loved. I love you. I believe in you. I believe in me. I am strong. I am woman. I am loved.

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Virtual Fundraiser to Help End Systemic Domestic Abuse

By Felicia Chew Community Projects

Hi Friends,

If you are in a position to give, I am holding a Help End Systemic Domestic Abuse Virtual Fundraiser at www.feliciachew.com/support.

Who I’m raising money for
I am raising funds for my small business working to end systemic domestic abuse.  Systemic abuse perpetuates because the current system is allowed to continue its unsupervised and unaccountable cycle which has gaps and loopholes that leave the vulnerable vulnerable.

Why I’m raising money
We hold fundraisers regularly to raise what the community can afford to give, to help end systemic domestic abuse. This is one of those fundraisers.

How donations will be used
Funds are used to support our various Projects.  We respond to at least one call for service each week, and we take the time to write blog entries and create memes for social media.  We also create music and art to share with the community.  Funds raised are also used to assist victims and survivors financially with transportation and meal costs.  We also purchase supplies for the Tucson Quilt Project and the Tucson Zines Project.  (Please note that political projects are NOT funded with funds raised in this fundraiser.  Political donations can be made at www.feliciachew.com/support2.)

Thanks for your support for ending systemic domestic abuse.  Your donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.

Felicia

Fix Corruption By Using the Write-In Candidate Process

By Vote Felicia Chew


Yesterday was the deadline for submitting nominating petitions for elected offices for the November 2020 Election. That means we know whose names will appear on the ballot, right?

Wrong.

  1. Many candidates are now working to “verify signatures,” in an attempt to disqualify their opponents, and “knock them off the ballot“.
  2. Other names won’t appear on the ballot because they are campaigning for elected seats as “Write-In Candidates“.

What is a write-in candidate? 

A write-in candidate is an individual whose name does not appear on a ballot, but who voters can choose to cast their vote for by writing the candidate’s name on a designated line on their ballot.

The current process requires a candidate to collect “nominating signatures” on a specifically formatted petition, while following a particular set of rigid rules (which lend themselves to corruption).

The write-in process requires the candidate to file paperwork with the County Elections Department, and for voters to write that candidate’s name exactly as it was filed, and in the correct space.


Advantages of the Write-In Process:

  • Supporters of write-in candidates remain completely anonymous, thus maintaining the integrity of the voters’ rights to privacy, and reducing the amount of targeting and shame of individuals who may not agree with others who are heavy-handed.
  • The Write-In candidates’ signatures cannot be challenged.  When candidates’ signatures are challenged, Court is often held, taking time and resources away from the general public.
  • Reduce the negative impact on the environment since nominating petitions do not need to be printed, signed, or stored.

Challenges to Candidates Who Use the Write-In Process:

  • The write-in candidates’ name must be written legibly, and spelled exactly as submitted on the candidates’ paperwork.
  • Opponents of candidates may lay false claims about the Write-In candidates, claiming the candidates are lazy, or do not have support.
  • Write-In Candidates are less likely to be included in debates and reports about campaigns, because they are not seen as “real” candidates.

Why File As A Write-In Candidate?

  • Preserve the integrity of voters’ rights. Voters have privacy throughout the entire election process.
  • Protect the health of the community. In situations when health concerns are present, the write-in candidate process alleviates signature gathering (which requires the exchange of potentially contaminated documents.)
  • Reduce the negative impact on the environment.  No paper and ink used for printing and signing ballots.  No need for storage space, whether in a filing cabinet or in the Cloud (in the case of electronic signatures).
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Felicia Chew’s announcement as a Write-In candidate for Pima County Supervisor District 3 in the November 2020 election

Felicia Chew is a mother, educator, and advocate for a safe and sustainable community. Felicia has seen how the current policies and programs have gaps and loopholes, which perpetuate crimes, constant potholes, and negative impacts on our local environment and economy. Felicia is campaigning as a Write-In candidate for Pima County District Supervisor 3