Why Us, Why Here, Why Now
Like many rural communities, rural Arizonans feel forgotten and left behind. A lack of resources from both government entities and non-profits supports this theory. There is a painful and noticeable void when it comes to civic engagement and voter registration programs that make rural Arizona communities their sole focus and this perpetuates the disengagement. The need for RAZE is immediate. We will fill this void and create communities of educated, empowered and engaged voters.
RAZE’s mission is to educate, advocate and coordinate in rural communities so they may gain access to civic education, engagement opportunities, and voter registration. Rural Arizona Engagement is an influential power in advancing progressive values and policies for the betterment of all its communities. Like the desert we inhabit, Southern Rural Arizona reflects the dichotomy of beauty and bitterness. A sprawling area that includes both isolation and fellowship, natives and newcomers, growth and decline, our communities are hungry for leadership with the ability to navigate our unique duality. Rural Arizona Engagement believes the nuance and knowledge necessary to face and address our issues will come directly from within our communities. We are the solution to the challenges we face.
Rural Arizona Engagement’s (RAZE) vision is to build an active and sustainable, progressive voting block in rural Arizona that cultivates pragmatic, progressive leadership committed to advancing progressive values and policies for the well-being of its communities and residents. Independent of metro-area influences.