Deedra Abboud, a 45-year-old Phoenix lawyer and community activist, became the first Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the 2018 race for Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat, announcing her candidacy April 10 2017 – shortly after the longtime independent registered with her new party.
Her independence and her activist bona fides – Abboud ran the Arizona chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in the early 2000s and practiced immigration and estate law – is what will let her transcend party lines and rhetoric and reach undecided voters who feel disenchanted with party politics, she said.
“People want something to be excited about,” Abboud said. “There’s nothing more exciting than someone running with the passion, the honesty, who has worked in the trenches, who has worked with different communities.”
Arizona Students Association July 11, 2017;
We had a great time at the Bystander Intervention Training hosted by CAIR-Arizona last night. ✊️ — with Patrick Morales, Imraan Siddiqi, Shayna Stevens, Deedra Hill Abboud and Yolanda A. Medina Olague.
Belen Sisa, March 17;
- Hate will never win, because our love for our community is more powerful than any hate that is thrown our way ❤️ proud to stand with my Muslim brothers and sisters today against the horrific attacks that they have recently and historically endured. I will protect them, because I know our freedom is interconnected ❤️ — attending Love & Coffee -Rapid Response Solidarity Event at ICC with Tara Ijai and Deedra Abboud at Islamic Community Center of Tempe.
Belen Sisa March 12 2018;
- It was a pleasure to host and introduce two amazing people in politics today, Our Revolution President and Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner & phenomenal human being & LD 24 Candidate for Arizona State Representative Marcus Ferrell for Arizona LD 24 (if you live in his district, you know what do ☺️ vote vote vote for him!!) You all inspire me more than you know and I am incredibly humbled to be surrounded, supported, and have the guidance of such wonderful leaders in our community. Let’s go #2018!!
- P.S. today brought me flashbacks of campaign days on #Bernie2016 all over again ❤️🔥
- 📸: Brent Whiting — with Billy Kovacs, Marcus Ferrell, Brianna Westbrook, Deedra Hill Abboud, Roy Tatem Vanguard, Garrick McFadden, Redeem G. Zakari and Tara Ijai at Marcus Ferrell for Arizona LD 24.
PDA 2018 endorsement
In 2018 Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Deedra Abboud , for US Senate.
Deedra Abboud AZ SN was endorsed by Justice Democrats for 2018.
On the weekend Donald Trump was visiting Phoenix to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Rep. Martha McSally, young, progressive, Latinx volunteers flooded the city’s suburbs in droves, going door to door, often in bright pink Planned Parenthood T-shirts, canvassing for Kyrsten Sinema.
“It’s like when we had to vote for either Trump or Hillary,” Angelica Romero, 21, the vice president of the Planned Parenthood student activist group on the Arizona State University campus said. “Hillary wasn’t the perfect candidate, there was a lot I disagreed with her on, but are we gonna vote for Trump? No. Are we gonna vote for McSally? No.”
In the primaries, progressive organizations like Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, and the Human Rights Campaign, which frequently speak out against Republican immigration policies, went all-in on Sinema over Deedra Abboud, a progressive civil rights lawyer. The groups have spent millions of dollars on ads and organized thousands of their supporters on her behalf throughout the campaign.
“I’ve known Kyrsten [Sinema] since 1999, and I’ve been a physical and financial supporter of her since her first race,” Deedra Abboud, who is now encouraging her supporters to vote for Sinema,said. “She used to be a lot more liberal; she used to be a lot more outspoken. Everyone is pinning their hopes on if there is a Democratic majority, she will move back that way.”
5 Years Too Many
PROTEST WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS!
ON THE ANIVERSARY OF THE MARCH 19, 2003 INVASION OF IRAQ,
AT THE OFFICE OF JOHN MCCAIN , THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WHO SAID 100 YEARS IN IRAQ "would be fine with me" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFknKVjuyNk
When: 4:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m., this Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Where: In front of Senator McCain's Office, 5353 N. 16th Street.
Candlelight Vigil starts at 7:00 p.m.
Starting at 5:00 p.m. this Wednesday these community leaders will speak:
- Warren Stewart, senior pastor at First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix. Led the coalition which successfully campaigned for the Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day in Arizona;
- Charles Goyette, morning talk show host at KFNX 1100 News and Talk. In 2004 lost his Clear Channel KFYI program because of his sharp criticism of the war;
- Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona State representative;
- Karen Johnson, Arizona State senator;
- Jarrett Maupin, Phoenix Union High School District Board member;
- Alfredo Gutierrez, Arizona State Senator between 1976 and 1982 and current Radio Campesina talk show host;
- Jeff Farias, afternoon talk show host at progressive talk KPXH 1480;
- Eleanor Eisenberg, recently retired Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and long time community, peace and civil rights activist;
- Deedra Abboud, executive director of the Muslim American Society of Arizona Freedom Foundation. On January 18, 2008, awarded the Phoenix MLK Jr. “Living the Dream” award;
- Antonio Bustamante, immigration attorney and civil rights advocate with Los Abogados, a Maricopa County Hispanic legal organization; and
- Dennis Stout, Viet Nam war army journalist who reported war crimes later described in the Pulitzer Prize winning series "Buried Secrets, Buried Truths." Founder of Phoenix Veterans for Peace and host at KPHX’ s weekly “About Face” talk show.
- [http://www.azfamily.com/story/35227689/community-activist-hopes-to-ride-dark-horse-to-senate-win-as-democrat AZ family.com, Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat Posted: Apr 24, 2017 11:26 AM CDT]
- Buzzfeed News “It’s Like ... Trump Or Hillary": Latinx Progressives Are Going All-In For An Arizona Democrat Despite Her Record On ImmigrationEma O'Connor Posted on November 1, 2018