Do not prevent people from participating in democracy

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Our nation was born of rebellion. Yet today it seems fashionable to silence and punish those who disagree with us, thereby diminishing their right to participate in our democracy. 

In a year of historic activism, that attitude isn’t just unconstitutional, it’s fundamentally unAmerican. 

Our politicians and policymakers should end their assaults on the people’s right to know and stop hiding behind the cloak of confidentiality. Free us of policies and laws that serve only to stifle dissent, suppress our votes, silence our voices and discourage public protest. 

Stand up and speak out for the people. 

James Kimes, Prescott Valley

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Prescott Indivisible was founded in 2017, when Paul Hamilton and Nicole Romine put an ad in the local paper, requesting local progressives to show up at the library. Over 100 people lined up. In short order, we had formed a local chapter of the national Indivisible movement. Within six months we adopted a set of Guidelines that sets the framework in which we work, designed a logo and printed and sold t-shirts. Our mailing list quickly expanded from 100 to over 1,200. We usually have 100 or more attend our general monthly meetings.

Prescott Indivisible has a strong track record of activism. We adopted the team concept: Communication/Events; Voter Education and Elections; Education; Environment; Human Rights; Immigration and Peacekeepers to assist with safely issues. Initially we had a steering committee that consisted of volunteers. After our guidelines were adopted, the steering committee is made up of elected officers and members at large and the heads of the various teams, or their designees. A diverse group of community activists, social justice advocates and others that have volunteer ties to non-profits and religious organizations, the steering committee assists the teams when asked and sets the agendas.

Our teams and their members have worked diligently to make their voices heard. We have made thousands of calls, mailed hundreds of postcards to our legislators in Arizona and in congress. We have collaborated with like-minded organizations to advocate for issues of crucial importance to Arizona and the nation.

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