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Prescott Indivisible is a non-partisan community which seeks to promote a progressive and inclusive agenda in support of human rights and the environment.

Prescott Indivisible Newsletter:
March 2, 2020


Next Prescott Indivisible Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 5
6:00-7:30 pm

Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Davis Hall
882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott
Agenda: 
Presentation & Discussion regarding the Voter Values Project*This is an extremely important meeting! 
We need you to attend and participate!

 *The Voter Values Project intends to identify issues that are important to individual Independents and left-leaning Republicans in Yavapai County. Once issues have been identified by phone or canvass, additional contacts will be made by phone, canvass, or postcard.  Further follow ups will take place prior to the Primary and the November election, informing the voter about various candidate’s views on the issue(s) that matters to them the most.   Click here to volunteer.  


TWITTER Q & A

When:Today, March 2, 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Prescott Public Library
Why:To Step Up Your Twitter Presence

If you have already taken Twitter Training, come learn new things about Twitter and how to make your tweets more effective.   Get your questions answered about handles and hashtags!  The meeting space is limited, Email Mavis Brauer if you can attend –  Mavis Brauer


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Hidden Brain:  Passion Isn’t Enough (Podcast)  Click here to view.
The Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain’s host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. ~~ NPR

“A brilliant podcast from NPR that explains a lot of political behavior these days and how to change people’s minds.  It’s worth every one of its 50 minutes.”  ~~ Prescott Indivisible Member, Molly Beverly

Dems, You Can Defeat Trump in a Landslide (Article)  Click here to read.  
You can promise voters something our narrow-minded president won’t.  If this election turns out to be just between a self-proclaimed socialist and an undiagnosed sociopath, we will be in a terrible, terrible place as a country. How do we prevent that? ~~ New York Times Opinion by Thomas L. Friedman, Opinion Columnist

A Guide:  How to Prepare Your Home for Coronavirus (Article)  Click here to read.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Americans that they should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community.  But what does preparedness look like in practice? The short answer: Don’t panic — but do prepare.~~ NPR, Maria Godoy


PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE ELECTION UPDATE
March 17, 2020
Polls Open 6am – 7pm

Early Ballots must be mailed by March 11 OR Take your ballot to a polling station on election day, March 17!(Early Ballot Voters do not have to wait in line or sign in!  They have extra envelopes if you forget yours.)

Early Ballots began arriving in mailboxes on February 19th
If you signed up for an early ballot and have not received it please contact:AZ Secretary of State’s Office
Email:
Election & Voter Information
Phone:
Elections Services:  602-542-8683
Toll-free in Arizona:  1-877-THE-VOTE
OR:
Yavapai County Recorder’s Office, Prescott Office:  928-771-3244

Need to request an Early Ballot? – Deadline is Friday, March 6
Request an Early Ballot by Mail

Need to vote early in person?  – Deadline is Friday, March 13
Voter Dashboard for Voting Locations closest to you.

Out of town on March 17th? – Deadline is March 17
Request an Absentee Ballot

Questions not answered here? Go to Elections & Voter Registration Yavapai County Government

Important information regarding candidates on the Early Ballot
 The Early Ballots were printed by the Secretary of State’s office in December of 2019.  The candidate names were printed in random order so as not to influence voters.  All the names below appear on the Early Ballot.  The names in italics are those candidates that have dropped out as of 3/02/2020.

Klobuchar, Army (Dropped Out) Gabbard, Tulsi
De La Fuente, Roque “Rocky
     Castro, Julian (Dropped out)
     Delaney, John (Dropped out)

 Buttigieg, Pete (Dropped out)
Bloomberg, Michael R.
     Williamson, Marianne (Dropped out)
     Yang, Andrew (Dropped out)
     Steyer, Tom (Dropped out)
     Patrick, Deval (Dropped out)

Sanders, Bernie
Ellinger, Michael
     Bennett, Michael (Dropped out)
Hewes, Henry
     Booker, Cory (Dropped out)
Warren, Elizabeth
Biden, Joseph


POLL WORKERS NEEDED

BE A PART OF DEMOCRACY IN ACTION!
 Poll Workers are the unsung heroes of the election process.  The Yavapai County Election Board anticipates a high volume of voters in the upcoming Presidential Preference Election (PPE).  Online training began in February, but there is still time to serve in this election.

Sign up to be a poll worker here:Yavapai County Poll Worker Application
or Call:  Laura Bluel – 928-442-5190   or Email:Laura Bluel

The Upcoming Election Season

  • Presidential Preference – March 17, 2020
    (In person training is projected for the week of March 2nd.)
  • Primary – August 4, 2020 
    (Online training begins in July.
    In person training is projected for the week of July 20th.)
     
  • General – November 3, 2020
    (Online training begins in October.
    In person training is projected for the week of October 19th.)

PRESCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY – CENSUS

Census 2020 – You Count!

The census is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every 10 years. Not only is the census required by the Constitution, but it’s critically important to communities because census data is used to determine everything from representation in Congress to allocation of federal and state funds. $675 billion will be distributed annually for schools, roads and other public services, all based on census information. 
 
According to the 2020 Census website, you will have three options for responding:
• Online
• By phone
• By mail
In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.
 
Feel free to stop by anytime to complete your census at the library – our staff are here to help you! 

Or, attend one of these specific times in the Training Lab on the 3rd floor when we’ll have dedicated staff available to assist you and to answer your questions. 

 Mondays, 10 am – noon 
March 16, 23 and 30 
April 6 and 13 Wednesdays, 5 pm – 6 pm 
March 18 and April 8 

Join us on Census Day, April 1, 10 am – noon, for a Census Open House to learn more about how the census impacts our community from a U.S. Census Bureau representative. Staff will also be on hand to offer help completing the census.


VERDE VALLEY CANVASSING and
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

In February, we knocked on an unprecedented 3,200+ doors, made 1,200+ voter contacts, and collected over 1,000+ LD 6 candidate petitions in one weekend for Felicia French and Coral Evans!

Join us for our second Weekend of Action with Swing Left:

Sat, Mar 21 — 10am – 1pm and/or 2 – 5pm
Cottonwood (Old Town Red Rooster, 901 Main Street)

Sun, Mar 22 — 10am – 1pm and/or 2 – 5pm
Camp Verde (Parks & Recreation Rm #204, Enter Parking lot from 395 S. Main Street )

To canvass, drive, be a buddy, or provide supporter housing, sign up here.  To register for free training sign up here

Knocking on Doors 101/MiniVAN for All (hosted by Verde Valley Yavapai Democrats)
Sat March 7
10:00 – 11:30 am
Cottonwood (Old Town Red Rooster, 901 N Main St)

Knocking on Doors 101/MiniVAN for All (hosted by Voter Values Project)
Friday March 13
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Prescott (Public Library, Founders Room 215 E Goodwin St)


SIGN CANDIDATE PETITIONS ELECTRONICALLY

If you have not (or can’t remember if you have) signed your favorite Arizona Candidates’ Petitions to appear on a ballot, you can now sign electronically.  Clean Elections candidates are required to obtain $5.00 qualifying contributions form registered voters to qualify for public funding.

You can sign and contribute from the comfort of your home or anywhere internet access available.  You will need your:

  • Driver’s License Number
    or
  • Voter Registration Number and Last 4 of Social Security Number
  • Email address.

This service is offered by Arizona Secretary of State Citizens Clean Elections Commission.  Click here to get started.

In addition, Mark Kelly (running for U.S Senator) and Anna Tovar (running for Corporation Commissioner) have paper petitions at the Yavapai County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1555 Iron Springs Rd #1, Prescott, (928) 541-0413.


54th Legislature – Second Regular Session – Week 8
WEEK OF March 1, 2020 MANY HARMFUL AND SOME GOOD BILLS STILL MOVING – WEIGH IN!

By razor thin-margins, the majority party is pushing through a number of bills making voting more difficult, attacking Initiative rights and the Clean Elections Commission, making tax cuts totaling between $500MM and $1 Billion while schools, health, infrastructure and other services are grossly underfunded, to mention just a few ways they are harming the State. While a number of bills have been pulled due to citizen and business resistance, others are being passed that we will have to defeat on the ballot at the November election, or suffer the consequences. We lose some but we win some too. Continue doing “Request to Speak” and politely calling your legislators. Resist!

HCR2039 !!! ASK LEGISLATORS TO VOTE AGAINST.  Scheduled for House debate on MONDAY. Would destroy our Initiative and Referendum rights. Puts on the November ballot a modification to the AZ Constitution to make statewide citizen Initiatives and Referenda virtually impossible to get on the ballot, by requiring petition signatures from 10% of registered voters in every single one of the 30 legislative districts in the state (15% for constitutional amendment). Gives any single district a veto over the entire rest of the state.

SB 1489. ASK LEGISLATORS TO VOTE AGAINST. Scheduled for Senate debate on Monday. Limits the increase of taxes due to growth by $245 MM over 3 years in a state with chronically and severely underfunded public services and crumbling infrastructure. Likely impossible to ever overturn because later tax increases must be approved by 2/3 of the Legislature. (May be amended to increase the revenue drain further.)
 

MONDAY MARCH 2 HEARINGS

HB 2054. OPPOSE. SENATE GOVERNMENT COMM. Undermines the Citizens’ Clean Elections Commissions (CCEC) by putting it under the control of the partisan Governors’ Regulatory Review Commission (GRRC), packed with ideologues; allows any citizen to request the GRRC to review and override a CCEC policy or procedure.

HB 2304. OPPOSE. STRIKE-EVERYTHING AMENDMENT. HOUSE RULES COMM.
Imposes requirements for verification of voter registration records that may result in erroneous cancellation of voter registration, including contracting with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to use their program for verifying citizenship, authorizing the AZ Attorney General to compare CIS and AZ voter records for the purpose of disqualifying non-citizens, and other measures that intrude upon the responsibility of the AZ Secretary of State. OPPOSE AND ADD COMMENT “I OPPOSE THE STRIKE EVERYTHING AMENDMENT.” 

HB 2084. OPPOSE. SENATE GOVERNMENT COMM. More xenophobia. Bans cities and counties from requiring construction permits for a Border wall, and establishes presumption that approval for any Border wall construction on state land will be granted.

HB 2727. SUPPORT. HOUSE RULES COMM. Restores Medicaid coverage for dental care for pregnant women. 3/4 paid by federal dollars. Was cut from Medicaid in the Great Recession and never restored. Stalled 4 years despite bipartisan support.

SB 1444. SUPPORT. HOUSE EDUCATION COMM. Allows student absence for mental / behavioral health reasons. Could help stem the rise in student depression, suicides.

TUESDAY MARCH 3 HEARINGS
 
 SB 1434. OPPOSE. HOUSE ELECTIONS COMM. Weakens the voters’ ability to recall corrupt politicians by requiring “strict compliance” for recall petitions, a form of largely format nitpicking that disqualifies signatures that don’f stay within the lines, etc.
 
HB 2682. SUPPORT. SENATE EDUCATION COMM. Requires education in the Holocaust and other genocides, at least twice between grades 7-12

WEDNESDAY MARCH 4 HEARINGS

HB 2244. SUPPORT. SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES. Includes dental services for Native Americans in Medicaid.

HB 2055. OPPOSE. SENATE TRANSPORTATION + PUBLIC SAFETY COMM. Undermines the Clean Elections Commission by reducing the Commission’s funding, which comes from traffic fines. Allows those sentenced for civil offenses to do community service in place of half their fines. ALSO TO BE HEARD BY SENATE JUDICIARY COMM. ON THURSDAY MAR. 5.

OTHER BILLS OF MERIT

SB 1060. SUPPORT. HOUSE EDUCATION COMM. Allows school districts to request extra funding from the Extraordinary Special Education Needs Fund for very costly students.

HB 2695. SUPPORT. SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMM. Allows a course in financial literacy/personal finance to qualify as a work activity for those required to work as a condition of eligibility for cash assistance.

QUICK REVIEW / GUIDE TO CALLING YOUR LEGISLATORS
 
1. HOW TO REACH YOUR LEGISLATORS. 
Find your legislative district at www.AZRedistricting.org/DistrictLocator 
Find your Legislators at www.azleg.gov. Click Senate … Members / House … Members. 
Their names, districts, phone numbers and emails are listed. 
Save your 3 Legislators’ numbers in your smartphone contacts.
 
2. A SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR CALLING. Always be polite. Staffers are nice and deserve courtesy.
 
“Hello, I am a registered Arizona voter living in District __. I am calling to ask Representative / Senator ________ to vote FOR/AGAINST [Letters+Number of Bill].” [Optional – you can add a sentence explaining your request.] 

PROTECT VOTING, SCHOOLS, HEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENT AND MORE IN AZ. Need Pointers? Email 

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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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