Update on Community Resources andRequests for Assistance – May 14, 2020

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 Update on Community Resources and
Requests for Assistance

 Persist & Resist/Prescott Indivisible – May 13, 2020
Have something to add? Email: IndivisibleAZ4@gmail.com

Illustration below – Shephard Fairey for Global Forefront

Message from Prescott Indivisible 

We continue to take donations to provide meals for the residents of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) shelter. To date, PI has collected over $4,000. for the effort. To provide food from El Gato Azul for 35-40 costs $120. Donations to Prescott Indivisible helps fund this critical need. Checks made out to Prescott Indivisible, can be mailed to our Treasurer, Jane Doyle, 1295 Pinecone Terrace, Prescott 86303.  Or donate directly on the Prescott Indivisible website. There is place to enter an optional note. If you would like your donation to be directed to the CCJ/Meals Project, please include that info. 

     CCJ is answering the current Covid crisis by putting 100 percent of its focus on providing meals, shelter and long-term housing for those who have no other place to go. They are the city’s sole 24-7 emergency shelter for the area’s adult homeless. 

The Voter Values Project (VVP) – Prescott Indivisible has been working on this project for month and we are ready to start sending postcards to left-leaning independents, reminding them to register for the Permanent Early Voting List. They will also be directed to a website where they can weigh in on what issues effect them. The initial mailing of 1,000 will go out this month. The cost of postcards and postage is a additional expense. Two of the VVP Volunteer Coordinators are selling masks to defray the costs. You can donate $10 per mask on the website by PayPal or credit card. The mask will be delivered to you. Please click on the optional note (it has a little pencil before it) to indicate the purpose of your donation. You are also welcome to donate to VVP Expenses.

Assistance to the Navajo and Apache Nations – on May 1 we were advised that the White Mountain Indivisibles were working with the nations to provide masks and PPE’s.  We put out a call for masks and sheets. Last week Maria Lynam took over 200 masks, 20 sheets and 12 faceshields to PineTop to assist with the effort. Members of Prescott Indivisible, the Democratic Women of the Prescott Area and progressive community at large were generous in their donations. The call for assistance continues – masks, especially, are needed. Please contact Maria Lynam at maria488@icloud.com:

  •  if you sew and have masks to donate or
  •  if you sew and need fabric or other materials  or
  •  If you have fabric or elastic to donate.
  •  More information on the crisis in the nations is under **CRITICAL CONTINUING NEEDS 

     Volunteer Opportunity –  Prescott Indivisible has an updated website.  We need help to keep it current. Experience with WordPress required. Job requires 3-4 hours per week.  Contact Dee: deecohen@cox.net

State of our State and Our Communities during the Pandemic 

Be advised that  Arizona has chosen the White House reopening criteria and has not added other measurements. The state is not relying on any Arizona-specific criteria in its reopening decisions. Read this free article from the AZ Republic re how data is being interpreted. 

Last week Gov. Ducey accelerated his phased reopening plan for Arizona, saying expanded testing and declines in reported COVID- and flu-like illnesses had provided “a green light to make additional decisions for our first step forward.” He is allowing the stay-at-home order expire this Friday, May 15. (The ‘green-light’ seems to be a bit overconfident. On April 30, there were 7,648 reported cases; on May 6, 9,707 cases; on May 13 12,197 cases.  An increase of 2,059 cases in two weeks does not mean a flattening curve!)  Unfortunately, there is no way to tell which of these cases were picked up by increased testing.

No matter, have the new “cases” been quarantined? Where are they? Who is checking on their status? What is going to keep them from infecting others?

Yavapai County Community Health Services reported they are currently able to carry out full contact tracing investigations, including interviewing positive cases and providing guidance to potentially-infected contacts. They also indicate that they have additional resources and trained staff ready to do contact tracing if case numbers increase. Last week’s “Troubling information” re the AZ Dept. of Health Services decision to “pause” university experts working on COVID-19, has been rescinded.   

Everyone should volunteer to be tested so data is available to the CDC. 

  • Always ask if the test offered is approved by the FDA.
  • Why should you get a test? Covid testing is needed so data is available to do contact tracing and prevention.

AZ has stepped up Covid-19 testing (AZ Testing Blitz). This is the third weekend to get the test that provides info on whether you are a carrier or if have the virus. You are asked to get tested whether of not you have symptoms because data is needed by the state to ramp up opening the economy. Up to 50% of those who have no symptoms are carriers. 

  • Sat. May 16 ONLY 8am-4pm – both facilities:  Spectrum – 651 Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood, and at 990 Willow Creek Road, Prescott from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The test is a nasal swab that is sent off to a clinical lab for official processing. This is not an antibody test–that can only be done with a doctor’s order. The service is free, but you may be charged by your insurance for the test. Pre-register at their website to make the process faster.
  • Sat. May 16 ONLY 8am-Noon YRMC in Prescott Valley – YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center, 3262 N. Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley, Arizona. Free Testing will take place in the YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center parking lot. Please use the main entrance from Windsong Drive. No physician order is necessary. Please bring identification in the form of a driver’s license. People who present for testing should wear a mask if possible. No need to pre-register. Test results will take between 3 to 5 business days. There is no charge for this community service.
  • A listing of all testing sites in AZ can be found here.
  • Call VVMC re COVID-19 testing. (928) 634-2251 
  • The test kits being used for the Arizona blitz will be the official COVID-19 PCR virus test, YCCHS said, and are expected to take 2-3 days for results.
  • Testing is also being done as a drive-up service at the Thumb Butte Medical Center, 3124 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott. 928-445-7085.  You will be given a questionnaire that asks if you have been experiencing Fever – Dry Cough – Chest Tightness – Fatigue- Fever/Chilld – Diarrhea – Loss of Smell – Loss of Taste. They will assess your answers to decide whether to test you for Covid-19 or not, and give you an insurance form to fill out. If you do not have symptoms, they will test for antibodies, not COVID-19. 

As of Wed. May 13, the cases in Yavapai Co. increased to 230; four deaths
As of Wed. May 6, the cases in Yavapai Co increased to 153; two deaths

As of Wed. April 29, the cases in Yavapai Co were reported as 81; two deaths.
Only two confirmed cases are hospitalized and 13 are in-patients with tests pending.  So, how many people are in the community with the Covid-19 virus?  The stats from the Yavapai Co. Community Health Service report 40 cases in Prescott and 119 in Prescott Valley. Where are they? Are they quarantined? Are they out shopping, enjoying time with family and friends? The county continues to test, but are they tracing? We haven’t heard any information except that the county is on top of tracing and has the ability to increase the initiative if the virus does spread. 

  • STAY HOME! Do not tempt fate. Do you want to put yourself and your family at risk?  REPEAT: WARNING – The Covid-19 cases have increased in AZ this past week from 7,648 reported cases on April 30 and on May 6:  9,707 cases. Today 12,176 are reported. The problem with this latest number? Testing continues at a much larger rate.  But still – an increase of 2,469 is concerning.
  • Wear Your Mask: Don’t have a false sense of security. Masks offer limited protection, and work better when combined with hand washing and social distancing.Wash and dry your cloth mask after heavy use or weekly and keep it in a clean, dry place. Don’t touch the front of the mask when you take it off; Use the ties or loops to put your mask on and pull it off; Always wash your hands before and after wearing a mask; 
  • Wash Your Hands.
  • Don’t Touch Your Face.
  • Disinfect items frequently.
  • This is a great study by an epidemiologist about the The Risks – Know Them, Avoid Them. The author presents the way the virus particles spread. 

#TooSoonArizona – is a group of over 300 small businesses across the state who called on Gov. Ducey to slow down.They feel proceeding incautiously with the reopening of businesses will worsen human suffering in our communities and prolong the negative impact this pandemic is having on small businesses & the economy.  They await guidance from credible epidemiological experts & researchers for a reopen that is safe for our customers and staff. (There are no businesses from Prescott on the current list.)

Masks & Community Service

Re Wearing a Mask and being Verbally Attacked 
– The Editorial in the Daily Courier on Tues. May 12 was titled “Face masks about compassion, not fear”  It should be public and here is the link.  Bottom line – No one will stand up for us if we don’t stand up for each other. Compassion and consideration should be paramount.
I also read a frightening report about health-workers who are being attacked in the US and abroad. (CNN, Fareed Zakaria). 

White Mountains Indivisible
 is in desperate need of masks for the Navajo Nation and the White Mountains-Apache.  They need masks that are already sewn. Please email Maria Lynam (maria488@icloud.com)  if you are a sewer and have masks to donate or  if you are a sewer and need fabric or other materials or if you have fabric or elastic to donate. She will arrange a pickup location and get them to the White Mtns. Indivisibles.  If you want to donate money to the Official Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund go here.

Felicia French, the Democratic candidate for LD6 AZ Senate is taking a leave from her campaign for a month. I am sure that you will be as impressed and grateful for her response as I am. Prescott Indivisible, the Democratic Women of the Prescott Area and John Lutes, Chair of the YC Democratic Party all sent her messages of thanks, wishing her well. John Lutes’ message was especially memorable: I am in awe of Felicia’s commitment to human dignity for all people and her fight to save lives of our native brothers and sisters. This is the work of a true public servant.

Felicia’s letter follows and it reminded me of the quote by Maya Angelou: Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.  If you want to donate money to the cause Felicia is volunteering for, here is the Official Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund. You might want to consider making a donation to Felicia’s campaign.

  “As a nurse and life-long public servant, I can no longer ignore, what has become clear to me, is a necessary mission.
      Our local, frontline healthcare workers, and Navajo Nation community members in particular, need all the support available to fight against COVID-19.
      I’m writing to tell you firsthand—I’ve volunteered as a public health case management nurse with Indian Health Services at their Tuba City Regional Health Care facility on the Navajo Nation.
      I will be volunteering as a nurse for about a month. As my workload permits, I will stay in contact with our Communications Director, my daughter Anna. She’ll be sharing updates to keep you posted on our fight against the coronavirus in Arizona’s Navajo and Hopi communities. Of course, those updates will depend on my work schedule, as well as limited cell service and broadband access. 
      Let me be clear: I have never been more committed to my race for Arizona state Senate in LD 6! The stakes in 2020 are too high, and the shared values we’re fighting for together, far too important.
      I’ve been closely following the pandemic’s deadly toll on some of our most vulnerable community members, and feel resolute in my duty to put my 35 years of medical experience to work in the most direct way I can.
      Our neighbors in the Navajo and Hopi tribal nations have been disproportionately devastated by the pandemic. Even though Native Americans make up less than 6% of Arizona’s population, they’ve accounted for 15% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths. Why? They suffer from higher incidences of underlying health issues such as diabetes, heart, and respiratory disease—a result of years of uranium and coal mining, and the coal-powered plants that have contaminated their air and water with toxic chemicals. To add insult to injury, an estimated 30% of Navajos living on the reservation don’t even have access to running water, making it near impossible to wash their hands for 20-seconds to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
      I simply can’t stand by and watch as our native community members continue to suffer, after all of the broken promises from the federal government.
      Because we share the same values, I know you’ll understand my decision. 
      You know as well as I do, that healthcare should be a human right, that every family and child deserves to go to good schools, and that every working person should be protected against devastating economic threats. This pandemic has laid bare the failures in our society, in particular, the systemic inequity in basic infrastructure and medical care for people in our tribal nations and rural towns.
      So, from the bottom of my heart—thank you for your continued support of our campaign.
      Together, we can fully fund public education, expand access to affordable, quality healthcare, and make our state government accountable!
      Stay safe, and sane.
      Gratefully,  (Felicia)

  Complete Listing –
Community Organization Needs – 051320
 The Community Organization Needs has been reorganized in alpha order and is included as an attachment. The listing includes  Arizona Undocumented Workers Fund,Coalition for Compassion and Justice, Equine Emergency Evacuation, Gato Community Gives,Keep Prescott Together, Kenosis, Kino Border Initiative, Launch Pad Teen Center, Manzanita Outreach, Navajo & Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief Fund, Pet Headquarters, Prescott Area Shelter Services, Prescott Community Cupboard, Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, Prescott Meals on Wheels, St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, Stepping Stones, White Mountains Indivisible, Yavapai Family Advocacy Center, Yavapai Co. Food Bank, Yavapai Humane Society, Yavapai Humane Trappers.

A friend of mine asked why I broke down my list into those organizations needs were “CRITICAL”.  She perceives that all food banks and their partners now have critical needs. To further understand her comment, I am including this information on the Blog for Arizona by David Gordon:

In 2019, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, eleven percent of Arizona’s population needed to use the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (S.N.A.P. or Food Stamps.) In the United States, the number is 12 percent. Of that eleven percent in Arizona:

  • 72 percent are families with children (Nationally, it is 67 percent.)
  • 24 percent are households that have residents that are either elderly or disabled (the national figure is 34 percent.)
  • 48 percent come from working families (43 percent in the county.)

Those numbers, due to the Coronavirus, are going up. Thirty million people have lost their jobs and the ability to pay for food, according to Vice News. Feeding America forecasted that, because of the Coronavirus, 18 million children could go hungry. Food Banks and other organizations are asking Congress to expand SNAP services and include people who are unemployed because of our national health emergency. 

The latest Corona Virus Stimulus Plan includes a $10 billion increase to SNAP.  Please let your Congressman hear from you if you agree.A Thank You from Kenosis (a 501 c-3 non-profit) who is assisting two indigenous peoples–Hopi of Arizona and Hatun Q’ero of Peru.  Carla Woody, founder and President of Kenosis Spirit Keepers wants to pay tribute to those who have helped support our Hopi and Q’ero brothers and sisters. She sends this letter of thanks:  

When I faced raising a total of $14K to meet our funding goal I was overwhelmed but knew it meant saving lives. We need to fulfill emergency relief for Hopi villages of Shungopavi and Lower Moencopi, and the Q’ero village of Ccochamocco in the high Andes of Peru. Now I’m overwhelmed with gratitude at the generosity of local, national and international funders, and mask-makers, connectors and helpers across 5 states! There are such kind, compassionate people in this world. 
We are so very close to our funding goal! To complete our funding commitment to Hopi, we need to raise an additional $236. By raising the final $747 for Q’ero, we will be able to transport and purchase food for 43 households in the isolated village of Ccochamocco as soon as Indigenous lands in Peru open again. At this count mask-makers in the Prescott area, OR and OH have provided a total of 470 masks to Lower Moencopi. Thank you so much!” 

Here’s the updated report and the tribute page. To donate, please go here.  The fundraiser will continue until May 31.

Local Resource Listing – State/City/Town/County
Complete Listing – State/City/Town/County Resources – 051320 
includes updated store hours 
     NEW – MoveOn.org Coronavirus Resource     Hub (lots of good general info)                                                                               
   Chino Valley – check their website
    or call the Town Hall for updates on openings.     928-636-2646
The Senior Center is still closed, call 918-636-9114  This week’s menu is here.
 The Chino Valley Public Library’s website indicates that it is still closed.  Call – 928-636-2687

City of Prescott  – The City’s Response to Covid-19 (Openings) is here.  Currently the Prescott Public Library is open for curbside services by appointment, Tues-Fri. 

Town of Prescott Valley –  The re-openings and other information can be found on the Town’s website.
The Prescott Valley Arts & Culture Commission will present two free Drive-In Movies at Findlay Toyota Center parking lot, 3201 N. Main Street, on Friday, May 29 (Space Jam) and Friday, June 5 (A League of Their Own). The invitation by the Commission is extended to families to enjoy these family-favorite movies on a giant inflatable screen from the comfort and safety of your vehicle.

Yavapai Co. Board of Supervisors Instructions to speak at their virtual meetings.  No new information re county bldg. openings on their website.

Prescott National Forest – The USDA’s Forest Service, Southwestern Region is enacting a recreational shooting restriction for the Coronado, Prescott and Tonto National Forests to reduce wildfires and to protect the health and safety of employees and communities. Until July 31, 2020 or until rescinded, recreational shooting is prohibited in the Coronado, Prescott, and Tonto National Forests due to current conditions. 
Click here for School Breakfast and Lunch Programs 
Please double check to make sure hours have not changed.  Updated summer schedule available next week.

Additional Resources for Parents:

Special Offer - Charles Matheus (speaker, podcaster and community advocate) and two other experienced mentors are offering FREE 30 minute video calls for any parent who wants to get some nonjudgmental, quality listening, and support. Check out the credentials of the mentors on their website. Anyone can schedule a confidential appointment at www.rocketfeather.com/schedule. Totally confidential, participants will not be added to a mailing list.

The Launch Pad Incites teen confidence and empowerment through innovative community education and engagement. They are an all-inclusive, youth driven and focused space, providing programming that is culturally relevant to teens in Yavapai County. Their summer camp programs are on their website - click here.  

Some Good News– John Krasinski is on YouTube. This week (No. 7) is a surprise wedding (brings back The Office cast).
Paint a Rock! Paint Many! – The Prescott Peacebuilder’s Steering Committee hopes you are finding ways to encourage your own peace and those around you during these most unusual times. Covid-19 gives us an opportunity to grow in our commitment to making peace in our lives and world. You are encouraged to paint colorful rocks with encouraging messages of peace and kindness and place them on trails around Prescott.  If you are not a hiker, you can email Mary (marysteenhoek@gmail.com) or Leslie (lesliedgrady@gmail.com) and they will place them for you.  The purpose is to focus your attention towards peace and ease our minds, bodies, and spirits as we hike.  Spray paint your rocks with indoor/outdoor acrylic or enamel or hand paint them.  Then write your message on the rock with a permanent pen or special acrylic latex or oil-based pen. You can spray seal them or not and enjoy placing them on a trail somewhere. It may bring peace and joy to others.
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Contact Information for your elected representatives:

KYRSTEN SINEMA, 825 B&C Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4521   contact@sinema.senate.gov

MARTHA MCSALLY, B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
202-224-2235    contact@mcsally.senate.gov

PAUL GOSAR, 2057 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515       202-225-2315   http://paulgosar.house.gov/contact/ 
6499 S. Kings Ranch Rd. #4, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118  480-882-2697
122 N. Cortez St., Suite 104, Prescott, AZ 86301       928-445-1683

Governor, Doug Ducey, State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007      602.542.4331

Legislature     http://www.azleg.gov/
Senator Karen Fann          kfann@azleg.gov                 602-926-5874  
Rep. Noel Campbell         ncampbell@azleg.gov          602-926-3124
Rep. Steve Pierce            spierce@azleg.gov               602-926-5584

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors
Rowle Simmons – Dist. 1 Supervisor  web.bos.district1@yavapai.us
Thomas Thurman – Dist. 2 Supervisor  web.bos.district2@yavapai.us
Randy Garrison – Dist. 3 Supervisor  web.bos.district3@yavapai.us 
Craig Brown – Dist. 4 Supervisor  web.bos.district4@yavapai.us
Mary Mallory – Dist. 5 Supervisor  web.bos.district5@yavapai.us 

Yavapai Co. Community Health Services – Leslie Horton, Director   (928) 771-3122  (no email given)

Mayor Greg Mengarelli      (no email given)
201 S. Cortez  St. Prescott  928.777.1248

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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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