Prescott Indivisible Newsletter: May 18, 2020

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LOCAL ACTIONS

From Mavis Brauer, Prescott Indivisible Chair…
Call to Action
In last week’s PI Newsletter, I wrote about organizing PI Members so that we all can respond to a “Call to Action” in a way that best suits each of us (e.g. text, email, phone call, Twitter, Facebook etc.).
You will be contacted via email by either
Connie Slaten or Rebecca Blankenship.
When you get their email, please repond.
This is a straightforward way for you to take action and get involved.  It’s very empowering — and that’s how we’re going to win in November!

Speaking of a Call to Action …
I recently received an email from Rev. Patty Willis (Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation). She would like us (i.e. PI members) to participate in a virtual town hall with U.S. AZ Reps to get relief for immigrant families on Thursday, May 21, at 6:00 pm (see more information in flyer posted below).
RSVP & information:  CLICK HERE

VVP Postcards
This week, 20 postcard writers are each writing to 50 left-leaning Independents (That’s 1,000 total!) in Yavapai County. The postcards are to encourage enrollment in PEVL (Permanent Early Voting List) and to let us know what issues are most important to them. After the postcards have been mailed and the website is complete, we’ll keep you informed on how many enrolled in PEVL and the results of the survey. 

Making Masks to Buy VVP Stamps
Louise Clara and Candy Atkinson are making cloth masks and selling them for a suggested donation of $10 to help pay for stamps for the VVP postcards. So far, they’ve almost paid for the next mailing! If you would like to order masks, you can go to prescottindivisible.org, Hit the Donate button and click on “Voter Values Project Masks.” Louise or Candy will then contact you and arrange for delivery. As a bonus, if you act before May 31, National Indivisible will match donations up to $500. If you’d like to see a photo of the masks, they’re posted on our PI Facebook page.
If not contacted by Louise within 24 hours, email her at lclara5250@msn.com.
Help buy stamps! Stay safe! Thanks, Louise and Candy!

Covid-19
Doug Kearney is the HR Team Leader and he forwarded a New York Times link to a 3D simulation on how the Covid virus spreads. I found it to be very informative and it has the bottom line message to wear a mask in public. I emailed it to my family, some of whom are Trumpsters, and I felt like I could pass along this helpful information about staying safe without politicizing the message. CLICK HERE


STAHL FOR ALL MEET & GREET
Hosted by Joe and Cindi Shaffer.
Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 pm

To RSVP Click Here
The Zoom link will be sent out the day of the event. 
Donations are welcome, but not required. 

Connect with social media everyday to support #StahlForAll and tag Judy’s campaign: 
Twitter: @judy_stahl
Facebook: Judy Stahl for AZ House, @stahlforall
Instagram: @stahlforall

Join the Conversation
Show your support for Judy with these 10-minute actions and let’s build local,state-wide and national support for this campaign! 
CLICK HERE FOR DAILY ACTIONS



ARIZONA STATE

AZ LEGISLATURE WEEKLY UPDATE:  IYER REPORT
https://www.cebv.us
Ten days ago, after weeks of limbo due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Senate voted to adjourn sine die (end the 2020 session). Since then, senators have been framing the session as ended and its hundreds of bills as dead. But it’s not that simple. This past Friday, the House announced plans to return to session, beginning with an in-person Rules Committee hearing on Monday. Rumor has it this will be followed with over ten committee hearings (from education to elections), several days of floor debate open to the public, and attempts to dust off and pass more than 70 bills unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of them controversial (such as SCR1018, which would restructure legislative districts to dilute minority representation). Agendas are not yet published; we’re expecting them to come out with very little notice, around 24 hours before each committee hearing. 

There’s just one problem. Now that the Senate has issued a sine die memo, it can’t hear any new or amended bills. All bills in question must have already passed the Senate (which many controversial bills haven’t) in order to make it into law, so even if the House returns to full business and starts writing new legislation, it won’t matter — meaning this reckless, foolish publicity stunt amounts to not much more than a temper tantrum. But our Republican leaders do what a majority of their own party wants, not what a majority of all legislators (or the public) wants. And a return to business is what House Republicans want. So they’re trying anyway, with reckless, futile shenanigans that put our entire state at risk. 

You may be asking: WHAT CAN I DO? 

  • Make three phone calls: Contact both your House representatives (especially if they’re Republicans) and Speaker Bowers at 602-926-3128 or rbowers@azleg.gov. Urge them to come to their senses and adjourn sine die so they can put regular business aside and get down to the business of helping people in need. 
  • Check our Facebook or Twitter feeds daily to see what you can do next! 
  • https://www.facebook.com/azCEBVus/

“Get That PEVL!” Statewide Day of Action Phonebank
Saturday, May 23 
Available Shift Times: 10:30AM–2:00pm & 3:30–7:00pm
RSVP FOR EVENT HERE

Over 80% of Arizona voters cast their ballot by mail. That’s awesome, right? But, there are still too many that don’t know they can take part and sign-up for Arizona’s Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL). If living through this COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, its that we must ensure all Arizonans know they have the option to vote safely from home. We must help eliminate barriers that might deter Arizonans from casting their ballots.

So join us, (and some very special guest speakers!) this Saturday as we spread the word! Let’s make sure everyone who is ready to defeat Trump’s agenda is able to vote early and safely. Let’s get that PEVL!


FROM INDIVISIBLE NATIONAL

CALL YOUR SENATORS AND DEMAND THEY PASS THE HEROES ACT
On Friday, May 15, House Democrats passed the fourth coronavirus package, the HEROES Act. The bill improves significantly on the CARES Act, especially on democracy and protections for immigrants, and provides additional financial relief and public health measures. Some of the items included are:

  • $3.6 billion in election funding to expand vote by mail and safe in-person voting locations
  • $25 billion in funding for the United States Postal Service
  • Additional $1,200 payments to individuals, including immigrants and dependents over the age of 16
  • A moratorium on evictions and foreclosures
  • Expanded paid/sick/family leave for all workers
  • Free testing and treatment for all, including immigrants regardless of status

The HEROES Act will save countless lives and ensure working families are able to weather this recession, but Senate Republicans are refusing to act. Majority Leader McConnell is already calling the bill a “Democratic wishlist” and ignoring the urgent needs of vulnerable families across America. 

That’s why we need you to call your Senators and demand that they pass the HEROES Act immediately without watering it down. Working families are struggling to make ends meet. We need every protection in the HEROES Act to pass or lives will be at stake.
KYRSTEN SINEMA, (202) 224-4521, contact@sinema.senate.gov
MARTHA MCSALLY, 202-224-2235, contact@mcsally.senate.gov


TEAM REPORTS

EDUCATION TEAM
During this time of stay-at-home or go-out-if-necessary, you may want to contribute to Save Our Schools efforts through Invest In Ed petitions. See below.
Labeth and Julia, Prescott Indivisible, temp co-chairs

GOOD NEWS FROM SAVE OUR SCHOOLS:
This is worth repeating: We are ON PACE to qualify for the ballot. 
Arizonans are getting increasingly comfortable with conducting necessary activities safely — including participating in democracy. This decision only helps motivate our volunteers and supporters who are committed to collecting the 238,000 valid signatures necessary to qualify.  

GET INVOLVED:
1. Sign Up to Have a Petition Mailed to You
If you haven’t already signed the Invest in Ed petition, sign up to have an Invest in Ed petition mailed to your home for you and other registered voters in your household to sign. We have already mailed thousands of petitions to supporters across the state.
2. Host a Petition Station
Our grassroots volunteers are hosting petition stations across the state. Here, supporters are able to sign the Invest in Ed petition, pick up a new petition, or bring petitions they’ve collected to be notarized and turned in. Volunteers have hosted petition stations at their homes, places of worship, and other spaces in the community. Sign up to host a petition station here.
3. Send Texts and Make Calls
We need your help reaching out to voters about Invest in Ed and getting them involved in our grassroots movement. Sign up to send text messages and make calls, both of which can be done from the comfort and safety of your home.
4. Chip in to Power Our Grassroots Movement
Invest in Ed is a grassroots movement to restore K-12 education funding and power our economic recovery. We rely on supporters like you chipping in $10 or whatever you can afford. Donate to Invest in Ed here.


HUMAN RIGHTS TEAM
I read this great opinion piece from Naomi Klein, author of Disaster Capitalism, great book by the way,  on how the tech companies are working very hard to keep classrooms virtual. Does Rosemary have an indication or info if they are trying to do this in Arizona. 
LINK TO THE ARTICLE HERE.
Team Leader:  Douglas Kearney


ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE MAP OF CORRUPTION  CLICK HERE
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CALENDARS

Prescott Indivisible Calendar LINK
Community Resources LINK


CONTACTS

Contact Your Members of Congress

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
6499 S. Kings Ranch Rd. #4, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118  480-882-2697
220 N. 4th St., Kingman, AZ (by appt. only)
122 N. Cortez St., Suite 104, Prescott, AZ 86301       928-445-1683
http://paulgosar.house.gov/contact/

Arizona
Governor, Doug Ducey
State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007      602.542.4331
http://azgovernor.gov/governor/form/contact-governor-ducey

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

Prescott
Mayor Greg Mengarelli 
201 S. CortezSt. 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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