Update on Community Resources & Local Needs – May 28, 2020

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Update on Community Resources and
Requests for Assistance

Persist & Resist/Prescott Indivisible – May 28, 2020
Have something to add? Email: IndivisibleAZ4@gmail.com

Shephard Fairey for Global Forefront

Message from the Editor, Maria Lynam
This is the last edition of this newsletter. It has been a gratifying experience being instrumental in making our community connections was so important, weaving us together. We are now in a “new normal” with most businesses and offices open, but the effects of Covid-19 are still with us in terms of high unemployment and the continued risk of contracting the virus. The paper thin veneer that allowed many to ignore the increasing class divide has been shredded.

When Persist & Resist continues publishing bi-weekly on Monday, June 8, there will be a special section on community needs. High unemployment will make the organizations that provide the social safety net for so many even more important. Keep volunteering and donating whenever possible. The Persist & Resist Calendar will no longer be published; the Prescott Indivisible website will take over with a more robust listing of community events.

I trust you have become even more aware of the misinformation, mismanagement and incompetence of many of those in our current administration, including our maskless “leader”. Their cavalier attitude cost us over 100,000 lives, and we know that “re-opening” the country is precipitous and will cost more lives.

Continue to pay attention to what is happening in our society and volunteer for a candidate or a cause that will make you proud, leading to the election of leaders that will help us heal and forge ahead with a caring and thoughtful agenda for our citizens and our environment and re-establish our country’s leadership and reputation as being empathetic, once again rooted in science and technology. (Wow, that is one long sentence!)

The June Monthly Meeting of Prescott Indivisible will be on Wed., June 4 at 6p – mark your calendar.. The June 1 issue of the PI Newsletter will have all the details and the zoom link. 

Message from Prescott Indivisible

We received donations to ActBlue in excess of the $500 needed to collect matching funds from national Indivisible. Thank you!
We continue to take donations to provide meals for the residents of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) shelter.
You can also choose from these other programs for your donation – if you are donating through ActBlue, drop IndivisibleAZ4@gmail.com a note, letting us know what the donation is for, or PayPal, make a note on the form.
The Voter Values Project (VVP)Postage – Prescott Indivisible has been working on this project for months. A postcard mailing to left-leaning independents, reminding them to register for the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) has gone out. They are directed to a website (votervaluesproject.com)  where they can weigh in on what issues effect them. The second round of 1,000 postcards is being prepared.  Early results are encouraging.  If you wish to defray the cost of this project, donate to VVP – Postage.
Voter Values Project (VVP) Masks  –  VVP Volunteer Coordinators are selling masks to defray the costs of the project. You can donate $10 per mask on the website The mask will be delivered to you.
 DACA – Our Immigration Team has led the effort in providing DACA (usually students) with a stipend to pay for their renewal fees and additional costs.  They have donated 25 stipends and have two others underway. Please help fund this team’s efforts. It costs $495 every two years for the renewal alone.
General contribution – As with any organization it ‘takes a village’ to keep us going. When we do meet, we pay a fee to GPUUC. Now, we have a monthly subscription to zoom, that has been ideal for virtual committee meetings and our monthly meetings. Other expenses include website hosting and development costs (usually donated); and fees for various programs such as JotForm and MailChimp. The cost for printed materials in the run up to the election will be substantial. We are also working on gathering the phone numbers for our volunteers/members so we can do rapid response texting.

Update on Prescott Indivisible’s Assistance to the Navajo and Apache Nations and the Hopi of Lower Moencopi – To date PI has coordinated with other community organizations, such as DWPA and concerned individuals, to work with a community organizer for the White Mountain Indivisibles and Navajo County Dems and the Verde Valley Navajo-Yavapai Nation and the Yavapai Co. Dems and Kenosis (see below), providing faceshields, masks and PPE’s and other supplies. We have made two trips over to Pinetop/Lakeview, and a Hopi representative has picked up two packages of their materials. This coming week will see a visit to PineTop/Lakeview, the Verde Valley and Sedona. Approximately 1700 masks, 80 face shields and numerous sheets and pillowcases (to make PPEs) have been readied for the Nations. The call for assistance continues – masks are needed and there is a continued call for antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer and cleaning materials. 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.
  •  The Navajo Nation has surpassed New York for having the highest infection rate in the United States. So far, 142 of its residents have died. There are around 3,400 cases on the Navajo Nation, ranking the tribal lands at the top for the most cases per capita nationwide.
  •  If you want to donate money to the Official Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund go here.

As of May 24, Navajo Nation health officials reported 4,794 cases of COVID-19 and 157 deaths. They also reported 1,491 individuals have recovered from the disease. 

State of our State and Our Communities during the Pandemic 

What hasn’t changed –  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.
Keep checking the ASU  website that includes Critical Covid-19 Trends–it is definitely worth a continuing look. The graph showing New Cases vs. Total Cases shows a moving 7-day average of new cases compared to total cases. It displays the rate at which new cases are appearing. When the graph moves downward, there is a reduction in new cases. When the graph moves horizontally, new cases appear daily at a consistent rate. When the graph moves up and to the right, then the number of new cases per day is accelerating (that is, they are growing day-over-day). Go to the graph, click on Yavapai and the line of our cases is highlighted – you can hover over the date and no. of cases to view the increases/decreases.  The next chart down, New Cases vs. Total Cases, does not yet show a flattening line for AZ  

Except for a few exceptions AZ is “open” for business.Many businesses are not rushing to open. They are waiting until it is safe for their customers. (New stats: The ‘green-light’ seems to be a bit overconfident. On  May 6, 9,707 cases;  May 13 12,197 cases,  May 20 14,899, today 17,262 (831 deaths).  An increase of 5,069 cases in two weeks does not mean a flattening curve! 

The AZ testing blitz is over. Check the Yavapai Co. Community Health Service website for an updated listing of testing sites and more data on the no. of cases in the various areas across the county.

As of Wed. May 27, the cases in Yavapai Co. increased to 292; five deaths?? 
As of Wed. May 20, the cases in Yavapai Co. increased to 272; six deaths* 
(note the new designation for Mingus Mtn. Academy)
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

  • 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 both Yavapai Co. and across AZ this past week (see above). We have many visitors escaping the heat from the southern part of the state–please be careful, use common sense.
  • 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. Wash Your Mask after each wearing.
  • Don’t Touch Your Face.
  • Disinfect items frequently.

Masks & Community Service

Wearing a Mask is not always looked upon by others as benefiting society as a whole. Last week it was noted that compassion and consideration should be paramount.

Barbara Jacobsen, one of our favorite community organizers and activist, came up with the idea of wearing a button to remind others why we wear masks. She approached a former public health nurse and another community activist to contribute to the cost, rustled up a designer and had them printed. Here is her message:

"Hear ye hear ye, buttons are available to give to loved ones, store and service employees, anyone you see wearing a mask and wanting to put on a button to gently remind others!
Barbara’s Buttons are for health and food distribution. Any donations will be welcome and given toward these efforts. Pick up a bag of 7 (or more or less ) at the GAZEBO on the Square starting June 2, Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10 to about 10:20 AM. For our health!  Pass this on! You can stop by on Thurs. May 28 to place an order for buttons.
PS. Please do not approach any unmasked persons with your ideas. But thanking those wearing masks and even offering them a button can be gently done— or just wear yours!! Thank you!"

Maria Lynam has been pinning the button to her mask. It’s her invisible shield. Occasionally those who do not wear a mask, read the button and sometimes mumble an excuse about “leaving their mask at home…in the car…etc.” Others read it and walk away; she has not had a verbal confrontation like many others. Those who do wear a mask, read it and give a thumbs up. Maria will join Barbara at the square at 10am on Thursdays. She has candidate petitions for Hilary Cannizaro for the Prescott Unified School District Board. She will place a clipboard at a social distance and sanitized pens – or bring your own. The qualification to sign – you must be over 18 and live in the PUSD.

Complete Listing – Community Organization Needs – 052720

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, Verde Valley Yavapai-Apache, White Mountains Indivisible, Yavapai Family Advocacy Center, Yavapai Co. Food Bank, Yavapai Humane Society, Yavapai Humane Trappers.

CCJ (Coalition for Compassion and Justice) – In addition todonations to continue to feed those that shelter with them, they need coffee, creamer and sugar.  Their facebook page gives a good idea of what they are all about!  Hope & compassion!

Collaborative Community Fund – Gato Community Gives  Barry Barbe and his staff at El Gato Azul have donated more than 4,000 meals to individuals, families and nonprofits. They have worked with various agencies and local businesses to provide quality meals and weekend food boxes, with the majority of deliveries being made by Allan’s Flowers of Prescott. They are moving their operations to their catering kitchen on 6th street and have established a “Collaborative Community Fund” with the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County.  More information about donating to this fund is available at the restaurant..
El Gato Azul is open for dining every day. Check their facebook page.

Heritage Park Zoo – is a non-profit, charitable organization that depends 100% on our support.  Please donate, renew your membership early or sign up for new membership or, Adopt An Animal.  They need your help!

A Message from Kenosisfounder and President, Carla Woody: 
Dear Friends,
We have all been touched by the pandemic in one way or another. The Indigenous peoples we work with are also undergoing a state of emergency. In some ways, they are even more at risk due to their isolated locations with little access to food or protective equipment, and little to no medical care should they need it.
We are opening an emergency relief fundraising campaign now extended through May 31 to do everything we can to help support them in this difficult time that is very real globally. We are specifically focusing on the Hopi and Q’ero people we work with due to our direct relationship. Hence, we have the most control over the needed funds and supplies reaching them. To donate by PayPal or credit card, please go here. To donate by check or money order: Please make the check or money order out to Kenosis Spirit Keepers. Mail to Kenosis Spirit Keepers, PO Box 10441, Prescott, AZ 86304. In making your donation, indicate Hopi and/or Q’ero. If both are indicated, we will split equally unless you designate otherwise. The full amount of your donation we receive goes directly to those in need.  Read the updated report with the numbers of Hopi who are infected and the tribute page. The fundraiser will continue until May 31.

Kino Border Initiative – NEW! – read about the crisis that the impact of deportations and expulsions is having on our nation and Mexico. 

New Request – The Verde Valley Yavapai-Apache Nation’s immediate medical needs include:  N95 Masks; Non-latex gloves and other medical grade gloves; Thermometers (no touch scan); Portable pulse oximeters (handheld); Non-perfumed hand sanitizer (60% or more ethanol alcohol or 70% isopropanol); Disinfecting wipes and sprays; Alcohol-based cleaning wipes (e.g. Sani-Cloth wipes).  Their community also needs the following: Disposable masks and washable cloth/fabric masks; cleaning supplies, including disinfectant wipes and spray; liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer; toiletries; thermometers; paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, and tissue); non-perishable food; bottled water; baby necessities, including formula, diapers, and wipes.Contact: Yavapai – Apache Nation 2400 W. Datsi, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 928-567-1003

Prescott Meals on Wheels  Read their May Newsletter, Food for Thought. Go to Prescott Meals on Wheels, Facebook after 5/29 to see the June edition.

Local Resource Listing – State/City/Town/County
Complete Listing – State/City/Town/County Resources – 052720

All the city/town resources and updates for their facilities can be found on their websites and facebook pages.

Yavapai County will open administration buildings on June 1 in Prescott and Cottonwood. They are following CDC guidelines. Check their website for meetings open to the public. Anyone wishing to comment on an agenda item can email: clerkofboard.web@Yavapai.US

Click here for Updated School Breakfast and Lunch Programs 

Additional Resources for Parents:

Prescott Library’s summer reading programs continue. 
Through July 25, the library will conduct the program that allows readers of all ages to sign up, track their reading activity, and earn prices. More information is available by calling the library’s Youth services at 928-777-1537 or emailing youth.services@prescott-az.gov.

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. Check the PCA Website for summer programs for children, teens. (Prescott Center for the Arts)

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. Nothing New, but check out his older shows. We Are The Good News
If you love this show, pick up some SGN Merch – 100% of your purchase goes to a charity of your choice – the first $1 million will be matched by Starbucks!

See the Zoo at Moonlight – Bring Your Own Flashlight, Heritage Park Zoo, 1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott
June 5 • July 4 • August 3 • September 1 • October 1
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Special admission prices: Members $5, non-members $8, under 3 FREE  (www.heritageparkzoo.org
Heritage Park Zoo is a non-profit, charitable organization that depends 100% on your support.  Please donate, renew your membership early or sign up for new membership – or, Adopt An Animal.  They need your help!

AZResist is an independent calendar covering civil rights and progressive politics across Arizona.  

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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