Message from the Prescott Indivisible Chair

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PI General Meeting, Thursday, June 4 from 6:00 to 7:30
Our PI General Meeting (GM) was last Thursday and it was a full agenda with about 60 people attending. We started with a memorial to George Floyd and the death of other unarmed black American men who have been murdered by police officers. Each steering committee member was given the opportunity to read something they had written and 8 of us accepted. Afterwards we had 2 minutes of silence and then went into smaller groups of 6 or 7 so that each attendee could express how the events of the previous 10 days had affected them. Someone from each group was selected as a representative and asked to report back to the larger group. You can see the zoom video of that portion of our meeting on our Facebook page  HERE 
The second part of our GM was focused on education issues in Arizona. Our speaker was Rosemary Agneessens who is the Community Organizer with the Yavapai County Education Service Agency. She connects district staffs and families to teach about the education issues facing our schools, provide training in advocacy and developing a voice, and to empower others to take on the powerbrokers. Rosemary has been in education for over 50 years and provided us with a wealth of information about the history of funding for our public schools in Arizona and what legislation and other influences have plummeted our state’s school funding into the lowest 10% compared to other states. She concluded with an update on Invest for Ed which is an initiative to add almost a billion dollars to the state’s public education budget and what we can do to support that. Rosemary Agneessens’ presentation “What’s Going On With Education Funding in AZ?” is posted on our PI Facebook page (Bill Court is finishing this today and will send the link.). As an ongoing resource of information, Rosemary emails a newsletter every 2 weeks which is a comprehensive summary of the best articles that she culls from from her research. If you would like to receive her newsletter, you can request it at

Needed: Education Team Leader

Prescott Indivisible has an education team of about 30 members. Julia Watson and LaBeth Pondish were co-chairs and they did a wonderful job keeping us informed on education issues, and organizing and training our members to participate in Request to Speak (RTS). For those of you who are not familiar with RTS, it is an online program which allows us as citizens to let our state legislators know how we feel about a certain bill that is in the legislative process. LaBeth and Julia have both had to resign. We are grateful for their service and now it is time to find a new team leader. Fortunately we have lots of help. Julia Watson has offered to continue to do one-on-one RTS trainings. Abby Brill, who transformed her postcard writing Brill Brigade into an RTS group, will start meeting again on Tuesday mornings when the state legislature is in session. Rosemary Agneessens is also an ally and will collaborate with the new team leader.

Does the prospect of being an agent for effective positive change in our public education system appeal to you? Let me know:

Mavis Brauer, Chair
Prescott Indivisible

Invest in Ed is an initiative that would give our public schools almost a billion dollars in the next fiscal year.  More signatures are needed!

Sunday, June 14, 1-3 pm
Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation (GPUUC) parking lot.
Bring your own pen. Signature gatherers will have on masks and gloves.

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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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