Persist & Resist – Newsletter for the Progressive Community of Greater Yavapai County

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 Persist and Resist  – September 14, 2020


Message from Mavis Brauer, Chair, Prescott Indivisible

Black Lives Matter Rally on Friday, September 4 (cont.):
Last week I wrote about the BLM Rally and the aggressive and disrespectful behavior of the white supremacist armed militias and maskless, gun totin’ right wingers. The good news that came out of that “incident” is that it got the attention of the city officials and they are now willing to sit down and talk about how to deal with the racism in Prescott. At least in part of what increased their motivation was the photos and videos of the rally/counter rally that went viral on social media (i.e. Twitter and Facebook) and lots of people got to see firsthand what happened.

Early last week, a city official called me to see if we were planning a rally for September 11. (Just so you know, even though Prescott Indivisible endorsed and supported the BLM rally on September 4, the Steering Committee decided unanimously that confronting the armed right wingers was not a good strategy for any of us.) He said there was a post on Reddit saying there was going to be another BLM rally on September 11. As it turns out … reliable sources confirmed that the post was a right-wing fabrication to try to bait BLM protesters and guess what. It didn’t work! Only the armed militias and right wingers showed up.


Follow Up to the Request to Donate and Sign An Open Letter to our Community LOVE THY NEIGHBOR – A Moral Imperative to be published in local newspapers

We continue to respond to the events on Sept. 4 at the Prescott Courthouse Plaza. We stand with all our neighbors and recognize the imperative of “treating others as we ourselves would like to be treated.” 

A group of concerned citizens created a call for civility and understanding which we will place as a full-page ad in the Prescott Daily Courier and other local papers in the next week or so.

Since the initial call for signatures, we have gathered almost 1,000, our initial goal. We have also enough donations to publish the letter in a number of local newspapers. If you have not done so, please read the text of the ad by clicking on the linkbelow a
nd indicate whether or not you agree. We request that if you agree to say so publicly, check to add your name to the list so we reach 1,000 signatures. We also request that you share the survey with as many friends and neighbors as possible by email or text by copying/pasting the message below into the body of your text and send it to your friends and family – help us gather more than 1,000 signatures!

We are gathering 1000 signatures for ads in the Quad Cities newspapers featuring an open letter to our community entitled ‘Love Thy Neighbor – A Moral Imperative’. Please read the letter https://www.jotform.com/build/202507040245139#preview and add your name. Thank you! For more information about Prescott Indivisible’s Anti-Racism Education in Action, AREA-P, contact piar072020@gmail.com 


Twitter Office Hours

National Indivisible has started the Truth Brigade to combat disinformation. Prescott Indivisible will be one of the leaders in this area. If you’d like to learn more and make your posts more effective on Twitter and Facebook, come to Twitter Office Hours, every Monday afternoon from 1-3pm. Every week, you can use the same link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88604403935


2020 Census – Are you Counted?

Count yourself in by September 30.
There is still time to participate in the U.S. Census online, by phone, or by mail.

Why?
complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because census numbers will determine community funding, congressional representation, and more. Communities that are most in need of funding are more likely to be undercounted.


Election Information

From national Indivisible – prepare now to mobilize after the election. For folks looking to prepare for the mass mobilization we’ll need after the election, we’d recommend you join the major national effort on this at ProtectTheResults.com(I went on this website – at this point in time, they only want your name/email etc).


Important Dates to Remember

  • Mon. October 5 is the deadline to register to vote.
  • Wed. October 7 – early ballots begin arriving i the mail and early voting in-person begins
  • Fri. October 16 – we recommend this be the last day you mail in your ballot
  • Fri. October 23 – last day to request a early ballot and the last day to mail your early ballot
  • Fri. October 30 – last day to vote early in person

This year, because of the pandemic, we emphasize and recommend EARLY voting. Voting begins October 7; it ends at 7 pm on November 3. 

Protect yourself and our poll workers by voting early 
rather than crowding the polling places on Election Day. Official Ballot Drop Box locations will be published closer to the ballot “drop”. Don’t risk muddy roads, bad weather, or COVID exposure on November 3 — vote when your ballot comes in the mail.

If you need a ride to drop off your ballot at an Official Drop Box location or to vote early in person, contact the Yavapai Democratic Party Headquarters.
Leave a phone message and someone will return your call  – 928-541-0413  Remember – no one is to touch your ballot other than an authorized family member or caregiver.

Getting your ballot by mail is safe; 80% of Arizonans do that and have for years.Vote as soon as you can! Every signature on the outside of your returned ballot is verified by a county staff person trained in handwriting recognition — so get that ballot in way before Election Day so the rest of us don’t have to wait days for a result while your signature is being checked!

Official Ballot Drop Box Locations

  • Prescott County Admin. Bldg. – 1015 Fair St.
  • Prescott Valley Town Hall – 7501 E. Civic Circle
  • Camp Verde Town Hall – 473 S. Main St.
  • Camp Verde Yavapai-Apache Nation – 3462 Smith Ave.
  • Chino Valley Town Hall – 202 Ste. Route 89A
  • Clarkdale Town Hall – 38 N. 9th St.
  • Cottonwood – Co. Admin. Bldg. – 10 S. 6th St.
  • Dewey-Humboldt Town Hall – 2735 S. Hwy. 69
  • Jerome Town Hall – 600 Clark St.
  • Paulden Public Library – 16 Big Chino Rd.
  • Sedona City Hall – 102 Roadrunner Dr.
  • Skull Valley U.S. Post Office – 3085 S. Iron Springs Rd.
  • Spring Valley Public LIbrary – 17320 E. Mule Deer Rd.
  • Three more drop box locations will be announced this week.

What have we learned re voting this week?

  1. If you make a mistake on your ballot, DO NOT CROSS ANYTHING OFF.  GO TO THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE, 1015 Fair St., Prescott and ask for a replacement ballot. Bring your old ballot and ID with you.
  2. Do not vote twice–it will not work in AZ.  The ballot that is received first by the Board of Elections will be used.

News From the League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County
The Democratic Party successfully argued to the U.S. District Court of Arizona that for those of you who forget to sign your ballot envelope and turn it in too close to election day for county election officials to notify you to “cure” your early ballot, that Arizona must now allow five business days after election day for unsigned early ballot envelopes to be cured by voters. Note: this is one of the reasons election results are delayed.


Election Strategies

  • Judy Stahl – single shot vote. 
    Arizonans elect two representatives from each district to the House of Representatives and can cast 2 votes for their top 2 candidates. But what if you like only one person? Just vote for your ONE FAVORED CANDIDATE and they can beat the electoral odds. ONLY vote for Judy Stahl, LD1 Don’t check that second box
  • Arizona Corporation Commission: 3 seats, vote for all 3 Democrats  Bill Mundell, Shea Stanfield and Anna Tovar are the 3 Democrats who are running for the ACC. There are also 2 Republicans on the ballot. Three will get elected so the strategy is to vote for all 3 Democrats!

Voter Values Project

The Voter Values Project is currently working on the third research project, Healthcare Reform. Part 1, an Overview of Healthcare in the United States, was emailed to Survey respondents last week. Part 2 , Ways to Reduce Healthcare Expenses, was emailed yesterday. The group will complete the remaining 2 parts in the next few weeks.

Texting to more centric Independents is done weekly. These texts continue to bring more recipients to the VVP website to complete surveys. The Voter Values Project plans to begin carrying weekly targeted ads to Independents within Yavapai County via Facebook. Hopefully these ads will begin by mid-September and continue up until the election. Here is the link for Healthcare Reform, Part 2.


Community Activities

Check out the Prescott Indivisible Calendar.  It is up with a new look and lots of campaign activities.

Thurs. Sept. 17 10am Democrats of the Red Rocks Monthly Meeting.
Candidate Updates with Tom O’Halleran Congressman CD 1; Donna Michaels – Yavapai County Supervisor Dist 3; Matt Ryan –  Coconino County Supervisor Dist 3; also David Lujan – Director of the Arizona Center for Economic Policy will discuss Prop 208 – Invest in Ed.
Join Zoom Meeting  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84856950675?pwd=b2FMYTV6Ni91RVNHZ1hUNkRqd29FUT09
Meeting ID: 848 5695 0675

Thurs. Sept. 17  5:30-7pm Move to Amend Monthly Meeting
Join on Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89375224305

Sat., Sept. 19 1-2p  Conversation with the Biden Campaign to Stop Pandemics & Build Back Better
Register here to attend a town hall featuring legendary organizer Heather Booth, Director of Progressive and Senior Outreach for the Biden Campaign, along with Kristin Urquiza, Co-founder and Chief Activist of Marked By COVID, who electrified the country during the Democratic National Convention with her own tragic story of unnecessary COVID loss. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn, a primary care physician on the front lines of the pandemic in Minnesota.

We’ll learn from the Biden-Harris Campaign about their plan to stop COVID-19, build back better, and prevent the pandemics of the future. We’ll hear from Kristin Urquiza about her work to lift up the stories of families of those killed by policymakers’ murderous inaction. Next, we’ll lay out opportunities to get involved in our organizing for the People’s Pandemic Prevention Plan and to directly confront those responsible. At the end of the Town Hall, we’ll learn how to help the Biden campaign with remote Get Out the Vote (GOTV) activities, including voter texting, phone banking, and more.

For more information on the People’s Pandemic Prevention Plan, please visit https://www.r2haction.org/.

Wed., Sept. 23 1pm Democratic Women of the Prescott Area Monthly Meeting. Focus is on education and the ballot propositions. Toni Denis will discuss Prop. 207, Marijuana Legalization Initiative; Rosemary Agneesens will present info about Prop. 208, Tax on Incomes Exceeding $250,000 for Teacher Salaries and Schools Initiative; Nicky Indicavitch, Humboldt SD Bond Issue; Deb Dillon, PUSD Bond Override.  Introduction of Hilary Canizzaro, candidate for PUSD Board.
Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5047098428  
Meeting ID: 504 709 8428 
50/50 Opportunity Drawing – 50% to the winner and remainder to be split between the John Lutes and Judy Stahl campaigns.

Join the Prescott Shoe Strike here! (Date will be provided after registration). Shoe Strikes protest Climate Change and bring awareness of Climate Justice during this uncertain time. Drop off shoes and a sign Mon. 9/14 – Thurs. 9/24 at the Skyview School, 125 S. Rush St., Prescott and NorthPoint Expeditionary Learning Academy, 551 1st St., Prescott.  Also, Fri., Sept. 18 4-6p, Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 882 Sunset Ave., Prescott. 


2020 First Presidential Debate

If we were able to meet in person, this would have been a community activity!  Tues., Sept. 29  9-10:30pm ET/6-7:30p Location: Cleveland, Ohio Host: Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus Moderator:  Chris Wallace, Fox News anchor.


At Home Activism

What you can do?
Even though we have to social distance and cannot gather in groups, we can STILL MAKE A HUGH DIFFERENCE in this election. We just have to do it from home! So, choose what you enjoy and where YOU feel you can make a difference.

  • Write Letters – Write Post Cards – Make Phone Calls – Text – help our Endorsed Candidates below
  • Post On Social Media – Call Your Friends & Share This Info
  • Time is short. The distribution of accurate and honest information is CRITICAL
  • Every day – call three people and remind them to vote for our slate–Biden, Kelly, DiSanto, Mundell, Stanfield, Tovar, Stahl, (Lutes – Dist. 1 or Michaels – Dist 3). Suggest that when they receive their ballot, to mail it immediately! Don’t let that ballot linger!  

Our Endorsed Candidates continue to need your assistance.

Why endorse a candidate unless you will help them and promote their campaign? What can you do to help them?  Open your pocketbook – contribute on ActBlue or send a check! 

Delina DiSanto, CD4 House of Representatives

Delina is the Democratic candidate for CD4. She also won Prescott Indivisible’s endorsement at their Aug. meeting.  We wait to hear about her endorsement from the Indivisible Team. She needs your donations to keep her campaign on track. She plans on developing tv ads and they are expensive. Please help her defeat Gosar by going on ActBlue and donate. Her yard signs are available at the YavDem Headquarters, 1555 Iron Springs Rd., Prescott 9:30-noon on Saturdays.

John Lutes, Candidate YC Board of Supervisors, Dist 1

Postcard Writers!    Click on the logo below to volunteer and help John’s campaign out.

Phone bank volunteers!  Amy Hurst, phonebank captain has scheduled Lutes4ycbos phone training every Monday from now until Sept. 14 at 3:30pm. 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 885 0014 3392

Judy Stahl, Candidate for AZ House, LD1

Postcard Writers!    Click on the logo below to volunteer help out.

Join Weekly Phone Banks!  Sat. 1:30 pm; Mon.6 pm; Wed.4 pm, Sun.at 1:30 pm. Sessions will begin on ZOOM for training and phone script/process review.

To sign up for texting training, fill in info at https://www.judystahl.com/volunteer

Each Tuesday at 4pm, the Yavapai Co. Ferris Wheel Project phone banks.  Training is provided.  On Tues. Sept. 15, calls will be made for Judy Stahl.

Contact Amy Shunk for details (amy.shunk11@gmail.com)

Mark Kelly Campaign

To phone bank for the campaign, contact Linda Meigs: 256-509-9414 or linda@meigsmade.com


Really? There is a pandemic? – News from our front line

Many of us are sick and tired of being cooped up, and I sense more and more people easing up on the social distancing. Partly for that reason, I worry about the risk of a Covid-19 resurgence this fall, from a combination of more risk-taking and the general tendency to spend time inside in the winter breathing on each other.

One new study finds that eating indoors at a restaurant may double the risk of infection, and we also know that the 1918 pandemic had a second wave in the fall of that year. We don’t understand the coronavirus well enough to make predictions — but we should understand it well enough to be prudent. So please, gentle reader, be careful, and resist the tendency to let your guard down. (Words are by Nicholas Kristoff, but they echo the sentiments of many of us!)

There are nearly 6.5 million cases in America with almost 193,000 dead. One influential model shows 415,000 dead by January 1, 2021. And while the pace of cases — and deaths — has slowed somewhat, we are still seeing more than 40,000 new cases a day and more than 1,000 deaths.

Unfortunately for Trump, the public — or at least a large chunk of the public — isn’t buying what the President is selling.

On 9/11, Yavapai Co. had 2,401 confirmed cases, 79 deaths, 1100 recovered, 1,301 active cases. An increase of 128 cases in two weeks.
On 8/31, Yavapai Co. had 2,273 confirmed cases, 78 deaths, 996 recovered.1,229 active cases. A decrease of 113 cases in two weeks. 
On 8/14, Yavapai Co. had 2117 confirmed cases, 72 deaths, 775 recovered. 1,342 active cases. An increase of 187 cases in two weeks.
On 7/31, Yavapai Co. had 1768 confirmed cases, 60 deaths, 613 recoveries.  1,155 active cases in the county. An increase of 230 active cases in one week.


Of interest?

Robert Hubbell’s Today’s Edition – 9/13/20 –  This issue is a concise update of Trump’s “multi-front war of cheating that is unprecedented in its scope and audacity. He has hijacked the organs of the U.S. government—our government—to undermine the cornerstone of American democracy, free and fair elections. Despite his widespread abuse of power, corruption, and lies, Trump is stuck in an 8-to-10-point deficit in national polls and continues to trail in swing states”.  You must read it all – and subscribe!

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that he “unquestionably” would have acted sooner against the coronavirus if he had known what Trump knew in early February, as detailed in Bob Woodward’s upcoming book. This was a rough week for the President, because he’s failing on the basics, the basics of supporting our troops, the basics of responding to a fire, the basics of managing the worst health pandemic that we have had,” Garcetti told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” 

Robert Hubbell, Today’s Edition, 9/8/20 –  In short, Trump’s supporters know he is an un-American traitor, an ingrate who despises the sacrifice of those called to service in the military, a sexual predator, a compulsive liar, a tax cheat, a bully, and a person whose lack of intellectual curiosity is exceeded only by his ignorance. But his supporters don’t care. Rather, it is why they love him. It is also why he is a hero to the resurgent neo-Nazi movement in Germany. See NYTimes, “Trump Emerges as Inspiration for Germany’s Far Right.” (“Among German conspiracy theorists, ultranationalists and neo-Nazis, the American president is surfacing as a rallying cry, or even as a potential “liberator.”)

The Bloomberg Effect: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t done dipping into his massive personal fortune to beat Trump in the fall. 
Bloomberg will spend upwards of $100 million in Florida alone between now and Election Day, a massive sum in a state that Trump won in 2016 and simply cannot afford to lose in November.

Signs for the Democratic Candidates are available Saturday mornings, 9:30a-noon at the Yavapai Co. Democratic Headquarters, 1555 Iron Springs Rd., Prescott.  Sign up for their bulletins here – click “I want to subscribe to the newsletter”.


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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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