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Persist and Resist  – October 14, 2020


In past newsletters I have suggested that you all subscribe to Robert Hubbell’s Today’s Edition. He is the constant voice of reason and this is the ending of today’s column:

Republicans believed that the Barrett nomination would save the sinking prospects of Trump and Senate Republicans. So far, it has been a draw, at best. For a party that is behind in the polls, that isn’t good enough. Every day that Democrats can stay on message and avoid self-inflicted injury is a day closer to victory. Tuesday was a good day. But let’s not engage in self-deception. It is still possible for Trump to win, and Biden has a better chance of winning the presidency than Democrats have of flipping the Senate (although both Biden and Democratic Senate candidates are favored to win). We cannot let up. We cannot leave a single vote on the sidelines. We must give our maximum effort for three more weeks. We can do that.

This issue of Persist & Resist gives you ample opportunities for you can be part of the Blue Wave.  Let’s make sure that #45 is removed from office! Take personal responsibility and make sure you have done everything in your power to bring the government back to the people. We must remove #45 from the White House, take the Senate,  both houses in AZ and put three more Dems on the AZ Corporation Commission. 
Maria Lynam, Editor


CRITICAL!!!  From National Indivisible – Take Action! 

  1. Help us secure the last two Senators we need to block Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Now that several Republicans have tested positive for COVID-19, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell are quite literally risking their own lives and the lives of everyone around them to install an anti-healthcare and anti-choice justice for life. So here’s what we can do: Keep fighting and keep calling. It is definitely making a difference. We still only need 2 more senators to win this thing! After you call, make sure to continue to take action using our save SCOTUS hub here.
  2. Check out our new Protect the Results event map to demand a peaceful transition of power after the election. Indivisibles all over the country are getting ready to mobilize ahead of a potential constitutional crisis if Trump refuses to accept the results of the election.
  3. Take this pledge to triple your vote. Multiply your impact by getting three people you know to turn out and vote. Once you’ve signed the pledge, check out our message templates and tips on how to start reaching out.
  4. Find more ways to make an impact on the outcome of the election by taking a look at this list of action items. We put out this list when we still had 50 days to go before Election Day. Now, with less than 30 days before November 3, make sure you and the people you care about are doing everything you can to send Trump and his friends in the Senate packing.

Message from Mavis Brauer, Chair, Prescott Indivisible

What happens if Trump does not accept the presidential election results?
Indivisible is partnering with over 100 organizations and we have contingency plans to make sure Trump doesn’t steal the election. The first step right now is go to ProtectTheResults.org, put in your zip code, then RSVP to the Prescott event. We do not have an event at the present time, but please sign up so you can stay informed as events unfold. After you sign up, more emails will follow. 

Ballots were mailed October 7
Do you want to know if your ballot was mailed or if the elections office has received it yet? Go to my.arizona.vote and click on “Check the Status of your Ballot-by-Mail.” You’ll be asked to input some basic information including your drivers license number or Voter ID and then you’ll see what’s going on with your ballot. It’s pretty neat!

VVP and the Environment
The first research article on the environment from the Voter Values Project is below. I just want to say that the VVP research group did a great job and has heightened my own awareness of environmental issues.  In that spirit I would like to recommend David Attenborough’s new documentary on Netflix, “A Life on Our Planet.” I think it’s wonderful!

Election Voter Guide

DWPA and PI put together an election voter guide which can be foundHEREon our PI website. 
If this link doesn’t work, go to prescottindivisible.org, click BLOG and then go to “older entries” until you see ELECTION REFERENCE GUIDE IS HERE! Click on it and the first thing you’ll see are some explanations.
Below that is the voter guide.
And here’s a graphic to help you make sure your vote gets counted by doing what’s necessary with the mail-in ballot (i.e. put your ballot in the white envelope and SIGN it).

If you need a ride to an Official Voting Ballot Box or would prefer to vote in person at the County Office Bldg. in Prescott, please call Marion Pack, 928-642-6788.
Leave your name and phone number and she will call you back to make arrangements for your ride. Passengers must be masked and must place their ballot in the box themselves.  Drivers will wear a mask; cars will be sanitized between trips.

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!  

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 this link.

Special Listening Opportunity – How To Get Off the Couch! Listen to the podcast with Rosie and Ren (Rosemary Dixon, Prescott Indivisible and Ren Manning, Judy Stahl Campaign Volunteer Coordinator). To find out about both commentators and listen to the podcast, click here The podcast was developed by Charles Matheus & Kelly Roberge, Podcasters & Community Advocates, The Rocket Feather Podcast  (www.rocketfeather.com)


AREA-P  Information from Anti-Racism Education in Action Team

AREA-P is pleased this week to see the solid journalism published by AZ Central on Sunday Oct. 11. John D’Anna did months of in-depth research to uncover the racism and bigotry that has made its home here for centuries, and sadly up until today. D’Anna’s piece is titled, ‘Confronting Prescott’ Racial Divide’ and it is available here.

John interviewed 50 people to get a sense of what the issues are up here, and how we got to this point. It is a meaningful piece that should make us all think more carefully about how we can move our community forward in terms of equity. 

You can also read about the social media movement that has pitted neighbor against neighbor right here in “Everybody’s Hometown”. So many falsehoods, so much hatred–Fake Protest in Prescott Led to Armed Resistance, Showing the Power and Danger of Social Mediaby Rachel Leingang, AZ Republic.

Yesterday’s AZ Republic published a stunning opinion that mentions the AZ Central article.  It is a must-read piece. 

We have work to do.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20 7-8:30pm, you are invited to join an online via Zoom discussion of the film “I Am Not Your Negro”, hosted by the Community Social Justice Committee of Temple B’rith Shalom. This thought-provoking film is based on an unfinished book by James Baldwin. The format will focus on sharing thoughts and feeling about the issues brought up by this powerful film and how they relate to present day issues around race and racial justice.  

The film is available for streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, NPR Passport and on the Prescott Public Library’s free to members streaming program, “Kanopy”.  Please watch the film prior to the discussion event.  We will not be watching the film together.

If you are interested in receiving the Zoom link to this event, please email Gene Galazan at insiderartist@gmail.com by Thurs., Oct. 15. The link will be sent a few days before the event.

The Voter Values Project connects with Independents and presents them with information on topics critical to this election. Please read their latest report re the environment:

Our Earth is rapidly becoming less habitable and more fragile. Our air and water are polluted, killing off many species and enabling disease transfer from animals to humans. Our weather is more erratic, with storms becoming much more frequent and severe. The lack of precipitation in the West has led to destructive wildfires and loss of trees to insects and disease. Scientists have foretold these disasters in efforts to stop the destruction of our planet. Unfortunately, science deniers in our government have reversed progress made under climate accords and more environmentally friendly leaders. The climate is warming, putting our earth at risk of losing polar ice caps, land mass, species, and increasing famines, storms/flooding and wildfires. Voters need to consider the environmental record of Trump vs. Biden before voting. 

Global Warming – Global warming is the phenomenon of increasing average air temperatures near the surface of Earth over the past one to two centuries. 
A special report produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018 noted that human beings and human activities have been responsible for a worldwide average temperature increase of between 0.8 and 1.2 degrees Celsius (1.4 and 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming since preindustrial times, and most of the warming observed over the second half of the 20th century could be attributed to human activities. It is predicted the global mean surface temperature would increase between 3 and 4 degrees Celsius (5.4 and 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100 relative to the 1986-2005 average should carbon emissions continue at the current rate.

Rising Sea Levels – The two major causes of global sea level rise are thermal expansion caused by warming of the ocean (since water expands as it warms) and increased melting of land-based ice, such as glaciers and ice sheets. The oceans are absorbing more than 90 percent of the increased atmospheric heat associated with emissions from human activity.

Global sea level has been rising over the past century, and the rate has increased in recent decades. In 2014, global sea level was 2.6 inches above the 1993 average—the highest annual average in the satellite record (1993-present). Sea level continues to rise at a rate of about one-eighth of an inch per year.

Higher sea levels mean that deadly and destructive storm surges push farther inland than they once did, which also means more frequent nuisance flooding. Disruptive and expensive, nuisance flooding is estimated to be from 300 percent to 900 percent more frequent within U.S. coastal communities than it was just 50 years ago.

With continued ocean and atmospheric warming, sea levels will likely rise for many centuries at rates higher than that of the current century.  In the United States, almost 40 percent of the population lives in relatively high-population-density coastal areas, where sea level plays a role in flooding, shoreline erosion, and hazards from storms. Globally, eight of the world’s 10 largest cities are near a coast, according to the U.N. Atlas of the Ocean. https://www.oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/sealevel.html


CRITICAL NEED!!!  GOTV HELP Desperately Needed in LD6
Polling points to extremely close races for Felicia French and Coral Evans

We can not let this happen again. The AZ State legislature hangs in the balance. There is no path to flipping the legislature without winning a senate and house seat in LD 6. We need your help right now! This week! Please sign up to GOTV for LD 6.
Questions – Email jruby@azdem.org


New Volunteer Opportunity – Election Protection Arizona

Election Protection Arizona is a non-partisan organization that makes sure everyone is treated fairly and looked out for at the polls. They are recruiting for:

  • Poll Person Volunteer:  Assigned to a vote center for a ~5 hour shift, where you will be EP’s eyes and ears by identifying & reporting problematic practices. You will also assist voters by making sure voters know their rights and answering voting questions. This will be done with masks and socially distanced for your and the voter’s safety!
  • Roving Poll Volunteer: Similar to in-person, but in your car! Be at the polling place with EPAZ hotlines visible and be on call to verify reports as needed. 
  • Sign Captain: Responsible for placement, maintenance, and removal of EPAZ signage at polling places the night before the election. Ensures EPAZ presence even when Poll Monitors are not at the location.
  • Social Media Monitor: Completely online and remote, watching social media sites for voters needing assistance, polling location issues and mis/disinformation online.

Please contact Sol Serpas, sol@azadvocacy.org or call/text 928-433-9564 to sign up. Help is needed – training sessions are mandatory and start on Oct. 15.


HELP OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES – SHOW UP for:

Judy Stahl – Single Shot Vote!  Vote ONLY for Stahl – AZ House, LD1

  • Education Town Hall: Sat. Oct.18 – 4 pmRegister | Submit Questions
  • Healthcare Town Hall: Wed. Oct. 21, 2 pmRegister | Submit Questions
  • Weekly Phone Bank for Judy: Your voice gets out the vote. 4 weekly opportunities: Saturdays at 1:30pm; Mondays at 6pm; Wednesdays at 4pm; Sundays at 1:30pm. Volunteer here.
  • Contactless Canvass: You don’t have to talk to anyone, you just get to drop literature at peoples’ homes while going on a lovely walk! Email ren@judystahl.com.
    • Saturdays: October 17th, 24th: Prescott + Chino  Meet at Yavapai Co. Democratic Headquarters, 1555 Iron Springs Rd. @ 10 am, go until 1
    • Wednesday October 14th, 21st: Prescott Valley –  Meet location TBA @ 10 am, go until 1 pm
  • Write Postcards for Judy, like immediately. They really work! Volunteer here.

John Lutes. YC Board of Supervisors, Dist 1 – Contact Jane Moore – janesmoore@gmail.com to help with texting, phoning, etc. Training provided. 

Help Delina DiSanto, CD4 House of Representatives – Delina requests that anytime you see one of her posts, please post it on Facebook or Twitter. Help her texting program with ThruText. Volunteer here.

The above calendar is from Mission for Arizona, the AZ Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign. They have been working tirelessly. Please plan to sign up and help out! It depends on us.


Stay Informed – Other Events of Interest

Hear These Words! Reading of the US Constitution – Sat. and Sun., Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 noon-2pm on the Prescott Courthouse steps. You are invited to hear, “We the People” and other words such as justice, tranquility, welfare, and liberty. Please stop by and listen for awhile. Many members of Prescott Indivisible and DWPA are reading.

Thurs. Oct 15, 10a – Election Integrity, Voter Protection and What to Expect on Election Night!  Democrats of the Red Rocks Breakfast Meeting – Election Integrity with Katie Hobbs –  AZ Secretary of State; Lynne Constabile – Elections Director Yavapai County; Keith Brekhus – Political Strategist.
Join Zoom Meeting    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84475134553?pwd=VnFTcWhCb01VU0NkRUVNeUx1SE1Ndz09
Meeting ID: 844 7513 4553   Passcode: 373995
One tap mobile: +16699006833,,84475134553#,,,,,,0#,,373995# US (San Jose)  
+12532158782,,84475134553#,,,,,,0#,,373995# US (Tacoma)
Dial by your location: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)    
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Fri. Oct. 16, 10:30-noon  League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley/OLLI Yavapai College – a talk by nationally-known author David Daley as he discusses how “Saving Democracy is Everyone’s Fight.” Open to everyone. To register for the event and receive the Zoom link, please contact lwvgvv@gmail.com.

Fri. Oct. 16, noon-3p  Food Choices & Climate Change: Diets That Make a Difference  Dr. Jolene Bowers is a public health scientist with a PhD in molecular biology, specializing in the impact we have on our environment and influences our environment has on us, as we are all in a “One Health” ecosystem. In her research, she has discovered that switching to a whole food, plant-based diet is a powerful way to help curb most, if not all, of our major public health threats, including our current climate crisis. Sponsored by NAZCCA. Register here.

Fri. Oct. 16 3-5pm VOTING SUPPORT, meeting at GPUUC Parking Lot, 882 Sunset Ave., Prescott.  This is a community event to increase safety and healing while voting in person. Masks Required.  At 3:15 there will be a walk to the Early Voting Center on Fair St.; vote at 3:30 and share your “I Voted” selfie. The group will reconvene at 4:30 for water, food and discussion.
Contact 808-315-5369 for more info.

Sat. Oct. 18, 4pm Judy Stahl & Experts – Education Town Hall Register | Submit Questions

Wed. Oct. 21, 2pm Judy Stahl & Experts – Healthcare Town Hall Register | Submit Questions

Thurs. Oct. 29, 5:30pm – Move to Amend special presentation: Corporate Rule vs. We The People:  How our courts have paved the road for Private Prisons, and What We Can Do Now. Milly Harmon, Outreach Coordinator, will speak about the scandal of private prisons and the legal system that makes them possible. Discussion will follow. ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89375224305.
Contact naz@movetoamend.org to have a Zoom link sent to your email.  


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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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