Persist & Resist, Newsletter for Yavapai County Progressives – Oct. 28, 2020

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"No, this doesn't mean they're all voting Republican!" (New Yorker, 10/27/20)

October 28, 2020

Donate to Prescott Indivisible’s Outreach Effort – PI placed four ads on Facebook – for our endorsed candidates: Judy Stahl, John Lutes, Delina DiSanto and the Vote! card with critical dates and official ballot box locations.  We reached 21,787! 

Such an effort comes with a cost and the Steering Committee requests that you continue your generosity in supporting our efforts. Please donate on our website via PayPal. The donate page also gives the opportunity to choose to pay with your credit/debit card; then select General Contribution to PI on the dropdown menu. If you would prefer, send a check to Prescott Indivisible, PO Box 12694, Prescott 86304.
 

It Takes a Village!
Thank You from the Voter Values Project, Nancy Klick, Chair

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the goal of reaching out to Independent voters within Yavapai County has been reached by the Voter Values Project prior to Election Day. Since last spring 5,500 Independent voters have received postcards, many parts of the postcard handwritten by volunteers. In the beginning these postcards were followed up by a phone call – but this quickly switched to a text message sent prior to the mailing of the postcards. Postcards were deemed to be quite expensive, so the remaining 8,000 Independent voters received a text message.

The purpose of all these postcards, calls and texts has been to drive the Independent voters to the votervaluesproject.com website. Upon landing on the website, the voters were presented with a Survey questioning them about the topics that most concerned them.  After completing this Survey, the respondents have been receiving, almost weekly, researched articles pertinent to the Survey. These topics include: Racial Equity, Voting Rights, Healthcare Reform, and The Environment.

The secondary section of the website provides the respondents with a complete understanding of the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL); encouraging them – if they hadn’t registered already to do so and HOW to do it. Many returned Surveys indicated that the respondents had not registered – but would do so.

The ultimate goal of the Voter Values Project has been to let the Independent voters in Yavapai County know that there is someone out there that will listen to their concerns – with the hopeful potential that they will vote the Democratic ticket in this election.

There is a saying that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well…in this case it takes a VILLAGE to complete a project.” I would like to commend all of the following volunteers for their dedication to this project. It would never have moved forward or been completed without you. Forgive me I somehow miss someone important. 

EARLY IMPLEMENTATION AND COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT
Rosemary Dixon – developed the Survey
Marvis Brauer – overall chair and coordinator, ongoing
Maria Lynam – early coordinator
Cheryl Harris – early co-chair
Nancy Klick – co-chair
Louise Clara – volunteer coordinator extraordinaire; vice-chair
Jeff Daverman – media coordinator, constant & valuable contributor
Lynn Griffin – survey results tabulator

RESEARCH AND EDITORS
Doug Kearney – researcher
Abby Brill – researcher
Louise Clara – researcher, editor
Peggy Glenn – editor
Nancy Klick – editor

Postcard WritersPostcard WritersFund-raising  Mask-makers
Cindie AbrahamsVivian PerryCandy Atkinson
Claudia AthertonRosemary DixonRita Day
Candy AtkinsonJulie RaydaLouise Clara
Sandy BaggenstosDonna RootenTexters
Rebecca BlankenshipGregg RootenAnne Schwerdt
Cynthia BordelonKathleen SauerCheryl Harris
Susan BravermanConnie SlatenCindy Wagner
Susan CampbellSharon from DWPAJoanna White
Margaret CoxJames SteinLinda Meigs
Susan CrutcherJan SudermanLinda Vieser
Rita DayLarry SudermanLu Ann Murphy
Rosemary DixonAnna SwigartMary Ann Graffagnino
Lynn FreedmanLinda Torrence-HillMary Cole
Paula FuhstCathy VarnerNancy Klick
Anita GilbertCindy WagnerNancy Scharff
Mary Ann GraffagninoKathleen SauerConnie Slaten
Becky GunnNancy ScharffPatti Smith
Sondra HailePatti SmithRosemary Dixon
Allen HarrisLabeth PondishPatricia LaFleur
Cheryl HarrisFreya ManekiLouise Clara
Patricia HilsDiane McQueenTyler Woods
Kathy JensenConnie PennickBecky Gunn
Cynthia JonesKate Oconner-MasseCarol Weitkunat
Heryl KroopnickLinda MeigsRebecca Blakenship
Carol LeeMary Cole 
Linda LutesFrank Clara 
Carol WeitkunatChris Westoff

The last research article written by the VVP Team on the environment is coming out at the end of this week. This marks the completion of the Voter Values Project which has been Prescott Indivisible’s year-long program to inform and educate Independents on issues that concern them and the stance of the candidates that are running for office.All the articles written to date by the VVP Research Team can be read here.

Mavis Brauer, Prescott Indivisible Chair recommends the Netflix documentary, “Food for the Soil”. Mavis grew up on a Central Illinois farm, and observes, “we raised an awful lot of con, I know what they are saying is true.”     

  Protect The Results!

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 is go to ProtectTheResults.com, put in your zip code, then RSVP to the Prescott event. We will be presenting action items as events unfold.
Please sign up NOW to stay informed. 

 The Vote and the Supreme Court – Pay Attention! 

The Supreme Court has lost its way, and Justice Roberts lacks the ability or courage to lead it out of the political wilderness.  Democrats should be red-hot with anger over Trump’s politicization of the Court. We must find the courage to reform the Court by dragging it into he 21st Century. Once Biden is elected, the time for temporizing and debating is over. We must act.  Your freedoms, and the those of your children and grandchildren, depend on it. (paraphrased from R. Hubbell’s Today’s Edition 10/26)

Thin Blue Line Flag (amazingly available on Trumpshop)

On Oct. 24 Trump held a rally in Wisconsin, not in front of an American flag, but in front of a thin blue line flag. This flag reflects the old saying that law enforcement officers constitute the boundary– the thin blue line– between chaos and order. It is a black and white American flag, with a blue stripe running across its middle. The creator of the new flag, Andrew Jacob, insists “the flag has no association with racism, hatred, bigotry…. It is a black and white American flag, with a blue stripe running across its middle. The creator of the new flag, Andrew Jacob, insists “the flag has no association with racism, hatred, bigotry…. It’s a flag to show support for law enforcement—no politics involved.” But white supremacists waved it at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and it has come to symbolize opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement. Its adherents talk about “socialism” and “law & order” and “illegals.” According to Jacob, “The black above represents citizens… and the black below represents criminals.”

Flags matter. They are the tangible symbol of a people united for a cause. That Trump replaced the American flag with the Thin Blue Line flag as the centerpiece of his rally is a rejection of the nation itself in favor of his role as the leader of the alt-right. (Information from Letters from an American, Heather Cox Richardson, Oct. 24, 2020).

    New PI YouTube Videos!

       Vote ’em Out!
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Prescott Indivisible is so fortunate to have dedicated and devoted volunteers. Our videographer and editor, Bill Court, brings his ideas, positive energy to every assignment. The next time you see him behind the camera, thank him!  Please subscribe.

Coming up! 

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.  

Tues. Nov. 3, 8pm Election Night Watch Party with the YavCo Dems –  Join Zoom Meeting using this link: 

https://zoom.us/j/99707007181?pwd=YW5lTjlVYlBGVk96cDUycnlzWFV5dz09
PASSCODE REQUIRED 994380      
Also, find the zoom link on  YavDem.org

Thurs. November 5, 6pm Prescott Indivisible Monthly Meeting – look for zoom link and agenda in the November 4 PI Newsletter and on prescottindivisible.org

Citizens Water Advocacy Group – LIKE THEM ONFACEBOOK!Visit their Web Calendar for further details. 

Tues. Nov. 17, 6p Understanding how climate change is simultaneously a global and local phenomenon, and everyone’s and no one’s problem.
Join us for this online NAZCCA presentation by Senior Lecturer at NAU, Ted Martinez. How we think about and discuss climate change with others is possibly more important than what we do with our individual actions…understanding these concepts explains how climate change can be both global and local, everywhere and nowhere, all at the same time. It also gives great insight into why climate deniers fail to perceive climate change and why they focus on the arguments they do.  This is an online zoom presentation and you must register to receive the link to join

Registration Link              Website event link                  FaceBook event link 

Count Down to E-Day! 
Fri. Oct. 30 is the last day to vote early in-person!

 

We need to insure a Blue Wave! Please don’t sit around and wonder if the polls are right–make a personal decision to ensure our candidates are elected!  It’s the endgame – here’s what you can do to help:Judy Stahl Campaign, AZ House, LD1 – It’s that time of the week…winding down for some Friday FUN!  Join us on ZOOM for some conversation, laughter and post debate BINGO. What will the prize be this week? Join in to WIN with #StahlForAll! Friday’s ZOOM – 6:00pm:

Contactless Canvass for Judy Stahl – Like walking? Join our contactless canvas (drop lit at doors without talking to people) meet Saturday,10/31 at 10 am at the Yavapai Co. Democratic Headquarters, 1555 Iron Springs Rd., Prescott or at the Prescott Valley Library in Prescott Valley today (Wed. Oct. 28) at 10 am in Prescott. Canvas Sign Up Here 
Phone Banks: Phone banking works. Period. Join us over Zoom today at 4:00 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm, Sunday at 1:30 pm, or Monday at 6:00 pm. Phone Bank Sign Up Here

Special Request from Jay Ruby, Field District Organizer, Verde Valley –  We are close to the finish but we can’t let up! In the last days I talked to:• A woman with a felony who didn’t know she was registered and thought she couldn’t vote
• An immigrant from Japan who was voting for the first time and needed to know more about the candidates
• A woman taking emergency care of her parents in Arkansas, who had her early ballot, but no info on the candidates     We do G•O•T•V to find voters and get them the information they need to vote, whether it’s a Japanese speaker, legal voting rights information, or sending literature to Arkansas. These LD 6 voters will be the difference in electing Felicia French and Coral Evans. These voters are the difference in flipping the Arizona Legislature #redtoblue which makes a difference in our lives.      We still need your help to find and turn our voters for Felicia and Coral in the 11 days of the campaign!  Sign up now:
Wed 11am / 4pm – https://www.mobilize.us/arizonald6/event/333886/Thu 11am / 4pm –  https://www.mobilize.us/arizonald6/event/333887/Mon, Nov 2 11am / 4pm – https://www.mobilize.us/arizonald6/event/333893/
Tues, Nov 3 11am/4pm – https://www.mobilize.us/arizonald6/event/332557

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). If they haven’t brought their ballot to an official dropbox, suggest they do it immediately.


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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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