Prescott Indivisible Newsletter – November 18, 2020

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Prescott Indivisible is a non-partisan community which seeks to promote a progressive and inclusive agenda in support of human rights and the environment.

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Message From Mavis
chair@prescottindivisible.org

Did Arizona really turn blue?
Congratulations to Joe Biden/Kamala Harris and Mark Kelly. We have much to celebrate after this election. Thank you for all the work that you did to help make this happen.
ALSO
Proposition 208: Passed! Support of teachers
Proposition 207: Passed! Yavapai County to dismiss marijuana cases.  Read about it HERE
 

What’s next?
 Georgia On My Mind
“PostcardsToVoters.org is back in full swing for Georgia! 
Postcards To Voters (PTV) volunteers hand-wrote over a million postcards for Jon Ossoff’s November 3rd election, and are now writing for the two Senate runoffs! 
 
HELP WANTED! Now is a great time to join PTV! 
We hope to write to every Democrat in Georgia! To get started, Text “join” to 341-444-2229, or email join@TonytheDemocrat.org  
Postcard stamps can be ordered atUSPS.com    Postcards are available on Etsy
If you are an approved writer, you will be sent a list immediately.  You pay for postcards and stamps. Approximate cost $26 for 40 cards and stamps. 
 

Candidate Development Team:
Maria Lynam, Rosemary Dixon, Deb Thalasitis and Mavis Brauer have formed a planning group to look ahead to the next election in November 2021. There will be three city council seats and the mayor’s seat to be voted on. The PI Candidate Development Team will be recruiting, educating and training possible candidates.  We will need people to support in many capacities (like campaign managers, phone banking, texting, donations etc.). Nominating petitions finalized and due in the end of April 2021– it’s time to get started!
We need your help!  
Contact Maria Lynam at maria488@icloud.com
OR Mavis Brauer at chair@prescottindivisible.org
 
Do we need a mask mandate? YES!
We are concerned about the fact that we don’t have a mask mandate in Arizona. PI is organizing a coalition of statewide Indivisible and other progressive groups to launch a mask mandate blitz which includes phone calls, texts and emails from all of you to our governor.
WATCH FOR MORE DETAILS!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ)
“Shirk & Shun Gala” The Entire Month of November

This is a non-event… “ticket” prices are $50 each… this “purchase” is actually a charitable contribution that will be used to help us end homelessness locally. 
Click Buy “Tickets” Here  and support our efforts to house the most vulnerable in our community!  
For more information: yavapaiccj.org


“How Corporations Hijacked Our Constitutional Rights”
Prescott Area Move To Amend Monthly ZOOM Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 5:30 – 7:00pm

Join Meeting here: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89375224305
Or contact naz@movetoamend.org

Move to Amend special presentation guest speaker–Greg Coleridge, National Outreach Director for Move To Amend:  Greg is a Principal with the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD) and Advisor to the American Monetary Institute (AMI).   He previously served an elected term on the national governing board of Common Cause


MARK YOUR CALENDARS
PI General Meeting: December 3, 6:00-7:30

We’re going to have a Christmas Party! Mark the date because it’s going to be a great time to connect and celebrate.

FROM INDIVISIBLE NATIONAL

Now that the dust has settled after a long Election Week (month? decade?), we all deserve to reflect on our 2020 victories. We’re celebrating the voter turnout that delivered the highest number of votes ever cast for a presidential candidate and all that this blue wave represents for our movement. 

Our nationwide network of grassroots organizers and volunteers worked for four years to activate voters and support progressive challengers that helped us secure these wins. If it weren’t for the commitment of Indivisibles (like you!) who called, protested, and funded this campaign, we wouldn’t be celebrating these wins today.

But our work to flip the Senate isn’t over. Both Senate races in Georgia are heading to runoff elections on January 5. If we win both of them, Democrats will gain control of the Senate and emerge from the Trump years with a Democratic Trifecta. The news moves quickly, so stay up-to-date with our work in Georgia by following us on social media: Twitter,Instagram,YouTube. Then, help support the work that makes it happen by splitting a donation to Rev. Raphael Warnock (running against Kelly Loeffler), Jon Ossoff (running against David Perdue), and Indivisible. We need your help because flipping the Senate is crucial to achieving our goals in 2021 and beyond — we’re tackling everything from D.C. statehood to fixing our courts to eliminating the filibuster (and much, much more).

Thank you for your commitment to this movement through all of its highs and lows. We hope you celebrate today — then we’ll get right back to saving democracy. 

In solidarity, 
Indivisible Team


While the nation’s attention has been focused around this year’s election, the ACLU has simultaneously been monitoring and defending our rights at the Supreme Court, including for several key cases now on its docket.
Every one of these cases has significant implications for our civil rights and liberties. That’s why this email is a bit longer – we wanted to make sure you were fully briefed.
Here are the critical cases SCOTUS is weighing in on:
1.   Safeguarding the census
Status: Court date set for November 30
Why it matters: In Trump v. State of New York, the Court will hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked his attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted in the census for the purpose of apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and votes in the Electoral College. The legal mandate is clear – every single person is included in the census, and every single person is represented in Congress. Undocumented immigrants are people – and nothing President Trump does or says changes that fact. The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of immigrants’ rights groups challenging Trump’s order.
2.   Defending LGBTQ rights and more
Status: Awaiting Supreme Court ruling
Why it matters: Just one day after the election, the Supreme Court heard a case that could undermine civil rights laws and LGBTQ families for generations to come in Fulton v. The City of Philadelphia. The ACLU and our affiliate argued in support of Philadelphia, which is being sued by Catholic Social Services (CSS) – a taxpayer-funded foster care agency that will not accept same-sex couples. A ruling for CSS could impact the more than 400,000 children in our nation’s foster care system and allow other taxpayer-funded agencies to discriminate as well.
3.   Protecting the Affordable Care Act
Status: Awaiting Supreme Court ruling
Why it matters: The Affordable Care Act, which made health insurance accessible to millions for the first time, could be in jeopardy in California v. Texas. Any decision from the justices striking down the law would have devastating ramifications for the civil liberties advancements that the ACA has provided – that’s why the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief, along with many disability rights groups, in its defense. Dismantling the ACA would exacerbate the systemic disparities in access to health care that Black, Latinx, and disabled people face in this country, which are now approaching epic proportions during the pandemic.
4.   Pushing for police accountability
Status: Awaiting Supreme Court ruling
Why it matters: The question before the Court in Torres v. Madrid is whether police are unbound by the Constitution when it comes to the use of force against people who resist or flee from them. If the justices rule in favor, it could create a loophole that would entirely remove certain excessive force cases from scrutiny under the Fourth Amendment. The ACLU and a diverse coalition of partners filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing the dangers of such a decision – especially given the nationwide epidemic of police violence.
5.   Challenging the “Return to Mexico” policy
Status: Review granted; Supreme Court date still undetermined
Why it matters: The Court agreed to review a Ninth Circuit decision in Innovation Law Lab v. Wolf that held illegal a Trump administration policy forcibly returning individuals and families seeking asylum to Mexico. In Mexico, those seeking asylum are often stuck in refugee camps, vulnerable to kidnapping, extortion, assault, and other abuse, indefinitely. The ACLU and partners are challenging the policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which was blocked by a federal court in California last year but remained in effect due to court-ordered stays as the case is litigated. Asylum seekers face horrendous conditions as their claims for protection in the United States are considered and remain in grave danger every day this policy is in effect.
Molly, we know there’s a lot to going on in the news cycle, but what comes out of each of these cases is too important to look past. We’ll need you with us in the weeks and months to come.
So please, be on the lookout for more crucial updates – and be ready to take action in the fight for civil liberties ahead.

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Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, Pima County Recorder Elect

Last week, Gabriella Cázares-Kelly was elected as Pima County Recorder, the agency in charge of voting registration and early voting.  Once she’s inaugurated in January, she will be the first Native American woman elected to a countywide seat in Pima County, 
 
Cázares-Kelly reflected on the cultural influence the Tohono O’odham people have in Arizona and their lack of political representation and influence.   “The state of Arizona is derived from the O’odham words alĭ ṣonak. Pima County is named after O’odham people. And the heart of Pima County is Cuk Ṣon — now known as Tucson — another O’odham word,” she wrote. “We are surrounded by place names that come from the Tohono O’odham language, and yet no Tohono O’odham people or any other Native Americans have been a part of our county’s government. We have never been in the rooms or at the tables where decisions that impact our lives are being made. 
My win is a bittersweet accomplishment and we still have a long way to go. This is just the beginning.”
 
When in office, Cázares-Kelly said she wants to increase voter registration access and information, improve communication between the office and the community it serves, expand early voting in tribal lands, and incorporate technology that allows voters to track their early ballot. 
 
Before running for office, Cázares-Kelly worked as a public school teacher, volunteered for nearly eight years doing voting outreach and co-founded Indivisible O’odham, a group that resists the border wall construction in the Arizona-Mexico region, including on her tribal and ancestral lands.
Read the full story HERE


MESSAGE FROM KAMALA— HERE

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CONTACT
NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVESNational
SENATOR-ELECT MARK KELLY

PO Box 27202, Tucson, AZ 85726
https://markkelly.com
https://www.facebook.com/CaptMarkKelly/

SENATOR KRISTEN SINEMA
825 B&C Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4521 
contact@sinema.senate.gov

SENATOR MARTHA MCSALLY
B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
202-224-2235 
contact@mcsally.senate.gov

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL GOSAR
2057 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515       202-225-2315
6499 S. Kings Ranch Rd. #4, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118  480-882-2697
220 N. 4th St., Kingman, AZ (by appt. only)
122 N. Cortez St., Suite 104, Prescott, AZ 86301       928-445-1683
http://paulgosar.house.gov/contact/

Arizona
GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY
State Capitol, 1700 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007      602.542.4331
http://azgovernor.gov/governor/form/contact-governor-ducey

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

Prescott
MAYOR GREG MENGARELLI
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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