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

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Persist & Resist – Nov. 25, 2020
Only Fifty-Six Days to Go!! 

Dear Persisters, Resisters, Movers and Shakers, Allies, Artists, Bakers, Campaigners, Candidates, Community Leaders, Composers, Computer Whizzes, Consultants, Demonstrators, Donors, Friends, Letter Writers, Marchers, Mask Makers, Musicians, Optimists, Pessimists, Petition Organizers, Phone Bankers; Photographers, Political Activists, Postcard Writers, Researchers, Sign Hangers, Sign Makers, Singers, Social Media Mavens, Teachers, Tweeters, Videographers, Volunteers, and Writers:
We are a supportive, caring, active and vibrant community who fulfilled our primary mission – to defeat the Trump administration.  Well done!


    Some cheer for the holiday: 
Presidential Cup Horse Race.


      More serious Food for Thought: From Heather Cox Richardson; Reach out to Trump Supporters? I Tried (NYTimes Opinion 11/19/20) 


Patrisse Cullors was named one of the 100 Most Inspiring & Influential Women by BBC (f your memory needs jogging, she was branded a Marxist by the Prescott “intelligentsia” this summer. Her book, Whey They Call You a Terrorist (a black lives matter memoir), is worth reading–find it under Patrisse Kahn-Cullors.

Place of birth: US.  Human rights activist @OsopePatrisse – Artist, organiser, educator, and popular public speaker, Patrisse Cullors is a Los Angeles native, co-Founder and executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, founder of grassroots Los Angeles-based organisation Dignity and Power Now. Patrisse is currently the Faculty Director at Arizona’s Prescott College of a new social and environmental arts practice MFA programme that she has developed.

Never give up your power. Cultivate your joy. And demand change – not just for you – but the women who will come after you.


PI General Meeting: Thurs. Dec 3, 6-7:30pm 


Come and join us for a Christmas Party. We have much to celebrate! We’re going to have music, a game and prizes, special memories from past Christmases and much more.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtcO-urzsrHt0xm8UnNzSzpHVEZvLU-gaA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Steering Committee Elections in January 2021

Would you like to become more involved in Prescott Indivisible? Either as a Steering Committee (SC) member-at-large or as one of the SC team members? We are in the midst of redefining how we’re going to use our progressive voice now that Biden and Harris have officially begun the formal transition process (Yay!) and that means we will be restructuring our organization to meet the needs of the new landscape we face. If you would like have a voice in that process, send Mavis Brauer an email at chair@prescottindivisible.org. Don’t forget: Democracy is not a spectator sport! 

Want to know what you’ll be getting into? A copy of Prescott Indivisible’s Guidelines can be found here.


Protect Yourself and Your Family!

Yavapai County has had an increase of 501 new Covid cases in 4 days! Please take all the usual covid precautions, but most importantly stay out of crowds. 

The City of Prescott announced the following:  Due to ongoing concerns about rapidly increasing COVID-19 numbers, the City, the Prescott Chamber, Prescott Downtown Partnership, and Acker Night Committee jointly decided to cancel their events, including the Holiday Light Parade and Bonfire Festival; The Christmas Parade, and Acker Night. The Courthouse Lighting will be held “virtually”, with online video of the traditional ceremony.   The Whiskey Row Boot Drop will delay their decision until December 21.

The decision by the organizations was made in consultation with Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown, the Yavapai County Community Health Services department, Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli, and the Prescott Police Department.  Due to rapidly increasing numbers, there was concern about the availability and safety of public safety personnel who would be called to support these large events.

The Prescott Library is again closed, but opens on Wed. Nov. 25 for curbside service. (More info on the city’s website).


    Georgia’s Senatorial Race

It is crucial that the Democratic candidates for Georgia’s two Senate seats win. The Democratic candidates are Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. If they both win, Democrats will have fifty senators (No more Republican majority!) and Kamala Harris (as the new VP) will decide tie votes in the Senate. Here is how you can helP

  • Indivisible is having National Call-a-thons for the Georgia Runoffs – Join one (or both) of the national Call-A-Thons leading up to the Georgia runoff on January 5, 2021. Call Georgia voters to make sure they have plans to vote in this historic election and encourage them to request absentee ballots.      December 2 at 6 pm EST (4pm MST) — Register here.   January 4 at 6 pm EST (4pm MST) — Register here.
  • Both candidates are taking donations on their campaign sites. 
  • If you miss writing postcards, go to the Georgia Postcard Project and sign up.  Fill in their form and they will contact you.
  • Or go to Flip the West Postcards
  • Want to write letters? Vote Forward – These are form letters that have blank spaces for you to add your own personal note. You’ll have to pay postage for a letter rather than a postcard. When you “adopt” the number of recipients you choose, the name and address of the recipient will appear on the letter you’ll download and print.  Sign up here: Vote Forward sign up  Website: votefwd.org    
  •  Is phone banking your thing? Contact Fair Fight Action (FFA) Stacey Abrams – Fair Fight Action. When you sign up for a shift, you’ll need to do a mandatory Zoom Training that covers the material. 
  • Jon Ossoff –    Jon Ossoff Phone Banking
  • Raphael Warnock – Mobilize for Rev. Warnock
        
    Arizona News – Libertarians are going to challenge the Invest In Ed, Prop. 208 (Blog for Arizona, 11/23/20)

 Important Information from CWAG


Thurs. Dec. 3 6-8pAND Sat. Dec. 5 10a-noon– Virtual Meeting – Yavapai County Community Vision Statements – Discussion on the 8 Elements
– Yavapai County is initiating a process to update the County Comprehensive Plan, which it is required to do every 10 years. The County expects the process to conclude in late 2022. This meeting is part of a series of sessions to help communities craft Vision Statements that will be incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan.  For those community representatives who cannot attend a session, the County will make recordings available on their website. The County also will be assembling a Citizens Advisory Committee that will provide important input on updating the Comprehensive Plan. You can request a seat on the Advisory Committee by contacting your County Supervisor. These are Virtual Meetings.  A link to register for the Webex Meeting may be found on the CWAG Web Calendar listing for this event. 
Many other meetings are listed on the calendar – Dec. is a busy month!


Donate to Prescott Indivisible’s Outreach Effort
on Giving Tuesday (or before)
 

PI placed four ads on Facebook for our endorsed candidates. We reached 21,787 voters!
Though our endorsed candidates did not win, their willingness to step forward to represent us, share their views and challenge the status quo was truly an inspiration. We contributed to “moving the needle”.
Such an effort comes with a cost and the Steering Committee requests that you continue your generosity in supporting our efforts. Thank you to those who have donated.  If you haven’t, help us move forward and 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.


Democratic Women of the Prescott Area
Scholarship Fundraiser 
Virtual Auction –
Opens for Bidding on Fri., Nov. 27


 Bid on a wide variety of art, collectibles, jewelry, books, wearables; many items perfect for holiday gifting. Gift certificates from Antelope Hills Golf Course, overnight stays at La Posada and the Hassayampa, and many gift certificates from area restaurants. You can even bid on classes (social distancing provided in a safe environment): gold leaf class for 4 by Maria Lynam; glass class for 4 by Cindi Shaffer; colored pencil on metal by Lesley McKeown. Items are being added daily – stop by for a preview


The Coalition for Compassion and Justice is hosting their
  “Shirk & Shun Gala” the entire month of November


This is a non-event and  “ticket” prices are $50 each.  This “purchase” is actually a charitable contribution that will be used to help us end homelessness locally.

They know that it has been a year of unforeseen challenges and hope that you and all those you love have experienced health, safety, and connection. 
We are members of the CCJ community!

BUY “TICKETS” HERE!


Operation Deep Freeze – Keeping the Homeless Safe!


Operation Deep Freeze is an overflow shelter that opens when temps reach 32 Degrees or Below. No one should be left out in the cold. The Salvation Army and the Quad City Interfaith Council are working together to ensure that anyone experiencing homelessness can find a place to escape freezing temperatures- even when our regular shelters are full.  Watch the Video “72 Cents” which tells the Story Here 
Operation Deep Freeze offers a safe place to shelter and a Hot Meal.
Operation Deep Freeze is not fully funded at this time.
You can Donate any amount at the following sites:
Coalition for Compassion & Justice Website: Donate here
Salvation Army Website: Donate Here
You and your friends can organize and help provide a hot meal for OPERATION DEEP FREEZE – Use our MEAL TRAIN APP to sign up! Click here
You can even sign up to use Grub Hub to deliver a Meal!
If you have any questions or would like to Donate or Volunteer, contact azfaithbridge@gmail.com


Other Opportunities for Activism:

Citizens Water Advocacy Group – FACEBOOK!   See Calendar info above.

Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance – go to their website for a list of their virtual events. They are hosting, along with the

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prescottindivisible.org 
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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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