Persist & Resist – Dec. 23, 2020

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(28 Days Until the Inauguration)

Notes of Thanks!

YRMC is dealing with an over-capacity of COVID patients. Since Saturday, there has been an increase of 786 patients in Yavapai Co. and YRMC West (Prescott) is over capacity and the East Campus is nearly at 100%. They are sending patients who do not need intensive care home with the necessary machines to help them get oxygen and are monitoring them via computer (telemed).

Q:  What can we do to help the caregivers who are putting their lives at risk taking care of those who are ill?
A:  Send notes of support, gratitude and admiration for the care they give others.  They are working harder than ever, including this holiday season.

Please send your written notes of support and gratitude for both YRMC West and East staff to:
Angela Bryan, Philanthropy and Planning Coordinator
Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation
1003 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, Arizona, 86301.
 
 The YRMC Foundation is also accepting donations at the above address and also at: http://www.yrmcfoundation.org/
 
If you want to address your note specifically to a particular department and campus, note that on the outer envelope, or include in an inner envelope.  (You can put your all your notes in one envelope, note if they are for a specific dept. and Angela will deliver them.)  The following are the key departments in both hospitals who are actively involved in COVID-19 response. The numbers represent the no. of personnel in the West and East campuses:   ICU/PCU/COVID (85/44); Emergency Dept. (70/60); Radiology/Imaging (53/47);Room Sanitation (50/30); Med/Surg/TelNursing (W60); Lab/Pathology (45/45); Nutrition/Meals (39/30); Engineering/Construction (31/11); Respiratory Therapy (30/15); Pharmacy (18/10); Care Mgmt (14/7); Staffing Services (nurse scheduling) (W6).

Request to PI Members

Persist & Resist will be published on January 6. Please send words of encouragement and hope, or lessons learned (50 word limit, please) that have made an impact on you in 2020 to Maria Lynam (maria488@icloud.com) by Mon. Jan. 4.

Perspective from the Chair 

Last week, we put out a “call to action” to our members in response to a request by Rev. Patty Willis of GPUUC, about the need for food and household items for those in need this holiday season. The response was overwhelming! I spoke with Rev. Patty and she was absolutely delighted at the generosity of our response. I wasn’t surprised. You, our members, have responded to “calls to action” in the past to sign an Outlaw Dirty Money petition, to call the governor requesting a mask mandate and on and on. This is what Prescott Indivisible does best. We, in very large numbers, respond with action when a need arises. Here we are in the middle of the holiday season, and there is much to be grateful about for being in such a caring community. Thank you and have a happy holiday season!
 

Request to Speak

RTS is a computer tool for us citizens to express our opinions to the state legislature on specific bills. The process is easy to learn and easy to execute from the comfort of your own home. And most importantly, it is one of the most effective ways we can influence the outcome of state bills that effects our lives directly. 

In pre-Covid days, Julia Watson and Beth Pondish trained a lot of our members to use RTS. After the 2018 election, Abby Brill used the Brill Brigade to provide a supportive environment every Tuesday morning where people who were familiar with RTS could meet as a community and each make their input to RTS on their own computer device. Our plan is to have more groups like that meet in 2021(via Zoom) but first we need to increase the number of people using RTS. 

To get more of you to use RTS, we are going to start online training starting in January because the state legislature is going to open January 11, 2021. If you are interested, please contact me (Mavis) at chair@prescottindivisible.org. This is a great way to make a difference!

To get a head start, check out this opportunity from Civic Engagement Beyond Voting – Tuesday, Dec 29, 5-6 pm (Click here to sign up)CEBV covers:

  •  What is this Request to Speak system you speak of?
  •  Do you have to speak? (spoiler—NO!)
  •  Does RTS really matter? (spoiler—YES!)
  •  How do I use the RTS system?
  •  When is RTS most effective?
  •  How does the Legislature work?
    …and much, much more!

For more information about Request to Speak “RTS”, see the video here: https://www.cebv.us/rts.html
 

Hopi Prayers For Peace & Healing

Artwork by Fil (Yoimasa) Kewanyama, Copyright Protected.
Find Fil’s artwork at the Museum of Indigenous People, 147 N Arizona Ave, Prescott, AZ 86301

December. The Awesome Moon of Respect. It is winter solstice season. “Kya’muya”, the time of rest, reflection and renewal. The time when earth mother purifies herself and prepares for a new cycle of life. We are always reminded that our Earth is in a fragile state and that her crust is very thin. We are reminded to walk lightly and to stay close to home. One does not travel unnecessarily. During this month everything can be deceiving. We are reminded to be respectful of everything around us and that if we have to go places, to mark our foreheads, our chest with ash and always walk in pairs. We do not cut our hair, trim our fingernails. The dirt that is swept up in the homes are never taken outside, they are kept into a corner until this whole phase passes over. This is a time to reflect on one’s life. Storytelling is a huge part of this time phase.

The Hopi Wuy’chim ceremonial event occurs every year leading up to and during the Awesome Moon phase of Kya’muya. Soyalungwu the winter solstice symbolizing the beginning of the new ceremonial life and celebration of emergence. The Fire of Life is lit and will remain lit until the ceremony is complete. Through smoke, prayers and commitment the men of the Wuy’chim, Two-Horn, One-Horn prepare prayer feathers that carry with them prayers of peace, harmony, goodwill and healing for all living, non-living things on earth mother. A most humble act of giving something so simple but yet so powerful.

This year we ask in prayers for healing from this tu’ya, this sickness that has been ravaging our lands, our homes, our people. 

Our Hopi Way of Life, our prayers are always for everyone…. May we all heal from this and move into our next phase of our lives…. Much Love & Blessings to all of you. 

Reprinted courtesy of Slow Food Prescott. For information https://www.facebook.com/SlowFoodPrescott or email: PrescottAZ@slowfoodusa.org

Coming Up!

Mon. Jan. 11, 1-2:30pm via ZOOM. The League of Women Voters of Northern Arizona Voters Education Program, OLLI at Yavapai College – Sedona/Verde Valley, and Unify Sedona will present a stimulating discussion on LGBTQ+ rights in Arizona. The presenter, Stanna Slater, will provide an insider’s update on the status of LGBTQ+ rights for Arizonans with an opportunity for Q&A.

Stanna Slater (born Jeffery Slater) has been practicing Law in Arizona since 1989. Ms. Slater launched The Law Office of Jeffery S. Slater, P.C., in 1999, and focuses on civil litigation, estate planning, and public policy advocacy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  She is a former Chair of the Arizona State Bar’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI).  She currently serves as the LGBTQ Liaison for the City of Scottsdale. This program is free and everyone is welcome.  To register for the event and receive the Zoom link, please contact LWVNAZ@google.com.  

13 Numbers that Defined the US – USAFacts.org 

This has been a year like no other. From a record-setting presidential election to a Supreme Court vacancy, from a pandemic that’s altered life around the world to a record number of named storms that made landfall in the US, here are the numbers that defined 2020

158 million – The number of votes counted in the November presidential election. According to the Federal Election Commission, 137 million votes were officially tallied in the 2016 election. Even in the middle of a pandemic, more Americans than ever participated in the electoral process.

16 million -The number of people known to have had COVID-19 as of December 14. That means around one in 20 Americans have contracted the virus since the onset of the pandemic in the spring. More than 296,000 people have died as of December 14.

9% – The percent drop in real gross domestic product (GDP) between April and June. GDP is often used to estimate the economy’s overall health, and this was the steepest quarterly decline since at least 1947. GDP grew a record 7.4% from July to September.

$3.1 trillion – The record federal deficit for the 2020 fiscal year, which began in October 2019 and ended this past September. The government spent $6.5 trillion during that time, primarily to offset the pandemic’s economic effects. 

38The number of days between the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to fill her seat. How long does it usually take to fill a seat? Find out in the history of Supreme Court nominations

9.5 million -The number of acres burned in wildfires so far this year. That’s about half a million fewer than the acres burned in 2015 and 2017. It’s 330,000 fewer than in 2006. Those three years account for the most acres burned since reporting was standardized in 1983.

Zero – The number of federal agencies that provide timely, comprehensive data on excessive use of force and both lethal and non-lethal shootings by police officers. The FBI is starting to collect this information, but agencies representing only 41% of officers contributed last year. The data won’t become public until it covers 80% of officers.

See the other six numbers that defined 2020 — and dive into the data behind them — in this new report

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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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