Prescott Indivisible Newsletter – December 31, 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.

INFORM  CONNECT  INSPIRE  RESIST


Message From Mavis
Chair@prescottindivisible

Perspective from the Chair

Looking back on 2020

The end of December is traditionally the time of year when people look back over the year and assess what kind of a year it’s been. Anne and I have decided to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve this year, not to welcome in the new year, but to make sure 2020 leaves.
Watch blowing up 2020 with John Oliver

2020 started out OK for me. In January, I finished a family book that I had been working on for 5 years. Good. I was elected to the PI Steering Committee in February and Covid hit in March. In April, I was elected as the PI Chair — was that really only 8 months ago? I think I have grown more during this time mainly because of the intensity of the efforts to support the campaigns and that I had the opportunity to work with such dedicated members of the Steering Committee and volunteers who all focused on the primary prize: to defeat Trump on November 3, 2020. We all get to bask in that victory — almost — but not quite yet. Biden and Harris are doing a great job of getting ready for January 20, 2021. Good. Trump, it seems, just can’t quite accept defeat so much so that arguably the most right-wing newspaper, the New York Post, told him to “Stop the Insanity” because there’s “no voter fraud” and “for the sake of our country.”  READ ABOUT IT HERE

If I had to use one word to describe my experience of 2020 it would be “incredulous.” Four years ago I would never have guessed that our democracy could have been eroded to the degree it has been and that we came so close to losing it. My big lesson: Democracy is not a spectator support. I feel more resolve and determination to work to effect change in our political system that promotes a progressive voice and respects and promotes diversity of all kinds. Racism, as well as other forms of bigotry, has raised its ugly head and it’s clear what our work is. It’s time to feel our strength of resolve and to take the necessary action to protect this great country of ours. And with that vision, I hope we all have a Happy New Year!

Request to Speak:
We’re getting ready for 2021. Toby Friedman (Indivisible Sedona), Shelley Haiken (Cottonwood Indivisible) and I are developing a training course to teach you how to use Request to Speak (RTS). RTS is a system where we can sit in front of our computer and let our state legislators know if we think a bill should be passed or not. Just to be clear, you don’t have to speak in public before the state legislature. RTS is normally done online and it’s easy to use. The big payoff is that it makes a difference in what bills are passed if the legislators know that we’re watching them! Let me know if you’re interested in joining our RTS team by sending me (Mavis) an email at chair@prescottindivisible.org and I’ll let you know how to get started.

PI General Zoom Meeting: Jan 7, 6:00-7:30

The speaker will be Nicky Indicavitch, Education Team Leader. As someone who is familiar with the legislative process and focused on K-12 issues, she is going to talk about the current legislature and how to make our voice heard using Request to Speak (RTS).
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkc-ysqTMiG9PUt3aLvz6wlcLRlx1faTXs
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

EDUCATION TEAM


We are just under two weeks away from the Arizona Legislatures 55th Legislative Session. That means it is time to get ready to defend Arizona’s public schools. The best way to do this is to join our Community Action Teams which will connect you to education leaders and advocates throughout the session and gives you short updates on the bills coming our way.
To sign up CLICK HERE to join the Northern AZ Community Action Team

Thank you all so much for stepping up to defend Arizona’s 1.1 million school children. We can’t wait to get to work defending their right to a fully funded, equitable public school in every neighborhood. 
 
Nicky Indicavitch: Prescott Indivisible Education Chair and Northern  AZ Outreach Coordinator for Save Our Schools Network 
nickyindicavitch@gmail.com
Kari Hull:  Northern Arizona Outreach Coordinator for Save Our Schools Network kari@sosaznetwork.org


NEWSLETTER TEAM
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.
SEND TO Maria Lynam (maria488@icloud.com
by Mon. Jan 4.

National:  How to defeat Trumpism? Let The People Lead
We attribute the victories we saw this year to activists and supporters, like you, who called, texted, organized, and resisted to make sure our priorities were heard. And now, even in the face of disinformation, voter suppression, and downright hate, everyday people are still committed to showing up and flexing their power. 

The people led us to victory, now we’re asking them to do it again. 
We’re calling our 2021 mobilizations “The People Lead” because we’ve seen what happens when everyday people realize this country is supposed to work for them. We have big goals — all connected to transformational reform and our fight against Trumpism. If we hope to achieve our progressive priorities, our members of Congress need to know that we won’t stand for their entertaining of any lingering Trumpism. We demand bold action that will begin to undo the harm of the last four years and address the systemic issues that made it possible. Indivisibles are already getting organized; join them by getting involved with our The People Lead Week of Action from January 11 to January 15.  

We’ll be sharing more details about The People Lead, as well as releasing a new Indivisible Guide to help steer your mobilizations, in the days following the Georgia runoff election.      
READ MORE HERE
You can also receive updates by texting the word ‘Indivisible’ to 977-79. 
In solidarity,  Indivisible Team


Refugees La Sagrada Familia  by Kelly Latimore
https://kelly-latimore.pixels.com

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civil rights and progressive politics across Arizona.  

CONTACTS

PRESCOTT INDIVISIBLE

Calendar of Events HERE
Email      info@prescottindivisible.org
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Start a discussion on:
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CONTACT
NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES

National
SENATOR 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

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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