Persist & Resist – Newsletter for the Progressive Community of Yavapai County, Jan. 6, 2021

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Persist & Resist – Jan. 6, 2021
(14 Days Until the Inauguration)

The First Prescott Indivisible Meeting of 2021!
Thurs. Jan. 7 – 6-7:30pm

  • Speaker – Nicky Indicavitch, Education Team Leader. Familiar with the legislative process and focused on K-12 issues, Nicky will talk about the current legislature and how to make our voice heard using Request to Speak (RTS). You can read more about RTS & upcoming training below.
  • Steering Committee Elections will take place on Thurs., Feb. 4 at our General Meeting. Read the Prescott Indivisible Guidelines and ask questions about our various positions at this meeting. We are still seeking an assistant Treasurer. Find out how you can step up and join our leadership team. If you cannot attend the meeting and want information, contact Mavis Brauer, Chair (chair@prescottindivisible.org).

Register in advance for this meeting here or:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkc-ysqTMiG9PUt3aLvz6wlcLRlx1faTXs
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Fingers Crossed for GA 

From Maria Lynam, Editor:  It is 1am on Wed. Jan. 6 and the New York Times, the WaPost and CNN have called Rev. Raphael Warnock the winner of the Georgia Senate race against Loeffler. The numbers are still too close to call for Ossoff. CNN has not yet called it.  So many of us have made calls and donations to help these candidates.The final absentee votes (approx. 17,000) from the military will be counted on Friday.   
 
Robert Hubbell, Today’s Edition (No. 1,062) also reflected on the Senate races before the results were final. He ends that section with words that remind us what lies ahead: 
The last four years have produced an army of passionate, committed, tough Democrats who stepped up for the first time in their lives. I am hopeful but realistic about the short-term. I am confident about the long-term. The tricky bit is to hold down the fort during the transition from the short-term to the long-term. That is our solemn duty. We owe it to future generations. The 2022 midterms start tomorrow. Let’s get to work!  (Subscribe here).

Message from the PI Chair

I am writing this on Tuesday, January 5. Several days ago the telephone recording of the POTUS trying to corrupt Georgia’s Secretary of State Raffensperger surfaced. Today is Georgia’s senatorial runoff election which will determine which party has the majority in the Senate. Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the Electoral College Certification in both houses of Congress and some GOP legislators are contesting the results. There is a threat of violence from — you know who.

So here we are in Prescott, Arizona. My questions to all of us are these. How do we maintain (or regain?) a reasonably functional state of mental health? What actions can we take now to make sure this kind of craziness doesn’t happen again? Paradoxically, the answers are related.

My mental health depends on how I take care of myself. I eat pretty good (I’m not perfect!). I exercise daily. I limit how much news I consume (i.e. read and watch) and never when I first get out of bed. The first 2 or 3 hours is my time to start my day off on a positive note and to feel that I am growing or expanding in some way. I read something uplifting and do something to feed my creativity. And finally, I take action because if I don’t, it adversely affects my mental health (e.g. helplessness, depression, anger etc.). During this time, I choose to do something that effects a positive change in our political system (i.e. I’m a political activist).

There are lots of ways to take action and I think it’s important to find something that we feel strongly about. Do you feel strongly about confronting racism? Locally, at the state or national level? Do you feel strongly about the bills that are introduced at the state level? Do you feel strongly about immigration policy and how people are treated at our southern border? Do you feel strongly about who’s going to be elected to the Prescott City Council in November or who the next mayor is going to be? Do you feel strongly about being a part of the process that makes decisions in Prescott Indivisible? The questions I just asked is what we do in PI. A lot of what we do is create opportunities for our members so you can take a bite-sized piece of action that makes a difference. Email me (chair@prescottindivisible.org) and let’s find out what piece is right for you. 


Financial Assistance Needed for the PI Immigration Team


Desperately Seeking Sous (French argo for money) – Our DACA renewal fund is depleted.  We are actually $900+ in the hole. A recent court ruling has opened the doors to new applicants.  And, our renewals just keep on rolling in. Every one of the Dreamers we have helped (34 to date at $495 each) is an awe-inspiring individual. Attend PI’s meeting this Thurs.,1/21 at 6pm and hear a few of their touching stories. 

We are all donation-request fatigued, but, please, consider opening up your wallets once more and donate to our local young people whose lives are greatly enhanced by our support, and whose contributions add so much value to ours.  Go to prescottindivisible.org and click on Make a Donation. You will go to a screen where you can pay via paypal or your debit/credit card. There is a dropdown under the amount you will fill in, click and choose DACA or write to PI’s Immigration team for more details: latinoindivisible@gmail.com.  Thank YOU so much.  — María-Elena Dunn   

Other Ways to Help Support Prescott Indivisible

Prescott Indivisible’s current efforts include supporting DACA, Racial Justice (AREA-P), and the Voter Values Project (continuing our outreach to Independent voters). Donations that will add to the general fund and defray our operating expenses are always welcome. Think about donating monthly. 


Please Send Notes of Thanks!

Between Dec. 31 and Jan. 5 (4 days between reports), Yavapai Co. reported 977 NEW cases of COVID.  Dignity Health/YRMC East and West are dealing with an over-capacity of COVID patients. They continue to send patients who do not need intensive care home with the necessary machines to help them get oxygen and monitor them via computer (telemed). 

Staff is overwhelmed and overworked. Please send notes of support, gratitude and admiration for the care they give others. Angela Bryan (address below) is posting them on the screens that staff can access, so the entire hospital staff will see your message of encouragement.

Please send your written notes of support  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.

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:   ICU/PCU/COVID; Emergency Dept.; Radiology/Imaging;Room Sanitation; Med/Surg/TelNursing;  Lab/Pathology; Nutrition/Meals; Engineering/Construction; Respiratory Therapy; Pharmacy; Care Mgmt; Staffing Services (nurse scheduling).

Re vaccine availability: check in at the YC Community Health Service website (vaccine info) often. 

Request to Speak

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. 

Training on RTS:

  • PI is going to start online training this month because the state legislature is going to open on Monday, Jan. 11. If you are interested, please contact Mavis Brauer chair@prescottindivisible.org. This is a great way to make a difference!
  • Civic Engagement Beyond Voting (CEBV)  is offering four trainings in January (Thursdays at 5:30p). Sign up here.  They are also offering weekly Sunday Zoom Happy Hours (starting 1/17/21) from 4-6 pm to help with RTS, and get quick updates on the legislature and redistricting. They plan on having guest legislators speaking (briefly). The sessions are just drop-in, butregistration is required.
  • To participate and use RTS, you must have an account and accounts must be activated at the Capitol. If you’d like an account, simply fill out this form. The CEBV volunteers will activate an account for you and send you an email with instructions on how to get started. For more information about Request to Speak “RTS”, see the video
  • Subscribe to The Legislature Weekly by Melissa M. Iyre.
  • Check this visual out if you want to know How to Kill A Bill?

New Year Hope

Words of encouragement and hope, or lessons learned from our readers were slim. Here are a few suggestions: 

  • Darrel Levy “suggests that folks access the AARP program on cultivating happiness.  I’ve done 4 of the 9 parts and find it very helpful in coping with these difficult times”. Check it out.
  • Watch group singalongs on YouTube like this great Bob Marley song.
  • Try a new podcast – here’s one you might enjoy, “You and Me Both” with Hilary Clinton. She interviews three authors re escaping into books.
  • Read widely. One of my cousins, Peter Seuffert, is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Colorado. His blog, Granddad’s Place, is filled with common sense essays. His latest offering is worth reading and ends with: May we enter 2021 with a sense of community rather than division; a society that recognizes our shared humanity rather than glorify our differences.

Coming Up!

Sat. Jan. 9 CWAG Annual Meeting via zoom – Meeting id – 859 8859 6465 Passcode: 802593.  The rest of their January events/presentations can be accessed on their website.
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. This program is free and everyone is welcome.  To register for the event and receive the Zoom link, please contact LWVNAZ@google.com

Thurs. Jan. 14, 5pm – Join the No. AZ Great Old Broads for Wine, Whine and Writing – Couch Activism for the Borderlands Border Wall: Letter to the Editor Workshop. Register here in advance for this meeting on zoom.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 
The No. AZ Great Old Broads states that we must hold the incoming administration accountable to their pledge not to build another foot of the Border Wall and to withdraw any condemnation lawsuits (Efforts by the Federal Government to acquire border properties, mostly from private land owners, for Border Wall construction).  To that end we want to generate LTE’s across the country in support of having border wall construction halted, construction contracts cancelled and condemnation lawsuits withdrawn by the new administration, in the first week they are in office. You matter! 

Thurs., Jan. 21 5:30p via Zoom.  Prescott Area Move To Amend will feature activists from Move To Amend of Utah, who will discuss how they managed to get a resolution passed in Salt Lake City.  Come join the discussion!  Zoom here.

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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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