Prescott Indivisible Newsletter – January 27, 2021

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You are invited to the
Prescott Indivisible Community Discussion!
Thursday, February 4th @ 6 PM
 Register here: http://bit.ly/PI_Community_Discussion
Over the past four years we have accomplished much, but it is clear that there is still much work to do. On Feb. 4th, Prescott Indivisible launches into a new era and we need your contribution to our direction and growth moving forward.

Whether you are a new member or 4 year veteran, Prescott Indivisible has a role for you in this new era! This Community Discussion meeting is a chance to learn more about the priorities of National Indivisible, the 2021 vision of our teams, our many volunteer opportunities and other ways to contribute, as well as have your voice heard in determining the direction of PI in the future. 

 With your help we can continue to positively impact Northern Arizona and grow our voice for progressive values, join us!Zoom Meeting Registration HERE


We Won, What’s Next?
Indivisible’s 2021 Strategy Session
January 31, 2021

We did it! We beat Trump and his cronies, kept The People’s House, and took back the United States Senate! This is an important moment to come together as a movement, celebrate our accomplishments and look forward together to the future. The work must continue. 

Join us on January 31st from 1 to 5 pm Arizona time for this half-day strategy session, where we will discuss our plans to reform the American democracy as we head into a Democratic trifecta! You’ll have a chance to connect with other Indivisible group leaders, group members and activists from across the country. When Indivisibles in rural and urban areas can lean on others and work together, we are stronger than ever.  

To register for the event, CLICKHERE.
To view the Agenda, CLICK HERE


Call to Action: The Fillibuster
The filibuster is what Republicans in the minority use to stop progress. From civil rights legislation in the 1960s to our 2021 progressive agenda of desperately needed COVID-19 relief, healthcare, immigration, climate, economic justice, voting rights, D.C. statehood, and more, conservatives use the filibuster to obstruct when they’re not in power.

With a Democratic trifecta in the federal government, all these priorities are within reach — but only if we achieve long-overdue democracy reforms to make sure our government is accountable to the people. That starts with taking away McConnell’s favorite obstructionist tool, the filibuster.

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema is holding up our chance to remove the filibuster. Call and email her–
Arizona Office:  602 598 7327
Federal office:  (202) 224-4521 
contact@sinema.senate.gov

Let her know this--The filibuster is undemocratic: it empowers the minority to block the will of voters and of the American public, and it will be used by Republicans to block every single progressive priority.
She needs to know that we can make or break her next election. 


Call to Action:  
#RemovePaulGosar from Congress

See video HERE
SHARE on Facebook and 
RETWEET on Twitter using #RemovePaulGosar

As constituents of Paul Gosar in Yavapai County we are asking for petition signatures from residents of Arizona and Arizona CD-4. And a call to contact members of Congress asking them to refuse to seat Paul Gosar.
Sign the petition to recall Paul Gosar HERE

#RemovePaulGosar will be using the website removepaulgosar.com to further network and foster actions to #RemovePaulGosar
Please share and support as we build our network to advocate publicly and encourage congress to #RemovePaulGosar


Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission
Information Meetings: Stop Gerrymandering!

 Every ten years the process of redrawing the congressional districts and legislative districts occurs under the auspices of the AZ Independent Redistricting Commission.  You are encouraged to find out more about this process.  Join the Arizona Democratic Party for an hour-long informational session on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. We’ll cover a history of the commission, how our maps are drawn, and how Arizonans can engage in this important process.  
One hour sessions scheduled every week starting Feb. 3,
For a full schedule click here.
More info @ azdem.org/redistricting and watch the video here.


REGISTER FOR RTS & PARTICIPATEAs the Arizona state 2021 session opens we are facing a continuing assault on all sides from a regressive legislature. Read about the effort to expand vouchers for charter schools; charging women and doctors with homicide for abortion (LD1 Rep. Judy Burges signed onto this bit of absurdity). 

Go to Civic Engagement Beyond Voting  (CEBV)https://www.cebv.us/
Click on RTS and find the sign up form.
After you complete and submit the form someone will go to the Capitol for you to create your account (required) and send you a confirming email with instructions and a temporary password.  When you create your account with them you will automatically receive the Legislative Weekly directly from CEBV.  RTS TRAINING & CONNECTIONSLocal meet-ups & training–
Mondays at 8:30am  Email Abby Brill – abbrill@gmail.com
Mondays at 2pm. Email Mavis Brauerchair@prescottindivisible.org

Sundays at 6:30 pm with Nicky Indacavitch and Kari Hull.  
This zoom meeting id and passcode will be used weekly:  
885 8129 1143 Passcode: sosaz  

RTS refresher video HEREKEEP UP TO DATE WITH–LD 1 Legislative Action Update
CLICK HERE


The City of Prescott posted a press release this morning ( https://www.prescott-az.gov/announcement-related-to-process-for-filling-current-city-council-vacancy/) with a revised timeline for filling Billie Orr’s vacancy on the city council which does allow for more transparency. However, their initial plan had no public involvement. It was only after a significant outcry from the citizens of Prescott, Save the Dells, other organizations and even an editorial by the Courier that they decided to revise the process. Thank you all for this support.

The press release states, “It is the council’s goal to proceed with the utmost transparency and involvement and feedback from the public.” This is good but why didn’t they do it in the first place? Why do the citizens have to continue to remind them to keep us involved and to be transparent? Please remain engaged.  There’s more to come.
 Tom Rusing, Vice-chair, Save the Dells          Contact HERE


A Moment of Reflection
 It is with a deep breath that I must let you all know that LaBeth Pondish has passed.
She was found in her home today by a neighbor checking on her. I spoke with her about a month ago and she seemed in good spirits.

I am so glad that she lived to see Biden/Harris elected and the orange plague impeached for the second time. We should find some time for those who knew her best to mourn her loss and remember her heroic contributions to the Yavapai County Democratic Party and consider an appropriate memorial for her tireless service. Please watch for service information and share your thoughts.
I bow my head and feel her energy, please take a moment and please let others who need to know share our loss.John Lutes
Yavapai County Democratic Chair, YCDP Executive Committee


From Marion Pack…
 Much to my surprise,  the Daily Courier printed my letter about the “Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.” It goes into effect today. I asked the paper to print it on the 22 of January and they did. Here is the letter.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
The date of January 22nd, will likely pass by with no particular notice, especially in light of all the other news. For those who have worked for a nuclear free world, it is a major milestone! January 22nd marks the date of the formal ceremony when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” goes into force.

In 2017, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The Norwegian Nobel Committee honored ICAN “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground- breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

As of October 2020, with the ratification by the 50th country, ICAN’s goal became a reality. But with what purpose? The treaty is not supported by the nine nations that possess nuclear weapons, including the United States. With the treaty delegitimizing nuclear weapons, now the non-nuclear nations have international law behind them. It gives them wind to pressure nuclear countries to rid themselves of these extremely dangerous and destabilizing weapons.

In recent years, the fear of nuclear war has mostly been forgotten, but the weapons are still with us. The now-clear prospect of a out-of-control president with access to the “nuclear football” is a small window to see why these weapons pose a grave danger to all life on earth. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a starting point. There will be NO winners in a nuclear war.




PRESCOTT INDIVISIBLE
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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. Judy Burges              jburges@azleg.gov              602-926-3256
Rep. Qwang Nguyen         qnguyen@azleg.gov           (602) 926-3258

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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