Persist & Resist Newsletter – Includes Link for Remainder of the Week RTS Actions

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Persist & Resist – February 16, 2021


All is not lost – overview of Trump’s criminal and civil investigations.
Also, check out this late breaking news re – the suit brought against Trump and Guiliani by the NAACP & certain members of Congress under the Ku Klux Clan Act.

Just in!  School Teachers in Arizona are 50th in salary earnings
compared to their colleagues across the country.

Join the Gosar Siblings!
#CallYourDentist to #RemovePaulGosar Immediately

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar and his gang of insurrectionists spread lies about a stolen election and helped organize the coup attempt at the US Capitol on January 6.  Paul Gosar MUST BE REMOVED from office. 

The American Dental Association (ADA) PAC supported Representative Paul Gosar more than any other PAC throughout his career. Paul Gosar has received over a quarter million dollars from different dental-related organizations. It’s time to let them know our smiles don’t support their insurrections.

Help us demand the ADA stop funding insurrectionist Paul Gosar!

  • Quote Tweet @AmerDentalAssn on Twitter
  • Watch the Join the Gosar Siblings #CallYourDentist video. Share them on Facebook
  • Call the American Dental Association at 312-440-2500 and tell them “Stop Funding Insurrectionist Paul Gosar.”
  • Sign the petition link and receive Action Updates! Share on social media.
  •  Visit RemovePaulGosar.org for further information and to see videos.

Further Actions are planned later this week in Chicago, Scottsdale, Prescott and Gold Canyon.  
Arizonans! Please call the Arizona Dental Association 480-344-5777 and let them know you want the ADA to “Stop Funding Insurrectionist Paul Gosar.”

Prescott City Council – Selects Clark Tenney as Councilman

After an almost two hour long session interviewing Connie Cantelme, Jim Lamerson, Eric Moore and R. Clark Tenney, the Council made a motion to appoint Tenney to the council. It passed unanimously.
What transpired at the meeting:
Due to the large number of emails (160) to the City Clerk and the Council, a summary was given. Many addressed the process re the candidate selection. Others responded re their selection for a candidate: 29 – Tenney; 34 – Moore; 5 -Lamerson and 27 – Cantelme.
Councilman Blair announced that he was tired of the council being “beaten up”. That the way to change the process is to change the Charter. One of the callers stressed that the City Charter should be changed to follow state law. (More on that issue to come.)
Each member of the council was asked to give their selections, 1st-3rd.The final motion came after a weighted vote – here is the result of that action:
Cathey Rusing – Tenney/Cantelme/Moore
Phil Goode – Cantelme/Moore/Tenney
Alexa Scholl – Tenney/Moore
Steve Blair – Lamerson/Tenney/Moore
Steve Sischka – Tenney/Moore
Greg Mangarelli – Tenney/Moore 

WHY ARE YOUR CALLS, EMAILS &
REQUEST TO SPEAK EFFORTS IMPORTANT?

Legislative Republicans are running the most aggressive, right-wing agenda that Arizona has seen in decades.
In just over a month of session, we’ve seen:

  • ❌ More than 100 bills to restrict access to the ballot and limit voter participation
  • ❌ Draining millions of dollars from public schools
  • ❌ Republicans try to charge those who get abortions with murder
  • ❌ Restrictions on the Corporation Commission and clean energy rules
  • ❌ Massive corporate handouts (during a pandemic and with thousands out of work)
  • ❌ Limiting sex education and HIV/AIDS education in classrooms
  • ❌ Eliminating trans and non-binary folks from state documents
  • ❌ Preserving in law access to the harmful practice of conversion therapy

Republicans know Arizona is a battleground state and their agenda is out of touch—so they’re rushing through dozens of wildly restrictive, conservative, right-wing proposals. Proposals that will damage Arizona’s economy and infringe on the rights of our families and neighbors. The legislature is in session until April 24, so we have nine weeks to continue to take action.  (Most info provided by the ADLCC)

Every week, the Arizona Legislature Weekly puts out a list of bills that are on the docket and lots of other information. The latest update on what to do today (Wed.) through Friday are here.  Please READ and take action! 

For up to date information, go to the Civic Engagement Beyond Voting’s Facebook page or their website to sign up for the newsletter. For LD1 specific updates, subscribe to the newsletter by writing to ld1leg.action@gmail.com.Keep up with what Fann, Burges and Nguyen are up to.

FOR EXPERT DEPTH ON EDUCATION BILLS, see Save Our Schools AZ Weekly Report HERE

FOR EXPERT DEPTH ON ENVIRONMENTAL BILLS, see the latest Sierra Club AZ Report #7 HERE

Phone: Calling is quick and not at all scary. When you phone in a concern, comment or request, ask to speak to an assistant. Your message will be relayed to the legislator. You may request a call back if you wish.

Email: emails are read by both an assistant and the legislator.  Load your three legislators’ phone numbers into your Contacts on your phone.

OUR LD1 LEGISLATORS ARE

Senator Karen Fannkfann@azleg.gov602-926-5874
Rep. Judy Burgesjburges@azleg.gov602-926-3256
Rep. Qwang Nguyenqnguyen@azleg.gov602- 926-3258

Once you read these bills, you will sign up for RTS! If you don’t, you are not safeguarding your rights as a citizen of Arizona.  Steps to sign up are at the bottom of this newsletter. The volunteers at Civic Engagement Beyond Voting will go to the capitol and sign you up.  If you used Request to Speak last year, your account should still exist. Use it with last year’s password if you still have it, or click “Forgot your password?”

To get a “Request to Speak” (RTS) account at the Legislature, contact Civic Engagement Beyond Voting HERE requesting an account. They will create an account at the Capitol and notify you when ready. There is no “speaking” necessary. You use the system from home, online, quickly and efficiently.

Options for RTS training include this Education Video (5 min.) Link HERE. This moves fast, and you don’t need some of the info presented, but it’s useful in part. It’s easy to “rewind” and once you are registered for RTS that website also has a user guide. 

Please join one of the Prescott or AZ RTS groups and they will get you started in making your voice heard.

#END THE FILIBUSTER

Sen Kyrsten Sinema likes to wear colorful wigs and avant-garde dresses in the stodgy Senate.
Do you know what’s not super modern? SUPPORTING THE FILIBUSTER AND THE BYRD RULE, THAT’S WHAT.

The creaky Senate Filibuster, which allows Senators to lift a finger to stop any legislation, will prevent passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, as well as a slate of reforms to strengthen our beleaguered democracy. The equally obsolete Byrd Rule would potentially prevent attaching a $15 federal minimum wage to the budgetary provisions of the COVID relief bill. CALL SEN SINEMA (602-598-7327; 520-639-7080, or 202-224-4521) and tell her Arizona voters want democracy reform, COVID relief, AND a $15 federal minimum wage.

GAG Rule?  Freedom of the Press?

The Daily Courier recently told Tom Cantlon, one of our favorite columnists that he cannot speak on national issues; that a local columnist should only write on local topics. If you feel that he should not be constrained by the geography of issues, write to editorial@prescottaz.com or write a Letter to the Editor.

Cantlon will be the featured speaker at the Prescott Indivisible March 4 meeting.

Coming Up!

Thursday Feb. 18 at 5:30pm. Move to Amend invites you to join a discussion about the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.  Learn about the process of choosing who is on the commission and how they go about re-drawing congressional districts…which will be done in 2021. Also learn about activities–on the local, state, and national levels–in regard to our campaign to End Corporate Rule and Get Big Money Out of our elections.  You might even find a place to volunteer!  ZOOM LINK.

Want to know even more about Redistricting?
This happens every ten years after the Census is released and AZ has legislative district and congressional districts redrawn. Join the Arizona Democratic Party for an hour-long informational session on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. They cover a history of the commission, how our maps are drawn, and how Arizonans can engage in this exciting process! I guarantee you will be engaged.  More info @ azdem.org/redistricting  Upcoming presentations are on Thurs., Feb. 18 4-5pm;  Sat. Feb. 27 2-3pm; Fri., March 5 10-11a; Wed., March 10 12-2p. 

Contacts

SENATOR MARK KELLY
PO Box 27202, Tucson, AZ 85726
(Info on Prescott Office coming soon)
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
http://paulgosar.house.gov/contact/

2057 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515202-225-2315
6499 S. Kings Ranch Rd. #4, Gold Canyon, AZ480-882-2697
220 N. 4th St., Kingman, AZ (by appt. only)
122 N. Cortez St., Suite 104, Prescott, AZ 86301928-445-1683

Start a discussion on:
 TWITTER @IndivisPrescott

 Facebook (Public page) /Facebook (Closed group)
prescottindivisible.org 
Info@prescottindivisible.org
Prescott Indivisible on YouTube


Prescott Indivisible
P. O. Box 12694
Prescott, AZ 86304


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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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