Persist & Resist – Newsletter for Greater Yavapai County, March 3, 2021

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Persist & Resist – March 3, 2021

 Join us on Thurs. March 4, 6-7:30pm                     
Featuring Anna Tovar,
  AZ Corporation Commission and
                   Tom Cantlon, 
      Prescott business owner and 
   columnist for the Daily Courier.

 Prescott Indivisible’s Monthly Meeting
Tovar will speak about the bill recently passed in the AZ Leg that curtails the AZCC’s mandate!
             Cantlon will talk about the city manager form of government and how it works in Prescott.  Come with questions!
                               

    Our teams will have updates and 
we’ll let you know what’s going on state-wide.

   RSVP below.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Mar 4, 2021 06:00 PM Arizona Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcOiqqTMvE9d9Jw9vfZ0ORpE4apA6d_fa 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Note from the Editor: This is the last issue of Persist and Resist – it is my fourth anniversary of this venture. It was a weekly newsletter for almost three years and is now bi-weekly, alternating with the PI Newsletter. You will see me volunteering on behalf of the YCDP and, of course, Prescott Indivisible.
I thank you all for your encouragement and contributions over the years.
The Prescott Indivisible Newsletter will now be published weekly thanks to Molly Beverly and Norma Bliven, Editors.
With best wishes for good reading ahead,
Maria Lynam
maria488@icloud.com.

Pick One, or Better Yet, Pick TWO!  Sinema/Filibuster –  Gosar/AFPAC

#1 – ARE YOU SOS??

SICK OF SINEMA
and her support of the Filibuster?

IT’S TIME TO TELL HER WHAT YOU THINK!
The following information is provided by AZ Indivisible

HERE’S WHAT TO DO –  CALL, EMAIL, TWEET, TEXT, VIDEO TWEET  KYRSTEN SINEMA – WHY???
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. 

TELL HER if she supports the FOR THE PEOPLE ACT (which she says she does) she must vote to eliminate the Filibuster.

TELL HER ARIZONA NEEDS THE FOR THE PEOPLE ACT to fight back against our AZ Republican Legislator’s attacks on our voting rights.

TELL HER if Mitch McConnell can change his mind about supporting Donald Trump, you can change your mind about the FILIBUSTER! Remind her that WE put her in office and she should vote in the best interest of her constituents.

CLICK HERE – TO CALL HER NOW!
EMAIL – CLICK HERE
TWEET – CLICK HERE
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR of the Daily Courier
TAKE A VIDEO – 
It’s really easy, if you want to do it go here: https://indivisible.soapboxx.us/prompt-single/sinema
Share the link with anyone who might want to do it.  If you need a prompt take a look at this marvelous example from CEBV’s Kathy Sigmon https://twitter.com/IndivisibleTeam/status/1365400217005269000
Questions? Contact Jeff Daverman – rootconcepts@gmail.com

Gosar is Keynote Speaker on White Nationalist Stage (AFPAC)!

#CallYourDentist to 
#RemovePaulGosar Immediately

Paul Gosar, congressional poster child for the insurrection, continued legitimizing white supremacy this past weekend, by speaking with white supremacist Steve King and holocaust denier Nick Fuentes at AFPAC. He skipped Friday night’s vote on the stimulus bill to attend a white nationalist conference in Florida.
Rachel Maddow breaks it down here(start at 27:59)

Gosar’s AFPAC participation reinforces with stark clarity that he sympathizes and strategizes with white supremacists. 
Congressman Gosar must be seen and described as a radical insurrectionist and white supremacist.

Paul Gosar, congressional poster child for the insurrection, continued legitimizing white supremacy this past weekend, by speaking with white supremacist Steve King and holocaust denier Nick Fuentes at AFPAC. He skipped Friday night’s vote on the stimulus bill to attend a white nationalist conference in Florida.
Rachel Maddowbreaks it down here(start at 27:59)

Gosar’s AFPAC participation reinforces with stark clarity that he sympathizes and strategizes with white supremacists. 
Congressman Gosar must be seen and described as a radical insurrectionist and white supremacist.

The American Dental Association and American Association of Pediatric Dentistry continue to support insurrectionist Gosar.
Remind them to #RemovePaulGosar from their funding list. Our calls are having an impact.

Dial Up the Pressure Now!

  • Call 312 440 2500 to call the American Dental Association
  • Call 202 789 5171 to call the ADA PAC
  • Call 312 337 2169 to call the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, which also support Paul Gosar

Ask them to Stop Funding Insurrectionist and White Supremacist Paul Gosar.

Please Quote tweet @AmerDentalAssn and @AmerAcadPedDent and Post on Facebook.

Thank you for your help in holding the funders of insurrection and white supremacy accountable. Make sure the Republican Party knows that Gosar’s actions should be condemned. 

#RemovePaulGosar Task Force
RemovePaulGosar.org

COVID-19 Vaccination Info Update

Findlay Toyota Event Center open daily 8a – 4p
YRMC POD (Point of Delivery), Sears, Prescott Gateway Mall,
     open daily 8a – 4:40p 
Verde Valley Christian Church, Cottonwood open 8a – 4p M-F
Checkthe Yavapai County Community Health Services Information Page for updates.
COVID-19 HOTLINE – 928-442-5103
NEW! VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY CHECKER through the AZ Dept of Health Services. Please note that this website is also in Spanish. 

There is a formula that when a certain no. of people 65+ are vaccinated, the next category is opened up, so pay attention to the websites listed above if you are in the 55-65 age category.
Group 1-C – If you want to be notified when appointments for COVID group 1-C become available, click HERE. 1-C is for adults with high-risk medical conditions and adults who live in congregate settings.  
What Is Safe To  Do After Covid Vaccine (Huffington Post)
So many victims of COVID-19 have long lasting symptoms and side effects.Here is an article re supporting a loved one with long-haul COVID. (Huffington Post)

REQUEST TO SPEAK

Every week, the Arizona Legislature Weekly puts out a list of bills that are on the docket and lots of other information.  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 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

Every week, the Arizona Legislature Weekly puts out a list of bills that are on the docket and lots of other information.  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

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.

  • MEETING
  • Compiled by Diane McQueen – RTS Spread Sheet Summary, Comes out weekly:  CLICK HERE
  • Sundays at 4-6pm CEBV & Arizona Indivisible have an Open House/Happy Hour. They discuss the week’s calls to action and opportunities to make a difference in AZ politics. They usually have a guest speaker – on 2/28 they had Leah Greenburg and Ezra Levin (thanks to Tricia Sauer). Sign up here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87423766250?p 

ARIZONA INDIVISIBLE REDISTRICTING TEAM 

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. 
Maria-Elena Dunn (med4others@gmail.com) and Maria Lynam (maria488@icloud) are on the AZ Indivisible Redistricting Team. If you have an interest in being on this team, please contact one of them.  It is a varied and engaging state-wide team– there are lots of areas to which you can contribute.

SOME GOOD NEWS 

In a 57 to 3 Vote, the Arizona House Passes Legislation Allowing Community Colleges to Provide Some Four Year DegreesIn what could be major tuition savings for Arizona college students, the Arizona State House passed, by a 57 to 3 margin, a bill that would allow Community Colleges to offer four-year degrees for some programs.
Yavapai College’s vice president of academic affairs said that if YC made the decision to move forward with offering a baccalaureate degree, from the point of that decision and depending on the degree program, it would likely take at least a year of development and an additional year to eighteen months for approval from our accrediting body. (Daily Courier 3/1/21)
Currently a four-year degree in Elementary Education is available from a partnership between Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University. Other degrees are offered on-line only.  

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
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/

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


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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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