Prescott Indivisible Newsletter – March 25, 2021

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Prescott Indivisible Newsletter:
March 25, 2021

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Prescott Indivisible General Meeting
Thursday, April 1st
Social time– 5:30-6 pm
Meeting– 6-7:30pm 

Arizona Redistricting Matters: Facts
Followed by Q & A

Presented by Diane McQueen and Deborah Howard
Diane is the Ground Game Coordinator for Outlaw Dark Money and is a member of the statewide Indivisible Team on Redistricting. 
Deb is the Volunteer Lead, AZ Indivisible Redistricting Team

Additional presentations

Brandon Montoya is seeking a place on the ballot for the Prescott City Council. Introduction and questions.
Antinuclear Movement Report, from Marion Pack.
Team Reports

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcld-qpqDojE9z9kjkN9JZnN24CnRLl6FoX
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

More On AZ Redistricting

Redistricting takes place after every decennial Census and involves drawing election boundaries for elected offices in federal, state and local government. Congressional districts as well as city councils and school boards must be redrawn to comply with equal population, the Voting Rights Act, respect for communities of interest, other principles and state-specific criteria.

On March 16, the AZ Independent Redistricting Commission that consists of two Republicans, two Democrats and one Independent (who is the Chair), hired Brian Schmitt as the Executive Director. The chair and the two Republican members were in agreement. This was the first time that an IRC Executive Director was hired without receiving a unanimous vote from Commissioners.

Schmitt was the most partisan, least experienced candidate among the five interviewed. In addition, after questioning, Schmitt disclosed he was paid $63,000 for services rendered to the McSally campaign. He stated that he was helping a friend, it was a “one-off” and all he did was coordinate the event on the Yavapai County Courthouse steps on the evening of November 5, 2020.
You can help take action and ask that the IRC hires impartial and experienced staff by signing and sharing All On The Line’s petition.
Learn more at the April 1st General Meeting.

To reach our goals on democracy reform and enable all our other progressive priorities, we have to remove one of our biggest roadblocks — the filibuster. And that means building pressure on key senators in as many ways as we can while they’re home and listening to their constituents.

The filibuster is an anti-democratic tool that’s been used for years to hold back progress on civil and human rights. Mitch McConnell and the GOP are intent on keeping it that way so they can block all our priorities (remember when McConnell called himself “the Grim Reaper” of progressive legislation?).

For a little more context on why democracy reform is so important, check out this article from Mother Jones on the massive wave of voter suppression bills rolling through states across the country — and how senators like Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona refusing to eliminate the filibuster puts voting rights in their own states at risk.


RemovePaulGosar Update and Further Action

#RemovePaulGosar action in Payson on Saturday. 

The Gila County GOP held their ‘Lincoln Day Luncheon’ fundraiser on Saturday 3/20 with Rep. Paul Gosar, Sen. Karen Fann, and Rep. Walt Blackman listed as speakers.
Honest Abe rallied constituents from around AZ District 4 to Payson to let Paul and the GOP know how we feel about the #BigLie, INSURRECTION, and white supremacy.

Please retweet and share the videos!

#AbeSaysNO videos on Twitter

#AbeSaysNO video on Facebook

Announcing a Four-Part Webinar/Podcast Series
by the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club
Irreplaceable: The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club is sponsoring a webinar and podcast series focusing on ongoing threats to the Grand Canyon region, including place, people, water, and wildlife.  Free and open to the public.

Webinar/Podcast Programs & Schedule

  • Tuesday, March 30, 5 to 6:30 PM: Little Colorado River
  • Tuesday, April 6, 5 to 6:30 PM: Proposed Development at Tusayan
  • Tuesday, April 13, 5 to 6:30 PM: The San Francisco Peaks Traditional Cultural Property and Arizona Snowbowl

Pre-Registration Required

Visit https://www.sierraclub.org/arizona/events-activities and select the event by date.

The Flawed History of US Plutonium Pit Production
Do we really need them?

This issue of The Nuclear Resister provides more information on the history of plutonium pits. It makes the case for why we don’t need new plutonium pits. Tell President Biden we need to end the arms race, not throw fuel on it by developing new weapons. 
Now is the time to act!  Read the entire column HERE.
 President Joseph Biden
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20500
Website: whitehouse.gov/contact
Comments: 202-456-1111 

PERSPECTIVES

CONTACTS

PRESCOTT INDIVISIBLE

prescottindivisible.org 

Calendar of Events HEREEmail      info@prescottindivisible.org
 Prescott Indivisible onYouTube 

Start a discussion on:
TWITTER:@IndivisPrescott
FACEBOOK:  (Public page) / (Closed group)

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 KYRSTEN 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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