PRESCOTT INDIVISIBLE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE & IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NEWS – 3/27/21

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    PI General Meeting – Thurs. April 1
                    Join us –  
5:30-6p Social Time, 6p General Meeting

                      AZ Redistricting Matters: Facts – Followed by Q/A Exchange
                                 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. He will introduce himself and take questions.
Marion Pack will give an update on the Antinuclear Movement and there will be short team reports.
REGISTER  in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

     COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE NEEDED

 Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation (GPUUC) has started a “no questions asked” food pantry. A success, their stocks are in need of replenishment.  They are open 10-noon M-F to accept donations and will also accept checks to GPUUC and cash to purchase supplies.
Their current needs: Non-food items:  Toilet paper, Paper towels, Laundry soap;  Food items: Rice (white, please); Pasta/Noodles; Fruit, canned; Vegetables, canned (other than green beans please); Refried beans; Tomatoes, canned; Canned meats/beef stew; Soup (canned and dry packets); Jelly/preserves; Honey; Flour; Baby food/baby cereal; Cookies; Pudding; Tuna; Stuffing mix; Dried potatoes  Condiments, etc.:  Cooking oil; Salt/spices; Ketchup/mustard; Hot sauce/salsa; Coffee; Cocoa/hot chocolate mix; Nondairy creamer.

FYI – For our new members: GPUUC has welcomed us over the past four years. We have used their main meeting room and the building across the street (Faith Development Center) for our activities. 

Just in!  Kathy Hoffman, current AZ Superintendent of Schools (D) will be running again. To find out more about her campaign Elect Kathy Hoffman for Superintendent, goHERE

      LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

FIGHT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

Read the Full SOSAZ Weekly Education Report  
Important – Request to Speak Deadline Monday, 3/29
NO – SB1273 & HB2427
YES – HB2808 & HB2817

Contact our legislators –
 
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

Join SAVE OUR SCHOOLS ARIZONA today at 6pm for a Statewide Community Action Team Meet REGISTER HERE to receive the zoom link. Hear live updates on bills and agendas, preview the budget process, and find out about the Statewide Day of Action next Saturday.

Join next Saturday April 3 for a Statewide Day of Action. Local teams of educators and parents are organizing safe, drive-thru car painting events so that you can show your support for public schools around town. We will have postcards for lawmakers, and other actions you can take. Please spread the word, and make a plan to join us. 
Prescott Valley – 11am – 1pm, Bob Edwards Park, E.Long Look Drive
Verde Valley – 11am – 1pm, Riverfront Park (Cottonwood), 1284 E. Riverfront Rd.
Kingman – 11am – 1pm, Locomotive Park, 310 W. Beale St. & 1st St. Kingman 
– Beale Street side between Locomotive and Metcalfe parks

   MORE FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Please read the Legislature Weekly for all the details. And if something doesn’t seem to make sense–you’re not alone! Join the CEBV Weekly Happy Hour this afternoon from 4-6 pm and we’ll try to help .(Does it all seem overwhelming? Pick one action on a bill that means the most to you, and make that one call or email.)

Note: A few people have noticed that Senate and House Rules Committees meet on Monday, and question why that section comes AFTER other RTS actions in the Legislature Weekly. The reason is that RTS comments are usually disregarded unless based on constitutional or legal grounds. Bills in Rules can move straight to the Floor for a final vote, so calls & emails to your reps are more effective than RTS. The RTS priority will be in Appropriations, which meets on Tuesday AND Wednesday.

The only committees that will meet in either chamber are Appropriations and Rules, so Request to Speak opportunities are fewer. However dozens of bills are awaiting final votes in Committee of the Whole (COW) and “Third Read” in both the Senate and House, so our attention will focus more strongly on phone calls and emails to our representatives and potential swing votes. More than ever, legislators need to hear from regular constituents. That’s YOU and ME

 IMPORTANT –  RTS HAPPY HOUR

Join Civic Engagement Beyond Voting for Virtual Happy Hour.

Pre-register HERE
Sunday March 28, 4-6 pm
4:00: Legislative week ahead with Melinda Iyer
4:30: Legislator of the Week: Rep Pamela Powers Hannley (D-LD9)
5:00: Redistricting update from Deborah Howard
5:15: Writing a Great Letter to the Editor 
5:30: Today’s Call to Action will focus on:

Will Arizona give Georgia a run for the money in new laws to make it harder to vote? Several of the AZ voter suppression bills have been amended, but the changes are purely cosmetic. We need to continue calling and writing, and refer to new language to make sure our representatives know we’re watching carefully. 
Call Judy Burgess (602-926-3256) and Qwang Nuygen ( 602-926-3258) and mention ALL the following:

SB1485 (PEVL Purge): Passed Senate and House Committee, waiting for a full vote in the House. 
SB1593 (ballots must be postmarked by Thurs before election): Passed full Senate and House Committee, waiting for a full vote in the House.
SB1713 (Write Driver License # or Voter Registration # on envelope, “conceal” affidavit): STRIKER / Passed Senate and House Committee, waiting for Rules & a full vote in the House. 
 SB1106 (required PEVL removals, increased penalties):  STRIKER / Passed Senate & House committees, waiting for Rules & a full vote in the House. 

These are the worst of the worst, but they have NOT crossed the finish line. 

Continue to keep the pressure on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema re the Filibuster!This archaic Senate rule has become a brick wall for progress on immigration reform, gun safety, and now voting rights. Many policies heavily favored by the majority of Americans of all political stripes fail to progress because a single Senator can object. It’s time for the filibuster to go!
We need to let Sen Sinema know that voting rights at home are undergoing an unprecedented assault. Take these easy actions today!CALL HER NOW—CLICK HERE
EMAIL HER NOW—CLICK HERE
TWEET—CLICK HERE
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR 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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