Prescott Indivisible Newsletter – March 31, 2021

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Prescott Indivisible is a non-partisan community which seeks to promote a progressive and inclusive agenda in support of human rights and the environment.

INFORM  CONNECT  INSPIRE  RESIST

Link to the Prescott Indivisible website


Presenters:  Diane McQueen and Deborah Howard
Followed by Q & Diane is the Ground Game Coordinator for Outlaw Dirty Money and is a member of the statewide Indivisible Team on Redistricting. Deb is the Volunteer Lead, AZ Indivisible Redistricting Team. Read about Outlaw Dirty Money
Read about Indivisible’s Fight Against Gerrymandering
Additional PresentationsBrandon Montoya, who is is seeking a place on the ballot for the Prescott City Council, will speak and take questions.  Read about Brandon Montoya.  
Marion Pack will report on the Antinuclear Movement.  Read The Nuclear Resister 3/20/21 article.
Indivisible Team ReportsJudy Stahl will make a very exciting announcement!
Click HERE to Register in Advance for this Meeting.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


AZ Congressional Districts Affect You!

See Arizona’s Congressional Districts. Redistricting happens every ten years after the Census is released.  It involves redrawing 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 hired Brian Schmitt as the Executive Director.  Many believe 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.

This was the first time that an IRC Executive Director was hired without receiving a unanimous vote from Commissioners.  Click HERE to read the March 26 AZ Republic article about the nonpartisan hiring of Brian Schmitt.  You can take action and ask that the IRC hires impartial and experienced staff by signing and sharing this PETITION
 

Learn More About RedistrictingThe Arizona Democratic Party provides multiple hour-long information sessions 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 important process!  Click HERE to read more about and sign up for the sessions. 

Sit in on an IRC MeetingThe IRC meetings are every Tuesday at 9am, click HERE for a schedule.  The meetings are open to the public and the public can submit written comments during the meeting.  Click HERE to view some past meetings.

Attend the April 1 Prescott Indivisible General MeetingDiane McQueen and Deborah Howard will discuss Redistricting matters.  Click HERE to register for the meeting.  

Young People of Prescott Indivisible Meeting
Monday, April 5
5:00-5:30 pm

Coming Together to Make Prescott Everyone’s Hometown
Zoom Meeting ID:  725 4336 2874
Password:  piyoung

Right now, there a lot of striker bills being considered by the Arizona legislature.   Remember, “Strike-Everything Amendments” may have bill subjects shown that are completely different from the new text of the bills. The content of the original bill has been removed and completely new verbiage substituted. Please use RTs and contact your legislators about these bills.

  • HB2140 strikerwould make it a class 3 felony for a doctor to provide an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, just shortly after most pregnant women miss their first period.  Many women don’t know they are pregnant at this stage.  This bill is a devious attempt to criminalize access to reproductive healthcare.  OPPOSE
  • HB2190 striker, would ban businesses from refusing to serve people who are unvaccinated. OPPOSE 
  • HB2387 striker, would broaden who can count ballots by hand in the even of an audit.  OPPOSE
  • HB2523 strikerwould create a “border security fund” with the purpose of completing the southern border wall. OPPOSE
  • HB2565 striker, appropriates $2,500,000 from the state General Fund (GF) in FY 2022 to the Department of Economic Security (DES) to distribute to area agencies on aging.  SUPPORT
  • HB2817 striker, would establish a modest funding weight for gifted students, dedicating more resources to support their learning.  SUPPORT
  • HB2830 striker, would allow those registering for game and fish or gun permits to register to vote at the same time. OPPOSE
  • SB 1068, will shift significant election authority and oversight power from the Arizona Secretary of State (D) and the Attorney General (R) to the state legislature.  OPPOSE
  • SB 1485, will purge the highly-popular Permanent Early Vote List. Advocates estimate this could purge up to 200,000 voters—including 50,000 Latinx voters.  OPPOSE
  • SB 1593, which would shorten the early voting period and discard ballots not postmarked the Thursday BEFORE the election. These are blatant efforts to make it harder for Latinx, Native American, and young people—who are the likeliest to use early vote periods—to make their voices heard. OPPOSE
  • SB 1713, would force Arizona voters to include personal information on their ballot envelopes, exposing them to unnecessary identity risk and making it harder for people to vote by mail.  OPPOSE
  • HB2569, forces elections offices to pass on costs of administration to the taxpayers. OPPOSE

Click HERE for a 5-minute video about RTS
Please sign this PETITION telling legislative leadership thatAnti-Voting Bills bills are wrong for Arizona.

Call Sen Sinema & Sen Kelly
To Demand an end to 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!

Word is that Senators Sinema and Kelly are being deluged by calls urged on by the extremist right-wing Heritage Society. We have to counter those calls NOW.
 

CALL SEN KYRSTEN SINEMA at (202) 224-4521
CALL SEN MARK KELLY at (202) 224-2235

Tell them that their own seats in Congress will be in jeopardy if our voting rights aren’t protected against the anti-democratic restrictions on access to the ballot in Arizona. Ending the archaic Senate filibuster rule will help assure passage of the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will override these awful bills from the AZ Legislature. 

CEBV focuses on the state legislature, but the Senate Filibuster is our issue since AZ lawmakers are determined to reduce our access to the polls. The US House and Senate could pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which updates the Voting Rights Act, and the For the People Act, which includes a broad range of democracy reforms, including clean elections, election security, ethics, gerrymandering, campaign finance reform, automatic voter registration, and other broadly popular changes. 


#RemovePaulGosar
#CallYourDentist

Paul Gosar is a mouthpiece for dangerous rhetoric and he helped organize the insurrection and he promotes white supremacy. Why does the ADA support him?
Call the ADA at (312) 440-2500
Send an email to govtpol@ada.org

Tell them they need to #RemovePaulGosar from their funding list.
 Words matter, but actions matter more. The ADA “counts integrity, diversity, and inclusion among its core values”. 

For over a year, Gosar has fueled anti-Asian sentiment with reckless behavior. The ADA President Daniel Klemmedson recognizes that ongoing negative associations of Asian-Americans with the virus contribute to anti-Asian hate crimes.  In February of 2021 at the AFPAC gathering, Paul Gosar used insensitive, dangerous terminology and his taxpayer-funded government website still references insensitive phrases.

The ADA’s continued support of Paul Gosar makes their words hollow.  
Will the ADA back up their words with real action?

Watch the video and share “Enabling Paul Gosar Facebook”  or  “Enabling Paul Gosar Twitter


COVID

Vaccination ClinicsYavapai County is officially vaccinating Yavapai County Residents eligible in Phase 1C and age 55+.  This includes all who were already eligible, and will now include adults of any age with high-risk medical conditions, adults living in congregate settings, and adults 55+.
Online scheduling available at: https://www.spectrumhealthcare-group.com/pr2/
See chart below for detail – links are not “live” on the chart.


Arizona Mask Mandates Scrapped

Governor Ducey issued an executive order on March 26 that rolled back COVID-19 restrictions on businesses even as cases in Arizona continue to decline and vaccinations continue to rise. Click the image above or the link text below to read the AZ Mirror article. 
 ~MacDonald, Jerod, ‘Ducey didn’t consult hospital leaders before scrapping mask mandates, business rules‘, The AZMirror, 26 March 2021
State Health Director Cara Christ said on March 26, 2021,  “. . .Arizona hospitals now have plenty of space.”~Fischer, Howard, ‘Health director: Keep wearing mask, social distancing‘,Arizona Capitol Times, 26 March 2021


Statewide Day of Action to Support Public Schools!
Saturday, April 3
Various Times

Show Your Support at Drive-Through Locations
Sponsored byArizona Education Association and Save Our Schools Arizona
AZ public schools are under attack! Educators need our communities to step up and show support in a very public way. We will be painting car windows with messages of support, and writing postcards for lawmakers!
Northern Arizona Drive-Through locations:
Prescott Valley – Bob Edwards Park, 11am-1pm
Verde Valley – River Front Park (1284 E. River Front Rd Cottonwood), 11am-1pm
Flagstaff – AEA office (2708 N 4th Street- find us on Greenlaw Lane), 9-11am
Kingman – Locomotive Park, 9-11am
We’d like to know you’re coming – you can sign up up HERE. Click “HERE for ALL statewide locations and updates.  
** Please Wear Masks ~ Drive-Through Event ~ Socially Distanced and Outside ** 


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

Tuesday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 13

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, April 6, 5 to 6:30 PM: Proposed Development at TusayanTuesday, April 13, 5 to 6:30 PM: The San Francisco Peaks Traditional Cultural Property and Arizona SnowbowlPre-Registration RequiredVisit https://www.sierraclub.org/arizona/events-activities and select the event by date.


Social Media for Social Good – Brainstorming Session
 Wednesday, April 7th @ 3pm
 Social media creates an open space for organizations, activists, and scientists to reach more people across the world. For the issue of climate change to be front and center in the lives of everyday Americans and people around the world, we can leverage the benefits of social media in connecting like-minded people and creating a larger awareness of the climate change crisis.  People can speak their voice to protect the mother earth.
Click the Link Below to Register for this Zoom Meeting: 
https://www.nazcca.org/social-media-for-social-good


We are going to do a fun, easy action – a few photos taken from somewhere pretty in Prescott while showing the 51 star flag!   We want volunteers to hold the flags to show Prescott Indivisible’s support for DC Statehood.  As always, we will be “Covid-Safe”.

We will send the photos to the Indivisible Arizona Social Team who will go live with them on Friday, April 16 (DC Emancipation day).  Click here to read about Emancipation Day. Use the hashtags: #51stars + #DCStatehood
P.S. Unsure why Indivisible supports DC Statehood? DC is a majority-POC population who deserve representation: Click here for more informationwatch a quick video and go here for a call to action. Or, read the Indivisible book from 2019, page 257. Photo Date TBD – but will probably be the week of  April 12
To Volunteer:  Send an email to info@prescottindivisible.org

DCStatehoodYesWeCan.org


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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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