Prescott Indivisible Weekly Legislative Update – April 12, 2021

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Prescott Indivisible Community Updates  

 At our April General Meeting, Brandon Montoya, candidate for Prescott City Council, introduced himself and talked about his goals for the city. For more information on his campaign, volunteer and donation opportunities, visit his website.

Invitation to Assist with Redistricting Comunication – Thanks to Diane McQueen and Deb Howard for bringing us up to date on Redistricting on 4/1. If you want to assist in a statewide Indivisible effort. contact Maria Lynam (maria488@cableone.netor Maria Elena Dunn (med4others@gmail.com) and find out how you can comment to the Independent Redistricting Commission. Their Tuesday meetings are open for public written comment from 9:30a on. What would a volunteer have to do? You will be sent a weekly email with talking points that you can rewrite and submit during the meeting via an on-line form. Your input will make the Independent Redistricting Commissioners understand that the public is listening! You do not have to listen to the meeting unless you so desire. 

MATCHING FUNDS FOR PRESCOTT INDIVISIBLE – DONATE HERE through PAYPAL.  PI will receive matching funds from national Indivisible. Every dollar gets matched.  PI is limited to spend this money on public education, voter registration and group building. These efforts are what PI does so well, so please donate!We are looking forward to meeting again in person, so make sure you have received your vaccination(s).

Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation “No Questions Asked Food Pantry” – Open 10-noon M-F to accept donations, they will also accept checks to GPUUC and cash to purchase supplies. (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.) Their current needs: Non-food items:  toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap;  Food items: rice (white, please); pasta/noodles; fruit, canned; vegetables, canned (no 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.

FIGHT FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION

Read the Full SOSAZ Weekly Education Report 

Legislators are spending a lot of time discussing the budget right now, and all signs point to very little in additional funding for public schools. 

Instead, they’re proposing more massive tax cuts for the rich at a time when many Arizona families are struggling to make ends meet. 

Our state, our families, and our schools need long-term, sustainable investments. This week – it’s vital to remind lawmakers: budgets are a statement of our state’s priorities that show who and what we value.  

Unfortunately, legislators seem to value their donors’ priorities more than those of everyday Arizonans.

Use these brand-new, easy to use tools to make YOUR voice heard:

 One-Click EMAIL – type in your address, and all 3 lawmakers will be added to an email you can send and/or customize
 One-Click CALL – a script is provided, and the number will be dialed for you!

Want to do this with some new friends and neighbors? Join a Community Action Team near you! 

SOSAZ has been speaking up at rallies and press conferences at the State Capitol. Their Statewide Day of Action drew thousands for car painting and postcard writing from around the state. But lawmakers still aren’t listening – we need your help!

Can you help out? Create a local car-painting or postcard writing event? – sign up here and we’ll help you with post cards, Facebook promotion, and emails to local followers! Great locations include churches, community centers, and schools (after contract hours and right off campus). 

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

                                                                      MORE FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Please read the Legislature Weekly for all the details. The following is from the Civic Engagement Beyhond Voting Newsletter – 
We’re getting tons of questions about the status of all the bad bills this week. Unfortunately, bills are often in a holding pattern while arms are twisted behind the scenes. It’s excruciating to know that the legislature will stay in session until a budget is passed–some are predicting that won’t be till June–and these bills could be voted on at any time. 

The CEBV Virtual Happy Hour will be for one hour today. Please register HERE.  The Legislator of the week is Lorenzo Sierra, D-LD19. At 4:50 there will be an update on Redistricting by Deborah Howard.

The Sierra Club 
website has a Legislative tab for environmental issues.  
https://www.sierraclub.org/arizona/2021-legislative-updates 

Two important bills to call or email our legislators TODAY –

SUPPORT – HB2098, sponsored by Jennifer Jermaine (D-18), requires law enforcement to submit missing child reports to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. An important next step in implementing the recommendations from Rep. Jermaine’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls study committee.

OPPOSE –  WHY TODAY? This bill is scheduled for House floor, Monday:  SB1382, sponsored by Wendy Rogers (R-6), would redefine firearms and ammunition stores as “essential businesses,” preventing the governor from closing them during a state of emergency. Sales of guns and ammo have skyrocketed during the pandemic; an increase in deaths and injuries has followed. Homes with guns have a higher risk of suicide, domestic violence and unintentional shootings, especially for children. In a state of emergency, the added stress and elevated emotion dramatically increase the likelihood of these deadly situations.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES 
                                                                               

Join a CEVB Regional Team

Once you’ve seen what our legislature is doing, you can’t un-see it–so we can’t stop once they adjourn! We have one more session with this batch of legislators, then we get to elect new ones. So Civic Engagement Beyond Voting is forming regional teams to write letters to the editor, work with county election officials, track and influence redistricting, and hold legislators accountable. SIGN UP HERE
 


                                                   Letters to the Editor workshop! Presented by CEBV

                                                                              Thursday, April 22, 6:00 pm

If you haven’t been to CEBV superstar Laura Terech’s Letters to the Editor workshop, you don’t know what you’re missing! We’re excited to offer this training publicly for the first time, so SIGN UP HERE!   They will cover: Why letters to the editor are important;  Potential topics;  Structure and templates;  Tips for getting published; and Civic Engagement Beyond Voting’s LTE Hub.

INDIVISIBLE IS MATCHING DONATIONS BY 100% THIS MONTH UP TO $500 – YOU CAN DONATE TO CEBV HERE. They have extended our work past the legislative session, seeking to draw a clearer line connecting bad laws with the lawmakers who make them. We hope you can throw a few bucks in the jar to fund our work!

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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