Prescott Indivisible Newsletter – April 22, 2021

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Today’s Edition: A true verdict.  
Robert B. Hubbell

The jury said the truth: Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. It was a true verdict after a fair trial. That verdict would have been impossible but for video taken by a brave teenager with a cell phone.  It is tragic that unimpeachable video is required to convict a white officer for killing a Black man, but we should recognize that in living memory, white juries would have disregarded such evidence and acquitted the officer. But in the era of smartphones and internet streaming, the eyes of the world are on police and juries alike.

 If progress is to be made only because accountability has increased, so be it. The Biden administration is accepting the challenge, seeking to increase accountability through the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 H.R.1280.” 

 The Act would:

  • Reduce the availability of the “qualified immunity” defense for officers who violate a plaintiff’s constitutional rights; 
  • Authorize the Attorney General to investigate “pattern and practice” of misconduct in local police departments;
  • Establish a national registry of police misconduct; 
  • Require federal officers to wear body cameras; and
  • Restrict the transfer of military equipment to police departments.

CONTACT your U.S. Senators to tell them how you feel about the George Floyd Justice Act. See Everytown for Gun Safety, which has an automated interface for contacting your U.S. Senators. Now is a moment of maximum pressure.SUBSCRIBE TO “TODAY’S EDITION” HERE


STATE ACTIONS

JUST IN: Last Minute Alert From
Arizona Advocacy Network

The Arizona State House just passed SB1485, a massive voter suppression bill that could purge more than 100,000 people from the vote by mail list. 

The bill is expected to be sent to Governor Ducey’s desk tomorrow, which means this is our LAST chance to stop this bill from officially becoming law. 

Call Governor Ducey right now and ask him to veto SB1485 
Call: 1-877-406-6303

azadvocacy.org

Redistricting In Arizona
Every ten years congressional and legislative district lines are redrawn, after the census, to ensure near equal representation in government. This year the census has been delayed, but the redistricting process remains in place. 

In 2000, Arizona voters passed Proposition 106, which amended the Arizona Constitution to form a five-member commission, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC), to redraw congressional and legislative district lines after each census. Prior to the approval of Proposition 106, the legislature was responsible for drawing the congressional and legislative lines for redistricting. The AIRC is independent of the state legislature. https://www.azcleanelections.gov/how-government-works/redistricting

ASSIST in a statewide Indivisible effort–
Find out how you can comment to the Independent Redistricting Commission.
The IRC Tuesday meetings are open for public written comment after 9:30am
Meeting information can be found HERE

What do we request a volunteer do? You will be sent a weekly email with talking points. Your input will make the Independent Redistricting Commissioners understand that the public is listening! 
Contact Redistricting Liaisons Maria Lynam (maria488@cableone.net)
or Maria Elena Dunn (med4others@gmail.com

FROM:   thedemlabs.org


Voter Supression In Arizona:  
Write/Call The Corporate Business Headquarters

Suggested message
Voter suppression is rampant in America  Arizona is currently number two in the county regarding the number of voter suppression bills being considered by the legislabure.  Every one of the voter suppression bills being presented in both the State House and State Senate are designed to make it harder for some citizens to exercise their right to vote.  Voting is the cornerstone of Democracy. These citizens are your employees, your customers, and the people that support your business.  
America needs you to speak out.  Please join Dell Computers, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines. Coca-Cola, and Delta Airlines to support Democracy. 

Target Inc 1000 Nicollet Mall TPS-3165, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
612-304-6073,    CEO Brian Cornell
Lowe’s 1000 Lowe’s Blvd, Mooresville North Carolina 28117,    
800-445-6937   CEO Marvin Ellison
Walmart 702 S. W. 8th St. Bentonville, Arkansas 72716
1800-295-6278,      CEO Dug McMillon
Walgreens 200 Wilmot Rd. Deerfield, Illinois  60015
847-315-2500      CEO Rosalind Brewer
Discount Tire  20225 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale AZ 85255   
480-606-6000    CEO Dean Muglia
U-Haul 2727 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 85004
800-468-4285  CEO Joe Shoen
Best Buy 7601 Penn Ave. South, Minneapolis , Minnesota 55423
612-291-1000   CEO Corie Barry
Circle K 1130 West Warner Rd. Suite B Tempe 85284-2816
602-728-800  CEO Brian Hannasch 
Home Depot 2455 Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30339
770-433-8211   and 770384-2356     CEO Craig Menear
Pet Smart 19601 N. 27th Ave.  Phoenix, Arizona 85027
888-839-9638  CEO J. K. Symancyk


#RemovePaulGosar

 Over the past few months Prescott Indivisible has worked with the #RemovePaulGosar Task Force to hold our Congressman accountable for his atrocious behavior. He led the way spreading the Big Lie that the election was stolen, he invited the insurrection of Jan. 6th, and he continues to embrace an overtly white nationalist agenda…. his rhetoric and actions keep escalating; he has become more brazen and must not go unchecked.
 
Do you want to #RemovePaulGosar? We need your help to continue the campaign! Please support PI’s contribution to the Task Force, hosting RemovePaulGosar.org, by making a financial contribution today. DONATE HERE 
**If you click on ‘Make a donation with Act Blue’ your contribution will be DOUBLED by matching funds from National Indivisible!!

INDIVISIBLE NATIONAL:  DC Statehood

Demand Congress put an end to the legacy of voter suppression and racism and give D.C. residents equal representation. Click here to tell your Member of Congress to vote YES on H.R.51.

The House is expected to vote on D.C. statehood the week of April 19!
Call your Representative now and let them know you want them to support D.C. Statehood!

American democracy is built on the promise that all people should have a say in our federal government through elected representatives who can then create and execute laws on behalf of the people. However, that is not the case for the 700,000 Americans who live in the District of Columbia, who lack equal voting rights compared to their neighbors across the country. In fact, D.C. residents lack a voting representative in the House and have no representation in the Senate at all. Making D.C. the 51st state would go a long way towards making the legislative branch more representative of the country as a whole.

D.C. statehood is also a racial justice issue. Historically, racist politicians have prevented D.C. from becoming a state to prevent D.C.’s Black residents from building political power, from the days of the Emancipation Proclamation to the present. The District’s one representative in Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton (who has no vote on the House floor), has already introduced her D.C. statehood bill in the 117th Congress with a record number of original co-sponsors. If Democrats care about fixing our democracy and ensuring racial justice for all, then they must support statehood for D.C.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRESCOTT AREA COMMUNITY
GATHERING TO SHARE LOVE
FOR OUR PLANET

THURSDAY, APRIL 22 @ 2:30PM
 
Join in for a safe, socially distanced outdoor gathering at the Prescott Courthouse downtown. Bring blankets, chairs and lots of love!  Meg Bohrman and Jonathan Best will be providing festive entertainment!  An open mic for people to say a few words of testimony of what Earth Day means to them. Time to share, connect and experience community.

SEE Earth Week Events On Line:  CLICK HERE


MOTHER’S DAY—  A DAY FOR PEACE
Mother’s Day, May 9th, at noon, South Courthouse Steps,  Goodwin Street Side
Let us join together with speakers, music, and sharing to commemorate this special day.
As we prepare again to celebrate our mothers and all they have given, let us remember the origin of a “mother’s day proclamation”, written by Julia Ward Howe in 1870. She called on women to unite for peace in the world in memorable prose. 
–Prescott Peacebuilders   

The U.S Nuclear Weapons Triad – Should the U.S. build a new generation of long-range
intercontinental ballistic missiles?

The U.S. depends on a triad of nuclear weapons for national security: sea-launched, land- launched, and long-range strategic bombers. This article of The Nuclear Resister examines the land-launched leg of that triad: land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles. Should we replace these weapons with a costly new round of weapons? Should we extend the life of our existing weapons system? Should an extension of time be used to determine if this leg of the triad is needed? 

 Read the entire column HERE.


PERSPECTIVES

We must address the urgency of the climate crisis. Today I signed a Secretarial Order announcing the creation of a new Climate Task Force that prioritizes action on climate change and pursues environmental justice. We at @interior have a mandate to act. pic.twitter.com/u3zwmxw8zV
— Secretary Deb Haaland (@SecDebHaaland) April 16, 2021

The orders Haaland is revoking include: 

  • SO 3348: “Concerning the Federal Coal Moratorium” (March 29, 2017) 
  • SO 3349: “American Energy Independence” (March 29, 2017) 
  • SO 3350: “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy” (May 1, 2017) 
  • SO 3351: “Strengthening the Department of the Interior’s Energy Portfolio” (May 1, 2017) 
  • SO 3352: “National Petroleum Reserve—Alaska” (May 31, 2017) 
  • SO 3354: “Supporting and Improving the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Program and Federal Solid Mineral Leasing Program” (July 6, 2017) 
  • SO 3355: Streamlining National Environmental Policy Reviews and Implementation of Executive Order 13807, “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure Projects” (August 31, 2017) 
  • SO 3358: “Executive Committee for Expedited Permitting” (October 25, 2017) 
  • SO 3360: “Rescinding Authorities Inconsistent with Secretary’s Order 3349, ‘American Energy Independence’” (December 22, 2017) 
  • SO 3380: “Public Notice of the Costs Associated with Developing Department of the Interior Publications and Similar Documents” (March 10, 2020) 
  • SO 3385: “Enforcement Priorities” (September 14, 2020) 
  • SO 3389: “Coordinating and Clarifying National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Reviews” (December 22, 2020) 

All that adds up to a thorough undoing of the Trump-era DOI’s heavy pivot toward policies skewed in favor of the oil and gas industries—everything from a rule that lifted public health regulations on fracking to one that prioritized energy development in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).


CONTACTS

PRESCOTT INDIVISIBLE
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CONTACT
NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES

National
PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN

The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, DC 20500
Website: whitehouse.gov/contact
Comments: 202-456-1111 

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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