Prescott Indivisible Newsletter – April 29, 2021

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May Prescott Indivisible General Meeting
Thursday, May 6
5:30 pm “Happy 1/2 Hour”
6pm – Meeting
Agenda and Zoom Link Forthcoming


Young People Committee of Prescott Indivisible
Survey for Pride Education Week in June
The Young People Committee of Prescott Indivisible is planning an LGBTQ+ Education Week and would like to narrow topics down to ten educational facts.  With your help we can let the community’s voice be heard.  Please complete the survey to let us know what matters to you the most!  The survey results will be disseminated around Prescott through posters and pamphlets the first week of June.Click HERE to take the survey


SPECIAL CALL TO ACTION
AZ REDISTRICTING COMMISSION

Contact the Independent Redistricting Commission
 The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) is going to hire a mapping consultant next week. Three firms have applied for this job: 

  1. HaystaqDNA LLC (Limited Liability Company)
  2. Taylor English Decisions LLC (Limited Liability Company)
  3. Timmons Group/NDC (National Demographics Corporation)

Before the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission chooses the mapping consultant that will help turn its proposed district boundaries into reality, it wants to give the three finalists an opportunity to respond to criticism that has been leveled at them.

The IRC has extended the official public comment period regarding mapping consultants through the end of Thursday (4/29) at 5pm, and the consulting firms will have until Monday (5/3) to submit written responses. The commissioners will address the comments at their next meeting on Tuesday (5/4). 

It is critical that the commission choose the best and most experienced firm!
Please join us to generate public comment in
favor of Haystaq and opposition to Timmons Group/NDC. 

Click HERE to read why and learn what you can do.

PLEASE STEP UP!  This opportunity only comes once every ten years!

Click HERE to read AZMirror article
Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Website – CurrentArizona Independent Redistricting Commission Website – Archived


ARIZONA

Arizona Senate Goes Down the Rabbit Hole
with Maricopa County Ballots “Fraudit”

 As the Arizona Senate’s historic recount and audit of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County kicked off, outside the watchful eye of journalists who were banned from attending, election integrity experts raised a number of concerns about what they deemed an alarming lack of policies or knowledge of proper procedures by the auditing team.
Click HERE to read AZMirror Article dated 4/23
Click HERE to read Blog for Aritzona article dated 4/27
Click HERE to read AZMirror/AZReport Editor’s Thought Bubble dated 4/28


With the Stroke of a Pen, Gov. Ducey Has Taken a Step Towards Making Arizona the Next GileadSB1457 was signed into law on Tuesday, April 27, 2021This bill makes it a crime to perform abortions based on genetic conditions, despite OB-GYNs and attorneys warning it was “medically unsound” and unconstitutional. 

Medical providers who terminate pregnancies based solely on conditions like Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis could face prison time under SB1457, unless the abortion involves a condition considered “lethal.” The measure also confers civil rights on fetuses at any stage of development, with an exception for embryos created via in vitro fertilization.

In addition to imposing criminal sanctions, Senate Bill 1457 forbids the mailing or delivery of abortion-inducing drugs, which doctors sometimes use to manage miscarriages. It also requires fetal remains to be buried or cremated and imposes new reporting requirements on medical facilities. 

It prohibits public educational institutions from performing abortions unless the mother’s life is in jeopardy. And it prevents public money from supporting research involving abortions or embryo transfers. 
Click HERE to read SB1457 in its entirety
Click HERE to read AZCENTRAL article dated 4/27
Click HERE to read Blog for Arizona article dated 4/27

With the Stroke of a Pen, Gov. Ducey Has Taken a Step Towards Making Arizona the Next GileadSB1457 was signed into law on Tuesday, April 27, 2021This bill makes it a crime to perform abortions based on genetic conditions, despite OB-GYNs and attorneys warning it was “medically unsound” and unconstitutional. 

Medical providers who terminate pregnancies based solely on conditions like Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis could face prison time under SB1457, unless the abortion involves a condition considered “lethal.” The measure also confers civil rights on fetuses at any stage of development, with an exception for embryos created via in vitro fertilization.

In addition to imposing criminal sanctions, Senate Bill 1457 forbids the mailing or delivery of abortion-inducing drugs, which doctors sometimes use to manage miscarriages. It also requires fetal remains to be buried or cremated and imposes new reporting requirements on medical facilities. 

It prohibits public educational institutions from performing abortions unless the mother’s life is in jeopardy. And it prevents public money from supporting research involving abortions or embryo transfers. 
Click HERE to read SB1457 in its entirety
Click HERE to read AZCENTRAL article dated 4/27
Click HERE to read Blog for Arizona article dated 4/27


Mark Finchem Will Appear on QAnon Talk Show

Oro Valley Republican state legislator and secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem is scheduled to appear on a popular far-right QAnon talk show in May. 

“I’ve scheduled him on the show, he has agreed to come on the show. He is going to do a full two hours,” Zak Paine of QAnon talk show “RedPill78” said in a clip posted by Alex Kaplan of liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America. Paine said Finchem will be on his show the first weekend of May. 
Click HERE to read the rest of the AZMirror article 4/28


For the People Act

Republican-controlled state legislatures have introduced over 361 voter suppression bills in 47 states, and some states, like Georgia, have already enacted them into law.

These bills are egregious. They shrink early voting periods, add onerous voter ID requirements, limit eligibility for mail-in ballots, ban ballot drop boxes and drive-thru voting, and even make it a crime to give voters in line water.

There’s only one way to stop this assault on our democracy.  It’s called the
For the People Act, and the window for Congress to pass it is closing.

The bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate because of the archaic filibuster rule that requires a 60-vote supermajority to pass legislation.  The good news is Senate Democrats have the power to end the filibuster and thereby allow the For the People Act to become law. It’s time for Democrats to unite on this, without hesitation. The stakes could not be higher.

Simply put, it’s democracy or authoritarianism.

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich reveals how to stop Republicans from Stealing Elections.  Click the graphic above or HERE to watch the video.



 

Call Senator Sinema 
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!
 We need to let Senaator 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

#RemovePaulGosarWatch the Video:

Click HERE to see how you can help Remove Paul Gosar!


Join Save Our Schools Arizona, Arizona Education Association, PEA, CVEA, HEA for a legislative update on the current issues impacting Arizona’s public schools. Panelists include Nicky Indicavitch Northern AZ Community Action Team Leader for SOSAZ, Marisol Garcia Vice President of the Arizona Education Association, and special guest Representative Charlene Fernandez to discuss our public schools, current legislative updates and our plan to fight back and save our public schools.Click HERE to register in advance


Mother’s Day ~ A Day for Peace
Sunday, May 9, Noon
South Courthouse Steps on Goodwin Street Side

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 following the carnage of our civil war and the Franco-Prussian War that followed. She called on women to unite for peace in the world in memorable prose. She could not have imagined the inhumane and indiscriminate weapons created in the following century.  Nuclear weapons (the most inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created), violate international law, cause severe environmental damage, undermine both national and global security and divergent basic public resources away from meeting human needs.   -Laurel Freeman

On January 22, 2021 The U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was ratified by over 80 international states and the number is rising.  Unfortunately, the United States is not one of them.  The focus for Prescott Peacebuilders this year will be a call to action to end  nuclear weapons and to have the United States join this Treaty.  We will have several events leading up to the International Day of Peace in September.   Marion Pack will be writing and sharing informational articles about nuclear weapons to give you more insight into this issue.  

We want and need to work together toward a more peaceful, sustainable future.

Julia Ward Howe
Prescott PeaceBuilders Facebook Page


Climate Change – Where do we go from here?
Wednesday, May 12 @ 6pm
Guest Speaker:  Brian Petersen

Click HERE to register for the meeting
 This presentation will spotlight why climate change discussions are so polarizing.   Despite overwhelming evidence that climate change is happening, people remain divided on its existence, causes and solutions. Open discussion and Q&A will be encouraged to explore potential ways for empowering society to address the greatest challenge of our time. 


Brian Petersen is a professor at Northern Arizona University and was a member of the steering committee for the City of Flagstaff Climate Change Action and Adaptation Plan. His education includes: B.S. Environmental Science, Botany Minor from the University of Idaho. MPA Public Administration and M.S. Forest Resources (Social Sciences program) University of Washington and Ph.D. Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. 

Northern AZ Climate Change Alliance Website


GYCC Annual LGBTQ Family & Friendship PicnicSaturday, May 22, Noon-5:00pm
Large Ramada at Watson Lake

It’s been a LONG Year and a Half!  Come Celebrate Spring with us at the GYCC Family & Friends Picnic.  Things will be a little different this year as “out of an abundance of caution” GYCC will be following CDC and City Guidelines for Covid Safety.

Here are the Do’s & Don’ts for a Great Time Outside Together:

DO:

  • Bring your own Food & Drink for your Family/Pod/Social Bubble. (Unfortunately GYCC cannot provide or dispense food or drink this year)
  • Wear a Mask and Maintain Social Distancing
  • Use Hand Sanitizer Frequently
  • Bring your pets, kids, friends and frisbees!
  • Make new friends & catch up with old ones at a safe distance

DON’T:

  • Share food or drinks with other families/bubbles
  • Don’t bring Alcohol – this is a dry event
  • Try not to have too much physical contact

We promise to meet again soon to Hug, Shake Hands, Sing and Dance! GYCC Website


COVID

CDC Says Certain Activities Are Safe for
Fully Vaccinated People
Click HERE for NBC News Article and Video of 4/27 Click HERE to go to Yavapai County Community Health Services Website Continue to Stay Safe and Wear a Mask!


Read the 4/28 Newsletter HERE.

Topics:

  • Biden’s Joint Address
  • 4 Weekly To-Dos
  • This Week on the Hill
  • National Events
  • Take the Indivisible Census
  • IndivisWin of the Week

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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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