PI Human Rights Team ACA Sign Up Effort

Prescott Indivisible’s Human Rights Team will be at the Walmart in Prescott Valley to give out information about the ACA sign up.  Suellen Lemay, the organizer of this initiative, will arrange for a table and have handouts available on the following dates:
Mon., Nov 12; Tues., Nov 13;  Fri., Nov. 17; Mon., Nov. 20; Tues., Nov. 21; Sat., Nov. 25 and Fri., Dec. 1.
Suellen will meet volunteers outside one of the store entrances to explain the process. Although our presence is scheduled for the entire day, she hopes to have volunteers for each day’s peak hours—morning, noon and pre-dinner.
She will be giving a presentation at the PI Human Rights Committee meeting on Mon., Nov. 13 at 5:30 at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist, 882 Sunset, Prescott. You do not have to attend the presentation to volunteer.  To assist with this very important initiative, contact Suellen Lemay –slemayus@gmail.com

Prescott: Everybody’s Healthy, Sustainable, Carbon Neutral Hometown

Friday, November 17, 2017, 6:00 -7:30 pm
Yavapai Title Agency, 1235 E. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ

The PI Environmental Team Co-Sponsors Climate Change Discussion. Whether you’re concerned about weird weather worldwide, or local water,  fire, and food issues, or about rising atmospheric carbon dioxide, or reducing your carbon footprint you can help us initiate meaningful action!

Stephen Cook will give a brief update on Climate Change science and connect the global science to a local and personal scale. Shea Richland will describe our local Food Recovery Program designed to eliminate food waste, one of the top three solutions to global climate change. Patrick Grady will describe previous efforts by the Yavapai Climate Change Coalition to address climate change in Prescott then lead a discussion about plans for 2018.

RED ALERT: Defeat the #TrumpTaxScam: National Call In Day 11/2

  • National Call In Day, 11/2: After Republicans drop their bill on Wednesday, you can let your MoCs how you feel about their scammy bill. Join the national call in day on Thursday, November 2.
  • It’s tomorrow: Start reading call scripts (click here for your Democratic MoCs and here for your Republican MoCs), and get ready to light up those phone lines, FAX and email, Facebook. Use Resistbot or 5-Calls or go to the MoC’s website.

General Meeting Agenda

Tentative Agenda for General Meeting- Friday, November 3, 6-7:30 pm- GPUU

Facilitated by Lois/John

Brief rundown of accomplishments/sucesses (Mueller!)- 3 min- John

Brief recap of Regional Indivisible training- 3 min John Lutes

Treasurer’s report- 2 min- John Lutes

Team reports:

-Communication & Events- 5 min

-Peacekeepers- 3 min

-Human Rights- 3 min

-Environment- 3 min

-Education- 3 min

-Immigration- 3 min

Picnic Review- 3 min

Tax Working Group- 3 min

15-20 min presentation by Howard on Tax Reform

Open Discussion-20 min

Election Anniversary Vigil

Prescott Indivisible is organizing a vigil for democracy along with a reminder that we are still here watching and keeping awake during this administration. We have not backed down. We are moving forward. We are making change and holding lawmakers accountable.

The candlelight vigil will be held on the square November 8, 5:306:30 pm, with participants wearing black to signify the solemn nature with which we take up our responsibility to protect our democracy.

We would love to join with you to get out the word and ensure a large and energized turnout. We will be making flyers and trying to get the invitation distributed in any way we can.

Steering Committee Meeting Minutes- October 23, 2017

Call to order and introductions @5:04 pm.

Treasurer Report: In the account, there is $2109.07. Uncleared checks for $85.50 and $228.58. Net funds: $1794.99. Picnic income $1058 minus $185. Food cost $225.58. The net profit is $644.

Concern raised regarding tracking of money.

John Lutes (Treasurer) notes that the Prescott Indivisible picnic was a huge success! Both in terms of the number of people that attended and also the donations which were very generous.

John points out that we are not tracking donations by name in the account. As we explore 501c4, we will need to do that. Hal offers point of information: we are currently operating with no reporting obligation to the IRS. We can continue to do this so long as we don’t exceed $5000.

Discussion ensues regarding the extent of bookkeeping necessary for the group.

Move: from here forward keep track of distinction between merchandise sales and other donations.

All in favor: Passed.

Chair of next meeting: Tentatively Lois Case will chair the next meeting – as Hal will be unable to.

Communications Team:

Suggestion to make some addition to the newsletter which expresses thanks to those who donate their resources.

Idea regarding welcome letter so that it is clear to people that they are members of the group. These were both okayed.

Peacekeepers: Not present.

Community Building: It is noted how re-vitalizing the picnic was for the group. We discuss various ways to engage members to build interest and commitment including having a well-recognized speaker.

Human Rights Team:

Another postcard campaign supporting LGBT rights. Report of successful protest in support of women’s, children’s, abortion rights & birth control. Thursday is the “Civility Rally” on Whisky Row at 5:00 pm. It is for the “Stop Bullying” foundation.

Education Team: Focus on the state legislature. Start an initiative drive to boost property tax at the state level by 20% to increase salaries of teachers.

Proposal: some of our members may want to have lunch and lobby our state representatives.

 Immigration Team:  Since November 2016, there has been a decline in attendance at a program designed to give Mexican immigrants a primary and secondary school education.

There will be an event that will help immigrants to fill out forms for US government. Volunteers assist with helping them fill out forms accurately.

Environment Team: The attendance at meetings has dropped.

Move that “Move to Amend” tabled until next time. Passed. 

General Meeting Setup: We need to push to have people arrie early to set up the room. Several people volunteered to arrive early for the setup.

Short presentation on Trump Tax bill at General Meeting: María-Elena will find someone to give this presentation.

National Indivisible Regional Training: John Lutes is registered. Training in community organizing.

Marking Year of Trump’s election: Rosemary proposes a candle-light vigil. This will be taken to the Communication Committee.

Team Reports at the General Meeting: Question about whether to hand out paper version of team reports versus oral reports. We agreed that we will continue with the oral reports, but we will standardize time keeping. Rosemary will be the timer at the next General Meeting.

Community Building at General Meeting: Lois proposes refreshments and horseshoe seating arrangement so that it is more intimate. Hal suggests community building should be separate. Perhaps a holiday party. We did not come to a resolution on this issue.

Meeting closed at 6:31 pm.

Defeat the #TrumpTaxScam: Call Rep. Gosar now

This week, Republicans are putting the pedal to the metal on the Trump Tax Scam. And, believe it or not, Representative Gosar could be a key vote.

Republicans are nearly finished passing the budget resolution, which is the first step to unlocking the rules of reconciliation. House leadership has even decided to pass the Senate version of the budget reconciliation to limit debate in the House and speed up the process.

But here’s the thing: The Senate budget resolution the House is considering adds $1.5 TRILLION (not million or billion, YES, trillion) to the deficit. And you know who has spent his career in Congress decrying deficits as the greatest threat to America? Your Member of Congress, Rep. Gosar.

Well, it’s time for Rep. Gosar to put his money where his mouth is. Does he oppose deficits or not? Tell Representative Gosar to keep his word on deficits: call the Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121 (on your cell phone, just click the phone number and you should be prompted to call!) and, when connected, ask for Rep. Gosar.

Here’s a sample call script:

You/The Caller: Hello! Can you please tell me how Representative Gosar will vote on the budget resolution when the House votes this Thursday?

If the MoC opposes the budget resolution

Staffer: The Representative intends to oppose the budget resolution because it adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit. That’s not what the people of our state sent him to Washington to do.

You: Thank you. I’m opposed to the budget resolution and I’m glad the Representative is too.

If the MoC supports the budget resolution

Staffer: The Representative intends to support the budget resolution because it is the first step in passing tax reform. We need tax reform to get our country growing again.

You: That’s terrible. The budget resolution adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit. Representative Gosar has spent years talking about what a problem the deficit is but I guess now he’s changed his mind. I can see now that Rep. Gosar’s word means nothing.

Staffer: The growth that results from reforming our tax code will more than make up for the $1.5 trillion added to the deficit on a static basis.

You: That’s not true and there is no historical evidence to support that. Please tell the Representative I’m very disappointed in his vote and I won’t soon forget.

If the MoC “isn’t sure”

Staffer: The Representative hasn’t made a decision yet.

You: That’s terrible. The budget resolution adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit. Rep. Gosar has spent years talking about what a problem the deficit is. If he supports the budget resolution, it will be clear to all of his constituents that Rep. Gosar’s word means nothing.

Staffer: The growth that results from reforming our tax code will more than make up for the $1.5 trillion added to the deficit on a static basis.

You: That’s not true and there is no historical evidence to support that. Please tell my Representative that I am watching this vote closely and I expect him to oppose the budget resolution on Thursday.

We know we don’t normally target Rep. Gosar because, frankly, he’s a member of the highly-secretive Freedom Caucus. He doesn’t agree with us on much, if anything, but with constituent pressure we might be able to make him feel the heat and vote the right way this time.

Thanks for all you do. Now let’s stop the #TrumpTaxScam together!

In solidarity,
The Indivisible Team

Mail in Your Ballot Rally

9-10 am, ​Thursday, November 2  Mail in Your Ballot! Prescott Indivisible Communication and Events Team, Veteran’s Park, triangle between Gurley and Sheldon (across from the Circle K). Signs reminding passers by to mail in their ballots. Signs should be specific to this issue.

Members Needed!

Prescott Indivisible is seeking members for a newly formed Ad Hoc Tax Reform Group.  Help the general membership of PI and the general public understand what is happening as the proposed congressional budget for FY 2018 and “appropriate budgetary levels for FY2019-2027” go forward.  (The Fed says it could lead to inflation and unsustainable debt).   Please contact Maria-Elena Dunn (dubourt49@yahoo.com) if you’d like to join this group.  It is anticipated that there will be one organizational meeting and then business will be conducted by email.

Tuesday Resist Rallies

The Tuesday Resist Rallies will no longer be sponsored by Prescott Indivisible.  After a presentation by Laura Molinaro, team leader of the Peacekeepers, the majority of members present agreed to this motion.  The rallies may still be held, but Peacekeepers will not be present.  Prescott Indivisible teams are encouraged to schedule their own rallies at different days, times and places.