This piece in the Atlantic magazine gave a great overview of why we need to be LOUD about the direction of too many decision makers in both defunding, and denigrating, the importance of our national contributions to the scientific advancements in medicine, the environment, and our communities here and around the globe! The article is interesting in that it gives some context, from multiple points of view…
If you agree, check out Prescott Indivisible’s Environmental Team. Attend the March Meeting is this Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6 PM in Davis Hall at Granite Peak UU which is located at 882 Sunset Ave. in Prescott 86305. And, put the March for Science on your Calendar for April 22, 2018! Why?
- Celebrate “passion for science.”
- Celebrate what science does for people and “the many ways that science serves our communities and our world.”
- Encourage the public “to value and invest in science” and “appreciate and engage with science.”
- Encourage scientists to “reach out to their communities” and share their research and its impact.
- Encourage scientists to “listen to communities” and consider their research from the perspective of the people they serve.
- Affirm science as a “vital feature of a working democracy.”
- Show science to be “first and foremost a human process” that is “conducted, applied, and supported by a diverse body of people.”
- Support research “that gives us insight into the world” and “upholds the common good.”
- Encourage people to “support and safeguard the scientific community.”
- Call for robust federal funding “in support of research, scientific hiring, and agency application of science to management.”
- Advocate for “open, inclusive, and accessible science” that is “freely available.”
- Support science education that teaches people “to think critically, ask questions, and evaluate truth based on the weight of evidence.”
- Encourage political leaders and policy-makers to enact evidence-based policies, and “make use of peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus, not personal whims and decrees.”
- Oppose “policies that ignore scientific evidence” or “seek to eliminate it entirely.”
- Oppose policies that “threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings.”
- Oppose an “alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus.”
- Oppose the “mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue.”
- Protect science from “manipulation by special interests.”
- Hold leaders in science and in politics “accountable to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and integrity.”
- Stand up for scientists: “Speak up for them when they are silenced” and “protect them when they are threatened”.
- Encourage and support a new generation of scientists “that increasingly includes historically underrepresented groups.”
Resist and Persist in the Age of Trump Thur. Mar 29, 10 to 11:30am – Learn to use Social Media Resistance Tools effectively—Twitter, Facebook Resistbot, etc. Become a guerrilla fighter during this critical time; learn how to stay “Undercover” if you don’t want to be distracted by mean and useless comments by those who do not agree with you. Bring your smart phones, laptops, tablets; whatever you use every day to communicate. Handouts with instructions, tips, and important internet links will be given out. Rebecca Phillips, the instructor, is an inaugural member of Prescott Indivisible, has taught computer science at Phoenix College and spends many hours every week lobbying congress in the never ending fight to bring sanity and courage to our elected officials. Contact Rebecca Phillips to sign up, include your name, phone no. and email address and type Social Media Class in the subject line. You can also call 928-772-2165 – please leave a message if no answer.
The March for Our Lives is coming –> March 24, around the WORLD!!!! Prescott: Courthouse Square, Noon, Saturday, 3/24.
We need ALL HANDS, Loud and Clear! This is NOT about Politics. It’s is about the health and safety of our future… It is about Saving OUR children.
Sign Up for a Paint-In! Defeat the FEAR Card!!!
Here is the schedule – Paint-ins to be held at the Fellowship Bldg., GPUU. Join your fellow Prescott-Area Community Members! Stick to the Issues, no anti-any Person or Party.
Friday., March 16 10am-noon and 2-4pm. Meg Bohrman will be there in the am to go over the songs for march (unless she has to deliver a baby).
Mon., March 19 10am-noon and 2-4pm
Thurs., March 22, 5-7pm
Fri., March 23, 3-7pm Meg Bohrman will be there part of the time to go over the songs for march (unless she has to deliver a baby).
Please check your calendars and get back to Maria Lynam with dates/times you can help out! And please join us to make it clear how much we value our children and our teachers on March 24!
Private school tuition organization (STO) tax credits: TELL THEM VOTE on SB1467.” Private school tuition organization (STO) tax credits operate on auto pilot without accountability or budget controls. They reduce state revenues while subsidizing private schools with no evidence of benefits to Arizona’s educational success and no movement toward closing our achievement gap for students growing up in low income families. Senator Yarbrough’s bill will expand this program and drain even more funds from public schools.
Tues. March 20 noon-1:30pm Prescott Community Outreach Program on Funding preK-12 Education at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Jack R. Hunt Student Union Hangar, 3700 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott. This is a presentation and action-focused discussion on the recommendations from the 110th Town Hall of Funding preK-12 Education. Host, Dr. Frank Ayers, Chancellor, ERAU. Presenters: Rosemary Agneessens, Community Organizer, Rural AZ Schools Coalition; Marty Grossman, Council member, Town of Prescott Valley; Joe Howard, Superintendent, Prescott Unified School Dist.; Tara Jackson, President, AZ Town Hall; Billie Orr, Council member, City of Prescott. Lunch will be served, $15 per person. Students free. If you choose not to have lunch, program is free. RSVP to AZ Town Hall at 602-252-9600 AND email to Prescott Indivisible Education Team
Another important event, March 22, Las Fuentes starting at 6 p.m. Prescott Education Advocacy Council (PEAC) is sponsoring an event so that Jim Hall of the Arizona Charter School Acountability group can give us definitive information about the underfunding of public schools. This is an important information gathering meeting for those who are as concerned about School Accountability as WE are!
Announcing: Voter Education and Elections Team!
We are an Active group for Non-partisan Voter outreach: Education and Registration, Training for registration and Answering voting FAQs. We work cooperatively with other local organizations in the community. Our mission: to expand knowledge of the importance of participation in Democratic processes.
DRAFT Responsibilities (Subject to Approval):
* Coordinate the Voter Registration effort on an on-going basis; seeks a coalition with other organizations if feasible.
* Coordinate Voter Outreach: As we get closer to election days, we will encourage and remind people to vote.
* Voter Education: Create events designed to educate the community regarding the importance of voting, defining gerrymandering and disenfranchisement and discuss approaches for ACTION, providing sources of information that overcomes voter resistance and other actions and discussions related to democratic participation, ON A NON-PARTISAN BASIS.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING: Please contact Joyce van Walsum at email@example.com, and I’ll add you to the list!
The Arizona Legislature is trying to fast track a permanent tax cut that will cost the state budget $120 million and another $14 million from Prop 301 revenues, a direct cut to teacher pay. The Senate is planning a vote on Monday for Senate Bill (SB) 1392, a permanent tax cut for digital goods and services. The House version of this bill (HB 2479) has already passed.
CALL NOW: Senator Karen Fann: (602) 926-5874; Find your Senator: azleg.gov; At a time when we are facing a severe teacher shortage crisis, we should be investing in public education, not cutting their salaries. Contact your senator today to stop SB1392! If the Senate version passes, then it goes immediately to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk. Be ready to write and call the governor. firstname.lastname@example.org / 602.542.4331
AND THERE’S MORE!
Location: The Lower Hangar sits on the far end of the student union and is a multipurpose meeting space used by student organizations to host guest speakers, presentations, dancing lessons, blood drives, and even student club parties.
Prescott Indivisible meets the first Friday of each month from 6- 7:30 PM at Granite Peak Uniitarian Universalist Congregation (GPUU), 882 Sunset Ave, Prescott. Click here for directions & a map.
Next Meeting- 6 p.m. Friday, March 2 @ GPUU
Meeting will be chaired by John Lutes, Treasurer and Rosemary Dixon, Steering Committee Member-at-Large
Meeting Agenda 2/2/18
- 1. Greeting/Introductions
- 2. Speakers – Bill Mundell and Sandra Kennedy, candidates for the AZ Corporation Commission Haryaksha Gregor Knauer, Green Party candidate for U.S. House of Representatives Jo Craycraft, LD1 candidate for AZ Senate
- 3. Treasurer’s Report
- 4. Discussion and vote re New team – Election Team– The Elections Team will be a permanent team. Responsibilities include voter outreach efforts through education and training, assist in county-wide voter registration and arrange for special presentations to raise awareness about issues effecting voters. They will assist in getting out the vote prior to elections.
- 5. Information on “Evict Gosar” Rally on Wed., March 7, 5pm, Prescott Courthouse Square (Human Rights Team)
- 6. Information and Update on March for Our Lives, March 24, noon-1p Prescott Courthouse Square (Communication and Events Team)
- 7. Team Interaction Opportunity – our teams need your support!!!!
* Election Team, lead by Lois Case, will present information re voter outreach efforts. Peacekeepers has a new leader, Suellen Lemay – find out what you can do to help her. Education Team has two new leaders – LaBeth Pondish and Julia Watson. Find out what the AZ legislature is doing and how to help!
* Human Rights Team, Jennifer Masse, Leader – find out about their efforts and special events
If interest in joining a team, or finding out more about a team, here is your chance.
* Immigration Team, new leader, Maria-Elena Dunn, will talk about on-going efforts and future needs.
* Environmental Team, Karen Goldstein, discusses upcoming Earth Day, March for Climate Change, etc.
* Communication and Events Team – needs technology assistant, event planning (short term and long term needs)
AND NOTE: For general update on the activities of Prescott Indivisible, Upcoming Events, and important topics of the week, click on Prescott Indivisible Newsletter, February 26, 2018. You can subscribe here for weekly updates
ALSO: Check out all the events on the Prescott Indivisible Calendar!