|1. Let the AZ Legislature know you are paying attention to their attempts to thwart our right to put initiatives on the ballot, register eligible voters, and vote without unnecessary impediments (courtesy of Molly Beverly–see full Elections team report link at top).
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES to OPPOSE SB1451, on the floor MONDAY. SB1451, sponsored by Vince Leach (R-11), would institute registration of out-of-state signature collectors, and require all petitions for statewide initiatives and referenda to be organized and grouped by circulator. Passage of SB1451 would increase the number of signatures needed (as a cushion) for initiative drives to qualify for the ballot. USE THE RTS SYSTEM to OPPOSE HCR2005 and HB2616 in committee on MONDAY. By requiring signature collectors to collect signatures from a fixed percentage of voters in each of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts (10% for initiatives and 15% for a constitutional amendment), HCR2005 gives any single legislative district veto powers over the rest, allowing a small minority (the most conservative or liberal area in the state) to veto measures that have broad support. HB2616 would make it illegal for anyone to receive money or other compensation for registering people to vote. This would include not only some of Arizona’s leading voter registration organizations, but DMV employees where voting registration takes place, people who work for the County Recorder, even librarians and health workers who register people to vote as a piece of their overall work in the community. It would even prohibit giving volunteers who register voters anything of value – lunch, gas, a bottle of water, etc. Scheduled for House Rules, Monday. ON TUESDAY, OPPOSE SB1072. Sponsored by Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-23), would impose photo ID requirements on voters who cast ballots at voting centers instead of at their specific polling place. As the Washington Post notes, “Getting a photo ID so you can vote is easy, unless you’re poor, black, Latino or elderly… A lot of them just give up.”
WHILE YOU ARE AT IT CALL to urge your representatives to SUPPORT SB1485, a bill that could increase support for public education. It ends the 20% annual automatic growth of corporate private school tax credits (STOs) by gradually decreasing the cap to 2% or inflation over the next 5 years. Up to $263 million that would otherwise be diverted to private schools could default to the general fund. Slowing the growth of this tax credit is critical, as it is on pace to double every four years, wiping out all of Arizona’s corporate income tax revenue unless state lawmakers take action. (Scheduled for a Senate final vote, MONDAY.) USE RTS to BAN LUNCH SHAMING AT SCHOOL by lending your SUPPORT for HB2186. The bill would outlaw actions that bring attention to students who are unable to pay for a school meal, including refusal to serve the child, the serving of an alternative meal, chores or disciplinary treatment. Scheduled for House Rules committee, MONDAY.
USE RTS to SUPPORT HB2570 which would create a committee to study murders of indigenous women and girls and submit a detailed report to the Governor and state legislators. Arizona has the third highest number nationwide of missing or murdered indigenous women and girls, and 25% of deaths go unsolved. If the bill passes and a committee is formed, it will report its findings by November of this year. Also scheduled for House Rules, MONDAY. To keep abreast of all progress in the current legislative session sign up for Civic Engagement Beyond Voting’s Iyer Report (a weekly email) here.
Need a refresher on RTS? If you have not yet registered to use RTS learn how here. PI is sponsoring one more RTS training session at the PRESCOTT VALLEY LIBRARY, Friday, March 8, 9:30-11:30a. Please contact Julia Watson to reserve a seat and learn how to request an RTS account if you haven’t already done so. She is also available at 928-848-1687.
2. Check out Indivisible’s “BLUEprint” for 2020. It’s painful waiting for Congress to 86 the fake border wall emergency. We are all weary of waiting for the reportedly imminent Mueller report. Besides taking action against the hateful bills and appointments favored by the Trump administration you can look to a brighter future in Indivisible National’s 3-point plan. Here’s a snippet from their recent email: “Super Tuesday is one year from today, when voters from 9 states will cast their ballots in the biggest single day of the 2020 primary. Seriously. And while it feels like we’ve been waiting for the 2020 election to get started since 10 PM on November 8, 2016, this is where things heat up in the race to reassert what kind of country we are and kick Donald Trump out of the White House. While we may have a year until Super Tuesday and 611 days until the votes are counted on election day, there’s a lot of work to do between now and then.”
The basic plan is to keep weakening Trump by supporting all the many investigations into his and his family’s crummy intrigues; use the power of 6,000 Indivisible groups to insure a healthy primary process that supports progressive candidates and values; and build a ground game that gets us to 270 electoral college votes, flips the Senate and other elected bodies nationwide blue in 2020. If you haven’t browsed the Indivisible website for a while, now is a great time to see what’s ahead.
3. Observe International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8. Sadly, we weren’t able to drum up support for a Sister Circle in the Prescott area in time for the event FreetheFeminine.org has put together this week. You can join in in spirit (and mark your calendars for next year) by visiting their website (scroll down to see a map of participating Sister Circles worldwide–it’s impressive) to view their smart and elegant video invitation. Two other ways to raise your voice for women’s rights:
JOIN the ERA 38-Mile March NEXT WEEK. The ERA Task Force AZ and the National Council of Jewish Women Arizona are leading the march over three days, March 11-13. They will be stopping at sites related to women’s progress toward equality. You can walk the entire way or just parts of the route. They write, “JOIN US FOR A SHORTER WALK or MEET US AT THE CAPITOL AT NOON. DATE: Monday, March 11 (walk starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends with a press conference at the AZ Capitol at noon). CARPOOL WITH US: Meet us on the North side of Dillard’s parking lot at the Paradise Valley Mall at 9:30 a.m. to drive down together. We will have directions to the church for you. (Look for Marillee in a white shirt. Contact: If needed, e-mail Marilee HERE or text her at 251-545-2181.) Meet Us There: Meet at Phoenix First Church UCC, 1407 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 OR the AZ Capitol at Noon. WHAT TO WEAR: White, like the Suffragettes.”
ARIZONA can make history by being the 38th State required to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Arizona which, in order for the measure to be adopted, 38 of the 50 states need to ratify the measure. Many in Arizona are seeking to make Arizona the 38th and decisive state … and put it into the U.S. Constitution.BUILD MORE BRIDGES TO THE 21st CENTURY WOMEN’S MOVEMENT TODAY by following these five Twitter accounts (see profiles here).
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC
Ava DuVernay @Ava
Emma Gonzalez @Emma4Change
She The People @_shethepeople
U.N. Women @UN_Women
Let these women warriors know Prescott Indivisible hears them. Your retweets, likes, and comments gives them superpowers!