Immigration Team Report – August 30, 2019

Maria-Elena Dunn

The assaults are relentless. Not only on immigration matters, but particularly so. We’re all a well informed bunch so I’m not going to repeat the litany of horrors here. But, given the “stable genius’“ threats, flip-flops, the catatonic nature of Congress, and so much more, we here at PI’s Immigration Team have decided to place all our energies locally … at least for now.

Our actions:

* nurturing symbiotic relationships with groups such as Keep Prescott Together,

* continuing to support our Dreamers through DACA fees grants,

* collecting and distributing donations for the groups helping asylum seekers and immigrants down in the Phoenix area and at the border,

* working with GPUUC to fund a Dreamer scholarship at Yavapai College, etc.


Anyone can help with these efforts. Here’s a link to how you can help with donations for the people transiting through Phoenix.

On all other matters, especially how to contribute to DACA fund (now exhausted), please contact me at  Or come to our next mtg, Wed, 4 Sept, 3PM, GPUUC, FDBldg.

Immigration Team Report – June 10, 2019

Maria-Elena Dunn

14 Jun: 5 PM, GPUUC, Presentation by Phoenix Restoration Project and Somos America.  Check last week’s Persist and Resist Newsletter for details.

12 Jul:  6PM, GPUUC, PI General Meeting: Immigration Team (IT) will present – “Immigrants are America!” Also, will l be collecting donations for Phoenix’ St Vincent de Paul organization which is actively assisting with the immigrants/refugees/asylum seekers that are “moved” through the city w/out any resources for their onward journeys.  Details on items needed to come.

20 Jul:  930AM departure for trip being coordinated by PI/IT to volunteer at St Vincent’s de Paul in Phoenix.  Returning to Prescott at 630PM +/-.  Carpools available.  Details to come.

Immigration Team Report – April 28, 2019

Maria-Elena Dunn

The team is calling for an in-person, monthly team meeting hiatus.  Until regrouping is needed for a specific action, we will “meet” through email communications, at least monthly, via reports from the Lead to members or, as needed, if a quick turn-around on an action is required.  We also hope to “host” the July Prescott Indivisible General Meeting with the theme – Immigrants are America.

In the meantime, our members will continue working with Keep Prescott Together, in particular, its upcoming Legal Clinic/Information Session on 8 May; assisting with the fundraising efforts by GPUUC towards its Opportunity Scholarship; attending/participating in Latino community events as we learn about them, including Día del Niño on Sun, 28 April and the Prescott Valley PD Latino Town Hall on Fri, 3 May; processing DACA renewal applications; providing support to organizations in Phoenix area collecting items required to provide aid to immigrants being dropped off at bus station and/or churches; and, anything else that comes our way.

For any and all interested in keeping well informed, in an in-depth and balanced way, on Immigration (actually also on Education, Dirty Money and the Corporation Commission, among many key subjects), I encourage you to subscribe to the Arizona Republic – on line or otherwise.  Superb reporting.

Early May I am off to Sail the Seven Seas.  Will re-connect again in early June….  Will be looking at emails whenever possible, but time difference may make it impossible to reply on a timely manner.  Anything urgent, please contact Sukey.

Immigration Team Report – April 14, 2019

Maria-Elena Dunn

 As you have noted, Immigration issues remain front and center in our national arena.  The comings and goings of #45 with regard to what he is absolutely going to do, and then not do now, or not do for a year, or whichever way he changes his mind, makes it virtually impossible to know how to be proactive on these issues.  I can only recommend that you continue to be constantly informed and defend, with your calls, texts, tweets, etc., the rights of asylum seekers, immigrant families (at the border and in our midsts), and of individuals who may just be more recent arrivals than we are, but are as much American as any of us. Incessant support, asking our leaders that we show a bit of humanity towards our fellow beings, is a must for all of us.

Also, be advised that weekly Immigration Team reports (well, actually, no PI Team reports) do not/not appear in the PI nor the P&R Monday newsletters but can be found in the Prescott Indivisible webpage under News. Look for them there.  And, if you miss a PI Grl Mtg, go to the PI YouTube channel and check out the summary videos.

We have a lot to share re what is coming up in our area, and what we want to move towards, so please attend the NEXT TEAM MEETING:  Tue, 16 April 2019, 4-530pm at Gateway Mall Foodcourt (have identified a quieter corner).

In the meantime, please note the announcements attached.  Spread the word re this event, whichever way you can, AND consider attending to hear how the PVPD is supporting our Latino community.

Look forward to seeing many at the meeting NEXT TUESDAY.

Immigration Team Report – March 31, 2019

Maria-Elena Dunn

National – You have all seen it, heard it:  #45 continues with his threats and, in the height of imbecility, is proposing BOTH to “close” the border and to cut off aid to the countries where the “caravan” families come from….  Mr T: Go back to Econ 101 and International Relations 101!!! There you would have learned that closing the border can affect the US economy severely, especially in the border states.  And, cutting off aid to the countries where people are fleeing, not only due to gang violence but also because they cannot eke out a living, is counter productive. Bullying our countrymen is bad enough, bullying duly elected officials of sovereign countries is beyond the pale.

Phoenix – The proposal to establish a third tier for higher education fees to bring down costs for Dreamers is stalled.  This, while they continue to debate legislation for problems that don’t exist.

On any and all of these key issues, please keep you eye on the ball and your fingers on your Twitter.  Let them know we are determined to change DC and AZ – with every breath we take.


Molly Beverly

     SB1217. FOR. Would create a new tuition rate for young DACA immigrants replacing the out-of-state rate, making tuition affordable and helping DACA students to become productive members of society. Backed by the AZ Chamber of Commerce. Call Speaker Rusty Bowers of the House at 602-926-3128 and ask him to allow the bill to be heard. (He is currently blocking the bill.)
 SCR1014. AGAINST. Ask your Senator to vote against SCR1014, a resolution that would ask the U.S. Congress to hold an Article V Constitutional Convention on term limits. Apart from the debatable merits of imposing term limits, Justice Scalia warned there is no way to limit such a convention to its stated intent, leading to the danger of a “runaway convention” that would change the Constitution in unknown ways. 
 SB1060. FOR. SB1060 is a good striker bill that would prohibit vaping in many public places by amending the Smoke-Free Arizona Act, protecting the public against “secondhand vaping” pollutants that have been linked to disease. Call Rep. Nancy Barto, Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, at 602-926-5766 and ask her to put SB1060 on her Friday committee agenda to protect public health. 
 More bills on the floor this week are in the attached publication, Stand Indivisible! AZ Legislative Flash Bulletin, Vol. 8.
Take special note of this one – HB2616. AGAINST. Stark voter suppression. Would make it a crime for anyone to receive compensation (even lunch, a bottle of water, etc.) for registering people to vote, including leading voter registration organizations as well as DMV employees and County Recorder employees where registration takes place, even library and health workers who register people as part of their community work. Four month jail term for failing to send in voter registration form within 10 days. Failed in House on March 11, passed on a motion to reconsider, now will be heard in Senate Judiciary Committee on March 28.  
Read about a high school government teacher who was fined $1,000 under a Florida law similar to HB2616.


Human Rights Team Report – March 17, 2019

Jennifer Masse

The Human Rights Team is doing a postcard action. We’re writing postcards to McSally and Sinema. They both need to know that we are watching, we’re not going anywhere, and what we expect from them. We will write as many postcards as possible to both senators between now and the next PI general meeting. I will collect them there and then photograph them (for social media) and mail them. I have the stamps.

We should focus our message on kids being kidnapped and put in cages at the border. This is an immigration issue, but it’s also a human rights issue. In my opinion there should be Nuremberg style trials on this issue once everything is said and done. McSally and Sinema need to know that we expect them to take action to stop this horrendous practice.

Use your own words, and please sign them from Prescott Indivisible or Prescott Indivisible Human Rights Team. Use your name too if you’d like. That’s up to you. Please write as many as you’re able prior to the PI general meeting on 4/5. I will collect them then and stamp them and address them. If you want to address them, feel free but please use McSally’s Tucson address and Sinema’s Phoenix address.

Here are a couple of sample scripts just to give you some inspiration:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to condemn the continued detention of thousands of migrant children nationwide, particularly in unregulated “temporary” shelters like the site in Homestead, Florida. I expect [REP/SEN NAME] to call for the closure of facilities like Homestead and demand that unaccompanied minors seeking asylum be allowed to live with family or other sponsors without fear for their safety.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to demand that [REP/SEN NAME] oppose any effort to allow for indefinite detention or separation of migrant families. Alternative methods, such as the Family Case Management Program, have already proven successful and cost effective. Congress must work to fund and implement these methods instead of inhumane detention or separation of children and families.

Thank you for your time and attention.

IF LEAVING VOICEMAIL: Please leave full address to ensure call is tallied.

Education Team Report – March 17, 2019

Julia Watson

Send an email to our reps and ask that they vote NO on two bills:  2523 and 1451. Both harm education because of their intent.  2523 lowers the minimum wage for young workers between the ages of 18 and 22 years that was approved by the voters.  Depriving students of their minimum wage rights when they are struggling to stay in college is discriminatory and discourages them from finishing their education.  1451 makes citizen initiatives (similar to Prop 305 or Outlaw Dirty Money) almost impossible to get on the ballot.  And if you can attend the hearing on 2523 on Tuesday the 19th starting at 2 pm, head for the State Capitol in Phoenix for the House Elections Committee meeting.

We need all hands on deck to defend democracy!


Molly Beverly

FIRST OF ALL— Get registered on the RTS system.  And start chiming in.  This is really, really very easy.  So stop putting it off and get on it.

SECOND OF ALL– Go to the Iyer Report and read the actions.  There are a lot of extremely important bills for you to jump in on.  The ones I have listed are ONLY elections focused.

Iyer Report:

Alert: Don’t Make it Harder to Vote

Some of the anti-voter bills we’ve been watching over the last 2 months died before making it out of their house of origin. Others, unfortunately, are still very much alive. This week lawmakers will vote on:

  • HB2039, to crack down on the nonexistent problem of “federal-only” voter fraud
  • HB2616, to make it illegal to register someone to vote as part of your job
  • SB1072, imposing photo ID requirements on voters who cast ballots at voting centers
  • SB1090, to drastically limit voter access to emergency voting centers

These bills are scheduled for a floor vote in the house.  Contact your representatives:  Noel Campbell (602) 926-3124 and David Stringer (602) 926-4838

Scheduled for a final House floor vote, Monday. OPPOSE.

HB2039, sponsored by Kelly Townsend (R-16), would require county recorders to report how many people registered to vote using the federal voter registration form only, and, after each general election, to post the number of ballots those people cast. Arizona’s voter registration law is stricter than federal law, requiring voters to prove citizenship when they register — but the commonly used federal form doesn’t, and the US Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that Arizona can’t reject those federal forms. Many conservatives dislike federal-only voting, viewing it as potentially allowing non-citizens to vote; however, few voters cast a federal-only ballot, and cases of non-citizens voting are extremely rare.

Scheduled for House COW floor debate, Monday. OPPOSE.

HB2616, sponsored by Kelly Townsend (R-16), 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. Townsend has promised an amendment that mimics language already in statute, barring circulators for initiatives and referenda from being paid per signature, and instead allowing them to be paid hourly.

These bills are in committee.  Use the RTS system to chime in

SB1072, sponsored by Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-23), would impose photo ID requirements on voters who cast ballots at voting centers instead of their specific polling place. Voter ID laws are a common voter-suppression tactic, particularly against those who tend to vote Democratic: they not only prevent some who show up at the polls from voting, but also deter others from showing up at all. 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.” Studies agree that voter impersonation fraud is a myth, meaning there’s no good reason for these laws. Scheduled for House Rules, Monday. OPPOSE.


SB1090, sponsored by Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-23), would drastically limit voter access to emergency voting centers. Voters would be required to sign an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, describing their “unavoidable” emergency and stating that the person would otherwise be unable to vote in the election in any other manner. Maricopa County expanded emergency voting last year, opening four centers for the August primary election and five for November’s general election. The Arizona Republican Party alleges that this constitutes misuse of emergency early voting. Voters’-rights groups are calling the bill an effort at voter suppression. Passed the Senate with only Heather Carter (R-15) breaking from her caucus to vote No. Scheduled for House Elections, Tuesday. OPPOSE.

Imigration Team Report – March 4, 2019

Maria-Elena Dunn

Issues, legislation, discussions related to immigration continue on the front burner both in Phoenix and in Washington.  It is hard to keep abreast of what to support and what to oppose.  Locally, follow great reporting in the Arizona Republic via their website, AZCentral.  And, to influence all state legislation, sign up for RTS and flood our so-called representatives with your opinion. At the national level, find the source that you consider least biased and inform yourself, act, and talk to your friends and neighbors asking them to do the same.  In 2019 we must show our legislators that we have a voice that is loud and clear. We are not going away. We are in it to win and take our country, our state and our cities back!

If you want to join a dynamic PI team, come to the next Immigration Team meeting on Tuesday, 19 March, 4-530pm at the Gateway Mall Foodcourt. Join us as we continue to forge working relationships with Keep Prescott Together and its immigration law clinics, as well as with faith-based organizations in the Quad City area and in The Valley which bring love and humanity to immigrants being “discarded” by ICE at bus stations and elsewhere.

Together we CAN make a difference.

Imigration Team Report – February 25, 2019

Maria-Elena Dunn

Both our Phoenix legislators and our CD4 “representative” in DC have been busy addressing immigration issues during the last week.  As you read the pieces in the links below, it should be clear who and what we can/should support.  But, to clarify some of the language bantered about:  “Dreamers” protected by DACA do have, in fact, a Lawful Immigration Status; asylum seekers are, by definition and accepted international law, not/not entering a country illegally. And, to highlight the height of irony – our illustrious Dr? Gosar is big into having no/no federal interference in how states – even districts or cattlemen – conduct their business YET he is the first to introduce just those kinds of measures in the House.

The following links are just very, very interesting reads, further highlighting some of the complicated issues around immigration, how immigrants are frequently misrepresented, and how even the young are trying to protect our democracy and see the inanity of The Wall.

This last link is for fun (or horror) and most certainly worth the click and the read: a Brit’s look at #45.  Enjoy.

Learn about PI’s Immigration Team’s efforts, actions, meetings, and how to engage by contacting María-Elena at

·      make it illegal for someone to register voters as part of their job (HB2616).

More information on all these bills is available here:

Please use the RTS system (refer to RTS system training links and classes)
contact the lawmakers on the House Elections Committee directly:

Kelly Townsend (Chair)             (R-16)               602-926-4467
Frank Carroll (Vice Chair)            (R-22)    602-926-3249
Shawnna Bolick             (R-20)              602-926-3244
John Fillmore             (R-16)               602-926-3187
Warren Petersen            (R-12)              602-926-4136
Bob Thorpe            (R-6)               602-926-5219
Jennifer Jermaine            (D-18)               602-926-3199
Diego Rodriguez            (D-27)               602-926-3285
Athena Salman            (D-26)               602-926-4858
Raquel Terán            (D-30)                602-926-3308



Communications and Events Team 2018

Thanks to all team members for their good humor, incredible work ethic and flexibility when asked to take on new assignments. The team works with a professionalism that is a major reason why the efforts of Prescott Indivisible are outstanding.
Maria Lynam, Team Leader:

New website design and maintenance–   (Neil Cooperrider)
PI YouTube channel:  LINK   (Bill Court)
Weekly Calendar – (Maria Lynam)

Weekly Prescott Indivisible and Persist and Resist Newsletters. (Editors: Molly Beverly, Nancy Mattina, Maria Lynam)
Photographer and Facebook (Dee Cohen)
Videographer (Bill Court)
Public Service Announcements  (Becky Haynes)
Designed and distributed PI rackcards and other printed materials.

Election Support –
Endorsement questionnaire sent to ALL candidates. Responses compiled and included in PI newsletters. (Maria-Elena Dunn, Maria Lynam)
Design and distribution of 5,000 “Call 10 Friends,” candidate, and proposition information cards. Designed and distributed 3,000 cards with voter registration information (Mavis Brauer, Maria Lynam)

Coordination and publication of events: marches, rallies, and classes:  Nobody is Above the Law, 98thAnniversary of the 19th Amendment, March for Our Lives, Women’s March on Prescott, How To Write Letters To The Editor, Reception for Ezra Levin, the co-founder of national Indivisible
2nd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic (Molly Beverly, Larry Meads and a cast of thousands)