Elections Team Report – February 17, 2019

Molly Beverly

Alert #1: Protect Arizona Elections
From the Iyer Report

The agenda this week in the Elections Committee is worrisome, to say the least. Lawmakers will consider bills to
·      establish a highly partisan “election procedures oversight committee” (HB2489),
·      restrict Arizona’s initiative and referendum process (HCR2005),
·      make it illegal for someone to register voters as part of their job (HB2616).

More information on all these bills is available here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aCbnOfqWM93D_C8u8FersBZAwe1ktqLLfPwcbYj3C58/edit

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

Kelly Townsend (Chair)             (R-16)            ktownsend@azleg.gov             602-926-4467
Frank Carroll (Vice Chair)            (R-22)            FCarroll@azleg.gov  602-926-3249
Shawnna Bolick             (R-20)            sbolick@azleg.gov            602-926-3244
John Fillmore             (R-16)            JFillmore@azleg.gov             602-926-3187
Warren Petersen            (R-12)            WPetersen@azleg.gov            602-926-4136
Bob Thorpe            (R-6)             BThorpe@azleg.gov            602-926-5219
Jennifer Jermaine            (D-18)             JJermaine@azleg.gov            602-926-3199
Diego Rodriguez            (D-27)             DRodriguez@azleg.gov            602-926-3285
Athena Salman            (D-26)             ASalman@azleg.gov            602-926-4858
Raquel Terán            (D-30)             RTeran@azleg.gov             602-926-3308

THESE BILLS ARE UP FOR HEARING ON MONDAY:
HB2489 election procedures oversight committee (Townsend) establishes a committee, appointed by the House Speaker and Senate President to look at collection and transfer of voting results. The Secretary of State would be included as a nonvoting member. The focus would be to see if people who were only eligible for a federal ballot got the right ballot. This is another bill to try and vilify people and would be highly partisan based on who the speaker and president are. OPPOSE.
HB2616 registration of voters; payment; prohibition (Townsend) only allows people working for political parties to register voters as part of their job. This is outrageous and just one more of the many ways this legislature is trying to keep more people from voting. OPPOSE.
HCR2005 initiative; referendum; signatures; legislative districts (Kavanagh) refers to the ballot a measure that would require anyone seeking to qualify an initiative or referendum to get a proportionate number of signatures from each legislative district. It is already ridiculously expensive and difficult to qualify a measure. This would just make it more difficult and more expensive. OPPOSE.

Senate Committee on Judiciary in SHR109
SCR1023 initiative; referendum; signatures; legislative districts (Kerr: Allen S, Borrelli, et al.) refers to the ballot a measure that would require anyone seeking to qualify an initiative or referendum to get a proportionate number of signatures from each legislative district. It is already ridiculously expensive and difficult to qualify a measure. This would just make it more difficult and more expensive. OPPOSE.

House Committee on Government in HHR1
HB2489 election procedures oversight committee (Townsend) See above. OPPOSE.


Immigrration Team Report  – February 15, 2019

Maria-Elena Dunn

“National Emergency at the Border.”  Our ONLY and very real national emergency is that we have Donald Trump in the White House.  We continue to encourage people to keep clearly informed re all matters immigration:  asylum seekers are not crossing the border illegally, children are still being separated and many not reunited, most drugs being smuggled into the US are not coming thru un”fenced” border areas….Fact check everything you hear and read, please.  People’s lives are threatened by the misinformation and our country further divided. We must say, “ENOUGH.”

Our Dreamer fund for DACA renewals is now completely exhausted.  We will have financed the fees for 15 local Dreamers thanks to the generosity of so many in our community.  Please consider contributing as we have other requests on hold. To remind – every Dreamer currently covered by DACA must renew his/her permit every two years at a cost of $495 each time.  Any amount you can offer us is most welcomed.  Write to me at latinoindivisible@gmail.com for details on how to support this effort.

Join us at the next Team meeting this Tuesday, 19 February, 4-530, Gateway Mall, Foodcourt.  On the agenda, among other things: update from Keep Prescott Together as well as what we are/will be doing with Phoenix Restoration Project and two other potential groups to support in The Valley and in Nogales. And, before going home, you can patronize the new Mexican pastry shop right there in the foodcourt by purchasing some of the delicious goodies he offers at very reasonable prices.   Hope to see many on Tuesday.


Education Team Report – February 13, 2019

Julia Watson

Training for Request To Speak/RTS is proceeding well.  We have conducted two sessions and two more are scheduled as follow this month:  Saturday, February 23, from noon to 2 p.m. at Prescott VALLEY library’s computer lab and Tuesday, February 26, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Prescott High School.

If you are interested in attending either one of these sessions –  in order to become more adept at sending comments to our legislators while they are considering bills at the state Capitol – you will need to preregister as soon as possible.


Environmental Team Report – February 12, 2019

Jim Stein

A February Monthly meeting at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Saturday February 23 at 7:00 PM

We will have a Mark Woodfill, Budget and Finance Director from the City Of Prescott discussing the City Finances. This would be a great opportunity to ask your questions about City finances and perhaps as they relate to our environmental concerns such as water supply,  development issues and any others. Start thinking of great questions now. They can be submitted before the talk  by email. There will be a video presentation of Greta Thunberg from Sweden (age 16, Climate Activist) followed by our own Patti Michelle Shaeffer giving some fact based demonstrations of the real science that is behind the  current climate modeling techniques. This should give us some good basis for a rousing discussion.

And your homework for the month!!

Contact Local Networks in Arizona on their Facebook Page

Ask them to start talking about the reality and consequences of climate change.

Add a fact or a link to your favorite climate crisis video.

AZ NBC News Channel 12

https://www.facebook.com/12news

AZ ABC15 News

https://www.facebook.com/ABC15/

CBS Channel 5

https://www.facebook.com/arizonasfamily/

FOX10 News

https://www.facebook.com/FOX10Phoenix/

ABC News Email Contact

https://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/mailform?id=12660077

CBS News Email Contact

https://findaddressphonenumbers.com/Address-of-Cbs-Evening-News-07653

Contact Email and message down right column on page for FOX News

https://www.foxnews.com/shows/fox-and-friends

NBC News, Select Feedback on Programming on the pull down menu

https://www.nbc.com/contact-us

This email is going to the current list we have for the Prescott Indivisible Environment Team.  If your name or  address is not correct or you just want to be removed form the list, please just send me an email back and I will take care of that and clean things up!


ELECTIONS TEAM REPORT & NEWS–Feb 10, 2019           

Molly Beverly

FROM THE IYER REPORT

Alert #2: Protect access to voting by mail

Last week, SB1188, which would drop voters from the permanent early voting list if they miss two elections, passed Senate Judiciary. It’s in Rules this Monday (use RTS!), but we expect it to head to the floor as soon as this week.

SB1188 would put an expiration date on “permanent” early voting, typically after two years of not voting, because local and state elections tend to happen in back-to-back years. According to the most recent elections data, SB1188 could remove 46,000 voters from PEVL. This would hurt active duty military, as well as voters who miss a back-to-back local and state election (voting every presidential cycle would not be enough). Kicking people off of PEVL will increase pressure on in-person polling places — or discourage them from voting at all.

It’s up to us to stop this blatant attack on democracy. Indivisible has developed a link with call script and info on your lawmaker. Call your Senator on this one ASAP: the link makes it easy!

USE THIS LINK: https://act.indivisible.org/call/defend-democracy-arizona

REGISTRATION AND TRAINING WITH–Civic Engagement Beyond Voting                    cebv.us

Civic Engagement Beyond Voting is a powerful resource for getting you registered, trained, and informed about RTS.

START by going to cebv.us and submitting your registration.  The registration actually has to be submitted in person at the state department building in Phoenix or Tucson but CEBV will do this for you.  Just follow their directions under RTS.

AT THE SAME PLACE you can watch the video that shows you how to use the system.

THEN choose “Inform” on the CEBV website to see AND sign up for the AZ Weekly Legislative Update.  This is known as the Iyer Report, Melinda Merkel Iyer is the editor.

THE IYER REPORT informs you directly about legislation to respond to on the RTS system.  It gives you choices of action if you only have 10 or 20 or 30 minutes of time.  It alerts and informs about bills coming through the system, explaining each and recommending progressive reactions.  This is a really great tool that will save us all a lot of time.

SO…There’s no excuse for not getting in the RTS system and making our voices heard.

By the way… Patty Walbridge has volunteered to be our researcher and keep Prescott Indivisible informed about election related legislation at both the state and federal level.  Thanks Patty!

FROM THE SIERRA CLUB LEGISLATIVE REPORT

Sign up for this report:

https://vault.sierraclub.org/email/signup.asp?PC=GCLEGISLATIVE&PS=70131000001hRELAA2&ET=Arizona%20Legislative%20Update&FN=1&LN=1

 

SB1046 – Early voter required to mail in ballot, not drop off. . . Is stalled; does not have 16 votes to pass in Senate.

Other voter suppression bills also appear to be stalled thanks to all who have opposed.

 

ELECTION RELATED BILLS IN HEARINGS.   Use the RIGHT TO SPEAK (RTS) system to respond

Hearings Tues. 2/12 House Committee on Elections

HB2026 – Public resources influencing elections, penalties – slows individuals challenging public resources on elections & directs penalties . . . Monitor

HB2039 – Federal Form voter  registrations reporting. County to post on websites number of people who used form  & did not provide proof of citizenship. . .  Likely Oppose.

HB2133 – Voter registration updates on internet – allows updates to registration info online in response to postcard from county recorder. Seems fine.

HB2489 -Election Procedures Oversight Committee. Creates committee to look at collection & transfer of voting results. Oppose!

Thurs. 2/14 Senate Judiciary Committee

SB1451 – Statewide ballot measures; circulators; procedures . . . Oppose


Immigration Team – Maria-Elena Dunn

At the risk of being redundant or repetitive, we cannot overemphasize the need to keep fully informed (with unbiased and clear statistics) re all things immigration AND acting upon them with calls to the House and Senate.  It is impossible to give you guidance because the proposals are ever changing BUT, the stakes are high, so please try to help us by staying on top of it.  For a more direct engagement, please sign up to receive training to support the work of the Phoenix Restoration Project (PRP) whose “members” assist those “released” by ICE at the Greyhound station in Phoenix by providing material goods (food, clothing, toys, etc.) as well as humane contact for those in transit to parts unknown.  Write latinoindivisible@gmail.com to express your interest or for info.  Better yet, come to our Next Meeting: Tues, 19 Feb 2019, 4-530pm, Gateway Mall Foodcourt.  At that meeting we will hear an update on the progress achieved by the Keep Prescott Together team, we will discuss a collaborative effort with a church working with immigrants in Nogales, we will learn more re Hans’ client (asylum seeker from Honduras in detention), a further update on the PRP, and, last but not least, an overview on Immigration legislation both at state and national arenas.  All welcomed.


Environmental Team February Meeting

A February Monthly meeting at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Saturday February 23 at 7:00 PM

We will have a Mark Woodfill, Budget and Finance Director from the City Of Prescott discussing the City Finances. This would be a great opportunity to ask your questions about City finances and perhaps as they relate to our environmental concerns such as water supply, development issues and any others. Start thinking of great questions now. They can be submitted before the talk by email.

There will be a video presentation of Greta Thunberg from Sweden (age 16, Climate Activist) followed by our own Patti Michelle Shaeffer giving some fact based demonstrations of the real science that is behind the current climate modeling techniques. This should give us some good basis for a rousing discussion.


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: maria488@cableone.net

2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
New website design and maintenance–  https://prescottindivisible.org/   (Neil Cooperrider)
PI YouTube channel:  LINK   (Bill Court)
Weekly Calendar – (Maria Lynam)

Media–
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)

Events-
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)