Celebrating Women's Right to Vote, Sunday, August 26, 2018, Prescott Plaza

It's well known by now that "Did Not Vote" won the last presidential election by a landslide. Women voters outnumbered men both as a proportion of eligible voters and in absolute numbers. The Democratic candidate, a woman, received about 29% of the popular vote. The Republican man who daily disgraces the office of President got there by attracting just over 27% of voters. Over 54% of women who voted voted for Clinton; only 42% did for you-know-who. Assuming that about half of the 44% of eligible voters who didn't vote are women, we can reasonably infer that women comprise around half of the party of "Did Not Vote."

The League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County has just announced that it will soon celebrate the 19th Amendment, which prohibited state and federal officers from denying women the right to vote. With Women's March on Prescott and other co-sponsors, the League is planning a 4 p.m. march and rally on the Prescott Plaza on Sunday August …

Protesting Injustice is Patriotic

I got some good news yesterday, news about a project I've been working on continuously for almost six years. I'd almost forgotten what it felt like to feel whole again, what with feeling like my values and ideals have been whirled in a Vitamix since November 2016. It's tempting to take the day off to savor my moment. Independence Day. Barbecues. Lawn chairs. TV fireworks, since even the Chamber of Commerce concedes that setting off bombs in bone dry forests can be too costly.
On my morning walk I noticed that most of my neighbors are flying American flags in their yards. What sentiments lie behind these displays? National pride? Respect for the Constitution, the Commander-in-Chief, or the military? Do all these Stars and Stripes convey Love it or Leave it patriotism? How strongly do my countrymen fear what the Joneses will think if the national colors don't fly in their yard on a day meant to celebrate the love of liberty? For some the flags are probably just garden d…

Why Mayor Mengarelli Should Help Keep Families Together


Jennifer Masse: Why Rep. Gosar Hasn't Earned Another Term in Congress

Rep. Paul Gosar has been the Congressman for Arizona’s 4th Congressional District since 2011.  When he was first elected in 2010, he was hailed as the Tea Party candidate and was endorsed by disgraced politicians Sarah Palin and Joe Arpaio. There are many reasons Paul Gosar does not deserve another term, but here we will focus on the top three:

1. Gosar wants to sell Arizona’s public lands to the highest bidder. 

During his career Rep. Gosar has accepted the fourth highest contribution amounts from the energy and natural resources sector. He has co-sponsored 32 of the 84 anti-public lands bills, despite the fact that 88% of Arizonans believe that public lands are essential to Arizona’s economy. Claiming  “federal overreach,” he champions irresponsible uranium mining and livestock industries regardless of the harm they cause to public lands, water, and health, especially that of Arizona’s indigenous peoples.…

Prescott 8th Grader Meets with LD1 Rep. Stringer, #RedforEd March on the Capitol, April 30

This is my story of what happened at the Capitol on Monday....I think that this is important for voters especially to hear!

My name is Sedona Ortega and I am 14 years old. I am writing because I want to shed some light on what happened on the third floor of the House of Representatives when I went to share my opinions with our State Representative David Stringer about the #RedforEd movement and education funding.
Our conversation began with Mr. Stringer asking me questions about what sustainable education funding meant to me. He was referring to a handwritten letter we had left for him. This was fine, however he kept referring to our letter and the meeting we were having with him as “little”. At that point, my mother (an elementary teacher who is one of the hardest working people I know) kindly asked that he not use the adjective “little” to describe our meeting because it felt belittling, and made it seem like what we were there to talk to him about, wasn’t important. He stood up an…

Why We Must March for Science, April 14, Flagstaff

The success of the 2018 Women's March on Prescott (1200+ marchers) and March for Our Lives (1500+) right here in little ol' Prescott, AZ puts our elected officials on notice: We are not taking our democracy for granted anymore. We're done being treated as a flock of sheep under armed guard. Call us any name you like. We aren't reducible to a party label, and we're not going anywhere except to the streets and the voting booth to return the balance of power to the people of Arizona beginning this year.
On Saturday, April 14, hundreds of Arizonans will be on the streets of Flagstaff for the March for Science. The purpose of the 2nd March for Science, a nationwide event, is to show our support for the wellspring of our democracy—coordinated, ego-inhibiting, prejudice-busting rationalism. The current political regime at state and federal levels advocates extreme prejudice over evidence-based thinking; revelation (usually in the form of flat assertion) over deliberative…

Why I March for Our Lives by James Kimes

Republican politicians throughout our nation are working to pass bills that would criminalize protest and civil disobedience. In a year of historic activism, that response isn’t just unconstitutional: It’s fundamentally un-American. They do not want to see millions of people protesting as they strip away healthcare access, decimate public education, wage a war on science, weaken labor laws and environmental protections, condone discrimination based on gender or sexual identity, build walls instead of bridges, and shut down citizen initiatives that would protect civil liberties and human rights.
Our nation was born of rebellion. Nonviolent protest is the most effective weapon against discrimination and injustice. Through public marches, picketing, sit-ins, rallies, petition drives, and teach-ins, protestors contribute their time, energy, and passion with the hope of making a better, more just society for all. The civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the women’s moveme…