Originally Published: February 10, 2017 5:50 a.m.
A group of dedicated individuals in Yavapai County continue to meet since marching together in Prescott — or elsewhere — on Jan. 21 at the Women’s March. They do so to carry forward their momentum in having a voice in local, state, and federal political action.
Most recently about 70 showed up at a standing-room-only meeting at the Prescott Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 4. The meeting’s organizers, Nicole Romine and Paul Hamilton, have formed a group called Prescott Indivisible.
Two other individuals also are creating ways to consolidate information about upcoming events and activities.
LaBeth Pondish hopes to have a website up and running in the next two weeks called Yavapai County Action Network (email@example.com).
Maria Lynam has an email list to send out calls for community action and events — a “clearinghouse,” she calls it. Her list now includes close to 250 individuals (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Making a list of priority issues for action was one of the goals for the Huddle meeting Saturday. The Women’s March on Washington organization suggested the word “Huddle” for gathering together “to define our next steps and envision how to transform the energy we saw at Women’s Marches into local and national action.”
When Romine asked for a show of hands for those wanting to work on each priority issue, she found nearly every hand raised for every topic: immigration, women’s rights, education, National Parks and the environment, opposing President Trump’s nominees, Dakota Access Pipeline, LGBT rights, human rights, civil rights.
In addition to email communications and websites, Hamilton and Romine encouraged participants to make respectful phone calls to legislators and write letters or postcards.
Slade Graves suggested running ads prior to events and Romine asked her to lead that effort. Within 10 minutes, a surprised Graves had $300 cash in donations.
Lis Kester has started a Facebook page that may be helpful for these individuals, Arizona Republican Women’s Resistance.
Because of the interest expressed by those in the audience, Romine set another meeting for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Yavapai Title Company, 1235 E. Gurley. Enter through the back entrance.