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Homeless tents
The leader of an Arizona organization that works on homeless initiatives says that certain laws already criminalize homelessness and that police intimidation makes it a moral and religious issue.
U.S. To Investigate Phoenix Police Over Excessive Force Allegations
Phoenix Police Chief, Union, Activist React To Investigation
Aug. 6, 2021
Phoenix police sign
News of a federal investigation into the city and Phoenix Police Department took leaders by surprise Thursday. “We had no idea that this was coming,” said Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia. He told KJZZ that city leaders were notified about an hour before the U.S. Department of Justice’s news conference in Washington, D.C.
U.S. To Investigate Phoenix Police Over Excessive Force Allegations
Phoenix Police Chief, Union, Activist React To Investigation
Aug. 5, 2021
Rio Sonora
It’s been seven years since a mining spill in neighboring Sonora, considered the worst mining disaster in Mexican history. But residents say the mining company and the government have yet to fully remediate the damage.
Aug. 5, 2021
Jazz, blues and bluegrass are unique to American musical history, but their roots reach back centuries to Western Africa. Pascal Bokar and his Afro Blue Grazz Band have a series of upcoming concerts in the Valley that merge those influences and include a discussion about the influence of West Africa on the evolution of American culture and musical traditions as part of the Jazz Culture & Social Justice Project.
Aug. 4, 2021
Abort so as not to die
Lawmakers in a state is southeastern Mexico voted to decriminalize elective abortion this week — making it the fourth state in the country to allow the procedure.
Jul. 21, 2021
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Friday to block the use of public funds for what he calls "critical race theory." But there seems to be a disconnect between the description of what has become a favorite talking point of Ducey and other Republicans, and what “critical race theory” actually means.
Jul. 12, 2021
Tomás Rojo
Sonoran authorities say they’ve arrested a second suspect in the murder of Tomás Rojo, a Yaqui activist and leader who went missing in May.
Jul. 9, 2021
officer name tag and camera
All DPS troopers will be equipped with body-worn cameras thanks to the new state budget approved last week. But at the same time, lawmakers signed off on a policy that restricts the kinds of video from those cameras that can be released to the public.
Jul. 9, 2021
search for Tomás Rojo
This week, authorities identified the remains of a Yaqui activist who had gone missing in late May in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. His murder and others in recent months have brought greater attention to growing violence in the region.
Jun. 25, 2021
Allister Adel
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Friday it is permanently dismissing charges against protesters who were arrested in the fall of 2020 in downtown Phoenix.
Jun. 11, 2021
search for Tomás Rojo
An activist and spokesperson for the Yaqui tribe in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, has been missing since last Thursday. State and federal leaders have promised to continue searching for him.
Jun. 2, 2021
Charli Calvin
The state health department released final rules about who qualifies to pursue a license. But efforts to help those hurt by the drug war in other parts of the country where marijuana has been legalized have been criticized for not living up to their intentions. Now it’s Arizona’s turn to try and ingrain social justice values sought by many in the U.S. into a developing and profitable industry.
Jun. 2, 2021
Phoenix police headquarters
In October of last year, Phoenix Police arrested 17 protesters and identified the individuals as having gang affiliations, which allows prosecutors to level harsher charges and penalties than if they were regarded as simply unwieldy demonstrators. But, the protesters argued that they are not gang members on par with Bloods, Crips or biker gangs — that they are simply brought together in support of a cause.
Jun. 1, 2021
Tulsa Race Massacre ruins
The history of the U.S. is dotted with examples of racial injustice and blatant acts of racism — systemic and otherwise. But one of the most horrific hadn’t received much attention or discussion until recently: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, which occurred 100 years ago.
Jun. 1, 2021
Carlos Garcia
Gov. Ducey recently signed a new law requiring that police be at least two-thirds of an officer-misconduct review board. A budget amendment proposed this week by Senate President Karen Fann would greatly expand required police participation in officer-misconduct probes beyond just a review board.
May. 28, 2021
ABC daycare
Nearly 12 years after a daycare fire that left 49 children dead in the Sonoran capital Hermosillo, Mexico’s Supreme court confirmed Wednesday that 22 people are responsible for the tragedy. But family members of the victims say the ruling is far from delivering justice.
May. 27, 2021
Rio Sonora Watershed Committees protest
Top Mexican environmental officials met with communities affected by a 2014 mining spill in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, this weekend. Now area residents say they’re holding those leaders and the mining company accountable to remedy long-standing impacts of the disaster.
May. 26, 2021
The below-grade Papago Freeway in central Phoenix, built on what used to be Moreland and Culver streets.
The Ten Across project has decided to use the Interstate Ten corridor, stretching from California to Florida, as its framework when it comes to water, energy, commerce, and land use — among other things.
May. 26, 2021
Glendale has become the ninth city in Arizona to pass an LGBTQ inclusive non-discrimination ordinance. The city council passed it unanimously on Tuesday.
May. 26, 2021
A patient's bandage shows the COVID-19 vaccine was administered.
Rural residents face greater risks of severe sickness and death from COVID-19, due in part to factors like age, illness, disability, health insurance and access to intensive care. Yet a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds rural vaccination rates still lag — though not in Arizona.
May. 20, 2021


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