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kelly griffin and derrell acon in fidelio
"Fidelio" tells the story of a woman who sneaks into a prison to find her husband, a political prisoner. But the New York City-based Heartbeat Opera will perform a slightly different version at the at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 22. I
Feb. 22, 2022
Drone flying in the parking lot of 3D Robotics
The Phoenix City Council voted to move forward with a plan for the police department to buy and use drones. But getting to Wednesday night’s vote ignited frustration among several members.
Feb. 16, 2022
Fronteras Desk logo
The idea for the protest began on the social media platform TikTok — where Carlos Eduardo Espina has amassed a following of more than 2.5 million creating Spanish-language content about immigration issues.
Feb. 14, 2022
United States flag and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security flag
A new initiative from the Department of Homeland Security aims to help immigrants who are U.S. military veterans come back to the United States if they were deported.
Feb. 8, 2022
Arizona House of Representatives building
The resolution “Stop Critical Race Theory” would ban both racial discrimination in public institutions and preferential treatment under affirmative action.
Feb. 7, 2022
Elected officials and business leaders surround the new Asian District signage for the nearby Light Rail stop
A stretch of Dobson Road in Mesa populated with Asian businesses was given the official designation of the Asian District on Saturday. Mayor John Giles says the designation shows the growth of the Valley’s Asian community.
Feb. 5, 2022
phoenix city hall
The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a new paid city holiday at its Wednesday meeting. Juneteenth will become an annual holiday starting this year.
Feb. 2, 2022
Roger Smith
The new director in charge of independent oversight of Phoenix police estimates it will take six to eight months until his office is fully staffed.
Feb. 2, 2022
Afghanistan Flag
In a video on Twitter, state Rep. John Kavanagh says Afghan refugees are “roaming” the community of Scottsdale and may not have been properly vetted before arriving. His comments sparked backlash from rights groups who said the video was spreading misinformation and fueling anti-immigrant rhetoric.
Feb. 1, 2022
Victoria Steele
Last week marked two years since Virginia ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, making it the 38th state to do so. The text for the ERA makes clear that the amendment takes effect two years after 38 states ratify it, but it won’t be officially recognized without congressional action.
Jan. 29, 2022
Kayden Phoenix
Until recently, minorities have been underrepresented in the comic book world, and the burden to create these characters and their narratives has often fallen to smaller, independent producers of comics and graphic novels. Kayden Phoenix is not just occupying that space — she is blowing it up.
Jan. 26, 2022
Tucson skyline
The city of Tucson’s annual count of people experiencing homelessness has been canceled as COVID-19 continues to spread.
Jan. 24, 2022
Phoenix Rally for Roe 2022
Saturday was the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, but abortion rights activists are concerned that it may be the last. Radical Women Arizona hosted their “Rally for Roe” in downtown Phoenix.
Jan. 23, 2022
Light rail phoenix
As construction continues for two light rail extensions in Phoenix, leaders are feeling optimistic about adding more.
Jan. 19, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr.
People from across the Valley marched in downtown Phoenix on Monday to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The annual march comes at a time when passing national voting legislation is stymied by the U.S. Senate and as the state Legislature considers new voting restriction
Jan. 17, 2022
Eastlake Park civil rights memorial in Phoenix
On a day designated to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the city of Phoenix added history to a civil rights memorial. In 1997, the Civil Rights Memorial at Eastlake Park was created as a public art project to reflect a decade-by-decade history of the civil rights movement in the United States and Arizona
Jan. 17, 2022
Voting sticker
Martin Luther King III and his family hosted an event in support of the John Lewis Freedom to Vote Act in Phoenix on Saturday. A similar event will be held in Washington, D.C., for Martin Luther King Day.
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Jan. 16, 2022
The filibuster is busting democracy protest sign
A hunger strike is once again being used to put pressure on Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to help pass federal voting protections. Three groups began a hunger strike in front of the Arizona Capitol building on Friday in support of the Freedom to Vote Act.
Jan. 15, 2022
Martin Luther King III
Elected officials, civil rights leaders, interfaith leaders and community activists joined Martin Luther King III and his family at an event in Phoenix Saturday, focused on the passage of federal voting rights protections.
Jan. 15, 2022
Sonoran Searchers
A group Sonora that searches for people who have gone missing published a video this week asking cartel leaders to assure the safety of those looking for the disappeared.
Jan. 5, 2022


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