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Posted by Carolyn Sugiyama Classen As an Asian American born in raised in the State of Hawaii, this is important to me and my community here in Tucson. Press release info: "Get your health insurance questions answered and help with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Senator Steve Farley at this celebration this afternoon. Noticed several businesses had signs in their windows "We don't discriminate - Veto" re: SB 1062. Joined the Wingspan march to the State Bldg. with protestors shouting "Our State, don't hate, we do not discriminate" for a short time. Otherwise several booths were along 4th Avenue promoting The District (on E. 5th & 6th Streets) and the new apt. complex The Junction (on E. 9th St. east of 4th Avenue). Next Destination celebration will be downtown on March 25.
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Posted by Carolyn Classen The Mayor delivered his annual State of the City speech today at the Tucson Metro Chamber's luncheon at the Tucson Convention Center. Here's the entire speech, in case you missed the lunch. Mayor Rothschild was elected... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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Posted by Carolyn Classen The Great March for Climate Action starts on March 1, 2014. From www.climatemarch.org: "The goal of the Great March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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Posted by Carolyn Classen From 4th Avenue Merchant Assocation's website, www.fourthavenue.org: Streetcar Celebration: Destination 4th Avenue, will be held on Wednesday, February 26 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Fourth Avenue near the 6th /7th Streets Streetcar stop. Streetcar Celebration: Destination... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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Posted by Carolyn Sugiyama Classen UPDATE 2/27/14: Due to reports of a winter storm, both these events have been postponed to Friday April 11, time tba. So check the Yume Japanese Garden website for updates. Don't miss either of these... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Too bad about not being able to get "Inequality for All" film by Robert Reich -- I saw it (and reviewed it) at the Loft and it is a very compelling movie.
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Thanks for your comment Gabrielle to Victor, who first notified me about this play. He's a terrific actor, whom I've seen in several productions around town. I hope I can squeeze this civil rights play into my schedule before March 9th.
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Posted by Carolyn Classen As part of Black History Month, the Black Women's Task Force is sponsored a documentary about the late Congresswoman Chisholm. Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968, representing New York... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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Posted by Carolyn Classen Don't despair is you missed the first 2 films from this provocative film series on Feb. 8 and Feb. 18. See listings below for the remaining 7 films through April 7. This first one was a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Peaceful day at the peace fair with lots of booths and a Native American drumming circle Earth Spirit on the stage at the start. Checked out the Climate Cabaret where Global Community Alliance children's choir sang 3 eco-friendly songs, followed by a play entitled "I Guess He's Not Hungry" (about tainted fish, GMO salads, effluent based drinking water). Then 11 Raging Grannies sang songs against nuclear power, frakking, President Obama's broken promises, TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), and pro climate care and fellow granny Betts Putnam-Hidalgo for TUSD. Continues today till 5 p.m. at Reid Park.
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Posted by Carolyn Classen 4th Annual Rodeo Days Arts Celebration Sunday, February 23rd WHO: Susan French with Mayor Bob Walkup; NAI Horizons, Also, Mia Hansen with FEATSaz WHAT: 4rd Annual Rodeo Days weekend art show: “Rodeo Days Arts Celebration” -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford (LD 3) joking said today at the Arizona Women's Political caucus lunch that she was refused service in a local pizza restaurant last night. She voted against SB 1062 as a Democrat.
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About 35 people at lunch today to hear from 5 of the women legislators (State Senator Dalessandro was absent). They confirmed that SB 1062 was a "terrible" bill, passed under the "guise of religious freedom", and to call Governor Brewer to try to stop her from signing it. Also several of the legislators said that HB 2379 (defunding the public libraries) is "effectively dead" in committee. Rep. Steele called their group "fighting women warriors" and each spoke of their particular interests. Rep. Mach spoke about educational investment, CPS restructuring/funding, and disability language. Steele spoke of two E.R.A. bills, HURF funding, youth mental health first aid, drug treatment for prisoners. Rep. Gabaldon talked about ADEQ water refunding, Mexico/US border relations & transportation, childhood obesity, car decals for 1st responders. Senator Cajero Bedford spoke of election reform, workers' "return to work" bill, and is seeking her 8th term in House/Senate. Rep. Gonzales reported on the Reform & Human Services Committee trying to cap AHCCCS, push through inspections of abortion clinics & parental consent; need for drug rehabilitation and CPS reform. Clerk of the Superior Court Toni Hellon also present.
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Demonstration in Tucson at Wingspan, 430 E. 7th St. at 4:00 p.m. today against these bills.
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Congratutions to Republican LD 9 State Rep. Ethan Orr for voting no on this discriminatory legislation. Here's the statement from the Pima County Democratic Party and LD 2 Rep. Demion Clinco (also voting no): "Arizona’s Republican-led House of Representatives today embraced religious bigotry in Arizona by passing SB 1062. The bill permits individuals and businesses in Arizona to claim “religious freedom” if they wish to deny goods or services to members of the LGBT community or other non-protected classes of citizens. The bill also permits employers to discriminate in hiring and employee pay so long as they claim the "exercise of religion" in doing so. Crafted with help from the fundamentalist right-wing advocacy organization Center for Arizona Policy, SB 1062 once again pushes Arizona to the fringe of the U.S. political spectrum. In doing so it leaves the state open to nationwide ridicule as well as possible financial and legal repercussions. "The hypocrisy of these so-called 'Christian Republicans' is stunning,” said Pima County Democratic Party Chair Don Jorgensen. “Not only have a majority of Republican legislators turned their backs on the teachings of Jesus to be servants to all, they have yet again tarnished Arizona’s reputation and likely given the state a huge economic black eye. By promoting legal discrimination against fellow human beings, we can only assume that none of them stopped to ask 'What would Jesus do?'” "If the Governor signs this bill she will cement her legacy as the most divisive governor in Arizona history," added Jorgensen. In a textbook example of “doublespeak” supporters of the measure argue that the legislation actually expands civil rights, essentially saying: “by opposing this effort you’re being intolerant of our intolerance.” “As the only LGBT member of the Arizona House of Representatives I am deeply saddened and appalled that this legislation was defended and voted to pass,” said LD-2 Representative Demion Clinco. “Any legislation that sanctions discrimination tarnishes of our great state and hurts our neighbors and friends.”
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Posted by Carolyn Classen "Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists (TADA) presents the winner of their first annual play competition. Sheldon Metz, TADA's artistic director, directs this production, the true story of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy who was killed in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Thanks Mary for the update on the many booths/groups to be at the peace fair, now in its 32nd year.
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Posted by Carolyn Classen Tucson Peace Center's Calendar has a new colorful website look (click here). Easier to read their postings and event listings. Their peace calendar is also available at most Pima County public libraries. Theme for this year's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Thanks for the praise Mary. We volunteer bloggers do this reporting because we care deeply about these issues.
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Posted by Carolyn Classen I confess that I have not have the fortune (or money) to see & hear Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro live in concert. I do have a CD of some of his songs, including "Somewhere Over... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
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Santa Rita Mountains in the winter (anonymous photographer), photo courtesy of Lens on the Lands Posted by Carolyn Classen Lens on the Land presents Rosemont: What's at Stake is “a collection of stunning photographs celebrating the cultural and ecological richness... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Thanks Bobby, your story was very touching and glad you are back employed and helping homeless vets.
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Posted by Carolyn Classen Long time political talk show host John C. Scott was let go at KVOI radio station (AM 1030 on the dial) on December 17, 2013 but is re-surfacing today at KVET AM 1210, from 3 to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Blog For Arizona
Posted by Carolyn Classen Over 125 people filled up the Lower Level 1 meeting room of the Joel D. Valdez Main library yesterday in downtown Tucson for a Community Forum/panel discussion on homelessness. Tim Steller, columnist at the Arizona Daily... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Blog For Arizona