Free Social Justice Summer films by Loft Cinema at Global Justice Center

Free Admission! This screening will take place at The Global Justice Center




Part of The Loft Cinema’s Social Justice Summer, a FREE weekly series pairing films exploring important issues with talkbacks led by community experts. Wednesday nights in June and July (kicking off on May 31st) at 7:30pm. All screenings will take place at The Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85713.

“Featuring a post-film discussion with Dr. Stephanie Troutman, Black feminist scholar and associate professor in the Department of English at the University of 13Arizona.

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary, galvanizing, Oscar-nominated documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates an eye-opening, emotional work of grand historical synthesis. (Dir. by Ava DuVernay, 2016, USA, 100 mins., TV-MA/Mature Audience Only”

Upcoming films for this Social Justice Summer in June and July:

June 7:  “Tomorrow” environmental film;

June 14:  Middle Eastern Shorts program for young adults

June 21: “Mala Mala”, LGBTQ documentary from Puerto Rico

June 28: “Jackson” on reproductive rights in Jackson, Mississippi

July 5: “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation”  documentary on The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team

July 12: “Who is Dayani Cristal” about illegal immigration along US/Mexico border

July 19:  “I Am Not Your Negro” on Black Americans

Global Justice Center is located between 4th Ave. and 5th Avenue on E. 26th Street, in South Tucson.



State Sponsored Discrimination

Cross-posted from

Some parents don’t know best. There. I said it. Let’s face it, some parents aren’t present, some are abusive, and some are drug addicts. Then there are those who are trying their damnedest to provide for their children but their minimum wage jobs (without benefits) just don’t pay enough to make ends meet. Bottom line is, not all parents know how, or care enough to provide, the best they can for their children. Where that is the case, or, when hard working parents need a little help, it is up to all of us in a civil society, to ensure all children are safe and that their basic needs are met. As education reformer John Dewey said over a century ago, “What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy.”

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos evidently doesn’t agree. In recent testimony to Congress, no matter what question she was asked about how far states would be allowed to go in discriminating against certain types of students, she kept deflecting to “states rights” and “parental rights,” failing to say at any point in the testimony that she would ensure states receiving federal dollars would not discriminate. From watching her testimony, if she had been the Secretary of Education with Donald Trump as President back in the early 1960s, the Alabama National Guard would undoubtedly never have been called up to integrate the schools. Continue reading

Jim Bunning: Should He Really Rest in Peace?

Leading obituary in today’s New York Times: Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame Pitcher Turned Cantankerous Senator, Dies at 85. In the online version, the Times changed “Turned Cantankerous” to “and Blunt-Spoken.” I like the print title better.

Should anyone from the general public be mourning Bunning’s passing?

Not in my opinion. Pissing on anyone’s grave is not an especially endearing act, so I’ll catch a few darts for this one, but I believe there should be a special place in hell for anyone lucky enough to make a fortune playing a sport who sees fit to deny poor people safety net benefits. Continue reading

The social media ‘coordination’ thread of the Trump-Putin campaign investigation

CNN reports that the FBI’s criminal probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is increasingly touching on the multiple roles of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on both the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team.

Points of focus that pertain to Kushner include the Trump campaign’s 2016 data analytics operation. FBI Russia investigation looking at Kushner role:

The FBI has collected data on computer bots, programs that perform repetitive functions like searches, allegedly linked to Russia that helped target and push negative information on Hillary Clinton and positive information on Donald Trump through Facebook and other social media, the officials say.

Federal investigators have been taking a closer look at the Trump campaign’s data analytics operation, which was supervised by Kushner, officials say, and are examining whether Russian operatives used people associated with the campaign — wittingly or unwittingly — to try to help Russia’s own data targeting.

We now know that this did, in fact, occur. GOP operative colluded with Guccifer 2.0 – Russian stolen info was used by the GOP.

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Political Calendar: Week of April 28, 2017

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Political Calendar for the Week of May 28, 2017:

Sunday, May 28, 3:00 p.m.: Marana Democrats meeting, at the Continental Reserve Plaza, 8333 N. Silverbell Road, Tucson. For more information please contact Buddy Gill at or (408) 806-2036.

Sunday, May 28, 8:00 p.m.: Laughing Liberally Tucson returns to lampoon the national, state and local political scene. Come out and enjoy Tucson’s best and brightest comics as we try our best to save democracy…one laugh at a time. it’s FUN… it’s FREE… The Flycatcher, 340 E 6th Street (at 4th Avenue), Tucson. Usually the last Sunday every month.

Monday, May 29: Memorial Day.

Monday, May 29, 9:00 a.m.: Stronghold Democrats organizatioal meeting at the Sunsites Community Center, 1216 E. Treasure Road, Pearce, AZ.

Monday, May 29, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria). New price: buffet lunch is $10.00 cash, $12 credit; just a drink is $3.50. No DGT this week in observance of Memorial Day. Next Week: Louise Misztal from the Sky Island Alliance.

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Cartoon of The Week




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