Category Archives: Community

Tucson Youth Nonviolence Institute

ANNOUNCING 2-WEEK TUCSON YOUTH NONVIOLENCE INSTITUTE

“The Nonviolence Legacy Project of the Culture of Peace Alliance is offering a two-week Nonviolence Leadership Institute from July 9-20, 2018 for youth ages 14 to 20 years. This leadership training program is being held at the downtown campus of Pima Community College, 1255 N. Stone Ave in Tucson AZ.

Participants who complete the two week institute will be certified both as Youth Nonviolence Trainers and as Level I Circle Facilitators (thanks to COPA’s partnership with the Center for Community Dialogue & Training). Graduates are eligible for participation in COPA’s year-long Youth Leadership Council .

 There is a sliding scale registration fee, ranging from $25 to $50 to $100. The deadline for applying is June 25.

For questions, contact NVLP Program Manager Vana Dee Lewis, 520-993-9390 or lovemycityworthy@gmail.com.”

Putting America Last: The Historic Failure of Walls

Historically, walls separating nations do not work as well as intended over the long term. Photo of Gaza/Israel boundary courtesy of the New York Times.

Walls delineating boundaries between nations or barriers for defense have stood since the dawn of human history. Wall Street in Manhattan, for example, received its name because Dutch settlers erected a walled defense against the Native American tribes they had wronged with unprovoked genocidal type raids.

If one wants to visit Christopher Columbus’s house in Genoa Italy, not far from it is the old city walls of Genoa, which is now surrounded by modern buildings. Everyone has heard of the Great Wall of China, the walls of Jericho and Troy, and the Berlin Wall. All of these barriers were created for either defense, to keep people out, or to keep people in. What does history tell us about these walls?

It tells us that while walls may be necessary to preserve boundaries and prevent invasion, they are not foolproof and eventually doomed, thanks to human ingenuity, to failure.

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Let Freedom Sing on 4th of July at UA Centennial Hall

 

 

 

 


TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

For over three decades, Let Freedom Sing has delighted audiences and embraced the diverse patriotic spirit of Southern Arizonans. Musical selections include patriotic standards and all-American hits, with a star-spangled line-up.

 Let Freedom Sing is an inspiring and honoring celebration of our nation’s birthday in song – uniting our diverse backgrounds and fostering a sense of community. Through the years, the production has become part of the cultural fabric of Tucson.

 

 


 

 

 

 Join us July 4th at Let Freedom Sing,
a star-spangled celebration of our nation’s birthday! Musical selections include patriotic standards
and all-American hits,
featuring the Arts Express
choir and band, with stars:
Armen Dirtadian, Crystal Stark,
Chach Snook, Dennis Tamblyn,
Domingo DeGrazia, and MORE!

 

 

 

Tickets Available Now!

Online: www.arts-express.org
Phone: (520) 319-0400
Eastside: Gospel Supplies, 5640 N. Broadway
Central: 988 University Blvd

 

“The Blue Wave Starts Here” as Maricopa County Democrats Gather at the Summer Convention

Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Democratic Party

About 700 excited and enthusiastic Democratic activists, including many candidates, precinct captains, and Legislative District chairpersons, filled the auditorium at the Performing Arts Center of Horizon High School in Paradise Valley on June 30 to attend the Summer Convention of the Maricopa Democratic Party.

They heard speakers including the County Party Leadership, Maricopa County State Representatives Kelli Butler and Mitzi Epstein, House Representative Ruben Gallego, the three Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates (Farley, Fryer, and Garcia), Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, and Guest Speaker Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

Maricopa County Democratic Party Chair Steven Slugocki speaking at June 30 Maricopa County Summer Convention; photo courtesy of Maricopa County Democratic Party.

The gathered assemblage conveyed an optimistic mood, cheering when Maricopa County Party Leader Steven Slugocki proclaimed that the “Blue Wave starts here” in the “largest Battleground County.”

He happily reported that the Democratic Party has surged in growth since 2016, citing examples of the quadrupling in the number of Precinct Captains in some Legislative Districts (with LD 18, for example exploding with 254 of which I have to disclose I am one) and legislative offices.

Slugocki also relayed that there has been a surge in the number of candidates. In 2014, the Democrats recruited 55 people to run and there were some positions where Republicans ran unopposed, today there are 75 people running and all legislative offices are being contested. LD 23 was singled out for being the district that gathered the most ballot signatures and LD 12 for the most voter registrations.

Read: LD 23 State House Candidate Eric Kurland sees 2018 as a Referendum on Public Education.

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LD 12 Democratic Candidate Joe Bisaccia sees the 2018 Election as “A Campaign about the Future Versus the Preserving the Past.”

LD 12 Democratic State House Candidate Joseph Bisaccia

Over coffee and ice water at the Old Town Gilbert café Bergies Coffee, energetic and idealistic Democratic State House Clean Election Candidate Joe Bisaccia outlined his vision for how he would represent LD 12 if he won one of the two State House seats this November.

Bisaccia is one of many educators, inspired by the poor educational policies advanced by the reactionary Republican State Legislature along with the teacher-led Red for Ed Movement, who want to lead a pro-education campaign all the way to State House.

Arizona LD 12 includes parts or all of Gilbert, Queen Creek, and San Tan Valley. Eddie Farnsworth and Travis Grantham now represent the district in the State House. Mr. Bisaccia is one of three Democratic Candidates (the others being Lynsey Robinson and DJ Rothans) running to take one of those House seats. This is a great example of Democratic enthusiasm this election year because Democrats have not fielded candidates in the State House Race for this Legislative District in two out of the last three elections.

Bisaccia sees this race as “a campaign about the future versus the preserving the past” and is running on the issues of education, technology, jobs, and tax reform to advance a pragmatic liberal progressive agenda.

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This Happened Because We Didn’t Vote!

Do you like the current events that inspired the drawing of these two editorial cartoons?

In the likelihood that you do not. Do you know how these cartoons came to be drawn?

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