Noliwe M. Rooks, director of American studies at Cornell University
Cross-posted from RestoreReason.com.
I was recently in a public forum on education when a school board member asked me whether my call to address inequities in our schools was a call for the “redistribution of wealth.” I told him local control dictates that our Governing Boards, representing the communities in which they live, are best positioned to decide how to allocate district resources for the maximum benefit of all their students. I hoped, I said, they would do that.
His question though, caused me to think about this term, and why it seems to be a lightning rod for conservatives. Social scientist researcher Brené Brown believes it is because of the “scarcity” worldview held by Republicans/conservatives. “The opposite of scarcity is not abundance” she writes, “It’s enough.” Basically, “they believe that the more people they exclude from “having”, the more is available to them.” And, in this binary way of thinking, the world is very black and white (pun sort of intended), e.g., if you aren’t a success, you’re a failure, and should be excluded. Of course, this sort of mindset is a gold mine for those who fear-monger to garner support for their exclusionary agendas. “We’ve got to stop the illegal hoards from coming across the border” the narrative goes, or “they’ll be stealing our jobs and elections.” Continue reading →
Jo Holt, the Pima County Democratic Party Chair since 2015, will continue to work behind the scenes to elect Democrats — coordinating action between the state party and local legislative districts (LDs) — if she is re-elected on December 15.
Holt redefined the role of the county chair to leave direct voter contact to the LDs. “The nature of the county party’s support is behind the scenes,” she said. “It’s a little quiet.”
LD 1 Republican State Representative David Stringer
The People in Legislative District One (most of the area surrounding and including Prescott) are examples of the old adage “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me for letting you get away with it the first time.”
Did they tell him it was time to go and resign from public life?
No, they reelected him on November 6 with a 35,000 vote margin over his Democratic opponent.
At the time Governor Ducey called on him to resign in June, saying “I don’t think there is any place for that kind of commentary in the public square. He has basically disqualified himself from leading at the state level.”
How did Representative Stringer reward the trust of the people in LD 1? By saying, at a forum with students at Arizona State University, African Americans, in contrast to immigrants from Europe, “don’t blend in.”
Newly elected state Senator Victoria Steele called for Stringer’s immediate resignation. “Diversity is what makes us strong and beautiful. How could you look at someone and say, ‘this person is less than me or less deserving’? This type of behavior should ever be tolerated by our leaders. Rep. Stringer’s behavior and his vulgar comments have brought dishonor to the to the entire Arizona Legislature. I do not want to serve with him when I start next month. He should be removed from his position as a lawmaker. I am calling for his immediate resignation. Should he refuse or hesitate to resign he should be publicly removed from office,” Steele said.
Part of being a public servant is having the character, temperament, and moral compass to represent the people that are being served. With these two comments over a span of five months, Stringer has shown he lacks the character, temperament, and moral compass to represent the people in LD 1.
One can hope (actually expect) that the people in LD 1, most of whom do not share Stringer’s hostility to non white people, will heed the calls of other public figures like incoming Democratic State Senator Victoria Steele, Democratic State Representative Cesar Chavez, Minority House Leader Reginald Bolding, and Republican Governor Doug Ducey and tell Mr. Stringer it is time to go. It would be shameful if they did not.
UPDATE ON DECEMBER 4, 2018: The Prescott City Council in a 6 to 1 vote called for Representative Stringer to resign. Let us see if the other towns in his district call for the same action and if Mr. Stringer heeds their call.
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Political Calendar for the Week of December 2, 2018:
Sunday, December 2:Hanukkah begins (at sundown) for eight days.
Sunday, December 2 – 11:00 a.m.: 2018 Election Debriefing with Pima County Democratic Party Chair Jo Holt, at PCDP headquarters, 4639 E. 1st Street, Tucson. Join Pima County Dems Chair Jo Holt to recap 2018 and look forward to 2020! Snacks and beverages provided.
Sunday, December 2 – 3:00 p.m.:Kathy Hoffman Tucson Celebration. Team Hoffman wants to celebrate the end of our campaign with all of their volunteers and supporters in Tucson. BOCA Tacos, 533 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson.
Monday, December 3, 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. Rachel Wilson, refugee & migration attorney. Next Week: Dr. Kris Olson-Garewal on Prison Medical Services.
“The Historic Y Gathering of Friends is a festive gathering featuring local food, beverage and music in appreciation to the tenants of The Historic Y and those doing exemplary work in the arts, education, human rights and social and environmental … Continue reading →
Come join the Pima County Young Democrats for a holiday party! Please bring a snack or beverage to share. https://www.facebook.com/events/355691211660414/Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
Thursday, December 13. Tackling Climate Change in Pima County. The Southwest is already the hottest and driest region in the United States and scientists say it will get hotter and drier in coming decades. Harsh conditions and other stressors – … Continue reading →
Hosted by Coalición de Derechos Humanos “Join us for a fundraiser breakfast to celebrate International Human Rights Day and International Migrants day Panel Speakers include: Amy Juan from The International Indian Treaty Council Isabel Garcia from La Coalición de Derechos … Continue reading →
Pima County Democratic Party will to having a meeting for all precinct committeepersons to elect officers. Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.: Pima County Democratic Party Reorganization meeting, UA ENR2 (Environment & Natural Resources) building, 1064 E. Lowell St. (room N … Continue reading →
What? You are invited to an LGBTQ and ally holiday party, because every family deserves a joyful and affirming holiday! Come celebrate the holidays, our wins of 2018, and the Arizona LGBTQ community with Equality Arizona! Join us for brunch, … Continue reading →
Hosted by American Friends Service Committee – Arizona “To prepare for #ReFramingJusticeDay at the State Capitol, AFSC-AZ is offering a series of workshops in Tucson and Phoenix. This third workshop is designed to provide skills and messaging for talking to … Continue reading →
“On this day we will mourn those we’ve lost, honor their courage and celebrate our unending resilience.” https://www.facebook.com/denim.daytucson/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARCRtK7GPybFgNTeBCidiZjiU6aq_47eM3CNvfDwsQH9A0nho0k83UWJWOrD5NgZzd92eQmyqApK9-gK&hc_ref=ARRflJKVMAjCiY-CV-7C56IAV5lcWRB9YuqpRDxixA_sCfK4C7f_dPXhvFPIZ6syQbw&__xts__=68.ARDQ5cVPQ77e1T9PXSorT9kdDhc2e8mB5gVbkrySQfez-9g8O6TbCHKo1pZkGTgJjn4pKzqPfoPOJFx4TorcADqQ7noxo6WYljexoENTnom6wHzBqnFc7KLhespbhBJ7pHxGOY0uOqIzeLs4nxNuPcEI1SqytJ3Plt6FWViJI7isTTEeBC2F1yksZOqVaSBcBmrYTjFEI2EItj27J3iNmEp9wxEuKypGmLA6kHyuRAT59thi4W-8xKTquMP1qgOXSQWMvDQlY4_oTwiJIJBME1_O0bQE0DR0LH7fELGOsbwD3Zm7NVGvV9y_HfUUjNVtST0YTb0ROgfm48X-GckSqnn_bwShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
DGT will host the Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party (whomever prevails on Dec. 15). Currently office is being held by Dr. Jo Holt (since Nov. 2015), but she is being challenged by LD 9 activist Alison Jones. The … Continue reading →
Hosted by Tucson Samaritans “Southern Arizona humanitarian, religious and Native American leaders will host a public sundown candlelight vigil beginning at 4 p.m. on International Migrants Day, Dec. 18 at the Tucson cemetery where the remains of hundreds of migrants … Continue reading →
Resolve your active warrants! Justice Court Customer Service Windows: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tucson City Court Customer Service Windows: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Available Services: – Quash your warrant – Create a payment plan – Reinstate your driver’s … Continue reading →
Celebrate the holiday season with the LD10 Democrats at their new meeting location! https://www.facebook.com/events/1239075322915812/Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWhatsAppTumblrMorePrintPocketRedditGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
“Every year, we join the national movement to remember our neighbors, friends, and family who have passed away while facing homelessness in the past year. Join us at the Evergreen Cemetery’s county plot to share memories of those who passed, … Continue reading →
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