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PCC Governing Board candidates forum – updated

Two Pima Community College Governing Bd. seats (nonpartisan, volunteer) are up for election in the General Election of  Nov. 6, 2018. Both incumbents are not seeking re-election: District 3 Sylvia Lee and District 5 Luis A.  Gonzales.

District 3 candidates: Maria Garcia, wife of former LD 27 State Senator Jorge Garcia (she was appointed to his seat after his death in office in 2010), and former PCC Board member Vikki Marshall (served 2 terms, 2000 – 2012 in District 3).

Marshall’s website: https://www.marshallforpcc.com/

Running for District 5 seat is Debi Chess Mabie, formerly with Arts Foundation of Tucson/Southern Arizona and the Loft Cinema, against Luis L. Gonzales, husband of LD 3 Rep. Sally Gonzales (who recently won the LD 3 Senate race). It is a bit confusing with both men (the incumbent and the candidate)  having the same name in this District.

Chess Mabie’s website: https://www.debiforpcc.com/

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 6, 2018.

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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.”

Who’s running for Pima Community College Governing Board in 2016? (updated)

Three Pima Community College Governing Bd. positions (volunteer, nonpartisan) are up for election in the General election on Nov. 8, 2016.  Districts 2, 4 and 5 are up for election. Today was the filing deadline for any write in candidates, so this is the unofficial list of candidates.

Who’s running:

District 2 (1 seat)

UPDATE: this election in District 2 has been cancelled and Clinco is the only remaining candidate.

–Demion Clinco, former state representative in LD 2, President of Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, appointed to this seat in  Dec. 2015, incumbent, www.clinco4az.com

–Paul Diaz, former Mayor of South Tucson from 2011 to 2015 (recalled in May 2015)

District 4 (1 seat – open)

incumbent Scott Stewart not seeking re-election

Meredith Hay, former UA Provost & Executive Vice President, Professor in the UA College of Medicine

District 5 (special term, 1 seat)

–Martha Durkin, appointed to this seat in Aug. 2015,  former Deputy City Mgr. of City of Tucson, incumbent, https://www.facebook.com/durkinpcc/

–Luis Armando Gonzales, former State Senator & Mgr. of City of South Tucson,  former CEO of Arizona Native Ventures LLC, www.gonzales4pcc.com

–Dr. Francis Saitta, former math/science adjunct teacher at PCC; former candidate for PCC Governing Bd. in 2012 and TUSD Governing Bd. in 2014, www.saittadigest.org

Info on 5 member PCC Governing Board: https://www.pima.edu/about-pima/board-of-governors/board-members.html. The other two board members are Sylvia Lee (term up in 2018) and Mark Hanna (term up in 2020).

Stay tuned for further info/updates on these candidates, including campaign websites for those not listed.

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.

“Advancing the Movement” for Asian Pacific American Studies at UA

Yesterday at the Cesar E. Chavez building at University of Arizona 100 students, faculty, administrators, and community leaders sat down together for the first Asian Pacific American Studies Conference, sponsored by UA Asian Pacific American Studies Affairs  (APASA).  The theme of the conference was “Advancing the Movement” and the primary question raised was “Why don’t we have an Asian Pacific American Studies program at the UA”? According to the keynote speaker Professor Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, there are 64 universities in the U.S. with such a program, but none at the University of Arizona (only at ASU in Arizona). Several of the speakers mentioned that Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic immigrant population group in the U.S. (more than Hispanics).


weblink source: Pew Research Center:  http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/asianamericans-graphics/ 

“Dr. Allyson” as she is called is a California born & educated Filipina American who got her Ph.D. from UCLA in Ethnic Studies. She is now a Professor in the College of Ethnic Studies & Education Leadership at San Francisco State U. She spoke enthusiastically about the past of their struggle to establish an APA studies program at SFS. She then outlined their clear purpose of ARC: access, relevance and community, in order to reach their power and core values. There are 17 current faculty members, 6-8 lecturers, 2500 students, 50 courses, 60-80 Majors/minors and 70 Masters’ degrees granted in their program, which had its start in 1969 with a 5 month student strike. She encouraged the student audience to be “agents of social change”, especially after seeing her students graduate and become teachers and professors.

SFS University Professor Dr. Allyson Tintianhco-Cubales

SFS University Professor Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, courtesy of APASA

Following the keynote speaker, the conference attendees could choose between 2 workshops at 10 a.m:
Session 1A: Asian Pacific Americans and the Media (Dr. Celeste Gonzales de Bustamante, UA College of Journalism

Session 1B: APA Studies Place in Ethnic Studies (Dan Xayaphanh, UA Director of APASA as moderator –with panelists Dr. Ted Tong, UA College of Pharmacy, Dr. Anna O’Leary, UA Mexican American Studies, Dr. Keith James, UA American Indian Studies)

At 11 a.m. the workshop choices were:
Session 2A: The Value of Ethnic Studies: A Student Perspective (Dr. Daisy Rodriguez-Pitel, PCC adminstrator)
Session 2B: APA Studies in AZ (an ASU Perspective) – Dr. Kathryn Nakagawa and Dr. Karen Leong, associate professors from ASU School of Social Transformation

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