Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales and I were interviewed by NBC News out of Los Angeles at the downtown Phoenix rally outside of President Trump’s speech.
On August 11, a white supremacist protest against removal of a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent, and a young woman, who was a counter-protester, was killed. This sparked anti-hate/anti-fascism/anti-Nazi marches across the country, including an estimated 1500 people who marched through downtown Tucson.
President Trump’s claim that there was “violence on both sides” in Charlottesville ran counter to what many Americans saw in the news and on social media.
Presidential comments that appeared supportive of white supremacists, the rumor that Trump would soon pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (which did happened), Trump’s threat to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t fund the border wall, and the potential end of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)– all made Trump’s August 22 campaign rally in Phoenix a potential powder keg.
Posted in Activism, Arizona State Legislature, Arpaio, Civil Rights, Economics, GOP War On..., Immigration, Justice, Law Enforcement, Mexico Border, Pamela Powers Hannley, Racism
Tagged donald trump, Joe Arpaio, pamela powers hannley, Sally Ann Gonzales
Arizona CCEC (Citizens Clean Elections Commission) hosted 2 debates this week in Southern Arizona:
LD 3 House debate at PCC West Campus on October 3: Democratic House Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales and Green Party candidate Edward “Trey” Cizek III — campaigning for 2 seats in the House. Not participating was the other Democratic House Rep. Macario Saldate, running traditionally (not required to be there). All candidates in this race are running traditionally (not with clean elections funds), but CCEC will host a debate is someone requests it.
State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) did not participate as she is unopposed.
View LD 3 debate online here:
LD 11 Senate and House debate at Hilton El Conquistador Hotel on October 4: State Senator Steve Smith (R) vs. challenger Ralph Atchue (D); House Rep. Mark Finchem (R), House Rep. Vince Leach (R), Democratic challenger Corin Hammond (only clean elections candidate in this race) – campaigning for 2 House seats.
View LD 11 debate online here:
Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Corin Hammond, Edward "Trey" Cizek III, LD 11, LD 3, Macario Saldate, Mark Finchem, PCC West campus, Pima Community College west campus, Ralph Atchue, Sally Ann Gonzales, Steve Smith, Vince Leach