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Gloria Rebecca Gomez

Gloria Rebecca Gomez

Gloria Gomez joined the Arizona Mirror in August 2022. Prior to that, she wrote for the Mirror as the UA School of Journalism’s Don Bolles Fellow. She has written for the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Republic and worked at the Arizona Daily Wildcat. She graduated in 2022 with bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science, with a Spanish minor. She’s a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Phoenix Union High School District announces support of trans students, denounces anti-trans legislation

By: - May 11, 2022

Last week, Phoenix’s third-largest school district issued a statement in support of transgender youth across the state, denouncing recently passed legislation that targets trans student athletes.  The governing board of Phoenix Union High School District unanimously approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1165, which bars trans girls and women from joining the athletic teams of […]

On eve of first Arizona execution in 8 years, advocates call for an end to the death penalty

By: - May 11, 2022

Khalil Rushdan knows firsthand what a prison looks like during an execution. In 1997, he was hard at work in the kitchen of an Arizona prison the day it happened.  “That day was the only day that it was silent. Everybody in that yard knew what was going on,” he said.  On Wednesday morning, Clarence […]

‘Where is the justice?’: Indigenous families plead for help combatting violence

By: - May 6, 2022

Odelia Jose should be enjoying her retirement surrounded by family. Instead, the 58-year-old member of the Gila River tribe is in a state of constant grief after losing two of her three children to violence — a tragically common story among indigenous people in Arizona, which ranks third in the nation for missing and murdered […]

Teachers union calls for $1.7 billion in new school funding

By: - May 4, 2022

With legislators still undecided on how to spend the record $5.3 billion dollar budget surplus, the Arizona Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union, is demanding massive increases in education funding. Heather Ayers, president of the Isaac District Association and a teacher at Joseph Zito Elementary School in Phoenix, said that the unwillingness of lawmakers […]

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With abortion rights in jeopardy, fears of less freedom for women spur protest

By: - May 4, 2022

From a legal perspective, the implications of overturning abortion rights and the landmark Roe v. Wade decision are worrying, said Erin Maher.  “The way constitutional law is built is like building blocks,” the recent law school graduate explained.  Legal decisions are stacked on top of previous ones, and doing away with Roe v. Wade in […]

New program hires parents to care for their medically fragile children

By: - May 2, 2022

Nine years ago, Laura Gjacs became a full-time mom. And while getting paid in smiles and kisses is nice, it doesn’t exactly help her care for her daughter Tori, who suffers from a rare autoimmune disorder.  But thanks to a newly implemented program, Gjacs and 700 potentially eligible Arizona parents can be trained and then […]

Education, housing, paid leave: Advocates demand record budget surplus be invested in Arizonans’ well-being

By: - April 28, 2022

Tatyanna Duchene pushed her 1-year-old son’s stroller around the State Capitol on Wednesday, following a crowd of students and volunteers as they gathered to petition legislators to use the current $5.3 billion dollar budget surplus for community needs.  Her daughter, Khaleesi, is just 4 years old, and enjoying the one-on-one attention she gets from her […]

Victim advocates call on legislators to take action

By: - April 26, 2022

Dozens of victim advocates bowed their heads in the late Monday morning heat, remembering the friends and family members lost to violent crime; some murmured names aloud, others were overcome with grief. They stood just outside the State Capitol, welcoming the start of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by calling on legislators to better support […]

House GOP ‘skinny’ budget proposal shot down in committee

By: - April 20, 2022

A $13 billion dollar budget, sold by Republican lawmakers as a continuation of last year’s budget while the legislature debates how to spend its current $5.3 billion dollar surplus, was promptly shot down in its first hearing in a House Appropriations Committee.  Two Republican lawmakers joined the panel’s Democrats to vote against the so-called “skinny […]

Churches couldn’t be closed down in future pandemics under bill on Ducey’s desk

By: - April 20, 2022

Religious organizations would be granted wide berth to remain open during health crises if a bill sent Tuesday to Gov. Doug Ducey is signed into law.  The Republican-backed House Bill 2507 prohibits lawsuits against religious organizations on the basis that the organizations are religious, operate during a state of emergency or engage in the exercise […]

Bill targeting mask mandates in schools passes Senate, moves to Ducey’s desk

By: - April 19, 2022

The future of classroom COVID-19 mitigation measures now lies in Gov. Doug Ducey’s hands: A bill the state Senate approved Monday would force schools to seek parental consent if they want to keep their students masked up.  If the governor signs House Bill 2616 into law, school districts and charter schools would be barred from […]

Pima County transportation plan falling short on cash, but largely meeting its goals

By: - April 14, 2022

An audit of Pima County’s Regional Transportation Authority Plan found it falls short by $149 million, putting 11 projects at risk.  The plan was enacted in 2006, after voters passed a one half cent sales tax dedicated to a spate of projects to improve roads and public transit. Initially, costs were estimated to be around […]