Civil Rights

The Supreme Court says ‘Dreamers’ can stay, for now. It’s time we let them stay for good.

I know Dreamers. I count many of them as friends. I’ve worked with them. I’ve marched with them. I’ve celebrated their triumphs and shared in their heartaches.

The ‘historical silence’ of the Black workers who made Phoenix prosperous

Big Pete Pearson, Arizona’s King of Blues, writhed in pain every night before collapsing into an unsettled slumber. Markings from cotton burrs pierced his dark, rugged skin and burns from the blistering sun seemed to be tattooed on his hands.

Calls to ‘defund the police’ in Phoenix rejected by city council

A little over a week ago, following pressure from advocates, the Phoenix City Council approved a measure to fully fund a civilian review board to oversee claims of misconduct against the Phoenix Police Department—the first of its kind to exist in the city of Phoenix. 

Senate GOP unveils police reform bill that is panned by Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled a police reform bill Wednesday that takes a markedly different approach to police reform efforts backed by congressional Democrats.

Calls for police accountability shouldn’t be met with police violence

I attended the protests in Phoenix to ensure residents could freely use their First Amendment rights, and I was extremely disappointed to be met with violence and escalation at the hands of the Phoenix Police Department.  

Trump signs modest police reform order, defends police as ‘brave’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a modest police reform order Tuesday in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality against people of color.

Phoenix PD: ‘Confusion’ caused erroneous felony charges against Dreamers

The Phoenix Police Department said “confusion on the paperwork process” led to felony charges for four Arizona residents after they were arrested following a May 30 protest denouncing the death of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

Arizona leaders, advocates react to LGBTQ discrimination ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that LGBTQ Americans are protected from workplace discrimination by the 1964 civil rights act. “An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person...

LGBTQ workers are protected, but advocates say more work remains

Arizona went from being one of more than two dozen states where it’s still legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation or gender identity to being one of 50 where workplace discrimination against gay and transgendered people is illegal.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. 
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