Shortly after Shakira Najera Chinel arrived at the Eloy Immigration Detention Center in September 2019, she began to have stomach problems. Since then, the 29-year-old asylum seeker’s gastrointestinal condition has turned chronic.
As I write, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people from virtually every walk of life are marching in the streets of cities and towns across the nation and around the world.
All five Democratic members of Arizona’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives have thrown their support behind legislation aimed at reforming law enforcement in the wake of a Minneapolis police officer’s killing of an unarmed Black man and the nationwide protests it triggered.
The Arizona National Guard has been helping the Phoenix Police Department monitor Black Lives Matter protests using helicopters and an airplane that has been used for counter-drug operations along Arizona’s border with Mexico.
In the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Dion Johnson, the nation has re-ignited discussions of racial inequities and disparities in policing. But data suggests those inequities between whites and people of color in Arizona stretch far beyond interactions with police.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety put up fencing around its Phoenix headquarters in late May to stop the family, friends and advocates of Dion Johnson from holding a vigil there. Nine days later, thousands of demonstrators marched to the building, chanting “Justice for Dion!”, and turned the fence into a community mural.
Congressional Democrats outlined their vision for sweeping police reforms on Capitol Hill Monday, following weeks of nationwide protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Gov. Doug Ducey won’t extend the curfew he imposed a week ago in response to looting at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.
As thousands marched through Old Town Scottsdale Sunday evening, united to protest police brutality against minorities, their chants echoed through the streets and off the shops and restaurants that line Scottsdale Road and the surrounding area: “Say their names!” “No justice, no peace!” “I can’t breathe!”