For Valley Sikhs, a painful anniversary is a call for ‘small acts of kindness’ and love
Four days after the horrific attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi was planting some flowers around the edge of the gas station he owned in Mesa when a man, incensed by anti-immigrant sentiments and allegedly looking for revenge for the attacks, shot and killed Sodhi. The man would later shoot at a Lebanese-American […]
Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools
WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) sent a request this month […]
Black leaders say Ruben Gallego has dismissed and abandoned their community
When Ne’Lexia Galloway started her job as the Black outreach representative for U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego in January 2020, she thought that the Phoenix Democrat would listen to people that look like her. Fifteen months later, she felt used, and quit her job. Galloway posted on Twitter that she left after concluding that Gallego, who […]
Lawsuits over critical race theory bans are coming. Here’s what won’t work — and what might.
As states and school districts started threatening teachers with disciplinary action for teaching about systemic racism, the question naturally arose: Does this violate the teachers’ First Amendment rights? The First Amendment protects free speech against government punishment, outside of something as extreme as a threat of violence. A school district is a government agency. So […]
GOP Sen. Wendy Rogers defends her promotion of racist ‘great replacement’ ideology
After a media report highlighting her use of language mirroring a racist conspiracy theory that was cited by white supremacist mass shooters, Flagstaff Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers doubled- and tripled-down on her assertion that immigrants are “replacing” white Americans and destroying “western civilization.” Rogers on Saturday retweeted an article by far-right outlet Breitbart Texas […]
What’s Arizona got to do with D.C. statehood? A lot, actually.
All eyes were on the U.S. Senate as it considered the For the People Act (S.1) to protect voting rights, reduce the influence of money in politics, and raise the standards for ethics in government.
The through-line from the Big Lie to the lies about critical race theory
The mounting attack by Republican lawmakers across the country against multicultural education is the lie behind the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.
GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses
Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation—places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis.
Uber, DoorDash settle state claim, end breaks for Black businesses
Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash said they will no longer waive delivery fees for customers who order from Black-owned restaurants in Arizona, to settle charges by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich that the deals violated the state's Civil Rights Act.
Controversial definition of anti-Semitism set for full Senate vote
A bill requiring a controversial definition of anti-Semitism when teaching about the Holocaust in Arizona schools passed Tuesday as lawmakers consider a flurry of budget bills.
The closing act of George Floyd’s story hasn’t been written yet
I’d like to believe that the Black Lives Matter marches against police brutality that erupted a year ago in the U.S. and around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer were the first act of that show.
Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned
WASHINGTON — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust.