#OccupyTogether: The Best Among Us

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Occupy Tucson: Be downtown on Saturday Published on Friday, September 30, 2011 by TruthDig.com #OccupyTogether: The Best Among Us by Chris Hedges There are no excuses left. Either you join the revolt taking place on Wall Street and in the financial districts of other cities across the country or you stand on the wrong side of history. Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil. […]

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ACLU Says Bisbee Activist Has First Amendment Right to Post Border Patrol Video on YouTube

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ACLU Says Bisbee Activist Has First Amendment Right to Post Border Patrol Video on YouTube PHOENIX – In a letter sent Thursday to YouTube administrators, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona criticized the online company for censoring a video of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents arresting a man with a bloody nose. The 5-minute video, dubbed “Border Patrol in the Bushes,” was taken by Bisbee activist Alison McLeod, who pulled out her video camera and started filming Border Patrol agents arresting an individual after she heard helicopters and saw several agents, on horseback and on foot, […]

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Arizona can easily have 3 majority-minority districts and empower Native Americans

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The map above is the latest redistricting map under consideration, and it will most likely be the way the final map looks as the deadline approaches and the map receives 5-0 votes. This is a variant of the map we discussed earlier this week called the Everything Bagel map, which had a hole in Phoenix to be filled in later but that had the biggest goals accomplished: Two Hispanic-majority districts required under Voting Rights Act (3-Grijalva, 7-Pastor) 3 “border” districts (1-Gosar, 2-Giffords, 3-Grijalva) 2 “rural” districts that do not extend into either Tucson or Phoenix (1-Gosar, 4-Franks) After analyzing the […]

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Power in Tucson, from City Managers to Big Coal

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If you wanted to know how much more powerful our City Manager is than the council members that are directly elected by the citizens, all you need do is look at today’s paper to read about all the reassignments done by the interim city manager Miranda this week that some councilors don’t even know much about. City Council members said little about Miranda’s changes. Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said she needed more time to review the changes. Councilman Steve Kozachik said Miranda has the ability to do what he wants, but said he hoped he wasn’t luring people from other jobs […]

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VIDEOS: Russell Pearce shows fear in public, Olivia Cortes finally speaks only to say she is afraid also

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Yesterday Russell Pearce freaked out and ordered that all media cameras, that were invited to his event, to be “uninvited.” Russell Pearce is afraid it seems. MESA, Ariz. – State Senate President Russell Pearce held an event just a little more than a month before his recall election. We’d tell you what happened, but at the last second, the media was locked out. News crews were told, “We made that determination and we decided to uninvite you…the chairman asked you to leave..I’m just passing along that message.” Event organizers say Pearce asked them to keep the media out because we […]

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Too many Mirandas: Do all Latinos look the same to the Arizona Daily Star?

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I know it is a rare occurrence, but let’s just suppose that you wanted to share an article by Josh Brodesky for all your friends to read. Take today’s article for example, on the new Tucson city manager, Miranda. The good/bad thing about Facebook is that it sometimes remembers old photos that were attached to original “shares” so if you change/fix the article later, it might not be aware of those changes. For example, you may have noticed that maybe all brown people look alike to the ADS, and thus they posted a picture of Phoenix’s LD13 Richard Miranda to […]

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Federal court fails to block parts of Alabama immigration bill HB 56 that undermines American values

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The TEA Party is indeed taking America back… back to the 50s. 1850s that is. Court Ruling in Alabama Immigration Case Undermines Fundamental American Values A federal court today blocked significant elements of Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law – the nation’s most extreme – but also left large parts in place, undermining the most fundamental American values of fairness and equality and devastating thousands across the state, including citizens, lawful immigrants and immigrants without lawful status alike. Despite the fact that courts in other states have rebuked similar laws, today’s decision reaffirms the state’s ability to authorize police to demand “papers” […]

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John Huppenthal joins Pedicone’s Dr. Garcia in spreading anti-semitic smears comparing MAS to Nazis

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Last month during the Ethnic Studies trial in Phoenix we learned that the assistant superintendent of Tucson Unified School District, Dr. Lupita Garcia, referred to MEChA, one of the largest Latino student organizations in the nation as “anti-semitic” and “un-American.” Later that day she was rewarded with a 3% raise after teachers were laid off earlier in the summer. TUSD superintendent John Pedicone, the former Vice President of Southern Arizona Leadership Council which was founded by the very man who helped destroy the original Mexican American barrio in downtown Tucson, earlier this year appointed Dr. Garcia to supervise the Mexican […]

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Latest redistricting map demonstrates demographic divides in Arizona; 3 Border – 2 Rural

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From the expert on redistricting, the Arizona Eagletarian: Mathis proposed a Congressional map she called the “Everything Bagel” around which she hopes to get her fellow commissioners to coalesce. This new map features two exclusively rural Congressional districts (completely without reaching at all into Pima or Maricopa Counties), three districts along the border with Mexico, and four yet to be determined districts in the Phoenix area. Mathis specified that she believed that would allow for ONE (and only one) competitive Congressional district in the Phoenix area. From the deliberation during yesterday’s meeting, it’s clear and obvious that McNulty and Herrera […]

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