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Suns determined to be all in on NBA’s commitment to social justice movement

PHOENIX - The NBA’s players briefly silenced their game to be heard, and now players and teams, including the Phoenix Suns, are teaming up to take action against social injustice.


Fried chicken, candied yams and a helping hand: Cardinals’ Peterson provides meals to homeless

PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals star Patrick Peterson begins year-long “P2 Tuesdays,” serving his favorite meals to the people of UMOM.


ASU launches 25-point plan to support Black faculty, staff, students

PHOENIX – ASU says its social justice plan includes moves to hire more Black faculty, develop graduate and doctoral fellowships from underserved communities and build a multicultural space – a plan met with measured praise on Thursday.


COVID-19 work-arounds are silver linings for homeless programs

New initiatives to protect the homeless from COVID-19 are the pandemic’s silver lining, providing a roadmap for better medical care, addiction treatment and housing.


Phoenix march organizers echo themes of massive D.C. anti-racism rally

WASHINGTON - As tens of thousands gathered in Washington Friday for the "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" anti-racism rally, organizers in Phoenix were preparing for their own "solidarity march" to protect police violence and recommit to Martin Luther King's ideals.


‘Football takes a back-burner’: Cardinals cancel practice amid Jacob Blake protests

PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals Coach Kliff Kingsbury canceled his team’s practice Thursday in reaction to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.


Diamondbacks, Mercury postpone games in reaction to Blake shooting; Councilman DiCiccio rips NBA

PHOENIX – The shooting of Jacob Blake led to protests around the country, including Arizona, where the Mercury and Cardinals postponed events.


Talking ‘the talk’: Black leaders in Arizona recall sobering rite of passage

PHOENIX - For any teen, a driver’s license is a rite of passage. But for Black teens in America, the freedom that comes with car keys also comes with “the talk”: The time when Black parents sit their children down to explain what to do if stopped by a police officer.


Court rejects long-simmering challenge to Proposition 123 school funding

PHOENIX - A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a long-simmering challenge to Proposition 123, the voter-approved 2016 measure that is set to redirect an estimated $3.5 billion to Arizona public schools over a decade.


DACA recipients arrested in protests face risk of deportation

PHOENIX – DACA recipient Johan Montes Cuevas was held in ICE custody for two days after videotaping police aggression from his vehicle.


Arizona Democrats among those backing sweeping police reform bill

Congressional Democrats unveiled a sweeping police reform bill Monday that would ban the use of chokeholds and make it easier to hold officers accountable, a bill that one Arizona police group blasted as "one-sided" and "disappointing."


‘I can’t breathe’: Protesters take to the streets of Phoenix

PHOENIX – Protesters nationwide have expressed anger and frustration over racial inequities in the U.S. Cronkite News documents the protests held in Phoenix.