Social Justice

30 years on, ADA changes minds along with limitations for Arizonans

PHOENIX - A lot has changed in the 30 years since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which not only removed physical and legal barriers but forced Americans to see people with disabilities "as fully human" in the words of one Arizona advocate.


Confederate monuments removed in Arizona amid broader push

PHOENIX – The local chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy said it removed the monuments to be cleaned after they were vandalized.


Arizonans recall John Lewis, heap tributes on late civil rights leader

Arizona lawmakers and advocates were unsparing Monday in their praise of the late Rep. John Lewis, using words like hero, giant and legend for the man one described as "living, breathing history."


‘They’re scared’: A look inside the COVID-19 crisis in Arizona prisons

Complaints of insufficient safety measures and subpar medical care continue to plague Arizona prisons.


Migrant detention center operators defend response to COVID-19 in facilities

PHOENIX - The head of the private company that runs a migrant detention center in Eloy told a House panel Monday he is "immensely proud" of its operations, even as lawmakers questioned its response to the COVID-19 crisis.


‘We have to do something’: Inmate’s brother seeks his release to escape COVID-19 behind bars

PHOENIX – The Navajo County Jail in Holbrook is one of many national detention centers under fire for treatment of patients before a COVID-19 outbreak. Two brothers tell COVID-19 horror stories behind bars, while a third fights for their rights, possibly their lives.


Phoenix district cuts school resource officers, saying time is right to act

PHOENIX - Advocates called Phoenix Union High School District's decision to do away with school resource officers a good first step toward ending police presence on school campuses, but only a first step.


Right to legal counsel for minors grew out of Arizona case from 1964

PHOENIX – The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Arizona case known as Gault was a landmark moment in juvenile justice: Children were officially recognized as having the same legal rights as adults. But more than 50 years later, legal experts say the goal of the ruling has failed.


Vigils continue as police release partial video of weekend fatal shooting

PHOENIX - Phoenix police released partial video Monday of the fatal shooting by officers this weekend of a man in Maryvale, but that did little to satisfy activists who are pressing for more footage to be released to the public.


Arizona activists share favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes, explain why his words still resonate

Activists in Arizona describe how their favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes apply to the fight to end racial injustice and police brutality.


Activists, parents call for the removal of police from schools

PHOENIX – As school districts across the country remove police from schools, many in Phoenix and Los Angeles are calling for similar action.


Tucson officials rally behind police chief, reject resignation after in-custody death

PHOENIX - Tucson officials turned down Police Chief Chris Magnus' tendered resignation this week after city officials, and even the family of a man who died in police custody, rallied behind the chief.