Social Justice

Mural honors resilience, spirit and future of Salt River Pima-Maricopa people

PHOENIX – A black and white portrait of a teenager from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community adorns the Monroe Building in downtown Phoenix.


Seeing red: Bill would cut voter-approved education funds, school supporters say

PHOENIX – Parents, teachers and students converged on the state Capitol grounds to oppose SB 1783, saying it undermines Proposition 208.


Valley roller skaters adapt during pandemic, embrace community to overcome adversity

PHOENIX – As roller skaters navigate COVID-19 shutdowns and reopenings, they’re searching for a place to roll – and a community.


‘Dog-flipping’ on the rise as more Americans seek companionship during pandemic

PHOENIX – With many people searching for companions during the pandemic, dog thieves are reselling of desirable pooches for thousands of dollars.


‘Water protector’: Indigenous illustrator wins Caldecott Medal for children’s book

Michaela Goade is the first Indigenous illustrator to win the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best American picture book for children. The artist won the honor for “We Are Water Protectors,” written by Carole Lindstrom.


Despite push to schedule executions, attorneys plan to continue fight

WASHINGTON - While Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is pushing to schedule executions for two death-row inmates who he said have exhausted their appeals, advocates for the men said they still intend to fight.


21st century Jim Crow: Arizona activists, faith leaders decry ‘voter suppression’ bills

PHOENIX – Arizona advocacy and faith-based organizations joined a national controversy over voting rights at the state Capitol on Wednesday, criticizing a state bill and other legislation as voter suppression efforts that recalls Jim Crow.


‘Therapy is for white people’: Black mental health experts work to overcome stigmas

PHOENIX – The pandemic exacerbated health disparities among Black people, but getting culturally appropriate services remains a challenge.

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Court backs asylum, says woman’s feminism would endanger her in Mexico

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Monday backed the asylum claim of an undocumented immigrant in Phoenix who said her feminist political beliefs would put her in danger if she was returned to Mexico.


Lower income, Hispanic neighborhoods lag on vaccinations

PHOENIX – Although vaccinations are now open to most Arizonans, some neighborhoods are lagging behind – notably those that are lower income and predominantly Hispanic.


A place at the table: Latinas in Arizona strive for representation in politics

PHOENIX - 2020 was the first year a Latina was elected to statewide office in Arizona; in fact, two Latinas were: Anna Tovar and Lea Márquez Peterson.


Feds extend eviction moratorium for 90 days to slow COVID-19 spread

WASHINGTON - A federal eviction moratorium that was scheduled to end Wednesday has been extended through June 30, good news for the close to 114,000 Arizona renters who think they are at risk of eviction.