Social Justice

Phoenix PD offers officers mental health training; community members say that’s not enough

The efforts, and backlash, of Phoenix Police Department’s handling of mental health scenarios is being highlighted.


‘Yelp’-like reviews for social justice? ASU civil rights center seeks ways to target systemic inequality

PHOENIX – Ehsan Zaffar, a federal civil rights lawyer, is leading the initiative for a civil rights center at Arizona State University.


‘I wanted to do more than hold a sign’: Street medic crew forms out of Black Lives Matter protests

PHOENIX – Desert Action Medical Network is a group of street medics – from paramedics to people with basic first-aid knowledge – who have attended more than 80 protests in metro Phoenix, offering medical care to more than 60 people.


Invisible chapters: Writing the Black community into stories of libraries, bookstores and publishing

TUCSON – The Kindred program at Tucson’s main library is one solution to a lack of African American representation in libraries, on bookshelves and at publishing houses.


‘I am that character’: New Marvel heroes battle underrepresentation of Native Americans in comics

FLAGSTAFF – Marvel releases new comic book about indigenous heroes


Appeals court upholds child pornography conviction of Tucson man

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld a Tucson man's conviction and sentence on child pornography charges, rejecting his argument that procedural problems at trial kept him from presenting his defense.


Food banks receive government help to fill bellies during holidays

PHOENIX – St. Mary’s Food Bank and Local First Arizona partner with local governments to provide meals to those in need this holiday season.


Inequality in dermatology brings misdiagnoses for patients of color

PHOENIX – Images of patients with dark skin are hard to come by in both research and textbooks, and that’s created inequities in the field of dermatology for patients of color – a problem highlighted during COVID-19.


Field of flags tries to make sense of staggering COVID-19 death toll

WASHINGTON - A field in Washington flutters with more than 200,000 white flags, one for each person killed in the U.S. by COVID-19. The artist behind the exhibit hopes it the sometimes-numbing numbers real as cases surge in Arizona and across the U.S.


Telehealth is the best option for some but not all, mental health experts say

PHOENIX – Arizona mental health providers say virtual care is effective, although there are some difficulties.


Arizonans will be watching closely when Supreme Court takes up ACA

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act - again - in a case advocates say could affect health coverage for up to 233,000 Arizonans if the law is overturned. Arizona is part of the suit trying to reverse the law.


Each Election Day, voters with disabilities combat barriers to cast ballots

PHOENIX – Some 38 million people with disabilities were eligible to vote in this year’s election, but they face unique challenges in ensuring their ballots get cast and counted.