Social Justice

Tucson halts operations at water plant threatened by toxic chemical

WASHINGTON - Tucson officials said they will indefinitely suspend operations at one of the city's water treatment plants to keep it from being overwhelmed by an underground toxic chemical plume.


Arizona plans to use gas chamber again, sparking revulsion, disbelief

WASHINGTON - Reports that Arizona is preparing to execute death row inmates with gas similar to what was used in the Holocaust have brought responses ranging from "concerned" to "horrified," but the most common reaction was disbelief.


Arizona secretary of state, former TV anchor and others join 2022 governor race

TEMPE – As more prominent Democrat and Republican candidates announce their candidacy for governor of Arizona, here’s the breakdown of the major players.


Phoenix nonprofit gets vaccines to those experiencing homelessness

PHOENIX – Circle the City provides health care for more than 7,000 people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. Since January, the group has been providing vaccinations to this population through clinics and special events.


Brenly’s durag comment draws cries of racist undertones, cultural insensitivity

PHOENIX – Diamondbacks analyst Bob Brenly finds himself under the spotlight after comments about a player's durag were deemed to have racial undertones.


Uber, DoorDash settle state claim, end breaks for Black businesses

WASHINGTON - Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash said they will no longer waive delivery fees for customers who order from Black-owned restaurants in Arizona, to settle charges by the state that the deals violated the Arizona Civil Rights Act.


A year after Memorial Day went virtual, in-person events welcomed back

WASHINGTON - With vaccinations rising and new COVID-19 cases falling, Memorial Day ceremonies around the state and the nation that were forced to go virtual last are scheduled to be held in person again this year - a welcome change for those who observe the day.


Biden’s ambitious higher cap on refugee admissions unlikely to be met

WASHINGTON - Both sides agree on one thing about President Joe Biden's decision to raise this year's cap on refugee admissions from a historic low of 15,000 to as many as 62,500 - the U.S. is not going to come close to hitting that new ceiling.


Arizona’s ‘Hip Historian’ makes impact on Arizona’s transgender history

PHOENIX – A headstone in Greenwood cemetery honors Nicolai De Raylan, a gender pioneer who was buried without a headstone in 1906. Marshall Shore, also known as Arizona's Hip Historian, raised the money for De Raylan's headstone because without one, “he was erased from time.”


Korematsu Day rises from injustices of Japanese internment camps during WWII

Jan. 30 will be known as Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in Arizona to honor an activist who fought for justice in a country that forced Japanese Americans into camps.


Supreme Court to consider if two death-row inmates get new hearings

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court said it will consider whether two Arizona death-row inmates should get new hearings on claims that attorneys who represented them decades ago failed to present evidence that could have spared them.


Phoenix police keep tabs on social media, but who keeps tabs on cops?

PHOENIX - Police took to monitoring activists' social media in a year that saw Black Lives Matter rallies, anti-lockdown events, election protests and the Capitol riot - but experts worry that many agencies are operating under barebones surveillance guidelines.