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Title from original cover of Uncle Tom's Cabin

Who the hell is Uncle Tom?

The original Uncle Tom was the slave-as-Christ-like figure in abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-known book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Begun in 1851, her series of stories, intended to depict the evils of slavery, stretched into 40 magazine installments. Publication in novel form brought international acclaim and made Stowe a successful author. Unless he defines it differently, […]

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The Fix Is In at the AZ Statehouse: A Review of “The Cactus Caucus”

The sense that “the fix is in” on a particular issue, the assurances of our elected representatives notwithstanding, is sure to give community activists that “uh-oh” feeling. Some of us bus riders felt it when a member of the City Council told us that the “redevelopment” of the Ronstadt Transit Center would be a “win-win” […]

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Picture of market place of proposed complex

Class Cleansing? Downtown’s Future Demographic in Pictures

In a demographic survey of downtown Tucson’s future population — as it is presented in the winning proposal for the building complex to replace the Ronstadt Transit Center — the Occupied Tucson Citizen has ascertained that this population will be overwhelmingly white and middle- or upper-class. Of the 101 total of clip art people shown […]

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Abandoned building in Youngstown, Ohio

Changing American Landscapes

Try traveling across the United States. Just go, with your eyes wide open, and see for yourself whether it is the ultimate measure of prosperity and stability. It is, after all, the richest country on Earth. Or, at least, so we used to say. But, in reality, traveling across the United States today evokes a […]

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Picture of "Park Closed to the Public" sign

Harassing the Homeless

Yes, the park is closed, sealed and sanitized, but they can’t close the sidewalks. City officials might think that closing Veinte de Agosto Park to human beings has rid them of the problem of homeless people in downtown Tucson, but they need only look at the continued presence of protesting homeless and just plain homeless […]

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