An open letter to Ron Barber regarding his first day on the job

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Apparently, it was a baptism by hellfire. Within minutes of being sworn in, you were caught up in a legislative conflict that disingenuously pitted border security against the environment. Unfortunately, you somehow decided it was a good idea to waive 16 major environmental laws within 100 miles of U.S. borders, ostensibly to …

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Demonstration Against SB1070 Decision

Protesters gather outside the Arizona State Building holding signs rejecting SB 1070

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN On Monday, June 25, in response to the Supreme Court’s 5-3 decision to uphold a key part of SB1070 that requires police officers to ask about immigration status during stops, more than eighty people attended a rally at the Arizona State Building in downtown Tucson. Carrying signs that said “Resistencia!” “We Reject …

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Diamond Does the Desert

"Don Diamond, with large red stencil lettering above which reads, 'WANTED'"

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN First in an ongoing series of irreverent profiles on Tucson’s One Percent Net worth: $400 million, as estimated in 2003 by Worth magazine. Business model: Buys a swath of heartbreakingly beautiful desert—preferably abutting an environmentally sensitive area—and spends a decade or so gaming the political system to increase its value. Then, having …

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