Proposition 101: Yes or No?

The City of Tucson’s initiative to increase city sales tax by 1/2 per cent over the next five years raised serious issues for me. In principle, I usually oppose sales taxes and increases thereof as regressive taxes that hit poor people, most of whose income is applied to subsistence consumption needs to which sales taxes …

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Effective Opposition to Trump. Grounds for Optimism?

Picture of Women's March in Tucson on January 20, 2017

What can be done about the horrors of the Trump administration and how? A big question, but before we can answer it we need to better understand why Trump was elected, then assess the current political dynamics and build an effective opposition. Donald J. Trump was elected President of the United States with an electoral …

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Clyde Robert Appleton, a Life of Music and Struggle for Peace and Justice

Clyde Robert Appleton, an icon in Tucson’s progressive and folk singing communities, died of a stroke on October 1, 2015, a few weeks short of his 87th birthday, following a long period of declining health. A Community Sing in his honor, in the tradition of the Tucson Folksingers, a group he founded in 1955 and …

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Sí Se Puede – Just Not Yet

Spain’s parliamentary elections of December 20th produced uncanny results. While the ruling center-right Popular Party (PP), obtained 28.7% of the vote and the greatest number of seats in the Chamber of Deputies, 123 of a total of 350 seats, it lost 63 seats and its absolute majority. The second-placed social democratic PSOE with 22.0% of …

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City Hires Multinational with History of Human Rights Abuse

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G4S Secure Solutions, a multinational corporation with widespread accusations of human rights abuses in many parts of the world, was awarded a contract on October 30, 2015, for the second time to provide the City of Tucson with security services and equipment. The new contract with the London-based firm runs from November 1, 2015 through …

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