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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Looking for Magic

by Norah Booth One of this year’s December 1 World’s Aids Day Tucson events was Invisible Theater’s dramatic reading of Looking for Magic, a play by Beverly King Pollock, 92. Pollock’s two sons died from AIDS in the early 1990’s. Originally performed as a full production in Pittsburgh, Pollock told the sold-out audience writing the …

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Merchants of Doubt: the Film and the Book That Inspired It

Merchants of Doubt

In the summer of 1990 I briefly worked as a temporary secretary at the Leo Burnett ad agency in the Chicago Loop. Tobacco giant Philip Morris was one of Burnett’s valued clients, and I remember being told that I should run instantly to find an appropriate account representative whenever there was a call from Philip …

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The Interview: A Review

Picture from movie poster of film

Dangerous propaganda – that would be the sort where imperialists succeed in convincing people that foreign meddling is going to be fun. Full disclosure – I probably would not have gone to see this film had it not been for the repeated coverage over the past three weeks, of dozens of implausible & conflicting rumors …

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A Powerful Call to Action

Signs at September 21 Tucson solidarity march

A review of This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein (Simon & Schuster 2014) In May of 2012 I attended a weekend Climate Leaders’ Workshop that was hosted locally by Tucson Climate Action Network (TUCAN) and sponsored by 350.org. Young and energetic trainers led forty attendees through group exercises on topics ranging from campaign planning and …

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