Washington Lobbyist Sister Simone Campbell Calls Tucson to Action Ahead of Senate Health Care Vote

Picture of Sister Simone speaking in Tucson

If you want to praise–or blame–the lobbyists responsible for last minute passage of the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, that would be NETWORK with Sister Simone Campbell at the helm. Sister Simone, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and a Sister of Social Services, delivered her “Health care is patriotic” message to …

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Katherine Smith: Remembering a Resister

Detail of photograph of Katherine Smith in front of her hogan

I made my first visit to Big Mountain in the early ‘80s. I came alone as a journalist, my personal struggle, to a world I could not have invented. Big Mountain is an area north of the Northern Arizona Hopi village, Hotevilla. Dirt roads maybe still are the only roads. I was directed to Katherine …

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Luddites 3.0

Detail of engraving showing the original Luddites

I. INTENTIONS Technological Progress: have you ever heard of it? Yes, I know, lots of folks have. Marketers have made sure of this. We are bombarded with reports of it every day, by thousands of advertisements. We are told that this year’s new car is “better than” last year’s new car, and many reasons are …

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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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The Yaqui’s DAPL: Mexico Reportedly Moves Ahead With the Agua Prieta Pipeline

A new pipeline under construction in northern Mexico has become a major controversy involving the local Yaqui indigenous community, which is less that pleased about the Agua Prieta tube’s route (straight through Yaqui territory). Things went from bad to worse on Oct. 21, when the pipeline’s supporters attacked a group of protesters, killing one, wounding eight, and causing …

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