Ofelia Zepeda’s Ocean Power and the Apocalyptic American Summer of 2020

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Anybody who reads the Tohono O’odham poet Ofelia Zepeda’s collection of poems, Ocean Power: Stories from the Desert, might reasonably assume she is being ironic with the title. What power, after all, can an ocean have over a people who live in the Arizona desert, “That land where the ocean has not touched for thousands …

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A Small Example of How, on the 10th Anniversary of Occupy Tucson, Homeless People Are Still Screwed

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The Occupied Tucson Citizen working group, the last active portion of Occupy Tucson, recently held its first in-person meeting since pre-COVID days. More to the point, it held the meeting on the tenth anniversary (plus one day) of the founding of Occupy Tucson and on the site of Occupy’s first encampment, Armory Park in downtown …

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Another Arizona Doctor Sounds Hospital Alarm (and Is Ignored by Tucson Media)

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We now have our second case of an Arizona doctor sounding the alarm about the overburdened hospitals in the state, receiving much attention in the national media for it, but barely getting a mention in our own, local media. The previous case, which we reported on, involved the Tucson media’s silence at University of Arizona …

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Tucson Hospitals Are “Close to Breaking” Says U of A Doctor: Why Has the Star Made No Mention of It?

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In a June 26 New York Times op-ed, Bradley A. Dreifuss, director of rural and global emergency medicine programs at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, states that “in a medical crisis, my job is to manage a clinical team, problem-solve and be in control. It is hard to admit that I feel vulnerable …

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Anything NORML about Arizona Marijuana Laws?

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Arizona can no longer ask Mikel Weisser that question, representing a tremendous loss for the state. Weisser died of a heart attack May 13 at age 61. Statewide Director, Arizona NORML, Weisser introduced his topic, Cannabis Legalization & Decriminalization in the State of Arizona, with humor and facts last December 8 at the Tucson Plant …

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