A Poem and a Problem

Arizona is fourth in the nation in prison population, only beaten by Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. 2010 research found 1 in 13 Arizonans have a current or prior felony conviction, limiting their ability to find jobs, support family, and become productive, tax-paying citizens. Spending for the Department of Corrections, which oversees the state’s prison system, …

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Atomic Cake: The Story of American Atomics

Recently a 40th anniversary event at Himmel Library recognized an ecological disruption uncovered in 1979 that subjected a downtown neighborhood and many residents of Tucson to four years of a steady diet of low-level radioactivity. Local activist Ted Warmbrand, who led protests then, organized the recent gathering. The article below, published in 1979 in Rocky …

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Another Trial for Border Patrol Shooter? (Commentary)

“Kids on the fence.” That was the radio message heard at Nogales’ DeConcini port of entry that sent Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz and several of his colleagues running west into the street along the border fence on October 10,2012. Swartz was the only agent to purposefully step up to the international barrier that …

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Re-trial Begins for Border Patrol Agent Charged in Cross-border Killing of Teen

Painting showing Jose Antonio Rodriguez on a mule and Death

October 26, 2018 Sitting in the courtroom on the afternoon of the first day of proceedings in border agent Lonnie Swartz’ second trial left the distinct impression on most in the courtroom that we had been here before. Swartz was acquitted of the most serious charge of 2nd degree murder in his first trial. This …

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Violeta Luna: Parting Memories (review)

This review of Binational Encuentro: Female Migrations, performed on October 13, 2018, at the Whistle Stop Depot in Tucson, Arizona, is particular to artist Violeta Luna. Two other strong performances that evening were “Fierce Femmes with the Audacity to Survive” by spoken word artist Leilani Clark, and “Visceral Permeability,” danced by M. Jenea Sanchez and …

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