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East Valley NAACP Statement on Arizona Senate Bill 1253

Mesa, AZ – East Valley NAACP President Roy Tatem issued the following statement regarding Senate Bill 1253 currently under consideration by the Arizona State House of Representatives: “In recent years, East Valley NAACP and other community organizations have worked tirelessly to...

New Phoenix Chief of Police Jeri Williams Sworn In on October 28

Jeri Williams, the City of Phoenix’s new police chief was officially sworn-in at Phoenix Convention Center on October 28. Williams replaces the now-retired Chief Joe Yahner, who was honored at reception earlier that day. Williams’ hire makes her the first female chief...

Sweeping the Story Under the Rug Hurts the Desert Vista Girls the Most

By now, we’ve all heard about what happened at Desert Vista High School in the Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee (if you haven’t heard, click here). Many people were outraged, some defended the stunt as a dumb prank, some even called it “Freedom of Speech.” Many...

Community Leader Says Desert Vista Incident Is “A Teachable Moment” for Everyone

Editor’s Note: You must have been living under a rock if you have not yet heard about the six girls at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix who posed for a photograph on their Senior Day in January with the word N-I-*-*-E-R spelled out on their shirts. Needless to say, the...

Five Strategies to Reach Arizona’s Disconnected Youth

By Jamual Bohannon, Director of Ombudsman Charter Metro In recent years, Arizona has led the nation in high school dropout rates; and in Phoenix alone, more than 45,000 young people (16 – 24 years of age) are either not currently enrolled in school or not working. These numbers...

Dream Becomes Reality: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Now Runs through Phoenix

Submitted by Tremaine Jasper Owner/Managing Editor, PhxSoul.com In a time when the ugliness of racism and police brutality dominates the headlines, the January 15 ceremonial dedication of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in South Phoenix was a beautiful reminder that people...

Opinion: Which Side Are You On Rev. Maupin?

Submitted by Tia Oso Black Alliance for Just Immigration This week Fox 10 presented a purported “news” feature on law enforcement use of force featuring anchor Troy Hayden and self-proclaimed civil rights activist Jarrett Maupin (see the news report below). This shameless media...

Opinion: Latest Incidences of Brutality Prove that the Police and Citizens Need to Make Cultural Changes

Submitted by Brian Manley Phoenix Resident Every single cop is racist. Every.Single.One. That just sounds dumb. I could go no further than the very next sentence to address that statement because it sits in the outer orbit of the most unreasonably absurd opening sentences I could...
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