Arizona

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A History of Violence: Joe Arpaio's Racist Crusade Against Latinxs

For decades, the Maricopa County sheriff targeted Latinxs via illegal stops and his Tent City Jail, which he once referred to as a “concentration camp.”

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Judge Rules That Arizona Mexican-American Studies Ban is Racist

“Both enactment and enforcement were motivated by racial animus.”

A protester wears a costume likeness of Sheriff Joe Arpaio as a member of the KKK with a picture of President Trump

3 Things You Need to Know About Trump's Arizona Campaign Speech

The president of the United States: “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall.”

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5 Things You Should Know About Arizona's Ethnic Studies Program Battle

Tucson public school officials banned a Mexican-American studies curricula for alleged anti-American sentiment. Here are some key facts about the bill that made it possible.

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Black Leaders Fight to Remove Arizona's Confederate Monuments

Part of the state was a Confederate territory with legalized slavery. Black community activists want to remove monuments commemorating that history.

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Havasupai Native Children Sue U.S. Government For Right to Quality Education

The complaint accuses the Bureau of Indian Education of denying the students an adequate and culturally competent education.

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Activists Oust Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The infamous sheriff—whose unconstitutional policing of the county’s immigrant community pitted him against activists for more than two decades—lost his re-election bid two weeks after he was charged with criminal contempt of court.

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Long Early Voting Lines Illustrate Need for More Polling Places

One line in Cincinnati was a half-mile long. A new Vox report lays the blame not on enthusiastic early voter turnout, but polling place deficiencies.

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Joe Arpaio Charged With Criminal Contempt for Racial Profiling

The Maricopa (Arizona) County sheriff allegedly ignored a federal order to stop targeting Phoenix-area Latinxs.

Arizona Students Create Scholarship for Undocumented Students

Prescott College students will each pay $30 per semester to support the Freedom Education Fund.

SCOTUS Unanimously Affirms 'One Person, One Vote' Principle

In an 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court affirmed that nonvoters should continue to be counted when dividing up congressional districts. This is a big voting rights win for people of color.

Arizona Police Kill Navajo Woman, Family Says She Was Armed With Scissors

A police statement said that Loreal Juana Barnell-Tsingine “displayed a weapon which presented a substantial threat.” Officers shot her five times. 

 

SCOTUS Upholds Citizens' Right to Define Own Voting Districts, Prevent Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court ruled that citizens have power to define their own voting districts, independent of partisan politicians.

Arizona School Chief's Takes Parting Shot at Tucson's 'Culturally Relevant' Classes

One last attack from the state schools chief who’s made fighting Tucson’s ethnic studies curriculum a personal project.

Ariz. Congressional Candidate Confuses YMCA Campers for Migrant Children

Adam Kwasman thinks campers have “fear in the faces.”

White GOP Candidate Changes Name to Cesar Chavez in Arizona Race

He switched parties, too.

Arizona's Jan Brewer Won't Seek Reelection

The governor makes clear that she won’t run on November’s ballot.

George Takei Denounces Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill on MSNBC

The state may be heading into another showdown over a controversial law.

Arizona Ethnic Studies Ban Appealed

Parents and students appealing the ban argue it violates the First and 14th amendments and goes against teachers and education expert recommendations.

ACLU Calls for Investigation of 'Roving' Border Patrols

Following a settlement over ‘roving’ border patrols in Washington state, the ACLU is turning its attention to similar circumstances in Arizona.