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New Metro Phoenix Sheriff to Close Joe Arpaio’s Famed Tent City Jail

New Metro Phoenix Sheriff to Close Joe Arpaio’s Famed Tent City Jail

PHOENIX (AP) — The new sheriff of metro Phoenix announced Tuesday that he’s closing down a complex of jail tents that helped make his predecessor, Joe Arpaio, a national law enforcement figure. The decision by Sheriff Paul Penzone to close the 24-year-old Tent City complex will undo a critical piece of Arpaio’s political legacy. He […]

Protesters in Arizona: Racketeers? No, as Controversial Bill Dies

Protesters in Arizona: Racketeers? No, as Controversial Bill Dies

PHOENIX (AP) — The speaker of the Arizona House said he won’t hear a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, a move prompted by widespread criticism that the legislation sought to limit First Amendment rights. The measure […]

Opinion: It’s Time to Stop Messing With Families in Texas

Opinion: It’s Time to Stop Messing With Families in Texas

After the inauguration of the new president, and with clear signs in my opinion that he intends to bully immigrants, the children of immigrants woke up afraid. One mother, here in South Texas, told me that her son came home after school, weeping, claiming that he didn’t want to go to Mexico. His mother, holding […]

Arizona Senate Passes Measure that Could Place Protesters Under Racketeering Laws

Arizona Senate Passes Measure that Could Place Protesters Under Racketeering Laws

Arizona state legislators are considering legislation that could allow some people to be charged with conspiracy under racketeering laws if they are involved in a protest that becomes a riot, a move that could send a chill through protests, critics say. The bill would add “rioting to the list of offenses that can be pursued […]

Deportation of Mom Prompts Ariz. Blockade for ‘Justice’ and Outrage

Deportation of Mom Prompts Ariz. Blockade for ‘Justice’ and Outrage

PHOENIX (AP) — The deportation of an immigrant mother in Phoenix who was granted leniency during the Obama administration provides an early example of how President Donald Trump plans to carry through on his vow to crack down on illegal immigration. The case of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos became a rallying cry Thursday for immigrant […]

Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

Immigration Stop at Texas Ball Park Prompts Call for Change

U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted opening day at a new sports complex in South Texas this month to detain two spectators, a woman and child, leading families and advocates to demand a meeting with local immigration officials. In La Joya, Texas, community groups want changes after Border Patrol agents aggressively questioned the woman and child […]

America’s Next Leaders: Safety Is a Family Matter for Texas Woman

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

Election 2016: How Activism Might Swing Ariz. and N.C. Purple

Election 2016: How Activism Might Swing Ariz. and N.C. Purple

Throughout Election 2016, the map of presidential battleground states has changed, as historic strongholds for one political party have moved to the “toss up” or “leans to” category. It’s an indication of how new voting groups, such as Latinos and those who just became citizens, as well as local issues and community advocates are reshaping […]

America’s Next Leaders: An Ariz. Youth Backs Safe Schools for All

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

Texas Mom on Election 2016: ‘Votar es amar’ or ‘To Vote is to Love’

Texas Mom on Election 2016: ‘Votar es amar’ or ‘To Vote is to Love’

I was born in the United States, in Brownsville, Texas, on the border with Matamoros, Mexico. But I grew up in Matamoros, where my father had his job, and my mom her family. In our Mexican community, going to vote was a lot like going to Mass—you didn’t always understand everything, but you faithfully took […]

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