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Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

Why SB1070? Because Brewer and Pearce Are Beholdin’ to Private Prisons

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There are a myriad of reasons why people either support or denounce SB1070, Arizona’s harsh anti-illegal immigration bill.

Pro: “America’s under attack! The brown people are coming to take our jobs! Stop the border-crossing terrorists and drug dealers.”

Con: “This is a racist policy– and an unfunded mandate– that could foster racial profiling, discrimination and wrongful imprisonment.”

On a recent Rachel Maddow Show, she offers some interesting facts regarding Governor Jan Brewer’s and Arizona State Senator Russel Pearce’s steadfast support for anti-illegal immigration legislation.

Both Brewer and Pearce have strong ties to the private prison industry– particularly Corrections Corporation of America, the corporation that holds the contract to hold federal prisoners (including suspected illegal aliens.)

Although Brewer has 2 close aids who have worked with and/or lobbied for the private prison industry, Pearce has even closer ties. Private prison corporations have donated the maximum amount to his campaigns, according to Maddow’s research. To repay them, he sponsored legislation to transfer Arizona’s entire prison system to private corporations and was the father of SB1070, which would increase prison populations dramatically.

Frankly, they’re both opportunistic sleezeballs.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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