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Together We Thrive: Can a torn nation heal itself? (video)

President Obama on the jumbo-tron in Arizona Stadium. (Photo Credit: Pamela Powers)

Yesterday in Tucson, President Obama urged us as a nation to move forward from the tragedy of Saturday’s mass shooting and become a better democracy. He invoked the memory of little Christina Taylor Green saying, “I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it to be.”

Last Saturday, we saw 2nd amendment gun rights trample 1st amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Will the massacre in Tucson prompt us to rethink our lax gun laws– particularly in Arizona? I hope so…

Will this tragedy prompt us to rethink how we have cast aside the mentally ill in our country? I hope so…

Will this tragedy prompt us to set aside racism and hate speech and move forward together as one nation? I hope so…

[tnivideo caption=”Obama addresses thousands of Tucsonans” credit=”Pamela Powers”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNNjGA7pzrU[/tnivideo]

6 comments on “Together We Thrive: Can a torn nation heal itself? (video)

  1. Scott Miller
    January 13, 2011

    Sadly, bouncing around to different forums, I see one “side” has not missed a beat. They are straining to find something wrong with last night, the most popular idea being somehow Obama and his people organized it into a political pep rally. This is repulsive. Even my comment doesn’t feel appropriate for the promise in your article Pamela, sorry if it is a downer. I notice in Tucson some conservatives are caught in between a rock and hard place. Defend their city, or accept their daily programming by the media right. That said I’m checking out of politics for a day, last night was too good.


    • John
      January 14, 2011

      And the left is straining to blame the right for the shooting.  Get off your high horse already.  The left is just as divisive as the right, both sides will never come together.


    • fraser007
      January 14, 2011

      I was watching the news, (Not Fox) and I saw Robert Gibbs the White House Press Secretary state in the daily news briefing that they were “surprised” by the audience reaction at McKale. Gibbs speaks for the President of the United States. Maybe even they thought it was “pep rally like”. As for me I thought it was a little wierd but they were heartfelt feelings. So how could I attack it.
      What were the public repsonses to the Presidents speech at the Ft. Hood Memorial? Use that as a guide.


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  3. Jim Hannley
    January 13, 2011

    Well done, Pamela. I found it staggering to witness the outpouring of support and sympathy. The evening made me proud to be and American, a Democrat, and a Tucsonan. President Obama was his usual deep and intellectually towering self. He knows how to assess the emotional atmosphere and to reflect it in the most poignant way. Yesterday, I was very aggrieved, weeping occasionally as I read the Star and listened to the carefully selected music on Community Radio KXCI. Thanks again, Pamela!


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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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