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Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

Let DREAMERS drive: Protesters arrested at AZ State Capitol (video)

Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA) leader Randy Parraz and others protested Governor Jan Brewer’s denial of Arizona drivers’ licenses to undocumented people who are eligibile for deferred deportation under President Barack Obama’s executive order regarding the DREAM Act.

“These people [DREAMERS] already have clearance to work in this state. What does she [Brewer] gain by denying them a drivers’ license?” Parraz asked on Monday, January 14, the first day of the new legislative session.

“We want a new level of respect and civility in this state… I’m tired of second class citizenship [for DREAMERS],” he added. “They’re good enough to graduate from ASU but not good enough to apply for a drivers’ license? That type of mentality has to stop in Arizona.”

Check out the video by Dennis Gilman.


This entry was posted on January 15, 2013 by in Arizona, Arizona Legislature, equality, Free Speech, Immigration, Jan Brewer, racism and tagged , .

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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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