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Arizona Legislature Opens: Watch ‘State of the Hate’ Address (video)

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

January 13 marked the opening of the Arizona Legislature’s 2014 session. Since Governor Jan Brewer took over the helm, this day of speeches has evolved into a day of protest.

Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA) organized a major demonstration on the capitol plaza for the opening day. Chanting “stop the hate”, approximately 150 CBA supporters  brought attention to Brewer’s failure to protect the children of Arizona on multiple levels.

Late in 2013, Arizonans learned that more than 6500 Child Protective Services (CPS) cases have gone uninvestigated. While the administrator in charge of CPS has said that his regular reports to the governor and the legislature included the large number of uninvestigated cases, Brewer has been acting shocked since the news broke. During her state of the state address on the opening day, Brewer announced that she has disbanded CPS and created a new agency that will report directly to her.

Calling attention to the CPS scandal, CBA activists moved their protest inside the capitol building and tried to go up to the 8th floor, where the governor’s offices are, to deliver dozens of stuff animals, representing the children who were lost in Arizona’s CPS system. (Watch CBA’s protest and interaction with capitol police in the video below.)

At Monday’s action, CBA also urged Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne to stop their attacks on DREAMers and allow them to drive legally.

2 comments on “Arizona Legislature Opens: Watch ‘State of the Hate’ Address (video)

  1. SHIRLEY JOHNSON GRANDMA MISSING JHESSYE SHOCKLEY
    February 6, 2014

    My Three Grandchildren have been held in this Arizona CPS for now three years. I have been fighting to get them back since then.
    Governor Brewer,
    Admittedly you stated CPS is a broken system. Social workers are not able to find proper foster care and are overworked. Now mine and other children are suffering abuse and neglect. Sever abuse and neglect.
    I met with your spokesperson, Matthew Benson, yesterday in your capital lobby. Abc 15 was there to cover the interaction between us. Thank you ABC 15.
    I immediately show him the horrible pictures of my 7 year old feet and pictures of her broken arm. His face said it all. He was horrified. PICTURES SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS.
    I am hoping you as the head of the state and responsible for Mr Clarence Carters overseeing the CPS Department. If you were not made aware you are now on notice as well and the Arizona Attorney General office. My Grand children are being physically and emotionally abused.
    TWO SUICIDE ATTEMPTS BY THE 15 YEAR OLD. THE NEXT TIME SHE MY SUCCESSFUL.
    We all know the statistics on suicide.
    my 12 year old complaining about her private area.
    my 7 year old with broken bones consistent with abuse and now severe infected feet.
    Hair unkempt with sores in head.
    The worst thing you can image happening in CPS IS happening to my children.

    Re: CPS IS TAKING MY GRANDKIDS AND ADOPTING THEM OUT: I NEED YOUR HELP.
    From: sjglencove .
    To: sjglencove ; show .
    Date: Sat, Aug 11, 2012 10:25 am.
    Subject: Re: CPS IS TAKING MY GRANDKIDS AND ADOPTING THEM OUT: I NEED YOUR HELP.
    PLEASE HELP US.

    Subject: Re: I NEED HELP THEY ARE TAKING MY GRANDKIDS AWAY.

    I went to court yesterday for my grandchildren in foster care and they are trying to take my other grand kids and place them up for adoption in spite of all my efforts of traveling to Phoenix weekly for the last ten months to see them. I have done everything they have told me to do and yet they are punishing and traumatizing these children over and over again. I have almost exhausted my finances just to let my grand kids know they are wanted and loved. My lawyer threw me under the bus and did not present all of the efforts I made to get my babies back to California. I can take care of my grandchildren. They should be home with me. I ask Rev Tilman for help again and he want me to send a letter to him. I sent a certified letter to the director of CPS also.
    First Jhessye and now all my grandchildren are being taken from us. What more can they do to us. Are there any organizations here that you can refer me to.
    There is this huge misconception that I raised Jhessye and I was the one that gave Jhessye back to my daughter. Jhessye was raised by the cousin of Jerice on her father’s side. I did not have custody of Jhessye. I had the other siblings the three older children that are now in foster care. Glendale police took Jessye from the cousin and gave Jhessye back to Jerice. Six to eight months later is when Jhessye came up missing.
    I am loosing it I am lost. I can not fight these people Arizona CPS alone. I need help.
    Please if you know of any anyone that can help me in Arizona PLEASE HELP PLEASE my number is 707-641-5500.
    I have reached out to Naacp of Arizona and is awaiting response. Two of my children have been injured in foster care seriously. Yet never in my care was they injured,
    Below is a sample letter to the Director of CPS.

    Subject: Immediate CPS Investigation.

    Mr Clarence Carter.
    Director of Arizona CPS.
    1717 West Jefferson.
    Phoenix Arizona 85007.

    Dear Mr. Carter,
    My grandchildren have been in the Arizona CPS system since 10/12/2011. Their sister has been taken from us and missing since 10/11/11, now her three sibling has been sequential from their family as well. There is no reason for these three children not to be home with me. I am their grandmother. I am a professional, homeowner and a law abiding member of society.
    I can no longer stand by one more day and watch my children been abused and mistreated.
    When m grandchildren were in my care, not one time have they been in the emergency room or have needed to be admitted to a mental health facility.
    What is happening to my grandchildren is criminal.
    They have not only lost their baby sister but are been denied basis human loving and nurturing contact with their family.
    I have been traveling to Arizona every week to maintain contact with my children and only allow 2 hours visits. I still come in spite of just two hour visits. I must let them know that they are not alone.
    My letters and gift are not been given to the children on time. The children were without Christmas gifts. I was not allowed to spend the holidays with them. Cards and letter are not being given to the children when they arrive in the Case Workers care.
    Cps is suppose to protect the children but there has been more harm done to my children since they have been in CPS care in the last eight months than in their entire life. Where is the experts that say this is ok. My children are being damage physically and mentally on a daily basis.
    The 14 year old needs to be advocated for ASAP if she is going to make it through this alive. I know this situation can drive child to a place of no return. The two smaller children are not doing well at all. Help me to help them. I don’t want to loose my baby! Her life is in your hands too.

    Mr. Carter please investigate.

    Thanks your for you immediate attention sir in advance.

    Shirley Johnson, loving Grandma.

    cc: NAACP Legal Department.
    Mr Tillman.

    Re: Requesting Immediate Investigation Into Grandchildren Tammy Jerneen Hunter, Jheveanane Hunter, and Jataya Hunter.

    1. Tammy Jerneen Hunter 14.
    Admission to mental health facility about or on May 6th.
    Denied contact with parent for 4 weeks in spite of multiple request to see her.
    There was prior admissions and treatment that I the was not made aware of.
    She is on medications that are very strong and not the usually given in such great doses.
    One medication is still in controversy.
    The foster care placement is suspect. Why did they return her to that same environment where she had the suicidal event at. She needs to be placed in another foster care.

    2. Jataya Hunter 7.
    Broken Lt Arm while in foster care. February 23rd
    Request for communication with Jataya was denied.
    Case remove 6 weeks later: noted misalignment and deformity at wrist and just above.
    Request follow up and physical therapy was denied.
    SEVERE FEET INFECTION SINCE SEPTEMBER 2012 TO THE LAST VISIT IN MARCH 2013 FROM OLD RAGGY SHOES SHE IS FORCED TO WEAR. NOT THE NEW SHOES BUY AND BRING TO THEM AT EVERY VISIT.

    3. Jheveanane Hunter 10 May 3rd.
    Infected great Rt toe.

    4. Communications denied other than two hour visits per week.
    Denied telephone contact with the children.
    Denied scype contact.

    5. Clothing bought for the children:
    I bring new clothing for the children weekly.
    The clothing bought are not being wormed.
    Miss fitted shoes..

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    Shirley Johnson commented on a link.
    June 21, 2013
    I hope they will do the right thing. Because the courts system is not fair to black americia. That goes for adults to our children.

    Arizona CPS reform moves forward

    http://www.azcentral.com

    Arizona CPS reform moves forward,State lawmakers took the first step Thursday toward creating a two-tiered system to handle child abuse and

  2. SHIRLEY JOHNSON GRANDMA MISSING JHESSYE SHOCKLEY
    February 6, 2014

    Governor Brewer,
    Admittedly you stated CPS is a broken system. Social workers are not able to find proper foster care and are overworked. Now mine and other children are suffering abuse and neglect. Sever abuse and neglect.
    I met with your spokesperson, Matthew Benson, yesterday in your capital lobby. Abc 15 was there to cover the interaction between us. Thank you ABC 15.
    I immediately show him the horrible pictures of my 7 year old feet and pictures of her broken arm. His face said it all. He was horrified. PICTURES SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS.
    I am hoping you as the head of the state and responsible for Mr Clarence Carters overseeing the CPS Department. If you were not made aware you are now on notice as well and the Arizona Attorney General office. My Grand children are being physically and emotionally abused.
    TWO SUICIDE ATTEMPTS BY THE 15 YEAR OLD. THE NEXT TIME SHE MY SUCCESSFUL.
    We all know the statistics on suicide.
    my 12 year old complaining about her private area.
    my 7 year old with broken bones consistent with abuse and now severe infected feet.
    Hair unkempt with sores in head.
    The worst thing you can image happening in CPS IS happening to my children.

    Re: CPS IS TAKING MY GRANDKIDS AND ADOPTING THEM OUT: I NEED YOUR HELP.
    From: sjglencove .
    To: sjglencove ; show .
    Date: Sat, Aug 11, 2012 10:25 am.
    Subject: Re: CPS IS TAKING MY GRANDKIDS AND ADOPTING THEM OUT: I NEED YOUR HELP.
    PLEASE HELP US.

    Subject: Re: I NEED HELP THEY ARE TAKING MY GRANDKIDS AWAY.

    I went to court yesterday for my grandchildren in foster care and they are trying to take my other grand kids and place them up for adoption in spite of all my efforts of traveling to Phoenix weekly for the last ten months to see them. I have done everything they have told me to do and yet they are punishing and traumatizing these children over and over again. I have almost exhausted my finances just to let my grand kids know they are wanted and loved. My lawyer threw me under the bus and did not present all of the efforts I made to get my babies back to California. I can take care of my grandchildren. They should be home with me. I ask Rev Tilman for help again and he want me to send a letter to him. I sent a certified letter to the director of CPS also.
    First Jhessye and now all my grandchildren are being taken from us. What more can they do to us. Are there any organizations here that you can refer me to.
    There is this huge misconception that I raised Jhessye and I was the one that gave Jhessye back to my daughter. Jhessye was raised by the cousin of Jerice on her father’s side. I did not have custody of Jhessye. I had the other siblings the three older children that are now in foster care. Glendale police took Jessye from the cousin and gave Jhessye back to Jerice. Six to eight months later is when Jhessye came up missing.
    I am loosing it I am lost. I can not fight these people Arizona CPS alone. I need help.
    Please if you know of any anyone that can help me in Arizona PLEASE HELP PLEASE my number is 707-641-5500.
    I have reached out to Naacp of Arizona and is awaiting response. Two of my children have been injured in foster care seriously. Yet never in my care was they injured,
    Below is a sample letter to the Director of CPS.

    Subject: Immediate CPS Investigation.

    Mr Clarence Carter.
    Director of Arizona CPS.
    1717 West Jefferson.
    Phoenix Arizona 85007.

    Dear Mr. Carter,
    My grandchildren have been in the Arizona CPS system since 10/12/2011. Their sister has been taken from us and missing since 10/11/11, now her three sibling has been sequential from their family as well. There is no reason for these three children not to be home with me. I am their grandmother. I am a professional, homeowner and a law abiding member of society.
    I can no longer stand by one more day and watch my children been abused and mistreated.
    When m grandchildren were in my care, not one time have they been in the emergency room or have needed to be admitted to a mental health facility.
    What is happening to my grandchildren is criminal.
    They have not only lost their baby sister but are been denied basis human loving and nurturing contact with their family.
    I have been traveling to Arizona every week to maintain contact with my children and only allow 2 hours visits. I still come in spite of just two hour visits. I must let them know that they are not alone.
    My letters and gift are not been given to the children on time. The children were without Christmas gifts. I was not allowed to spend the holidays with them. Cards and letter are not being given to the children when they arrive in the Case Workers care.
    Cps is suppose to protect the children but there has been more harm done to my children since they have been in CPS care in the last eight months than in their entire life. Where is the experts that say this is ok. My children are being damage physically and mentally on a daily basis.
    The 14 year old needs to be advocated for ASAP if she is going to make it through this alive. I know this situation can drive child to a place of no return. The two smaller children are not doing well at all. Help me to help them. I don’t want to loose my baby! Her life is in your hands too.

    Mr. Carter please investigate.

    Thanks your for you immediate attention sir in advance.

    Shirley Johnson, loving Grandma.

    cc: NAACP Legal Department.
    Mr Tillman.

    Re: Requesting Immediate Investigation Into Grandchildren Tammy Jerneen Hunter, Jheveanane Hunter, and Jataya Hunter.

    1. Tammy Jerneen Hunter 14.
    Admission to mental health facility about or on May 6th.
    Denied contact with parent for 4 weeks in spite of multiple request to see her.
    There was prior admissions and treatment that I the was not made aware of.
    She is on medications that are very strong and not the usually given in such great doses.
    One medication is still in controversy.
    The foster care placement is suspect. Why did they return her to that same environment where she had the suicidal event at. She needs to be placed in another foster care.

    2. Jataya Hunter 7.
    Broken Lt Arm while in foster care. February 23rd
    Request for communication with Jataya was denied.
    Case remove 6 weeks later: noted misalignment and deformity at wrist and just above.
    Request follow up and physical therapy was denied.
    SEVERE FEET INFECTION SINCE SEPTEMBER 2012 TO THE LAST VISIT IN MARCH 2013 FROM OLD RAGGY SHOES SHE IS FORCED TO WEAR. NOT THE NEW SHOES BUY AND BRING TO THEM AT EVERY VISIT.

    3. Jheveanane Hunter 10 May 3rd.
    Infected great Rt toe.

    4. Communications denied other than two hour visits per week.
    Denied telephone contact with the children.
    Denied scype contact.

    5. Clothing bought for the children:
    I bring new clothing for the children weekly.
    The clothing bought are not being wormed.
    Miss fitted shoes..

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    Shirley Johnson commented on a link.
    June 21, 2013
    I hope they will do the right thing. Because the courts system is not fair to black americia. That goes for adults to our children.

    Arizona CPS reform moves forward

    http://www.azcentral.com

    Arizona CPS reform moves forward,State lawmakers took the first step Thursday toward creating a two-tiered system to handle child abuse and

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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.

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