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Abortion, Drugs, Charter Schools, & Private Prisons: Is It All about Race, Money, & Power?

American FlagRight-wing strategies baffle me, when I attempt to analyze them in the aggregate. “Regressives” simultaneously hold so many seemingly conflicting beliefs that I often wonder: Where are they going with this? What is the desired outcome of these behaviors and policies?

How can they be “pro-life” but also

  • Support war, the death penalty, and guns everywhere
  • Fight to deny healthcare Americans
  • Allow millions of children to live in poverty
  • Ignore widespread hunger, food insecurity, and homelessness
  • Defund public education and promote self-segregation through privatized, for-profit schools
  • And fight against programs that help children and families — after the birth?

How can they be “anti-government” freedom fighters but also…

  • Build the world’s largest prison state
  • Deny the right to vote to certain segments of the population
  • Pass hundreds of bills each year at the state level that oppress segments of the population– particularly women, minorities, and the poor?

How can they continue the failed War on Drugs and continue over-policing casual marijuana use and…

  • Ignore rampant prescription drug abuse and addiction
  • Support mandatory sentencing, with its well-known, inherent racism?

How can they say they want our country to be a strong Christian nation while…

  • Denying basic education, housing, food, and healthcare to our citizens
  • Ignoring institutionalized racism, sexism, and classism
  • And promoting violence, guns, drugs, fear, and low wages?

None of this makes sense, until you realize that it is all about money, power, and continuing a system built on discrimination. Hunger, violence, fear, disease, poverty, drugs, militarization of police forces, incarceration, and lack of housing, education, and healthcare: these are tools of oppression. Happy Fourth of July.

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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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