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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

A Trip Down Memory Lane: What is our shared vision for downtown Tucson?

This article was originally published in 2009 on my Progressive Examiner blog. This month [November 2009] marks the end of an era in downtown Tucson– an era of art, innovation, … Continue reading

March 24, 2015

Flor de Muertos: A ‘must see’ for All Souls Procession and Calexico aficionados

Flor de Muertos, a locally produced and filmed documentary about life and death on the Arizona-Mexico border, premiered last night at the Rialto Theater. More than 100 people attended the … Continue reading

July 23, 2011

Why was Dr. King assassinated? He spoke of nonviolence and a ‘world revolution of values’ (video)

[tnivideo caption=”Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”” credit=”Dr. Martin Luther King”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b80Bsw0UG-U[/tnivideo] Anyone who lived through the 1960s or stayed awake during American History class … Continue reading

January 17, 2011 · 3 Comments

Imagine Greater Tucson: Midtown ‘Community Conversation’ Reveals Consensus

Over the years, Tucson has had no lack of planning, but building consensus and getting projects off the ground has been an issue (1, 2, 3, 4). Tucson’s newest planning … Continue reading

December 1, 2010 · 11 Comments

Jesse Kelly’s worst nightmare: Old hippies, brown people and college students who vote

Old hippies, retirees, brown people, artists, musicians, college students, gays, lesbians, transvestites, and even people with multiple tattoos. At the Democratic Volunteer Party today, CD8 Republican challenger Jesse Kelly’s worst … Continue reading

October 24, 2010 · 28 Comments

Giffords sponsors HoCo concert for Dem volunteers

CD8 Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will host a party and BBQ at Hotel Congress for Democratic Party volunteers tomorrow, October 24 from noon to 5:30 p.m. Democrats are pulling out all … Continue reading

October 23, 2010

Alcohol and marijuana: The xenophobic origins of prohibition

Prohibition of alcohol by adoption of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920 was a xenophobic measure, as much as a temperance movement, according to Last Call, a … Continue reading

October 11, 2010 · 5 Comments

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

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 focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”