Tucson Progressive

Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Boo Hoo… Wall Street Says Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Understand Global Banking

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon thinks Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren doesn’t “understand global banking system”. So, it’s not that Dimon and Warren have a basic disagreement on how banks … Continue reading

June 16, 2015

Tucson City Council: Ill-Conceived Ordinances Wiped from Agenda (video)

The Tucson City Council was scheduled to vote on two ill-conceived ordinances at their St. Patrick’s Day meeting this week. The Crowd Management Event ordinance would have given the police chief … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Proposed Tucson Ordinances Spark Calls for Protest & Attendance at March 17 City Council Meeting

If your first amendment rights are important to you, you should start watching the Tucson City Council agendas very closely. Embarrassed by the Safe Park quagmire and the subsequent scolding … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Tucson: It’s Time to Stop Ignoring the Homeless & Help Them (video)

For decades, Tucson has waffled between ignoring the homeless living on our streets and under bridges to over-policing them. When I moved here in 1981, the politically correct term for … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 3 Comments

Sanders Echos Warren with Call to ‘Bust Up the Big Banks’

One day after Senator Elizabeth Warren rekindled the spirit of President Teddy Roosevelt and called for breaking up the Wall Street banks because they have too much political power, Senator … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

As Income Disparity Grows, Tucsonans Protest Low Wages at Walmart & McDonalds

Protests against the low wages paid by multinational corporate giants have been sweeping the country, since the Occupy Movement raised the consciousness of the 99%. On Black Friday, Nov. 29, … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Can Public Banking Spur Economic Growth in Southern Arizona?

Tucson is one of the most impoverished cities in the country—for many reasons. The Arizona Legislature—driven by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and short-sighted, “small government” ideology—has routinely swept … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 6 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.”