Tucson Progressive

Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

UPDATED: Should TUSD fight for Mexican American Studies, let it die or rebuild it?

Tucson is a community in turmoil. It has been tied in knots for more than a year over the issue of how best to educate its children in a world … Continue reading

January 16, 2012 · 48 Comments

On disciplinegate: Did the Arizona Daily Star get it right?

In an editorial this past Saturday, the Arizona Daily Star took aim at Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program Director Sean Arce for canceling the annual Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) … Continue reading

June 12, 2011 · 4 Comments

So far, MAS supporters have not accepted Pedicone’s olive branch. Now what?

On Monday of this week, Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Superintendent John Pedicone sent conciliatory letters to two groups integrally involved in the fight to save TUSD’s Mexican American Studies … Continue reading

May 20, 2011 · 8 Comments

Pedicone extends an olive branch. Will it be accepted?

John Pedicone, the much-maligned Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Superintendent, has extended an olive branch to the supporters of the Mexican American Studies Program. On Monday, in nearly identical letters– … Continue reading

May 18, 2011 · 5 Comments

Interesting reading: Healthcare reform to toll roads to wing-nuts

People send me links to interesting articles all the time– hoping I will write about the issues– but I have a life beyond the TucsonCitizen.com and can’t write about everything. … Continue reading

May 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

Channeling Raul…

US Congressman Raul Grijalva penned a moderate Op-Ed on ethnic studies for Sunday’s Arizona Daily Star: Political Fight over Ethnic Studies Should Never Have Been Ignited at All In his … Continue reading

May 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Former Mexican American Studies teacher and whistle blower John Ward files defamation suit

From the Arizona Daily Star… A former TUSD teacher and opponent of Mexican-American Studies has filed a defamation lawsuit against the district and two of its employees. The lawsuit, filed … Continue reading

May 13, 2011 · 4 Comments

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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.