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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

UPDATED with New Events: Progressives, Mark Your Calendars for April Events!

New events added for April 6 and 9. It’s only April 1, but already there is an impressive line-up of progressive events taking shape this month. In addition to these … Continue reading

April 1, 2013

Maricopa Hullabaloo: Can the Dems Beat Arpaio? (videos)

Maricopa County Democrats smell blood in the water. The notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio is facing multiple legal battles– finally— and the Dems think that maybe… just maybe… they can oust him from the … Continue reading

July 30, 2012

Close down the Tent City Jail: Part Deux (video)

On Saturday, June 23, 2012, thousands of protesters from Puente Arizona, the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, the United Church of Christ, and left-leaning activist groups held a rally and vigil at the … Continue reading

July 1, 2012

Thousands protest Arpaio’s Tent City Jail (video)

As anticipated, 1000s of protesters from the Unitarian Universalist Church, the United Church of Christ, Puente Arizona, and other groups descended upon Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Tent City Jail last night. … Continue reading

June 24, 2012

Arpaio’s Tea Party Patriots Face Off with the Unitarians at the Tent City Jail

Tonight– June 23– the Unitarian Universalists, Puente Arizona, and members of other liberal groups, including Progressive Democrats of America, will hold a peaceful vigil at the Maricopa County Tent City … Continue reading

June 23, 2012

The ‘Side of Love’ Confronts Arpaio: Saturday Night at the Tent City Jail

There’s going to be a showdown at the infamous Maricopa County Tent City Jail this Saturday, June 23, at 8 p.m. No, Sheriff Joe Arpaio won’t be shooting it out with Randy Parraz. Saturday night– at the … Continue reading

June 21, 2012

‘Under Arpaio’ a ‘must see’

Under Arpaio, a new documentary film by Tucson’s own Pan Left Productions is definitely a must see movie. The film by J.M. Aragon aired on Saturday to a packed house … Continue reading

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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.”