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Pamela Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Economic Inequality, Access to Care & Workforce Development: A Progressive Roadmap (video)

On December 4, 2017, I gave a talk on economic inequality at the Democrats of Greater Tucson Luncheon. This is the text of that speech. Economist Dean Baker, of the Center for … Continue reading

December 13, 2017

Rep. Powers Hannley: 2017 Legislative Report Card (video)

In 2016, I ran for the Arizona House on a platform of economic reform, equality, and tackling the opioid epidemic. I stood up to big-money politics and ran as a … Continue reading

October 8, 2017

Remembering May Day with movies: Black, brown, white– unite

May Day– more than any other day– is a holiday for the 99%. For decades, on May 1, workers around the world have honored the memory of Haymarket Square and … Continue reading

May 3, 2012

Another Tucson Occupier taken into custody

As police and local governments begin major crackdowns across the US, the Tucson Police Department and Occupy Tucson continue their nightly dance of citations, arrests, and resistance at Veinte de … Continue reading

December 1, 2011 · 10 Comments

Tucson Occupiers climb trees and avoid arrest

Several Tucson Occupiers climbed the large trees at Veinte de Agosto Park after 10 p.m. on November 28. The Tucson Police, which had been citing protesters nightly for six weeks, … Continue reading

November 29, 2011 · 1 Comment

TPD arrests disabled Occupy Tucson protester

Joan Zatorski Puca was arrested by Tucson Police on Friday, November 25, 2011. Here is the video of the arrest. Her powerful statement below details her rational for submitting to … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · 26 Comments

Tensions heat up at Occupy Tucson

For six weeks– through heavy rain and nightly disruption by the Tucson Police Department (TPD)– Occupy Tucson has maintained a peaceful encampment protest in downtown Tucson. TPD has issued more … Continue reading

November 28, 2011 · 15 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.”