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Republicans pushed back on criticism that the bill would bans books, but many Republicans used books about the LGBTQ+ community as examples of books that should not be allowed in schools.

U.S. House Republicans on Friday passed a bill designed to empower parents to inspect books and other teaching materials in local public schools, but Democrats sharply criticized the measure, saying it would censor teachers and ban books. Read more»

A man walks outside the Garvey Park Gym in Rosemead, California, in September 2022. Artist MariNaomi created the mural to raise awareness about violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Only a minuscule number of hate crimes are reflected in federal, state and local databases and reporting systems, and without a true understanding of what’s happening, it’s difficult to address hate crime and stop it. Read more»

Unlike the racism of yesteryear, when would-be Black homeowners faced explicit redlining by living human beings, modern discrimination can be carried out by computers using racially inflected data sets.

Black home insurance policyholders brought a federal class action against State Farm, alleging the multibillion-dollar company subjects their claims to greater scrutiny than it does those of white clients. Read more»

Sylvia Herrera, member of the Barrio Committee, helps families protest the Arizona Department of Child Safety in 2014.

From 2015 to 2019, the last full year of federal child welfare statistics available before the pandemic, DCS investigated the family lives of 1 of every 3 Black children in Maricopa County, creating a system so omnipresent among Black families that it has created a communitywide dread. Read more»

After his own struggles with homelessness, substance abuse and prison, Arizona veteran Ray Perez founded Operation Restoring Veteran Hope to help other vets cope.

A concerted national effort has helped reduce the number of veterans experiencing homelessness, but Black veterans remain overrepresented among that population, a reflection of long-standing discrimination that impacts everything from the racial wealth gap to the ability to find a job. Read more»

Micajah Jackson, who was sentenced to probation after being part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, speaks at the 'Justice for J6' rally at the Arizona Capitol.

Several Arizona Republican candidates have done interviews with Micajah Jackson - known online by the handle “The JFK Report" - who entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 and is an active member of a Telegram channel filled with neo-Nazi and antisemitic rhetoric. Read more»

Kari Lake at a campaign event in Scottsdale on Oct. 19, 2022.

Kari Lake’s campaign manager Colton Duncan likened all Native Americans to bloodthirsty savages who engage in human sacrifice in a racist tweet mocking the concept of Indigenous People’s Day. Read more»

Two-time Olympian and World Cup champion Briana Scurry, who attracted a large audience for a Title IX event at Arizona State, helped start the fight for equality in women’s soccer. Despite her accomplishments, she said, “Part of my journey was impeded by the color of my skin.”

Although the Title IX and Global Football event celebrated just how much women’s sports have changed, it also highlighted the need for even more improvement - and with the National Women’s Soccer League recent reports of abuse, the fight for change continues in women’s soccer. Read more»

Last year, the court in a 6-3 decision upheld Arizona voting restrictions led by Republicans, making it harder to prove voting rights violations under Section 2.

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges an Alabama redistricting map and could potentially eliminate remaining federal safeguards against racial gerrymandering, further weakening the Voting Rights Act. Read more»

Clothing left behind along a trail frequented by migrants in Hudspeth County. The former warden of a private detention center and his brother have been arrested after a migrant was shot to death and another was wounded Tuesday in the county.

An arrest affidavit from the Texas DPS says Michael Sheppard - warden at a private immigration detention center in Sierra Blanca - drove to a local water board meeting with his brother after firing two rounds that killed a man and injured a woman in a group of migrants. Read more»

Abe Hamadeh (left), the Republican nominee for attorney general, talks with Greg Medford for his podcast, which was published in June 2022. Medford, who has been criticized for racist and violent comments, later was scheduled to host a September fundraiser for Hamadeh.

Phoenix-based knife-maker Greg Medford says the “cancel culture mob” can’t handle his “satirical” and “provocative” nature, but critics say he has a history of racism and a vulgar petulance - yet Medford's podcast has been a campaign stop for many Arizona GOP candidates this year. Read more»

Alice Walker’s 'The Color Purple' and Laura Esquivel’s 'Like Water for Chocolate' are among the books that could be prohibited under Arizona’s ban on sexually explicit materials in schools.

A new ban on books containing sexual content makes its way into Arizona public schools this week, and critics worry self-censoring will add further stress to already overburdened teachers. Read more»

Reaction has been strong following the announcement by the NBA that Robert Sarver would be suspended for a year.

The NBA’s suspension and $10 million fine for Suns and Mercury owner Robert Sarver has sparked widespread criticism, including strong responses from a Phoenix Suns player and executive who view the punishment as “falling short” compared to the findings in the investigation. Read more»

At the same July hearing where the House subcommittee considered the lynching sites bill, members also heard about bills to honor Mexican-American farmworker organizer Cesar Chavez with sites in Arizona and California.

The U.S. House is considering a bill that would put lynching sites in western Tennessee on track to become part of the National Park Service, part of a trend this year of Congress using the agency to advance discussions of the nation’s troubled and often violent racial history. Read more»

According to the complaint, naturalized citizens who have not updated their residency status may be dissuaded from voting due to inexact standards flagging them as unlawfully attempting to participate.

An Asian American advocacy group sued Arizona to block new election laws - set to take effect just before the November midterm elections - they say may force people of color or naturalized voters to prove they’re citizens or face criminal prosecution. Read more»

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