Social Justice

Tempe City Hall
Tempe councilmembers this week will discuss a recommendation to rename several city parks, streets and neighborhoods named for individuals who were recently discovered to be members of a local Ku Klux Klan chapter in the 1920s.
Oct. 16, 2021
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel
Questions continue to be raised about how the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and its prosecutors carry out their duties — and whether transparency plays enough of a role. In response, the office has announced a new policy it hopes will improve the situation.
Oct. 13, 2021
face mask with a raised fist and words Black Lives Matter
The National Labor Relations Board has sided with coffee shop employees at Sky Harbor Airport in a dispute over masks.
Oct. 12, 2021
Marijuana plants
As part of last year’s ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana, the Department of Health Services is required to issue 26 retail licenses to people in communities affected by Arizona’s biased enforcement of previous marijuana laws.
Oct. 10, 2021
Fuerte Arts Movement's October Women's March mural, critical of Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema
Hundreds of pro-choice advocates gathered at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Saturday morning in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold Texas’s anti-abortion law.
Oct. 2, 2021
body camera and badge on officer
The media spotlight on Black Lives Matter protests and police brutality changed the narrative around what it means to be a police officer in America. And according to Adam Fine's research, it’s shifted the way young people, in particular, see law enforcement.
Sep. 28, 2021
Allister Adel
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel is back at work after announcing that she was in treatment for alcohol use and anxiety in California for a few weeks earlier this month. Throughout the process, she has asked the public for patience and understanding. But some defense attorneys who face her office in court see hypocrisy in that request.
Sep. 27, 2021
Sononran Congresss approves marriage equality reform
It’s been six years since Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that laws prohibiting same-sex unions are unconstitutional. Now, Sonoran laws finally reflect that decision.
Sep. 23, 2021
memorial for Balbir Singh Sodhi
Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of the first recorded case of post-9/11 retaliation. Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh man profiled as Muslim, was killed outside his own gas station in Mesa. This year, interfaith leaders, elected officials and community members were in attendance to honor Sodhi’s memory.
Sep. 15, 2021
Protesters in Hermosillo
About 50 people in a Yaqui town in southern Sonora protested Monday to draw attention to the disappearances of 10 men from the community.
Sep. 14, 2021
statue of justice outside court building
The Arizona Supreme Court says it’s getting rid of peremptory strikes — the ability of lawyers to eliminate potential jurors without giving a reason.
Aug. 31, 2021
Arizona is making a major shift to fight discrimination in court trials. The state Supreme Court this week will announce a new rule eliminating the ability of attorneys to strike prospective jurors without cause.
Aug. 29, 2021
Edison-Eastlake future development site
The city has been planning to replace the housing projects with new, mixed-income housing since 2018. Now it has been discovered that the original projects were built over one of Phoenix’s largest archaeological sites, occupied centuries ago by the Hohokam people.
More Arizona Business News
Aug. 22, 2021
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As the U.S. continues its evacuation in Afghanistan, the future of an educational program that was designed to economically empower Afghan women is uncertain. Project Artemis led by Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University teaches how to improve business skills and help create sustainable prosperity, according to Dean Sanjeev Khagram.
Aug. 22, 2021
Homeless tents
Earlier this week, The Show heard how the Phoenix police are under investigation for multiple offenses. One of those is investigating whether or not the civil rights of homeless individuals have been violated.
Aug. 18, 2021
Phoenix City Hall
The city of Phoenix wants the state of Arizona to butt out of its long-fought effort to enact civilian oversight over law enforcement.
Aug. 17, 2021
jeri williams
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams is finding herself under fire after investigations showed the department fabricating false charges on protesters last fall. And now the U.S. Department of Justice says it will be doing a deep probe into the Phoenix Police Department.
Aug. 16, 2021
Poetry and music are two art forms which frequently address social justice issues. Arizona State University senior Austin Davis, who is the founder of AZ Hugs For Houseless, has combined both in a recent EP.
Aug. 15, 2021
Census online response
The results of the 2020 U.S. census were released last week. The results showed a growing number of people identifying as mixed-race in Maricopa County.
Aug. 15, 2021
Phoenix police headquarters
Some Phoenix police officers could face criminal investigation in connection with the arrest of protesters last year and falsely accusing them of being in a gang. The city manager sent a letter Thursday asking the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to get involved.
Aug. 12, 2021


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