Organizing for America comes to Prescott

Jeff Rome Politics can scare off some of us. The word, the idea, the whole gestalt that politics evokes keeps many at a far distance, but not Sam Coodley. Each week, Coodley devotes 20 to 30 hours, unpaid, to Organizing for America (OFA), an organization dedicated to re-electing President Obama. OFA did not come to … Continue reading

Supreme court could outlaw affirmative action nationwide

By Erika DeLeo When a Texas teenager was denied admission to one of the most popular universities in her state, she claimed it was because of her race. In 2008, Abigail N. Fisher, from a high school in southeastern Texas, sued the University of Texas at Austin for denying her admission that year. She claimed … Continue reading

Arizona students collaborate for social justice

By Daniel Roca Staff Writer TUCSON, Ariz. — Behind heavy doors in the César Chávez building at the University of Arizona, elementary and high school students from across the state gathered together for a weekend of art, collaboration, organizing and activism on April 16-17 at the second annual Praxis Youth Conference. The goal of the … Continue reading

More than 100,000 Arizonans risk losing Medicaid coverage

Proposed bill targets people below poverty line, smokers and obese By Erika DeLeo Staff Writer Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer plans to trim Medicaid in an effort to close the budget gap. The cuts would affect those those living under the poverty level as well as the health care facilities that care for them, such as Yavapai … Continue reading

Tax credit said to promote religion

By Erika DeLeo Staff Writer In Arizona, private schools will continue to benefit from a controversial tax credit that some say allows the government to endorse religion on the taxpayers’ dime. The credit allows people to donate to School Tuition Organizations (STOs), which then give the money to students for private school tuition. The following … Continue reading

Sacred peace walk holds vigil at the most bombed place on earth

By Rebecca Antsis Staff Writer LAS VEGAS — White painted chalk crisply split the ground; on one side of the line, peace activists sang, chanted, wailed, beat drums and stared at a half-dozen guards at the Nevada National Security Site, which was formerly Shoshone land. On April 21, Prescott College Ecology of War & Peace … Continue reading

FDA cracks down on raw milk farms

By Libby Sherwood Staff Writer After a series of recent nation-wide raids, Arizona family-run dairy farms fear their businesses and livelihoods are in jeopardy. Government agencies have been targeting raw milk farms with a court order “to destroy.” Many local Arizona farmers have halted all sales of their raw dairy products, while others refuse to … Continue reading

Religious influence on government expands

By Åsa Björklund Staff Writer The increasing economic influence religious groups have on American politics threatens to further jeopardize the health, rights and education of citizens, according to the Secular Coalition of America (SCA). Politicians dependent on campaign money from churches steadily pass religious-based laws, affecting citizens nation-wide on a multitude of levels, said Sean Faircloth, … Continue reading

Prescott changes attitude towards the homeless population

By Åsa Björklund Staff Writer In the wake of Spring 2010’s controversial homeless raids and arrests, the city of Prescott launched a project to address vagrancy in the community. In collaboration with shelters and downtown businesses, city officials are working to inform homeless people about services while helping to increase respect for the population throughout the … Continue reading

Haiti relief organization calls for volunteers

By Erika DeLeo Staff Writer For some organizations, relief means food, blankets and shelter for the needy. For Kristopher Young, a trailblazing graduate student at Prescott College, it means a rubber tire garden, a tree nursery, and baby goats. On January 12, 2010 when the poorest country in the western hemisphere was hit with its … Continue reading