As parts of Ferguson, Missouri, burned and hundreds gathered in New York City's Times Square, related demonstrations in the Phoenix area mostly fizzled. Following Monday's announcement that no criminal charges would be forthcoming for a white Ferguson police officer who shot an unarmed black teen ... More >>
It can be difficult to keep up with all the lawsuits surrounding Arizona's litany of recent laws imposing restrictions on abortions.In one of those lawsuits, filed over Arizona's 2011 law banning sex- and gender-based abortions, the plaintiffs are appealing the dismissal of their challenge to the la ... More >>
What is it with Republicans and Nazis? It used to be, several decades ago in hippie times, the word "fascist" was bandied about so often by lefties that it lost all meaning. These days, seems like every time you turn around some GOP putz is calling someone a Nazi. Teabaggers love calling Preside ... More >>
Local black leaders are wondering why they haven't heard a peep out of Senator Jeff Flake after his son's racist comments, including his use of the handle "N1ggerKiller" in an online game.After African-American activist Jarrett Maupin II told New Times Flake's apology was "half-assed," more black le ... More >>
The ACLU is suing to stop a 2011 Arizona law it says targets Black and Asian or Pacific Islander women for seeking abortions based on the race or sex of their baby.The lawsuit claims the law targets minority groups, and is a violation of the 14th Amendment and its equal protection clause, because Ar ... More >>
A brilliant little gem from the makers of 9500 Liberty Believe it or not, once upon a time, Republicans were the ones fighting for the expansion of voting rights. Okay, so that was more than a century ago, following the Civil War. Still, it's interesting to watch this short video by Annabel Park ... More >>
Not all conservatives want to lock up sick grannies and other medical-marijuana patients, a fact proven by the thousands of right-wingers who in 2010 voted "yes" on Arizona's Prop 203. Yet in polls, Republicans and conservatives do tend to favor penalties for the plant's growth and use more often t ... More >>
What's in a name? Well, maybe a lot, but surely not everything. Take the rapping white kid from San Francisco who goes by the name Watsky. A handle like that certainly doesn't evoke images of a slick, fast-talking rapper who also has a penchant for spoken word poetry; but that's what George Watsky ... More >>
www.projectqatlanta.comHerman Cain leads the pack of potential Tea Party presidential candidates.The Tea Partiers were in Phoenix over the weekend for the group's first ever "American Policy Summit," and according to a straw poll conducted during the conference, Georgia businessman Herman Cain, a ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
Elaine MulliganPrinceton professor and lauded lefty author Cornel West brings the funk to North High School on Saturday, October 2.We're not the only ones to have noticed that progressives, Democrats, and their ilk don't currently have a central charismatic leader whose every utterance is sociopo ... More >>
Bill RichardsonYou may be familiar with the work of Bill Richardson. Until recently, Richardson wrote a blog for the Arizona Republic. We got word this week that the Republic axed Richardson's blog and if you ask Richardson, Tempe Police Chief Tom Ryff was the cause for the axing.Richardson is an ... More >>
This guy looks way more like a cop than a "Cop Killer."Beloit College's annual Mindset list came out today.The fancy little Wisconsin school puts the list -- which aims to show how kids entering college this year see the world, basically by pointing out a bunch of pop culture references they won' ... More >>
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department filed suit over SB 1070 todayAs was anticipated, the U.S. Department of Justice filed suit today in federal district court against the state of Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer over Arizona's new "papers, please" legislation, SB 1070.In the lawsu ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Phil Jackson's Asinine, Nativist Remarks About Los Suns and SB 1070 A ... More >>
www.motivatedphotos.comAfter an incident between Phoenix City Councilman Michael Johnson and a Phoenix police officer ignited tensions between police and minority communities, minority leaders have come out against the Phoenix Police Department, claiming it has a problem with its use of excessive ... More >>
america's voiceonline.org City of Phoenix Public Safety Manager Jack Harris Even before this morning's press conference to discuss the alleged abuse of power by an unnamed Phoenix police officer against City Councilman Michael Johnson, we're told that top city officials met with loca ... More >>
Center for New CommunityThe ad comparing Arpaio to Bull Connor, which ran in Thursday's RepublicSheriff Joe received a little support today from an unlikely source, the Rev. Oscar Tillman, President of the Maricopa County branch of the NAACP.I contacted Rev. Tillman to ask his opinion of a half-page ... More >>
from the White House President Obama gets whacked, but from the left this timeA just-released letter to President Barack Obama endorsed by a diverse group of 521 civil rights, legal and cultural organizations -- including the ACLU, the ADL, MALDEF, the NAACP Legal Defense Fu ... More >>
As I promised in a previous blog post, I participated in a national conference call this morning, which featured the Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Re ... More >>
Controversy over an editorial cartoon that some say makes President Obama look like a monkey is blowing up into a fight over control of student newspapers at local community colleges. At a Tuesday meeting of the Maricopa Community College District Governing Board, "all ... More >>
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Hey, that's one way to keep him off the OxyContin... It's a rare event when I agree with the likes of Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, and so on. But when it comes to liberals and prominent Democrats who want to revive the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," the now-20-year-dead ... More >>
OutKasts Depression-era hip-hop musical has a loving respect for the old South
County Attorney Andrew Thomas lives up to his rep by throwing the book at a young Latino motorist while letting cops off easy
Jarret Maupin is the reverend Al's handpicked protégé. Is Phoenix City Hall ready?
Something besides the dump stinks in Mobile
Letters from the week of March 4, 2004
Nothing's black and white at Millennium High School
White gangsters or misunderstood jocks? The Devil Dogs beat their victims -- and the system.
The state's largest private employer pours money into African-American causes--but critics charge its bosses don't walk the talk
Windsor Place resident Pat Snyder wages a jihad against the homeowners' association, which she accuses of cronyism, racism--even hastening the death of an elderly black woman
Ghosts of Mississippi fails to conjure up interest in civil rights case
Owner of jazz club and grill claims city won't solve access, parking problems
Three young African Americans say a security guard singled them out, then ran them off
Nightclubs draw minorities, they get dissed by the authorities. Rap ain't allowed in this white-bread town. Don't hire our Kops? We bust yo' chops. Word.
MINORITIES ARE REFUSED MORTGAGES. BANKS WON'T LEND IN LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS. IT'S CALLED REDLINING, AND IT'S STILL THRIVING IN PHOENIX.
SCHOOL-BOARD ELECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT. VICIOUS, GOOFY AND CONFUSING, TOO.
AS L.A. EXPLODED, THE MEETING EXPLORED MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND MALCOLM X