Hands on history

By Patricia Schwartz / El Inde Long before I met Alexander Soto in person, I knew him by his onstage persona: MC Liazon of the Phoenix-based hip hop group Shining Soul. I remembered seeing him rapping in a music video with the U.S.-Mexico border wall as a backdrop. In the video for the single “All…

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Incremental changes (in electoral politics)

By Bellah Nelson/El Inde Alison Jones, a woman in her early 60’s with a short cut of curly white and grey hair, has been chair of the Pima County Democratic Party since 2018. Elected by the Precinct Committee persons of the Democratic Party, hers is a volunteer position to lead the county party in finding…

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One less vote

By Carlos Gama/El Inde Picture being a young kid in a car with a very religious parent. While you are listening to a point your mother or father is making about your need to follow their religion, you say something along the lines of ,“That is fine if you choose to believe that, but I…

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Dialing for a difference

By Trent Anderson/El Inde Olivia Coleman has spent the last several months asking every stranger she has met: “Are you registered to vote?” She doesn’t care who you voted for. She doesn’t want to have a political debate. She just wants every eligible voter to participate.  In fact, she likes asking people about voting so…

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Nothing new about Santa Cruz smuggling

By Conor Vilines/El Inde On February 27, an unfinished tunnel for smuggling drugs connecting Santa Cruz County to the Mexican state of Sonora was discovered by Border Patrol and their Mexican counterparts. The secret underground tunnel began inside a drainage system under Nogales, Sonora and ended inside its American sister city.  It is one of…

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