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Friday, November 21, 2014

Watching Obama's Speech At St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM


I watched Obama's speech describing his executive order on immigration with a group of people who gathered at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church where Francisco Perez Cordova has been in sanctuary for the past few months. Obama's executive action means that Francisco will able to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation, though it's not clear exactly when he'll be able to leave the church.

After Obama finished, Pastor Jim Wiltbank talked to the people gathered there with Francisco at his side.

"Sixty days ago," he said, talking to Francisco, "we stood here in this place. We struggled with the question, what do we do now? We didn't know how long it would be. Now we know. We don't know the exact date, but we know the process. President Obama said you get to stay."

When the applause died down, Francisco managed a tearful, "Thank you."

Francisco’s wife and children were there as well. "We are so thankful that their father gets to stay here with his family,” Wiltbank continued, “and together, we get to change the United States."

"A lot of work went into making this day happen," he said, addressing those who helped with the sanctuary process. "Your letters, your calls, your being with Francisco, all of your love has made this happen. Let us continue loving this family and continue loving all those who others don't yet qualify, who are left out of this action. Let's continue to work."

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Cisco Cat Was a Friend of Mine ...

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

  • Cisco Cat was a friend of mine The Cisco Cat was a friend of mine; He drink milk, while I just drank my wine

Yes, good people at the Humane Society have sent us another photo of an adorable adoptable cat that you won't look at without saying something like, "Awww," or "Cuuuuute." His name is Cisco, #793202, a seven-year-old domestic long hair male.

As the Humane Society’s feline greeter, Cisco will always introduce himself with a slow blink and a gracious headbump. This handsome gentleman loves being close to people and will snuggle to his heart’s content. Once you meet Cisco, it’s easy to see why he has absolutely everyone at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona smitten. He’s outgoing, unshakably calm and so endearing. Cisco is declawed, accustomed to living with other animals and happy to spend his evenings curled up by your side. If you could give this warm, wonderful boy a loving forever home, please get to know sweet Cisco today!

***As part of the Humane Society’s Petacular Pumpkin Patch promotion, Cisco has a $31 adoption fee through October!

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Linkages PSA: Everyone Wants to Work and Have a Place They Belong

Posted By on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Knowing some of the challenges families with kids with special needs go through, here's a new PSA for Linkages, an organization that makes employment a possibility for people of varying disabilities. In the heartfelt video, Tucsonan Maricela Martinez-Whitmore talks about her son, Bradley, and how wonderful it is for him to have a job he loves. Something we can all understand.

Linkages' 7th annual Building Bridges Awards Luncheon is Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. Tickets are $60 each. The luncheon recognizes the employer of the year, individual of the year, project of the year, and job developer of the year.

For more info on the luncheon, email or call 209-2656.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Haunting Images of Homelessness on Display at Hotel Congress

Posted By on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM


The Hotel Congress lobby is hosting a powerful exhibition of photos by Jon Linton who aims to bring a bit of humanity to how we perceive those living on the streets:

From the press release:

In 2007, Jon Linton volunteered at a shelter to better understand the plight of those without a door to walk through at day’s end. He then began gathering imagery to document the homeless. Years of work have recently given rise to a large social media following, several exhibitions and a book entitled, I Have a Name. Mr. Linton still works actively in outreach and continues to collect stories and images from folks on the street

“One of the most poignant moments of this project came at the Project's inception. I asked the first man I had a conversation with his name, his reply put us both in tears, 'You have no idea how long it has been since someone has cared to ask me who I am ’, he said. The project became 'I Have a Name' in that
instant, said Jon Linton, photographer, creator and founder of IHAN.

The exhibition runs through November 10, with an artist reception scheduled for October 11. See more of the photos on the project's Instagram page.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Mapping Q: New Museum-Based Program Asks Tucson Queer Youth What Kind of Community They Want and Need

Posted By on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM


ALLY (Arizona Life Links for Youth), Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and the University of Arizona Museum of Art have come together to create a community and museum-based program called Mapping Q, for queer youth. The program will work with youth to investigate how symbols, signs and art can be used to express ideas of oppression and freedom for queer youth. Transportation provided to the UA when needed and incentives are available for youth who complete the event series.

From ALLY:

*Learn how to care for yourself and your community through challenging times,
*how to talk to someone considering suicide,
*expand your knowledge about LGBTQ communities,
*learn how art and symbols influence our perspectives

What youth in the project will do with what they learn is map an art project that conveys the ideal community for them as Tucson queer youth and where they find needed support. The final session will be an exhibit of their artwork at the UA Museum of Art.

First session is next Wednesday, Oct. 8 and it continues through Dec. 3, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Eon Youth Lounge at SAAF, 375 South Euclid Ave.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Loft Cinema Celebrates Robin Williams' Legacy, Proceeds to Benefit COPE

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM


The world stills feels weird without Robin Williams in it. The beloved actor/comedian took his life last Monday at his home in Tiburon, CA. His death has increased suicide prevention and depression awareness. 

The Loft Cinema will celebrate Williams' cinematic legacy this Labor Day weekend starting Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1. They are going to screen Jumanji, Good Will Hunting and Hook. The net proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit healthcare organization COPE Community Service, Inc., according to the Loft's Jeff Yanc. COPE has provided Tucsonans with services, resources, support to address general mental health and so much more.

Here are the trailers:

Saturday, August 30 at 11:00am / JUMANJI

Robin Williams stars alongside a young Kirsten Dunst in this thrill-a-minute adaptation of the award-winning children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the startled eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game's spell by two unsuspecting children who have discovered the magical game. Now a grown man, Alan (Williams) is forced to play the game again, only this time, the game sets the rampaging creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Alan reunites with the now-adult Sarah (Bonnie Hunt), and together with the youngsters Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), he must try to outwit the game's powerful forces and get the animals back in the box before they cause untold mayhem! An imaginative adventure that combines breathtaking special effects with thrills, chills and Robin Williams’ patented brand of comedic antics, Jumaji is a treat for kids of all ages! (Dir. by Joe Johnston, 1995, USA, 104 mins., Rated PG) Digital

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Body Identified After Fatal Train Accident Downtown

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Robert E. Cole, 56, was struck by a train near North Seventh Avenue and East Seventh Street early Friday morning, according to a press release from Tucson Police. Officers from Operations Division Downtown arrived at the intersection around 5:26 a.m., and discovered that Cole deceased at the scene. Detectives from the Traffic Investigations unit have determined that Cole was crossing the railroad tracks and was hit by the westbound train. The next of kin have been notified, according to TPD.

This is the second fatality near this train crossing intersection in two months. 25-year-old man was hit on Wednesday, July 10. Hopefully, someone at the City or DOT notices and makes some changes to stop this from happening. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Back to School Safety and Health Fair at Park Place Mall

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

On Saturday, July 26 (tomorrow), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., sponsored by the Tucson Police Foundation:


Check out these exhibitors:

-UAMC and Diamond Children's Center will provide pediatric and Health info and services
-Arizona Oncology will offer sun and skincare safety items
-Free school supplies will be given out, while supplies last
-Tucson Police Department will have officers on hand from the K9 Unit, SWAT Team, Internet Crimes Unit and Bicycle and Motorcycle Units to answer questions
-Representatives from The Safe Teen Accident Reduction Training program will provide advice on safe driving practices
-Tucson Police Officers Association will provide free fingerprinting for children
-Other organizations will give info and tips on bicycle and helmet safety, pool safety, seatbelt safety, anti-bullying and more

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Lamplight Reading Series

This decades-old series features readings by well-known Tucson writers and an open mic for poets, performance artists… More

@ Casa Libre en la Solana First Sunday of every month and First Sunday of every month. Continues through July 7 228 N. Fourth Ave.

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