For many Muslims in Arizona, 2020 marked the start of a new era of civic engagement

As progressive organizing groups across Arizona celebrated the state's historic wins for Democrats in marquee races in the November election, one community also saw strides in civic engagement — Muslims. Historically, Muslims have scarce to no representation in Arizona politics. One Muslim woman, Deedra Abboud, ran in 2018 and 2020 for seats in U.S. Congress and on the Maricopa Board of Supervisors but did not prevail. However, younger Muslims have started organizing and getting politically ac

Butchers, welders and aestheticians require in-person training. Here's how that happens with COVID-19

Classes at GateWay Community College are back in session this fall, and for students in its trade programs, that means returning to hands-on learning after a months long hiatus brought by the pandemic. On a quiet September morning at the Central City location, the air is calm, and the campus remains still. The moment anyone walks through the main door to the campus, a machine automatically takes their temperature. Floors are marked with signs encouraging people to stay six feet apart and offic

Talking 'the talk': Black leaders in Arizona recall sobering rite of passage

PHOENIX – For any teen, getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage – a small taste of freedom in their adolescent lives. But for Black teens in America the little bit of freedom that comes with car keys also comes with “the talk”: The time when Black parents sit their children down and explain to them what to do if stopped by a police officer. It’s been happening for generations. Sometimes the talk comes earlier in life. Sometimes it’s in response to a headline-grabbing death of a Black p