We know that we cannot go back to “normal” operations. As policy and decision-makers, we have to focus on steering our development around sustainability and resilience. We have to focus on what is truly important to our community and how costly it could be to not adapt to a more inclusive way of business.
The federal Juneteenth holiday is brand new, but you might not know it from the number of celebrations already planned to mark the day in Arizona.
Before the global health pandemic, there was an eviction crisis; the only difference is we now have money from the state and federal government to help our community."
Another candidate plans to challenge Ward 6 Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik for the Democratic nomination this year. Andrés Alexander Portela III has filed to run for the seat Kozachik has held since 2009.
Andrés Portela III describes Juneteenth as his Independence Day, his Christmas morning and his Thanksgiving. It's a day to celebrate Black independence, culture and family. It's also a time to remember and mourn.
An essay from Tucsonan Andrés Portela about how the extrajudicial killing of Black Americans, violence against peaceful protestors and activists, and the Coronavirus pandemic all exemplify a shared state of anxiety for people of color over their own mortality.
Community member Andrés Portela worries that Thrive in the 05 will displace low-income and people of color in the area. Because much of the history of urban development follows a familiar pattern.