Featured on the August 22nd, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:
- Indigenous Arizonans gathered at the Arizona State Capitol last week in support of HB 2570, law that requires the state to collect data on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Emma Gibson speaks with a mother who lost her child to violence, and hears how she hopes this new law will improve the state's response.
- Last week, The Arizona Daily Star ran an opinion piece titled “Now is the time for all of us to say, ‘Never again para nadie’”. Bryan Davis, the director of The Jewish History Museum and The Holocaust History Center in Tucson, explains why he says now is the time for multiple communities facing discrimination to support each other.
- Endangered Species Act, signed into law by Richard Nixon in 1973, currently provides protection for 43 species of animals and 21 species of plants in Arizona. This month, in the name of “modernization”, secretary of the interior David Bernhardt announced changes to the way that the law will be implemented going forward. These changes weaken many safeguards regarding habitat, and make it more difficult to add new species to the list. Randy Seraglio, conservation advocate, of The Center for Biological Diversity talks with Mark about the impact this could have on the ecology of Arizona.
- And, "The Suit", a very short story from Tucson-based author and UA creative writing professor Aurelie Sheehan. Her fiction collection Once into the Night contains 57 short stories, ranging in length from 2 sentences to 3 pages, each written from the first-person perspective of a different character.
Eds.: The bill type has been corrected in this story.