by Cesar Aguirre State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that makes all of Arizona’s 1.1 million students eligible for vouchers, which divert tax dollars out of public schools and into private and parochial schools. Vouchers were originally passed in 2011 to provide parents who have children with special needs an alternative to public schools. Since […]

This is a letter to the editor on the most recent National Catholic Reporter, one of my favorite sources of news. -Brian Flagg Protest Coverage It was disheartening to see how NCR covered recent national protests in the Feb. 10-23 edition. The front-page article, “Catholics find their voice as Trump debuts,” showed a small group of “pro-life” […]

by Brian Flagg That’s the basic idea of a very good editorial in American Magazine, Jan. 2, 2017. Check it out! It featured powerful quotes from Pope Francis and noted planner and transit expert Jarret Walker, who visited Tucson last year and spent an evening in the park sharing his expertise with members of the […]

Much to my surprise I received an email this morning from the moderator of TUSD’s School Community Partnership Council (SCPC) announcing her resignation. SCPC is a collective group of site council representatives from schools across the district. Over the past four years I have been part of this council and have seen a huge shift […]

“Sanctuary makes a ring of fire around our people.” – Marisa Franco and Not1More Deportation As I write this requested response to the question, “What does being a Sanctuary City mean anyway?” I am watching friends and compañer@s who have locked down to keep an ICE van from deporting loved ones from Phoenix to Mexico. […]

por Brian Flagg ARREPIÉNTETE Y CREE EN EL EVANGELIO es el titulo del comentario de ayer en mi misal ‘Pan de la Palabra’. Dice: Hoy es el primer día del tiempo de Cuaresma: tiempo fuerte y de revisión profunda para nuestra vida personal y comunitaria, para avanzar en el camino de nuestra conversión. Pero eso el […]

by Cesar Aguirre Yesterday my 10 year old daughter Jasmine asked me to sign her permission slip to go on a field trip with her class to see the movie Hidden Figures, a true story of 3 black women who where instrumental in the development of NASA’s space program during the space race. I like to […]