Escondido’s first councilwoman took office 70 years ago

April 14, 1950 (The San Diego Union) By MERRIE MONTEAGUDO APRIL 20, 2020 1:10 PM On April 18, 1950 Cora Swingle was inducted onto the Escondido City Council. She was the first woman to take a seat on the council since the city was incorporated in 1888. Swingle defeated seven other candidates—all men—and topped the April […]

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Sen. Brophy McGee teams up with Councilwoman Deb Stark for COVID-19 first responders

(SUBMITTED PHOTO) Sen. Kate Brophy McGee on left, with Phoenix Councilwoman Debra Stark. The two teamed up to provide meals to first rseponders and healthcare workers. Posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020 5:05 pm Independent Newsmedia To show appreciation for first responders and front-line healthcare workers impacted by COVID-19, Senator Kate Brophy McGee and Phoenix City Councilwoman Debra Stark […]

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VIDEO: Rye Councilwoman Addresses Mental Health During Pandemic

A new video from Rye Councilwoman Carolina Johnson addresses the mental health challenges that are part of the COVID-19 pandemic, and offers support and advice from local experts. You can watch it right here. Johnson, working with therapists Kim O’Connor and Augustina Rueda, and Rye Youth Council director Lisa Dominici, has produced “You’re Not Alone, […]

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Councilwoman Sihelnik Announces Plans to “Cultivate Community” with Victory Garden Task Force

Councilwoman Lucine Sihelnik is pleased to announce “Cultivating Community,” a new collaborative initiative focused on historic victory gardening and food security in the City of Reading. Organized by Councilwoman Sihelnik, the “Cultivating Community” Victory Garden Task Force is a partnership of local organizations, businesses, and the City of Reading, working to cultivate the community food […]

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Sen. Teresa Ruiz supports the codification of the FEC’s ruling in New Jersey law for state and local candidates

Legislation floated in New Jersey would allow political candidates and elected officials to use campaign money to pay for child care. Supporters say too many political hopefuls — most often women — have to decide between hitting the campaign trail or staying at home to look after young kids. New Jersey lawmakers are considering allowing […]

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Carmelyn Malalis Fighting NYC Hair Discrimination Law

NYCCHR Chair/Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis and law professor Wendy Greene fought against the racial discrimination, stigmatization, and segregation of natural hair—and won. “Historically speaking, these particular hairstyles or the particular hair texture that African descendants largely possess has been radicalized,” Greene explained. “It has been the basis of racial exclusion, a basis of racial stigmatization, and […]

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Senator Joni Hearst and a Military Sexual Assault Bill

On The Hill A WAY FORWARD: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) says the junction of the #MeToo movement and the record number of female veterans serving in Congress means there’s more momentum than ever to tackle the issue of military sexual assault. That’s why she’s rolling out a new bill, the Military Special Victims Protection Act, which would […]

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Native American Day

Arizona’s first state-recognized Native American Day occurred Sunday, commemorating the date — June 2 — when then President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924. That act granted United States citizenship to any Native American born within the country. The day’s recognition came via the passage last year of Senate Bill 1235, introduced by Navajo state Sen. […]

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