Jeff Biggers

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Arizonification of the Republican Platform
While notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio entertains the Republican Party convention diehards at a Tampa zoo next week, the real Old West show will have already taken place at the platform committee meetings.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Obama's August Surprise on Mountaintop Removal?
As the ravages of mountaintop removal coal mining--including the re-emerging scandal of reckless black lung policies on strip miners--continue to mount despite the shift of coal production to the heartland and western Power River Basin--President Obama has an election-year opportunity to declare an armistice in the polarized Appalachian coalfields, mend a 30-year mining policy of betr
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
SB 1070 Backlash Isn’t Over
The Supreme Court ruling to uphold a key provision in Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law may send out a last shred of hope to “attrition through enforcement”
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Freedom Summer: AZ Attorney General's Chance to Learn About Civil Rights
Facing a $10 million lawsuit and an FBI investigation for campaign violations, and with a federal court decision imminent on the constitutionality of Arizona's thinly veiled ban on Tucson's Mexican American Studies
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Have You No Decency, Republicans?
Last Friday night, en route to the cankered strip mined ruins of my family's 200-year-old homestead in southern Illinois, I was too stunned by Goldman Prize recipient Maria Gunnoe's story on the phone to adequately follow up in writing.
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Friday, May 04, 2012
Coal Train Uprisings
In a dramatic lockdown on the coal-hauling train tracks leading into the Marshall Steam Station, a half-century-old toxic coal-fired plant owned by Duke Energy on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina, legendary mountaintop removal activist Mickey McCoy and other Appalachian coalfield residents teamed up with Greenpeace and regional groups to launch a new phase in a galvanized anti-Big Coal movement across the country.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
Tucson High School Blocks Renowned Author Ana Castillo's Visit
In a stunning rejection of celebrated author Ana Castillo's offer to read and speak with Tucson high school students next week, Tucson Unified School District administrators added a new chapter to the nation's most troubling censorship crackdown and dismissed any overtures for healing in the torn community.
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Thursday, April 05, 2012
Tucson's Latino Blogger Shut Down by News Site
With the impeccable timing that continues to cement Tucson’s reputation as a hotbed of censorship and intellectual freedom violations, the online Tucson Citizen news site just announced that it has pulled the plug on the city’s most popular Latino blogger and activist, The Three Sonorans.
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Arizona Teacher Embodies Educational Spirit of Howard Zinn
While the Daily Show brilliantly reminded millions of viewers last night of the disgraceful racist elements behind the attack on Tucson's acclaimed and now outlawed Mexican American Studies program, educators across the nation recalled a teaching moment.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Climate Activist DeChristopher Facing Cruel Punishment in Prison?
In the same March week that an unprecedented heat wave made even President Obama feel “a little nervous,” imprisoned climate change activist Tim DeChristopher languished mysteriously in isolation at the FCI Herlong’s Special Housing Unit in California.
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