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Ballot power: The importance of women

Susan B Anthony coin silver dollar

On August 26, Arizona women will celebrate women’s right to vote. Women will commemorate the sacrifices and perseverance of those who fought 50 years to secure for women the right to vote. Women stood in pouring rain and freezing snow. They were beaten, jailed, went on hunger strikes, were force-fed and called crazy for wanting to vote. The women experienced harsh conditions in prison with poor sanitation, infested food, and dreadful facilities.

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Americans must demand reasonable immigration reform


We have a choice to make. We can go down the road of throwing support to those who want to send 11 million people home, or we could embrace the situation we helped create and find innovative, constructive solutions that will address the serious problems of illegal immigration and today’s skills gap in our work force. Reasonable reform will benefit us all. It is time to show the political will to turn in that direction.

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People with disabilities must exercise their right to vote


Justin Dart, the man often considered the father of the Americans with Disabilities Act, famously and repeatedly said: “Vote as if your life depends on it – because it DOES!” For people with disabilities, this is especially true. Every policy decision from employment, to housing and transportation, to funding of programs like CHIP, Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are influenced by whom we elect.

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