And when Hobbs first became secretary of state and came across a published report showing the pay inequity within our government, including her own office, she took immediate action to make sure everyone in her office was properly compensated.
Talonya Adams was right to speak up
Too often, many people fail to perceive the subtler, but equally violent, forms of racism that Black people experience every day: White women clutching their purses as a Black man walks by on the street; Black families being passed over for a home loan; Black women being fired from their job without receiving the benefit of the doubt in ways that white people routinely enjoy.
Black people routinely do not enjoy the benefit of the doubt in ways that white people always have. Every instance is another layer of the mental, emotional and sometimes physical toll that is always building up.
Talonya Adams bravely stood up to the systemic issues that persist in the halls of our government. And while she should be applauded for her righteous determination to seek justice, that she had to do so twice is unacceptable.
In recent days, Hobbs has met the moment and acknowledged the harm she caused to Adams. She privately and publicly apologized to all of us who had been disappointed in her conduct.
I chose to accept her apology. Adams and the rest of Arizona are free to decide whether to accept her apology.
People can evolve and grow, including Hobbs
Hobbs believes in a better Arizona, one that provides opportunities for all its residents. She knows that every single Arizonan deserves a world-class public education, no matter where they live.
She understands that communities of color disproportionately feel the impact of climate change, and is fighting for communities with less access to clean water and clean air. And she has tangible plans to create jobs and stimulate Arizona’s stagnant economy.
In 2019, I was the highest-ranking Democrat to speak out against Hobbs.Today, I reaffirm my support for her, because I have witnessed her growth in her actions defending our state against misinformation, and the agenda she has set forward for Arizona when she is elected governor.
In my world, people can evolve and grow, and that is exactly what Hobbs has done.
Op-Ed reprinted from The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.
The Goal: Destroying Trust in Democracy
The parallels between the disinformation about the election deniers, the explosion of right-wing school board agitators and the anti-vaxxers that are actually fueling the covid pandemic has one simple dogma. If they sow enough distrust in these most visible institutions of our democracy – fair elections, quality public education and competent health care – they can weaken our faith in democracy. And if accomplished, they can impose their Christian nationalism, white supremacy against all others and autocratic governance no matter the actual outcome of future elections.
Arizona is a Testing Ground
As Barton Gellman wrote in The Atlantic on December 6, 2021 --
“For more than a year now, . . . state Republican operatives have been building an apparatus of election theft. Elected officials in Arizona . . . and other states have studied Donald Trump’s crusade to overturn the 2020 election. . . Some of them have rewritten statutes to seize partisan control of decisions about which ballots to count and which to discard, which results to certify and which to reject. They are driving out or stripping power from election officials who refused to go along with the plot last November, aiming to replace them with exponents of the Big Lie. They are fine-tuning a legal argument that purports to allow state legislators to override the choice of the voters.”
Protect Our Institutions and Democracy Will Endure
As Brian Williams, the now retired host on MSNBC put it in his final farewell, “The truth is I’m not a liberal or a conservative. I’m an institutionalist. I believe in this place and my love of country, I yield to no one.”
“But the darkness on the edge of town has spread to the main roads and highways and neighborhoods. It’s now at the local bar, and the bowling alley, at the school board, in the grocery store. And it must be acknowledged and answered for.”
“Grown men and women who swore an oath to our Constitution — elected by their constituents . . . have decided to join the mob and become something they are not, while hoping we somehow forget who they were. They’ve decided to burn it all down with us inside. That should scare you to no end.”
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