“Remember”

“Those moments when you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders because you are an empath. And you relive those moments of guilt and shame, because your abuser told you so. Your abuser’s face in your face, your space, scolded you, belittled you, mocked you, and used your words against you, twisting them, saying you were twisting them, and you remember: You have a choice. You remember that nothing defines you, except you. You have a choice to hold on, or to let it go. So, you breathe. You remember who you forgot you were. You breathe. You relax your jaw, your shoulders, your stomach. You breathe. Deep, cleansing breaths. You write. You draw. You paint. You create. Because the world is not a scary place when you remember that you cannot control it. The world is not a scary place when you remember that you are you. And you are where you need to be.”

– Josefina Arrondero Saez “Remember” page 14

“The Boy And The Monster”

“STOP!” she screamed. The word raw, thick, and unfamiliar on her tongue. “stop.” She said it again. Timidly this time. Because the monster had turned toward her. She had succeeded in distracting the beast from the child. And now, its yellow hungry eyes turned to gaze upon her, wearing the skin of the elephant given to her by the shaman of the village.

Its lips curled back as it hiss snarled at her. “You?” She stared back defiantly into the monster’s eyes, now that she had realized this was not the time to feel timid. Its eyes were yellow from jaundice… no… she realized, not from jaundice, but the bile that had risen from its belly, into its heart, into its head. She felt the smoothness of the skin of her totem against her skin. She breathed. She inhaled the scent of her totem. It gave her courage.

“Enough.” Her statement clear. Direct. Confident. Succinct. “Enough.” She stated again. She held out her hand to the child. Her eyes never left those of the monster. The child, seeing the confidence of the woman in her elephant skin, rose calmly. Certainly. He turned to the monster. He spoke.

“Monster,” came the sweet voice. “Monster. I loved you. And you tried to love me, too. I know that. But I also know that your love hurts me. I must leave for now. Farewell.” The boy held his hand out to the monster. He stood unafraid, waiting patiently.

But there was no response. The monster was frozen. Unable to move. So the boy waved his hand goodbye and left the cave that had contained him for so many years… for his entire life.

At the mouth of the cave, the boy turned again to look at the monster. It remained frozen. “Farewell, Monster. Fare well.”
And he stepped out of the cave, into the warmth of the fresh clean air. The sun in the sky. The wind at his back. He stepped out into this new world, with confidence, leaving the Monster to its own future.

The birds sang. The river gurgled. The sun smiled.

“The Boy And The Monster”
Anza Adelaide
page 394

An Ocean For All Of Us

Another perspective on life on the border

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Photo from Wikipedia: Family enjoys the beach on the US side of the barrier at the Pacific Ocean in Imperial Beach, California.

I waded in the Mexican side of the ocean on the San Diego / Tijuana border.  No one was “watching”.  Everyone was “behaved”.

I said to a 9 year-old child, wading with me into the American side of the Ocean, “Are you a Mexican Citizen?” and he said, “Yes, I am, but I’m going back”.

I was astounded.

My name is Charles Brown.  I worked on two documentaries years ago when the crossing problems at the US-Mexico Border were even worse than they are now.  The retelling above is mine, recalled from when I filmed the documentaries.

One of the documentaries was for an American Republican Senator who wanted footage to stop Mexican women from having their babies in American hospitals “to make them citizens”.  The video was used on the Senate floor and the video was not for public view.  I did not know the politics then, and I had no idea what I signed up for.  It was eye opening experience.

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Photo by Joseph Sohm. “A view of the Arizona State Capitol with a bell in front”

The other documentary, “Nueva Ley Imigración“, was for Isabel Gallegos, an immigration Attorney in Tucson who used the video to help immigrant families.  The video taught immigrant families how to become naturalized legally.

Here is more of my story:

We left Tucson in a motor home outfitted with an onboard video editing system.  We arrived in LA where we met the Senator in a high rise hotel before we began shooting.  They would not tell me his name.  I was told by my boss to not mention the Pro Immigration video I had done for Isabel.

We went to the border.

I saw a steel border fence short of the Ocean by 50 feet with holes cut in many many places, and many people were crawling through.  Almost all of them seemed to be going off to work in the fields.  They helped me carry my heavy tripods across the fields, even when we lied to them about who we were.

I saw American grape farmers housing Mexican workers in tin hovels, on American farms, made of garbage not fit for humans.  These farmers were taking advantage of undocumented individuals, to get a cheap labor force.  When the workers dared to speak up about their pay, or ask for better living conditions, the American farmers kept the workers under their thumbs and threatened to call immigration authorities.

I saw friendly, kind, family-oriented people crossing the border for the day — all seemed to have jobs, some carrying their lunches — who helped me, and wanted nothing but to cross the border to work.

I saw Mexican children peacefully playing in the Ocean on both sides.

I saw Mexican children and families who went back home, by their own accord, at the end of the day — because they loved their homes.

I saw peace at the border — no violence, no drugs, no guns — except the ones we brought. 

I thought: “This is how it should be.”

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Photo from Reddit User rakku. “Just a day at the beach in Tijuana, looking at the USA and Mexico and the wall separating the two”

For me, this “battle” about building the Wall at the US-Mexican border is about resources, quality of life, and the fear of sharing because we won’t have enough to go around. This “battle” is mostly due to undue fear and mismanagement of resources.

The Great Wall of China was built for a similar reason; it’s now a popular tourist destination and that’s all. The Berlin Wall was knocked down by angry citizens on the advice and approval of Republican President, Ronald Reagan; it was an admitted political mistake.

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Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson Children Playing by the Berlin Wall, 1962

It’s a lot to ponder.  The take aways?

  • The fence I saw looked a lot like the one Mr. Trump is planning now.
  • The only time I was truly afraid on this trip is when the American Video Producer showed me his gun, the only gun I ever saw at the border.
  • These kind people are unduly vilified.  They are used for their cheap labor — labor that the American workforce does not want to do.
  • The only emergency crisis here is that Mr. Trump is afraid that he will not be re-elected if he does not keep his promise to build the Wall.
  • We should work on making both sides a better place to live with better freedoms for all, and That is The Answer.
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November 9, 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall (popular photo on the internet; unable to identify the source).

Author: Charles Brown

Editor*: Felicia Chew

*Edits approved by Charles Brown

Charles is a videographer and director in Tucson, Arizona.  In addition to filming documentaries, Charles helps bring music to life, in videos such as “You’re Gonna Die“, filmed at the Triangle L Ranch in 2015.

Felicia is an educator and network weaver committed to creating happy, healthy communities through sharing stories, art, perspectives, and wisdom.  Felicia is working to end systemic domestic violence.


More Articles showing different perspectives on the US-Mexico border:

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2018/04/08/farm-work-still-only-way-california-dream-many-mexican-migrants/497434002/

https://kvoa.com/news/national-news/2019/01/13/traffickers-at-el-chapo-trial-say-drugs-arent-smuggled-through-open-parts-of-border/

https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/howard-buffetts-warren-buffet-son-border-war-cochise-county-11103225

My Story as an Undocumented American – Jose Chavez – AMORelief | Building Healthy Communities Worldwide
http://amorelief.org/2017/03/31/josechavez/

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/myth-reason-mexican-border-180960357/

 

A Whole New World

It is possible to have a whole new world where we can believe victims, and also believe that perpetrators did the best that they could in their situation.

We can believe different truths.

We can have community responsibility, empathy, and individual responsibility.

We need programs that keep people out of crisis mode.

We need programs, policies, processes, and budgets that do not perpetuate systemic abuses of power and control.

We need processes that keep us focused and intentional on making things better.

We need processes that bring us happiness and that spark joy.

If they don’t spark joy, release them.  That includes policies.

We don’t need to blame them or shame them.  Thank them, and move on.


 

Is Felicia Chew a Rape Apologist?

My name is Felicia Chew.

I have been called a rape apologist. What is a rape apologist?  Here are the #1 definitions from the Urban Dictionary, with my comments in red (and italics):

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1. A person who defends acts of rape, usually by claiming that rape is not a serious crime or that people do not need to give consent to sex.

According to this definition, I am not a rape apologist.  I believe rape is a serious crime, and I believe that people need to give consent to sex.
2. (informal) Any person who suggests that women may be able to take precautions to reduce their chances of being raped, such as carrying a concealed weapon for self defense or avoiding places where crime is likely while alone at night.
According to this definition, I am a rape apologist. I believe that a person may be able to take precautions to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of crime.  
I also believe that:
  • Predators must be held accountable.for their actions, and be taught empathy;
  • Community members must take precautions and have safety plans, knowing that there are predators in the community;
  • Policies and practices must be updated, and funding must be provided in order to provide appropriate education and treatment that support the practices of individual and community responsibility.

Learn more truths about Felicia Chew at http://www.feliciachew.com/truth

Felicia Chew on Stonegarden Money

When residents are afraid of reporting crime because they are afraid of retaliation

Many Pima residents attended Board meetings to speak out against receiving Stonegarden Money.  There were many reasons for refusing the money.  This article shares a perspective for the refusal:  The desire for less law enforcement in Arivaca, due to past exchanges between Arivaca residents and Deputies.

The concern from other County residents is a result of fear.  Fear of undocumented people crossing the border, a fear that has been grossly misrepresented to community members.

Unfortunately, the money was refused by the Board of Supervisors.  My concern is that the refusal of monies has limited the ability of the Sheriff’s Department to provide effective services.

The following is a transcript (edited to provide anonymity) of a Facebook conversation regarding concerns about accepting Stonegarden money.


Vote Felicia Chew:

Felicia engages in conversations and discussions with everyone. Here is a re-post of Felicia’s comments on a Facebook thread (with minor edits for clarity in this context), regarding Stonegarden funding:

“Governing Boards do not operate programs. However when governing boards “control the purse strings”, it can be difficult to adequately fund programs under their purview.

Being clever and creative with resources is admirable, but can also be exhausting.

I think it is important to recognize that the Sheriff’s Department had previously received Stonegarden funds. They were expecting it for the next years, but it was declined.

Imagine planning a party with a budget, and then being told you don’t get the money.

In this case, it is not just balloons and party favors that are being cut out of the party… it is deputies who were going to be paid out of a part of that budget (see the Sheriff’s presentation — available by asking the Clerk’s Office or the Sheriff for the date, and find the video — for more specifics).

With the heightened activity at the border, it is necessary to have funding to cover training expenses and patrols. Training is necessary to ensure that our deputies understand the law, and can provide resources to those they come in contact with. Too often, people do not understand the law, and the process.

For complaints regarding individual law enforcement officers, a chain of command is followed, which can lead to the termination of a law enforcement officer.

Unfortunately, when it gets to that point, emotions are heightened, people are in crisis, they are unable to think as they enter survival mode, and they “want justice”.

This is another area where additional funding and support services are needed — in mental health. We hear more often about the trauma as a result of Adverse Childhood Experiences; we hear about the number of suicides; we hear about the effects of bullying and domestic violence on the brain — and yet we continue to stigmatize mental health.

What can we do?

1. We can educate ourselves on trauma, crises, and emotional and mental health.

How? Through the County Health Department

2. We can ensure that community members feel safe, and understand personal and community responsibility regarding safety.

How? Through the Sheriff’s Department, Superintendent’s Office and Library Programs (many excellent programs already exist!)

3. We can educate ourselves on the law.

How? Courts System (including Teen Court), Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office.

4. We can provide security and wellness.

How? Roads, Transportation, Parks/Rec/Environmental Services

As you know, I am campaigning for the Pima County Supervisor District 3 seat (2020). Learn more about the Campaign at http://www.feliciachew.com/go2020 and Follow the Campaign at http://www.facebook.com/chewfortucson”

You can support the Campaign by sharing this post and donating at http://www.feliciachew.com/support2

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(Photo from article by: ADI NEWS SERVICES JULY 13, 2014)


Arivaca Resident #1:

Shared, to everyone in Arivaca who has ever been stopped on a pretextual stop by a Sheriff’s deputy on Stonegarden.


Vote Felicia Chew:

Pretextual?


Arivaca Resident #2

The law already allowed police to make stops on pretext — that is, to pull someone over for some minor infraction in order to investigate more serious wrongdoing. The law already set conditions under which police, in making stops, could be wrong about the facts.

I have been pulled over in Tucson by a Pima County Sheriff. I had a tail light out so I was using a pair of magnetic trailer lights to supplement my lights. He thought this was insufficient. When he took my license, that has my Arivaca address, he put his hand on his gun and started asking where all the drugs, money, and weapons are hidden because “everyone in Arivaca are wolves in sheep’s clothing.”

My friends, family, and I have had more pretextual stops than I could count. One of them, I was assaulted and detained until identified by an “eyewitness” as “not the suspect.”

And I’m a White Male. I can’t even imagine what people with a darker skin tone go through.

FUCK YOUR STONE GARDEN MONEY.


Vote Felicia Chew:

I am so sorry to hear this story. Did you file a complaint with the Sheriff’s Department?


Arivaca resident #2:

Vote Felicia Chew, I’m much too afraid of retaliation. I already suffer enough abuse at the hands of law enforcement officers purely because of where I live. I have reported other incidents, with Border Patrol, and the harassment just gets worse.

I can’t help but wondering if that question is a form of victim blaming.

Have you ever been the victim of abuse? A lot of people are afraid to report a lot of different types of abuse.


Felicia Chew:

I understand that a lot of people are afraid to report a lot of different types of abuse. It is an unfortunate reality.

I am unfamiliar with what has happened in Arivaca. I would like to learn more about what has happened, and what is happening. No one should be harassed for doing the right thing.

I understand that my question can be construed as victim blaming. Let me assure you that it is not intended as victim blaming, and I apologize for not choosing a better way to preface my response.

You asked if I have ever been a victim of abuse. Yes, I have been a victim of abuse, specifically domestic violence (physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, emotional, religious) and sexual abuse (non domestic violence).

It took me a long time to be able to see how deeply entrenched I was as a victim. In fact, being a victim of domestic violence is one of the reasons I applied to be a part of the City of Tucson’s Citizen Police Advisory Review Board in 2011. I wanted to be sure that the police in the City would serve and protect myself and my family.

Being a survivor of domestic violence is the reason I became a volunteer Victim Advocate for Pima County, trained in Active Listening, Crisis Response, and Victimology.

Being a survivor of domestic violence is the reason I stepped out of my full-time position as a classroom teacher to run for Tucson City Council, in hopes of being able to affect change in the City to make things better for each of us and all of us.

Being a survivor of domestic violence is the reason I started my small business working to end systemic domestic violence, by sharing stories, wisdom, art, and perspectives.

Being a survivor of domestic violence is one of the reasons why I am running for Pima County Supervisor (2020), to be able to update outdated policies, and influence a budget that allows Departments to operate effectively, and recognize (and bridge) gaps and loopholes.

I moved to Tucson in 2011. I became more aware that I was a victim of domestic violence in 2011 when my perpetrator was arrested and charged with Domestic Violence.

Then, the retaliation began. The problem was that no one could see it, because there was little physical evidence. What evidence there was, I had an extremely difficult time sharing, because I felt so guilty and ashamed — I felt guilty and ashamed that I had not done more; I felt guilty and ashamed because of the stigma against domestic violence; I felt guilty and ashamed because I had obviously been the one to blame since the Courts were not ruling in my favor.

I participated in programs at Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse — groups, individual sessions, family sessions — all while filing for Court, facing by abuser, being chastised and feeling embarrassed by the comments of Judges and witnesses — So skilled was my perpetrator at gaslighting and manipulation that I found myself cycling in and out of blaming myself, being angry, crying in frustration, feeling hopeless, feeling determined…

So unaware of deeper issues were lawyers, Judges, and Court Security personnel that the situation became worse.

I finally recognized that I had PTSD. Today, my work continues for self-care through therapy and mindfulness. It is exhausting at times.

As a woman who has worked in the school systems for over 25 years in three states (six communities) and who talks to everyone, I recognize the problems and challenges with being a human in a society that has forgotten how to honor one another. Our communities have begun to lose their sense of creativity, humanity, empathy, and wisdom.

This is why I fight to keep Golden Pin Lanes open.

This is why I speak up against shaming and blaming.

This is why I do the work that I do.

I hope this helps to understand more of where I am coming from. I know my story is not the same as your story.

I also know that I do not want anyone to be belittled or shamed to a point of such hopelessness that lives are taken by their own hands.

I prefer writing over all forms of communication. It stems from my years of abuse when I was told “That’s not what you said.” Written communication allows all parties to identify where the misunderstandings occur. Oftentimes, it is due to a misspoken word, or a different interpretation of a word or idea (due to personal experiences, culture, etc).

I have been engaged in a recent conversations on Messenger where I have been writing my messages, and my friends have sent voice clips. It works.

This was a long response. I appreciate you taking the time to read it, and I look forward to your response, learning more, and hearing more so that I can help heal our community.

Thank you for being courageous,
Felicia

“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life. Without each of us, our picture is incomplete.”

http://www.feliciachew.com


Arivaca Resident #2

Vote Felicia, Are you sure you should be running for district 3? It sounds like you don’t know much (or anything) about the rural communities you would be representing. Have you spent much time in Ajo? Lukeville? Three Points? Ever been to Arivaca? There is a lot more to Pima County than just Tucson. District 3 needs representation that cares about us as much or more than just what’s happening in Tucson. And you seem very focused on Tucson.

So, why District 3? And why do you support the Stone Garden funds when there is such a limited scope of what they can be used for and so many of us are screaming that those funds were being used to profile and harass Mexican Americans (and to a lesser degree, all of us living in rural border region communities)?

Arivaca Resident #1

Vote Felicia Chew you need to listen to what people have been telling you, about what exactly is wrong with these Stonegarden funds, and believing them. “Talking with everyone” isn’t effective when you consider the word of the Sheriff’s Dept as equally important/correct as the words and experiences of folks who have to live under their oppression.

Vote Felicia Chew

Thank you for continuing this conversation. We have a lot to unpack, so I hope you are okay with me using the following format, so nothing is missed. <Q/A = Question/Answer. C/R = Comment/Response.>

Q. Are you sure you should be running for District 3?

A. Yes.

Q. It sounds like you don’t know much (or anything) about the rural communities you would be representing. Have you spent much time in Ajo? Lukeville? Three Points? Ever been to Arivaca?

A. I have spent time in rural communities in New Mexico. I lived in the middle of the Cibola National Forest. I helped build a home that was 100% sustainable. We did not have paved roads. We did not have running water. We did not have City or County services. I also lived in Ramah, New Mexico and on the Zuni Indian Reservation.

I have friends living in the rural parts of Oracle, Benson, Vail.

I have not yet been to Arivaca, Ajo, or Lukeville. I have passed through Three Points and have some friends/acquaintances who work in/are from TO. I am planning on visiting… transportation costs are a barrier (I have just begun raising funds for my campaign, and will ask intentionally for funds so I can visit communities, like Arivaca, in District 3).

I was not familiar with the problems between the deputies and residents of Arivaca. This Page is one of the ways I am able to connect with residents to learn more about what is working, what isn’t working, and possible solutions.

C. District 3 needs representation that cares about us as much or more than just what’s happening in Tucson. And you seem very focused on Tucson.

R. I believe in making things better for #EachOfUs and #AllOfUs in our community.

You are correct, my work has primarily been focusing on Tucson, because it is where I live, and I am limited on funds, time, tools, and resources.

These limitations are the reason I am seeking the seat of Supervisor — to have thefunds, time, tools, and resources to be able to not only advocate for and amplify the voices of those in my community, but to actually have the ability to update outdated policies and provide a budget that allows for effective (not just efficient) sustainable implementation.

Q. Why District 3?

A. I live in District 3 🙂

Q. And why do you support the Stone Garden funds when there is such a limited scope of what they can be used for and so many of us are screaming that those funds were being used to profile and harass Mexican Americans (and to a lesser degree, all of us living in rural border region communities)?

A. You are correct, the Stonegarden funds are limited in scope, since they are grant funding. It is my understanding that this allocation was to provide funding for technology to provide more effective communication between agencies. This is where we need to extend our thinking. A radio is a radio. With more radios and better infrastructure, the Department can more easily communicate with other agencies (not just the Border Patrol).

From my personal experience, I have seen the need for more effective communication between agencies — between Tucson Police, Sahuarita Police, Sheriffs, Marana, Oro Valley, U of A, Tribal Police. The roads connect (well, sometimes folks can’t get to TO or Three Points during inclement weather, and that is another issue that must be addressed), but the communication between LEAs (law enforcement agencies) has been a challenge. Additional funding (Stonegarden funding) would help bridge those gaps.

Supervisor Bronson wrote: “The Stonegarden grant is managed by the U.S. Border Patrol. One of Stonegarden’s stated goals is to “enforce immigration laws.” This runs counter to Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier’s statement that his department should not be a proactive arm of immigration enforcement.” (https://tucson.com/opinion/local/sharon-bronson-don-t-saddle-our-deputies-with-stonegarden-baggage/article_87d66efe-0d16-52eb-991a-b09bcd5805f7.amp.html)

I disagree with Supervisor Bronson’s assessment of the situation. She states that Sheriff Napier has stated his “department should not be a proactive arm of immigration enforcement.” He does not appear to not be a person of his word. The challenge here, for the Supervisors, is to release their need for control to the Department. The Supervisors may hold the Department Heads accountable for their actions, and develop policies and processes for suchaccountability. We have the Board of Supervisors, not the Board of Controllers.

Again, I am sorry for the profiling and harassment that you mentioned. I think there are a few processes that would help resolve this conflict.

One is to address your concerns, and the concerns of those who you shared stories about. You connected it to the Stonegarden funds. I mean no disrespect when I ask if the profiling and harassment existed prior to Stonegarden funding?

I have a few hypotheses (again, no disrespect intended):
1. The harassment is generational;
2. The harassment is unintentional;
3. The harassment is due to inadequate training.

Another is to address the existing policies and processes for handling complaints about deputies (or any County employee).

1. How are complaints reported?
2. Who handles the complaints?
3. How are the complaints handled? (conversation, letter, documentation, restorative sessions, etc)?
4. How is the information given back to the one who filed the complaint?

C. …you need to listen to what people have been telling you, about what exactly is wrong with these Stonegarden funds, and believing them.

R. Yes, let us continue the conversation. I mean no offense when I say that we each have implicit biases which affect how we perceive the actions of others. I believe individuals sharing their stories are sharing their experiences.

C. “Talking with everyone” isn’t effective when you consider the word of the Sheriff’s Dept as equally important/correct as the words and experiences of folks who have to live under their oppression.

R. I respectfully disagree. I believe that it is necessary to hear all voices, so that we may be able to see where the disconnect lies.


“We are each a piece of the puzzle of life.  Without each of us, our picture is incomplete.”

When News Articles Mislead the Public…

Why it is necessary to do close reads… or just read… the original documents, and not just someone’s opinion (because most writings and beliefs have implicit bias)

HB2001 was prefiled to the Arizona House on December 14, 2018.  Many interpretations and discussions have arisen.  Here is the Bill:

Read the first complete sentence on Page 1 of the Bill (this is page 2 of the packet which includes a cover sheet), Line 45, through Line 3 on Page 2 of the Bill.  It states:

45   A TEACHER MAY EXPRESS THE TEACHER’S

1     OPINIONS ON THESE MATTERS BUT ONLY IN A MANNER IN WHICH STUDENTS

2    UNDERSTAND THAT STUDENTS MAY MAKE INDEPENDENT DECISIONS AND DISAGREE WITH

3     THE TEACHER WITHOUT INCURRING ANY PENALTY.

This Bill is written to prevent indoctrination, and is based on a Code of Ethics, which has also been misrepresented.

People are stating that teachers could be fired if they talked about LGBTQ issues.  This is untrue.

Page 1 of the Bill, Line 45 through Line 3 on Page 2 of the Bill is the protection for teachers to talk about controversial issues.  The rest of the Bill is protection from indoctrination.

“The rule applies to both sides.”

I am reminded of when I asked my Judge in my custody hearing for an Order that my son call me nightly (this was to ensure that he was safe). The Judge ruled in my favor, and stated in the Courtroom: “The rule applies to both sides.”

It is the same with HB2001.  HB 2001 protects all students from indoctrination – from all sides.  (From Page 1 of the Bill (Lines 16-19)):

16    AT A MINIMUM, THE RULES ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL

17    PROVIDE THAT A TEACHER MAY NOT DO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING DURING CLASS TIME

18    OR WHILE OTHERWISE OPERATING WITHIN THE SCOPE OF EMPLOYMENT AS A TEACHER

19    IN A PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION:

A teacher may not (From Page 2 of the Bill (Lines 4-6)):

4    SEGREGATE STUDENTS ACCORDING TO RACE OR SINGLE OUT ONE RACIAL

5    GROUP OF STUDENTS AS BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUFFERING OR INEQUITIES

6    EXPERIENCED BY ANOTHER RACIAL GROUP OF STUDENTS.

Here is the message I shared on Facebook regarding HB2001:

A Message from Felicia:

There is a conflict with HB2001 (regarding “indoctrination” in the classroom) because it is interpreted differently, depending on the reader’s station. While this Bill is not an issue that the County Supervisors have direct influence upon, County Supervisors do have indirect influence (see “What we can improve upon/benefit from” at the end of this Message).

I wonder how many have read the draft (available in the linked article, https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-lawmaker-teacher-code-ethics-david-horowitz-freedom-center-11088078)

Contrary to some arguments which say the Bill stops critical thinking, a read of the draft reveals that the Bill does *not* discourage critical thinking. The Bill discourages indoctrination.

We must recognize that it is the responsibility of the School Board to hold staff responsible and accountable to adhering to equitable policies that respect and honor each of and all of the students and members of the community.

As stated in the article, statutes already exist, which prohibit the use of schools and school resources to advocate for/endorse political candidates and issues. In fact, several teachers were fined for the time and resources they used which were deemed to be in support of their political agendas.

We must also honor and follow the process. Did you know that restorative circles, community mediation, and victim advocacy are programs which exist in the City and County? If the outcome is dissatisfactory, then the complaint should be taken to the local School Board, then to the Superintendent, then to the Department of Education.

I believe Representative Finchem when he says he is responding to the stories he has heard. I also believe that it is Representative Finchem’s responsibility to share and inform constituents about existing statutes with the community, so he can focus on the gaps and loopholes that exist in statutes.

The fight against the bill is a distraction. We must take time to set aside our egos, and avoid distractions. (Yes, my personal agenda is to add Coercive Control to the Domestic Violence statutes — http://www.feliciachew.com/enddv –, so I do not want to see distractions).

What we can improve upon/benefit from:
– accessibility to and awareness of resources
– information on the process
– community liaisons to assist with the process
– teacher education on clarifying statutes
– liaisons for teachers with questions regarding statutes
– strong support staff
– time and space for students, teachers, legislators, and community members to build healthy relationships

It sounds like a lot, but it can be done. The Flowing Wells School District and Eastpointe High School have many successful programs in place that can be modeled after.

P.S. The article states that Representative Finchem did not respond for comment. Here is the link to Representative Finchem’s blog: http://votefinchem.com/marks-blog.html

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Felicia is a campaigning for the Pima County Supervisors District 3 seat in 2020.  Felicia is a teacher, advocate, amplifier, and facilitator of learning.  Felicia is a survivor of domestic violence, who has experienced and endured the cycle of systemic domestic abuse (abuse perpetuated by manipulation of the existing  systems, including Courts).  As a result of these experiences, Felicia became a volunteer victim advocate for the Pima County Attorney’s Office, and started the small business Felicia Chew Community Projects, dedicated to ending systemic domestic violence through sharing stories, wisdom, art, and perspectives.  Felicia recognizes that the systems have gaps and loopholes, and that the strict interpretations of outdated policies, and lack of financial support to properly implement programs is the reason for these continued systemic failures.  This is why Felicia is seeking the seat of Pima County Supervisor — to be able to update outdated policies, and ensure that the budget provides for effective (not just efficient) programs and services that are equitable, reasonable, and just, for each of us and all of us.  To learn more about her work, visit http://www.feliciachew.com