Felicia Chew on Making Things Better for Each of Us and All Of Us (Not Just Some Of Us) in Pima County

Who is Felicia Chew?  Felicia Chew is campaigning for a seat on the Pima County Board of Supervisors (2020).  This is her third campaign for an elected seat.  Ms. Chew was unsuccessful in gathering enough votes in her first attempt in 2017 (due to an unfamiliarity by the Party), and was knocked off the ballot by an opponent in 2018 (due to an outdated petition policy); however  supporters have been encouraged by her honesty, transparency, and heart.

We hope you will ask questions and see how your vote for Felicia will make things better for members of the Pima County community.

Felicia’s Mission Statement:  Review policies and budgets to ensure services and programs are better for #EachOfUs and #AllOfUs (not just some of us).

Vision Statement: To have programs, services and policies that allow all residents of Pima County to be able to (1) enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; (2) to benefit from tax dollars being spent; (3) to have a quality of life that allows them to focus on themselves and their families.


I.  Courts

1. Too many gaps and loopholes that make it difficult for individuals who are working a traditional 9-5 work day.

2. Victims, children, and vulnerable people are not supported fully.

3. Restorative practices/options should be more readily available and accessible as alternatives to incarceration.

To Do:

1. Review Court policies and fees, consider all possible funding sources.

2. Fast-track research on Restorative Practices.

3. Fast track alternatives for including night and weekend Court.


II.  Deputies – Too many complaints about, and questionable actions.

To Do:

1. Review and ensure mental health services for members of the Department (all Departments, really)

2. Review Disciplinary Matrix and Alternatives

3. Review pay rate and benefits packages for Deputies (for all Departments, actually).


III. Roads, Transportation, Environment –

Potholes, long wait times for public transportation, inaccessibility problems, environmental impact

To Do:

1. Identify best materials for roads, including using Waste Diversion techniques.


Next Steps.

Ask Felicia a question through Facebook, TwitterEmail, or our Contact Page!  We look forward to hearing from you!


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Felicia Chew on Mining and School Resource Officers

This is a repost of a comment on my Facebook page that explains my thoughts on the Rosemont Mines and School Resource Officers for Campus Safety.


“Having SROs normalizes the presence of Law Enforcement. This is actually analogous to why I do not support the Rosemont Mine Project. If we do not support the Mining, and we are able to provide alternatives for energy sources, and provide services for recycling mined materials, then we can let our mines lay fallow until such a time when we need a fresh supply.

That being said if we had no officers, we would be forced to self-regulate and consider other venues.

That being said, there are a lot of bad people out there who do not do well with no regulation. Consider the lootings that happened during the LA Riots. I get being mad at law enforcement, but people were crazy destructive. Consider the number of perpetrators of domestic violence. 1 out of 4 women will experience Domestic Violence. 1 out of 7 men will experience Domestic Violence. Just last week, a woman was murdered by her boyfriend. Timothy Steller has the stats on domestic violence crimes in the city.

That being said, there are so many ways that people can release emotions. Pumpkin smashing is one of them. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona hosted one after Halloween last year. And, people can engage in mindfulness and meditation classes, art programs, etc. Our Pima County Public Library receives funds for programs that are free to the community. Our Tucson Parks and Recreation Program has created walking paths in community parks.

We can do more with Programs that are healthy and fun!”

/Felicia


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Felicia Chew on First Amendment Rights – and Responsibilities: We Have Responsibilities, especially with the First Amendment.

“STICKS AND STONES CAN BREAK MY BONES, BUT WORDS CAN NEVER HURT ME”. <– FALSE

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  May is a reminder for us to be mindful, and recognize the need for us to be mindful of ourselves, and our words and actions.

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Recently, one of my friends published a political cartoon, which I was deeply concerned about.  I wrote about it on Facebook, and the Arizona Daily Star picked up the story.

There have been many comments and conversations regarding First Amendment Rights in the comments section.  I understand, perhaps more than others as a survivor of domestic violence, how important the First Amendment is.  I also believe that it is important to be responsible in what we say, as our words and actions can incite violence towards others.  This type of control is coercive, and it is called coercive control.

What follows is a re-post, which I believe best outlines my sentiments.  As always, please comment below, or send me a private message for any clarifications, or with any comments or questions.

We can make things better.

❤ Felicia

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1.  WHY I AM OPPOSED TO CARTOONS AND RHETORIC DEMONSTRATED BY FITZ’S DEPICTION IN THIS CARTOON:

I think that there are individuals who abuse their Power and Control intentionally, for personal gain – e.g. monetarily or physical.

I also think there are good guys who want to do the right thing and are dragged down through the systems when they speak sternly or firmly to uphold an agreed upon policy that someone else decided to violate.

The latter is the group who I am concerned for.  When Fitz, or anyone, begins to glump people together, as ONE, we have problems.

2. EFFECTS OF CARTOONS/ RHETORIC / PROPAGANDA ON COMMUNITIES

Consider the attacks at people who wear hijabs or MAGA hats. I wear a hat sometimes; however, something I cannot remove is who I am…  I am Chinese-American, born and raised in the States.  I have experienced racism.  I have experienced bullying.  Thankfully, it has not been to the extent of Zhao or Vincent Chin (Chinese man murdered by angry laid off automotive workers who believed the propaganda that all Japanese people were villains… yes, I know, Vincent Chin was Chinese; Asians are commonly mistaken for other Asians).

3. VIOLENCE AND CRIME TODAY ARE A RESULT OF THE STRUGGLE FOR POWER AND CONTROL

There are so many instances of violence, domestic violence, verbal abuse, etc., which can be attributed to Power and Control.

Robberies?  Assault?  Kidnapping?  Petty theft?  All can be brought back to Power and Control (lack of, and desire to have).  Gang violence.  Domestic violence.  Police brutality.  All linked back to Power and Control.

When people feel powerless, or not in control, people typically respond with one of the three crisis responses:  fight, flight, or freeze.

4. OVERCOMING THE STRUGGLE BY USING MINDFULNESS – SCHOOL EXAMPLE

Recently, a movement has begun in schools, teaching mindfulness and meditation instead of punishment when students make bad choices.  As far as I know, there is no empirical data to demonstrate that this technique works… because teachers and staff are so tied up with trying to take standardized tests (which are biased…. but that is another conversation).

Ask a teacher or staff member who has properly* utilized these “alternative” methods of “discipline” /transformative and restorative practices (*Note: Many teachers think they are using these practices, but they are not), and you will hear that students are transformed.

5. EXPANDED EXPLANATION OF EFFECTS OF POLITICAL CARTOONS ON NON MINDFUL COMMUNITIES

When we see political cartoons, like what Fitz created, and we are not mindful, we react:  “Yeah!  I heard stories about other instances of police brutality!  Like Rodney King!  Damn!  That was back in the 80’s!  F*@# the cops!  Still the same group of a**holes that they were back then. Smgdh.”

Or, we hear the echoes of “Murder patrol.  Murder patrol.  Murder patrol.  MURDER PATROL!!!” down the halls of a University.  Oh, the irony.  That we have not spoken up and recognized that one Border Patrol member does not represent all Border Patrol members.

6. WHAT WE CAN DO – SYSTEMS AND COURTS

This is why I have suggested several times that individuals be held accountable (and my understanding is that each of the BP agents who were accused have participated in the process.)  Here is what we have noticed, but we continue to be lacksadaisical with – The Courts.

Instead of working on the Courts INjustices, and addressing our current County Attorney’s decision to continue to ignore which cases are tried, and our County and City decisions on what evidence to process (e.g. the rape kits that sat on the shelves), our current BOS works on their agenda, which includes purchasing an historic iconic family and community recreation center, and bringing in the complete opposite crowd.  People on probation.  That being said, I believe that we are no better than those convicted of crimes.  However, how does it make any sense to say: “That area (Miracle Mile) is where they need these services” as a justification?

7. WE CAN MAKE THINGS BETTER IF WE DO BUSINESS DIFFERENTLY

What if we dealt with the real issues that affect poverty?  Like insufficient transportation for parents to get to work in a timely manner, so they can spend time with their families, and teachers who complain about how “they” have to raise the kids because of “deadbeat parents” will no longer have to complain.

What if we used better materials for roads that are better for our environment, and cost less?

What if we stopped nickel and diming people who try to raise civil issues in the Court systems?

What if we had policies formed for protecting people, out of common sense, and not based on fear and ego?

8.  MY NAME IS FELICIA CHEW AND I AM CAMPAIGNING FOR THE DISTRICT 3 SEAT ON THE PIMA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS (2020)

These are some of the reasons why I am campaigning for a seat on the BOS.

I am a Constitutionalist and a process/systems thinker.  I am an English teacher who recognizes the loopholes and gaps that people take advantage of, due to language interpretations and perspectives.  I am a mom who wants things to be better for my kids, their kids, all kids.

9. THANK YOU.  WE CAN MAKE THINGS BETTER.

Thanks again for sharing the story of Zhao.  Let’s make a change and stop the cycles of violence.  We cannot control others.  We can change policies. We can have budgets that are not wasteful.  We can make things better.

Thanks for reading to the end,
Felicia
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Felicia Chew on (Sex) Education in the Schools

Note: This was written March 13, 2019, and fell into the Draft folder.


The linked article “Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools” is not from Pima County, however, the lack of sufficient health (physical and mental) education in the County would benefit from being addressed.  The article identifies some of the most commonly heard arguments against education regarding health:

““Why would we promote that type of confusion for our young children?…I  am talking curriculum that absolutely introduces confusion when its not the public education’s place to do so, nor should we be using taxpayer dollars to fund ‘how to have sex’ curriculum for young children.”… sexual education should be administered by parents at home so that it more accurately aligns with each family’s values.”

This linked article “‘Pure Genocide’: Over 6,000 Nigerian Christians Slaughtered, Mostly Women and Children” also did not happen in Pima County; however, I have witnessed division between groups here in the County.

This linked article “Why Did the Christchurch Shooter Name-Drop YouTube Phenom PewDiePie?” also did not happen in Pima County; however millions, including our youth, are followers of Pewdiepie.

You might be wondering: “Why is Felicia bringing up articles about genocide and a YouTuber when writing about Sex Education?”

I am writing about genocide and a YouTuber because the decision to teach Sex Education in public schools is more than just about teaching Sex Education.  Teaching Sex Education is Education that addresses:

  • Acts of genocide (due to a lack of education from different perspectives);
  • The fear of our youth (being influenced by YouTubers which can be quelled through proper education);
  • Health education, which includes physical, mental, emotional, sexual education and mindfulness provides a firm base for our youth to make informed choices in a world that will not always agree with our beliefs and perspectives.

Please note: I am not intending to promote particular religious, sexual, nor YouTube  practices.  I acknowledge the influence that I have, and would like to remind each of us that we have the ability and responsibility to make choices, including asking questions, staying silent, taking action, or remaining still.  However, we do not have the right to control others.

Thanks for reading.  Please comment below with any questions, comments, etc.  Please share your perspective, and subscribe and share this blog.

❤ Felicia


Felicia’s education story:

I started attending public school at age 5, in California.  I attended through Grade 12.  I was a GATE (gifted and talented) kid, growing up in the charter school and ability-grouping era.  I was a part of my junior high newspaper, a soccer player and cheerleader in junior high, President of the French Club, Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America, and Concert Mistress of the school orchestra in high school.  I participated in the ROP (similar to JTED) Cosmetology Program the summer between my junior and senior years, but was told to drop the program when senior year started, so I could take Orchestra and French, so my college application would look better.

I enrolled in the University of California, Davis as an Econ major.  I wanted to be the CEO of a company.  My Major changed a couple times… to English, and then to Asian-American Studies (it did not exist at UCDavis, so I modeled it after the program at UC Berkeley).

I graduated with a BA in Asian-American Studies and a minor in English.  I took a few years off, then enrolled in the Teacher Credential program, where one of my favorite lessons was in our Technology class, and we listened to the song “Roses are Red”, and

I had become a “leader” (small group, music, and prayer) within the Christian/Catholic groups I was involved with during college, and remained active with Churches until 2011:  from 1989-2004, I lived in California, and I participated in Baptist and Protestant church activities and programs;  from 2004-2011, I lived in New Mexico and I participated in Catholic, Christian Reform, and “Home Church” activities and programs.  In 2010, I wrote a musical called “Jesus Is A Cowboy”.  In 2011, I moved to Tucson, and have visited several churches sporadically since then.

I have worked with countless students in numerous roles in California, New Mexico, and Arizona:

  • I worked as a bus monitor and substitute campus supervisor in California;
  • I worked as an instructional aide in a Resource Room in California and in Tucson;
  • I worked as a Specialist with a Down’s Syndrome student in California, and as a substitute in a class with autistic students in Tucson;
  • I worked as a
  • I worked as an English, History, Art, Music, ELL, Character Values, Social Studies, GATE, and STEM teacher in California, on the Zuni Indian Reservation, in New Mexico, and in Tucson;
  • I worked as the Coordinator of Student Study Teams and Facilitator of 504s in California;
  • I worked as Principal of a Junior High Summer School in California;
  • I worked as District Coordinator of Interventions Programs in California
  • I have worked with Native (Navajo Nation) and Pueblo (Zuni) students, and a variety of individuals in various communities, always seeking to meet individuals where they are.
  • I believe that we are each a piece of the puzzle.  Without each of us, our picture is incomplete.

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October 2 Call to the Audience – Pima Co Board of Supervisors

Good morning,

My name is Felicia Chew.  I am a resident of Pima County, and founder of Felicia Chew Community Projects, working to help end systemic domestic violence by building relationships through sharing stories, art, and perspectives.

I am here this morning to share about why October is significant to me.  October is domestic violence awareness month. I am a survivor of domestic violence.

In February of 2011, I moved to Pima County, unaware that I had been a victim of domestic violence.  It was through the responses of the Tucson Police Department, Marana Police Department, and programs like Emerge! and the County Attorney’s victim advocate program that I recognized that I was a victim.

Seven years after moving to Pima County, I am able to say that I am a survivor of Domestic Violence.  I volunteer, with approximately 100 other community members, as a victim advocate through Barbara Lawall’s office.  The Victim Advocate program has been recognized across the nation as an excellent model. Pima County has been a leader in being an advocate to victims’ rights.  To human rights.

One of the reasons that Domestic Violence perpetuates is because victims are afraid to speak up.  People are afraid to speak up because relationships are lacking. Relationships are lacking because we are becoming increasingly limited with venues for building relationships. Relationships build trust, trust allows people to speak up.  People speaking up reduces crime. Reduced crime takes us out of crisis mode. Being out of crisis mode allows us to trust and to build relationships… which reduces crime.

I ask that you be innovative and a leader in finding a way to fuse the reduction of crime by building up community relationships.  Golden Pin Lanes builds relationship. Consider local models like Antigone books, who experienced a recent employee buyout; and longstanding co-op models, like the Food Conspiracy Co-op.  Consider the Aquatics Program. Tap into and build up existing resources, like Golden Pin Lanes to help create a happy, healthy community in the Miracle Mile area, and to revitalize the Oracle Area.

I would like to invite you to Tuesdays for Tucson tonight at La Cocina from 5-10p to help end systemic domestic violence with Al Perry, Church Ink tattoo Parlor, and the Tucson Quilt Project.

I would also like to invite you to the monthly Walk-a-Mile at Jacobs Park, the first Saturday of each month, beginning at 8am.  This month we will be recognizing a sixth grade student for participating in the Tucson Zines Writing Challenge, sharing about a problem in Tucson – hot cars.  Registration and pre-walk activities begin at 8am. The Writing Challenge recognition will be at 9:15am, and the Walk, from Jacobs Park to Miracle Mile and Golden Pin Lanes, will begin at 9:30am.