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.



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.

Felicia Chew on Stonegarden Money (Part Five)


“Yes! Sanctuary City! Because we, our parents, our grandparents, and theirs, have at some time, sought refuge. Lady Liberty provides for each of us who sought refuge. Who are we to attempt to deny refuge to those who are in need? We must set aside our fears, and provide the same freedoms that are granted to us who arrived in a different time. Humanity is humanity is humanity.” – Felicia Chew

My name is Felicia Chew.  I am campaigning for a seat on the Pima County Board of Supervisors.  The current Board is faced with several issues.  One of them is Sanctuary City?  Another is Stonegarden Money?

I say YES! Sanctuary City!  YES!  Stonegarden Money.


I have written about Stonegarden Money in four parts:

In short, I say YES to Stonegarden Money because:

  • Our Sheriff’s Department is lacking funds for paying Deputies overtime.  There have been arguments from some about concern for overworking the Deputies.  Because I talk to everyone, I know that this concern is valid.  However, I also know that there are Deputies who like to do overtime, and there are Deputies who depend on the overtime hours and pay.
  • Our technology communication is inadequate.
  • When it comes to safety, everyone can use an extra set of eyes.  This does not mean lawless vigilante eyes.  This means eyes that are there to serve.  The complaint has come from some individuals that there is over militarization in the area.  There have been complaints of being targeted by individuals.  Video surveillance provides extra eyes.  Video surveillance reflect what actually happened. Video surveillance can be used as a tool for defense, as well as surveillance.  Video surveillance may be inconvenient; however, until enough of our leaders understand that there is more than one way to solve a problem, video surveillance technology is the best way to support those who work to protect the safety of the communities, and those who seek refuge.

Learn more about Sanctuary City at www.familiesfreeandtogether.org

#TucsonFamiliesFreeAndTogether #ChooseHumanity #HumanePoliciesFirst


Felicia Chew on Stonegarden Money (Part Six)

Please, stop allowing FEAR to make the decisions.

FEAR keeps us from thinking.  We know that when we are having an adrenaline rush, our bodies are trying to survive, whether it be through FIGHT, FLIGHT, OR FREEZE.

STOP blaming parents. STOP seeing the Border Patrol as the enemy.

(1) Background: “A 3-year-old boy was all by himself in the middle of a cornfield on the Texas border when Border Patrol agents found him Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection officials said… ‘We believe the boy was with a larger group that ran when they encountered agents,’ the tweet says…”

(2) Better Headline “Pragmatic Parents Trying To Get To Safety, Understanding The Reality That They May Be Separated”: “The boy was crying, and had his name and phone numbers written on his shoes.” –> Leaving one area where you know there is no safety, and heading to someplace touted to have opportunity and a better life…

(3) Better Headline: Border Patrol Agents Keeping The Child Safe And Working To Re-Unite The Family: “The agency tweeted out an image indicating they were still trying to reach the child’s family.”  –> Imagine already being in heightened sensitivity, approaching the scene, unsure if there is an ambush waiting for you.  Is it possible that the family was nearby?  The Border Patrol’s policies should incorporate the message from Lady Liberty:


In 1924, the Border Patrol was formed with a mission of “preventing terrorists and terrorists weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, from entering the United States.”  Today’s mission has been updated to “the Border Patrol helps maintain borders that work – facilitating the flow of legal immigration and goods while preventing the illegal trafficking of people and contraband.

Unfortunately, the Border Patrol has been nationally nicknamed “Murder Patrol“, as a woman opposed to the presence of the Border Patrol as guest speakers at the U of A on March 9 states that members of the Border Patrol have sent people off without shoes, and destroyed water containers.


History Repeating Itself.

This response is no different from times of the past when other groups have been vilified through images and words… through Fear.  “Yellow Peril” was prevalent in the 1800’s, and the opioid crisis began then, with many Chinese becoming addicted to the drug.   We forget about the work that the Chinese did on the Transcontinental Railroad. However, we can choose to let that anger brood within us, or we can forgive without forgetting.

Unfortunately, our history of vilifying others and divisiveness continues.  Some history, and a story:

Some History

In the 1800s, there were stories in China of Gold Mountain, where the streets were lined with gold.  You could walk down the street and find chunks of gold!  So, Chinese men arrived in search of these treasures.  Chinese women were not allowed (and later, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 prohibited any Chinese from immigrating to America).

A Story

4 years ago, I was assaulted. 

A camera truck had spotted a group carrying marijuana north bound. I and a few other agents broke up the group. They dropped the marijuana and ran away. The other agents took the drugs to the station for processing. I stayed behind because the camera truck spotted one of the group walking a mile away from me.

I caught up to the individual and he refused to obey my commands to stop. He turned around and the fight began.

I first hit him in the leg with my baton. He still wouldn’t listen to me as I told him to stop and sit down. I then hit him again in the leg. After that he came towards me and I hit him in the head with the baton.

He grabbed my baton. I then head butted him and kicked him in the groin. He still didn’t stop fighting.

It was a 6 minute fight for my life. I fired my pistol two times during the fight. In the end I had: 3 lacerations to my head which required 23 stitches and staples, a broken nose, broken finger, broken orbital socket and a dislocated jaw.

We try to not work alone in the field, but it’s not realistic. Ideally we always want to work in pairs. We just don’t have the man power for it.

The desert is so large back up is usually about 20 minutes away…at best.


Today, many oppose the entrance of undocumented migrants to the States.  The reason?  Fear (we are told they are all deadly gang members). Economics (we are told there is not enough to feed and house the migrants; we are told they are not paying taxes, and yet they are getting resources for free).

The reality is that there are people who seek to do harm to others, and it is neccessary to be prepared for those situations… hence, the Border Patrol.  The problem is not with the Border Patrol; the problem is with the implementation.

We must do the right thing; we must not seek to control others as others may.  We cannot submit to inhumane actions.  Those who ordered those actions should be addressed and humane implementation processes should be clarified and ensured.  If policies do not allow humane practices, those policies should be updated.


Next Steps

(1) All U.S. cities should be “Sanctuary Cities” which provide safety to all people who seek refuge and new opportunity.

(2) Law Enforcement should be provided with tools to ensure their safety.  Here in Pima County, that means safety tools on the border.  (Note: That does not mean a militia; it means trained law enforcement and safety officers).

(3) Elect leaders who are working to ensure the safety and security of all peoples in our communities, including ensuring that laws are upheld for safety, and ensuring laws serve each of us and all of us.

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


Felicia Chew on Policy Making and Budgeting

I have come out in support of many policies recently that have caused pause to some community members.  I would like to remind the community of the responsibilities of the members of the Board of Supervisors; it is not to rule with an iron fist; it is to identify policies that best serve each of us and all of us in our community.

Implementation is not the duty of the Board of Supervisors.  However, the Board can guide the community on its path that honors each of us and all of us, through policy and appropriate budgeting.

The Board only has the Power to hire certain County employees, such as the County Administrator (and not the County Sheriff or the County Attorney.)  The People ELECT the County Sheriff and the County Attorney.

The County Sheriff has the authority, to an extent, to identify which laws are hard and fast, and which calls to prioritize — The Sheriff decides if the Deputies arrest the Parent who has not sent their child to school because the child is afraid to go to school, and bullies have been threatening the child?  The Sheriff decides which calls does the Deputies respond to first:  The domestic violence calls? The sexual assault? The vulnerable person call? The calls that involve family members of the Department?

The County Attorney has the authority, to an extent, to identify which cases to bring to trial.  There are simply not enough hours in the day, nor courtrooms, nor dates to hold a trial for every person who is arrested.  Do individuals get charged for possession of marijuana without a medical marijuana card?  Does the former M-13 member who was sent away, and came back get charged?  Does the son who protected his mother from her abusive husband get charged?

The Supervisors implement the policies to ensure that each of us and all of us has a voice and a fair shake.

The implementation of those policies are carried out by the Departments (such as the Sheriff’s or the County Attorney’s).  I recognize this fact.  I recognize that many voices are being ignored.  We should not ignore members of our community.

Why am I campaigning for a seat on the County Board of Supervisors?  I am campaigning for a seat in the Pima County Board of Supervisors to ensure that Policies  are for each of us and all of us, and to ensure  that budgets allow for Departments to implement programs for each of us and all of us.

Learn more about the campaign at www.feliciachew.com/district3

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

Felicia Chew on Stonegarden Money (Part Four)

Why YES on Stonegarden Money?  Because I listen and talk with “everyone”, then I take those pieces of information and piece them together, and put them together to provide the best services possible… it is a skill that I learned while teaching classfuls of students in (and on) Woodland and Davis, California; Gallup, Vanderwagen, and Ramah  New Mexico; the Zuni Indian Reservation, and Tucson, South Tucson, Marana, and Oro Valley, Arizona.  It is a skill that I learned through various People experiences.

This is what I have learned about the Stonegarden Money controversy:

  1. We have two groups of individuals attempting to enter the U.S.  And we are trying to treat them the same way.  (1) People attempting to sell drugs and use the corridor to participate sex trafficking are criminals.  (2) People seeking refuge under threat of death and murder due to situations that they can neither control nor influence are not criminals.
  2. We have different perspectives, and different ideas of how to respond to the current influx of people.  These are based on many aspects of our lives  including cultural and religious upbringing and beliefs, and socio-economic standing.  We cannot comprehend HOW or WHY some of the stories we hear could be true, so we dismiss them.  This results in the proposed solutions and actions (like becoming a Sanctuary City) not making sense to us, or not being the way we want to “solve” the problem.
  3. We are all human.  Fear is a human reaction.  Unchecked fear can cause aggression.  Some of us are afraid of unfairness.  Some of us are afraid of imagined atrocities afflicting ourselves and our loved ones. Controlled fear with limited perspective can also result in bias.
  4. Our Sheriff’s Department is lacking funds for paying Deputies overtime.  There have been arguments from some about concern for overworking the Deputies.  Because I listen to and talk with everyone who is open to talking, I know that this concern is valid.  However, I also know that there are Deputies who like to do overtime, and there are Deputies who depend on the overtime hours and pay.
  5. Law enforcement technology is inadequate.  One of the contentious technology pieces are the proposed towers.  The towers have been referred to by some as “spy towers”.  They have also been referred to as “Lifeguard towers”.  Think of lifeguard towers at swimming pools and beaches.  They are not for Lifeguards to spy on swimmers and sunbathers and “get off” on them.  They are there for life guards to get a better view of swimmers and sunbathers so lifeguards can see what is coming from a different perspective, to ensure the safety of individuals in the area.  Similarly, towers along the border would allow for border patrol to see the border from a different perspective, to ensure safety.
  6. When it comes to safety, everyone can use an extra set of eyes.  This does not mean lawless vigilante eyes.  This means eyes that are there to serve, protect  and ensure the safety of others.
  7. What about overmilitarization?  There have been complaints of over militarization and being targeted by Deputies.  Combining the lack of technology with the fact that we are human helps us to understand the reasons for the overmilitarization and aggression.  It does not excuse it.  An explanation is not an excuse.  Imagine this:  You are at a grocery store.  Look up.  See those black half globes?  Those are security cameras.  Now imagine that each of those is a human being — specifically a security guard.  Would you feel like it was over militarized?  Absolutely.  You would not be able to walk through the store without walking into a security guard.

In conclusion, we need:

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers and Community Members who are mindful and who feel safe.
  • Leaders who are ethical and able to write policies and allocate budgets that provide the ability to implement programs that allow Community Members and Law Enforcement Patrol Officers to feel safe.
  • Trustworthy individuals who implement the Programs.
  • TransparencyEffective communication and Trust.

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

Learn more about Vote Felicia Chew at: www.feliciachew.com/district3 and www.feliciachew.com/pimaissues

Felicia Chew on Public and Charter Schools

Screenshot_20190416-041540_DocsOk, I will say it: We need charter schools because public schools have been failing our kids. Are some charter schools taking advantage of “the system “? Yes. But that doesn’t mean we throw the baby out with the bath water. And yes, the reverse argument is true — that we should not abandon public schools.

That being said, I have seen too many instances of families pulling their kids out of schools due to bullying (not just by children, but also by staff). I have seen those same families try to work with the school, only to be blamed, guilted, and shamed. The parents are bullied by the school. It doesn’t make sense to stay in an abusive relationship, so the families look for something else.

However, the families are now vulnerable, desperately looking for somewhere to enroll their children, because Arizona state law requires that students under a certain age are required to attend school. So, some scammers (because scammers exist) find these families… and scam them. Yes, they should be held accountable; however, the scammers have most likely already spent all of the money on disposable items. So then what happens? People get upset and try to throw all charters under the bus. Here’s the thing: Not all charters are scams…. just like not all Liberals are loony…. just like all Republicans are racist… etc.

Public school teachers are faced with the reality that their pay depends on how their students fare on their tests. This results in many teachers who are unable to release their need for control over their students; this impedes the ability for teachers to work with students who don’t fit the mold.

There are too many teachers who are teaching to the tests which are not authentic assessments, which do not encourage our students to become critical thinkers.

Critical thinking is significantly important, as we can see from the numbers of individuals sucked in to “fake news”. Students are discouraged, mocked, and ridiculed for asking questions.

In many classrooms, teaching practices are no longer effective, self-motivation for students is lacking, and teachers work harder to control student behavior and learning. This doesn’t work, because that is not how humanity works.

We have unique gifts, strengths, weaknesses that are forced into molds to help us assimilate, to make things easier. However, the old adage is true: “You cannot force a Square peg into a Round hole”…

Yes, it is scary to release our hold on our children, and on our situations. However, it is like a pot of water that is boiling with the lid pressed on… you could try to contain it, but it will eventually explode, scalding whatever is close enough.

The solution? (1) Identify the individuals who need help, seeing past their own noses, and remove them from positions of power over policies and budgets (2) Teach our kids and community to be critical thinkers (3) Encourage critical thinking, humanity, empathy, and wisdom (4) Get rid of standardized tests and use authentic assessments instead (5) Ask questions, seek truth and stand strong (and rest and ask for help when needed).


Felicia Chew on Stonegarden Money (Part Three)

More about Border Communities and Stonegarden Money.   Previous thoughts at:

I woke up this morning, and got back to work about the conflict of Stonegarden Money.  I found this April 11, 2019 article (at https://www.npr.org/2019/04/11/711907914/the-borderlands-not-the-u-s-not-mexico-a-transitional-land) about a rancher-writer named Hugh Fitzsimmons, and his experience with migrants in the “transition space.”

Mr. Fitzsimmons writes about migrants leaving their belongings on the road as they seek refuge — and I cried, remembering so many stories of when people fled with that which they considered the most prized, only to abandon it on the side of the road for looters.

From the article:  “This isn’t the first time Fitzsimons has come across piles of discarded items left behind by migrants on his property. He said he’s even seen syringes among the debris.”

Thinking about the stories I have been hearing about the syringes that are found in various places due to alleged illegal drug use, Mr. Fitzsimmons provides another reason for syringes in the Desert: “Those syringes are for people who might go into some sort of renal failure from lack of water or dehydration,” he said. “Seeing those syringes, I think, made a greater impression on me than anything.”

We must beware of half truths, and misleading stories.  We must question the truth, versus implicit bias.

What does Mr. Fitzsimmons want?  He wants the government to implement a guest worker program for migrants.” He considers that to be a real solution to the immigration issue.

From the article:

That’s what I want to see a candidate talk about,” he said. “Let the good people in, keep the bad people out. How complicated is that?

What a great idea!  Sounds pretty simple, until we complicate it with policies, due to fear.

I think of the bravery of Arivacans like Clara Godfrey who stood up to the militia (who were making things worse in Arivaca).

I think of Mr. Fitzsimmons’ comment about bravery in the linked article, when asked if he gets nervous walking alone on his thousands of acres of ranch land, he joked, “I do, but my Colt-45 does not.

I think about the perspectives from those who want the wall to be built, and the fear they attempt to infuse in the Nation about the situation here in Border Communities.

Do we need money to help fund our Deputies?

– Yes.

Does it need to be money to provide more funds for a situation that does not exist?

– No.

The money should come with the understanding that the agency accepting the funds will work together with the community how use the money –for example, technology means a lot — radios that can interact with City radios (in addition to Border Patrol) or “spy towers”.  There is concern about the “spy towers”.  Address those concerns.

If this is not the “way things work”, change the interpretation.  Don’t rely on big money lawyers for the interpretation, rely on the smarts that we have.  Return to common sense, humanity, empathy, and wisdom.

In conclusion: 

(1) There are various ways to implement programs.

(2) The Stonegarden money comes with strings — policies, in accordance to a mission statement — to keep Americans safe, able to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

(3) The implementation is up to us.

The beautiful thing is that America is the land of the free, the home of the brave, where the weary can come and seek refuge.

We can provide these opportunities, regardless of the leader at the higher level.  The money is given to local law enforcement to provide services to the community.

I go back to the information I found with my original research — that this chunk of funds is for Technology and funding Deputies.  We should be helping our Sheriff identify *how* that money will be spent, not *if* we should accept the funds.

#StopGettingDistracted #FocusOnTheIssues #WorkTogether


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Felicia Chew on Stonegarden Money (Part Two)

Back Story

The County Supervisors have been tasked with the vote of whether or not to renew the acceptance of Stonegarden funds.  The funds have been accepted for many years; however, this year, the m Board voted against accepting the funds.  I did some research on the issues, and I wrote about how I would have voted “Yes” for Stonegarden funds.  After sharing my comments, I was encouraged by several community members to gather more information about the story of Stonegarden funds, and the situation in Arivaca.

I had some online conversations regarding concerns with targeting by Deputies, and concern of “spy towers”.  I committed to making a trip to Arivaca, so I could (1) go through the checkpoint; (2) chat with locals; and (3) visit the Lake.

My Trip to Arivaca – Sunday, April 14, 2019

I jumped into my car at 10 AM, gassed up at the QuikTrip, and headed down the I-10 to Arivaca.  From I-10, I merged onto the I-19, and then followed the signs to Arivaca.  The speed limit signs changed, and I saw the announcement that the Border Checkpoint was ahead.

The Checkpoint… Then Amado (10:57 AM)

I came to the checkpoint, where I was waved through, along with another car in front of me. The Border Patrol was checking in with the car heading toward Tucson.  We had approached at the same time, and as I pulled through the checkpoint, I could see the vehicle headed the other direction proceed toward Tucson as well.

Eventually, I came to Amado, and I pulled over to take a quick picture.


Getting To The Lake

I continued on; my goal was to get to Arivaca Lake, because what I heard of it sounded like it might be like Ramah Lake, which I had lived near when I lived in New Mexico.

Google Maps led me to the Arivaca Boys Ranch, and I couldn’t tell if it would actually get me to the Lake, so I turned around, went through the tiny “Downtown” of Arivaca, followed the signs to the Lake, passed a few Border Patrol vehicles and passenger vehicles.  I waved to the oncoming drivers, like I did when I lived in New Mexico, traveling along the rural roads.  I felt myself relaxing, as I fell into the comfort of the rural dirt roads… and I eventually arrived at the boat launch.


The Lake (12:15 PM)

I parked my car, and got out of my vehicle, greeted by the sounds of a small child and his mother.  They were on a short path by the Lake, and the mother was reprimanding her son for wandering away without permission, and he was crying.   They returned to their group, and I walked along the short path by the Lake, took some photos, and then walked back to the boat launch, and onto the pier, empty except for abandoned shoes, probably belonging to the kids who were in the Lake.  Some kids were out on the Lake in a kayak, and a fisher boat was coming in.


Conversation with Non-Local Former Law Enforcement Officers

The fisherman greeted me as they came in, and I asked if they had any luck.  They had.  They had caught some bass.  I asked if they were local, and shared that I am running for County Supervisor.  They said they were from Tucson, and former TPD officers.  We chatted about how I was a former member of CPARB, and we chatted about how TPOA said I was anti-police during my campaign. We talked about the situation with Sergeant Mann, and I shared how I felt too much of the blame had been unfairly placed upon him; and the U of A student should not have approached the back of the police line.  We chatted about the concerns of citizens that officers were racially targeting individuals.  We chatted about the requests I had made for data, and the response that it was not available.  We chatted about how I had advocated for the City helping officers purchase their bulletproof vests, and how I had tried to work with the Police Foundation, and was told that I was not allowed to do that.  Their boat was secured to their truck, and we said Good-bye.

Conversation with Locals Who Ask for Militia to Move Along (Thank You)

After the fishermen left, I struck up a conversation with some locals, set up with a table at the side of the Lake.   They were hosting a fishing tournament.  We talked about why I was campaigning for a seat on the Board (my concerns for the conditions of the roads in the rural areas of the County, the need for our policies and budgets to be better, and for our education system to be improved), and the work I did now (with the Environmental Education Exchange, and limiting policies and focus in schools), and I asked what concerns they had (the roads, the requirements to follow the County’s guidelines on their small recycling operation, and the individuals who come in trying to cause problems in the community).  We exchanged contact information, and agreed to stay in touch.

I took a couple more photos, and then got back in my car to head back to Tucson.


Leaving the Lake and Heading Back To Tucson

On the road back to Arivaca, I stopped for a moment to snap this photo of the patched road.  There were many sections that had been patched.


My last photo out in Arivaca.


The Checkpoint

When I approached the Checkpoint, I was the only traveler on the road.  I rolled down my windows, and was asked if I was a U.S. Citizen.  I said I was.  We chatted briefly about my hat (I was wearing my EEE hat), and about water sustainability and grants for water cisterns at a home.  A car pulled up behind mine, so we said Good-bye, and I returned to Tucson.

More Research

When I arrived back in Tucson, I researched Arivaca and the militia, and the murder of Brisenia Flores and her father, and also found this video “Fighting Arizona’s Border Militia”; and also checked for an update on the Commission and found this April 9, 2019 update “Commission Rejects Stonegarden Grant”.

Felicia’s Conclusion – Values / Study

I have been trained in the system of continuous improvement.  That training is coupled with one of my favorite lines from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”  Romeo implores those he loves to “Be satisfied!”

First, I hope that we can be satisfied. However, that is frequently difficult to do, because of our differences of opinion, and the reality that there is more than one way to solve a problem.

Felicia’s Conclusion – Assessment / Next Steps

In this case, things that could have been done (and be done) differently (in no particular order):

Recommendations on Processes / Policies

(1) Racial profiling should be addressed.  Racial profiling is a concern in the City and the County.  For example, the request for information from the Sheriff’s Department by the Commissioners is the same type of information that I requested from TPD when I was on CPARB (in 2013).  Law Enforcement should be tracking this information (the number of stops and conversations and the ethnicity of individuals (officers can explain that a survey is being conducted to address concerns of racial profiling), so it is readily available, provides transparency, and ensures that implicit bias is not an issue;

(2) Supervisors should ensure seats are filled on Commission Boards;

(3) Supervisors should postpone the vote if recommended to do so, with valid reason from the Commissioners  (Note: These postponements should not be for any light or transient reason);

(4) Concerns raised by the Commissioners should be addressed.  In this case, the issues are: (1) not wanting to subject deputies to additional overtime; (2) uncertainty over Stonegarden’s effectiveness; and (3) lack of transparency from the Sheriff’s Department.

(5) Locals should be empowered to accept, offer alternative options, or refuse services in order to protect local culture and peoples  — to avoid gentrification, end wasteful spending, reduce crime, support local businesses, build community.

(6) Supervisors should coordinate efforts to find the best solution;

(7) Funding from the State or Federal Government that conflict with local needs should be communicated with State and Federal Offices;

(8) Implementation and Maintenance Plans should be reviewed continuously, with frequency determined per Department purposes.

For more information on Felicia Chew for District 3 Supervisor, visit http://www.feliciachew.com/district3

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Felicia Chew on Planned Parenthood and Abortion


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  There has been much discussion recently in regards to the operations of Planned Parenthood and abortion…

I invite you to consider the following:

(1) “Around 80% of child maltreatment fatalities involve at least one parent as perpetrator.” (https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse-statistics/)

(2) I was a victim of religious coercive control, where the home church permitted beatings of children until they were bloody and bruised, and they condoned the separation of families of children who they deemed to be incorrigible.

I have two messages, for those who are religious, and those who are not religious:

(1) To those who are religious:  The Bible teaches that God gives People choices.  For example, in the Old Testament when God was rejected by the People in the Book of Kings, the People agreed to abide by the natural consequences, such as taxation by Kings, etc.  We can extrapolate from that statement, that decisions made by the People will have natural consequences without interference from God (e.g. a natural consequence of a sperm meeting an egg usually forms an embryo.)

We could argue and respond with infinite scripture, references, arguing with one another; however, we should also be mindful of (1) the new covenant in the New Testament, that (2) God / Jesus / the Holy Spirit (Ghost) resides in each of us; (3) the first commandment is that “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”, (4) recognize the examples of  Pharisees and Sadducees being condemned by Christ; and (5) remember Jesus’ words: “Not everyone who calls upon me LORD, LORD, will enter the kingdom of heaven,” (6) Jesus’ words at his death “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” — a human response that ignores the promise of God in Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you”, and (7) the words of Paul I 2nd Corinthians 11:14 “Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

I have experienced religious coercive control first hand. I encourage those of you who are condemning women who are making choices, to go to your Gethsemane.  Spend time without the influence of others.  Spend time to find and do what is right.

Look past the fears that hold you in bondage, telling you that you are not worthy to have a relationship with God.  YOU ARE WORTHY.

(2) To those who are not religious:  Recognize that a woman would be forced to carry a child for up to 9 months, unable to exercise her free will (she might have complications, or her work may force her to take time off for her pregnancy — and studies show that babies are strongest and healthiest when cared for at a young age by their mother — however, mothers are not allowed to take their children with them to work…)

Do you see the cycle that perpetuates into resentment, guilt, shame, frustration, lack of support?

WE, the People, are given certain inalienable rights… to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Forcing a parent to birth a child is an infringement on a Mother’s rights.

In closing, “There are 107,918 foster children eligible for and waiting to be adopted. In 2014, 50,644 foster kids were adopted — a number that has stayed roughly consistent for the past five years. The average age of a waiting child is 7.7 years old and 29% of them will spend at least three years in foster care.” (https://www.google.com/amp/s/adoptionnetwork.com/adoption-statistics/amp).

You can learn more about the services at Planned Parenthood at plannedparenthood.org.

You can read the Bible online (recognize that there are numerous translated versions, and numerous interpretations.)  #THINK about who is giving those interpretations.  What is their motive?  What do they gain?  Question, question, question.  Jesus asked many questions.  #SeekTruth

#FreedomFromControl #FreedomFromDeception #FreedomFromPropaganda #FreedomFromFear

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