Secular AZ Hires Renowned Local Activist Eddie Chavez Calderon

It is with great enthusiasm that Secular Communities for Arizona has hired renowned local activist, Eddie Chavez Calderon as its new Development Director. Mr. Chavez Calderon is a passionate champion of civic education and engagement, who is highly respected as a champion for social justice throughout the state of Arizona.

“My years of advocacy and fighting for justice align perfectly with Secular AZ’s mission to combat extremist faith-based ideologies that harm our communities in the Arizona state legislature,” said Mr. Calderon in his announcement accepting the position. “As a proud Jew, my Judaism grounds me in the fight against religious extremism that uses extremist ideas to harm our local community. In a time of struggle and fear facing our communities we must all come together whether we are of faith or not to combat extremist hate that hurts all of us. As a proud immigrant I hold the values of community uplift and community care that looks to bring each one of our struggles together.”

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Who cares if students have the right to privacy in schools? (You should)

In 1965, a group of high school students were suspended for wearing black armbands to school in protest of the Vietnam War. This sparked the landmark decision Tinker v. Des Moines, in which the Supreme Court declared that students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate. Tinker was focused on free speech, but what about privacy rights for students? Continue reading

Fearmongering in Camp Verde

By Adriana Clark

It all started with a Pride display in June. Every month, the staff at the Camp Verde Community Library puts together a display of library books and media highlighting a particular theme. The display gathers materials from all areas of the library, including adult fiction and nonfiction, teen fiction and nonfiction, and audio-visual materials. The June theme was “Read with Pride” and featured books by and about the LGBTQ community. Continue reading

WATCH: Members of the public speak out against discriminatory bathroom policy at school board meeting

Here’s how members of the public spoke up against a proposed policy at Peoria Unified School District banning trans students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. And guess what? Members listened. The proposal was shot down 3-2.
Backlash is expected from the religious right at the next meeting on May 11th at 6PM. If you’re in the district, members will need to hear from you: 6330 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, Arizona. Speak or just show up early and fill seats.