Phoenix Arizona


Mesa agencies support Domestic Violence Awareness Month with display by azhttp

In Arizona, a woman is murdered by her husband or boyfriend every four days.

In an effort to bring attention and awareness to this staggering problem,

the City of Mesa and Save the Family Foundation of Arizona have joined

forces to create a display at the Main Library, 64 E. First St., which will

run through the month of October. The display contains artwork and

stories from the mothers and children in Save the Family’s program.

Visitors to the display will learn to recognize domestic violence, see how

domestic violence victims are working to turn their lives around as well as

find out how they can volunteer and help be part of the solution. The

display coincides with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Save the Family provides transitional housing and case management services

to more than 300 families a year. With 159 housing units serving homeless

families with children throughout the Valley, Save the Family is changing

the face of homelessness and helping many women and children of domestic

violence get a fresh start. Through programs like Career Development, Legal

Assistance and domestic violence and parenting classes, clients in Save the

Family’s program learn to become both economically and emotionally

self-sufficient.

For more information, contact Save the Family Volunteer Director Andrea Sok

at 480-898-0228, extension 215.

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Arizona Artists Encouraged To Apply For Coronado Fence Project by quotes

 Arizona Artists Encouraged To Apply For Coronado Fence Project

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program invites Arizona artists to submit qualifications for a new public art project in the Coronado Historic District.

The project is part of a Street Transportation Department project in central Phoenix to construct a fence on a new median on Virginia Avenue, directly south of North High School. The selected artist or artists will design panels for the fence but will not be responsible for fabrication. The project is ideal for artists who generally work with two-dimensional media, small metals and textile design; metal-working or public art experience is not necessary. Nov. 2 is the deadline to apply for the project.

The purpose of the Coronado Fence is to better direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area near the high school. It is part of a neighborhood project initiated by residents of the Greater Coronado Neighborhood Association in cooperation with the Street Transportation Department. The selected artist will be asked to work with a steering committee that includes neighborhood residents, North High representatives and the city’s Office of Historic Preservation, as well as the Street Transportation Department and the fence contractor.

To receive the project’s “Call to Artists,” which has detailed application requirements, or to learn more about Phoenix’s Public Art Program, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637 or TTY 602-534-5500.



News Talk 960 KKNT Adds Minuteman to Weekend Line-Up by quotes

News Talk 960 KKNT Adds Minuteman to Weekend Line-Up

For Immediate Release


September 5, 2006 – Phoenix, AZ – NewsTalk 960 KKNT is proud to announce a new weekend talk show, Minuteman, hosted by Chris Simcox, President of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.

The talk show will air on Sunday evenings from 7-9 PM as Chris Simcox discusses the many issues concerning the lack of border security as well as other problems affecting the nation. Listeners will learn more about the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and hear in-depth discussions about unsecured borders and their threat to national security and public safety.

Chris Simcox is founder of Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a citizen political action group that assists Border Patrol in better defending the U.S. Northern border with Canada and the Southern border with Mexico. Simcox and volunteers are making big news around the country and internationally for having the temerity to do something to prevent needless deaths in the desert and are demanding the leaders of this great nation take care of an embarrassing and deadly problem – lawlessness and anarchy on a sovereign border of the United States.

Since October of 2002, Simcox and a dedicated group of American patriots are setting a new standard for what it means to be an American.

Simcox and the volunteer Minutemen who have joined his efforts have peacefully turned over 13,202 illegal entrants representing 26 nationalities to Border Patrol without one incident of violence.

Musician, amateur baseball player, youth league coach, and most importantly father and responsible citizen, Chris Simcox is most proud of providing service to the community as an educator. He has a degree in Human Development and Early Childhood Education and spent 13 years as a teacher in Los Angeles. During his tenure as a teacher, Simcox chaired the Diversity committee at Wildwood Elementary School. Under the direction of Louise Derman-Sparks, Simcox studied anti-bias curriculum, a cultural and gender-sensitive approach to education.

“Education is the most important issue affecting our future,” says Simcox “and what I am doing now is attempting to educate an apathetic nation, even if it means hurting their feelings. We must awaken the nation and challenge ourselves to face the serious realities and consequences of ignoring the sovereignty of our borders.”

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Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition – Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) by quotes

Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition

Contact: Carolyn White
602-841-2378

LOCAL STUDENT COULD WIN A $10,000 U.S. SAVINGS BOND

Commander Manny Blea of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1433 announced the kickoff of this year’s VFW and Ladies Auxiliary “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” Students in grades 6 through 8 in the Glendale area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to be honored at theVFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District. District winners compete in the State competition. State winners compete for more than $75,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year more than 130,000 students throughout the U.S. participate in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition. Students are invited to write a 300 – 400 word essay on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Citizenship in America.”

Deadline for student entries is November 1, 2006. Interested students and teachers should contact Carolyn White, VFW Post 1433 Ladies Auxiliary, at 602-841-2378 or contact by e-mail at richbette4@cs.com

Additional information for those outside the Glendale area can be found here:

http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=151

and information about other local VFW Posts can be found here:

http://www.vfwkc.org/post_location/state.asp



Neighborhood Services staff donate backpacks to group homes by quotes
August 25, 2006, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Arizona, City of Mesa, Education, K-12 Schools, Mesa, Youth | Tags: , , , ,

Neighborhood Services staff donate backpacks to group homes

The days are getting shorter. Commercials and ads for back-to-school sales are everywhere. This means that teenagers all across Mesa are preparing to go off to school. But staff in one City of Mesa department knew that the ringing of the bell would not signal joyous preparation for every student. Neighborhood Services were aware that some teenage girls did not have the proper school supplies for the coming year, so they answered the call of that ringing bell.

The staff took nineteen backpacks filled with school supplies to the girls at A&A Cottages to outfit them for their first day of school. Jane Albin, Management Assistant in the Community Revitalization Division, who spearheaded the effort, said, “We were just as excited to buy these supplies as the girls were to receive them. The staff of A&A Cottages assured us that with 18 girls in the houses everything would be used, right down to the last piece of paper.”

The girls are between the ages of 12 and 18 years old and live in one of several group homes in Mesa. Kee Hudgens, staff member at A&A Cottages told Jane Albin when the backpacks were delivered, “The girls of A&A Cottages will go back to school with their heads held high, thanks to City of Mesa Neighborhood Services and Community Revitalization. …this generous group at the city gave the girls all the tools they needed for a great start to the school year.”

A&A Cottages provides homes for teenage girls who have been abused, neglected or who come from troubled backgrounds. A&A Cottages was formed in 1996 to address the increasing need for foster care group homes for teenage youth in Arizona. Its mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk youth through quality residential and support services that promote dignity, integrity and responsibility.

For accompanying photos of city staff and A&A staff with the backpacks, please call Katie Brown at 480.644.3705.



Phoenix Arizona – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Welcomes New Citizens at Library Ceremony by quotes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Welcomes New Citizens at Library Ceremony

Fifty area residents became Arizona’s newest U.S. citizens today during a special ceremony at Burton Barr Central Library, the second naturalization ceremony that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has held at the downtown Phoenix library.

The new citizens hail from 24 countries: Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, France, Germany, Grenadines, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Somalia and Switzerland.

U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn O. Silver, District of Arizona, administered the Oath of Allegiance during the official court proceedings.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard congratulated the new Americans, and Phoenix City Librarian Toni Garvey welcomed the new citizens and encouraged them to take advantage of the library’s services.

The relationship between USCIS and the library goes back to 2005, when Community Liaison Officer Raul Bustamante approached library officials to make them aware of the agency’s new electronic services and the importance of getting information out to individuals who are eligible for immigration benefits. The library, which has been proactive in reaching out to the city’s immigrant community, saw an opportunity to welcome some of the newest citizens while introducing them to the network of city libraries and resources available to them through the library system.

Teens played an important role in today’s ceremony: Members of the Phoenix Public Library Teen Council organized both events to celebrate the positive aspects of the culturally-rich immigrant community. The teen rock band, Tanicus, performed the national anthem and teens from the Phoenix Police Explorers posted the colors.

“Welcoming new citizens is one of the most important things we do as a country,” said Robert Okin, district director of USCIS in Phoenix. “Working with the library, it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the teens participating in this event, and to experience the cooperation between USCIS and the city of Phoenix in our common goal of serving the local immigrant community.”

During fiscal year 2005, more than 600,000 new Americans were sworn in as U.S. citizens in ceremonies around the nation. Of those, 6,700 were Arizona residents.

For more information about immigration services, the public should call 1-800-375-5283 or visit uscis.gov.

For information about the library, call 602-262-4636 or visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org.

Oath of Allegiance

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation of purpose of evasion; so help me God.”