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Cornucopia of holiday foods traditional for Arizona

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Tamales are on the tip of everyone’s tongue when thinking of holiday traditional foods in Southern Arizona, but they are not the only thing to adorn local tables. Traditions from a cornucopia of cultures will be celebrated across the Southwest this holiday season. From tamales to lasagna, Arizona is gearing up for a holiday feast. Tamales, wrapped and tied in a bow are the perfect culinary present to rip into over the holidays. La Mesa Tortillas and Tamales is a local family owned shop that gets extremely busy this time of year. “Get your orders in early,” said Danielle Aguilar, daughter of the owner of La Mesa. “My dad had a dream of opening up a tortilla shop,” Aguilar said. After its humble beginnings the shop has now been around for 21 years and has three locations around Tucson. Tamales have always...

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Good white people

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“The white liberal and the white supremacist share the same root postulates. They are different in degree, not kind.” This quote by Lerone Bennett Jr. starts Shannon Sullivan’s book Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism. With this quote she takes a strong stance of critical analysis on what it means to be white in relation to societal racism. She goes on to pose the ever-present question, “What can white people do to help end racial injustice?” This is a question many are striving to answer. Interracial relations are tied up in more than ethnicity, Sullivan explains. Socioeconomic status, the desire to be superior and the tendency to alienate and burry the past all add layers to the problem of racial inequality. Throughout her book Sullivan explores what white people currently do that doesn’t work, and what...

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White allies stand up to racism

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White allies are organizing to stand up for people of color. Since the recent election, racial tensions have been high and white people are keen to distinguish themselves from hate groups. White allies are coming together to use their inherent privilege to work towards racial equality.  SURJ, or Standing Up for Racial Justice, is a national organization of white allies that come together to educate the community and lead movements to dismantle white supremacy and racism nationwide. Rob McLane is an active member of the local branch, SURJ Tucson.  “Whiteness has been constructed over centuries as a way of preserving the wealth of the ruling groups,” McLane said. “We will all be better off when that structure is broken down.” By being accountable to people of color, SURJ ties to make sure that they can be useful and sensitive...

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Hunger persists in Cochise County

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Hunger gnaws at Cochise County citizens more than the average American. The poverty rate in Cochise County is 18.7 percent, according to the 2016 U.S. Census Bureau compared to the national rate of 12.7 percent. This difference makes food banks and aid organizations increasingly important in Cochise County communities.  Walking around the town of Tombstone tourists see horse drawn waggons, wild west saloons and historic gunfight reenactments. They smell country air, dust, and sweet fudge from one of many gift shops, but they might not know that hunger lives here, too. With little opportunity for well paying jobs many in the Tombstone community go hungry. This becomes evident at the end of the town’s famed O.K. Corral gun show when the actor playing Doc Holliday asks for donations for the Starving Actors Fund.  Tombstone Community Food Bank, hidden behind...

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Wine industry bubbling up fast in Arizona

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Toast this: Arizona’s wine industry grew 1,940 percent in 14 years. New wineries are bursting onto the map with vineyards and tasting rooms popping up statewide, concentrated in the southeast growing region. Arizona wine is making a name for itself and pouring onto the national scene from grape to bottle. In 2003 there were five wineries in the state, in 2011 there were 42 and now there are 102 active small wineries and vineyards across Arizona. According to a 2017 survey done by Northern Arizona University and the Arizona Tourism Office, the Arizona wine industry supports 640 jobs and has a statewide economic impact of $56.2 million, up from $37.6 million in 2011. Access an interactive map that shows all wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms here. The growing success is partly due to the climate. Southeast Arizona is one of...

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