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Arizona Social Justice Groups Demand More Minority Issues Get Full Vote In Legislature

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(Photo by Carrie Jung - KJZZ)
The rally in Phoenix drew more than 100 supporters from dozens of social justice advocacy groups on Jan. 8, 2018.

Dozens of social justice advocacy groups in Arizona gathered at the Arizona Capitol on Monday morning to demand that more minority issues get to a full vote in the Legislature.

A wide range of groups took the podium at the rally including Planned Parenthood, Equality Arizona, and the Arizona Coalition to end Sexual and Domestic Violence.

The event was organized by a group known as Fortitude, Arizona. Founder, Tory Roberg, said she organized the event because she’s tired of seeing bills addressing minority issues die in committee. 

"We wanted to create a rally where we could bring all these groups together to say we’re united and we want you to hear us," said Roberg. "All we ask for is to have our bills heard in committee to have good vote taken on these bills, but they get shelved every year."

The event was timed with the beginning of the Arizona legislative session, which officially kicked off Monday afternoon.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.