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VIP Leads Capitol Rally for Public Education Investment

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“Even before the results of the Prop. 123 special election were known, teachers, students, parents and community members came together at the #NowItStarts rally at the state capitol on Thursday afternoon to focus on the serious funding issues Arizona schools face Arizonans are ready to discuss concrete steps for further investments in public schools, said The Rev. Martha Seaman with Valley Interfaith Project.

“The relentless pattern of disinvestment has to stop,” Seaman said at the rally.

“The future of our families and our shared prosperity requires strong schools.,” Seaman said. “We can’t have a viable economy without a high level of education. It’s the best investment we can make. We can’t tax break ourselves into prosperity.””

In photo, Rev. Martha Seaman with VIP speaks on the Capitol lawn.  Behind her are Jessica Johnson (VIP) and Christine Marsh (Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2016 Teacher of the Year) along with VIP organizer Joe Rubio.

[Photo Credit: Lisa Irish / AZEdNews]

Community Comes Together to Support Education at #NowItStarts Rally, AZ Ed News [pdf]

VIP Leaders Support Maricopa Community Colleges

VIP leader Monica Dorcey testified at a Maricopa Community College District board meeting to support increasing local investment in the community colleges — part of a larger economic development strategy for the region. ”These community colleges are the best driver of economic development that we have,” said Dorcey, who is also a member of the board of Arizona Career Pathways, a non-profit job-training program that has a partnership with the community colleges.

“If you don’t have a skilled workforce you’re not going to have an economic recovery for everybody.”

Maricopa College District Raises Property Taxes, The Republic

VIP & AIN Leaders Celebrate Passage of HB2454, Increasing Penalties Against Sex-Trafficking of Minors

1404 - VIP - Governor BrewerAfter learning about the successes of sister organization Nevadans for the Common Good (NCG) in better protecting young people from sex-trafficking, VIP and Arizona Interfaith Network leaders began hearing similar stories about minors targeted for human trafficking and how Arizona had become a major hub for the human trafficking industry. This became even more important with Phoenix hosting the upcoming 2015 Super Bowl, an event notorious for attracting the sex trade.

VIP organized a series of Civic Academies at local congregations where guest legislators spoke publicly for the first time to large audiences who were incredulous to learn that needed legislation to assist law enforcement had been bottled up repeatedly in the house judiciary committee. These sessions galvanized a renewed effort throughout Metro Phoenix to protect vulnerable children and victims of human trafficking.

VIP became an early supporter for legislation increasing minimum penalties for sex trafficking of minors and worked with a number of key allies in law enforcement, business, and the non-profit sector to push for HB 2454, which would more than double the penalty for a child-prostitution conviction from 10 years to 24 years in prison, and make pimping a racketeering offense. Governor Jan Brewer signed the legislation last year.

In photo, Rabbi John Linder, Rev. Jayne Baker, Rev. Martha Seaman, Carolyn Jean Jones, Canon Ray Dugan and VIP Vice-President Dave Ryan stand with Governor Jan Brewer and Cindy McCain at the bill signing.

State’s Anti-Trafficking Law Called a Model, Jewish News

Arizona Bishops & AZ Interfaith Target Congressional Delegation with Immigration Reform Ad

1312-AZ-Interfaith-AZ-Speaks-Ad-SnapshotWith almost 400 signatories, faith, business and civic leaders posted a full-page newspaper ad calling on the Arizona Congressional Delegation to act on immigration reform.  The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, with the Arizona Interfaith Network, sponsored its publication in the Arizona Republic.  This letter is the same one signed by Catholic Bishop Thomas Olmsted with Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo Nevares, Rabbi John Linder, and ELCA Bishop Steve Talmage three weeks prior. 

Arizona Speaks: Now Is The Time for Immigration Reform, Arizona Republic