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​Councilmember Carlos Garcia

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Phone: 602-262-7493

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Email: Council.District.8@phoenix.gov

Address: 200 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85003


 



 

 

Statement from Councilmember Garcia and the District 8 Team on Unjust Protest Arrestshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1625City Council District 811/17/2020 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1625/Newsroom_Council_Statement_08.jpgStatement from Councilmember Garcia and the District 8 Team on Unjust Protest Arrests<div class="ExternalClass8D2A83DB8B8E40938A3D8BCB88EEBC2A"><html> <p> ​“Over the past seven months, we've seen a coordinated effort between Phoenix Police Department (PPD), the Maricopa County Attorney's Office (MCAO), and other law enforcement agencies to politically prosecute and silence those who wish to hold police accountable. We've seen PPD arrest activists, en masse, without probable cause.  We've seen demonstrators brutalized on our streets-- sprayed with chemical weapons such as tear gas and pepper spray, which are unacceptable in the middle of a pandemic.  We've seen demonstrators and average citizens pulled out of cars at gunpoint.  We've seen them held in hot vans for hours on end.  They've had their property stolen.  They've been followed home from protests.  They've been jailed, transferred to immigration, and some have been deported. The Arizona Counter-Terrorism Information Center has also supported these intimidation tactics through surveilling activists and sharing that intel so leaders can be identified and criminally persecuted.<br><br>While PPD is the face of this intimidation on the streets, they are aided by the MCAO in the courts. We're now seeing individuals charged with completely fabricated felonies, including the allegation that demonstrators are part of a “criminal street gang."  These illegitimate charges being brought by MCAO have serious implications not only for the individual lives of those impacted, but for everyone who values free speech and the promise of democracy.<br><br>For these reasons, the District 8 office stands with the community in the demand that MCAO drop all charges against protesters. It is unacceptable for governments to use the criminal legal system illegitimately to silence, intimidate, and jail First-Amendment demonstrates whose message they may disagree with. It's an abuse of power. It is political persecution. It is undemocratic."</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8
Closing the Digital Divide - Open Door with Councilmember Carlos Garciahttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1621City Council District 810/16/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/CYTMoVF3AgAClosing the Digital Divide - Open Door with Councilmember Carlos Garcia<div class="ExternalClassF4EEB5BF7D6D4BB0B2F7F415C1ADD922"><html>​On this episode of Open Door, Councilmember Garcia talks to Phoenix resident Silvia Esquivel, who recently received a tablet through a Housing Department program to help close the digital divide. Councilmember Garcia also provides an update on a recent initiative to bring better free Wi-Fi services to residents.<br><br><div>For more information: Phoenix.gov/freewifi<br><br></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Videodistrict-8
Closing the Digital Divide - Open Door with Councilmember Carlos Garciahttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1574City Council District 810/16/2020 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/CYTMoVF3AgAClosing the Digital Divide - Open Door with Councilmember Carlos Garcia<div class="ExternalClass9621FB56D4FF42D8851EFA8E7D0E2EFB"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span style="font-family:roboto, noto, sans-serif;font-size:15px;white-space:pre-wrap;">On this episode of Open Door, Councilmember Garcia talks to Phoenix resident Silvia Esquivel, who recently received a tablet through a Housing Department program to help close the digital divide. Councilmember Garcia also provides an update on a recent initiative to bring better free Wi-Fi services to residents.</span>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Videodistrict-8
Statement from Councilmember Garcia on the Killing of James Garcia by Phoenix Policehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1384City Council District 87/7/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1384/Newsroom_Council_Statement_08.jpgStatement from Councilmember Garcia on the Killing of James Garcia by Phoenix Police<div class="ExternalClass28CCEFD6C9104602ACD77E6348F3C4E2"><html>​​“We send our condolences to the family of James “Jay" Garcia who was shot and killed by the Phoenix Police Department. We want to acknowledge the pain this has caused in the Phoenix community that is mourning his sudden death. We are with you.<br><br>Despite the calls from the community to end police brutality and killings, Phoenix PD continues to respond to calls with violence. We demand a full, independent, and transparent investigation of the case, including the release of all footage unedited. Phoenix PD cannot continue to investigate itself in officer-involved shootings and police misconduct. Community members fought for and won the Civilian Review Board and the Office of Accountability and Transparency for this reason. Our office will stand with communities directly impacted by police violence and continue to demand accountability and transparency, so we can have a safer Phoenix for all residents."<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8
Councilmember Garcia’s Statement on Today’s Vote to Require Face Maskshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-8/1351City Council District 86/19/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1351/Newsroom_Council_Statement_08.jpgCouncilmember Garcia’s Statement on Today’s Vote to Require Face Masks<div class="ExternalClassD3923A416EF943649792CA0E6CD6AB85"><html> <p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>“COVID-19 is affecting our community at an alarming rate. The declaration from the City of Phoenix to require face coverings is a response to the lack of accountability our state has taken to protect us from the rapid spread. We want to acknowledge that not everyone has access to face coverings and we believe in the civil liberties of our residents of Phoenix. We are paying close attention to how this declaration will be enforced. As a city we should avoid criminalizing people who do not have access or are in situations that prevent them from wearing a face covering. City of Phoenix staff who interact with the public such as our bus drivers and park rangers are exposed daily and are vulnerable to the spread. We want to encourage those who use public transit and our public spaces to use care and wear a face covering if possible when using these services. Now is a time to take care of one another as a community by each of us doing our part by wearing a face covering when in public when possible. We have the opportunity to stop the spread. If we can each try our best to minimize our exposure, we can save lives."<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district8Newsdistrict-8