Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari, Mercy Care Present the 3rd Pride on the Block on November 18https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2917City Council District 711/8/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2917/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgVice Mayor Yassamin Ansari, Mercy Care Present the 3rd Pride on the Block on November 18<div class="ExternalClassB31BA0003477452ABE6F8ACDA22DE93A"><html> <p> <strong>Phoenix, AZ –</strong> With the support of local businesses and nonprofits, Vice Mayor Ansari and Mercy Care are excited to host another Pride on the Block, a must-attend event for anyone who wants to embrace their true selves and support the LGBTQ+ community. This year, we will specifically focus on uplifting our trans community during National Transgender Awareness Week. This event will include:</p> <ul> <li>Event Hosts: Mr. and Miss Phoenix Pride 2023 Rocky Heart and Veronica Savage Rose</li> <li>A Rainbow Ride with Downtown Phoenix Inc., starting at 11:00 am at Civic Space Park and ending at Pride on the Block </li> <li>Spectrum Medical's mobile clinic will be offering free HIV testing</li> <li>Live muralists celebrating inclusion and equality, including a Gratitude Wall</li> <li>Live music from DJ Lezbein </li> <li>Over 25 LGBTQ-focused resources</li> <li>Local food and drink</li> </ul> <p>"Our local events are most successful when we collaborate with local leaders, retail, restaurants, and more. I'm grateful that so many community partners are stepping up to support this year's Pride on the Block, taking place on November 18th during Transgender Awareness Week," said Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari. “From DJ Lezbein to our event MCs Mr. and Miss Phoenix Pride 2023 Rocky Hearts and Veronica Savage Rose, this year's Pride on the Block will once again celebrate inclusion with LGBTQIA+ resources, arts and crafts, and live performances."</p> <p>Thank you to this year's sponsors: Mercy Care, Phoenix Suns and Mercury, Roosevelt Row CDC, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Phoenix Pride Foundation, Arizona State University, City of Phoenix Arts and Culture, FEZ, Match Market & Bar, Visit Phoenix, Walter Studios, Spectrum Medical and Valley Metro. </p> <p>“Mercy Care is proud to ally with the LGBTQIA+ community. As a three-time sponsor of Pride on the Block, Mercy Care has provided funding through community reinvestment, event sponsorships, and other collaborative efforts with local organizations who deliver compassionate care and services to the LGBTQIA+ community. We want all our members to live their healthiest lives and achieve their full potential," said Tad Gary, Mercy Care deputy CEO.</p> <p>Local community resources will be at the event to share information for LGBTQIA+ residents, families and allies: Aunt Rita's Foundation, Chicanos Por La Causa, City of Phoenix LGBTQ+ Employee Alliance, Dress for Success Phoenix, Empower BodyCare, Equality Maricopa, Greater Phoenix Equality Chamber of Commerce, one-n-ten, One Community, ValleyWise Health, Visit Phoenix, Voter Choice Arizona, Wrestling with the Truth, and Your Big Break, Inc.</p> <p>The first 100 attendees will get a free “United Against Hate" yard sign or clack fan. Come together with friends, family, and allies to show your pride and have a blast!</p> <p> <strong>Event Details:</strong> </p> <ul> <li> <strong>Who:</strong> Phoenix Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari and community groups </li> <li> <strong>When:</strong> November 18, 2023, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm</li> <li> <strong>Where:</strong> Portland Parkway Park 10 West Portland Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 </li> <li> <strong>RSVP:</strong> <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.eventbrite.com/e/723728851477?aff=oddtdtcreator__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21dSsnBIm25rN_ag7ElW8OgAoBz5wofcUbLvq_-gGuVBH9I95_ud0tmvohhUdHBDLJXKI2xcsg3wwDxRefWWYrPy2vHe6omZ6sELID5tM$" target="_blank">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/723728851477?aff=oddtdtcreator [eventbrite.com]</a></li> <li> <strong>Donation Link:</strong> <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/phoenixpride.networkforgood.com/projects/71824-building-community-with-pride__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21dSsnBIm25rN_ag7ElW8OgAoBz5wofcUbLvq_-gGuVBH9I95_ud0tmvohhUdHBDLJXKI2xcsg3wwDxRefWWYrPy2vHe6omZ6sD20F7fk$" target="_blank">https://phoenixpride.networkforgood.com/projects/71824-building-community-with-pride [phoenixpride.networkforgood.com]</a></li> <li> <strong>Media Kit:</strong> <a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/drive.google.com/drive/folders/19EXe_hx1RsvdpeO6iWFSk5AyodRXk3RQ?usp=sharing__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21dSsnBIm25rN_ag7ElW8OgAoBz5wofcUbLvq_-gGuVBH9I95_ud0tmvohhUdHBDLJXKI2xcsg3wwDxRefWWYrPy2vHe6omZ6s4-ECM-Y$" target="_blank">https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19EXe_hx1RsvdpeO6iWFSk5AyodRXk3RQ?usp=sharing [drive.google.com]</a></li> </ul> <p> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> Emily O'Neil, Vice Mayor Ansari's Communications Director, 602-856-7448​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari Presents the 3rd Annual Pride on the Block https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2884City Council District 710/5/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2884/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgVice Mayor Yassamin Ansari Presents the 3rd Annual Pride on the Block <div class="ExternalClass820EFFEC87D04B4E96A5355A8CE64595"><html> <div> <strong>​Phoenix, AZ</strong> – From book bans to attacks on women’s sports to interference with medical care, our LGBTQIA+ Phoenicians have faced rising discrimination and harassment, particularly our transgender community. Our transgender friends, families, and neighbors deserve to live fully and peacefully, which is why I’m proud to host this year’s Pride on the Block during Transgender Awareness Week.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"I’m thrilled that this year’s Pride on the Block will honor and uplift the transgender community with LGBTQIA+ focused resources from local nonprofits and community organizations, arts and crafts, and live performances celebrating inclusion,” said Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari. “This celebratory event will bring us into the final day of Transgender Awareness Week: Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes victims of transphobic violence.” <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Come together with friends, family, and allies to show your pride and have a blast!</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Our early sponsors for this year’s event are Downtown Phoenix, Inc., FEZ, Match Market and Bar, Phoenix Pride Community Foundation, Roosevelt Row, Visit Phoenix, and Walter Studios. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Event Details:</strong> <br> </div> <div> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong>Who:</strong> Phoenix Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari and community groups </li> <li> <strong>When:</strong> November 18, 2023, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm</li> <li> <strong>Where:</strong> Portland Parkway Park 10 West Portland Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 </li> <li> <strong style="font-size:13.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;">RSVP: </strong> <a style="font-size:13.3333px;background-color:window;" href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/723728851477?aff=oddtdtcreator" target="_blank">Available here</a> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;background-color:window;color:windowtext;">​</span> <strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</strong> </li> <li> <strong>Donation Link: </strong> <a href="https://phoenixpride.networkforgood.com/projects/71824-building-community-with-pride" target="_blank">Available Here</a> <br> </li> <li> <strong>Media Kit:</strong> <a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19EXe_hx1RsvdpeO6iWFSk5AyodRXk3RQ?usp=sharing" target="_blank">Available here</a></li> <li> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> Emily O’Neil, Vice Mayor Ansari’s Communications Director, 602-856-7448<br></li> </ul> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Statement from Vice Mayor Ansari Regarding the Arizona Attorney General's Decision on the Ukraine Gun Transferhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2864City Council District 79/20/2023 10:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2864/Newsroom_Council_Statement_07.jpgStatement from Vice Mayor Ansari Regarding the Arizona Attorney General's Decision on the Ukraine Gun Transfer<div class="ExternalClassA475AAD937334892B3043B7FB2F1D46B"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">​​"While I'm disappointed in what this ruling means for our Phoenix neighborhoods, I'm even more disappointed that the State Legislature has left cities and towns with no significant way to reduce gun violence — especially when gun violence is the leading cause of death for children in the United States.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Reselling guns that may have been used in crimes does not keep us safe, nor does it provide the city with an overwhelming stream of revenue. In fact, we lose billions of dollars each year to gun violence. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">While I will vote to comply with the AG’s ruling, I hope the Legislature will remove its chokehold on cities and restore our ability to implement community safety solutions."</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> Emily O’Neil, Vice Mayor Ansari’s Communications Director, 602-856-7448​</span></div><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari Commemorates the First Anniversary of Mahsa Amini's Deathhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2862City Council District 79/15/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2862/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgVice Mayor Yassamin Ansari Commemorates the First Anniversary of Mahsa Amini's Death<div class="ExternalClass8544EBFE83774EF6B841A5B47B65B312"><html> <div> <strong>​Phoenix, AZ – </strong>The tragic killing of Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022, galvanized thousands of Iranians, led by women and girls, to protest the repressive and discriminatory forces of the Islamic Regime of Iran – and demand an end to their forty-three-year reign. Scores of Iranian peaceful protestors were brutally arrested and punished in the year after her death. Approximately 18,000 of Iran’s brightest minds, athletes, musicians, artists, and doctors are currently imprisoned, some facing severe punishment and possibly execution. Despite the terror, Iranians across the globe continue to stand united under the banner <em>Woman, Life, Freedom</em>.  <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>As the daughter of Iranian immigrants who fled the beginnings of this regime, I've seen firsthand the scars – both visible and invisible – left behind by this authoritarian regime. That's why I was inspired to uplift the<em> Woman, Life, Freedom</em> movement borne out of this latest tragedy.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>I worked with Iranian American women artists in the United States to create the first <em>Woman, Life, Freedom </em>mural in Arizona, on the east wall of Carly's Bistro in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The mural depicts a portrait of Mahsa Amini with her long, brown hair unfurled behind her as protestors march beside her. Roosevelt Row CDC has also chosen this mural to be the first to debut their new augmented reality feature campaign for iconic murals in the area. Beginning on Sept. 16, by using the Artivive App, residents and visitors will be able to learn about this movement by panning their phone over the mural.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>During our celebration of Nowruz, I centered on the ongoing struggles of women in Iran and nearby Afghanistan, ending the event with a candlelight vigil in honor of these women.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The struggles of women and LGBTQIA+ people in Iran, Afghanistan, and elsewhere are connected to our efforts in the United States. These countries in the Middle East, known as the cradle of civilization, were once beacons of democratic thought. Yet, seemingly overnight, their democratic institutions fell to ultra-conservative, extremist, and xenophobic rulers.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The United States is not on a dissimilar path. A few months before Mahsa Amini's death, the United States Supreme Court stripped people of their right to decide when and how they choose pregnancy. And in the year afterward, that same court essentially legalized religious discrimination against LGBTQIA couples.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>I have spent the last year reminding Arizonans that democracy is an active process that requires our work and vigilance. Mahsa Amini's death is a reminder that nobody is free until everybody is free – and that's why I'll continue to support the <em>Woman, Life, Freedom</em> movement.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Finally, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass the MAHSA Act, which passed the House this week after a year of advocacy from Iranian Americans.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>I welcome others to join me in commemorating the anniversary of Amini's death by visiting the <em>Woman, Life, Freedom</em> mural on Roosevelt Row that my office commissioned, or passing by Phoenix City Hall, as we will be lighting up the building in green, white, and red in solidarity with the Iranian people and Mexican Independence Day – another reminder of the interconnectedness of our struggles for freedom.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> Vice Mayor Ansari's Chief of Staff Maria Lopez, (623)703-6830, maria.lopez@phoenix.gov<br></div><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Mayor Gallego, Vice Mayor Ansari, Senator Bravo, Former Senator Kaiser and Local Nonprofits Share Resources Still Available to Phoenix Refugee Families and New Initiatives https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2822City Council District 78/1/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2822/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgMayor Gallego, Vice Mayor Ansari, Senator Bravo, Former Senator Kaiser and Local Nonprofits Share Resources Still Available to Phoenix Refugee Families and New Initiatives <div class="ExternalClass32EEBD114E154F6383A5ABF6969CB1EB"><html> <div><strong>​Phoenix, AZ – </strong>Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari, Senator Flavio Bravo, Former Senator Steve Kaiser, and the International Rescue Committee are gathering to bring awareness to the remaining American Rescue Act Plan funding available to Phoenix’s refugee community and promote the SB 1563, the New American Study Committee.<br></div><div><br></div> <div></div><div>“Phoenix is the fastest growing city in the United States, and refugees have been integral to us becoming a stronger, more diverse community. I’m proud that we are a city known for our warm welcome, and we will continue to work diligently with local and state partners to provide refugees the support they need to settle into their lives and find success in our community,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.<br></div> <div></div><div>With the support of newly arriving refugee advocates and refugee-serving nonprofits, the City of Phoenix allocated $8.3 million to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Arizona Immigration and Refugees Services, Catholic Charities Community Services, and Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest to help newly arrived residents settle in the Valley. These organizations still have funds available which can provide emergency assistance in the following areas: medical, dental, housing, immigration, legal services, transportation, and food.<br></div><div><br></div> <div>“Arriving in a new country and city can be a very stressful transition. I’m proud that this funding – along with additional help like the newly created Office of Refugee Support can connect refugees and asylees with meaningful services in Phoenix.</div><div><br></div> <div>“We have more work to do to help people settle successfully, and I’m grateful that state lawmakers like Senator Bravo and former Senator Kaiser are identifying legislative solutions through the New American Talent Study committee,” she added. </div><div><br></div> <div>These resettlement organizations and departments from the City of Phoenix will participate in an upcoming Refugee Resource Fair on August 10th, from 5-8 p.m., at Alhambra High School to bring their services and opportunities directly to the community. </div><div><br></div> <div>“Arizona has a long, bipartisan tradition of welcome for refugees, of which the Phoenix ARPA relief funding for refugees and recently passed Arizona New American Study Committee are the most recent examples. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and our fellow resettlement agencies are proud to work with state and local leaders to provide refugees the support they need to integrate into our communities and rebuild their lives,” said Aaron Rippenkroeger, Executive Director of the International Rescue Committee.</div><div><br></div> <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/users/myteam46126/Media8213.pdf"><div><strong>How SB 1563 Will Work to Ensure New Americans Thrive in Arizona</strong></div></a><div><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">“After helping one of my former interpreters from Afghanistan through the refugee resettlement process, I realized how many unnecessary barriers refugees face when working to reclaim their careers. People arriving in Arizona as refugees are taxpayers, job-creators, and valued members of our communities - our state should be investing in their full potential, not hindering it,” said Former Senator Steve Kaiser.</span><br></div><div><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br></span></div> <div>“I was therefore honored last session to introduce and pass Senate Bill 1563, establishing the New American Talent Study Committee. This bipartisan committee of legislators, community leaders, state agencies, and service providers is ready to dive into the weeds, ensuring the state of Arizona is efficiently helping our refugee neighbors to integrate and thrive,” Kaiser added.</div> <div><br></div><div>SB 1563 established a joint legislative study committee that will bring together business leaders, educational institutions, New Americans, service providers, state agencies, and legislators to determine ways to maximize New Americans' vocational potential to strengthen Arizona's economy and ensure New Americans and their families succeed.</div><div><br></div> <div>"Arizona’s 26th legislative district is home to many refugee communities, and I am proud that our state recognizes the benefit that they bring to Arizona. Through the newly formed bipartisan New American Talent Study Committee, we have a unique opportunity to ensure that our state agencies and non-profit partners are successful in removing the barriers many refugees face during their resettlement process. Together, we can make our state a place where refugee communities can thrive for generations to come,” said Senator Flavio Bravo, who represents Arizona’s 26th legislative district.</div><div><br></div> <div>There will be time for questions following remarks from invited speakers. Media is encouraged to arrive early to ensure enough time to get through security. The parking garage for city visitors is located at 305 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Parking validation will be provided.<br></div> <div></div><div><strong><br></strong></div><div><strong>What</strong>: Joint press conference with city and state leaders and nonprofit organizations regarding refugee resources and new initiatives <br></div> <div><strong><br></strong></div><div><strong>Where</strong>: Phoenix City Hall Lobby (200 W. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) </div> <div><strong><br></strong></div><div><strong>When</strong>: Thursday, August 3, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.</div> <div><strong><br></strong></div><div><strong>Who</strong>: Mayor Kate Gallego, Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari, Senator Flavio Bravo, former Senator Steve Kaiser, the International Rescue Committee, and refugee community members</div> <div><strong><br></strong></div><div><strong>Media  Contacts: </strong></div> <div><ul><li>Please RSVP to Maria Lopez, Vice Mayor Ansari’s Chief of Staff - 623-703-6830 | maria.lopez@phoenix.gov</li><li>Arielle Devorah, Mayor Gallego Communications Director - 520-248-5106 | arielle.devorah@phoenix.gov</li><li>Calli Jones, Arizona Senate Democratic Caucus’s Director of Communications - 623-206-9462| cjones@azleg.gov</li><li>Nicky Walker, IRC Development & Communications Director - Nicky.Walker@rescue.org​<br></li></ul></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Celebrate the Annual Opening of Phoenix's Pools at Vice Mayor Ansari's Free Roosevelt Pool Partyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2784City Council District 76/15/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2784/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCelebrate the Annual Opening of Phoenix's Pools at Vice Mayor Ansari's Free Roosevelt Pool Party<div class="ExternalClassF41B9A6B26F54B739E5F86C51C2531C0"><html> <div>​<strong>​Phoenix, AZ –</strong> Phoenix families are invited to join Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari and our Phoenix Fire Charities, the Phoenix Food Co-Op, Phoenix Fire Department, and Phoenix Parks and Recreation for our 2nd annual Roosevelt Pool party. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Last year, over 250 people joined us for a day of swimming and learning – and we expect to double the number of residents that take part this year! On top of free admission for attendees, here’s what else is in store:</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Free food and drinks provided by Poncho’s Mexican Food and Cantina, a local D7 business</div> <div>Free cool treats provided by the Phoenix Police Department’s Cool Treat Van</div> <div>Fresh fruits and vegetables provided by the Phoenix Food Co-Op</div> <div>Raffle prizes, contests, resources for families, and more </div> <div>Phoenix Fire will also provide free CPR training and water safety demos to ensure that everyone has a safe summer, especially when playing around water. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Seeing neighbors and families enjoy and use our pools and parks is one of my favorite parts of being Vice Mayor and I’m thrilled that many of our pools will be open in June and July, thanks to more funding and a robust hiring effort by our Parks and Recreation team,” said Vice Mayor Ansari. “I encourage all our families to attend and invite you to bring someone who maybe hasn’t experienced one of our fantastic pools.” </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The first one hundred attendees will receive a limited-edition Vice Mayor Ansari heat ready bucket hat. There will also be plenty of chances for kids to score free summer goodies, fun raffle prizes and for adults to learn about critical pool & heat relief safety.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Event Details:</strong> </div> <div> <ul> <li> <strong>​What</strong>: Roosevelt Pool Party </li> <li> <strong>Who</strong>: Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari, Phoenix Food Co-Op, Phoenix Fire Department, and Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</li> <li> <strong>Where</strong>: Roosevelt Pool 6246 S 7th St, Phoenix AZ </li> <li> <strong>When</strong>: Saturday, June 17th from 12:00 – 3:00 pm</li> <li> <strong>Media Contact</strong>: Emily O'Neil, Vice Mayor's Office Communications Director, (602)856-7448</li> </ul> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Vice Mayor Ansari's Statement on Phoenix Mobile Home Votehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2703City Council District 73/23/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2703/Newsroom_Council_Statement_07.jpgVice Mayor Ansari's Statement on Phoenix Mobile Home Vote<div class="ExternalClass52E4DDA95B2041A99483BFA14709B667"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">​At its most basic level, homelessness is about housing – and today, City Council failed to keep hundreds of families in their homes.</span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">The families of Las Casitas, Weldon Court, and Periwinkle mobile home parks have spent thousands of hours at City Council meetings, sharing how the stress of their upcoming evictions is negatively impacting their lives.</span> <br> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">It’s incredibly frustrating and disheartening that my colleagues continue to share their concerns about homelessness in the Valley, and in my district in particular, yet they’ve chosen to ignore the pleas of these families facing eviction.</span> <br> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">I’d be more than willing to work with Grand Canyon University, Trellis, the property owners of Weldon Court and Las Casitas, and the residents to get people housed. But the reality is these families are already home.</span> <br> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">Even more concerning is that this issue is not confined to just the Periwinkle, Las Casitas, and Weldon Court mobile home residents. There are 425 mobile home parks in the city. As more people move to our city, we have to find ways to accommodate new development without displacing residents.</span> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Vice Mayor Ansari Hosts the 2nd Annual Nowruz (Persian New Year) Honoring the Global Movement for Women's Rightshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2682City Council District 73/9/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2682/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgVice Mayor Ansari Hosts the 2nd Annual Nowruz (Persian New Year) Honoring the Global Movement for Women's Rights<div class="ExternalClassB0F8308B00C4418484B2EEAC4927E5B7"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>Phoenix, AZ: </strong></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">In recognition of Women's History Month, Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari is thrilled to host the 2nd annual No</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">wruz (Persian New Year) at Civic Space Park, a multicultural dedication and resource fair to honor the global movement for women's rights.</span></div><div><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><br></span></div><div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Over the last year, women across the globe – particularly in Iran and Afghanistan – have unified to advance the rights, freedoms, and equality of women, children, LGBTQIA, and other oppressed peoples. </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">"Empowerment starts when we support each other – and this Nowruz, we’ll stand in solidarity with the women leading the movement for equal rights," said Vice Mayor Ansari. "In the celebratory spirit of the holiday there will be live music, performers and Nowruz-themed crafts. We’ll end the evening with a candlelight vigil honoring the women and allies who have lost their lives in the struggle for equality and those who continue their work." </span><br></div><div><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><br></span></div><div><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">Attendees can purchase traditional foods and handmade goods from local restaurants and artists representing the Persian and Middle Eastern communities. Those vendors include Al Zoubani Sweets, Ava Bakery and Restaurant, Hummus Xpress, Madd Pita & Tacos, Tzikii Food Truck, and art from local artist Nada al Rubiya.</span><br></div><div><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Local non-profit organizations and government agencies will be available to share resources and services, particularly those tailored to Phoenix’s immigrant and refugee communities. The nonprofits include AIRS Charities, Arizona Afghan Association, Catholic Charities, International Rescue Committee, Islamic Circle of North America, Lutheran Social Services, Operation Eagle, and Arizona Persian Cultural Center. The City of Phoenix’s Neighborhood Services Department, Parks and Recreation, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Refugee Resettlement Program will also be on hand.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Additionally, at Vice Mayor Ansari's request, City Hall will light up green, white, and red from March 18 through March 21 to raise awareness for this global women's rights movement, particularly as women in Iran and Afghanistan continue to face severe oppression from their governments.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Attendance is free, with food and goods available for purchase. More details and event registration can be found here: <a href="https://www.nowruzphx.com/" target="_blank">nowruzphx.com</a></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>Event Details </strong></span></div><div><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>What: </strong>Nowruz at Civic Space Park: Honoring the Global Movement for Women’s Rights </span></li><li><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">​<strong>Who: </strong>Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari, International Rescue Committee, and Arizona Persian Cultural Center, Downtown Phoenix Inc. </span></li><li><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>Where: </strong>Civic Space Park </span></li><li><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>When:</strong> Saturday, March 18th 3:00 – 7:00 pm </span></li><li><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Emily O'Neil, Vice Mayor's Office Communications Director, (602)856-7448</span></li><li><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>Quick Links</strong>: <a href="https://docs.google.com/file/d/1_oiAYKzT_CahTu7ehuizXKZNus1QOTD2/edit?usp=docslist_api&filetype=msword" target="_blank">Media Kit​​</a></span></li></ul></div></div><div><ul> </ul><div style="text-align:center;"><div style="text-align:center;">​<img style="margin:5px;width:501px;" src="/district7site/MediaAssets/Copy%20of%20Nowruz%202023%20-%20Posterv2.png" /></div><br></div> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari



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