Editor’s Note: To learn about Planned Parenthood Arizona’s involvement with sex education curricula at Tempe Union High School District, please read this Q&A with Jodi Liggett, PPAZ’s director of public policy.
Planed Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed David Schapira for State Senate in Legislative District 17. District 17, which covers a large portion of Tempe and a portion of South Scottsdale, is being labeled a “swing district” and thus, voter turn-out and support for David Schapira is critical.
A native Arizonan and state legislator since 2006, David Schapira is a former high school teacher and current member of the Political Science faculty at ASU. Along with his wife, Rosemary, he serves as the owner of DevilDash.com, a care package delivery service that caters to area college students.
A student of Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, Schapira received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The George Washington University in 2001. He previously served as an aide to Senator Tom Daschle and campaign manager for Terry Goddard’s 2002 run for Arizona Attorney General. Continue reading
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona has endorsed Jack Jackson, Jr. for State Senate in Legislative District 2. Jackson is a member of the Navajo Nation, from the Near The Water (Tó’áhaní) Clan, and born for the Towering House (Kinyaa’áanii) Clan. His maternal grandfather is from the Water’s Edge (Tábąąhá) Clan, and his paternal grandfather is from the Salt (Áshįįhí) Clan. He was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Jackson is a lifelong Democrat who served as a delegate to both the 2004 and 2008 Democratic Conventions.
After obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree from the Syracuse University School of Law in 1989, Jackson moved to Washington, DC where he worked for 12 years representing tribal governments and organizations. In 1997, Jackson became the Director of Governmental Affairs for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative Indigenous advocacy organization in the nation.
Jack Jackson, Jr. is also a strong advocate for choice and sexual health. On February 2, 2010, Jackson was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He previously sat on President Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Council in 1999. He has also served on the boards of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, and Phoenix Body Positive. As a member of the Arizona State House of Representatives in 2003-2004, Jackson voted against restrictions that would have limited access to abortion. Continue reading