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World Refugee Day in Tucson

Also on Arizona Spotlight: The youth photography program "Parks in Focus" in action, and The Southwest Fair Housing Council observes the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

world refugee day 2019hero 1 Madeleine Erasto, who's family are refugees from the Congo, dances to the live music at the family fun fest of the World Refugee Day celebration at Catalina High School on Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Tucson.
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Arizona Spotlight

World Refugee Day in Tucson

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Featured on the June 27th, 2019 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

World Refugee Day was observed on Saturday, an annual event to remember the plight of refugees, and celebrate their successes. Visit a multicultural party for all ages at Catalina High School, and Mark listens to the stories of Tucsonans who came from Kenya, Turkey, and Afghanistan.     

World Refugee Day Celebration at Catalina High School, June 22.

50 years ago, the Fair Housing Act passed Congress and was signed into law. The Southwest Fair Housing Council observed this anniversary with custom artwork representing the idea of “The Beloved Community,” from the perspective of the past, present and future. Nick O’Gara spoke with the artist, Alex Jimenez.

Beloved community VIEW LARGER A piece called "Creating a Beloved Community" by Tucson artist Alex Jimenez for the Southwest Fair Housing Council.
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Listen to a new edition of "The Word" with essayist Adiba Nelson as she considers the challenges of finding the perfect recipe for a blended family...

adiba nelson new headshot hero Adiba Nelson
photo: Kathleen Dreier

Meet Yoheved and Adolfo, two kids who are members of Parks in Focus, a unique program that takes youth out of the city to explore the great open spaces of Arizona, and teaches them to use photography to document the experience.

parks in focus hero 1 Photo By: Adolfo, age 14, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
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parks in focus hero 2 Photo By: Yoheved, age 10, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
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parks in focus hero 5 Photo By: Adolfo, age 14, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
courtesy Parks in Focus
parks in focus hero 3 Parks in Focus gives kids a chance to explore the wilds of Arizona through the lens of a camera.
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parks in focus hero 4 Photo By: Aliscella, age 10, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
courtesy Parks in Focus

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