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Arizona Talks: Patriotism

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Even Stevens Sandwiches

21 West Van Buren Street

Phoenix, AZ 85003

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What does it mean to be patriotic? Can you love your country and be critical of your government? Should athletes be allowed to kneel during the national anthem?

We'll discuss these questions and more at the Arizona Talks: Patriotism happy hour! Come join us at Even Stevens in Downtown Phoenix on Tuesday, June 26th. Doors open at 6:30pm and the program starts at 7:00pm!

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Zoey Kotzambasis:

A native Tucsonan, Zoey has been involved in politics since she was old enough to drive. She is a double Wildcat, having earned her undergraduate degree in political science and her J.D. from the University of Arizona. While in college, she led both her College Republican chapter and the Arizona Federation of College Republicans, while also serving in student government and working with local and statewide campaigns. In law school, she served as president of her Federalist Society chapter and spent her summers clerking at the Goldwater Institute. In recognition of her work with Fed Soc and her passion for constitutional law, Zoey was awarded the UA College of Law's Dannie Lee Chandler Memorial Award for the Advancement of First Amendment Values.


Karina Bland:

Karina Bland is a longtime, award-winning journalist at The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com, where she is on the storytelling team and writes a popular column. She is the daughter of a Marine father and an immigrant mother, a Weight Watchers drop-out, and two-time graduate of Arizona State University. Karina raises her teenage son and tap dances in Tempe.


Khalil Rushdan:

“As an Exoneree, I became part of the Innocence Network to combat wrongful convictions and have been an Arizona Justice Project board member since 2014. I was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1997 and served 15.5 years of a life sentence. With the help of the AZ Justice Project, the prosecutorial misconduct and vindictive motive of the lead prosecutor was exposed and in 2012, my conviction was overturned and I was freed.

Since my release, I have served the Arizona community by providing real-time solutions for individuals re-entering society after time in prison or jail. I am, an on the ground mentor and resource for both Arizona Justice Project clients and hundreds of formerly incarcerated individuals through the SAGE counseling program.

On March 7th 2018, I began my new position as the Community Partnership Coordinator at the ACLU of Arizona for the SMART Justice Campaign. I will use this position to help educate and combat problems that lead to mass incarceration as well as racial disparities that exist in the U.S. criminal justice system. Arizona is a frontline state due to it’s systematic racism however I am widely recognized and trusted advocate in the community. I’m a leader who brings solutions to the community and helps empower individuals with rebuilding their lives upon release from incarceration.”


Joshua Stanwitz:

Joshua is a veteran who comes from a long line of veterans, stretching all the way back to the Revolutionary War. A United States Marine who has been deployed to MENA and Southwest Asia, the Pacific, Iraq, and Europe, Joshua got his BA in International Relations and Policy with a Minor in Middle Eastern Studies and is an MBA candidate at Ohio Christian University. The Concerned Veterans for America Coalitions Director also has more than ten years of experience in corporate security and law enforcement, including service in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.


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