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March 2023

Hi friends! Happy Women's History Month. D5 is proud to stand with all women (and women-identifying people) in the fight for gender equality. Check out our D5 Spotlights and what we have been up to with our wonderful community partners. It is officially spring and we encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful weather! Check out to access information on trails, public art, historical places in D5. We are here to serve our community so please feel free reach out to our office at anytime!



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Mercedes de la Ossa is in the top ten students of her Senior class at Tucson High Magnet School, as well as a member of the Calculus Club, Animal Rescue Club, and Math Tutoring Club. She aspires to work as an FBI Investigative Agent. 

Congratulations, Mercedes!

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Waylon Etheridge is a Senior at Catalina High School. He enrolled in the Army National Guard for six years, during which time he plans on attending Cross University in Phoenix and working towards becoming a certified D.J. and music producer. Congratulations, Waylon!




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Photo courtesy of Tanna's Botannas.

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Linda Ronstadt, pictured here with the Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School.

Tanna Cole started Tanna’s Botanas as a food truck and now she has expanded to a food truck, three stores, a factory, and a food truck franchise. She got her start as an entrepreneur selling snow cones and hosting movie nights at the age of ten. Tanna’s Botannas sells “spicy candy,” and also sells Mexican Italian ice at its Puro Ice locations.

Check them out at 4426 S 6th Ave Tucson AZ, 85706.

Linda Ronstadt, a fourth-generation Tucsonan, is an 11-time Grammy Award winner who created certified gold, platinum, or multiplatinum albums including "Canciones de Mi Padre." She also received one of the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for Lifetime Artistic Achievements. Thank you Linda for attending the Tucson Festival of Books this year, and naming two places in D5 (Arizona Inn, Mission Garden) as your favorite parts of Tucson! 


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Second Annual D5 Youth Art Contest

Congratulations to all our D5 Youth Art Contest participants, finalists, and winners! It was so hard to choose finalists and winners because all the submissions were so fantastic and full of creativity. This year our office received 317 submissions, over double the number we received last year. It was so fun to celebrate all of our wonderful, talented D5 students yesterday at the youth art contest exhibition! A big shoutout to D5'er Nicholas for all your work making this art contest possible!

Stop the Hate César Chávez Rally and March

An honor to participate in and speak at the César Chávez Rally and March, this year with the theme of “Stop the Hate!”

¡Sí, se puede!

Summer Youth and Family Resource Fair

On March 11th the D5 office partnered with Pima County Community and Workforce Development, Pima County Youth One-Stop, and over 60 resource vendors to host a resource fair. Over 1,000 folks stopped by to get resources. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

César Chávez Education Month

It was so fun to read to students about the life of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta!

Pima County Workforce Summit

Thanks to Dr. Mark Vitale, Workforce Investment Board Chair, for inviting me to speak during the Pima County Workforce Summit!

Read Across the Barrio

So glad to be able to attend the Pueblo High School Inaugural “Read Across the Barrio” event, promoting literacy, information, and services!

Making an Impact: Women in Public Service

Congratulations D5'er Elvira Suarez Din for doing such an amazing job speaking about her experience at the Making an Impact: Women in Public Service panel. ¡Felicidades!



This year marks the third anniversary without Richard Elías, our friend, compadre, and community advocate. You are in our hearts and minds. We miss you!

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