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May 2023

¡Hola! I hope that you are enjoying the graduation season and have fun plans for the summer! For open pools around Pima County, visit the Pima County website. Also, don't forget, it's Period Poverty Awareness Week! There is still one more week to donate menstrual products to our drive at a location near you! As always, we are here to serve our community so please feel free to reach out to our office at anytime and follow us on social media to stay updated on what we are up to.



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Photo courtesy of Yasmin Abdullah.

Photo courtesy of TUSD.

In this newsletter, we want to spotlight the Class of 2023! FELICIDADES!

Congratulations on all your hard work and achievements. We wish you all the best in this new chapter of your life. The future is bright!




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Photo courtesy of Go Dim Sum.

The owner of Noodleholics and Jun Dynasty opened a new business in D5 called Go Dim Sum! According to This is Tucson, they offer "traditional Chinese small bites in a fast-casual setting."

Check them out at:

 3504 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716

Laverne McHaney is the Program Manager for Veteran Communities at Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS) where she supports veterans on their journey to housing, employment, and health. She is an alumnus of the OPCS program herself and wanted to give back to the community. Thank you for all you do, Laverne!


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Fiesta Fotográfica: El Pueblo Celebration

It was a great day to celebrate El Pueblo Neighborhood Neighborhood Center with an exhibition commemorating El Pueblo's past, present, and future through photography and storytelling. We love to see the center infused with new life. 

Thank you to the organizers! Learn more about the project.

National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People

This month, District 5 brought forward a proclamation for the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous People. Tucson is tied for the fourth-highest MMIWG rate in the country, and the state of Arizona has the third-highest rate, according to a report by Urban Indian Health Institute.  This is a call to action for us all.

Site Visits of Community Organizations

D5 is visiting some of our community partners who provide shelter and an array of services, including the Primavera Foundation and Old Pueblo Community Services to learn more about the resources available. We toured the new Casa Alitas facility with Governor Hobbs as well in the wake of the lifting of Title 42.

TUSD's 21st Annual Mexican American/Latino Student Recognition

Honored to serve as Keynote Speaker at Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) 's 21st Annual Mexican American/Latino Student Recognition. This event was extra special because I was able to meet my son, Lito, onstage to congratulate him on his academic achievement.


Glad to join the Pima Early Education Program (PEEPs) Teachers’ Meeting on May 17th to help recognize our amazing preschool educators and hear some of their stories and favorite memories from the past school year! Thank you for teaching our youngest students!

2023 Salute to Centenarians 

I was able to celebrate the Pima County Centenarians, community members who are over 100 years old! How incredible to be in the room with so many people who have experienced both World Wars, The Great Depression, The 1918 Pandemic, The Golden Age of Hollywood, the Civil Rights Era, and so many other important and historical events.


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Our office is partnering with the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona, Southern Arizona Aids Foundation, YWCA Tucson, and The Pima County Library to collect period products in honor of Period Poverty Awareness Week!​ The donation drive will go from May 22nd to June 2nd at various locations throughout Pima County! ​

What to donate: 

New, unopened packages of pads, tampons, liners, and, or menstrual cups. Pads for urinary incontinence for older adults will also be accepted!


Check out some of our D5 Youth Artists and one of their art teachers sharing what they love about District 5! 

This is the first in a series of videos we are filming to highlight our wonderful D5 community. A HUGE thank you to Rikki Riojas from Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucson for your excellent filmography skills and to Borderlands Theater for your partnership!

Want to participate? Post a video telling us why you love District 5, or showing us your favorite part of the District, tag us, and say #SomosD5! The art in the video was created by these fantastic youth artists. To see the full gallery of this year's art submissions, visit the Art Gallery

Want to learn more about D5 and the cool things you can do here? Check out Explore D5.

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