Anne Marie Brooks 
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Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

She is taking the role because she wants to she hasn't been made to. Why bring it up every year that person wasn't directly effected.We remember 9/11, Sandy and many others so what's wrong with Tucson AZ.
I am not from Tucson but I've lived here for 13 and it is one of the most accepting places I have ever lived. I would like to note I was born and raised in RI with all kinds of races, religions, ethnicities and sexual orientation. It was as accepting as Tucson and left at 27 getting my college degrees to join the AF. I later lived in TN for over 20 years. Southern hospitality is a lie. I had never been called a Yankee at all but to be called it in a negative and hateful way shocked. I'm a white female and he was a white male. I also the first feminist he ever met also said negatively and hateful. I was the only person with training and experience managing and running a mental health clinic in the AF. I wanted to apply but the man hiring for that position had a man with no management experience and less experience working with mentally ill. He suggested I take his position. Our positions were the same just different programs. I told him if I can't be considered for the job I will stay where I am.
I guess he read my resume which I am sure was better or that I had been NOW president of the largest chapter in MS. while stationed there or both but I got the job. I didn't mean to get into all that except it was culture shock. No black people no other religions, certainly no openly gay and no atheists. This was mid 80's! Still like it when I left in early 2000's especially rural areas where I lived. Tucson is accepting like I recall RI. Tucson gun tragedy warrants remembering as do all mass shootings.
I am so proud of Gabby Giffords and all the survivors and the families of those who were killed. The Tucson community is also something to be proud of! Never never move to the South!!!!!
Thank you, Gabby

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Posted by Anne Marie Brooks on 01/08/2017 at 9:11 AM

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