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Act No Matter What Podcast

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The Act No Matter What Podcast takes you behind the scenes at Planned Parenthood  Advocates of Arizona with in-depth interviews with staff and supporters. Take a listen to learn more about the work being accomplished at PPAA.

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#010 Interview with PPAZ CEO Brittany Fonteno

In November, 2021, Brittany Fonteno joined the Planned Parenthood Arizona (PPAZ) team as its President and CEO. In this episode, hear about Brittany’s plans for the future of PPAZ and why she is so passionate about reproductive rights and abortion access.


#007-A Conversation with State Representative Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez is a passionate advocate for civil and human rights — whether he’s fighting for his clients as a defense attorney, or he’s fighting for working families. In June, 2021, Representative Rodriguez announced his intention to seek the Arizona Attorney General’s seat in 2022.

In this podcast, we will discuss Representative Rodriguez’s bid for the Attorney General’s office, the work that he is doing as an Arizona State Representative, and the things that bring him joy outside of work.

#006 - A Conversation with State Senator Christine Marsh

Join us for a candid conversation with Christine Marsh, Arizona State Senator for the 28th legislative district.State Senator Christine Marsh is a writer, runner, active member of her church family, education activist, friend, and daughter as well as mother of two sons. 

In 2016, Marsh was incredibly honored to be named Arizona’s Teacher of the Year. Through that experience, she had the opportunity to travel across the state to see first-hand the issues that public schools were – and are -- facing on a daily basis.

#005 - A Conversation with State Representative Athena Salman

Join us for a candid conversation with Athena Salman, Arizona State Representative for the 26th legislative district. Athena Salman was born in Arizona to a working-class family. 

Athena later studied at Arizona State University, where she earned degrees in Economics and Political Science. She now serves in the Arizona House of Representatives where she routinely takes powerful institutions head on in order to protect the public interest.

#004 - A Conversation with State Senator Lela Alston

Join us for a candid conversation with Lela Alston, Arizona State Senator for the 24th legislative district.

Alston is a Phoenix native elected to the Arizona State Senate in 1976 where she served on the appropriations committee for 18 years. In her 29 years at the legislature, she has focused on supporting programs designed to strengthen the education system and improve health care for children and families.

#003 - A Conversation with AZ Secretary of State Katie Hobbs

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has led a life of service. Beginning as a volunteer at her church and continuing with her job as a social worker and chief compliance officer at one of the largest domestic violence centers in the U.S.

In this episode, Secretary of State Hobbs discusses the 2020 elections, keeping truth front and center in politics, and how she and her office are preparing for the 2022 election cycle.

#002 - A Conversation with Representative Andrés Cano

Raised by a single mom, Andrés, 28, saw a path for advancement in Arizona’s public schools. He is a first-generation college graduate and began serving LD 3 in 2018, re-elected in 2020.

In this episode, Representative Cano answers questions about COVID 19, the 2020 election, and his passion for protecting access to abortion and reproductive health care.

#001 - Endorsements: How Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Helps Elect Winners!

A conversation with former Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (PPAA) Executive Director, Lola Sophia Bovell, about PPAA’s endorsement process. Discover insights on how political candidates get a coveted PPAA endorsement (it’s not just about choice and reproductive rights, believe it or not) and why not standing with movements like Black Lives Matter is a definite deal breaker.