Juan Mendez Plagiarism Continued

In March 2018, we published two stories revealing that State Senator Juan Mendez had extensively plagiarized (1) his candidate questionnaire and (2) a committee speech.

Mendez later admitted that he had plagiarized on those occasions, saying “I sincerely apologize for my lapse in due diligence & judgement.” However, he added a caveat that he was “often in a rush.”

That week, we released a new 40-page research document showing that Mendez had been plagiarizing for much longer, spanning five full years during his time as an elected official.

Upon apologizing, Mendez claimed that he would “put forth a greater effort to put ideas I support into my own words.”

However, we are now revealing that, months later, he was continuing to plagiarize on the floor of the legislature despite the ‘apology’ in March. You can read our story about the plagiarism HERE or check out the substantiating research below.

The text in blue is intended to highlight the plagiarized portions. The text in bold is intended to highlight subtle changes made by Mendez, possibly in order to evade plagiarism-checking services.

SENATE BILL 1525

Mendez Plagiarized U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s Press Release:

What Mendez Said:

  • “Humanity is a leading cause, and, in the 46 years since the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, maybe as a country we’ve made some progress on environmental protections, but really it just means that we haven’t slipped entirely into ruin and that we still have some remnants of shared resources. The reality is that, since before Phoenix’s beginning, minority, low-income, and indigenous communities have only ever suffered disproportionate harmWe won’t be able to undo generations of environmental injustice without addressing the social and economic injustices that our communities are regulated to.” (Senate Floor Session Part 22 – Committee Of The Whole #8, Arizona Capitol Television, 05/02/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized:

  • In the forty years since the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act became law, the country has made great strides to protect our shared resources, but minority, low-income, and indigenous communities have continued to suffer disproportionate harmWe cannot have social justice or economic justice without environmental justice.” (“Booker Announces Landmark Environmental Justice Bill,” United States Senate, 10/23/17)

Mendez Plagiarized The Human Ecology Review:

What Mendez Said:

  • Instead, we have created over the years through rules, regulations, norms, and red-lining a nearly absolute residential, employment, health care and educational segregated society.” (Senate Floor Session Part 22 – Committee Of The Whole #8, Arizona Capitol Television, 05/02/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized:

  • “In Phoenix, a variety of laws and strict social rules of deference to Whites in public spaces produced near absolute residential, employment, health care, and educational segregation.” (“The Geography Of Despair: Environmental Racism And The Making Of South Phoenix, Arizona, USA,” Volume 12, Number 2, Human Ecology Review, 2005)

Mendez Plagiarized Action Together Rochester:

What Mendez Said:

  • When framing environmental injustices, we’re referring to the people who have been denied the privileges of certain — of a clean environment because of poverty and raceThis has forced our communities to live, instead, in less-desirable locationsLike numerous other areas today, this district was subjected to industrial noise, pollution, waste, and neglect. These environments often result in health problems that are not typically seen by people in valleys of paradise, where they hide behind hills that literally block out pollution. But since people in neglected neighborhoods traditionally have fewer resources, their representatives hardly ever have a seat at the table in developing their community. That’s environmental injustice, and right now our voices are being ignored.” (Senate Floor Session Part 22 – Committee Of The Whole #8, Arizona Capitol Television, 05/02/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized:

  • It refers to people, who because of their race, ethnicity, or other identities, have been denied access to the privileges enjoyed by the people of power in their areaOne way this has been manifested is by excluding people from certain preferred places to live, forcing them to live instead in less desirable locations. Such locations typically have been in areas subject to industrial noise, pollution, and waste, often resulting in health problems not typically seen by those in other areas. Since people in such neighborhoods were generally of low income and power they had few resources and little voice or decision making in developing their community … This is a textbook example of ‘environmental injustice.’” (“Environmental Injustice / PLEX Brownfields Press Conference,” Action Together Rochester, 01/18/18)

SENATE BILL 1520

Mendez Plagiarized The Alliance Of Arizona Nonprofits:

What Mendez Said:

  • The people served by Arizona’s human services and non-profits deserve to have an easy access to information about how to get help when facing a crisis or following a disaster, and they deserve an accessible way to learn about services to meet their basic human needs … Arizona’s 2-1-1 is a community information and referral system that most efficiently meets the needs of those who don’t have a network, who only lack information … By underfunding our 2-1-1, we leave this public service to compete for resources with the very services it’s referring to people. So now every month when we fail to fully fund our 2-1-1 services, too many people every month are turned away from a lack of capacity.” (Senate Floor Session Part 24 – Committee Of The Whole #3, Arizona Capitol Television, 05/02/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized:

  • The people served by Arizona’s nonprofits deserve to have easy access to information about how to get help when facing a crisis or following a disaster, and how to learn more about services to meet their basic human needs. Arizona 2-1-1 is a community information and referral system that most efficiently meets that need. However, Arizona’s current system is inadequately funded, puts this public service in competition for resources with the very services it supports, and fails to serve thousands of people every year who are turned away for lack of capacity.” (“Public Policy Agenda,” Alliance Of Arizona Nonprofits, 2016)

Mendez Plagiarized 2-1-1 Arizona:

What Mendez Said:

  • Last year, Arizona’s 2-1-1 issued 1.2 million referrals through their call center, their website, and their Interactive Voice Response system. They even have phone apps. They’re currently referring people to over 36,000 available services that we already have in ArizonaLook, many people on our state services cycle in and out of our state safety netPeople with access to a whole spectrum of services — not just those that the state provides — are more likely to be successful and eventually self-sufficient.” (Senate Floor Session Part 24 – Committee Of The Whole #3, Arizona Capitol Television, 05/02/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized:

  • In 2016, 2-1-1 Arizona assisted Arizona residents with over 1.2 million service requests through the 2-1-1 call center, website at www (dot) 211Arizona (dot) org, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, and Android and iPhone apps, and currently refers to over 36,000 statewide serviceMany people on state support cycle in and out of the state’s safety net. People with access to a whole spectrum of services, not just those that the state provides, are more likely to be become self-sufficient.” (“Petition 2: Please Support HB XXXX And 2-1-1 Arizona!” 2-1-1 Arizona, 12/18/17)

HOUSE BILL 2663

Mendez Plagiarized The Arizona Education Association:

What Mendez Said:

  • It’s about the more than $1 billion taken from our students and the fact that the budget still leaves out school support staff like school counselors, bus drivers, librarians, and many more who are vital to the success of our students.” (Senate Floor Session Part 28 – Third Reading #14, Arizona Capitol Television, 05/02/18)

What Mendez Plagiarized:

  • “‘While this bill moves the needle, it still does not go far enough,’ AEA President Joe Thomas said in the statement. ‘It does not restore the more than $1 billion taken from our students and it leaves out school support staff like counselors, bus drivers, librarians, and many more who are vital to the success of our students.’” (Ricardo Cano, Anne Ryman, And Lily Altavena, “Arizona Teachers Will Walk Out Again Thursday As Budget Votes Drag On,” Arizona Republic, 05/02/18)

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