Cynthia Gaines

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Institute for Policy Studies

In 1993 Cynthia Gaines was listed among "former fellows, project co-ordinators and staff" of the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington DC.[1]

Healthcare protest

July 2017 Protesters opposed to a health care bill in the U.S. Senate were arrested at Sen. Jeff Flake's Phoenix and Tucson offices.

Police were on scene monitoring the assembly when the complex's property manager asked that the group be removed. While most of the group complied, several refused to leave, Howard said.

Just after 11:30 a.m., four women and one man were taken into custody for trespassing after they repeatedly refused to leave the private property. Howard said despite the arrests, everyone at the demonstration remained peaceful.

The five arrested have been identified as 23-year-old Ethan Ashley, 64-year-old Salie Ruth Travis, 69-year-old Suzanne Gayle Distaso, 73-year-old Phyllis Lesniak, and 62-year-old Cynthia Gaines.


Pima County Sheriff's deputies say two men were also arrested for trespassing at Flake's Tucson office. One reportedly made a comment about last month's shooting that critically wounded Rep. Steve Scalise that a Flake staffer perceived as a threat. That man was also booked on a threat charge.[2]

Ethan Ashley, and Suzanne Gayle Distaso at least, were members of Phoenix Democratic Socialists of America.


  1. Institute for Policy Studies 30th Anniversary brochure
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