Student organizers and future community leaders Silvia, Ashley, and Angelica before Pedicone's first TUSD board meeting. Photo: Layla Marie
Angelica Peñaran is a senior at Tucson High School. She is an Ethnic Studies student.
She has just been accepted to the University of Arizona next year and plans to study Anthropology and History.
I first met Angelica and Silvia a few months ago when the HB2281 lawsuit was being filed on behalf of the 11 teachers. They both organized a march, from Palo Verde High on the east side to Cholla on the base of A mountain on the west side.
Angelica and Silvia organize a 13-mile march for Ethnic Studies
Angelica and Silvia work as a team to exercise their American freedoms and to be politically active, which is what a democracy requires in order to work.
Then at this month’s Conference on Hate and Banned Curriculum, there was a student panel and I was able to ask Angelica about the importance of teachers in the Ethnic Studies courses.
Angelica Peñaran defends her education and teachers
Listen to why Angelica loves her education, her classes, and her teachers. They have made a difference in her life.
Yesterday Angelica and Silvia were both at the TUSD emergency meeting to basically hear the district say they will comply with a law that was condemned as a violation of International Human Rights by the United Nations.
After the meeting they both went up to the new superintendent John Pedicone to ask for further clarification regarding the courses. That video is below.
After the question, Angelica was interviewed by the newspaper and came out in today’s Arizona Daily Star.
As the district prepares to battle with the state, students will anxiously await the outcome.
Angelica Peñaran’s curriculum consists almost entirely of ethnic-studies classes, she said.
If the program is discontinued, it would take away her whole schedule, she said.
“It’s very stressful and unnerving to not know what’s going to happen,” said the senior at Tucson High Magnet School.
Peñaran, 18, attended the meeting, hoping to find out more details about the program.
“They’re just repeating what they said in the past,” she said. “They didn’t say what kind of actions they would take to preserve our classes.”
via Arizona Daily Star.
I am writing this article about Angelica Peñaran to show my appreciation for hers (and Silvia’s and all the students) dedication to progress and to fighting against injustice.
In the comments section of the article you can see the true colors of the right-wing, the people who hate Ethnic Studies and immigrants… and well, they just have a lot of hate.
They do not care that this time it is being directed at an intelligent high school student who just wants to preserve and protect her education. She is also going on to the UA, and she will be with us for a long time.
Angelica, the community supports you and thanks you for all your hard work this year. It is unfortunate that students are being attacked by the state superintendent, but thank you for standing up when even those in power cower before them.
We all look forward to seeing you go to college and continue to become a leader in our community, making a change for good and standing up for justice. You are on the right side of history.
Keep up the good work!
Angelica and Silvia approach Dr. Pedicone after board meeting to ask about Ethnic Studies
Please forgive the “n” for the “ñ” typos in your last name.