Dreams of Sitting Bull come to Tucson

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As a scientist I’m not too much for supernatural stories, but lately there have been some interesting things going on leading up to the year 2012 that I have to wonder if our ancestors were on to something. Here is the latest very interesting thing, to me at least. Some of you may have heard of “Custer’s last stand” or the “Battle of Little Bighorn.” The story has been told a million times so I won’t retell the long version here, but in short this was a huge victory for the Lakota against the US army, led by General Custer. […]

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Pima Democratic Party on Ethnic Studies: No compromise!

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NO COMPROMISE is exactly the position the Tucson 11, the Ethnic Studies teachers, want. Looks like the Democratic Party will stand up against the Republican attack on Tucson’s schoolchildren! -Three Sonorans Press release from Pima Democratic Party TUSD Ethnic Studies: Now is Not the Time for Capitulation or Compromise The Pima County Democratic Party today reiterated its support for the TUSD Mexican American Studies curriculum and condemned Tom Horne and John Huppenthal’s continuing attacks on TUSD’s Ethnic Studies program. Jeff Rogers, Chair of the Pima County Democratic Party said: “Now is not the time for capitulation or compromise. We remain […]

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First school desegregation victory was 80 years ago today: Lemon Grove incident

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Today is the 80th anniversary of the first school desegregation case in the United States. What? You might say that Brown vs. Board was in 1954. That’s what they teach you in traditional American history classes. In Mexican-American history you will learn about Brown vs. Board, but you will also learn about the Lemon Grove incident and that: On March 30, 1931 a judgement was passed in favor of the Mexican community. The conclusion of law refuted each claim made by the school board and the court demanded an immediate reinstatement of the children. The separation was indeed deemed a […]

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FBI investigating cross-burning in small town in Califas

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Neo-Nazis such as Russell Pearce run Arizona, white supremacists along the border killing innocent Mexican-American children, Democrats in Tucson trying to dismantle Mexican-American studies… it all adds up… Now we got cross burnings again. This one just happened to a 19-year-old in California. Arroyo Grande, California (CNN) — First, an 11-foot wooden cross was stolen from Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Arroyo Grande, California. Then, weeks later, the cross was discovered set aflame in the middle of the night outside the bedroom window of a 19-year-old woman of mixed race. Now authorities are investigating the case as a theft, arson […]

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Jan Brewer signs Steve Montenegro’s “self-hating minority” abortion bill into law

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For more background on the abortion bill mentioned below, I wrote about it here and here. via Press Release Jan Brewer Signs Bill Banning Abortion for Supposed “Self Hating” Minorities This week Jan Brewer signed another controversial piece of legislation drafted by the Radical Tea Party Arizona State Legislature that would forbid abortions on the grounds of race or gender. The bill was sponsored by legislator Steve Montenegro and is a response to the higher abortion rates seen among minority communities. In speaking about the reason for drafting the bill, Montenegro noted the higher abortion rate among the Latino and […]

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Is the first big loss coming in the Ethnic Studies battle in Tucson?

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You can search the Three Sonorans going back months, even going back to last year, to see what has been predicted about this civil rights battle and how it will most likely play out. It was not just the Three Sonorans, but other community leaders such as Miguel Ortega who ran for TUSD school board, members of the Southern Arizona Unity Coalition, and other leaders involved with Mexican-American studies foretelling about this day/month that we will now enter. For example, consider this exchange that took place in December last year, with video included. These community leaders have been predicting exactly […]

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Indian boarding schools in Tucson

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Today was my first time reading through the Desert Leaf newspaper. I was pleasantly surprised. Good articles, good quality images and lots of color. I did find it interesting that they focused on houseboats in their article on Lake Powell rather than on the low levels of water and our impending doom, but in the Catalina Foothills (where this newspaper is focused on and targeted towards) who has time to worry when you can play? Sarcasm aside, they had an interesting article on Indian boarding schools in Tucson, and I learned a few things. Maybe you will too.   Buy […]

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Fiesta bowl, football, and Republican corruption

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Sports in Arizona usually has deep Republican connections, and one of the best examples of that is the beloved Lute Olsen. There are other examples, such as with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but now the evidence is out on how the Fiesta Bowl and monies raised have been used to fund some of the most vile Republicans in this state, such as Russell Pearce and John McCain. The Fiesta Bowl executives did not limit their political activity to campaign contributions, according to the report. The Fiesta Bowl sometimes paid to cater political fund-raisers, including one in 2007 for Representative Jim Weiers, […]

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Jan Brewer Takes the “High Ground” On Education? Maybe Not

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via PRESS RELEASE Jan Brewer Takes the “High Ground” On Education? Maybe Not The Committee to Recall Arizona Governor Jan Brewer at www.recallgovernorbrewer.com would like to direct your attention to the abject cronyism and corruption related to the recent media blitz on behalf of the Governor. We also call on all readers to visit our site to show your support for our effort. A month ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced controversial cuts that would largely defund Arizona’s state education system. At the time, Governor Brewer was criticized for putting the interest of state prison lobbyists above the future of […]

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Does being color-blind mean that colors no longer exist?

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A friend of mine asked yesterday “Does being color-blind mean that colors no longer exist?” ..or matter? (My addition) As a response to his question, and a discussion of the ethics of color and race politics, below is a small excerpt from a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, Ian Haney-Lopez. A link to the whole article is at the end, and well worth reading. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne knows racism when he sees it, and he isn’t afraid to publicly castigate the most recent agents of race hate. Horne is an outspoken opponent of racism in a state […]

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