Ethnic Studies Forum, Wednesday June 1st, 6-8pm

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An Ethnic Studies Forum will take place on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011, from 6-8pm at Most Holy Trinity Parish, just north of Speedway on Greasewood on Tucson’s westside. Agenda Topic Speaker Time Welcome Fr. Bill Remmel 5 Introductions Rev. Alison Harrington 10 Precious Knowledge Sean Arce – SES 15 Political Context and HB2281 Augustine Romero Ph.D. 8 State of Mexican-American Studies Sean Arce – SES 8 Teachers and Student impact Maria Federico Brummer – SES 12 Mexican-American Studies Data Nolan Cabrera Ph.D. 8 Research on the Impact of MAS on Students Andrea Romero Ph.D. 8 Why Mexican-American Studies? Jesus Romero […]

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Images from today’s historic event: First ever recall of a Senate President (Russell Pearce) in American history!

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Earlier today I wrote a story about the successful Russell Pearce recall campaign which concluded Phase 1 today by collecting over 18,300 signatures, with only 7,700 needed to set off a recall and even more than the total number of votes Russell Pearce got in November 2010, a mere 17,552. Below are some pictures captured by the gifted photographer Robert Haasch of today’s event. Pictures truly do speak a thousand words, and here are the people that made the recall effort successful celebrating their historic achievement and participation in American Democracy at the center of Arizona government in downtown Phoenix, […]

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Recall Russell Pearce will file more recall signatures than Pearce got in votes in 2010!

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Today, Citizens for a Better Arizona, co-founded by Randy Parraz, will file the signatures they received in their Recall Russell Pearce campaign. Only 7,700 signatures were needed for a recall. Russell Pearce received 17,552 to win LD 18 in 2010, the lowest of all the legislative districts. Randy Parraz set a symbolic goal of collecting 17,553 signatures in this recall effort, much more than the 7,700 needed and one more than the total number of people that even voted for Russell Pearce in November of last year. In total the recall effort collected 18,300 signatures! Click here to see a […]

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European Americans United join Ethnic Studies battle against “radical” UNIDOS student group

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I thought about whether I should publish the letter below, and decided to do so since you can understand the full range of letters that John Pedicone is receiving, in addition to anti-MAS pressure coming from people like Loretta Hunnicutt from TU4SD and daily on the Jon Justice show. Things are definitely heating up this summer, and John Pedicone and Mark Stegeman have intensified the vitriol by adding their own anti-MAS proposals to the pot that Tom Horne and John Huppenthal are cooking up. They should have just waited for the ruling or just took a stance and fought the […]

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Ethnic Studies update – Memorial Weekend 2011

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I heard earlier this week that Huppenthal’s ruling on Ethnic Studies may come by mid-June. I got an update yesterday that it may come by next Friday. There are many important updates to the Ethnic Studies issue this last week. As a quick summary, HB2281, the Ethnic Studies ban was written by Tom Horne, who was then the state superintendent. He is now the Attorney General. His last act as superintendent, literally two hours before switching offices on January 3rd, 2011 at noon, was to find the TUSD Mexican-American Studies program in non-compliance with HB2281. To do so, he used […]

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After reaching Millionth read, Three Sonorans will be guest on AM1330 from 5-7pm Friday

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Three Sonorans reached the millionaire’s club today, Friday May 27, 2011, just after 2pm. If I had a nickel for every read, I’d have $50K today, not a bad annual income to sustain this full-time. Except that instead of money, what reached a million was the number of articles read, human souls belonging to both progressives and right-wingers, US Senate candidates, NY Times, Huffington Post, to TU4SD, John Pedicone and the TUSD school board, and of course our good friend who is too afraid to debate publicly, Jon Justice. At the end of the day, we are all on this […]

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El Guero Canelo: Mr. Frank Furter goes to Washington bringing Tucson’s famous Sonoran Hotdogs

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Below is a short excerpt from the Washington Times on one of the Three Sonorans, Tucson’s famous “Sonoran Hotdog.” Daniel Contreras, owner of the Tucson restaurant chain El Guero Canelo, was one of the first proprietors to serve bacon-wrapped dogs smothered in everything from the cupboard. Now, Arizona’s second-largest city boasts well over 100 vendors – the exact number, like the origination point, is tough to determine – selling Sonoran hot dogs, from mobile carts set up under trees and temporary shelters to full-menu restaurants like El Guero’s and BK Carne Asada and Hot Dogs. “Basically, there had never been […]

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75-mile Trek Through Sonoran Desert Brings Attention to Migrant Deaths

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Migrant Trail Bears Witness to Human Rights Crisis 75-mile Trek Through Sonoran Desert Brings Attention to Migrant Deaths Tucson, AZ- On May 30, 2011, a diverse group of more than sixty individuals will begin a 75 mile walk to call attention to the human rights crisis occurring on the southern border. The eighth annual Migrant Trail: We Walk for Life is a joint endeavor of community groups and individuals from both sides of the border walking in solidarity with migrants to demand an end to the deaths in the desert. “For the eighth year we stand together in solidarity with […]

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Private-healthcare Ryan budget plan loses to single-payer “socialized” healthcare

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While all that talk about “socialism” is in the air, when it comes down to reality, we really don’t want those government hands off our Medicare! Socialized medicine wins a victory today, and unless Teapublicans want to shut down VA hospitals also, they should start praising the good work done under that single-payer healthcare system. Senate rejects Ryan budget The Senate on Wednesday resoundingly rejected a budget sponsored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that calls for significant cuts to future Medicare benefits. The 40-57 vote came one day after Republicans suffered an upset defeat in a special […]

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Charlie Brown gets a Piercing in Arizona

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Justin Pierce was just sworn into the House of Representatives today in Arizona, filling the seat left empty in LD19 by Kirk Adams. Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Mesa, was sworn in at the House of Representatives this morning. Flanked by family, friends and new legislative colleagues, Pierce stood on the House floor and took the oath of office. The oath was administered by retired Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles “Bud” Jones, for whom Pierce served as a law clerk for a year. During his speech after the ceremony, Pierce said that he hoped to model himself after Jones. via Arizona […]

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