Tucson to join in nationwide prison divestment campaign on July 1st

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Protests against Prison Industry and Wells Fargo in Solidarity with Georgia What: Community groups take to the streets on July 1st the day new anti-immigrant law is set to be implemented in Georgia. This legislation accelerates the detention of migrants. Protesters demand that major shareholders divest their holdings in the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO Group (Geo), private prison companies that run immigrant detention centers and prisons for the U.S. government. Private Prisons and investors are set to reach record profits from HB87, having also made contributions to key politicians. When: Friday July 1st  4pm-6pm Where: 150 […]

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Monsoon rains finally arrive in the Old Pueblo! Now what the heck is a monsoon?

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Since the Tucson Citizen does not have a meteorologist on staff, I want to be the first to note that IT FINALLY RAINED in Tucson this morning! Many people do not know this, but the rain finally came as a result of a Three Sonorans ritual that I performed yesterday. I washed my car and left the windows down last night. You’re welcome Tucson! In the Five Seasons of Tucson, it now feels like the Monsoon Summer season. The onset of the monsoon season used to be dependent on dew point, but now, after 2008, the date is set in […]

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Save Ethnic Studies Forum – June 30th 7pm in Tucson

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Save Ethnic Studies Forum Time: Thursday, June 30 · 7:00pm – 8:30pm Location: Southside Presbyterian Church 317 W 23rd St., Tucson, AZ Meet with the Mexican American Studies teachers and discuss with them the Curriculum, Course Work, and Teaching Materials used! Come see for yourself what the Mexican American Studies program is all about! – Learn about the curriculum – Sit in on a teaching session – Browse the reading lists/Books Used When people talk about Mexican-American Studies not being transparent, nothing could be further from the truth! Their classes are visited by politicians, national media, auditors, and more. More […]

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Control of Political Space: Take Power – Rudy Acuña

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Control of Political Space Take Power By Rodolfo F. Acuña A lesson the Mexican American community in Tucson learned is that political power is only as good as your representation. In the election for the Tucson Unified School Board, the community settled for having a strong advocate in the person of Adelita Grijalva, sadly trusting other candidates because they were Democrats. The Tucson Mexican American community, according to the 2010 census comprises 41.6 percent of the city’s population. Meanwhile, Arizona’s under 18 years old population is 43.2 percent Latina/o and 41.6 percent white. As in the case of Latinas/os in […]

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Pedicone’s private prison preparatory program

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A recent documentary I saw at the Loft Cinema was about the book To Kill A Mockingbird and in it was a part where people remarked about how much info can be contained in an paragraph. TUSD is having a fit over less than 1% of the deseg budget. The entire Mexican-American Studies budget, according to TUSD’s own budget book for 09-10, was $584K. The deseg budget is $63,000K, or $63 million. This little drop in the bucket is being analyzed and debated and fought about, while the other 99% gets spent without the close scrutiny. Is $584,000 a lot […]

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The remaining Barrio Viejo is being destroyed, and it is happening now

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The latest issue of the Tucson Weekly has an article that is very troubling. It has to do with the continued destruction of the barrio downtown. In case you haven’t been following the articles on La Calle, in brief, during the 1960s the most densely populated area in the entire state, and one of the original neighborhoods in Tucson was destroyed by the founder of SALC. Where the TCC is now located was the original Mexican-American barrio, one of the first places built outside the walled presidio in Tucson, and it was home to the original inhabitants of Tucson until […]

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Hacked docs reveals fear of truth from Ethnic Studies in Tucson

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Brenda Norrell of Censored News writes about the letters that Attorney General Tom Horne was receiving about the threat that Ethnic Studies in TUSD was posing by saying truths about American Indian genocide and who caused it, and how some people consider the truth “indoctrination.” It is also interesting that this anti-Ethnic Studies person is a school safety officer with TUSD… Tucson: Hackers reveal data targeting ethnic studies TUCSON — Hackers have once again slammed Arizona police, exposing racism and corruption. In the second release of data this morning, in the Chinga La Migra Dos files, the following message was […]

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Scholars nationwide need to look at Ethnic Studies ban in Arizona: Their courses could be next

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Professor Rudy Acuña, author of the famous Occupied America, now in its 7th edition, writes in The Chronicle of Higher Education about HB2281 and the fight to Save Ethnic Studies in TUSD. John Huppenthal would also like to ban Ethnic Studies in universities. The issue of banning a course affects everyone, especially as this case is in the federal courts, and will more than likely be heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and possibly even the Supreme Court. Ironically it is the TEA Party behind “Big Brother” banning courses that are taught in our local school districts, which […]

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Who will Bristol Palin face for US Congress in Arizona?

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Bristol Palin, just bought a house in Maricopa, AZ, and her mother Sarah just bought a house in Scottsdale. Bristol, the nation’s most famous abstinence-promoting mom, is now admitting that she will follow in her mother’s footsteps and run for office. For some reason these two Alaskans decided to move to Arizona to do so. What made them think we are dumb enough to elect them? That we rank last in education? That we have 100% Republican-run state? This brings an interesting match-up to next year’s race if Bristol decides to run for Congress. She is currently in CD7, Raul […]

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Will Google+ be the new Facebook?

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Google is working on a project known as Google+ which will attempt to take a share of the social networking away from the almighty Facebook by introducing new notions of Circles, Sparks, and Hangouts. From the NY Times today: Google took its biggest leap yet onto Facebook’s turf on Tuesday, introducing a social networking service called the Google+ project — which happens to look very much like Facebook. The service, which will initially be available only to a select group of Google users who will soon be able to invite others, will let people share and discuss status updates, photos […]

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